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September 22, 2017

Why is “No” one of a baby’s first words? Probably because parents say it a lot to a baby. Because children need to know what we want them to do, we need more explaining words and fewer “Nos”: “Eat your food, don’t throw it on the floor.” “Crawl down the stairs backward...

September 15, 2017

Children who are tired or hungry, are also almost always cranky, stubborn, and won’t do what a mama asks.  During a cranky morning getting ready to go swimming, our grandchildren fought putting on their bathing suits, refused to put on sunscreen, and were otherwise orn...

September 8, 2017

Our grandson, age 1 ½ years, was marching around the table with a toy stroller. I said, “Where is baby doll?” He walked off into his sisters’ bedroom. I ran in there, when I heard his bloodcurdling scream. He was pointing to the top shelf where somebody had put the bab...

September 1, 2017

Why is it important to listen to a child even before he learns to talk? First, so that you can give him the words for what he is doing. Second, a mama who listens is modeling the act of listening. If we want our children to listen to us, we must listen to them. Real li...

August 25, 2017

  1.  Listen to the child. Do what she asks some of the time.

  2. Set an eat and sleep schedule and stick to it.  Sleepy hungry kids don’t obey very well.

  3. Talk about why our family does things (because it works better, we are smart, and we love each other).

  4. T...

August 18, 2017

When we don’t understand what Carter is trying to say, we guess out loud.

  1. Would you like a cheese stick?

  2. I’ll take you out of the high chair.

  3. You must be finished eating.

  4. Are you looking for the ball?

  5. Your sneakers are blue.

  6. I think your dia...

August 11, 2017

My grandson, Carter, is almost two years old. He is ready to talk, but he doesn’t have words. He does listen very carefully. He understands a lot of our words. He uses body language to reply.  This form of conversation takes a little more listening time. It does beat l...

August 4, 2017

I was in a day care center observing a lovely teacher use play dough with a 2-year-old. They were having fun. It was a great experience for the two of them. The teacher said, “Pass it to me. Here is some. Roll it into a big ball. Put it over there.” The main problem wa...

July 28, 2017

Why is it hard to talk to babies? One reason is they don’t use words to talk back. Talking to a baby feels a little bit off, like I am talking to myself. I have a hard time seeing the ways babies do talk back. They don’t use words. They smile, scream, fuss, look me in...

July 21, 2017

Babies are born with the most brain cells for learning language that they will ever have in their lifetimes. However, they begin to lose those cells they don’t use when they are very young.  Children use the brain cells their mamas ask them to use. “More?” or “Do you w...

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