Encouraging Language: Talk to Your Child
Talk to your child.Talk about everything you see. Talk about everything you are doing. Talk about everything you are eating. It's never too soon to start introducing your baby to language. I think most parents are pretty natural at this. But maybe there are times in which you find yourself thinking about other things such as errands, what to cook for dinner, what to buy at the store, etc, and so your mind is preoccupied. Well that's going to happen to an extent, and that's fine. When you're at the store, be one of those moms who looks like she is talking to herself. "I'm looking for the ketchup! Oh here it is! I found the ketchup. Do you want to hold the ketchup? Now we need some milk. Let's go this way. Over here! Down this way. Stop! There it is! There's the milk. Do you see it?" And so on. I'm not saying you need to be constantly jabbering away and driving your child (and everyone around you) to craziness. Certainly the child will need some time to think, process, and absorb. Try to find a good balance. Make sure it works for you and you are comfortable with it. The main point here is that your child learns so much from YOU. So make sure you are giving them plenty to learn from.