AIBU to think my DD (2.5yrs) is a philosophical genius?

(121 Posts)
LoopyLoopsWoopDeWoops Sat 03-Dec-11 20:32:44

... to come out with this little gem:

"If you're happy and you know it, can you really show it?"


CotherMuckingFunticalChristmas Sat 03-Dec-11 20:38:06


Ds, 5, announced "words don't exist. Once you've said them no one can prove they were ever there" <deep>

LoopyLoopsWoopDeWoops Sat 03-Dec-11 20:42:39

Oh wow. That is deep. smile

lizzieloubee1 Sat 03-Dec-11 20:45:37

Cother - unless they had a dictaphone! <shallow>

My dd said at about 3.5 "are we all little people in someones playset".

Shes 7 now and has never uttered anything else so deep grin

LoopyLoopsWoopDeWoops Sat 03-Dec-11 20:52:16

That is brilliant. Are we? Does anyone have the answer to that?

Lynli Sat 03-Dec-11 20:55:59

My DS age 2 said " Do you know if you climb one step, you can climb every step in the world?"

Minshu Sat 03-Dec-11 21:00:38

My 2yo DD said (while poking herself in each eye) "I got two eyes. Where the other one gone?"

Should I be worried yet, or just keep quiet?

LoopyLoopsWoopDeWoops Sat 03-Dec-11 21:19:12

Lynli* - do you think he might become a motivational coach or something perhaps? grin

Umm, Minshu, I don't know what to say!

Liz79 Sat 03-Dec-11 21:25:48

My dd, just about 4, said tonight "if you have too much wine it can't stay in & it all spills out". She has a point.

TickledOnion Sat 03-Dec-11 21:27:04

Love these. I thought my DD 2yo said, "I'm just a number" today. Turned out it was "I just remembered".
Not so deep after all. smile

LoopyLoopsWoopDeWoops Sat 03-Dec-11 21:27:59


ThePetiteMummy Sat 03-Dec-11 21:30:38

Lynli that's fantastic, what a clever ds!

Spermysextowel Sat 03-Dec-11 21:37:33

My elder son has clearly styled his hair according to the Play People catalogue and us v v happy with the result. His claim is that he'll find friends the world over.

curlycubes Sat 03-Dec-11 21:44:59

My 2 year old used to do anything from a big poo in the potty, to utter a few words, to eat all his dinner.

I would say to him "you are amazing"

His response "I am not amazing, I'm Jack"

so cute!

mrsshears Sat 03-Dec-11 21:51:05

My dd2 who is 5 was pulling her big sister by the cardigan earlier tonight.
Dd1 said "dd2 stop pulling me!"
dd2 replied "actually its not me that's pulling its you that is moving!"
got to give her that one! smile

curly: I love that!

cadelaide Sat 03-Dec-11 21:53:39

Lynli's DS wins the prize, for sure.

stottiecake Sat 03-Dec-11 22:08:40

Dh- feeling philosophical -once asked ds1 (about 2yo at the time) where he had come from. Ds replied 'ASDA'.

cheekeyiownitmonkey Sat 03-Dec-11 22:35:19

My 2 year old DD once announced that she had good news and bad news. The bad news was that she had broken her wax crayon she was using, the good news was that she now had two!

cheekeyiownitmonkey Sat 03-Dec-11 22:36:37

Same DD once announced that she again had good news and bad news. The good news being that she had found the missing piece from one of her toys...the bad news being that she hadn't found it yesterday.

PMSL at these. Not deep, but DS when butt naked once told me "I am dressed in myself"

TheMitfordsMaid Sat 03-Dec-11 22:42:06

My 4 year old asked me where the first people came from and how did they get made, if they were first, in a variation of the chicken and egg scenario.

I sent him down the road to talk to the vicar.

Yama Sat 03-Dec-11 22:46:00

When she was 5 my dd said "I just feel so lucky that I exist. And to think that without the bomb, we wouldn't exist".

She meant Big Bang.

LoopyLoopsWoopDeWoops Sat 03-Dec-11 22:46:56

Loving this thread. smile

"I am dressed in myself" - Oh!!! (I cried that out loud!)

