My two year old daughter (nearly 2 1/2), Sydney (aka Miss Priss aka Miss-Chievous)... seems to be having issues. Or maybe she is just giving me and her dad-o issues.
The child has a pretty great vocab for her age. She knows:
1) her colors ("puw-pal" is her fave)
2) her body parts (even tricky ones like elbow and hip)
3) Her name ("S-ninny"), her bubba's name (she says "OOOO-weee") and of course the requisite Mommy and Daddy
4) Animals and animal sounds (dog, cat, barnyard animals like chicken, pig and cow and zoo animals like lion an monkey...heck, she even says "SNAP!" for alligator)
5) Food and drink (especially chocolate milk and cookies... but also banana and apple and good stuff)
6) Basics like up, down, yes, no, please, thank you, hello, goodbye and goodnight
7) Everyday things (park, bike, walk, home, bath, baby, diaper, bed, sleep, kiss, high five, flower, swim)
The child has words. It's not like she doesn't have words.
Yet when she is sad or mad or wants/needs something...she screams. She cries. She wails. She whines. She doesn't say "Mommy, I'm hungry. May I please have a banana?" Okay, she's 2. She's not going to say that. But she is perfectly capable of saying "Banana please" or "want banana." But noooo. She breaks into tears and collapses into hysterics at the drop of a hat for no apperant reason whatsoever.
I do my best to calmly say "Sydney, use your words." Or help her by saying "Sydney, say 'Mommy, I want' and then tell me what." I get tired of playing the game "banana? your brother hit you? You want to go outside? You're cold?" until after 20+ questions I figure out what the deal is.
Any suggestions for coaxing my daughter into being a better communicator? Am I a slummy mummy? Too impatient? Demanding too much from a toddler? Perhaps she mostly lets her big bro talk for her?