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Old 07-12-2010, 11:59 AM   #1
 
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Harry has been doing a lot of pretend play, which is awesome. However, he has been correcting us when we address him as "Harry" even when he's not playing. He'll say "No, I'm Aidan" (his cousin, who he idolizes) or "I'm Andy" (Toy Story boy), etc. That's fine.

But, at his first day of school today, he kept telling the teacher "I'm Aidan!" Hrm. Is it because that is the only real "big boy that goes to school" that he knows? Is he playing? Is he going off the deep end? (Joking!!) The teacher mentioned it at pick-up time and DH explained that Aidan is his cousin, so it was fine, but is this normal 3 year old stuff? Harry's always been quirky, so I have a skewed sense of what is normal. Reassure me, please?
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Old 07-12-2010, 12:14 PM   #2
 
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Yeah, sounds normal.

My second son used to change his name regularly in pre-school. Once in regular public school, his teachers wouldn't let him change his first or last name, so he added various middle names. My favorite was Shark. He wrote it very prominantly on all his papers: Evan Shark Lastname.
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My daughter never changed her name but had many, many imaginary friends with names and personalities. She would talk about them to anyone who would listen. I think it's perfectly normal and wouldn't worry much.
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my daughter went through a phase where she would only answer to the name kiki.

and her dad decided to change his name when he first started kindergarten too. apparently, there was another kid in his class with the same first name and he didn't like that. the interesting part of the story is that he had convinced the nun that his real name was a typo and she really believed that his name was bobby (the name he created for himself). at school he was bobby. everywhere else he was brian. it wasn't until conferences when his mom finally met the teacher that everything came to light.
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Old 07-14-2010, 09:04 AM   #5
 
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I wouldn't worry; that's really common. The teacher should know how to deal with it.
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Old 07-14-2010, 09:24 AM   #6
 
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These stories are cracking me up! Yesterday, he was Harry again, today Dylan - a boy in his class.

I love that he is into pretend. He's never been into toys and his playing was more "let me run around and pull everything down and then climb things and jump off". My folks got him two dress-up outfits for his birthday (chef and construction worker) and he loves them. He's been cooking with me a lot and "fixing" a lot of stuff around the house. He also has been playing library, pretending to check out books from our book case and putting cards in them. I brought him some used book cards and a stamp from my library and he was in hog heaven.

He's always kind of acted out scenes from whatever we let him watch (mostly Curious George on PBS and now Toy Story) and he now has the language and skills to do that on a different level. This is a huge leap for him in the last couple of months and we are enjoying it.
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Sophia, my little one has been having an identity crisis for months. She'll be 3 in October.

For a while she would only respond to Diego, but now sometimes out of nowhere she'll just blurt out who she is at that moment. Like she'll run in to tell me, "I'm Enrique mom" and then run away. Then she'll run in to tell me she's someone else. Enrique is from Dragon Tales and is her new favorite. Most people get Diego, but if we're out and she wants to be Enrique, it's sounds a little weird.
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Ivy has always liked imaginary play better than most toys. At almost 10 she still has a closet full of dress-up clothes and plays with them almost daily. It's pretty common for her to come out in some crazy ensemble and tell me she's the fairy queen of some far away made up land and her kingdom is in peril. Seeing her imagination work always makes me so happy. I love that side of her.

I'm happy for Harry (and for you) that he's found that side and is able to explore and express himself like that. So what if you get a few funny looks.

Are his teachers willing to go along with it? How are they handling it?
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Sophia, my little one has been having an identity crisis for months. She'll be 3 in October.

For a while she would only respond to Diego, but now sometimes out of nowhere she'll just blurt out who she is at that moment. Like she'll run in to tell me, "I'm Enrique mom" and then run away. Then she'll run in to tell me she's someone else. Enrique is from Dragon Tales and is her new favorite. Most people get Diego, but if we're out and she wants to be Enrique, it's sounds a little weird.
I love it! Mine will only reply to my parents "I'm BK" but allows me to call her by her full first name.

She also likes to be Princess Fiona, Dora *who is a "sperla," her made-up word I've been trying to define for the past year* and very often, she is mommy.
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