Happy July 4th, my fellow Americans! Today is a glorious day to bask in the glow of red, white, and blue fireworks while remembering what our brave Patriot forefathers started way back on July 4, 1776 - the birth of the greatest nation on earth. I'm excited to teach my girls more and more about … Continue reading Toddler Talk Tuesday: Baby Love?
I wonder how many readers clicked on this post and expected to read about a fancy method I'm using to teach my baby (17mo) to talk. Maybe sign language. Maybe teaching specific sounds. (Is that even possible? I thought babies just learn how to make sounds randomly based on the frequency they hear them, hence … Continue reading Baby Talk: Learning From the Pros
My toddler is getting pretty smart. She's slowly figuring out how the world works and what cause and effect means. Recently, she's figured out that you can buy things using paper bills, a check, a credit card, or even via the computer (quite an abstract concept if you think about it). And she's figuring out what the … Continue reading Toddler Talk Tuesdays: Blunt, As Always
Awhile back my husband was a bit tired at the end of the day, as was I - because Toddler just plain exhausted us with her nonstop talking. The questions, the rambling, the commentary, more questions, and also a lot of singing. Don't get me wrong - I'm thankful she's speaking so I can know what's … Continue reading Talking, Talking, Talking … High and Low
I've got one kid who is an absolute motormouth, and one - just about 16m - who can say about 5 fully-formed words and maybe 15 half-formed words. Baby, who is heads above where her older sister was in the vocal department, is probably on the cusp of talking for real. Unlike her sister, she'll … Continue reading We Should Be Experts at Charades By Now
Sometimes my toddler is completely out in left field with the bizarre things she says, but other times she is actually so spot on it's eerie. Actually, I think kids are sometimes just more observant than we give them credit for. Twice last week Toddler said something that really gave me pause. Toddler: "You're very … Continue reading Toddler Talk Tuesday: Saying It Like It Is
You've heard the saying, "There's no such thing as a stupid question," right? That may fly in middle school and high school, but does it apply to a toddler? Let's analyze some recent "Why?" questions I've been posed lately by Toddler, shall we? (Yes, I've noted that all three sentences so far in this post … Continue reading Why So Many “Why”s? – Plus a Giveaway Soon!
Let me preface this post by saying my toddler is really funny. Most kids are, I realize. My kid is always keeping us in stitches whether it's her well-timed toots or just silly things she strings together. A few nights ago she told her first honest-to-God joke. !! May there be many more... The girls … Continue reading Toddler Talk Tuesdays: Her First Real Joke!
Does anyone else try to listen to how you speak to your kids from an external perspective? Specifically, do you try to figure out how much they understand of what you say? It occurs to me from time to time how much new vocabulary I throw at my toddler. As a hobby writer, I take … Continue reading Is Life Just a Peanuts Cartoon to Our Kids?
As our 3.5yo gets older, I see her imitating us more and more. Naturally, she wants to do what her parents do since we are the coolest people on the planet. (Well, we'll hold that status in her mind for another few years at least.) Between acting out scenes from Sofia the First and tap … Continue reading Toddler Talk Tuesday: Imitating Parents