Today my friend and I had arranged to meet up at a local craft store and garden centre. My friend has a 2 year old daughter and Oliver and Isabella always enjoy her company.
My friend and I often chat about the different development stages and how our toddlers are progressing. Today we talked about speech. Her little girl has been saying single words for some time, and is now at the stage of linking words together. This is also the stage that Isabella has reached.
Issy's sentences differ from her friends because she says things that relate to the fact that she is often competing with Oliver.
I've managed to capture her latest phrase on film for you, albeit I had to prompt her because you know toddlers never perform when you get the camera out!
Can you understand what she said?
Just out of interest I decided to ask my followers and friends the question - what was your toddlers first linked words/sentence? It's been lovely to read all the responses.
My favourite so far is "ops a daisy". I love this little phrase. It's something I say quite often so I am surprised none of my children say it. It reminds me of the film Notting Hill, Julia Roberts laughs at Hugh Grant for saying it! I've always thought "why so funny".
The most heart warming phrase was "love you mummy, I have a hug", from a slightly older toddler who had suffered glue ear and tongue tie. I know full well how overwhelmed that mum would've felt hearing that simple sentence, as my eldest son Samuel had significant speech issues as a toddler and still has speech problems at 10 years old.
One that I think we've all heard so many times is the want or more request and many of my followers reported "more please", "want milk" and my own son's comedy version "more, yeah?" (with a raise of the eyebrow indicating a question). I like to promote manners and when my children said the word more, I would repeat to them more please. They soon learnt to say more please.
I was also particularly interested in the reply from one of my local followers, a beautiful sentence from her just 2 year old daughter "mumma me S". The S was her name, indicating that the little girl knew her own name. I think that it is so important for a child to learn their own name and know their identity. My eldest son always refers to himself as his full name (includes his surname), but if I try to tell Oliver his full name he says "no, just Oliver".
A fellow blogger replied that she couldn't remember her child's first sentence, and felt sad about that, but I can't remember Samuel's first sentence either. Although as parents we forget some of our children's milestones, we shouldn't feel guilty, we were there at the time celebrating, and we move on to celebrate their future achievements.
Oh, then one of my friends added the odd naughty phrase. The moment you regret saying "oh shit" when you burn the dinner. Toddlers copy, they copy everything!
Toddler speech is so interesting and I feel this overwhelming urge to teach my toddlers as much as possible, to widen their vocabulary and help them to link more and more words together. I love talking to my children, I love that I am starting to have conversations with my toddlers, I love hearing their voices.
Children should be SEEN and HEARD.