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Every child develops language skill differently

According to research toddlers are saying about 15 - 20 words by 18 months and 50 or more words by the time they turn 2. By age 2, the little ones are starting to combine two words to make simple sentences, such as "Momma drink."

Today, parent educator Jocelynn Bryant shares a few funny stories related to raising her little one that will help you realize you are not alone in this journey. Hopefully, it’ll give you a better understanding of what our babies and grand babies are trying to tell us, but remember: It’s OK to admit we sometimes just don’t understand!

My son who is now 20 loved singing and saying his ABC’s when he was 2 years old. However, he would challenge me when we neared the end of the alphabet. Instead of saying, “ T, U, V , W …” he would recite “T, U, V, double me!” He heard “double you” so he repeated accordingly. His father and I tried to say “double me” and point to ourselves so he would say double you, but that didn’t work because he would say “double everybody!”

Later, when he was heading to preschool his Southern drawl (raised in NC) created some challenges for his preschool teacher who was from California. When he counted he would say 8, 9, tin. She was convinced that he wasn’t saying ten. And when he said ‘crayon’, it sounded like “crown.” Can you imagine a four year old saying someone in class took his crown? Needless to say, we provided the teacher with gift cards and invited her to dinner with a house full of people who “spoke country."

He eventually became known as “Big Country” but has since learned to speak proper English that everyone can easily understand. However, when we are all together or chatting on FaceTime he returns to his country boy ways and at 6’2” and a soldier I picture my little 4 year-old boy who was confused why other people didn’t “git it” or understand what he was saying.

My new challenge: Understanding my bilingual 22 month old granddaughter. Ayudame! Jugo y Jugar … Yikes!

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