“Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.” – Albert Einstein

Very young children have a notoriously fuzzy line between reality and fantasy.  Just read Piaget’s developmental theory – ages 2 to 7 are the years of “magical thinking”. 

Uh.  Huh.   Apparently Harry did not get the memo and neglected his Piaget.  

There was a general class movement at Harry’s preschool to put all the baby dolls in the refrigerator of the toy kitchen during open play.   The following conversation ensued:

Teacher: You kids had better take those babies out of there.  Don’t you think they are going to get cold in the refrigerator?

Harry-as-ringleader: <eyeroll>  It’s not a REAL refrigerator.  It’s just a wooden refrigerator.

Teacher:  Oh? So it’s not cold?

Harry:  And those aren’t REAL babies.  Those are just TOY babies.   TOY babies don’t get cold in TOY refrigerators.


Poor Harry.  

It’s tough to enter your Concrete Stage of development surrounded by such OBVIOUSLY Pre-Operational adults.

January 6th, 2009 at 2:08 pm
9 Responses to “Now just who has the tenuous grip on reality?”
  1. 1
    jodifur Says:

    youve got yourself quite a logical thinker there.

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    Ulrich Says:

    bwahahaha thats hilarious – two words for you…

    Left Brain 🙂

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    Deirdre Says:


    what a great kid. must be good parents involved there somewhere…..

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    Stephanie Says:

    He is just too smart for his age. Silly boy.

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    Bambi Says:

    He is sure a smart one 🙂

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    Sheila Says:

    Are you sure Spock isn’t his dad?

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    Duren Says:

    Interesting – I read that story and thought:

    “COLD?! COLD?! You shouldn’t put babies in refrigerators because they’ll suffocate! Didn’t the teacher KNOW that? She totally missed a teachable moment/opportunity to talk about a MAJOR safety issue (never climb into an abandonded/empty fridge, you might not be able to get out). COLD! – geez, how lame.”

    So does this speak of me as a trainer of teachers? or of me as the overprotective mother of a 15 month old? perhaps, either way, I should lighten up – after all they are just TOYS. (Thanks Harry).

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    William McNaughton Says:

    Duren – Don’t feel to bad. I went there, too.


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