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As I wrote about yesterday, we are in the process of working through the implications of Odette having an approximate birthday. We have been talking to her about transitioning to the 4/5 classroom at her preschool, and she was actually asked to join the 4/5 gymnastics class by her instructor. Needless to say, she has heard a lot of the numbers 4 and 5 lately. Odette is smart kid and knows that she is 3 and that her birthday isn’t for a while. In true inquisitive Odette fashion she has begun asking about why she is joining the 4 and 5 year olds if she is only 3. Is it almost her birthday? Is she 4? Why?
That’s where I need your help? What do I say? Do we tell her that she might be older than what her birthday reflects? Do we tell her now that her birthday was created? (Yes, she will know that later as we have no intention of ever hiding any part of her story from her, but is now the time?) Do we try to skirt the issue for awhile as it really shouldn’t matter much after the next year or two?