Any Questions?

When a 17-month-old answers a question, are they responding to the content, or to the questioning tone of voice? Does anybody know?

I think Raisin must really understand some of our more complicated questions. I mean, she’s been responding to things like “Do you want more?” for months — she recognizes the key word “more” at the end, and makes the corresponding sign. But recently she’s started saying “yeah” when I ask “Did you have a good day?” “Are you ready to go to school?” “Do you need a clean diaper?”

But if I ask an unfamiliar question, she usually doesn’t respond — so she must be really listening to me, right? Of course right.


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2 Responses to Any Questions?

  1. Jane says:

    The Bear says “Yeah!” when you ask her if she wants snack. But that’s the only question she will answer like that. On the other hand, we get this:

    me: “Bear, are you ready to go now?”
    Bear: “NO!”

    So, yeah, I think they understand how to answer the questions they want… they’re smarter than we think they are, maybe. Or not. Mine is plotting a takeover of the universe from her crib as I type.

  2. Julie says:

    Better let her take over the universe now. In a few months her new sibling will want their share, and then it’s not nearly as much fun!

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