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Sitting on the footings of a huge star in the front of a museum, I overheard two boys talking to their Mom.  One reached up to hang on her neck and said that the Judges this morning for the Seniors were more sophisticated and spoke in large words that he couldn’t understand.

I have never babytalked to my daughter while she was growing up, or even spoke in simpler words for her to understand.  To me, that wouldn’t have been conducive to her having a better vocabulary.  Although she complained in her Jr and Sr High School years that I was making up words, she soon began to understand.

Today, we play Scrabble with one another and she trys to out wit me on the Scrabble board or the Scrabble on Facebook.

Q:  What did you do as your were raising your children?  What was your reasoning on this???

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      Kathryn Krastin wrote May 21, 2009
    • Oh me too!  Now, when some things were unique, I would sometimes refer to them the same way sometimes... like her calling pantyhose “pantytoes” (which had logic behind it... who sees a hose attached to the panties? after all, the toes fit through there).  Eventually, she outgrew things like that as she heard me refer to them as pantyhouse whenever speaking to her and others at times.

      But, when she called a bottle a ba-ba and such, I would just call it the correct name.  I do the same with my granddaughter (who is also learning sign language, but that is a whole ‘nother matter - for the good).

      Just certainly don’t see how it is helpful to teach a crutch to your children to use small words, especially, in a world that intellect and large words are the norm of society on the whole, especially an educated society, and a society that is empowered by the ability to speak intelligently, which may include a larger vocabulary than the average person.

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      Rhonda61 wrote May 21, 2009
    • I personally think that when you talk baby talk to a child it means that they have to learn two languages.  The baby language you speak to them and then the language everybody else around them speaks.

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      Denise Herich wrote May 21, 2009
    • Like you, I never did the babytalk thing with my 3 kids. it helps them understand and form a more mature vocabulary early, and it helps them with reading, I believe.

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