Funny Friday: Cause and Effect

Gavin got a Thomas and Friends Big Big Loader for his birthday.  Although it is largely a fairly passive toy that requires him to watch Thomas, Jack and Cranky at work, he often tries to help them out by picking up the little balls of coal.


Unfortunately, that also means he drops them.  One of these little coal balls is about the size of the nail on a pinky.  When it falls onto the tiled floor, it bounces and rolls in every direction and can be almost impossible to find.  Whenever he drops them, Gavin will exclaim, “Oh no!”  Then he’ll come running to one of us to help him look for them and pick them up (read: we look and he watches).  He was dropping them more and more frequently until it got to the point that we would all dread it whenever we heard him say, “Oh no!” because we knew what was coming next.

Then my SIL happened to spy him dropping the coal balls deliberately and watching them bounce and roll all over the place.  All this time we had thought he was dropping them by accident when it had been a deliberate and calculated move.

My SIL then exclaimed, “Gavin!  Why did you do that?”

Gavin looks up innocently and says, “Oh no!”

Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of (a website on parenting, education, child development) and (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

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