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How Many Words!

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How Many Words!

I read the best thing today about what words children need to know before kindergarten.  I don’t want to copy someone else’s writing without their permission so here’s the link. 25 Words Children Should Know Before Kindergarten

Before you go I want to make a #momconfession.  Before my daughter’s 2 year checkup I googled how many words should a child know by two.  Mini me took her time using her words.  She didn’t speak much between 1 and 2 unless she had something to say.  She also used sign language as she had taken ASL classes from 11 months.  I wanted to prepare myself for a speech delay.  I was nervous when I saw that children should know around 100 words (according to a google search).  I took it upon myself to write down every word I had ever heard my child utter.  I would stop what I was doing to add to the list.  It was so bad I would wake up at night sometimes to add to the list.  I relaxed a bit when the list hit around 110.  I probably stopped adding to it around 130.  We then had her 24 month check up and her doctor asked, “Do you think she knows 20 words?”  I laughed out loud.  I laughed at myself for being that mom.

Nowadays?  Now she speaks from the moment she wakes up until the moment she goes to bed.  Sometimes she talks in her sleep.  She knows more words than I can keep up with and gets frustrated when I don’t understand her.  The other night she huffed and puffed, put her hand on her hip and said, “mommy you not hearing and understanding me.”  She was right.  She was having a minor meltdown because she didn’t have Kwazii from The Octonauts to have a sleepover with Captain Barnacles, Peso and Shellington.  I ordered him this morning.

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