Are you eagerly waiting for your baby to speak his or her first
words? Read on to know how to encourage speech and language development in
Most parents, when communicating
with their babies, indulge in what is known as baby talk. They go goo-goo
gaga and cootchie wootchie all the time, and then wonder why their daughter
still finds it difficult to speak a full sentence when Rani and Deepak's
son can recite the entire Baa Baa Black Sheep without a pause.
So how do you teach your children to get an early grasp of the language? It's simple. TALK to them. Talk
to them as much as possible, and at every opportunity you get. Find any
excuse to talk. If you are feeding your little one, keep describing and
explaining what you are doing. Say things like "Now I'm going to pick up
the spoon, fill it up with this yummy potato and
put it in your mouth! There. wasn't
that delicious? Isn't mommy a good cook?" Go on talking and chattering
with your child. This is a surefire way to enhance and motivate your child's
language development. Babies
learn to talk by listening and responding
to the sounds around them.
In addition to talking, teach your
child nursery rhymes and songs. Sing to your children as much as possible,
to enhance their awareness of the cadences and rhythmical patterns of the
language. Read poetry to them and teach them action rhymes (where you move
your hands according to the words of the poem).
Children hate to be ignored. They
love it when you are speaking to them, especially if you are looking directly
at them, even if they don't understand what you are saying. The fact that
you are focusing your entire attention on them is sufficient.
Read to your baby everyday. Make
this a routine. This will expose your child to the wonderful world of books,
and instill the healthy habit of reading from a young age. Show the book
to your baby, let her turn
the pages for you and admire the
Remember, the more you speak to your
children, the higher will be their intellectual development. Studies have
shown a strong connection between the amount a parent speaks with their
children and ultimate grasping power. So go ahead and
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Most parents, when communicating with their babies, indulge in what is known as baby talk. They go goo-goo gaga and cootchie wootchie all the time, and then wonder why their daughter still finds it difficult to speak a full sentence when Rani and Deepak's son can recite the entire Baa Baa Black Sheep without a pause.
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