I used to always tell my 4 year-olds this whenever they’d complain that someone was copy-catting them. And, then, because those are some big words, I’d explain that they do that because they like you so much. Generally, this would stop the copy-catter almost instantly.
These are fun times we’re coming into now with our little Cater Bug. He is beginning to say and do all that we say and do. Talk about pressure! But, it’s also the most exciting thing to experience. His language is EXPLODING. It seems like only a few weeks ago he was labeling things around our house, maybe one new thing each day. Now, he’s saying 2 and 3 word phrases. And, it’s really so cute because each word is like it’s own sentence. For example, a few nights ago after getting out of the car he notices the cows beside our house and says, “Black. Baby. Cow.” and then to the one beside it, “Brown. Baby. Cow.” I know it’s corny, but I wanted to cry. He’s growing up SO FAST now. He also copies expressions – both verbal and nonverbal. Yesterday he was refusing to do something I asked him to and I scrunched my face at him. He made the same face right back at me and giggled hysterically. Tough to be mad when he does stuff to make me laugh! Today in Lowe’s, I’m talking aloud to him as I search for bug killer. Me: “Hmmm…where could it be? No, that’s not the one. We need the clear bottle.” Carter: “Hmmmm…Be…No…Bottle.” In my mind I’m thinking: here we go-now it gets interesting.
How have your children imitated you? Any embarrassing or telling moments when you hear yourself coming from your child’s mouth?