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Here is the top of today's column:
By JAMES BURNETT
Language experts say that most children build the foundation for their vocabularies between birth and age 3, as a result of parents talking to and with them.
So the advice, talk to your kids, should be a given. And some parents -- like one mom with two young children I encountered on the Metrorail train earlier this week -- get it.
The kids, obviously headed to school, carried backpacks. Mom carried a weary look.
But for 12 consecutive minutes after they boarded the train that trio had a conversation -- about school, about toys, about how the train works, about nothing at all.
Usually, I love hearing kids and parents chat. It makes sense of the boatload of money Art Linkletter and Bill Cosby made back in the day hosting Kids Say the Darndest Things.
But some parents -- like the other mom who boarded with her two kids at the very next station stop -- don't get it, and demonstrate their lack of understanding words by behaving as though any old talk will do......
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