Should I be concerned?

Liz - posted on 07/23/2014 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My daughter will be 3 in October, and she has a really good vocabulary for her age. Always coming out with the craziest things. Sometimes she speaks when only me and her father knows what she's saying but for the most part she's fine.

For the past 3 months she's developed this phrase.. "I love" now it sounds cute but, if we say, Bella do you want dinner? She'll say "I love dinner" Bella do you have to go potty? "I love to go potty" Bella do you wanna watch frozen? I love frozen.

Want to brush your teeth? I love to brush my teeth.

Is this a phase? Or should I be concerned.

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Chet - posted on 07/24/2014

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I wouldn't worry.

When children are learning to talk they over generalise language rules. They do things like say "my feets" instead of "my feet" because they don't understand the exception to the rule of adding an s to make something plural.

My experience is that kids often over generalize word meanings too. Which is reasonable. Many words are quite abstract. You can't point to love like you can point to a dog or cookie to show what it is. Also when you have a limited vocabulary you need to make use of the words you have. So kids say things like "unzip the banana" or "smooth the peanut butter" because they haven't learned to say peel or spread yet.

It sounds like your daughter is using love to also mean "like" or "looking forward to" or "would enjoy". As her language skills expand she should stop using love in such a broad way to mean that she agrees and would be happy to.

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Liz - posted on 07/24/2014

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Thank you so much for responding. I let my mother in law get into my head, and well you know how that goes lol

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