Thursday, December 07, 2006

Use Your Words

Crew has been really lazy lately with his communication. I think that he has been working so hard on crawling that we've slipped up a little on the verbal/sign. However, recently when he starts whining, I will stop and say, "Crew use your words". A lot of the time he will stop whining and start jabbering. The jabber isn't clear-- at all, but I usually know what he wants so I give in because he made an effort to communicate properly.

Tonight we went to Redbox to get a movie. Since we were at McDonalds I decided to get 4 Hot Fudge Sundaes to go. DH and kids got in the van while I waited for the sundaes. When I came out to the van and got in Crew started screeching and whining. I thought he was just doing his usual "I don't like my carseat" protest. Holding a tray full of Hot Fudge Sundaes, I turn to him and said, "Crew, use your words!". He immediately stops whining and quickly signs "Please".

Now, how cute is that! I handed S a spoon and asked him to give that boy some icecream. After all, he deserves it, doesn't he?


  1. That is wonderful. Crew is seriously so lucky to have been blessed with the family he has. Mel you work so hard with him. I am so impressed. You are amazing. You can probally say that just when all your work seems in vain, something magical happens and it is all worth it. I love that little Crew. He is so smart. He knows what he wants and it is icecream. Your right, give that boy some icecream. :)

  2. I love that. Really really neat.

    Hey, where is mine?

    Missed you today, they made the cutest bells!

  3. Crew is very lucky to have you as a mom. God doesn't give us anything he doesn't think we can handle. You should feel so blessed to have a little angel.

    He definitely deserved that ice cream! Crew could teach my almost 2 year old a thing or two!!!!!!

  4. Anonymous2:55 PM

    Wow, Mel, again it's like we've got the same kiddo! We've been reminding Jack to "Use your words" for several months now, and I'll tell you what...there's marked improvement! He 99% of the time will chose to try a word instead of whine or screech when he wants something. It's not a perfect system but it felt like a major wall came down when he realized words DO get him what he needs/wants.

    I am so proud of Crew -- give him a high five from Jack!!


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