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Our son is also 16 months and I was starting to worry slightly as he didn't seem to be saying any words until recently. He didn't even say Mama or Papa. I had read that at one year, children should be saying one or two words in addition to Mummy and Daddy. However, in recent weeks, we suddenly started to understand a lot of words from my son. He currently ...


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Children develop at their own speed. Especially language shows a lot of variation. Some start early and form complex sentences soon, others start early, stay at the one- or two-word stage for a looong time, then catch up and some are virtually mute, then improve drastically and "never stop talking" again. If you search around here at Parenting SE there are a ...


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That looks quite normal. You shouldn't worry for at least 12 more months. See: Denver II Developmental Milestones Chart Kids Health: Delayed Speech or Language Development


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My wife and I try to avoid digging ourselves into absolutes unless there's more to gain by it. Our fella (2.5y) is very good about tacking please onto things and saying thank you at this point so often if he omits it we'll just remind him while still complying. "Remember you're supposed to say please!" while still handing him the snack/toy/whatever. We'll ...


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Ask nicely ?? No you tell them . you are the adult they are the kids. You could say" want to be a big helper for mommy ?" But so what if they flip out they are testing you .


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With my own child, I will often just give her a suggested phrase to say. "Car! Car! Give me car!" "A more effective way to say that is 'May I please play with the car?'" "Please may with car?" (She never gets the whole phrase right, of course, but that's not important, and I do think it's important that I model the whole phrase even though ...


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The problem we have is that sometimes he'll just absolutely refuse to ask for something, and start crying or exhibiting a (really cute) grumpy demeanor. We've never given in to him behaving this way, so we're not sure why he's trying these tactics. He is doing them because he is only just learning how this "social thing" works. Do I always have to ask ...


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This is the sort of issue that happens all the time with toddlers and preschoolers: when sufficiently well rested and fed, they're polite and well behaved, but when something's amiss things go poorly. When this happens with us, we address it by triaging the problem first, and then make a choice based on that result. Why did he refuse to ask nicely? ...



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