Monday, August 25, 2008

not talking yet?

I talked to my parents the other day. It was just a normal talk about what's going on in Leyte and telling them about our gift for Papsy's 60th birthday. And talking about it led to their grandson who will be two years old in two months. They are worried that my son is not talking like a normal kid as yet. What they mean about normal is talking in sentences because there are kids they know in Leyte who are about my son's age who can already talk. They even pointed out that I started talking at 9 months (superkid, eh?) and was very conversant when I turned two. What they fail to mention was that I grew up using one and only dialect which was Visayan. Nothing else. My son on the other hand is bilingual. I didn't want to talk to him in any language but English but the husband was against it because he said it is his son's heritage, his right. He has to know both language. Which consequently resulted to him being slow verbally (I think). Of course he says the basic words as thank you (clearly), why (easy, lol), hi, hello, among others. He even mimicked his father when the latter said penny. And did I mention he knows some letters of the alphabet. But they still told me their grandson needs to be able to talk. How? Forcing him? I don't think that will work. I was a bit annoyed that they didn't understand. I talked to the husband about it and he said it is normal for bubby to not be very conversant yet. He told me not to worry. Sometimes though I can't help but wonder if there is something wrong with me or our son. But the way he acts and reacts is normal for a kid his age. I may just have to be passive to criticism when it concerns my son. As a mother though I can't help but worry.

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