a friend of mine has a two year old son that refuses to use words to talk to her. The other day he pointed to his mouth, then pointed to the fridge, as a way to say "I'm hungry". When I babysit him, he has no problem saying "hungry!" or "snack please!" but with her and her hubby, he refuses to talk!
I suggested she not respond to him when he doesn't use words, but she said he winds up crying, throwing a tantrum, etc. She gets frustrated and sends him to his room, and they go round and round and she says she "makes no progress". I think she should stick to her guns and not give in unless he SAYS what he wants... and don't discipline him for being angry that his "sign language" isn't working. Just ignore him until he uses his words.
Any other suggestions?
Asked by Anonymous at 1:18 PM on Jan. 21, 2010 in Toddlers (1-2)
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