Imitating speech often occurs in children aged 1-3 years, the words that are imitated do not always have a negative effect on your child’s development as long as these types of speech do not violate norms and are still polite. Imitating positive speech can stimulate your child to learn to speak, make your child learn to speak and also increase your child’s vocabulary. Not only that, imitating positive speech will be a means of expressing your child’s wants, feelings and needs.
One example of expressing your child’s abilities, such as your child’s ability to feel hungry in this expression ability is the result of imitating parents which is useful as an emotional expression. Besides having a positive impact, it turns out that imitating people’s words is often in the negative direction of the adults around them or television shows that are not polite. Even though the child does not understand the meaning of the phrase, you should be able to deal with children who often imitate your child’s negative words.
Here are tips for dealing with children who like to imitate negative speech:
- Stop laughing or other forms of positive attention when your child imitates negative speech. This will make your child remember the words even more and repeat them again.
- Give a warning to your child that what he says are words that are not good and will offend or hurt others so that if your child repeats it you can ignore it because it is usually just to seek attention.
- Ignore when your child says negative words because at first the negative words that come out of your child are not because you understand the meaning but because your child likes to see reactions from people around them. You can remember in a subtle way, “Mom doesn’t like your behavior like that”
- Get your child used to say politely when meeting new people. Say thank you when other people do something to him and also excuse me when passing in front of older people.
The final conclusion, find the source of imitation that is followed by your child so that the source of the negative words can be directed to a better thing. For example, the source comes from yourself, so you can eliminate the habit of pronouncing it, pay attention to television programs that you should accompany your child when watching television.