Does my toddler talk too much?!
“She shouldn’t be talking that much at two years old!” It wasn’t said in a nasty way, in fact it was stated to me in the form of a compliment. After going to Daisy’s cousin’s birthday party I started to ask myself that very question; does my toddler talk too much? I mean, she’s two and a half and she literally doesn’t stop talking. She says words that I feel like a two year old shouldn’t even know. Let alone using them in the right context. It kind of scares me as to what the future holds. I’m pretty sure she’s going to end up outsmarting me in any argument later down the line. I’m kind of excited and intrigued as to what our future relationship holds, haha.
She’ll explain that ‘mummy, it’s very important that you carry me because crocodiles will eat my toes’. If she treads in water she’ll state that she is ‘soaking wet through’. If she finds something interesting she will literally tell my ‘mummy that’s interesting’. From the second she wakes up until the second she falls asleep, she’ll talk. Sometimes I feel bad as I have to tune out – I listen – but I can’t physically listen 100% 24/7. I love that she talks so much, and I love that she can put the right words into the right context and hold a full blown conversation, but oh my is it tiring. In fact, it’s exhausting.
I find it’s so important to make sure Daisy understands that I am listening. She will tell me a story about the dinosaurs and how they need to go into the little house because their mummy is going shopping to buy them cabbages and fudge cake (a literal story from my two year old). I will listen and I try to make her aware that whilst I may be cooking dinner, I’m still listening. It’s difficult when you try to do anything other than talk and listen to your funny little toddler child, but it’s important to try your best to explain to them that you have another things to do and that you’ll sit down soon to have a good ol’ chat.
Take a break
Toddler talk is hard work. You have to imagine yourselves in their head, listen intently to try and figure out what they’re saying and where their story is heading. You have to really give them your full undivided attention. It’s only natural that you will need a break! Take some time out for yourself, perhaps give your child the i-pad and hope that they have a little quiet time so you can enjoy some peace. Put the kettle on, make a cuppa and put your feet up. I’m not sure there is such a thing as a toddler that talks too much.
Toddler talk is fun. It’s hard work but I’m pretty sure it’s normal! For now, I’m going to embrace every conversation as it comes.