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3rd child, past the competitive mother stage - so why doesn't my 2.5 year old know his colours?

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Paolosgirl Fri 31-Jul-09 19:11:06

Trying not to get stressed, but still found myself lining up the yellow, blue and red bricks tonight in a semi-hysterical manner grin He's not at all bothered - too busy hanging upside down from the curtain rail - but someone please tell me this is not a sign of a career in MacDonalds to come?

TrinityRhinoIsInDetention Fri 31-Jul-09 19:13:05

lol of course it isn't
gecko doesn't know her colours
she thinks everything is pink

but she is fully trained day and night and has been for 6 months
she has a huge vocab, understands sooo much

and is a little monster

come on, you know that hes fine

Paolosgirl Fri 31-Jul-09 19:15:18

Now, well, you see, he's nowhere near potty trained either. Arrgghhh...

<heads off for a lie down in a dark room with a cool flannel on her forehead>

eandh Fri 31-Jul-09 19:15:25

No normal dd2 is 2.6 and like gecko thinks everything is pink (occasionally a random white thing!) she undertsands everything you say to her and although her speech has been slow (big sister doesnt stop talking and often talks for dd2) she is now coming on in leaps and bounds.

She can do so many other things that i dont remember dd2 doing at this age but colours and numbers do not interest her and tbh she'll get the hang of it one day so I've gone past worrying grin

reikizen Fri 31-Jul-09 19:16:07

Don't know. dd2 thinks everything is blue and has a particular problem with red and green. dd1 knew her colours well before now so is just one of those crazy things...

eandh Fri 31-Jul-09 19:16:10

oh and she did potty train at 2.1 but that was because her big sister used the toilet and everything dd1 does dd2 has to attempt to do as well wink

Paolosgirl Fri 31-Jul-09 19:20:24

I know - it's silly! I really thought I'd be well past the competitive, comparing stage, but his friends all seem to know their colours - one little boy knows his in english and dutch, for crying out loud!

bigstripeytiger Fri 31-Jul-09 19:26:50

I think that I read somewhere that it can take until they are 4 to be sure about colours, especially red and green.

jujumaman Fri 31-Jul-09 19:28:08

dd1 didn't start on colours until she was 2.6 and went to nursery where all the girls were pink obsessed. AND she didn't potty train until 2.10. I think McDonald isn't on the cards have hopes for at least KFC.

TotalChaos Fri 31-Jul-09 19:35:33

the age by which they should know colours is 4, so plenty of time, it's not a race after all. And hmm at the MacDonalds reference; or is it only other people's children who are suitable to work in the service sector?

GwarchodwrPlant Fri 31-Jul-09 19:38:32

One of my mindees who is 3ys old doesn't know his colours and isn't potty trained. Stop stressing, they all develop differently smile

BlueSmarties Fri 31-Jul-09 19:43:25

lol - this is s funny - sorry not mocking your concern but your expectations are soooooooo high compared to mine. Ds2 2yrs 4mos actually walked past his potty then p1ssed on the patio totally oblivious so have put the potty training on ice for a while. As for colours there's no hope because I can never tell him anything coz he's ALWAYS right - he's his fathers son for sure. conversation is something like:
ds- look a digger
me - its like a digger isn't it but its a big lawn mower
ds - no mummy its a digger
me - its a lovely green colour like the grass is cutting
ds - no it isn't. Its BLUE!!!!!!!!!!!!

etc etc.

Time for wine now.

Bumperslucious Fri 31-Jul-09 19:46:35

It's all different isn't it? DD 2.1 is very articulate (yesterday's gem coming in from my mum's garden 'I can't find Boris [my mum's cat] anywhere' - I just can't believe that she can put sentences like that together!) and she can do colours and most numbers. BUT she still has a dummy (for sleeping only though) and a bottle in the morning and evening, and she isn't anywhere near to being ready to potty train.

Paolosgirl Fri 31-Jul-09 20:30:16

The MacDonalds reference was in the tone of the rest of the post - tongue in cheek.

I'm sure the colours will come in time - I shall take a firm grip of myself and stop obsessing! Just in case, however, I shall look at the KFC entrance qualifications wink

lockets Fri 31-Jul-09 20:37:19

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Spacehoppa Fri 31-Jul-09 20:39:54

The Unidentified crying object 2 and a bit has moved out of pink (=good) and not pink (=boring so ignored) duality and is going through a really strange phase of muttering 'black, black, black' to herself on seeing the colour.

Does anyone know where you can get goth gear for toddlers? Maybe we can introduce a little purple?

Institches Fri 31-Jul-09 21:26:35

I was convinced dd was going to be colour blind as she couldn't get red & green right until she was about 3. She seems to have got the hang of it now.

I guess some just take their time...

Wallace Fri 31-Jul-09 21:40:11

He's your third: you are not even supposed to notice if he knows his colours or not...


KEAWYED Fri 31-Jul-09 21:42:47

My DS2 isnt even speaking yet, he grunts like a caveman!!

The only thing he does with a potty is wear it on his head.

meandjoe Fri 31-Jul-09 22:31:59

Lol bluesmrties your ds sounds like mine!!!! Dh pointed out a crane to ds today and he just shook his head and said 'no daddy, it's tractor!' no point in arguing cos he carries on 'correcting' us for hours! He's 2 and he does know his colours but is absolutely clueless about numbers and has not a bloody clue with regards to potty training. I find it fascinating how different they all are but so comforting to know we all worry about the same stuff they should or shouldn't know!

Paolosgirl Fri 31-Jul-09 22:42:32

I know Wallace! His lack of colour awareness is probably down to neglect on my part grin (that was a joke, before anyone jumps on me and gives me a hmm)

He can count to 10 though (albeit without 5 for some reason), has a pretty good vocab, knows his Thomas from his Gordon and Henry, shouts "a maaaaan" or "a laaaady" at bemused passers-by, knows when to holler "hellllllllp" in public areas for maximum effect, and is fearless when it comes to physical play.

I feel quite tearful thinking about all his achievements grin. Now, if only I could get him to remember which brick is blue and which is yellow. Glad he's not the only one lacking in this area!

puffylovett Fri 31-Jul-09 23:09:09

Am so relieved to have found this thread, I've been convincing myself that DS is colourblind ! We have the same red / green / blue issues. He knows his left from his right for heavens sake, but not pink from green grin

phew !

hambo Fri 31-Jul-09 23:12:16

Keawyed - heh heh re potty hat!

BlueSmarties Sat 01-Aug-09 07:54:48

We had colour blind paranoia until ds1 was 4 - even had a hospital check done coz he failed every test. Fine now though. I wonder whether in some children its not that they don't know the names its that physically they haven't developed the ability to see the difference yet.

oftenpurple Sat 01-Aug-09 08:13:26

I stopped worrying about baby-comparing when DD was born and she's only my second child! I'm now worried that I should have kept comparing and have no idea how DD compares with others her age.

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