So what did I do to make this possible? I simply talk to her and put her into a conversation again and again and again until she gets tired. I do this whenever I have time and am free, but most of the time before tucking them in bed, or when the lights are already switched off so that I’d have their attention. I never baby talked to her and used baby words like papa, mamam and the likes, which most moms even my mom do. I just thought it won’t help the child get the right words whenever she’s ready to compare. It will be quite confusing for a child to know the difference of mamam and drink when in fact they have the same meaning.
The fact that my husband works overseas, it somehow helped me motivate myself and extend my patience to go on talking to her and have it recorded. That way, I just have to send the link to him and tada, he’s updated of Deye’s latest antics and newly learned words.
The hardest part for me was the “language”, English particularly as it was the first language introduced to her. It was not a choice but a must for us so that she could communicate with her Dada. I also had to be very careful with my diction and pronunciation as it might stick in her mind if I say it the wrong way. The Vs and Bs for example.
Now that my youngest is approaching the stage of learning the art of communication, I just follow the same pattern and process that I have done with my eldest. The only difference is she doesn’t like it recorded. Once the cam is on, she will just stop talking and walk away.