All New Animals are "Woof"

Welcome to the June 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Kids and Animals

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have shared stories and wisdom about kids and pets.

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Unfortunately we don't have any animals now. We'd love to have a dog. A German Shepherd to be exact. Actually, Hun's German Shepherd, King is the one we really want. I'm not sure that we'll ever get him, though. He's been living peacefully with Hun's brother and sister-in-law for quite some time. Besides, King has a new friend, the cat.

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Although we don't have any animals, we do believe in exposing Baby Boy to animals. Last fall we even went to our first farm, where we met cows, chickens, goats, and a donkey.

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He's met some dogs in both Hun and my family. He loves to say "woof" when we see a dog in public, though he's still a bit wary of them. Nonetheless, he will pet them oh so gingerly.

But, there's a stray cat around our complex. Often Baby Boy will notice and point. He says, "woof". No matter how many times we tell him that it is a cat, inevitably each time he sees it he'll say "woof". Baby Boy will even get close and try to scare the cat, who of course runs away (he is a stray, therefore skittish of people). How does Baby Boy scare this cat? Well, either he says, "woof" or he goes, "raar". It's really pretty cute, because he leans over, sticking his booty out and scares the cat away. Then he'll turn around and clap! Eventually Baby Boy will say "meow" after I repeat it no less than 14,000 times in the span of 1 minute.

Then we have the birds. Every bird chirp or tweet Baby Boy hears is met with "woof". Every bird seen is called a "woof". No matter how many times I tell that birds go "chirp chirp" and "tweet tweet", Baby Boy insists it's "woof".

Recently, he noticed a raccoon who'd come out from the wilderness to try some garbage. Baby Boy saw this raccoon and said, "woof". I didn't see the raccoon and kept saying, "there's no dog". He insisted so I searched and searched the darkness. Finally Baby Boy pointed, so I knew something was somewhere and I saw the raccoon. Meanwhile, Baby Boy just kept saying, "woof", over and over. (By the way, we don't know the sound for a raccoon, do you??)

So, I've come to the conclusion that every animal is "Woof"!

How did your kids learn their animals? Did they pick one sound or animal and call every other animal the same?

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