“Would you like to ride your bike in the snow and cold?” I asked.
She responded after a minute, “Well, I would like to practice riding my bike to get better. I don’t want to do it in the snow. It is too cold in the garage. Bubby, my thoughts are mixed up”.
“You are confused,” I commented.
“My thoughts are all mixed up. I can’t put my hands inside my head to separate them.”
This concrete perspective while developmentally appropriate, posed a dilemma for her. At times where there is a cognitive dilemma, if at home or in the classroom, it is most helpful to use language of physical objects or activities in your explanations. And perhaps as important, is to both inwardly and outwardly affirm and relish the emergence of their growing sense of self.