Monday, January 6, 2014


Lilyanna has had a much more difficult time with gender specific pronouns than any of our other kids.  Well, they all had the same trouble, but she's had it for much longer.  We've spent months trying to explain how to appropriately use pronouns.

On the way to church on Sunday it was like a light bulb went off in her head.  She started listing her friends, identifying their gender, and then assigning them the correct pronoun.  And she's gotten it right ever since.

Right this minute, I'm just glad she doesn't know any trans-gender people.  When she's got this totally down, she can figure out correct pronoun assignations on her own in those cases.  In the meantime we're going to stick to our misogynistic patriarchal plain old currently accepted American English versions.

1 comment:

Susan said...

One of my maxims of parenting is that as a parent, it is my job to give my child a firm grounding in black and white. When he or she goes out into the world and meets all the shades of gray out there, it is a sense of black and white that will help him or her sort them out. Surely this applies to your topic!