From the first word out of our children’s mouths to the long descriptive stories they love to tell as they get older, language is an important piece of child development.So today we’re going to take a quick look at kids and language.
“Aren’t you just the cutest, iddy, biddy precious sweetie-pie. Yes, Mommy dust loves her little sweetie.”
There’s nothing like a tiny baby to destroy our ability to speak in a mature and sensible manner. It seems that parents either talk baby talk to their infant in a high, squeaky voice or become totally silent. And neither does much to help your child develop language.
Speak to your child in your normal voice using correct words. As your child learns to speak she is likely to create some new words all her own. One common baby word is blanky, instead of blanket.Don’t correct her, just use the proper word yourself. So when little Jennifer asks for her blanky hand to her and say, “Here’s your blanket.
It isn’t just parents who succumb to the temptation to change their voice and language at the sight of a baby. So, when Aunt Sophie resorts to baby talk, just repeat what she said in correct English. But do talk. Changing, feeding or bathing a child in total silence won’t help her develop language. It feels silly, but just chat about what you’re doing as you change her, or about the plans for the day.
Hearing your voice and experiencing correct language will help your baby to speak well.
Digital Books Make Parenting Information More Accessible.
Two of my parenting books started as print versions but the third is only digital. The first two are now also in digital format. For busy parents, digital is often much more convenient. You can pull out your phone on transit, in a waiting room or while holding a sleeping baby.
When we are raising children we know that we need to give them roots and wings. Then we need to consider their particular and unique temperament. Who’s in Charge Anyway? talks about roots. It provides a clear road map for parent to focus on the tough but rewarding job of raising children to be responsible, self-disciplined adults.
But Nobody Told Me I’d Ever Have to Leave Home talks about raising children to become capable young men and women. It is the wings book. And Vive la Differénce takes a look at different temperaments of children and what that means for child raising.
All three are readily available on my website. http://www.parentingtoday.ca/store/
In the summer we think about reading great, fat beach books. But spending a little time also reading about parenting is not a bad idea.