>Whenever I’m around my 3 year old nephew, I am constantly referring to myself in the 3rd person. Aunt Bubba, (he calls me Bubba which is the same word he uses for his blankie), needs to wash her hands. Aunt Bubba is tired. Does anyone else do this? I think I’ve heard a few other family members do it too, but I’m wondering if this is a universal trait or if it’s just a weird family quirk.
There has to be some psychological reason for this distancing. Is it a way to put myself in a position of authority? Can you imagine if you did this at work or with all your family members? And at what point do you stop referring to yourself in the 3rd person around the kids? When they enter the 8th Grade?
>You can stop now. It is a good practice to use before kids can talk and when they are just learning to talk because they can't grasp the meaning of pronouns for a couple years. Once they can use I, Me, and You, appropriately, you can't just speak normally.
>Good to know. I'll try to break that habit immediately. The kid already has enough trouble speaking correctly without me talking about myself in the 3rd person.