Mother Tries To Teach Her Baby Daughter Sign Language With Disastrous Results

Andrew Roberts 8 Feb 2019

Being a good mom isn't too hard to do, it's when you try to be too good of a mom that you end up making mistakes. You just love too much and end up trying to teach your child more ways to communicate, only to find out you taught them to ask for booze and call you an idiot.

The Best Intentions

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This mother had the best intentions when she decided to teach her baby to use baby sign language. She saw it online, thought it was neat, and decided to put it in action as she saw it at the local Mommy And Me parties according to CafeMom:

Anyways, we go to this thing every week for an hour and all the Pinterest moms are planning themed birthday parties and discussing screen time and sharing gluten-free recipes while their kids stare at each other.

But all these kids know sign language, and I thought that was pretty damn cool.

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Getting To Work

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So once she got the idea, she went to work and got things rolling:

So I start looking into this and try teaching my kid some basic signs for basic needs, and it’s working! Suddenly, my tiny human who otherwise could not effectively communicate with me knows how to say “more” and “all done” and “drink”! She can call me mom and my husband dad!

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Out In The WIld

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Things went well and the baby seemed to have taken to it well. So one day, she decided not to cook -- which is perfectly fine -- and went out to eat with her kid while the husband was working out of town:

The kid loves french fries and so do I. So we hit the local burger joint and I order a beer, a burger with fries, and a side of fruit. The server brings a little styrofoam cup with a lid and a straw filled with water for my daughter, and I set it out of her reach so she doesn’t Hulk smash the styrofoam and make a mess.

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Things Seems Normal

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And as far as the dinner goes, things seem to be going well. The baby is signing, the meal is happening, and nobody is upset it seems:

So of course every time she wants some, she signs “drink." And every time she wants my attention, she signs “dad” because apparently the slightly different sign for “mom” isn’t as fun for her. Okay, whatever.

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Trouble Revealed

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Suddenly, she notices some folks at the table nearby who are also signing and discussing the table:

I notice a couple tables away, there are a couple of women who are also signing to each other but they’re looking over at us and snickering.

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Embarrassment

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As the women left, they stopped to chat and revealed something to the mom: she had gone ahead and taught her daughter the wrong signs:

I’m like okay, I did like four quick Google searches, maybe I botched some of what I taught her. It’s fine. But then as the women are leaving, they stop by our table and one of them lays her iPhone down with a message typed out for me to read. It says something to the effect of “She’s calling you ‘dumb’ and telling you she wants to drink alcohol."

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Friendly Correction

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Luckily, the two women were kind enough to sit down and show what went wrong. It was a nice, heartfelt moment that didn't end with anybody being upset:

So she continues to show me that I have in fact taught my daughter the wrong signs, that there are different signs for “drink (non-alcoholic beverage)” and “drink alcohol,” and by balling her first up instead of using a flat hand at her forehead, my daughter has been calling me dumb instead of dad, which was already wrong obviously since I am her mom.

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Where She Learned

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In her defense, there is always going to be some trouble when you're teaching yourself only from Google and Pinterest posts. It's a dangerous, troublesome route to take.

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Shame Or Learning Policy?

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And if anything, this isn't anything to be ashamed of doing. You have to try and take some risks in life in order to learn. Nobody ever learned without actually doing and practicing.

Listen to Bob Ross in these situations!

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Far, Far Worse

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Some of the Redditors who digested the story responded that they had seen "far, far, FAR worse" in their time.

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The Kid Wasn't Mistaken

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Others had some fun thinking that the kid wasn't mistaken and was well aware of what signs they were dropping during the meal.

Sleep with your eyes open, mom.

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Mom = Milk

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And this parent shares that her baby knows signs and drops the one for "milk" when she's trying to say "mom." She's not wrong.

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A Lesson To Learn

If you want to learn some ASL for your baby, head to YouTube for some real lessons that aren't completely out of left field.

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Success

You can also find some success stories online, like this mom who taught her son to sign "more." It's small, but it shows it can work!

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