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When I Forgot How to Speak Like an Adult

When I Forgot How to Speak Like an Adult

I’m a stay-at-home mom. I’m with my children all day, every day. This means, dear readers, that my Big Ten, college-educated, English-majored (and French, by the way) brain is often a big, soupy mess that can’t compute real words. This is generally not an issue because my kids prefer “kidspeak” anyway, but the part that baffles me the most is when I find myself talking to other adults and I can’t seem to speak to them properly. See, my world is full of blankies, potties, doggies, and poopies (so much talk about poopies), and sometimes the words that I use with my kids (or rather, the words my kids use with me) slip out when I least expect them. Read more

If My Baby Could Talk

If My Baby Could Talk

It’s safe to say my baby has figured out she’s been born into a house of crazy people. She hasn’t said anything yet, but I know she’s thinking it. I can see it in her eyes.

Which got me thinking – what else would she say if she could talk?

Here’s a list of things I’m confident my baby would say to me if she could: Read more

Children Will Listen

25 Ways to Talk So Children Will Listen

A major part of discipline is learning how to talk with children. The way you talk to your child teaches him how to talk to others. Here are some talking tips we have learned with our children:

1. Connect Before You Direct

Before giving your child directions, squat to your child’s eye level and engage your child in eye-to-eye contact to get his attention. Teach him how to focus: “Mary, I need your eyes.” “Billy, I need your ears.” Offer the same body language when listening to the child. Be sure not to make your eye contact so intense that your child perceives it as controlling rather than connecting.

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