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