Talking, reading and singing to your baby are the easiest ways to help them grow up smarter, happier and with a brighter future to look forward to. In fact 80% of a child’s brain is developed by the age of three, and your words are a very influential part of that development. Even before your child can talk back, your words help their brain grow.
Just about anything is worth talking to your child about. Even before they can talk, every word you say and question you ask helps their brain develop.
From the day they’re born, you can talk, read and sing to them about anything you like—it’s all new and exciting to them. Tell them about what you are cooking, make up a song about where you are going—even read them your junk mail. Their brain turns on with the sound of your loving voice. You’ll be amazed by how much they can learn from your words.
As your baby gets older and begins to babble, get their attention by repeating the sounds they make and by making eye contact. Eventually, as they learn their own words, converse with them, tell them about things, sing songs with them and ask them questions. It may take a young child a while to answer questions, so wait to listen before responding.
Most importantly, communicating with your child should be fun and easy. Young children love to be talked, read and sung to, so have fun. You can find some ideas for fun activities here.
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