Pin It Now! In the last week or two Avery has gotten very good at signing the word "please", which makes me so happy, I love good manners! At dinner she will sign "more please" when she wants more food, or "drink please" when she is thirsty. When she wants a toy down from the top shelf she'll sign "please" and point, or when she wants us to pick her up she'll sign "up please." It's going really well and when a new situation arises where "please" is appropriate she's catching on quickly. It's wonderful (next up... thank you)!
However, she has also decided that if she signs "please," it means she gets it no matter what. Sorry, Avery, just because you sign "please" it doesn't mean you can have a sip of my coffee, play with the kitchen knife, eat my flip flop, hold the glass jar of pickles at the grocery store, chew on the dogs' toy, or tear up the credit card bill. And when I tell her no, she, of course, acts like it's the end of the world and I am the meanest mom in the world. She gets big tears in her eyes and her chin begins to quiver. Such a drama queen! When I taught, I had students that had that sense of entitlement attitude quite often when they would say please (not usually to the extreme that Avery takes it to) but I had no idea it started this early. I mean really, Avery has known this sign for 2 weeks tops and she already thinks it can get her ANYTHING she wants. It crazy how quickly they pick up on things and how they interpret the meaning!
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