My son is almost 2 and is already showing a major stuborn streak. He can say mama, dada, please, and some other stuff, but he is used to giving us his cup and just saying "uh" and getting what he wants. He knows that he gets cheese when he says cheese and other related things, but we are having major fights because we want to hear mama or dada, please, or something other than "uh" before we get him a drink, but when we refuse he throws a real fit with big ol' tears and everything.
I think its time to re-read "the strong willed child."
Do any of you have any ideas on how to get him to use the words that he already knows instead of grunting and crying for a drink?
Hubby and I played a game, I said please he handed me the cup etc. We've done this twice. It obviously hasn't worked yet.
Jul 23, '02
My son barely talked until he was 3. I think his older sister did most of his talking for him. He also would just sort of grunt if he wanted something. I think I tried to ignore the grunt and reward words. Didn't always work but I think your son will talk when he's good and ready.
My son is 16 and still grunts when he wants something(although it's a deeper grunt)
In other words I wouldn't worry too much.
Jul 24, '02
my grandson did the grunting/crying/ponting thing till l thought we would loose our mind.....my dgtr moved and he has a little friend next door that is about 6 mo older....he started talking a lot more soon after..it takes a lot of patience...and talking....''say 'down' if you want down''...etc till u r blue in face....sooner or later it will take.......