I do it all the time with everything. Today we had conversations like
"Bub, what do we need from the shops today? Didn't we have to get ......"
"Does the kitty need more food?"
"What do you think the temperature is outside? I think it's freeezzzzing"
"Can I have a cuddle please? No? Well thats not nice. I'll just sit here on my own. Ohhh so now you want to cuddle me"
"Bub dad texted you, you might want to text him back"
"Sweetie what are you doing with phone? Did you set my alarm? For 7am on repeat?!?! How did you manage that?!?! Oh well you might want to set the second alarm too"
"Mummy is so tired. Are you tired? No? Okay then"
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06-06-2012 23:09 #61
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09-06-2012 20:55 #62
09-06-2012 21:01 #63
I think many mothers probably do use age-appropriate speech with their children, and it just comes so naturally that we don't realise that we are doing it. It's so beneficial to talk to your child as much as possible, in many different ways - but I agree with what you're saying about scaffolding their language & starting with the basics
09-06-2012 21:20 #64
I talk with my almost 7-year-old about TOPICS which others would perhaps seem "too old," for her. I don't use OTT words though. She wouldn't understand a word I was saying. I occasionally throw in a new word for her though...
I think everyone is pretty much agreeing, but what "baby talk," is seems to differ from person to person so everyone is getting a bit confused.
09-06-2012 21:34 #65
I did/do a lot of comentating with ds#2 and he has a fantastic vocab. Like... If we were going out id be all "lets go in the car" "we're going to nonnys house" etc "we are at nonnys house!" etc because ds#1 didnt speak for so so long, i was terrified it was my fault, so yeh.
Deffff did the baby talk. I still do it with ds#2. He's still my wittle buggy bug
09-06-2012 21:38 #66
I don't do much baby talk, but I don't speak to them like I speak to my husband. I think there's a time and place for all different kinds of "dialects" for small children to learn.
If a primary teacher only spoke to your child using adult language, they would never understand anything. Introducing specific language and vocabulary is so important, but things also need to be explained more simply so they can understand.
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