When my kids were about 2 or 3 and were developing their language day by day (hour by hour!), I loved when they mispronounced words. In fact, I would refrain from correcting them, because it was music to my ears to hear the way they chose to form the words. I found it to be utterly creative. This stage of parenting was so joyous for me, that I recall many of those words and the way the kids said the words.
See if you can figure out the “real” adult word from the words or phrases below:
Splinkers, ekscalators, upslide-down, pubulups, Yes, I’m are!.
Now, that I’m a Bubby – I not only embrace the words my grandsons use (strangely – these boys are soooo articulate that there are not so many of these mispronunciations these days), but I look out for them. When someone says a funny word, I get so excited, and I practically reinforce the mispronouncing! But have no fear, the kids grow up and all learn to speak perfectly well, and are quite skilled in their diction.
Here’s a song I composed together with one of my toddler and pre-school sons to sing at bedtime — he who had a whole slew of words that he said in his own creative way:
To the tune of “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!”
Splinklers and some ekscalators are working
I tried to tell my mohzer – yes I’m are all the way
I asked her to seal my pubulups
Before I went to sleep
We said hello to Mrs. Habraham
And didn’t make a peep!
Have a great weekend…full of speech and lovely communication.