As a first-time mother, I enjoy reading materials that help me understand the mental development of my child. This is all a mystery to me. I’ve never seen it happen before and I don’t know what to expect, so reading about her brain development helps to better prepare me.
To that end, I’ve recently been reading How Babies Talk by Robert Michnick Golinkoff and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek. I’ve really enjoy this book because it addresses not only the manner in which babies begin to comprehend and repeat language, but also the manner in which adults typically intuitively teach language to children.
To be honest, so many of these books tell me nothing new. So often I pick up a book with high expectations, hoping to better understand what is going through my daughter’s head as she grows. More often than not I’m disappointed because I already know so much of what the book tells me.
This one isn’t like that. This one has challenged me to think about the way I talk to my daughter. It’s shown me different techniques to introduce new words to her, and it’s told me what I can expect during the next phase of her development. I’ve found it to be really interesting and for me and extremely thought-provoking.
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Sandra Johnson is a long-time freelance writer, a mother of one and an avid sports fan. When she isn't writing, reading, spending time with her daughter or watching sports, you will find her running, biking and swimming.