The other morning, Cub and Naomi had a discussion at the breakfast table. It went like this:
Cub: "Mama, may I have some water please?"
Naomi: "I want wha-tuh, too!"
Cub: "Naomi, it's wha-TER. WATER."
Naomi: "That's what I said, Caleb! 'Wha-tuh'!"
Cub: "No, Naomi, you're saying 'wha-tuh'."
Naomi: "I am not! I'm saying wha-tuh ... wha-tuh. Whatuh."
Then she looked down at her plate with tears in her eyes.
"Mama, I can't say it right."
Break my heart, baby girl.
Okay. So, Naomi (obviously) has a hard time saying her "r"'s. I haven't thought much of it because, in my opinion, she's barely three and pronouncing your "r"'s incorrectly seems like a fairly common practice in toddlerhood. I know that it could potentially be an issue down the road, but for now, I'm not worried about it.
But this was the first time Naomi ever worried about it.
I tried telling her that we all learn to say things as we get older, and for her not to worry. I told Caleb to pronounce "Pre-millenial Eschatological Theology", which came out "Pre-millenial Eskapodogical Pedigree" and I told her, "See? The older you get, the easier it is to say things correctly!"
But, am I wrong?
I know I have readers who work with kids and are experienced with this kind of thing. What do you think? Any tips? My gut says to let it fly, but, sometimes my gut can be a tad ... optimistic. ;)
Thank you in advance.
Have a lovely day!