Tempest ran up to me and asked, “Hide and seek?”
We’ve never played hide and seek with her because I thought she was too young to understand the rules. She has no friends she plays with, and my mom doesn’t play this with her. I said, “Okay, you count!”
“Okay!” she said. She hid her face in her hands up against a wall and said, “One… five… three… seven… ten! Ready not, here I come!”.


Where did she learn this?!

I ran off and hid behind a door. I heard her come into the bedroom and glance around, then go, “Hmm. Nope!”
She walked into the other room and said the same thing, then came out to ask Curtis.
“Where’s mommy hiding?” he asked her.
“Not sure!” she said.

Finally she went back into the room and peeked behind the door, “I found you!” she announced. “More hiding!”.
I counted to ten and she ran off. She went into our bedroom and closed the door. As I walked by I said, “Where’s Tempest?”
“I’m hiding!” she said from the bedroom. She started giggling and couldn’t stop. I opened the door and she was under a blanket, laughing hysterically.

After both Curtis and I hid and ran around until we were exhausted (she doesn’t count to ten before she runs after us!) I was wondering to Curtis where the hell she learned this from. He asked if she possibly saw it on a TV show, and I said I wasn’t sure if she had the capability to apply abstract concepts to reality at this stage of life. I remembered that experiment I saw on a program regarding child brain development where they took children of different age groups from two to five and showed them a scale model of a room, placed a blue bunny behind the model couch (saying nothing the entire time), and then put them in the life sized room and asked them where the bunny was. The little children had no idea where to go and just looked around randomly, but the older ones immediately went to the chair. They were able to apply the model to reality.

Also on that show was an experiment to find out when the ability to lie develops. Being able to fabricate a story in order to purposefully deceive someone is a lot more complicated than just saying “no” to get out of trouble when asked, “did you eat that cookie?”. That’s not lying in the traditional sense, it’s just survival skills.
This experiment involved putting an object in your hands and holding them behind your back, then asking the child to pick which hand is the right one. After they do it, you hand the object to them and ask them to do the same for you. Children who have not yet developed the ability to lie will pause a moment and then open both hands or show you where it was. They don’t understand how to deceive you. Children who are capable will play the game properly on the first try.
Curtis asked me to try it on Tempest. I showed her how to do it and then gave her a fuzzy hair elastic and said, “Okay, you hide it from me now!”.
“Hiding!” she said. She ran off around a corner. “No no!” I said, “We’re not playing hide and seek! That’s now how you play this game!”
She held the little elastic behind a wall and made it count to ten, then said, “Ready not, here I come!” and ran back out with her arms behind her back. After about ten seconds she pulled it out and showed me, then laughed and said, “It was hiding! Your turn!”. So, while she certainly hasn’t developed the ability to deceive, she gave me a good laugh.

Now she’s playing hide and seek with her cars.
And I still have absolutely no idea where she learned how to play.



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  • natswrld says:

    That is too cute. It took Haley quite a while to be able to play hide and seek without laughing and giving away her hiding spot.

  • robynz says:

    Happy Mother’s Day.

    Felt I should visit and say so, as you’re the most amazing mother I know/closet-read.

  • sanriofreak says:

    Happy Mother’s Day! You are a beautiful mother! 😀

  • rpeacefuld says:

    Sweet story. Has she seen the dvd Narnia? The kids play hide and seek in the movie. Phoenix learned how to play by watching it. Tempest sounds like such a delightful and intelligent child. She must be so much fun to play with, what an imagination.

  • chibent says:

    I love reading your Tempest posts. (…And your pregnancy posts… and all your posts, actually!) Thank you for sharing these. 🙂

    And Happy Mother’s Day!

  • florassecret says:

    LOL and giggles, I love kids at that age, they really do surprise you alot!
    Cars rule the world, when Jocelyn was roughly that age ger’s grandad found out she loved cars and he bought her a set just for her to play with at their house when we come for a visit. Girls should play with cars…and boys with dolls. My sister’s youngest child love dolls he’s got a baby carrier and a stroller with a newborn baby dollie and he carries it every where. He also has named it Jr. He’s a bit younger than Tempest.

    • admin says:

      Tempest LOOOVVVEESSSS cars.
      Loves them.
      So much. It’s unreal how much she loves her cars.

      And her dinosaurs.

      She plays with her cars and dinos while she breastfeeds her dolls.

      • florassecret says:

        Hehe, yesturday was my oldest’s birthday, and she said, “I don’t like barbies momma, so don’t buy me a barbie. Buy me a punk rock poster instead. So, we bought her green Day CD, with posters and tons of things that 8 year olds love. She hates Hillory Duff! Haha! I love it!

        • admin says:

          Heh, that’s awesome.
          I remember when my sister was young and said she loved the Spice Girls so much she wanted to marry them. Oh man. That was brutal.

          I was going, “Really?…”

          That was in the same weekend that her mom told us this story about how she had a little boy friend sleep over and he got up at 6am to play, but she was still tired. Apparently she told him to go play in the livingroom, and when he walked out she closed her door and locked him out of the bedroom so she could go back to sleep!
          When she said that “marry the spice girls” thing I’d asked her, “You’re going to marry a girl?”
          “Yeah,” she said.
          “Because boys get up too early.”

          • florassecret says:

            LOL that’s too funny! I have tons of 7 year old stories.
            Hehe when I was pregnant with Madeline and I went into labour we didn’t know the sex of the baby, and JOcelyn said, “momma, please birth a little girl, as boys are smelly, and ugly, and just not nice.” I laughed and said “I’ll do my best.

            “your better mom, please bring home a sister, please.” It was the cutiest thing she ever said before I had Maddie.

            Soon as Madeline was born, she said. “See, you have purty little girls..no ucky boys.”

        • admin says:

          PS, since you’re local and you know me, I’m going to add you to my FList and uberfilter so you can see my latest entry.

  • julierocket says:

    That’s hilarious.

    I once had to do a psychology project in which we were supposed to do these different tests on a child between the ages of 6 and 8. I picked a kid who I know who was almost 5 and said he was 6. He was supposed to fail all of the tests, cognitively, but he ended up passing a few. I couldn’t believe it.

  • lol that’s cute. You and Curtis are going to be SO SICK of Hide and Seek… have fun! 🙂

  • akire_yta says:

    i was actually reading an article about symbolic abstraction in toddlers’ brains just this morning – if you like, I’d be happy to scan the article.

  • timmytm says:


    Got an image of her thinking a car is hiding from her.

    • admin says:

      She has little plastic hotwheel type cars she plays with all the time. They’re really crappy though, falling apart. She’s getting a big box of metal ones given to her by her grandparents shortly, so they say.

      • timmytm says:

        I may have had my teenage mutant ninja turtles and my GI Joes (GET THE TERRORISTS!), but I never had miniature cars. I should mention I played with my stuffed animals just as much, creating little massive storylines and such.

        • admin says:

          My thing as a kid was “little guys”. I’d get everything I could: rocks, shells, crystals, and organize them into “families” and play pretend with them.

          • glad im not the only one who did that.
            I had all the expensive toys going and still i drew animals on paper , cut them out and played for hours.

            • admin says:


              My grandmother was a MASTER seamstress. She made me cloth “paper dolls” with little velcro outfits. She could whip up a new outfit in less than 20 minutes, seriously. My cloth paper dolls had everything from 1920’s flapper dresses made with sequins and long beaded necklaces, to hallowe’en costumes.
              I *think* I may still have them all somewhere… I literally haven’t seen them since I was 9, but I know my mom wouldn’t have knowingly thrown them out.

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