Does your toddler talk about themselves in the 3rd person?

Australia
November 17, 2009 5:37pm CST
My daughter is 2.5 years old & she talks about herself in the 3rd person at least 1/2 the time...Instead of saying I want or I need, etc, she says Harmony wants or Harmony needs etc....Does your toddler do this? Is it common? I've never heard kids do this until my daughter started it.
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@singlemommy (2953)
• United States
17 Nov 09
My son just turned 3 yesterday and he actually does this. When we go shopping, if he sees something he wants, he will say, "Justice likes this". I think it probably is normal. I don't remember my daughter doing it though, but I'm sure it is still common for them to do that because we always call them by their name or when we are talking about them, we say their name to others so they hear us saying their name. I love the name Harmony! It is one of my favorites!
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• Australia
17 Nov 09
At leasy my daughter's not the only one who is doing this lol...Her full first name is Harmony-Skye but we just call her Harmony for short.
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• United States
18 Nov 09
That is a beautiful name! I like names that are different like that, in fact, I actually came close to naming my daughter Harmony, but her father liked the name Destiny and I liked it too, so we went with it instead. I have often thought if I ever had another daughter that I would name her Harmony, but I have my tubes tied so I doubt that will happen. Oh well, I've already been blessed with two beautiful children, Destiny and Justice so what more could I wish for? LOL
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• Australia
19 Nov 09
They are both nice names...my friend has a daughter named Destiny...I liked Charity but hubby didn't like it
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@xannebull (1806)
• Philippines
22 Nov 09
I never heard it from my toddler who's going to be three years old this january, she never talks about herself in third person, but i do sometimes observed that she is talking with herself and her imaginary friends almost all of the times when she's no one to play around.
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• Australia
4 Apr 10
My daughter hasn't started the imaginary friends yet...I have also noticed that she doesn't refer to herself in the 3rd person anymore - she will be 3 in 3 weeks.
@Ritchelle (3797)
• Philippines
18 Nov 09
my son was like this all of the time when he was that age. he's 1/2 of what he used to be now that he's turning 4. the only difference now is he says his two names . many toddlers are like this. this is where sesame street's elmo character was patterned. elmo never says i. he always says, "elmo likes to run. elmo likes to eat. elmo likes to play." and if you'd look at what the company says about him: elmo is just 3 years old. forever 3 that is .
• Australia
19 Nov 09
I'm glad I'm not alone!! My daughter loves elmo!! Maybe that's where she's picked it up from too
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@tdemex (3547)
• United States
17 Nov 09
This is very common relax! They listen to you and when you talk about her to other people this is how she relates to her self! It'll go away! Just wait til she gets her imaginary friends, this'll throw you for a real loop! tdemex
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• Australia
17 Nov 09
I never thought to look at it that way...I'm an undergraduate teacher who has done child psychology & never thought that that's how she relates to herself lol!!Imaginary friends hmm...I think that will throw me as I never had them when I was a kid.
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@ruchimom (280)
• Australia
16 Dec 09
My daughter is 3 and she always addresses herself in the third person She always expresses herself with her name I think it is common I have seen a few kids doing that
• United States
5 Jan 10
My son Aniken will be 3 in january and he only talks in 3rd person. i have been a prescshool teacher for 6 years and i have never come across a child that does this. it seemed so strange to me. i was actually going to put him in speach therapy. but then i came across this site. i guess if so many other children are speaking in 3rd person he should be ok.
• United States
18 Jan 10
What about a 7 year old always addressing herself in the third person? She is a beautiful and intelligent child, but it is always "Zoey Dawn ..."
• Australia
4 Apr 10
It seems apretty common thing for kids to do that i didn't realise & I'm an undergraduate teacher lol!! My daughter has since stopped doing this but I still don't know why she started in the first place.
• Canada
3 Dec 09
I love the name Harmony. We met a little girl in the mall about her age with her Mommy and Aunt, and her name was Harmony. That's so great!! Anyway, we never did that, as toddlers. Our mother taught us "I, you, he, she, we, they" and how to use them. "Does Leah need a larger size?" Spoken to Mom from our Aunt, asking if the sweater she bought me would fit, or if I needed a different one. "Do you want a cookie?" My Aunt asked me directly. A lot of adults talk to kids in the third person, because they don't know if kids know their pronouns yet. We never had that. If someone talked to me in the third person, even as a toddler, I'd ask why they are talking to me as if I'm not there. haha I always was a pedantic child, even at that age! haha
• Australia
4 Apr 10
I've always talked to Harmony like I would talk to an adult using pronouns, etc...she still ended up referring to herself in the 3rd person for some unknown reason but hasn't done this in quite a few months yay!!