Echo Mode

Me: Are you a baby or big girl?

Daughter: Big girl!

Me: Are you big girl or baby?

Daughter: Baby!

She’s right. When she doesn’t get what she wants, she can cry like a baby but turns the tears on and off like a big girl, a future Dakota Fanning.

My toddler has been in echo mode for the past 2 weeks. You know, repeating the last word I say to make it appear like we’re having a conversation– nothing too different from attending a boring cocktail party for work. A mommy friend once told me it was good to give options so a child feels that she has some ownership with what happens in her life. At this point, I think it’s a great way to make her do things she hates to do.

Me: Do you want to sleep or swim?

Daughter: Swim!

Me: Do you want to swim or play?

Daughter: Play!

Me: Do you want to play or go to the doctor?

Daughter: Doctor!

Time for an injection.

Me: Do you want to sleep or go to bed?

Daughter: Bed!

Me: Do you want to go to bed or sleep?

Daughter: Sleep!

Lights off.

Of course this can also be mutually beneficial.

Me: Did you use your crayon to write on the chair? Yes or no?

Daughter: No

Me: Did you write on the chair? No or yes?

Daughter: Yes

Case solved.

I’ve been looking for an article to explain the echo behavior but google can only offer me updates on Echo and the Bunnymen and how mothers are dying to have their kids repeats words. I guess we’re lucky. All I do know is that the tables will be turned against me. If she can repeat last words, she’s on the cusp of repeating bad words and those stories that are not meant to be repeated. The walls will be talking soon.

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2 Responses to Echo Mode

  1. Carla says:

    It’s the 20/20 question game for kids!

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