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10 Words My Toddler Probably Shouldn't Know

Over at The Stir, they have published 25 Words Your Toddler Should be Using by Age 2, including daddy, hat, banana, cat and nose. These were determined by the Child Study Institute at Bryn Mawr College.

I scanned the list like the overachieving mother I am and mentally checked off all 25 words.

Dog, check. Hot, check. Shoe, check.

Mazzy was an early talker and at 27 months has quite the vocabulary (check out her language skills in Sh*t Toddlers Say). Plus, that’s her pictured left fully engrossed in a conversation about the latest issue of “The New Yorker”.

Well, maybe I’m getting a little ahead of myself.

I did notice, however, that a few of my daughter’s favorite words were noticeably absent from the Bryn Mawr list. They are, in no particular order:

1. iPad

2. Elmo

3. Chocolate

4. Computer

5. Phone

6. Microwave

7. Videos

8. Remote

9. Cookie Monster

10. TV

Conclusion: Either, my daughter is a genius or I’m a TERRIBLE PARENT.

I think I may call up Apple and tell them I have an early recruit. If Mazzy’s gonna be an iPad watching, TV addicted, smart phone cradling toddler, I might as well turn it into an early career choice, right?

Truth be told, we were a little lax about TV and iPad usage during our family vacation.

Time to get back on track.

What’s the most surprising word your toddler says?

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