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Mum Hilariously Fails at Teaching Her Baby Sign Language and This Is Just so Relatable

Mum Hilariously Fails at Teaching Her Baby Sign Language and This Is Just so Relatable

A mum has been approached by some deaf ladies in a restaurant to kindly let her know that the sign language that her baby has been using to communicate with her is all wrong and doesn’t mean what she thinks it means.

The amused women let the mum know that her baby has been insulting her and requesting alcoholic beverages this whole time. We’re not sure if we relate more to the mother or the baby at this point!

The mum shared her story on Reddit and has received thousands and thousands of upvotes and 12 awards as others found it as hilarious as we do. Her story was posted to the TIFU (Today I Fucked Up) board, where people share the unfortunate mistakes they make on the daily.

TIFU by teaching my baby sign language

I go to this “mummy and me” thing every week with my daughter. Not because it’s my kind of thing, but because my mother-in-law paid the membership for a year as “a Christmas gift” to my one-year-old (AKA she doesn’t think I am socialising her grandchild enough and this was her way of passive-aggressively correcting my parenting).

Anyways, we go to this thing every week for an hour and all the Pinterest mums 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. 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 mum and my husband, dad! Holy shit! Thanks Pinterest mums! I take back all the shit I talked about you to my kid on our weekly drives home.

Well today with my husband out of town, I didn’t feel much like cooking and since my daughter is pretty laid back at restaurants I decided to go out for a quick dinner. 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. 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 “mum” isn’t as fun for her. Ok, whatever.

Well 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. I’m like okay, I did like 4 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”.

I’m like… wait… what? 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 fist 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 mum. I can only imagine what the Pinterest mums would’ve done had I shown up next week with my kid asking to drink liquor.

TL;DR – ASL is hard, and my baby has been asking me for alcohol all week due to improper signing

Oh my, that is quite hilarious and totally something we’d do by accident too!

Some of the comments received under this story suspected that the women were being rude to correct the baby’s signing, but the mum was quick to set them straight, describing their interaction as being totally cool.

The conversation that took place with the deaf women was totally lighthearted, they were not correcting our signing to be rude or in thinking that I was trying to teach my child proper ASL. They were not oblivious to the fact that baby signing is not the same as ASL. They just thought my baby was cute and used the coincidence to strike up conversation, and it was funny and welcome!

Have you taught your baby sign language? It seems really cool and something I wish I had done when my children were small. Although I fear my experience may be more like this mum’s rather than the Pinterest Mummy’s!

You can read the mum’s full TIFU post here.

Souce: Reddit and Giphy

Jill Slater

Jill Slater

Jill is a busy wife and mother of four young children. She loves nothing more than making people giggle, and loves to settle in with a glass of wine (or four) and wander about the internet. Feel free to follow her to see all the cool stuff she finds!

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