My daughter was speaking early. She was saying 100+ words at an age when most other kids had 15 or so; She was speaking in sentences when many kids were still using baby sign language. "She's so smart!" we exclaimed. "Isn't she amazing?" we asked our friends and relatives (I can only imagine how obnoxious we sounded). In truth, we had no idea what we were in for, as any parent with kids who talk a lot will tell you. Like, I'm so glad that my child is inclined toward verbal expression because I love talking, and I love talking to her especially, but seriously, all due gratitude for my healthy child...I wouldn't have minded a few more months of peace and quiet if I'd know what was to come.
If you don't have a highly verbal child, you're probably thinking, "Oh, come on! Kids talk a lot. We all know that." Yes, all kids talk a lot, but super verbal kids talk incessantly. I mean, every single minute of your day is filled with them telling you things, asking you things, talking to their imaginary friends, playing with their toys and making them talk. It literally only stops when they're sleeping, or deeply engrossed in a television program.
Don't get me wrong; I adore my daughter, and she is clearly a smart cookie. Lots of really thoughtful things come out of her mouth! But lots of all kinds of things come out of her mouth, because she talks. So. Much.
If you're reading this and nodding, with tears streaming down your face, thinking to yourself, "Someone finally understands my struggle!" then read on, for 12 other things parents of super chatty kids have to deal with.