I love this thread. I always thought little kids were natural anarchists, not philosophers. I was wrong!

cheekeyiownitmonkey Sat 03-Dec-11 22:55:14

Tomorrow, I will be mainly....dressed in myself!

isthisrude Sat 03-Dec-11 22:57:03

My son wrote a song when he was 4 about which included the words:

I'm looking out at the sunset
It reminds me of the first time that we met.

I still don't know if he heard them somewhere. It was about a boy who had lost someone he loved.

tethersjinglebellend Sat 03-Dec-11 23:01:24

DD (3) stood in the middle of the room this evening and announced "I am <full name> and I am a mistake!" with a big grin on her face.

I'm not sure how she knew...

thenightsky Sat 03-Dec-11 23:02:13

DS used to come out with all this stuff daily.

He is now studying philosophy at Lancaster and loving it.

LoopyLoopsWoopDeWoops Sat 03-Dec-11 23:04:06


moonface73 Sat 03-Dec-11 23:07:22

I love the people in the play set!

My dd did the standard point and laugh at a guy with a massive beard the other day, before I could say a word my ds said, 'don't laugh at people because they are different, thats what starts wars'.

zipzap Sat 03-Dec-11 23:14:15

When we were out for a walk when ds1 was 3, he cycled through a little tunnel having lots of fun making noises and listening to the echoes. Afterwards he turned to us and said that he thought that echoes were like shadows in sound rather than light which I always thought was quite a poetic insight for a 3 year old...

Tiggles Sat 03-Dec-11 23:26:43

Those are great smile

When DS2 was 3 he came out with "If you don't take a fishing net with you, you won't catch any fish"

LoopyLoopsWoopDeWoops Sat 03-Dec-11 23:33:47


JamieComeHome Sat 03-Dec-11 23:42:08

DS2 (age 3), used to attribute all his basest desires to the "little man in his tummy". Basically, he had a homunculus

Greenshirt Sat 03-Dec-11 23:42:30

My aunt once asked my brother if there were any coloured children in his class at school[1970's disclaimer] my brother said "We're all different colours. I'm pink."

BrigitBigKnickers Sat 03-Dec-11 23:46:57

After being told off for some sort of toddler mischief- DD2 aged 22 months once said "I not naughty- I just little"

voodoobarbie Sat 03-Dec-11 23:48:17

ds 7 was 5 when he said
God is kind, he gave us the gift of now, the present which is now and also a gift.

Wow zipzap that is lovely

QuintessentialyFestive Sat 03-Dec-11 23:55:23

I went cycling with my son (9) today, and as we were cycling up a really steep hill, the son shone through the clouds, and my son, far ahead of me, shouted "look, mum, the light of the lord is shining upon you, saying, YOU CAN DO IT"

Not sure if he was just suddenly overly religious, or full of a good sense of humour!

NotTheBlinkingGruffaloAgain Sat 03-Dec-11 23:59:54

the girl I nanny for said today 'I know why some roads have dead ends.. because otherwise the world would just go on for ever'

Not deep but quite funny, dd (5) pondering about life in Africa: 'mum, do they have cars in africa?' yes dd they do... Dd: (with a very surprised look on her face) 'what! You mean in a place where they don't have food but they drive cars?' grin

mummyplonk Sun 04-Dec-11 00:03:09

My boys 6 & 5 were talking in their bunk beds earlier about God, the youngest said 'where is he from' the oldest said 'Nowhere he is magic' little one said 'he must have come from somewhere when he was a baby' older one sayS 'hmm he is from somewhere a long long way away' (long pause) '....actually I think he's from Wales,' total acceptance from little one and me stifling laughter on the stairs.

Pmsl mummy! I love listening to their bunk bed convos, they are always hilarious!

wheredidyoulastseeit Sun 04-Dec-11 00:15:43

How fast does time go?

ThoughtsPlease Sun 04-Dec-11 00:24:53

My then 3 year old asked me 'How did the first person that knew something know it?'

