I’m a bad SLP. We Speech Language Pathologists tell parents to avoid baby talk. “Always model the correct pronunciations. That’s how children learn speak properly.” But I have been a traitor to my profession lately.
HM and MT have very good articulation for their ages. (whew, maybe all of that clinical training hasn’t gone to waste!) But naturally, there are some sounds they still have difficulty with. I won’t geek out on phonological processes, but there are some common error patterns that are age appropriate and expected. So I don’t worry about them. Instead, I find them horribly cute.
“Mama, tiss it. TISS IT!” This is MT’s common request anytime she hurts herself. So of course I do. How can you not with a request like that? But I’ve found myself incapable of using the proper /k/ sound in that context. I can only “tiss” things. I’m incapable of kissing them. (we won’t go into the matter of what this does to my love life.)
“Tamon, tennel!” is usually followed up by “Tamon, doh doh!” (translation: “Cameron, kennel! Go go!”) And he apparently is fluent in toddler. Tamon dohs.
“Mama, NO DO DAT!” The grammar isn’t correct, but is just too adorable to correct. And I’ve started to adopt this grammatical form in that context.
So I confess this boldly, hoping ASHA and the MA licensure board won’t come demanding to take back their certifications. But as I state in my bio, I’m only a part-time SLP, and a full-time mom. Moms are supposed to find these things cute. Right?