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Welcome to the June 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Kids and Animals

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have shared stories and wisdom about kids and pets.


Unfortunately we don’t have any animals now. We’d love to have a dog. A German Shepherd to be exact. Actually, Hun’s German Shepherd, King is the one we really want. I’m not sure that we’ll ever get him, though. He’s been living peacefully with Hun’s brother and sister-in-law for quite some time. Besides, King has a new friend, the cat.


Although we don’t have any animals, we do believe in exposing Baby Boy to animals. Last fall we even went to our first farm, where we met cows, chickens, goats, and a donkey.

farm animals

He’s met some dogs in both Hun and my family. He loves to say “woof” when we see a dog in public, though he’s still a bit wary of them. Nonetheless, he will pet them oh so gingerly.

But, there’s a stray cat around our complex. Often Baby Boy will notice and point. He says, “woof”. No matter how many times we tell him that it is a cat, inevitably each time he sees it he’ll say “woof”. Baby Boy will even get close and try to scare the cat, who of course runs away (he is a stray, therefore skittish of people). How does Baby Boy scare this cat? Well, either he says, “woof” or he goes, “raar”. It’s really pretty cute, because he leans over, sticking his booty out and scares the cat away. Then he’ll turn around and clap! Eventually Baby Boy will say “meow” after I repeat it no less than 14,000 times in the span of 1 minute.

Then we have the birds. Every bird chirp or tweet Baby Boy hears is met with “woof”. Every bird seen is called a “woof”. No matter how many times I tell that birds go “chirp chirp” and “tweet tweet”, Baby Boy insists it’s “woof”.

Recently, he noticed a raccoon who’d come out from the wilderness to try some garbage. Baby Boy saw this raccoon and said, “woof”. I didn’t see the raccoon and kept saying, “there’s no dog”. He insisted so I searched and searched the darkness. Finally Baby Boy pointed, so I knew something was somewhere and I saw the raccoon. Meanwhile, Baby Boy just kept saying, “woof”, over and over. (By the way, we don’t know the sound for a raccoon, do you??)

So, I’ve come to the conclusion that every animal is “Woof”!

How did your kids learn their animals? Did they pick one sound or animal and call every other animal the same?


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Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:

  • What Animal Rescue is Teaching My Children
  • Tips on Picking the Perfect Kid-friendly Dog — Lactating Girl at The Adventures of Lactating Girl shares some tips she’s learned on how to find the perfect child-friendly dog for your family.
  • All New Animals Are “Woof” — Baby Boy is still learning animals. Life Breath Present doesn’t yet have any at home, but he still believes that all animals are “woof.” Here’s the proof.
  • Dude, where’s my Horse? — Adora loves horses, but Erin at And Now, for Something Completely Different really doesn’t. However, Adora’s longing wins out; learn about their interactions with horses here.
  • Weighing the Pros and Cons of a Family Pet — When is a family ready for a pet? Donna at Eco-Mothering discusses her worries as well as the benefits of adopting a dog, including how it will affect her seven-year-old daughter.
  • Parenting Challenge–Learning from Animals–running the emotional gammut — Survivor at Surviving Mexico writes about the emotional learning her family has experienced through sharing their lives with animals.
  • Puppy Love for our Family — In case you didn’t catch it from the blog title, Pug in the Kitchen, the family pet is an integral part of Laura’s family and home life!
  • Vegetarianism and Animal Rights: Explaining to Children — Becca at The Earthling’s Handbook is mostly vegetarian…not 100%, and not because of animal rights…yet she has found that the idea of not hurting animals is the aspect of vegetarianism most easily understood by a young child. She explains what her son has learned about not eating meat and how it has affected his social life.
  • Pets & kids: The realities — Lauren at Hobo Mama lays out the benefits and drawbacks of pet ownership when young kids are involved.
  • HOW PETS CONNECT WITH EMOTIONS: KIDS & PETS AFTER 9-11 — Parenting Expert Laurie Hollman at Parental Intelligence discusses the importance of pets in lowering stress after traumatic situations, why children choose certain pets, the loss of a pet, and the role of parents in teaching care-giving to animals in a warm, gentle way.
  • It’s not our house without a dog! — Amy at Me, Mothering, and Making it All Work describes why giving a loving and disciplined home to at least one shelter dog at a time enriches the life of her family, and has become a vivid memory in the minds of her children.
  • Canine Haikus —Kids, dog, haikus, at

    Dionna (Code Name: Mama).