LoopyLoopsWoopDeWoops Sun 04-Dec-11 00:36:44

Wow thoughts. That is something that has troubled me, but at 3?! shock

I'm suddenly feeling optimistic about the future smile (and deep happy sigh)

LoopyLoopsWoopDeWoops Sun 04-Dec-11 01:19:38

I know. I hope they hold onto these big thoughts and develop them even further. smile Happy days. smile

Goodynuff Sun 04-Dec-11 01:32:25

My DS was 4 when my father passed.
We were getting ready for the funeral, and DS asked why I was so upset. I thought he was just too young to understand what had happened, and I repeated that Papa had died.
He said "I know, but it was only his body that is gone. We get to keep all his love"

LoopyLoopsWoopDeWoops Sun 04-Dec-11 01:35:50

That made me cry. smile I think I love your DS.

Goodynuff Sun 04-Dec-11 01:42:20

He is pretty amazing smile he has AS, and sometimes can seem really distant. Then he says something like that, and I don't worry so much.

LoopyLoopsWoopDeWoops Sun 04-Dec-11 10:38:26


KiwiJean Sun 04-Dec-11 10:46:46

I have a degree in philosophy and am inclined to agree, it sounds like there are a few real genius's out there!

Ineedacleaneriamalazyslattern Sun 04-Dec-11 10:51:00

DD (8) a couple of years ago announced one day that "you know what they say the bigger the book the more the pages" to this day I cannot remember what it was we were talking about for this to come out but dh and I still say it occasionally when we can't think of a better answer.

LoopyLoopsWoopDeWoops Sun 04-Dec-11 10:53:22


BarkisIsWillin Sun 04-Dec-11 11:03:58

DD when she was about 2, after studiously studying an aquarium for several minutes, announced 'fish not cry'

LoopyLoopsWoopDeWoops Sun 04-Dec-11 15:15:46
spudinvasion Sun 04-Dec-11 15:31:06

When my DD was about 5 or 6 she went through a phase of not settling at night. After a few weeks she told me it was because she was afraid of forever "because it never ends"!!!

warzonemummy Sun 04-Dec-11 15:31:32

I had such a not so wonderful day and this made me just smile. You all have some wonderful kids.

Lovely thread. Not deep, but it did make me smile this morning when my 7 year old DD said 'Mommy, can we hold you rfuneral on your birthday?' I asked why on earth she wanted to do that and she said 'well you told me that at a funeral everybody plays your favourite music and says nice things about you, then has a party afterwards to celebrate your life. So I thought we should do that for your birthday'.

spiderpig8 Sun 04-Dec-11 19:07:02

6 YO DD - if a piece of music hasn't been composed, does it exist or not?

Pursang Sun 04-Dec-11 19:26:45

Grandmother, to 4 year old cousin: 'you can have a bike when you're the same age as (older sister)'

cousin: <thinks for a while> But I'll never be as old as sister. I'll always be one year and three months younger than her.

Me: shock

LoopyLoopsWoopDeWoops Sun 04-Dec-11 21:52:36

Goodness, these are really profound!

Spiderpig - what was your answer?

DS (then 4) once asked 'why do some people believe in science?' ME: what? DS: 'well some people think a big bang created the world - when we all know god did'

hmm well he didn't get that from me!

MarthasHarbour Sun 04-Dec-11 22:25:39

not profound at all but my DS took ages to start talking properly (now we cant shut him up grin )

However the first ever question he asked me was when we shared a bath, he looked all panicked and asked me in a right stressed out voice

'oh no mummy where your winky gone?'

he had only ever said 'cat and car' before that! wink

ScarlettIsWalking Sun 04-Dec-11 22:30:19

The subject of war came on the news one day 5 yo dd said to me today that she would ask all the men to put their guns back in the cases and their knives away (??!) and stop the war and tell people to live together and be friends.

