Category Archives: Toddler Behaviour

Mapleisms – The Things My Daughter Says – Toddler Language

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I think children's language development is fascinating. More than that, when little people start talking and expressing themselves and playing with words they don't understand, it is just downright cute as hell. And the mispronunciations are beautiful. Maple's desire to communicate has been a huge priority for her from very early on and her desperation to talk and to sing and to latch onto language has not waned. She is a parrot and absorbs more than we care to think. When we arrived in Australia she was 22 months old. Her language was going through the roof and suddenly, just as she was chat-chat-chatting about everything and anything at a million miles an hour and loving every minute of it... she developed a stutter. It wasn't just a slight stutter. It was staggering and it throttled her and she visibly became upset by it... Mae fell over and scraped her knee. Oz scooped her up and said, ‘oh dear, where did you hurt yourself?’ and she looked at him like an idiot and said ‘on the pavement’.
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My toddler daughter intentionally sabotages group activities

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I can’t help it. I go to a dark place when my daughter behaves badly in a group activity-type environment. I see a dark little devil appear out from behind her eyes and it’s like she’s possessed. I can prime her, pep talk her, prepare her as best as I can, but it will inevitably go pear-shaped. You know, before I really start on this, I should say that there are days when it is quite literally like my daughter has got out the wrong side of her bed in the morning. These days, or at least, the first half of the day before I rush her to bed early for her midday crash sleep, is generally fraught. She wakes cantankerous, teary, whingey, prone to tantrums, in a no-no mood and a “I don’t want to” mood. If Oz and I don’t field this mood carefully, everything can go rapidly to pot. Sometimes she can be cranked out of it, but largely she sets the tone, and it aint pretty. Sometimes, in these moods, it’s like I can’t access her. She can stand and stare at me, whilst pouring water out of a bottle onto my new sofa.
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I See Red – Toddler Tantrums

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Look, it’s no secret that this is the age for tantrums. I had always heard about tantrums as a thing that happened with most children around a certain age, and quite frankly, I didn’t give a hoot. I didn’t care about children and their ways. I didn’t feel much for the parents because I was wholly unfazed, unaffected...The idea that I would one day have a child who would instantaneously explode and implode and create a level of noise I had not even thought possible, in my very own living room, had not come close to entering my realm of cognition...I could not possibly embrace the three-dimensional horrendousness of the real life bastard tantrum. Now I can.
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