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Today's Column: Kid Talk

What's crackin', folks? Happy Friday to you.

Here is the top of today's column:


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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What irritates me is people who use "baby talk" on toddlers; how the hell do they expect the kid to learn how to speak if the adults are babbling in some weird mode? I've always believed in talking to small children with the same type of speech I would use to an adult.


The ability to speak well may make the difference between success and failure in a person's life and parents should do everything possible to foster good grammar and a growing vocabulary in an effort to help their children succeed in school and in life. I am frequently annoyed by sales clerks who mumble and slur their speech when they wait on me at restaurants and stores. The ability to speak up clearly will open career doors to those applying for jobs and will make the person appear more knowledgeable in their job field. And speaking with a smile in your voice will make your day and the day of those you deal with more pleasant. Parents who read to their children and who listen to their children read will help their children immeasureably...


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