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Eggcetera. [Jan. 23rd, 2005|09:28 pm]
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At first they didn't believe three-year old David Shiffler when he claimed to have found a dinosaur egg with his toy backhoe. However, a trip to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science eventually showed he had discovered one of the oldest (150 million years) dinosaur egg known.

[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-01-23 09:24 pm (UTC)
Kids know sooo much more then adults give them credit for.
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From: m_buggie
2005-01-23 09:32 pm (UTC)
That is so true. Especially kids nowadays. Jeez, some of them know more than I do, you know what I mean?
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-01-23 09:37 pm (UTC)
I most certainly do. My little 6 year old cousin used the word surly correctly in a sentence this afternoon. WTF?
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From: kiwioverture
2005-01-24 01:53 pm (UTC)
I think a lot of that stems from the fact that kids also 'know' a lot of things that aren't true. I think this is caused by two things. First, adults fill children with lots of fallacies (santa claus, easter bunny, the stork delivering babies, and more). I can't figure out reasons for this other than people finding ignorance and naivete cute (youth obsessed culture strikes again). The second reason is less sinister, but harder to deal with.

Young children believe adults to be infallible. Later (5 or 6 years old?) this shrinks down to certain adults (parents, teachers, a few others). Later, no one is held up as infallible. This begins rebellion (this is also the reason why I think that as soon as someone starts questioning the rules it's time to tell them why they exist ("because I said so" doesn't count)).

Well, that got off-topic. I hope you can decipher my nested parenthetical statements.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-01-24 06:06 pm (UTC)
I most certainly want my child to believe in Santa Claus. It's important for children to have that bit of make believe and fantasy, it's all about the innocence of child hood. I've had an awful day so I'm not explaining this well at all, but my beliefs on this particular subject are in a backentry.
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