Minnie - posted on 12/18/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )
Probably for a year now we've been on Evelyn to ask properly for things. It's been a year of repeating the way she should phrase her questions. But we are not. getting. anywhere.
My just turned two year old will say "can I have some juice, please? Or "can I nurse, please? For whatever she wants.
My four year old? "Waa juice." "Happen the juice." "Happen the lettuce I hungry."
I want to pull my hair out. It frustrates me sooooo much. No one understands her. We try not responding to her when she talks like this and it is ALL THE TIME- in the hopes she will get the picture that she is not understandable when she doesn't phrase things the right way.
I have no clue what age-appropriate speech is here...but it is really getting under our skin... I don't like being frustrated at her, I don't want to be mean or impatient. It's so hard not to compare Evelyn to Adelaide. Is Adelaide just very precocious with her speech? She forms full correct sentences and will carry on a conversation. Evelyn's speech is broken and spotty.
If we wait for her to rephrase her requests she just gets angry and cries. Is it because she doesn't understand? I don't want to be doing something that is pointless because she isn't capable. She does like to test limits- she is a very intense child.
It's been a year of rephrasing things or "can you try again?" And she asks then...but it is consistently "can...I...have-a....some lettuce....." Always.
Yes, yes, I know I used the word 'can' instead of 'may', lol. It's just who we are.