The Age of Repetition

Today Amy is 23 months old and an increasingly able communicator.  At not quite two, she regularly speaks in sentences and makes herself understood. 

An example of this is a conversation we had in the car today: 

Want Hange! 


Ange is at work love. 


Hange not at work. Hange in her house. 


Ha, yes you’re probably right.


See Hange morrow? 


Yes darling, you’ll see Ange tomorrow. 


Love Hange. 


I know poppet. 



Along with her ever developing use of sentences, comes all the questions . . . 

Why you put your coat on?


See Ganny morrow? 


Have some chocot?



However this last week I’ve noticed we’ve hit the repetition stage . . . you know that really, utterly exhausting phase of toddler development where the conversation goes round and round and round in circles?

The first time I really noticed this was on Saturday where, for much of the journey to Leeds she asked:

Where going?


We’re going to Leeds to see Granny. 


And Nic? 


Yes, we’re going to Leeds to see Granny and Aunty Nic. 


See Ganny? 


Yes. 


Where going? 


We’re going to Leeds to see Granny.


And on and on . . . with occasional variations in the structure of the sentences or conversation.

Yesterday, on the way to the hospital we had . . .

Where going? 


We’re going to see the Doctor. 


See Doctor? 


Yes Mummy needs to see the Doctor. 


. . . a pause . . . 

Where going?  Don’t know where going.


and so it begins again. 

Although this phase of constant repetition is hard work for us as parents and certainly borders on tedious at times, it’s a really important stage for our little ones.  Allowing them to explore language and concepts, testing them out, learning things from them and letting them become comfortable.  Toddlers appreciate and benefit from the familiar, feeling safe and secure in what they know gives them the confidence to try out something new!  

As a result of our constant, repetitive conversation about going to see the Doctor, Amy was able to walk into the Consultant’s room at the hospital and confidently announce “You seeing Doctor”, she was able to make sense of the situation.  

So whilst she’s driving me crackers with these repetiive conversations, I shall keep reminding myself of the importance of this repetition and help her to make sense of the situations around her by patiently answering her questions and developing her train of thought.  And on the days where I’m feeling less patient?  Well, this too shall pass.  Next month Amy will be two, my toddler is growing up and I’ll miss these crazy conversations soon enough! 

1 Comment

  1. October 17, 2015 / 9:30 pm

    Between her and Little Man they are both at the greatest of ages – little sponges soaking everything in, learning so much and chatting constantly! x

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