This Kid Is Sooo Four


Look at this face.

Parker is as typically four as any other kid is or ever has been.

He wants to do it all.

On his own.

And when he can’t, it breaks his heart.

He sees what his brothers and sisters are doing, and he thinks he can do it too. Even if he is at least 4 feet shorter than the rest of them.

Right now we are struggling with Parker wanting to sign his needs to us.

It isn’t a matter of being able to sign, it is a matter of getting Mr. More Stubborn Than One Can Imagine to want to sign.

If Parker can’t manage a task on his own, he wants to point to his desire…or better yet, knowing that we know what he wants, just have us hurry up and do it.

Because Parker’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Mommy Monster requires Parker to sign, there are lots of very sad and mad looks at our house.

I sure hope this phase hurries up and gets over with.

It’s breaking my heart too.

About Tammy and Parker

Special Needs Blogger, and homeschooling Mom, heavily involved in advocacy for all kids with special needs in Utah.


  1. That looks like one of those can you resist my cute little face looks. I love that Carson can sign. I bet Parker will get the hang of it. He is smart and he knows what mommy wants.

    Hope you all have a great New Year’s.

  2. I know I couldn’t resist that cute little face! I hope you all can work it out too. My girls love Signing Times and have learned quite a few signs. I think they are fun videos too. Have you tried them?

    Wishing you and yours a great New Year!

  3. Parker and Addy have the same “if I really want to sign I will” attitude!

  4. Tammy,
    Could Parker use any clothes? Jac is growing out of his without hardly even wearing them. I would love to send some your way if Parker could use them! Let me know if you need any and what sizes, ok? :)

  5. Sending strenghting thoughts for your heart.

  6. Parky, I love you sweetie. Poor little guy. That picture just breaks my heart! I can just imagine how you are feeling Tammy.

    I hope the new year brings nothing but good things for your family! How is Brant doing?

  7. He looks so frustrated!!! Poor little man. But, on the other hand good for you, terrible, horrible mommy for making him sign. He’ll soon understand that if he wants something he has to sign to get it. He’s a smart cookie and the phase will pass soon, I’m sure. Good luck and keep up the good work!!

  8. Hee hee on the more stubborn than you can imagine stuff :) Hope he gets his desire to sign back :) I know how that goes :)

  9. I agree with Amy…if he doesn’t HAVE to use sign, why would he? Good job, mommy!

  10. renee and johnny says:

    Oh my little man is the same way….he’ll do it ONLY with an annoyed screech and “evil eye” sideways glance. Hang in there, and I’ll keep hoping with you for more communication and less frustration. ((hugs))

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