"Mia, let's change your diaper!"
"Nnnnnnno!" as she runs away screaming.
(But really, her favorite word is "no".
When Mia gets frustrated with or at something she doesn't hesitate to give an ear splitting, high pitched scream that seriously tempts us to throw her out the window...
But we love her so much that we would never throw her out the window, duh :) Instead we tell her in our calmest, nicest voices that "we don't scream when we're frustrated, Mia! Be nice!"
She usually stops screaming... until she gets frustrated again :)
Mia is really into pushing kids her size these days... once again? So. Much. Fun.
The moment I catch her pushing, I gently grab her hands in mine and tell her, "we don't push! Be nice/soft. Say sorry and give him/her a hug!"
Mia smiles and eagerly gives the child a hug... which means I've just created the funnest game. Push, hug, repeat!
"I love you, Mia!" Since she doesn't know how to say it back, she gives us a kiss! So at least we are doin' something right!
Mia communicates so well without using words that I sometimes wonder if she'll ever find the desire to really pick up a vocabulary :) Actually, she loves to jabber so much and she's really picked up words and loves to mimic us! This stage is sooooo fun but I often worry that I'm not teaching her correctly. We can see more than ever what a sponge her little brain is and that she's soaking up every move we make! I just want to be the best example for her... so I am looking forward to all the advice I can get on the positive ways to teach her to communicate!
July 24: Helping Your Toddler to Communicate (Words, emotions, etc.)
July 31: Dealing with Separation Anxiety
Aug 7: Car Trip Necessities
Aug 14: Deciding when the time is right for baby #2 (and/or how to handle these questions)
Aug 21: Tricks for eating out with your toddler
Aug 28: Feeling confident as a mom (How to feel this way, Your struggle with, etc.)