Our two are doing so well with communicating already. So many words in their repertoire and yesterday we even got a totally clear “water” out of Pudding as she sat on the pool cover splashing in the water coming through the holes (and before anyone panics, we have one of the those solid pool covers, she wasn’t at risk of drowning). Pudding is especially vocal and will babble at you and look at you very seriously as she does and she wants a response.
But, and it is a BIG BUT, I am beginning to wonder whether the terrible twos can honestly be much worse. Pudding gets so frustrated when you don’t understand what she is saying. Yesterday afternoon (they had skipped their afternoon nap for reasons only they will understand?) and we were sitting on the kitchen floor having a fruit snack when Pudding launched into a conversation with me. Very earnest and then she paused. She was obviously waiting for an answer from me, so I nodded and said “really”, my standard answer when I am not clear on what she is going on about. Well, it clearly was not the right answer. She said her babble speech again, I swear it sounded exactly the same as the previous speech. So I said, “Honey I am not sure what you are saying, what do you want?”. She said her babble speech again, again with exactly the same sounds. She clearly thought she was actually saying real words. So I repeated that I didn’t understand could she point at what she wanted. Well she stalked off to the other side of the kitchen table and burst into floods of tears. The frustration was oozing out of her that I didn’t understand or wasn’t doing what she wanted or giving her what she was after. I went to her, gave her a hug, but she was having none of it, she sobbed for ages with big crocodile tears running down her cheeks.
As I understand it the terrible twos are largely around this frustration around an inability to communicate and be understood, is this the case? Does anyone have any tricks I can use to help my daughter communicate while her vocabulary builds. She has a temper at the best of times, but this frustration is driving her off the wall. Or do I just ride this out and keep doing everything we can to grow that vocab as quickly as possible?