Monday, August 17, 2009

I want to understand what you're saying, I really do!

This has to be a common thought to parents around the globe as their motormouth toddler is confident in their speech and makes requests left and right. Not to mention they narrate all the things they see and hear and ask questions all day long, all the roadmap to learning!
My well trained "mommy ear" catches about 97% (that is a crude estimate, no true calculations can be accounted for) of what my children ask for verbally. Kyle is 2 1/2, Amberly just about 4. But they both stump me probably once a day each. The other day was particularly frustrating for Kyle as he wanted a snack and he wanted a specific snack. The words he was using sounded familiar but I was not recalling what "that" item was. Trying to be especially patient because he was repeating himself with great ernest, I told him I wanted to give him the item but I was having a hard time understanding his words. I asked if he had a sign for it and he just stared back. After a few minutes I decided to just go through the list of his favorites, even the ones we didn't have in stock so at least I'd know what the heck he was asking for when I landed on the item.
This whole thing felt like 10-15 minutes just because it was so labor intensive, but maybe it was closer to 5 minutes, probably even less than that!
So, what did the poor boy want you ask? A cereal bar! I've shown him the sign for "cereal" and he can say now say and sign that and I'll know what he's after. At least the search will be narrowed down and only take one minute to determine if he is asking for cereal versus a cereal bar!
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