Note on Childhood Obsessions

I would like to personally thank all the friends and acquaintances who have patiently and politely listened as Manchild has stuttered and “ummed” his way through his spiel about the planets, the dwarf planets, and other features of space, who have let him tell you how a caracal can jump 10 feet in the air to catch a bird, who have borne with us as he explains what you have to do to earn a creature power suit on one more time.

I know many of you have been through similar stages and phases with your own kids, or seen it in your nieces and nephews, and I appreciate you humoring our chatty child. If ever I can repay the favor, let me know. I’d love to be a listening ear. And to give you a break.

But until then, tell me, what have your kids been obsessed with? We’ve done space, time, animals, the composition of the earth, trains, planes (not so much automobiles), chess, and – always and forever – letters/words/numbers.

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  1. Not my kid (obviously), but my cousin was obsessed with countries’ flags. Little older than manchild, but not much. 6? Maybe?


    lizzie Reply:

    Flags. I haven’t heard of that one before. It seems like a good one though. He certainly would learn a lot of geography!


  2. Long ago, I saw some movie that had a mom and son playing Go Fish with his dinosaur cards, and she knew all the names. I thought that was farfetched. Then my son got into dinosaurs, and I could name even more than that movie mother. When my son got into lizards and reptiles, we exhausted the juvenile nonfiction section of the local library and had to move on to the adult nonfiction, all before he was in first grade.


    lizzie Reply:

    It is fun to become those moms who are right there with their kids learning everything along with them. I admit it is one of my favorite things about having kids that are old enough to be obsessed with something – I get to learn about it, too. And way to go, you, for supporting all his library research!


  3. Cagesjamtoo (aka Sam)

    May 27th, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    We have done dinosaurs, but not to deep as in knowing their names, but we had a short infatuation.

    My oldest son was obsessed with “yum-yum’s” for a while. Yum-yum’s are folded paper that is a puppet. He had them everywhere. He still has a box of the ones he made months ago. He created different types like knights and ninjas. He went through so much paper. I did like that he was focused on something and that they fueled his creativity.

    We currently have a Lego Ninjagos love affair right now.


    lizzie Reply:

    Your sons could take a pencil and play with it for hours. I love that they get so focused and into things that are so simple, but they have so much creative energy that they can make them come alive.


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