Language Explosion

January 18, 2010 by Rieshy

In my experience every time a toddler experiences a developmental leap, it is accompanied by a less desirable behavioral lapse. For instance, a toddler figures out how to jump with two feet at the same time and then has nightmares for a night or two. Or, when a toddler figures out how to climb a slide and slide down without help he suddenly wets the bed during nap time- or falls apart at dinner time for a day or two.

My two year old just had a language explosion. Suddenly he's speaking in 5 and 6 word sentences with proper subject/verb agreement and expressing more abstract ideas. The related lapse?

Big sister caught him climbing on her guitar case and had the audacity to make him get down. His 2 year old heart swelled with indignation; his brain searched his new found language skills for an adequate expression of disgust. "You Poop," he angrily muttered.

"What did you say to me?" Big Sister asked.
"Y o u P o o p," he annunciated more clearly, leaning forward so his lips were more readily visible.

Clearly not all language explosions are desirable, nor do all language explosions have happy endings.

Perhaps if he had used the proper verb....

This was part of Steady Mom's 30 minute challenge. (22 minutes because I didn't add in the time it took to discuss scatological cussing with 2 year old .) Steady Mom always has an interesting blog as well as a lot of great Mclinkys.

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Melanie said...

Love this! And yes, if he used a verb you could have called a grammar lesson : )

Anonymous said...

I love it!! My 2-year old loves to dance with her sister, however she cries when Emily has to do homework and can't dance. Then she says, "I do not like you anymore."

Poor Emily. She always feels so bad.

Kim & Dave said...

Oh, this made me laugh! This sooo describes our house right now!!!

se7en said...

Totally love this!!! We are having a verbal explosion here too. I just two year-old says"No and the last word you said" every time you ask her something... something needs a bit of a mental tweak but it is so cute I wouldn't change it!!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the afternoon chuckle! At least he uses "poop" instead of some other choice words! I appreciate your talking about the leap and lapse. I've seen that but just haven't been able to put it all together and understand it beyond "terrible twos".

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