Ah, the guessing game of judging the intelligence of a two year old. I call it a guessing game because there is a story circulating about Albert Einstein that he was a late talker. So often we like to judge future intelligence based on whether or not a child is potty trained by a certain age, talking by a certain age, and can answer certain questions correctly at a certain time.
Yesterday we asked my two year old her name. She pointed to herself and said "Wonange". (Which is how she says "Orange"). We asked her how old she is. "How old are YOU!" she shouts back at us. The only reason I've been trying to work with her on learning these things is because other people as her these questions, then stare at me like I'm a bad parent when she answers, "Wonange". I just shrug my shoulders and smile, fumbling, "She's my third...".
But of course she knows her name. She's been turning her head to it since she was teeeeeny.
I remember asking a neighbor boy (Gilly) how old he was. He said "Truck". I knew he was three.
Does it matter if a child knows how old they are at two? Would a two or three year old even really understand what that means? Essentially for the little ones, it is a game we adults make up to keep us entertained, not something we need to see as an early indicator of a child headed to Harvard.
And if this isn't a case in point... When I was little I was always testing off the charts academically. Special schools and special programs were mentioned to my parents - for kids as bright as apparently I was. But guess what? I was only bright until it involved math or science. Once those two things became a bigger part of curriculum (around sixth grade or so)...guess what? I was, eh-hem, average. Meanwhile, a few kids I knew who couldn't/wouldn't talk until later, and struggled in the early years of school, are now lawyers and engineers.
I am officially taking the pressure off of myself to have my daughter call herself anything besides "Wonange".