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Your kid talks funny, but not for long

In our last post, “Why mispronouncing words is good for your kid,” we talked about how flubbing up all sorts of speech sounds is a totally normal part of your child’s language development.

We even showed you this pretty cool chart that lets you know at which ages many common mispronunciations tend to disappear:

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What did we tell you? Pretty cool, right?

Then we discovered a couple of really funny posts over on the Mommy Shorts blog featuring a whole bunch of words that have been “totally butchered by toddlers.” And that made us think that our handy-dandy chart would be the ideal tool for figuring out exactly when each of those adorably erroneous kid-ism would sadly be lost, forever replaced by the boring old correct pronunciations we adults have all mastered.

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Why mispronouncing words is good for your kid

Kids say the darnedest things. And when they’re still little, they usually say the most poorly enunciated things too.

pasghettiandmeatbulbsThe guy who wrote all those Family Circus comic strips back in the day made his entire living off this fact. Pasghetti and meat bulbs? Sounds like the perfect punch line to me!

But sometimes parents get a little stressed when their young kids mispronounce the words they’re trying to say, thinking that these errors are abnormal or that they might be warning signs of a permanent speech impediment.

If that sounds like you, you can probably relax. Odds are, you have nothing to worry about.

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Is my kid becoming too competitive?

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Today’s question might just be the very best question the Doctor + Dad have ever received.

A competitive edge seems to have just popped up in my preschool-aged daughter and her buds. Like who’s the tallest, fastest, strongest, etc. What’s the deal with that?
– Ashleigh

Well Ashleigh, we know what you mean. Just like Charlie Sheen during a career-threatening psychological breakdown, our four-year-old daughter is pretty big into “winning” these days too.

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How to teach your kid a lesson he’ll never forget

Here at the Doctor and the Dad, we’re always giving parents tips for teaching stuff to their kids. But sometimes, children learn the most powerful lessons all by themselves.

Just ask our just-turned-two-year-old son.

castEarlier this week, mere days before his birthday, our fearless little Freddy pulled a naptime family first – he escaped from his crib.

We didn’t see it happen. But everybody in the house heard it. One great big thump, followed by lots (and lots) of crying.

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Law & Order: Family Fib Division

This week our family hit a major milestone – our firstborn child told her first big lie. And you know what’s worse? She told it…to cover up a crime!

 

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Looks like we got here…a hair too late.

The evidence was pretty damning. We started finding little clumps of cleanly snipped hair all over the house. In the bathroom sink. On the kitchen floor. Even at the bottom of the stairs. It looked like a regular mane massacre in there.

And we didn’t need an elite squad of highly intelligent and super-sexy DNA analysts to figure out whose hairs they were. The length and color of the samples could only match two members of the family – the Doctor, and our four-year-old daughter. And Mommy’s hair was currently looking like a Real Housewives reunion show…way too long, and in desperate need of a cut.

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How two letters can change your kid from selfish to helpful

Want an easy way to get your kids to help out around the house more?

Of course you do. We all do.

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That’s why the Baby Mop exists. (Too bad it stops working as soon as your baby starts toddling.)

And for the life of us, we just can’t understand why they’ve yet to make a toy vacuum cleaner that actually vacuums. Your kid likes pushing that noisy, annoying thing around. How hard would it be to stick a dustbuster inside of it anyway?

Come on, capitalism. Get on the ball.1

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  1. Yeah, yeah, we know there are a couple of toy sweepers out there that claim to have “suction” capabilities. But the reviews all seem to indicate that this underwhelming feature really just “sucks.” []

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Does your kid have too many toys?

Kids these days have too many toys.

It’s a fact.

Your kids, our kids, the kids who live next door, and the kids screaming their little heads off right in front of you in the checkout line at the toy store.

They all have way more toys than any of them actually need, and way more than they ever seem to be able to adequately pick up.

That’s why we parents are constantly finding them – not just with our eyeballs, but also with our bare feet when we’re walking down the stairs each morning (dangerous!), with our butts when we finally plop down onto the couch after suffering through another entirely-too-long bedtime routine (painful!), and with our car tires when we’re backing out of the driveway (awesome, since now we actually get to throw one of these things away!)

Given the sheer numbers of toys overwhelming us at every turn, it’s actually pretty surprising that only a couple of our kids’ toys are really, really bugging the crap out of us right now.

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Playtime! Activity: “Ice, Ice, Baby” science experiment

Vanilla Ice was king of the suburban rap scene for a good three or four months back in middle school. But if you want to help your kids become fans of science for a lot longer than that, just get them to stop, collaborate and listen to this totally fun experiment!

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Who It’s For: Kids ages 3 and up

What They’ll Learn: The scientific method, states of matter, why they should listen to you when you tell them not to leave the freezer wide open for no good reason

What You Need: Three bowls, three ice cubes, a refrigerator

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