My 18 month old Son says a lot of words to others but not to me and my husband

Kathy Frank - posted on 08/13/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My son is 18 months. He speaks many words when he is with the nanny - and has new ones daily that she shares with me. He also says a lot of words to other people they have interactions with like his music, gym and art teachers and other nanny's and mom's on play dates. He does not however say many words to my husband and I who both work full time. With us he is very interactive and very connected and expressive but with more grunts and points and babbles and we do not hear all the words that we are told he knows and says. Is this common? Have others experienced this?

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Sarah - posted on 08/13/2013

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Sometimes it just takes not giving in. You do have to pick your battles. I know with my youngest when she was learning words you had to know when to not give in and have her say the word and when it was not going to work. I would pick a word he knows pretty well. Then pick a time when he is not tired or hungry....as those are more meltdown times and times when pushing it is just not going to work. So a word he knows well and a time he is not tired or hungry and then act dumb.....act like you don't understand what he is pointing at or grunting at. If pointing....you point to everything except the thing he wants....and ask if this is it. And keep saying you have to tell me I don't know what you want. If he is grunting same thing....say or point at different things (just not the thing he wants) and keep saying I don't know what that means you have to tell me what you want. At first it may take awhile and a few fits, but if you stick with it and act like you don't understand then eventually he will figure out that if he wants it he needs to use his words to get it.

Kathy Frank - posted on 08/13/2013

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we try but after the 5th time of saying "I know you know the word - say "" - we give up!

Sarah - posted on 08/13/2013

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If you know he knows the word require him to say the word before he gets what he is wanting. Kids will often point or grunt unless required to say the word. If you are just getting the item without having him say the word there is no need for him to say the word.

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