His Spanish is growing by leaps and bounds but he cannot seem to understand basic English. Thus, we've been trying to analyze the situation and the first thing we've decided to do is offer some translations to better understand where he is coming from.
Here's the format:
"What we say" - His interpretation
"Feet on the ground." - Just squat where you're at (on a ladder, on a table, on the bookshelf, etc.). It gives the impression that your feet are on the ground.
"Mommy's on the phone." - Find your loudest toy and commence playing with it or if playing with loudest toy hit the same key over and over again.
"Gentle with Bebe Sister." - Give Mom a heart attack and continue jumping over her like she's a candle stick and you're Jack Be Nimble.
"Bed time." - Throw yourself on the ground and whine loudly because maybe it will eventually wear Mom and Dad down to the point they let you stay up longer. (It has yet to work, though).
"Choose one toy to take in the car." - Grab three of your favorite toys and begin negotiations which result in two toys going in the car.
"Smile for the camera" - Do everything but smile.
"No thank you - tub water is for bathing, not drinking." - Next time you're in the shower, drink the water from the floor.
"Careful. Cars are coming..." - Run at top speed for the street.
"Bebe Sister's awake" - Run into the bedroom and climb into her crib with her. It makes her giggle.
"We're going to the grocery store." - Hurry and put your shoes on so you can see the Lightning McQueen ride-on car, the giant M&Ms, the cake in the bakery with eyes on it, and the scary witch and skeleton on display. After all, going to the grocery store is about the sights, sounds, and smells, not about getting food. Oh, and don't forget to ask repeatedly to hold, pat, or take home various items along the way. One never knows when Mom or Dad might cave and actually comply with these requests - here's to hoping!
"STOP!!!" - Hurry up otherwise Mom will make you stop before you finish whatever it is you're doing. And if you're fast enough, you can pull the fire alarm at Dad's employee health center causing 300 people to evacuate the building during the busiest working hour. Then ask for a Sponge Bob sticker for waiting through the blaring alarm. (No sticker was given. I "wore my grumpy face" for a very long time after this!)
There is a reason we say T Rex is force of nature.
Yes...these toddler years certainly do keep us on our toes.
Do your kids have their own interpretations to your requests?