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Words my toddler doesn't understand...

Little Dude is doing well in picking up his language skills, to the point that he understands everything we say - whether we are addressing him or not! But there are certain words he feigns complete ignorance of, especially in particular situations. Now, I've already figured out how smart toddlers are, but they can be pretty good at giving you a 'I don't know what you're talking about' look when they don't want to listen!

"You talkin' to me?"
(Pic: Marc Majcher/Wikimedia Commons/CC-BY-SA-2.0)
Here are five words my kid refuses to acknowledge. And I have a sneaky feeling other toddlers out there are doing the same.

Wait: Nothing can wait. Ever. Everything has to be done NOW or had NOW. No, a toddler cannot  be persuaded to wait for anything. The message is clear - you are to drop everything you're doing and cater to their demands. It's either now, or be prepared for a major meltdown.

Slowly/Carefully: It is kind of useless to employ words like 'slowly' or 'carefully' around young children. They will rush into everything, and will want to be as daring as they can. So, if you expect your toddler to look out for himself, don't tell him to be careful! He will do only the opposite, especially where there's a playground or other kids involved. In fact, toddlers might actually have an inability to understand this term, because they don't have a use for it yet.

Come: Most of the times (and especially when I'm cooking or doing the dishes), Little Dude will want me to pick him up, as he clings to my feet. Other times, like when he's trying out a new stunt, he will refuse to listen when I ask him to come to me! Yup, then my pleas go unnoticed, until I try to do some housework...

After: This is the greatest trick up his sleeve. When I tell Little Dude that he can have something after he completes a certain task, his mind cuts straight to the 'reward'. So, if he's supposed to have ice-cream after food, there is no 'after' as far as he is concerned! Even if I try to restructure the sentence so he can't miss what I want him to do, does he comply? No, because he stopped listening after I told him the 'good part'!

Please: How often do we end up pleading with our toddlers? It's kind of sad, isn't it? Asking them to do something nicely, only to be ignored with complete indifference? It's hard to set a good example then about saying 'please' and 'thank you'.

Of course, there are some words you really must be careful about using. Apart from that, it's a hit-and-miss as long as we're dealing with toddlers!

What does your toddler pretend not to understand? Share your story!

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15 comments

RACHEL TaoOfPoop said...

I relate to this post so much that it hurts (although I also laughed a bit too). The one that gets me is "come". If I had a nickel for every time I chased my daughter down, I would hire a nanny to chase her down for me!!

Tarana Khan said...

That's one way of saying it! Thanks for stopping by.

Mommy's Heart said...

My son doesn't understand the word 'No' either :) Great list! I should be bookmarking your 'toddler posts' for easy reference lol

Tarana Khan said...

Thanks! I think I collate them somewhere, good idea.

Grace @ Sandier Pastures said...

I can relate to all! It's difficult for toddlers to wait. Dogs do an even better job of waiting! LOL

Tarana Khan said...

Seriously, they have zero patience! Thanks for stopping by.

Faded Seaside Mama said...

My toddler doesn't understand sleep it seems! Plus all of the above! But they're funny in the way they react - making sure you know they know what you're asking but they're choosing not to listen. #PoCoLo

Louise Fairweather said...

In a minute! and that you cant live off a diet of chips! #PoCoLo

Mummy of Two said...

Sounds very familiar! My 5 year old son has very selective hearing too, particularly where the words no and don't do that come into it!

Tarana Khan said...

Yes, that's the funniest part!

Tarana Khan said...

Haha, so true!

Tarana Khan said...

Oh, so this isn't just a phase, then!

Emma T said...

My son's quite good with carefully and wait - it's all in the tone of voice! In fact, a bit like our childhood pet cat...you could say anything, as long as it was in the right tone, he'd do whatever you had 'asked'.

Tarana Khan said...

Hmm, that's how we get them to listen!

Tori Wel said...

Completely and utterly with you on all of this - the word 'no' is also a pretty good bet!! Thank you for linking to PoCoLo x

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