She also said when she was 2 she once saw god in the sky

Cherriesarelovely Sun 04-Dec-11 22:38:34

Agreed, what an absolutely brilliant thread. Have just stared doing some philosophy with my Year 2s at school, they are fantastic and quite naturally philosophical as this thread proves!

bushymcbush Sun 04-Dec-11 22:53:08

Not so much philosophical this one but political:

When DD was just turned 2 she asked DH where the aeroplane they were watching in the sky was going. DH answered "I don't know. Maybe America." DD replied "Can't say America ... America dangerous."

bushymcbush Sun 04-Dec-11 22:57:09

DD also showed some grasp of Shroedingers (sp?) cat question when she and DH were watching a cat in the street, which then walked behind a wall. DD - "Where is the cat?" DH - "Behind the wall." DD "I can't believe you!"

LoopyLoopsWoopDeWoops Sun 04-Dec-11 23:03:23

Just Googled Shrodinger's cat. I don't get it. confused

bushymcbush Mon 05-Dec-11 09:09:49

Loopy - it's a little bit like the old conundrum: 'if a tree falls over in the middle of a forest and nobody hears it, did it make a sound?' It just questions whether things actually exist outside if our perception of them. A very ego-centric view if you ask me.

bushymcbush Mon 05-Dec-11 09:10:36

... outside of our perception ...

neilyourbedroomsonfire Mon 05-Dec-11 09:39:20

5 yo DD: "Mummy, when you die can I have your car?"
4 yo DD: "Don't be silly! That car will be squashed into a square by the time our mum dies"

spiderpig8 Mon 05-Dec-11 16:38:20

Spiderpig - what was your answer?

'I don't know, I'll have to think about it'

I love these especially fish mo cry and the little boy whose first sentence was about his mum's winky smile

pranma Mon 05-Dec-11 21:18:50

When my dss heard people talking about something that happened before he was born he said,'Ah that was when I was playing chess with God'.he was nearly 4 at the time.

Alliwantisaroomsomewhere Mon 05-Dec-11 21:21:37

7 yr old DS shone a torch on the ceiling and moved the light beam quickly - then he asked me if that was the speed of light grin.

ViviPrudolf Mon 05-Dec-11 21:21:40

I heart this thread

ReadySteadyDrink Mon 05-Dec-11 21:39:26

When DS was 18 months he pointed to a tree outside and said "look, tree broken". He was looking at a tree in winter that had lost all its leaves.

Dd (5): I can actually hear God you know...
Me: Really, what does he say?
Dd: That I'm right

Pretty much sums up her life philosophy.

DD3 is 5, and was eating breakfast while gazing up at our Elf on the Shelf a couple of days ago.
Fresh from her latest RE lesson , she said 'Mummy, the Elf on the Shelf is a bit like Jesus isn't he?'
I wasn't really listening so just said ' Is he, dear?'
To which she replied, 'Yes, he only really works if you believe in him.' hmm
Out of the mouths of babes....

anonacfr Mon 05-Dec-11 22:46:00

grin funnypeculiar

LoopyLoopsWoopDeWoops Mon 05-Dec-11 22:48:52

smile Aren't they brilliant?

Shelley33 Mon 05-Dec-11 22:56:28

the little girl I nanny at the age of 3 announced recently that once Mary Poppins dies, then it's her daddy's turn shock I made a mental note to contact Julie Andrews somehow and ask her not to pop her clogs anytime soon....

A previous charge also once asked me If I was a miracle just like baby jesus smile

Bustle Mon 05-Dec-11 22:59:23

In the supermarket yesterday, Dd2 wanted something and I replied that I'd not got enough money. She said " we'll have to buy it in the 30 seconds in between you getting paid and all the money going on bills then!" . She's 8.

DS was wee, can't remember how old, asked me his first rhetorical question: 'Why do fish swim in the sea?' Cue me scrambling for various answers including muscle warmth, catching prey etc...'Because the grass isn't wet enough.'

He has just sent off his UCAS to study Philosophy at various fine establishments of the land.

Here's hoping...

These are brilliant. What a genius generation!
A while back DD (then 3) was trying to understand the concept of God being everywhere... not an easy concept to understand for anyone. So she kept asking "Did Jesus hear that".

