MomPower Episode 2: Understanding Toddlerese

By:Jessica Azar Just when you think you’ve gotten the hang of Cryanese, get ready for your little one to introduce you to the exasperating world of Toddlerese. In addition to the crying, there are now hand gestures, beginning words and various glares thrown into the mix. On one hand, it’s a good thing, because it gives you more clues to figure out what they want, but on the other hand, it can make things even more complicated. Kind of like someone speaking a foreign language and giving you baseball signs at the same time. Good Luck understanding that! Pair this with their rapidly expanding interests and new boundaries and a low frustration level… Recipe for screaming (them) and exhaustion (You). Hopefully the tactics in this post will help you survive the Toddlerese phase in your child’s life. It’s difficult, but we as Moms begin to connect the dots of their demands with their signals. We learn that “Em Ade” means Lemonade… And that “Guh” means cup. We see that grabbing their ears can indicate ear pain… Their way of saying this HURTs. Fix it. When you finally do begin to understand their fledgling words and hand signals, you begin to…

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