The funnest parts of yesterday with the toddlers. An 18-month old actually helped me clean up the sandbox!
By The Horse
Walnut Creek, California
January 15, 2022 11:26am CST
My "girlfriend." 22-month-old Savannah, was not there yesterday. She's the one whose daddy recently "left the house." But I got to spend a lot of special time with three little girls, all of whom are just learning to speak. My 18-month old, Sophia, woke up early from her nap. I was charged with "taking her outside." I told her we needed to clean up the sandbox. She wobbled over to the sandbox with me, and I gathered up a bunch of plastic shovels and other sand box toys that were on the ground outside the sandbox. . I modeled throwing a toy into the sandbox, and she and I hit a rhythm. I would hold up two sandbox toys, and say "Do you want the red one or the blue one?" She would grab one. I would then toss mine into the sandbox and say "I did it!" She would then toss hers into the sandbox and almost say "did!" After about ten minutes of this joyous game, Nicole and Jacki woke up. They're both about 26-months-old--early twos. They actually helped me spread the tarp over the sandbox for the weekend. I find it fascinating how much littlies understand, even when they cannot speak yet. Were I to wax "intellectual," I'd say that it appears that Wernicke's area of the brain (language comprehension) develops before Broca's area (language production). But the bottom line is that we all had big happy fun and essentially had a "conversation" without many words. Toddlers love repetition. It makes them feel safe and efficacious. They also love it when an adult "witnesses" their positive behaviors ("You did it!"). It also leads to attachment with the adult who models predictable behaviors with them, further increasing their sense of safety and reducing cortisol levels. Do you get the feeling that I enjoy working with toddlers? I don't believe there's such a thing as "terrible twos."
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• Paso Robles, California
15 Jan 22
My grandniece I've not yet been able to meet in person, is that same age. She is also learning to talk and identify colors and animals, etc. We get to watch on our family Zoom meetings. We are glad this technology allows us to watch her develop. We saw her learn to crawl, walk and even begin to run a bit. We look forward to meeting her in person . My younger nephew and his wife were able to go to the family Thanksgiving celebration. We did not feel confident enough to make the trip to Orange County, so we missed it. The next week on Zoom, Nor-Nor comprehended that the people she saw on the screen, her aunt and uncle, were the same people who had played with her on Thanksgiving, and she pointed at them on the screen and as best she could called them by name. I was a bit jealous.
• Walnut Creek, California
16 Jan 22
I wish every parent could read "The Scientist in the Crib," by Alison Gopnik. It gave me a different perspective on what 1- and 2-year-olds are about. They are learning machines (not to mention that they are full of love).