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Toddler made "incorrect" animal identification that is actually correct. Better to correct her or not?

At most ages your best bet is to agree that it is a kitty, as they are the same - but stress that it is a big kitty; the lion kind of kitty. It is a much more positive learning experience to be able ...
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Two year old son sometimes using female verb endings - grammar issue?

Important caveat: I don't speak a word of Russian, so I'm using Google Translate for my examples. I own a cat. Naturally, we always refer to the cat by her name rather than as "cat", so my son has ...
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Toddler made "incorrect" animal identification that is actually correct. Better to correct her or not?

Overextension is normal Overextension and related phenomena (including the opposite, underextension) are very common, even expected phases in language acquisition. Some children call all four-legged ...
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Is it common that 2 to 3 year old children use articles and plurals incorrectly?

On the question of if it is common, I would personally say "yes". I currently have 5 children (ages 2 to 6) in my life that I have close contact with and they all do it when speaking English (not ...
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Two year old son sometimes using female verb endings - grammar issue?

I think it's too soon to relate your child's use of gendered language to his own gender. As you say he is two, there's a good chance that he doesn't yet have a full concept of his gender identity. It ...
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What is the correct age to discuss words with taboo definitions?

Keeping in mind that 2 of the 3 meanings of the word "impotent" are non-sexual, you could have likely explained it to a 3-year old. Personally, I would've had no problems explaining the third meaning ...
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2-year-old does not speak

I'm married to a Speech Therapist who owns her own clinic, so while she's really the best to answer your question, I can tell you from my observations and discussions with my wife that your child ...
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8 month old not babbling, when to worry and what to worry about

This is a clip of the Denver II Developmental Milestones checklist: If you draw a vertical line from the slash in dada/mama specific and the "c" in dada/mama non-specific, you'll have the 8 month ...
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How can I deal with adopted son who promised to the god he believes in to never to speak until he sees mommy again, when mommy is dead?

Short answer: be assertive and gentle at the same time. Gently let him know that you love him and understand his pain. Assertively (and gently) let him know that he can enjoy life, that he can be ...
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Can I teach my 9-month-old child my native language if I only see her for a few minutes at a time?

This is one of those rare cases where there's been a scientific study on exactly this topic! The short answer is yes, speaking Russian with your 9mo daughter --- even for just the short visits you ...
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Should I force the toddler to speak the words and sentences which she is finding difficult to speak?

Just talk with your kid. Have a lot of conversations. Kids have an amazing ability to digest language and separate words into the correct language. They also have the ability to be stubborn, willful ...
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What benefits does using "baby talk" provide, and how do you maximize those benefits?

While there have been studies comparing infant preferences between "baby talk" and "regular talk", finding that "baby talk" was preferred, I'd probably lean more towards the results presented in this ...
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How to know if 12 month old is talking

If you say dadadadada and she repeats it, she is parroting. If she sees her dada and says "dada", then she is talking. Basically, talking is saying something that reflects a shared reality. Children ...
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2-year-old does not speak

If you want to encourage his development, spend time with him and talk to him like you would an adult. Speak to him as though he can understand everything you are saying. If you need to go to the gas ...
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Should I force the toddler to speak the words and sentences which she is finding difficult to speak?

I would suggest a 3rd option. Our kids are bilingual in English (used in preschool) and Danish (used at home). They are currently 2 & 4. We speak almost only Danish to them, though we do read some ...
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Moving to US with a 5 year old child

We moved with three kids ages 1-4 from Germany (your name sounds German, so this may be relevant). We were lucky enough to find a pre-school program that was for kids whose first language was ...
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What to do about a 19-month-old not talking?

Hi and welcome to Parenting SE! Many children do not start forming sentences until 18-24 months.LINK If you have been to your doctor (and you should if you are concerned), then probably it is still ...
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How to make my 5-year-old speak in first person when she speaks in second person?

As of now, there's no indication of a larger problem. You haven't been correcting her so looks like she's just continuing it out of a habit. Start responding to the questions in the correct manner, ...
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How to explain -gasm to 10 year old

You might simply say the television persoality was comparing the food to having sex (unless your son had been incredibly sheltered, he's probably heard that much at school from older kids or his age ...
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Two year old son sometimes using female verb endings - grammar issue?

Of course it's a grammar issue. He's just learning to speak and hasn't yet fully made the connection between suffixes and gender. Just a few more months, maybe a year, more interaction with other kids ...
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How to further an aptitude toward early literacy?

This may not be the most scholarly article devoted to the subject, but it has been borne out again and again in well-developed studies: reading to your child id one of the most beneficial activities ...
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My two year old has a lisp. Should I try to correct her now?

As a mother and speech-language pathologist, I understand the concerns of speech and language development. Some general information to know is each sound of our language has a different range of ...
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How to know if 12 month old is talking

Anongoodnurse's answer is spot on, but I wanted to add a couple of things. First off, don't forget we as humans are amazing at pattern recognition, to the point that we see it where it doesn't belong....
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Toddler made "incorrect" animal identification that is actually correct. Better to correct her or not?

Consider, for a moment, that what she is pointing to is not actually a lion, but a flat sheet of processed tree pulp painted with thousands of little dots in the image of a lion. Her decision to call ...
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Two year old son sometimes using female verb endings - grammar issue?

In Bulgarian, we have the same verb-tense-gender relation (the language is closely related to Russian). My kids (2 boys and a girl, all of them) did similar mistakes at early age. They later learned ...
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How do you correct slang or other improper grammar in a pre-schooler?

The approach we took with our child was and is to just ask for clarification, or casually correct the word. she responds to something with "uh-huh" and I reply either "I can't understand you, can you ...
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2-year-old does not speak

If you are worried, you should have his hearing checked first. It is not uncommon for Small children to develop a hearing impediment caused by ear infections, which will have an impact on their speech ...
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At what age can children learn a non native language through television/podcasts?

It appears that children don't learn language well from television because they need interaction and conversation. It's not so much that the "picture on a flat device [isn't] a person", but ...
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How to help a 2-year-old settle in day care where a foreign language is spoken?

I wouldn't worry too much: At 2 years old, children are basically professional, full time language learners. Your son will pick up any language as easily as he picked up Hungarian. At that age, many ...
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