Talk to Your Baby
From the Personal Health section of the New York Times:
The woman had been talking to her barely verbal daughter all the way up the block, pointing out things they had passed, asking questions like “What color are those flowers?” and talking about what they would do when they got to the park.
The author explains that this is uncommon behavior:
This is a rare occurrence in my Brooklyn neighborhood, I told her. All too often, the mothers and nannies I see are tuned in to their cellphones, BlackBerrys and iPods, not their young children.
This really surprised me. We’ve always talked to our little boy — an early talker — in this way, but I can’t imagine not engaging him like this.
In my experience, little kids don’t care much what you’re talking about, they just love the interaction.