I feel like now that she can tell me exactly what's wrong -- "I want applesauce, please." And now that I can explain to her, "Oh, I'm sorry. We're all out of applesauce. No more. Would you like something else?" -- it feels like crying etc. is more under control, because we can communicate. Even if she follows with, "But I WANT apple sauce!" I can say, "I know. But there's no more. See cupboard? No more applesauce. Would you like a fruit bar?" And she is beginning to have the cognitive ability to understand that, and say, "Yes, fruit bar please." SO much easier than the days of "Why is she crying? I've tried everything!"
I say 100% yes! But Charlie was a frustrated biter before he could speak properly and that completely stopped when his vocabulary improved. Now he literally never stops and gives me a running commentary on everything he does/hears/sees/smells/touches and I have thought a couple of times it was easier when he couldn't speak but thats a fleeting thought. And also agree that the argumentative part is quite hard to deal with and I find myself resorting to slight bribery more and more these days :/ Sometimes whatever I say or ask he tells me 'you don't say that mummy please' or 'no it's not' (when it blatantly is ) But on the whole - Charlie is quite easy to reason with (for now)
Deffinately good to hear. At the minute the only things dillan can tell me is that he wants milk (by pulling my top down! Lol) and that he is tired, by waving. He can point to something if he wants it.
Somedays he just seems in a proper grump, and moans at everything, and I have no idea what is wrong!
And the word NO is apparently very funny and an invitation to do it again. I think he is much smarter than I give him credit for. It would just make things easier if we could communicate what we want.
Jake was understanding way before he could talk, and he was a late developer with speech. I'd say around 18 months was when i definitely noticed he was able to understand alot more.
I'm going through the tantrums ALREADY with my 11 month old. Kill me now!!
They can understand way before they can talk and make themselves understood. My LO has a speech delay, but has been able to understand and follow direction (when he is so inclined lol) for a year or so. It started with really basic things, then grew from there.
It is because you can talk to them and tell them how you feel and talk to them about how they feel. But it isn't because you then enter the whole 'answering back' etc.
My DS is lovely to be with some times and we chat away but then because he is talking etc if you ask him to do something he'll answer back. I also get 'i don't like you anymore' if he's been told off etc
Yes from me. We're not at full on convo stage yet but he can tell me what he wants and say yes/no to questions etc and life is SOOOO much easier now. I might not always be able to fix the problem but him being able to tell me he is upset because Mr Tumble has gone from the TV is so much better than my flapping around guessing and offering him things etc xx
Honestly, we weren't really able to have real conversations where we can really explain things to each other until about 2 years and ... maybe 9 months? I couldn't tell how much she understood before that.
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