Jason Silva is hard to put a label on—he’s been called a futurist, an “idea DJ,” a performance philosopher, and more. If you follow our site closely you will know that we are huge fans of his and often post videos from his YouTube channel. Well, recently he posted something a little different. . .
The child obviously did not understand a word but he/she was still totally absorbed in communication by observing his eyes and face expressions, hearing his voice modulation and just engaging in senses, trying to learn as much as possible from this up close alien contact. Such mind to mind contact must leave an impression on a child’s mind and in the future it will brings certain fruits I’m sure.
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7 Reasons Why You Should Talk To Your Kid Like An Adult
1. Kids Learn Language From Us
Every time we talk to our kids is a chance for us to help them learn grammar, syntax, vocabulary, and more. We don’t need to go out of our way to take classes on how to be language instructors or anything, we just have to talk to them, using real language instead of nonsensical sounds. Young brains are really powerful when it comes to language learning (and everything else), so they can take it from there.
2. Nobody Likes To Be Patronized
There’s a reason why adults frequently get angry when they believe someone is “talking to them like a child.” It’s patronizing. But kids don’t like to be patronizedany more than anyone else does. Do kids need more guidance and supervision than other folks? Of course. But that doesn’t require us to talk down to them. Kids are typically less knowledgeable than people with more life experience, but they’re not fundamentally less intelligent. We can talk to them about what’s going on around them, and answer their questions, just like we would anyone else.
3. It’s Easier To Understand
Kids are working really hard to figure out the vast number of sounds, linguistic rules, and norms of their native language. Hearing the people around them use the aforementioned consistently helps them hear, understand, and apply them. “Goo goo gaa gaa wook at da wittle baaaaby!” doesn’t.
4. Kids Already Feel “Othered” In The World
Kids are smaller and less physically adept than the people our world is built around: able-bodied adults. It’s a drag to constantly be reminded that you’re not able (or allowed) to fully participate in the world, and that’s part of the ever-looming frustration that makes it so physically and emotionally challenging to be a young person (aka sets them up for tantrums and meltdowns). Being spoken to like you’re less intelligent than everyone else around you only compounds that frustration.
5. It Helps Them Develop Problem-Solving Skills
Hearing “AwwwWhassaMattawww?” when they get hurt (probably after walking in one direction and looking in another) doesn’t help a child figure out how not to do that again. Offering help and/or a hug while saying something like, “Are you OK? I saw you bump into the sofa; it looked like that hurt. It’s so important to always look where we’re going,” does. Using clear language, and actually talking to them about what’s happening to them, helps them figure out the connections between actions and consequences, and how to prevent and solve problems.
6. It Helps Them Develop Emotional Language And Literacy
Similarly, talking to kids when they’re having an emotional challenge or interpersonal conflict — “Someone else is playing with the toy you really wanted, and now you’re feeling frustrated” — helps them learn to identify and understand their feelings in a way that vaguely sympathetic-sounding gibberish just doesn’t.
7. It Helps Them Practice Conversation More Generally
Practice makes perfect, with holding a conversation as with anything else. Even as an older baby, I was consistently amazed by how much my son could understand and participate, even before he had many words. When he first started pulling up at around seven months, I could say to him, “Can you show me how you stand up?” and he’d proudly pull up. Babies and kids often understand a lot more than they’re given credit for, and they’re often eager to feel capable and show us what they can do. The more we help them practice listening and responding to our words, the better they get at it.
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