Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Manipulation 101

Princess is at the stage where she is really learning to talk, and its fascinating to watch her. She studies our lips while we talk to learn how to say the words, and then repeats them back.

As soon as she started communicating by screaming and pointing at what she wanted, I started teaching her to say "please." She couldn't say it yet, and wouldn't be able to for months, but everytime she screamed and pointed at her object of desire I would say, "what do we say? We say 'please' when we want something. Please." And I did this for months. Hub totally didn't get it, because his point was, she can't say it yet so why are you telling her to say it? I wanted to instill that we don't yell when we want something, there is a word for it and eventually you will say it.

Finally a few days ago, when I said - "what do we say? We say 'please' when we want something. Please" - her response was "peas." I nearly melted. She had learned. Over the past few days she has been more and more consistently saying "peas" when she wants something.

But she has learned more than that. On Easter we were in a shop down the shore where they had little trinkets on a shelf at her level. She wanted to touch them and I told her "no, we only look, no touching." Her response?

"Peas."

Mom's heart melts. Mom gives in and lets her gently touch the trinkets. Another lesson learned by Princess, albeit not a good one.

12 comments:

Elle said...

Oh, you are done for!!

Miss_Vicki said...

HOW CUTE!! After watching Nanny 911 last night, I don't know if I'm gonna be able to do the kid thing :)

awwwwwwwwww mannnn! I just saw the jersey shore pic - being from Philly, I am totally jonesin for a trip down the shore. I'll have to do that next time I'm home to visit the parents (probably May or June) - it's been way too long since I've walked the boards!!

Bridget Unnel said...

Lots of "peas" and "tanks" with my nephews and niece when they were littler. Adorable! You'd hand over your checkbook if that's what they wanted...

mrsmogul said...

When I was little i used to say "Pee O" for pillow. My sister still thinks it's adorable and mentions it all the time!

mrsmogul said...

When I was little i used to say "Pee O" for pillow. My sister still thinks it's adorable and mentions it all the time!

Dawn said...

I loved when my daughter started talking.....this is the age that will just melt your heart.

mrsmogul said...

When I was little i used to say "Pee O" for pillow. My sister still thinks it's adorable and mentions it all the time!

Bridget Unnel said...

Hey, MrsM, so tell us... what did you used to call yer pillow? Sorry, couldn't resist! ;)

Raehan said...

Oh, yes. Our oldest learned "peas" early, too. The problem is, how do you say no to "peas"?

happyandblue2 said...

Now you need to teach her to say "ok" As in Peas Mommy. No Princess. Ok Mommy.

Bumbling Bav said...

Oh she is just too darn cute. I am just the same as you.... I would let her too.

Andrea

Suzanne said...

yes...you're done for. These next months will melt your heart to pieces!
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