Twin toddlers can do so much already! Quite impressive when you think about it – born only a couple years ago they already know scores of things to do, and talking is on that list for sure!
Ah, That First Word!
My babies’ first word was – MAMA! Hehehe, ok. ok. It might have been something else, but I, like so many mothers out there, just need it to be that!
It made everything else (like the pain from C-section, sore nipples, sleepless nights, etc) easier to cope with. So, sorry dada, baba, bebe, meme etc. or anything else that might have been my babies’ first utterance – let us settle this once and forever: It was MAMA!
I was so overjoyed when I first heard it. And then, after that, there were no words for weeks! No idea why they just stopped saying anything. It really worried me for a moment, but very soon they started talking some more. Every sound, every word just as exciting as the first!
What was your babies’/twins’ first word? Please, do write in the comment section below, I’d love to read it. Thanks!
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Twin Toddlers Talking – Are They Talking Yet?
Twins are often slightly delayed in their speech for a number of reasons. Some studies show that it is a purely genetical thing, i.e. nature winning over nurture.
On the other hand, many experts in this field argue that it is the very way in which the twins are raised that influences twins language development.
Experts, also advise that we should try to:
- Keep the background noise (TV, music, computers, etc) to a minimum so it is easier for the children to hear and respond to the sounds around them
- Spend some individual time with just one child talking (eye contact is very important) or reading a book together
- React in a positive manner when they try to spear or express themselves with words and sounds
- It is always a good idea to repeat the words back at them and gently correct any mispronunciation
Seemingly Same, Yet So Different
Often people presume, just because the children are twins they should look, behave and develop in the same way and at the same time. I used to be one of those people!
Of course, now that I have my own twins I know how far from the truth that is. Naturally, this is all a little bit different for the identical twins but even they often develop at their own, individual pace.
My twins are super-different from each other. They are a girl and a boy for starters. My little boy is bigger in size and so far, more advanced in talking and communication skills in general. My little girl, on the other hand, is quite petite and has fewer words than her brother. However, she seems to be very engaged with everything that is going on around her and is exceptionally imaginative and independent.
There was a moment about a year ago when I did worry. But now, it is obvious she is taking her time and is slowly but surely reaching her developmental milestones. I could not be more pleased for her.
My premature born, low birth weight, NICU (only for five days) baby girl, is now talking, running about, making up her own games and generally, together with her adorable brother, being the light of our lives!
To Be Or Not To Be
Well, in my book – To Be. Definitely To Be!
And anyway, you might not even have a choice. If you and your partner or your parents speak a different language than the language that is spoken in the country you are raising your children, what are you supposed to do? Of, course, teach them both, or as many other languages as they would learn.
The old school of looking at raising bilingual twins, argues that the children are allegedly confused by the two languages if the second language is introduced before the children are three. And, you’d be surprised how many, just how many people, even professionals are still sticking to this theory. These people need their knowledge base reboot. And fast! Please.
The Latest Research
Thankfully, we have had some great research in this field and it has been proven that it is good for the kids (and I’m sure, us, parents too) to have a couple of foreign languages under our belt. Persistency pays in this case even if it is not always the most convenient thing. But, when your toddlers comprehend everything you say to them in two languages, you’ll feel so very proud and happy! Clever little munchkins!
Please, do write in the comment section below, if you have any useful tips or methods that you have used with your twins in raising them bilingual? I’d love to hear from you. Thanks!
So, if your twins are at the different speech/comprehension stages, please do not fret. They do level up quite quickly! Also, situations change very fast: my little girl has just now, after a whole year of my teaching her to say ‘milk’ instead of ‘mimi’ started to, in fact, say ‘milk’. But today, she has repeated it, just in one go, I promise you, about a hundred times!
I found myself, through laughter, telling her to please, stop repeating the same word over and over again, but she was having just too much fun and went on and on and on…hehehhe See?
Enjoy the quiet moments and of course, delight in the fun conversations soon to be had with the little ones. There is very little, that is quite as sweet as twin toddlers talking!
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