During the 21st month, language development finally makes parenting a little bit easier, as it helps your toddler understand that certain actions and words go together. Most importantly, the dots in your toddler's mind are beginning to connect, and a record of these associations are carefully being stowed away in his mind.
Be prepared to feel so proud when your toddler sees you getting dinner ready and he says "Eat? This month, your focus continues to be teaching your toddler to understand your language while you patiently learn to understand and often interpret his. Continue to speak clearly and directly to your toddler, talk about daily rituals and routines, and be sure to label everything. Doing this not only keeps your little one's attention, but it can also help to occupy him when he gets a bit antsy either in the car, at the dinner table, or in line at the grocery store.
Be prepared for the onslaught of the infamous "What's that? When you do have his full attention, like when he comes to you to "chat," take advantage of his curiosity and do some one-on-one teaching. Learning in general, and language development in particular, is more likely to occur when your toddler wants to do it, not when you want to engage him in a heart-to-heart conversation over dinner. You can help to improve your toddler's speech coordination this month, by singing and repeating rhymes.
Silly songs and finger plays stimulate language development while improving memory, and it will encourage him to practice forming words.
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Your little one is the most appreciative audience that you will ever have and he doesn't care if you're out of tune, don't know the words, or can't rhyme, so let loose. Do be sure however, that you are on the look out for words that sound similar but have different meanings, or have more than one meaning altogether. Nuances like this in the English language can completely confound adults, so you can only imagine what it can do to your little one's mind.
As in the past, it continues to be very important that you don't put pressure on your month-old to speak if he is still more comfortable pointing and using body language. For the time being, continue to provide the right words for him that go along with the gestures he is comfortable with using, and be patient. Also, keep in mind that talking to a toddler is most effective when it is done at, or slightly beyond, his level of understanding This is a wonderful activity for you and your toddler this month.
It includes reading, exercising, stretching, working on vocabulary, and the best part of all it is guaranteed to make everyone involved laugh. There is no preparation, no mess to clean up, and essentially no materials To start, look at a picture book of animals with your toddler. I found Eric Carle's book From Head To Toe to be the perfect addition to this activity, and it can easily be found in your local library if you don't have it at home.
As you look at each animal on the page together, figure out ways to make your bodies look, act and sound like the animal, get down on all fours, hop around the room, and just get silly. If you don't have an animal book to follow, you can easily make up your own animals and moves. For example, Butterfly sit with the bottoms of your feet together, move knees up and down and say "fly" , Bird stand up and reach your hands above your head and then place them back down at your sides and repeat, saying "tweet" , Frog I'll let you figure this one out yourself!
Once you've gone through as many animals as you can think of, go ahead and start imitating different transportation vehicles, like cars, planes, motorcycles, trains and rocket ships. The key here is to keep on going and going until everyone runs out of gas and takes a nice, long, well-deserved nap. Prior to beginning our activity, I decided to read From Head To Toe to my three boys in hopes that it would assist with their ability to focus Getting my 4-year-old, and my month-old twins to focus on a book is definitely not their strongest suit lately, however, upon completing the story, we were all able to sit together in a circle and begin to verbally mimic the animals that we just read about.
After accepting the fact that Devin remains convinced that all animals say "Moo," we stood up for the next phase of our activity. Knowing that my month-old twin boys, Andrew and Devin, adore their older brother Ryan, and love to copy him despite his tendency to "over-love" and "squeeze" them a bit too much I decided to let him try his hand at running the show and trying to get his brothers to follow his lead. I must say that I was quite impressed with how my boys interacted and actually listened to one another, and watching the three of them try and contort into various positions was very entertaining to say the very least.
Ryan's first animal impression, a frog, was an immediate success, and I was instantly surrounded by the most uncoordinated group of bouncing and ribbiting toddlers that I have ever encountered. His second attempt, a dog, was met with similar excitement and I was bombarded by three pouncing, barking puppies for five minutes. This game went on and on, as we traveled around the world in search of new undiscovered animals. That was until my eldest son ran out of ideas, and stood there scratching his head.
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You don't need to have it all worked out. Tomorrow is another day. Lighten up on yourself. Breathe deeply and slowly. Listen to your inner dialogue. Would you speak to someone you love in the same way? Take risks, take leaps of faith. Be of service to others. Be interested in others. People will always remember what you did for them. Don't stress so much over decisions. Decisions needn't be forever.
Cultivate and nurture friendships. With love and care they can last a lifetime. At the same time don't be afraid to edit friendships. You are enough just as you are. Perfect in your imperfection.
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Learn to accept compliments. Simply say 'thank you'. Be willing to show that you are vulnerable. It is in fact the greatest act of courage. You are never alone. Yourself first and then others. We are all in this together.
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Your attitude is always a choice. Magic happens outside your comfort zone. Learn to love yourself now. It gets harder if you leave it until you're older. Don't worry about what other people think. They think about you a lot less than you imagine. Your guts have the answer. Do not expect anyone else to make you happy. Be financially savvy right from the off. Debt is not pretty. Make your own lunch for work.