There are times when I am quite astonished at the level of sophistication of the conversation Dd (4) and I have together. Yesterday, for example, on a car journey back from seeing friends, we discussed the pros and cons of white lying, which we defined as lying with good intention. She saw the pros and provided all the cons, in other words she had the subject completely. I would have been quite pleased with myself had I had such a conversation with a teen or even an adult.
Five minutes later Ds and I were talking about an older friend of his who we hadn't seen for a few months.
"He has changed so much", Ds remarked.
"Yes, he isn't a boy, anymore." I added.
Dd, from the back seat "Wha? He's a girl?"
You see, the thing is, even though I know her so well, I still don't know what she doesn't know, but at least she isn't now going round thinking Jaspar's a girl. How many more of these sorts of mistakes go by unnoticed in a school classroom, I wonder.