My Son Draws Himself

My son: Mama, I’m drawing my body!

And it really is great! Because counting body parts means I can check off a developmental milestone and will also come in handy during zombie attacks.

At four years old, he should draw six body parts. (See a medical education DOES come in handy!)

Five would be okay. He’s only been four for two months. But then he WOWs me by pointing to the final part.


Alex Iwashyna

Alex Iwashyna went from a B.A. in philosophy to an M.D. to a SAHM, poet and writer by 30. She spends most of her writing time on, a humor blog (except when it's serious) about her husband fighting zombies, awkward attempts at friendship, and dancing like everyone is watching. She also has a soft spot for culture, politics, and rude Southern people who offend her Yankee sensibilities. She parents 2 elementary-aged children, 1 foster baby, 3 cats, and 1 puppy, who are all Southern but not rude. Yet.

14 thoughts to “My Son Draws Himself”

  1. Who wants something with a little less penis?! Kid penis pictures are hilarious. When I was pregnant with my second, the first born kept drawing pictures of me with my big pregnant belly and a giant gaping hole for a vag because we had talked about how she was going to come out. Awesome.

    1. Penis Schmeenis….has N discovered her “pocket”? When daughter our “R” discovered hers she kept all kinds of things tucked away in there. Beads, toys, cheerios….oh yeah. That’s an #eyestab.

  2. I don’t mean to worry you… but I think you need to reconsider your zombie attack plans if you’ve set aside time for counting body parts.

    A 4yr old who’s delicious and distracting – now that’d come in handy.

    1. So I was thinking in terms of all the people who know how prepared we are for the apocalypse. My son needs to be able to count their body parts in order to know if they’ve been partially eaten by zombies and will infect the rest of us. Or eat my delicious 4 year old. We are also teaching him to run fast and use a machete.

  3. Oh gosh..

    I don’t work with kids much so I’d totally forgotten about the “Draw A Person” test.

    I remember the test having its limits when I used it in clinic.

    For instance, there were no instructions in the test scoring manual for what to do if the child drew a person with…a chimney.

    Also, a really helpful update to the test would include zombie apocalypse instructions.

    Does the Stanford-Binet have a new version coming out any time soon? Cause it should have one too.

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