Will Lodge – communication is a wonderful thing

Superdad Will Lodge

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Superdad Will Lodge has a lesson in non-verbal communication

Previously in this column I have discussed the joy of communicating with toddler as she progresses from baby to child.

This ongoing process is still going strong – words and sounds are being added to her vocabulary on an almost daily basis, and as ever her understanding is also improving all of the time.

That is not to say she is a regular chatterbox. Much conversation with her consists of pointing and “cat” “baby” and “noooooooooo” (never just “no”).

But still this is enough to get by and her level, and to enjoy reading interactive books and the like – asked if Spot the Dog is behind the blue door, the answer is very clear.

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However sometimes when there are multiple options it can be a little tricker to communicate with Toddler, which can lead to frustration on both sides if not handled well.

Recently she has become a little more discerning about what she watches on the television, eschewing classic favourites like Peppa Pig and seemingly making a switch to CBeebies stalwarts such as the Octonauts.

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But going through every single option in the kids section of programming and hoping for a nod or shake of the head is a bit too much to ask, and usually ends in the ‘wrong’ result.

This does not stop Mila though, and she came up with a novel way of expressing her preference this week.

When running through various options she let our a roar.

Bemused at first, I glanced at the TV screen to spot a lion character pictured for one of the featured shows.

Realising her roar was like that she does when we see a lion in the book – “What does a lion do?” “Rooaaar!”, “What does a cow do?” “Mooo” sort of thing – I took a punt that she wanted to watch the lion show.

Of course 30 seconds into the cartoon, a brief segment which had no lions in it (I think hyenas had briefly taken centre stage in this Lion King spin-off), Toddler lost interest and clamoured for another channel change.

Even so I marvelled at her ability to think around the problem.

Unable to say the word “lion”, or reach and point to the picture on the screen, she used what she equated to as a lion to get her message across.

I’m not sure I would have been so resourceful – although my pitiful efforts at French while on holiday may tell a different story!

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