Let's face it, trying to have a real talk with a 2-year-old can sometimes be a challenge (albeit a humorous one). If you're looking for some ideas for conversations with your 2-year-old in an effort to strengthen their language development, you've come to the right place. Before you know it, the nonstop chatter phase will hit (hard), and you'll never be at a loss for words again (you'll be too busy answering questions about urgent matters like why stoplights are red).
By the time their second birthday rolls around, "most toddlers will say 50 words or more, use phrases, and be able to put together two- to three-word sentences," according to Kids Health. It's amazing what little sponges they are, right? Remember that your toddler is listening to everything you say and storing that information away. So when you speak with your 2-year-old, "instead of using 'baby' words, use the correct names for people, places, and things," Kids Health advised.
"Speak slowly and clearly, and keep it simple."
It's also important to remember that words aren't the only way to communicate with toddlers, according to the Child Mind Institute. Notice how your toddler will give messages by pointing, making eye contact and using body language. By encouraging and positively reinforcing this communication style, you'll be preparing for the speech production and language that will come later. You'll also be learning more about your toddler's developing personality through these regular chats, which are also more or less guaranteed to be absolutely hilarious and charming and adorable more often than not.
So, by watching your child as he physically communicates, by listening to his little phrases, you're on the path to helping your child as language develops. Stuck for ideas when it comes to topics of discussion? Don't feel limited to the obvious hot button issues for tots (Peppa Pig, ice cream). Try these easy conversation starters and see where they take you.