Days later, after a lull in her vocal attempts to understand this, she was sat on the loo and made a particularly loud "plop" sound... to which she said "Did Jesus hear that?" to which I could only reply "yes, He probably did!" I wonder what conversations she would have with funnypeculiar's DD!!

grovel Mon 05-Dec-11 23:31:48

My DS, at the age of 4, wanted any Christmas present from Marks Expensive.

He also had a nightmare and came and told us (when he was 6) that "Jesus bit me". Two days later he told us he had a heart attack in his leg and could not go to school.

And from religion to ethics/politics...
This from last week:
DD: Why are the children not in school today Mummy?
Me: Because it is a strike day.
DD: Ooo is everyone wearing stripes today?
Me: No striKe not striPe.
DD: What is a strike?
Me: When lots of people think they should be paid more for their work they all stop working together until they get more money.
DD: Oh...
Me: Some people have too much money, some don't have enough. But the people with too much don't want to share. What do YOU think we should do about it?
DD: watch cbeebies!smile

Not quite sure she is cutting the philosophical edge like some of the others on here!

Marthasharbour (lovely name btw), I agree with Stealth, the missing winky episode; it's hilarious grin. You have to keep a note of that for future speeches!

Loopy, MNHQ should put some of these (asking our permission obviously) in a book alongside some of the other just wonderful threads like the grandparent's house one from a few weeks back... it would sell and be such warm and lovely reading. Thanks for starting it.

CheerfulYank Tue 06-Dec-11 00:05:48

Ds has come out with some real corkers...whenever I would ask him how he knew he would say "God told me before I was born. I was a man, then I died and lived with God, then I was a baby in your you-ter-iss." grin

LinusVanPelt Tue 06-Dec-11 00:18:35

Goodynuff your DS has genuinely helped me in the grief process with that perfect, simple statement. Please thank him for me! smile

My dd is not-quite-two. She has a book about the nativity that her Nana gave her for Advent, and upon having baby Jesus pointed out and named for her she looked up at Nana with a delighted, cheeky glint in her eye and said "Baby Jesus is Rascal!"


leftmymistletoeatthedoor Tue 06-Dec-11 00:45:46

Ds asks a variation of the 'how did the first person to know something know they knew it?' Question every day in life...

Ds: how do builders know how to build things
Me: they go to college and they watch the other builders and they learn
Ds: how do the other builders know?
Me: well, they did the same when they were young
Ds: and how did the first builders know
Me: arrrgggghhhh
Ds (small pause) and how did they know how to make bricks mummy?

It is cute but it drives me round the twist because he asks it about everything all of the time.

My son's great grannies died in rapid succession. Both very stern, proper, immaculately groomed ladies.

On hearing the news of the second death DS said 'Oh good, she'll be able to show her where the toilets and hairbrushes are in heaven.'


Goodynuff Tue 06-Dec-11 14:00:50

LinusVanPelt I did thank him, and he was quite pleased to have helped. smile I hope you find the strength you need

mumofthreekids Tue 06-Dec-11 14:33:41

Yesterday my 4yo DD told me that "bad dreams never come true but good dreams sometimes do..."

grin FiveHoursSleep

LoopyLoopsWoopDeWoops Tue 06-Dec-11 17:43:27

I agree downto, would make a lovely book. Ask MNHQ perhaps?

nightingale452 Thu 08-Dec-11 16:10:41

When DD1 was around 4 she asked me 'when did God die?' I thought she was getting mixed up and told her all about Jesus and the crucifixion and she replied 'no I know about all that, I mean when did God die?' I was a bit flummoxed by this and told her that he hasn't exactly died and that's kind of the point, to which she countered 'well how did he get into heaven then?' I think that was the point at which I told her to ask the vicar.

prozacpopsie Thu 08-Dec-11 17:57:55

DS (aged 2): Why did the weasel go pop?

Not philosophical but SO touching, this one...

DS (aged 5, few weeks ago, sitting on loo doing poo) made a heart shape with his hands and said: 'Deep, deep, deep, deep, deep in my heart is a tiny, tiny, tiny, tiny forever kiss, just for you.'

