Lately there seems to be somewhat of a discrepancy, ok massive discrepancy between the words that are coming out of my mouth and what is actually reaching Olivia’s ears. Some days I end up convinced that either a) I have started speaking a different language b) Olivia has gone deaf (unlikely) c) Olivia suddenly can’t understand English. All of the above are highly unlikely unless I’m trapped in some far fetched 3rd dimension or an alternate reality although that does explain a few things. Also if I was to say ‘it’s your turn on the laptop’ then there is no doubt she 100% totally heard me and she has no problem understanding everything said on the Disney Channel either!
So it made me think that there has to be some sort of issue going on. Things are getting lost in translation and absolutely mean different things to me and her. Here’s a few examples;
Me: It’s time to get up
Olivia: Stay asleep
Me: Can you get dressed for school please (please is optional depending on how many times phrase has been used)
Olivia: Carry on watching Disney Channel
Me: Can you take your toys back to your bedroom
Olivia: Lets bring more into (*delete as appropriate) mum’s bedroom/living room/bathroom/ hall/kitchen/all of above
Me: Put your plate in the sink
Olivia: Lets leave it for mum/cleaner/maid
Me: Time to go to school
Olivia: Time for more you tube videos
Me: Can you help me find……(insert anything) usually keys
Olivia: Sorry did you say something?
As you can see Olivia is obviously not grasping at what I’m
yelling telling her most of the time. Unless I seem to have unwittingly managed to decipher some weird tween slang and I’m unintentionally giving her free reign to do what ever she wants. If so, my bad!
Does your tween misinterpret everything you ask them to do? Something tells me this phase isn’t going to be over anytime soon!