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Kid Definishons: “Yesterday”

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Kid Definishons Yesterday

Young kids are about as good at making accurate time references as I am at rolling a ball of water in my hands.

When a kid is describing something that happened, parents know that when they say “yesterday” that the word has an elasticity that stretches from a millisecond before now all the way back to when the metaphorical hourglass of Time began theoretically pooping grains of sand in its glass pants.

However, when you’re talking to a young one, most of the time it’s not really important when exactly “yesterday” is in reference to. But every once in a while, when you’re trying to determine how long ago they left a yogurt somewhere or when they put your phone on the table, yesterday’s clarity starts to become a little more valuable.

Good luck, though. Try rolling a ball of water in your hands; it’s easier.

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23 Comments

23 Responses to “Kid Definishons: “Yesterday””

  1. jennifer says:

    It helps sometimes to explain things by the length of a TV show.

    One hour? Three Scoobie-Doos.

    Hope that helps.

    Jen

    the latest from us: http://oururbanplayground.com/2014/02/closet-nursery-inspiration/

  2. Jo says:

    Otherwise known as Lesterday or Lasterday. :)

  3. Mimi says:

    My older son is really into “last years” as his time gauge….regardless if it being this week, yesterday, or many years ago. Also used wth some frequency is “I did such-and-such last day!” Silly kids.

  4. Melissa H says:

    Our’s also uses tomorrow in the same way.

  5. Today, my 4-year-old’s wording was, “Daddy – remember yesterday last week when we were at the zoo? We have NEVER EVER been there in a long time. We should totally go this weekend.”

  6. lucy says:

    We are getting “Last time….” to things referenced a minute ago lol

  7. My Kids Mom says:

    Mine referred to time with “today,” “tomorrow”= all future, and “when daddy was little”=all past. Poor daddy. He was a bit disturbed when he was equated with dinosaurs.

  8. Meghan says:

    My daughter references time as “the other day” and “that day” like I’m supposed to know exactly when she is taking about. Lol. She is four and a half.

    • Andy says:

      I can barely keep it together when my littlest frowns and hurumphs at me because I’ve lost track of his weird time-travaller’s description of when and in what sequence the things he’s describing happened.

  9. Dawn Marie says:

    “mama, member esterday when I was a big boy yike you an I couldna walk yet?”

    yep. totally remember that, kid.

  10. Cheril says:

    Mine are older and still do this, with a twist: “Remember when I was…” (enter random number that they picked at a moment’s notice that is less than their current age).
    Me: “That was like two weeks ago. Not 3 years.”

  11. Desiree Fawn says:

    My daughter says “lasmorning” for anytime prior to right now.
    “Tomorrno” means anytime after right now. It’s all relative.

  12. shawn says:

    My 4yo daughters new thing is “the number 3 yesterday” for 3 days ago.

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