Cue blubbing from mummy.

Hullou Thu 08-Dec-11 20:11:05

My ds had a lot of things to get used to all in one go and after a particularly frenetic day she said from the back of the car, 'Let's all be dogs.' I asked her some complicated adult question about why she wanted to be a dog and what was good about being a dog and she said, 'Good dog, mum.'

FoxyRevenger Thu 08-Dec-11 20:21:01

prozac <weeps>

This thread makes me so excited for when DD can talk. grin

InspirationExcellence Thu 08-Dec-11 22:32:14

Amazing amazing are children! Loving this!

proudgrandma Thu 08-Dec-11 23:13:49

our 6 year grandson asked me if I would take the necklace he gave me to heaven when I died . (it was a lucky dip prize at Glastonbury festival !)

PinkLeopard Thu 08-Dec-11 23:49:41

Yes this should be made into a book. I was feeling very low and reading this has really lifted my spirits! Children are indeed a blessing.

Please which one is the grandparents' house thread?

ThoseArentSpiritFingers Thu 08-Dec-11 23:55:28

this should go in classics!! what do you need to do to nominate a thread for classics?

mebythesea Fri 09-Dec-11 00:12:17

Dd (age 2) said "mum mum look! there is a babyman" and when i looked there was a big man witha very shiny bald head. She still calles bald men babyman, even her old dad. Awwww.

anonacfr Fri 09-Dec-11 09:22:00

'Good dog, mum' Heh!

WidowWadman Fri 09-Dec-11 09:35:21

My almost 3 year old, when asked to share a toy with her little sister said "No I can't share with her. It's a dangerous".

I guess she wanted to point out that it's a slippery slope and if you give 'em a little finger etc.

Bubbaluv Fri 09-Dec-11 09:43:18

DS4 is going through a very extended "WHY?" stage. The other day he asked "Mum, why do things change?"

PaperView Fri 09-Dec-11 09:46:06

I'm having a particularly stressful time at the moment and very low but this thread has lifted me a bit. Thank you x

LoopyLoopsWoopDeWoops Fri 09-Dec-11 19:37:11

smile Keep them coming. What amazing kids we have! smile

Helgicita Fri 09-Dec-11 21:32:27

Me: 'You're the best boy in the whole world'
DS (5) 'I cant be the best boy, there must be a boy who is better than me'

glitterati Sun 11-Dec-11 02:22:34

My dd age 5 quizzed me about the Goldilocks story: if one bowl of porridge was too hot and one too cold, why didn't she mix them together and then they'd have been warm, and the next night asked about Three Little Pigs house of bricks, How did they get in and out? - you can't make a door of bricks can you.....I hope when she's a well paid criminal investigator she can keep me in my old age

LoopyLoopsWoopDeWoops Sun 11-Dec-11 18:18:30

Ooooh it's in classics!

theduchesse Thu 22-Dec-11 11:43:23

My mum once asked my dsis why she couldn't just be nice and she replied 'I tried it once but it wasn't positively reinforced'. She was about 4. My dad is a psychology lecturer so that may have had something to do with it.

LoopyLoopsIsTentativelyBack Fri 23-Mar-12 22:24:04

Re-reading this thread has cheered me up, so thought I'd bump it. smile

geniuswater Sun 25-Mar-12 10:16:30

This thread is lovely reminds me when my kids are driving me round the bend that they are superstars really wink

Duckypoohs Mon 21-May-12 01:53:40

My Ds1 is obsessed with death lately, he seems utterly convinced (no idea where he picked the idea up) that he will die and come back in another body, I have explained that nobody knows what happens after death, some people believe this, other people believe that blah blah. But nope he can't be budged, who am I to argue.

He is quite different to my other 2 children, not so traditionally "clever" slow to talk and has to work at things, but blimey he comes out with corkers sometimes.

I also love his comment on throwing a coin into a wishing well, I asked him what he wished for, he said "I wish I had a coin" had me chuckling for quite awhile, we have some brilliant conversations.

"Can God make other gods?"

-from my 10 year old.

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