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Toddler Translator

So, I’m sure most parents struggle to know what their child is trying to say when they first start becoming verbal. They struggle with how to pronounce different sounds. They aren’t quite sure how to shape their mouth, younger and lips. So you often find yourself wondering “what does he mean?!” I’m sure most of you know I’m a stay at home parent. My little man is almost always with me. I’ve become the master toddler translator. Jeremy will get home from work and start playing with his best friend. A word or short phrase comes out of Seamus’ mouth and I receive a panicked glance from Jeremy. “What did he say?”  

Bobo= Hippo

Taw Tow= Paw Patrol

Some of his language took a lot of consideration to figure out what he mean. Some words come out as clear as if you or I spoke them. I suppose it’s all about what is important. Things like milk, cookie, want help, please, and thank you are all clear as day. He’s also mastered the art of yelling MAAAAMMMM as soon as I try to go to the bathroom or wash the dishes. 
I guess where I was going with this was that language is freaking hard. Seamus hoes to speech therapy once a week. Occasionally he will be seen twice. He hates it. It’s hard. She expects him to work and he knows it. Today we failed to have the patience for speech therapy and decided playing with cars and mashing some play doh into grandmas carpet (sorry!) was more important than working with Christine. As much as I want him to talk we are planning on bringing sign language back in for him. The neurologist even suggested something like a chart on the fridge with pictures of things he may need or want that he can show us. Anything to break the communication barrier in our home right now would be helpful. I’m sure it’s frustrated being in his mind. So much happening in there and he can’t tell us what is going on. Hopefully soon this starts to change. 

5 thoughts on “Toddler Translator”

  1. I cannot agree more on the language is difficult! Danika, I believe has difficulty with speech as well. The words laundry and hungry sound exactly the
    same=Hongry, so I have to tell her to show me, she either goes to the door or the kitchen. Others like MOOOMMMYY lol, are clear as day. The chart with pictures is a wonderful idea, and I thank you for sharing,because this may help her as well as Seamus. You’re helping my family with this blog, as well as many others I’m presuming. Looking forward to seeing what’s to come! –Elle

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  2. My little Zoe struggled SO much with speech that for years she barely spoke at all. Unless she was talking to her Minnie Mouse figurines or stuffed kitties and even then it sounded like jibberish to me. She was so frustrated because no one ever knew what she was saying. I go back and watch old videos and can hear what she is trying to say better now than I could then. I watch her face when she says “mo mik” and I say “Oh hunny you want more milk?” Complete defeat. She wants to watch more Mickey mom. It is odd that I struggled so much “getting her.” She is 5 and a half now and JUST starting to talk to strangers and kids her age. She almost REFUSED to talk to anyone but immediate family for years. It was very hard. By the time she was 3 years old I alone (with great difficulty) could understand her. Jake (her father) was much like I’m sure most dads with the puzzled face and the “whaaa.” It was pretty heartbreaking. Her brother came out of the womb speaking fluently. So he may have helped her along. She speaks well now but still messes some simple grammar up and doesn’t always recognize social cues. Ok, barely EVER recognizes social cues lol. She’s getting there though. Just one day at a time. I’m thankful she has her brother. He is her companion, friend, and has definitely helped her grow. With that being said, I do not really have any advice for you. It seems as though you are taking all of the right steps in the right directions. You are an incredible momma and all I can say is keep up the good work. You are not alone. Parenthood in itself is the hardest thing I think any of us moms will ever do. I love your stories, keep em coming.

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    1. Thanks, Rhi! I’m kind of getting hooked on talking about it. So much of the parenting world forces you to only display the sunshine and rainbows parts of it. That is so far from the reality! Thanks for sharing about Zoe!

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    1. I think we’ll definitely be pushing it for our family. It’s cool when you use it too. With the basic sign we know we can communicate when one of us is out in the yard without yelling like crazy people 😂

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