|Communicating Partners, Fall 1995 Newsletter|
Mom: "Come on, Barney, we need new shoes."
Barney: (Pointing to Mark's shoes on the floor.) "I want those shoes!"
Mark: "I'll be right back." (He gets off the floor, goes into his sister's room and comes out wearing her shoes.) "Mama, look!"
Mom: "Those are nice shoes. Barney wants shoes." (He goes back into his sister's room, comes out with more of her shoes, and lines them up on the floor.)
Mom: "Those are girl's shoes. Barney wants boy's shoes."
Mark: "One minute, Barney." (He gets his own shoes and puts them on the floor with the others.) "Shoe store!"
Mom: "Those are nice shoes."
Mark: "I'll get more." (He comes out of the boys' room carrying boots.)
Mom: "Barney likes boots."
Mark: "No, too big."
Mom: "Too bad...those might fit Barney."
Mark: "Too big. Sorry, Barney."
Mom: "Well then, I need shoes."
Mark: "Here, mom!"
Mom: "I like these."
Mark: "Too big."
Mom: "Do you have more?"
Mark: (Gets more shoes.) "Here mom, new shoes."
Mom: "Those are nice. Oh, too small."
This game went on for quite a long time until Mark showed he was getting tired of it. We finally found a pair that fit me "just right" but nothing fit Barney. I wanted to see if we could continue our game and conversation, so I suggested something else.
Mom: "Barney wants to buy something. Do you have a toy store!"
Mark: "Yes!" (And the new version of the same game continued.)
Do you have some interesting conversations to share with us? We would enjoy reading them and sharing your ideas with other parents.
|Revised: February 22, 1998.|