Do you let them say things the way they want or do start proper grammar from the get go?
***I should specify, since everyone seems to correct mispronounced words...I'm not really talking about letting her say things like "me ain't seen no manky." I'm sitting here listening to her get excited about the fact that her bathrobe has pockets. Every few seconds, she runs up to me and says "mommy, look! I have pockets!" Most of her speech is pretty clear and pocket is a word she just picked up yesterday. I just can't imagine her needing speech therapy or sounding like a baby at 5 because I let her call her blanket a manky.
***I was really hoping this thread would die out, but since it hasn't yet, I'll clarify again. I don't repeat all of her wrong sayings. I have a few that I love, like manky, that I am not at all concerned about. Most of what she says wrong is just her inability to make that sound yet. She knows what it should sound like and she hears the rest of the family and myself say it, but she has to practice it before it comes out correctly. For example, she started out saying "bood" and then "boon" and finally got the hang of moon, not because I constantly told her it was a moon, but because she was experimenting with the sounds. If there's something she has trouble with, like mixing up b's and m's currently, it takes a week or two for her to get it straight. In no way do I see not pressuring her to say the word perfectly at 21 months old as a bad thing. Her vocabulary is developing quite nicely with the exception of a few words. She knows what a blanket is and will bring one to you if asked, but I have a feeling that manky is just what she will call her own specific pink and white striped blanket. Of all the things that kids refer to their comfort objects as, that one seems harmless. Sorry so long :)