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The Trouble with Pronouns

My child has always struggled with pronouns. Back when Bobby was about two, when we first started going to Music Together, we learned a song called “Me, You and We.” It was very simple. Point to yourself and sing, “Me. Me. Me-me-me, me-me-me, me, me.” And so on. Then point to your mom, dad, grandparent or caregiver and sing, “You. You. …” And so on. Then enjoy the bliss of “We”—hold that long e note while holding hands or giving your loved one a hug. Then sing, “We are you and me.”

This helped, but after class, Bobby would still mix up who was me and who was you. Bobby also had trouble with third person. “I’m she,” he would proudly announce.

“Uh, no, you’re he,” I would offer, trying to correct as gently as possible. As Bobby grew older, he became more insistent. “No, Mom, I’m a girl.”