Patty Laurel considers herself “very lucky” because she has a “verbal child.”
Theo is only turning two this July, and yet his dad, Patrick Filart, and mom can already understand more than fifty percent of his speech.
At an event of Watsons that Patty hosted, she told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), “Now, his sentences are almost complete.
"Merong verb, noun, so he can say, ‘Dad, let’s go swimming pool.’”
How do they do it?
“Just talking and talking," Patty said.
“I think you get that explosion of words from your child when he hears a lot of words from the people around him.
“In our case kasi, my husband and I, we explain every thing as thorough as we can.
“When we’re doing something, we verbalize it, and then he would pick up words.
“But it’s not to say that’s a marvelous tactic, kasi we’re just blessed din na mabilis siya nakaka-pick up.”
Her advice to moms of toddlers with less than 50 words in their vocabulary, “Just please talk to them.
“You would know naman if there’s a speech delay kasi, 'di ba, yung mga signs like he doesn’t respond to his name or he doesn’t seem to hear what you say…
“But other than that, tiyaga lang. Keep talking to your baby.”
What’s her take on the use of gadgets?
“Not too much.
“We try to monitor it, I mean, I don’t deprive him, but it should be in moderation.
“Kasi it can be one reason ha if your child can’t really talk yet.”
Patty underlined the importance of having a conversation with your baby.
“Yung sa gadgets kasi, no response.
“Iba pa rin yung you can tell your baby, ‘No, that’s not the way to say it…’"
Besides, it’s better to know the words your baby hears or encounters because they are like sponges, they easily absorb everything.
“My son is very sharp and he’s very quick, like if you just explain one thing, he can understand the concept so quickly. That’s really good.
“But I realized I have to filter what I say. I have to be very careful when I’m in front of him kasi nasa stage siya na he absorbs whatever I say.
“And gadgets do not have that kind of filter.”
Lastly, does Theo get into tantrums?
Smiling, Patty replied, “Well, we’ve never had a full-on tantrum. lucky me.
“But we don’t want to say it with finality because I know that all parents go through it.
“And so when It comes to that time, we will hope and pray…
“But so far so good, he is a very happy and active and chill guy.”