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Mom Left Speechless by What 'Wild' Toddler Says During Car Game


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Every day offers new learning opportunities for toddlers and sometimes for parents as well. Recently, a mother shared her amazement upon realizing that her toddler was much more intelligent than she had imagined.

In a viral TikTok video, Katie (@katie_bcba.slpa) can be seen in her car, appearing to be pleasantly surprised by her most recent journey with her three-year-old daughter.

Racking up 2.3 million views, the mom explained that they were playing the "alphabet" game to pass time during the hour car ride. This involves saying a word that starts with the letter from A-Z. Katie states they were "on a roll" up until "D," when the toddler said "Dingleberry."

"I didn't realize that word was part of her vocabulary," said Katie, who was astonished to find that the surprises didn't stop there. When they got to the letter "L," the daughter said Lox and Katie initially thought she meant "dreadlocks," however the small child went onto explain she was referring to salmon on bread.

"Never in her three years have I ever once served her salmon on bread," said the shocked mom. Katie then points out that her daughter isn't being disrespectful when she suggests her mom may not know what that T is for the colour teal as it's not in the rainbow, and refers to her as a "gifted" child.

Then Katie was left with no choice but to end the game at "S," when her toddler said "sacrifice" as she felt like there was "no reason to question" that word. Instead, she put the Frozen soundtrack on because she thought her life was "in danger."

Mom and daughter in car
A file photo of a woman looking at her toddler in the back seat of the car. A woman has recently been left in total shock by her daughter's vocabulary. Prostock-Studio/iStock/Getty Images Plus

According to the Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) website, parents will notice new and exciting abilities develop as a child turns three. They may progress at different rates and some may reach milestones quicker than others. But some common achievements for ages three to four are listed below:

  • Vocabulary of about 500 to 900 words
  • Speech is understandable to others
  • Forms two- to three-word sentences, advancing to four- to five-word sentences
  • Recites simple rhymes or lyrics
  • Uses polite expressions like "please" and "thank you"
  • Refers to themselves by name
  • Identifies colors

Indeed, Katie isn't the only mom who has been left speechless by their toddler's intelligence. The comment section of the clip, which has 287,000 likes, has been flooded with messages from other parents.

One user said: "Between dingleberry and sacrifice I'm dead, also have a 3 year old that knows things he shouldn't."

Katie replied: "Hahahha the smarts in those little brains are wild."

"I love getting roasted by my kid's knowledge. The most fun part of parenthood is," said another user.

A third commenter joked: "How to get humbled by your own child."

Newsweek reached out to @katie_bcba.slpa for comment. We couldn't verify the details of the case.

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