One of the funnest thing about raising a kid is that you can lie to her. Guilty free most of the time. Let me explain. The first time I taught Nana the song The two tigers), she was very intrigued by the lyrics.
Later on that day, when she refused to eat her vegies, I told her that the reasons for the two tigers are without their ears and tails–they don't eat their vegies. She was terrified and cleared her vegies.
Ever since I realized that this is kind of tools that are extremely useful. I am sometimes too rational and I failed to see how important and more efficient it is to manipulate them, instead of reasoning with them.
Nana would constantly remind herself that she still have ears, and I still have ears, and Inna still has her ears, these are all because we are still eating our vegies. When she saw a monster in a book who has no ears, she knows exactly why the monster does not have ears.
"Eat your vegies to keep your ears!" She would tell her little brother.