One Word I Want Out of My Toddler's Vocabulary

961180_10103324076046803_487435376_nAvery has become quite the talker lately. I knew it was only a matter of time before her inner vocabulary would open up and spill out. Many words I still have a hard time understanding, but that doesn’t discourage her from trying to talk to us all of the time.

Most of the time she is super cute when she’s talking, especially when she’s trying to carry on a conversation with her big sister. It’s really helped their relationship now that Avery understands most of what Harlan is telling her and Harlan loves when she responds.

But lately there is one word in Avery’s vocabulary that isn’t quite what I expected. I’m sure she’s learned this word from her big sister, but she uses it far too frequently and in a way that is too demanding.


That’s the word she yells at us all the time now. I’ll be sitting at the kitchen table eating my breakfast and rather than asking for a bite of my food, she just yells, “mine.” If Harlan is playing with a toy and she wants to play with it, “mine” is what she demands to Harlan as she plays.

Mine, mine, mine, all the time. If Avery had it her way, everything in this apartment would be hers.

It’s not just the word that she says, but it’s the way she says it. So demanding and assertive. I’ve tried to explain to her that we don’t use that word and that she needs to ask nicely for something, even showing her how to ask. But to no avail, she still uses the word all of the time.

I never went through this stage with Harlan (she didn’t really have to share anything at Avery’s age), but I would love some advice from other moms who have gone through this. I know it’s probably just a phase, but if it is, how long will it last?

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