My 9-year-old niece speaks to me mostly in questions. For example:
Niece: “Do you know what I had for lunch today?”
Niece: “I had pizza and it was great.”
N: “Do you know what I did after school yesterday?”
N: “I went to my friend’s house.”
N: “Guess what I’m doing Saturday”
N: “We’re going to a baseball game. And guess what”
N: “Daddy said our seats are good.”
She’s not actually trying to get me to guess anything and I’m not playing along. It’s basically an affectation of her speech and it drives me bonkers. I feel like conversations take way too long with all the extra words and back-and-forth. She does go on after the initial question, answer, response - our conversations are longer than 3 lines. But as in the third example, she will often include many subsequent questions in a conversation.
Sometimes I respond with “tell me don’t ask me” but I don’t press the issue, lest I get yelled at by someone (I’m not a parent so I’m basically the scum of the earth and should never correct a child).
I have a feeling this way of speaking was majorly influenced by my dad, who has always spoken to both the kids and the dogs this way, as a form of baby-talk. But he is drunk most of the time and also hadn’t been around children for 30 years so I guess it made sense to him. A little bit fun when the kid is an infant and can’t respond (like a dog) but now that the kids are talking this way too it’s just too much.
I come to the Dope not just to vent but to ask…is this normal? Common? Will she grow out of it? Should I push back at her when we converse? OMG AM I DOING IT NOW?!