After two intense weeks of tantrums, screaming, flopping, crying and whining, my kids have finally had a language breakthrough. For the past four days or so, they have not only been pointing at objects and telling me what they are, but they have been connecting abstract ideas together, using adjectives and nouns to specify their meaning, and using verbs and nouns to create basic sentences and to tell me what they are doing.
They’ve got the command down pat.
“Dance with me, mama.”
“Wait for me.”
“Help mama clean up.”
It’s hard to explain the enormity of this. When babies first learn to use their tongues, when they first start speaking, “cookie, book, blocks, bear, dog, duck,” everybody is thrilled. The babies have learned English, so it seems. But, really, that is only the first of many big breakthroughs.