    Pet-centric poems.

  • Beanie’s BunniesOur Mindful Life‘s Sofi Bean has gotten her first pets!
  • Montessori Care of Pets — Deb Chitwood at Living Montessori Now tells about her experiences with kids and pets and shares Montessori resources for pet care.
  • How to Nurture Your Child’s Awareness of Spirit Guides — Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama hosts a post from her regular contributor Lauren of SpiralElixir.com. Lauren looks at the concept of animals as spirit guides and how deeply children are connected to this realm. She also encourages us to open ourselves up as parents to the reality that children are naturally more connected to the animal world, giving us ideas on how to nurture their relationships with their Spirit Guides.
  • No Puppy! — Meg at the Boho Mama shares her tips for dealing with toddlers and the (very real) fear of animals.
  • Year of the Pets — Jorje of Momma Jorje wasn’t sure she ever wanted pets again, but things have changed a lot this year!
  • 3 Reasons Why Keeping Backyard Chickens is Good for my Toddler — Bianca, The Pierogie Mama, started keeping backyard chickens for the benefit of their eggs, but what she wasn’t prepared for was what they would teach her two year old daughter too.

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20 thoughts on “All New Animals are “Woof”

  • June 10, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    I don’t remember what my kids’ words for animals were, but I do remember that my son’s first sign was “dog.” He loved dogs, even though we didn’t have one at the time. We just got our first puppy a few weeks ago, and he is in heaven!
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    • June 10, 2014 at 1:00 pm

      How neat your son’s first sign was “dog”! I sure hope we can get a dog for Baby Boy one day, then they can “woof” together all they want (lol) Congratulations on the new puppy! 😀

  • June 10, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    My daughter said “duck” and “bird” early on even though we had bunnies when she was born (don’t think she ever called them anything). My favorite was her calling an elephant an “ofanet” and a caterpillar a “callapitter.” We also exposed her to animals frequently whether it was the zoo or friends’ pets or wildlife on hikes.

    • June 10, 2014 at 6:59 pm

      I love “ofanet” and “callapitter”! I love sharing the world with Baby Boy. After all that’s the whole point, no? 🙂

  • June 10, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    How cute about the “woof”ing! I remember learning in child development when my little brother was small that kids do that — seek out patterns and then assume for awhile that everything that fits that pattern (maybe it’s anything furry, or with four legs) is the same thing, before gradually distinguishing (dogs from cats from cows, etc.). I think it’s so fascinating to watch!

    I was actually hoping someone would write a post about not having pets but still experiencing animals, and I’m so glad you did! Because we also have so much exposure to animals outside just our two cats, and I think that’s so important and meaningful as well. For instance, my older son wants a dog and we can’t handle that right now, so we make friends with all the other dogs we can!
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    • June 10, 2014 at 7:05 pm

      Yes! It’s about exposure, at least the way I see it. Each tone we have the opportunity to see an animal, I try to make a point to stop for a mini-lesson on animals. Yes, even bugs sometimes!

      Great info on the patterns thing, Thanks! 🙂

  • June 11, 2014 at 4:29 am

    That’s so cute! I love that you’re able to foster a love of animals even without having any in the home. I hope your King gets to come home soon!

    • June 11, 2014 at 5:13 pm

      It’d be great if we could keep King. We honestly have nowhere to put him though :'( In the meantime , we’ll keep exposing Baby Boy to as much as we can! 🙂

  • June 13, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    This is a typical stage. Developmental psychologists call it “overextending”. For my son, all furry animals were “uff uff”, all men with beards were “a daddy”, certain types of women were “a mama” (I never figured out exactly how he defined that category, but it included a female zookeeper bathing an elephant!), and anything moving in a linear fashion was a “too too tain!!!” generating great excitement.

    Enjoy this cute stage!
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    • June 14, 2014 at 1:59 am

      Ah! No wonder toddlers’ speech is so cute and fun 🙂 I didn’t know what it was called, but I have started to notice that Baby Boy seems able to distinguish boy vs. girl, baby, and has called another woman “mom mom”. 🙂

  • June 18, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    My daughter at this age thought all animals roared. We had horses across the street from our front window and they did make a remarkably roar-like sound when they were excited, so I didn’t argue with her about it.
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