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Extremely verbal 22mo

Anonymous

My LO is extremely verbal for her age. She is not yet 2 and can chatter on to me, herself or anyone about anything for hours on end. It is amazing! However I find myself forgetting that she is not even 2. Sometimes i think that my husband and I think that she understands more than she does and possibly expect too much her. I also think she knows what she is expected to say and does not understand why she is saying it. Has anyone else experienced this? I just want her to feel confident and I don't want to ask her to behave like a 4yo when it's not age appropriate. Any insight is appreciated. TIA!

  • Anonymous
    Sep 13

    I would probably start researching what to expect from a child her age, but you can use her abilities to talk to your advantage by teaching her to talk about her feelings. If she had the words then you can start teaching her how to express her anger or frustration with words instead if actions. But even at 3, and with a great vocabulary, my son still acts with impulse when he's upset

  • Anonymous
    Sep 13

    It sounds like you’re already on the right track. Nurture her growth and development... challenge her but also when she acts like her age, don’t scold her for it or put her down. You know her capabilities but you seem to understand that she’s still an almost 2 year old and may still struggle with comprehension of some words. So just work on that with her like you would do with anything. Also... Language is separate from behavior. As a 2 year old, she’s going to test boundaries and challenge you as a parent. She may understand the rules but as a 2 year old she doesn’t know her boundaries vs a 4 year old who has gone through the 2 year old stage of testing those boundaries. Hope this makes sense. Basically.. don’t ask her to behave like a 4 year old because she isn’t one. Let her talk and continue to nurture that language development at the same time as setting behavior boundaries appropriate for a 2 year old.

  • Jenn
    Sep 14

    My LO is like this. She is just turning 16 months and is at a 2 yr old level verbally. I have to remind myself constantly how young she is because I end up doing the same thing. I basically try to nurture her advanced desire to learn with her normal level of emotional growth.

  • Anonymous
    Sep 14

    Children reach different milestones at different times. Dont limit her due to the expectations of others. My daughter will be two in October. She speaks in full sentences. When we go out in public people comment on it and are shocked by her age. I dont expect her to act like a 4 year old, but I do expect her to use her words and the abilities she has.

  • Imani
    Sep 15

    You definitely are already on the right track. My now 3 year old has always been very verbal. I understand you don't want to discipline her like a 4 year old or treat her like a 4 year old but it doesn't hurt to intrigue her mind. If she says something just out of habit and you think she doesn't fully understand what she is say ask her if she understands or just tell her. Ask probing questions make her mind work beyond her years. It will only help her in the end.