- Language development
- Critical Thinking
- Intelligence development
- Higher achievements in school.
Talking do not start one fine day. It has to be from the very beginning from the birth of the baby. Even before the child can answer back; the understanding of the words begins as early as 3 months. The child begins to learn about emotions even sooner than that. The reciprocation of emotion is primal.
Typically mothers and infants use emotional cues as the primary source of exchange of information between them. So this can be seen as the most sophisticated form of language and as mothers and caregivers we have all witnessed it. It is so natural that we often do not take notice of it. A particular tone of crying is enough cue that the baby peed or hungry. The understanding is quite strong, and it is correct 90% of the times. Everyone will have some rich experiences with their babies and how funny expression each one would have. My daughter would like one particular tone of rhyme when I would sing to her. She would cry or rather fuss if the tone would fall to murmur while dozing off during the time of putting her off to sleep. Obviously, this is a finer form of emotion exchange rather than hunger or something basic.Then let's dissect the benefits individually and see how they support in the developmental milestones of our babies.
- The more the baby hears early in his or her life, the richer would be their vocabularies. There is a direct correlation with the frequency of talks addressed to babies and the number of words the infants listens and assimilates. So by the age of two, the baby will be able to muster in more words than their counterparts who have less exposure.
- The importance of language skill is essential for a child to be able to relate to their parents and their friends. In the long run, will help the child to grow into a person who would have no problems in social interaction with others. This is an ongoing process. The interactions between kids and their immediate family members and social surroundings like schools are equally important in building up the language skill. The difference I have noticed is wondrous with my daughter. As parents, we would talk as much as possible in the same vernacular. Our live-in maid communicated to her in a different language. Still, it was limited. During a two-month visit to her grandparents, she picked up the language at an incredible speed and suddenly there was a spurt in her vocabulary. It was rather conspicuous and an eye opener for me. The extra boost helped her to grasp the vocabulary fast.
- The basics to talk with your child are very simple but important:
- Look at your kids while talking to them. Should allow minimum disturbance like watching television or over the phone talking.They learn from watching the movement of your tongue and mouth.
- When the child is eager to say something, do take a minute or two to listen carefully. If the child is at the loss of words try to help them to find the phrase.It boost them to complete the sentence.
- Do not shut out your child when he or she is very excited to say something. Rather encourage, however, foolish it may sound to you.It gives them the strength and confidence to articulate their words and feelings clearly. My daughter around two years would sometimes start with few words like “ mamma can you listen to me” when I would say "yes" speak up she had nothing substantial to articulate. She would repeat the same 3 to 4 times but would never complete it. Every time a positive response made her speak up. But ignoring or putting a stop after 1 or 2 times would make her more agitated as she is still in the grasping mode.