broken Corfe Castle c

Preschooler preamble – holiday talk

N is a typical 3 year old, who never stops talking.  Or singing. Or asking questions.  Just making his voice heard.  But over the last week or so we’ve had some classic conversations that I just had to share.

Now we all know that people say the English language is one of the hardest because of all the different spellings and similar sounding words, meaning different things.  But certainly when you’re a 3 year old it does prove difficult.  N’s been getting a little mixed up with things.

Broken Castles

When we were on holiday we drove past Corfe Castle, and told N we’d be going to visit the castle.

‘Look N, you can see the castle up on the hill’.

‘No, we can’t visit there.  It’s a broken castle’….aw, cute.

‘It’s ruins yes, but we can still visit and look and see what’s there’.

N was very sure that we wouldn’t be able to visit the broken castle.

broken Corfe Castle c

Breaks vs brakes

On returning home, the weather’s not been great being grey and rainy, and N has become obsessed with car lights.  I shouldn’t really be surprised as I quite often comment while driving, about people not using lights, indicators or the like.

So much so, that N has started asking me ‘are your lights on?’.  He then follows up with reasons why you need car headlights on…’when it rains, or it’s fog, or it’s dark, you need to put your lights on.  But in rain only if it’s really raining’.

The other day we followed a car into town on a foggy morning.  The car didn’t have any lights on which N pointed out. after checking ours were on.  Then the car in front braked.

‘His lights are on mummy’.

‘They’re not his normal lights, they’re his brakelights.

‘His car’s not broken, it’s working’…hmm, I can see this being a complicated to explain.

‘No not broken.  The lights show that his brakes are going on, he’s slowing down or stopping.  Brake lights are different to something breaking’.

‘But his car’s not broken’.  I tried to explain, but I’m not sure he got it.

I do love the conversations we have, although the questions are coming thicker and faster than before.  Maybe N is now getting more interested in what’s around and outside his little sphere of knowledge. It’s nice to now see him challenging what he sees and hears.

What funny things have your children been saying lately?  Are yours backseat drivers?

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  1. Aww, how cute, and funny! My kids come out with some classics at times too.. and they are definitely backseat drivers always checking what speed I am doing!

    1. It’s bad enough having a husband who comments on driving, let alone children. Although I can just turn up the radio and then I can’t hear N!

  2. Aww, how cute! The broken castle and the broken car! When my two were young I did mean to write some o the cute things they said down, but never got around to it.

    But I do remember one particularly cute incident at the dinner table when we were eating and my son, who was sat on his booster seat started making faces at his food, when I asked what the matter was he kept telling me his food was spiky….Luckily it was just a little too peppery for his liking and no lasting damage was done!

    1. Ah, that is cute.

      My problem is that I need to write things down or I never remember, but the best things N says are when I’m driving. Thanks for your comment

  3. My son always yells at me to beep my horn when we’re stuck in traffic – or drive past all the stationary cars, on the wrong side of the road. It’s can be funny, but it’s more often really annoying!

    1. Yes, first couple of times fine, but more than that gets annoying. It’s the repeated questions that winds me up – the same question, even though I’ve just answered. And being stuck driving you can’t escape (well, I can turn the music up!)

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