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Deciphering Toddler-speak.

Posted by on Jun 25, 2012 in toddler speech, toddlers and talking, toddlers pronouncing words, understanding toddler language | 0 comments

Mike was gone last week, gallivanting around Florida* in celebration of a friend who is getting married soon. He left Thursday night and returned Sunday night and the time really flew by in a whirlwind. That might be because I spent three straight days concentrating on what in the world “bah-day” means. It started on Friday when I picked Ryan...

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Ryan is French.

Posted by on Apr 30, 2012 in toddler language develop, toddler language skills, toddlers and foreign language, toddlers and talking | 0 comments

We sing the alphabet to Ryan a lot. Sometimes that song is the only thing that will calm him down when he’s feeling especially ornery. Both of his parents are writers, so perhaps he is genetically predisposed to find comfort in letters and words.* Previously, the best you could hope for in response was for the current whining/yelling to end. If you...

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Conversing with a toddler.

Posted by on Mar 2, 2012 in conversing with a toddler, singing to my toddler, toddler learning to talk, toddlers and talking | 0 comments

I think I had my first official spoken conversation with my son last night. I was singing him a song that I made up and have been singing to him since he was about a week old. I have no shame, so I’ll share the lyrics with you: He’s a Bubzy, he’s a bubzy wubzy pickle pants, a bubzy, he’s the greatest little bubzy that I knoooow,...

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My kid is a philosopher.

Posted by on Feb 29, 2012 in toddler doesn't say mama, toddlers and communication, toddlers and talking, toddlers and vocabulary | 0 comments

At least that’s what his daycare teacher says. “He think,” she once told me in her thick Yugoslavian accent. “He sit and he think. In my country, we say he’s philosopher.” Up until now, the kid may have thought a lot but never found it particularly necessary to speak. He’d been stuck with just “Dada”...

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I annoy myself when I talk in the third person.

Posted by on Dec 27, 2011 in referring to myself in the third person, toddler language develop, toddlers and talking | 0 comments

There is something I cannot figure out about myself and it is this: If it is the case that 1.) talking in the third person annoys the living stuff out of me and 2.) it’s not at all proper or good grammar or a habit I want my kid to develop… then why.can’t.I.stop? Why do I say “Can you close the door for Mommy?” rather than...

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He’s talking! In his own way.

Posted by on Oct 20, 2011 in becoming a toddler, kids have their own language, my kid doesn't talk, toddler learning to talk, toddlers and talking | 0 comments

You might think my kid doesn’t talk. And you’d sort of be right. After all, “ba-ba-ba” could mean many things. (Bottle? Belle? Baklava?) So he doesn’t speak, exactly, but he does have a knack for making himself perfectly understood. Allow me to translate… If he tries to dive-bomb out of your arms, that means he would like to be held by the person standing...

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