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I think all parents, no matter how long it has been since they’ve had a toddler, can remember the times when they used to spell words around their kids.  For as long as it works, it’s a lifesaving trick that parents rely on.  It doesn’t last long enough.  As soon as the kids learn their letters and sounds, they figure out what we parents are spelling.

We’ve been spelling around Anderson an awful lot.  He loves going to the playground to ride on the swings but it’s not always convenient so we will sometimes say something like, “If he naps, he can go to the p-l-a-y-g-r-o-u-n-d for a little while.” Or “if you have to give him a p-o-p, to get him to do it, that’s okay.”   He loves the swings and can spend hours, literally, at the playground so we have to be careful not to say that word around him or we’ll have to take him or bribe him with a lollipop.

Last night, I dropped my daughter off after shopping.  It was after 9.  As soon as we drove up, Anderson came running out the door and down the stairs with his dad right behind him.  We thought he was going to run to his mom to see what she had in all the bags but instead he ran to his Little Tikes truck and jumped in.  He loves that truck.  Tina couldn’t get him to get out of it and go inside.  I called out to her from the car that if she needed one, I had a “P-O-P” in my purse.  She answered that she had one inside that she would give him if she had to to get him to go inside.  As soon as he heard the P-O-P and the “conditional” , he jumped out of the truck and ran inside and waited patiently in the kitchen for his lollipop.

So now we can’t use “p-o-p” anymore.  He knows what it spells.  I guess we’ll resort to a Spanish word or something but I’m sure he’ll figure that out soon, too!

He’s just a little too b-r-i-g-h-t for us.  And he’s only two!  I think we have our work cut out for us!

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