Friday, July 16, 2010

Toddler Talk

Interpreting the wants and desires of a toddler can be next to impossible, especially in the early stages of talking. They may scream about something that is totally clear in their mind but sounds like gobbledygook to you. Maybe you have spent 15 minutes trying to figure out what dog shoe means or bowl shoot. Who knows?

Braden is really developing a large vocabulary. He can say tons of words. Most of the time they are easily discernible to Arica and me. But even if we know exactly what Braden is saying it doesn't mean that we know what he wants.

Parenting is a learning experience, and Braden is the teacher. Clear understanding may be unachievable, but we do our best to learn as we go. Here is an example of how similar comments can mean totally different things.

Braden: Uh Oh! Shoe off!
Translation: Oh Crap! My shoe fell off! Put it back on now lest I pitch a fit!

Braden: Shoe off!
Translation: Take my shoe off now old man before I punch you in the face!

Now that we can easily decipher Braden's shoe commands and sweaty "dock" desires, I am sure the little dictator will find new ways to torture us with his words.


SurprisedMom said...

Yes, Braden will continue to torture you with his words and commands, well into the future (think teen). Does he also command other family members, friends and neighbors, or is it just you and Arica? He's such a cute little dictator!

Katherine said...

OMG! that made me laugh. Toddler speak is so funny! And yes, he will surely find more ways to torture you as he learns to enunciate.

Otter Thomas said...

@SurprisedMom: Braden shows no favoritism. He bosses everybody around.

BellaDaddy said...

And to think...he is only getting started me...this I know ;-)

Spencer Park said...

So funny. My boy is still the same. I have to put his coat on to get him the 10 steps from the house to the car but if I dare put him in the care whilst he is still wearing his coat there is temper!

PJ Mullen said...

I think determining the appropriate translation requires an understanding of the context. Whenever my son does the whole "uh oh" thing, it usually means that he is responsible for what just happened and doesn't know how to fix it. That responsibility thus falls to me. When there is no "uh oh" or any tone of concern in his voice it is usually a command.

Brandy said...

Ha. It's exhausting.

Que said...

That's pretty funny! I'm at that stage right now. My usually starts with me saying "What?" several times and ends with a blank stare. Good times, though.