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Parents' Bumblings and Stumblings, Uh, Help Kids to Speak, Study Shows

Sentences with stumblings and pauses are easier for children to follow. Credit: Getty Images Parents who, uh, you know, kind of like, that is to say, stumble over their words may actually be, sort of, teaching their children how to...What did Henry Higgins know, anyway? An er, um, like or pause can benefit speech development.

Bilingual Toddlers Reap Cognitive Benefits Over Kids Who Speak Just 1 Language

Teaching your child a second language, such as Spanish, at an early age can improve her cognitive abilities. Credit: Getty
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Speaking a second language gives toddlers some cognitive advantages.

Can Watching TV Delay Your Child's Language Development?

Should young children watch television? Photo: jupiterimages Parents might think twice before allowing young children to watch television. Researchers in Washington state are the first to discover a possible link between TV...

Baby Gestures Linked to Vocabulary, Income

As if you need another reason to keep your income high and home filled with stuff, here's a study that says the more money you have, the better vocabulary your child will have, too. The reasoning is fairly simple: Scientists at the University of...

Good Science, Bad Parenting

The experiment took place inside the home of M.I.T. scientist Deb Roy. Eleven video cameras and 14 microphones were placed in ceilings throughout in order to document the first three years of his son's life and language development. It's officially...

Best words of 2008

My daughter Sara turned four this past summer and still says some things in her own unique way. Like every kid her age, she has her own unique vocabulary. By this time next year, those special words will have melted away, wiped out by her increasing...

Hello around the world

When my daughter started her second year of preschool, the director sent out a request for anyone who spoke a foreign language to write, in that language, how one would say "Hello." Her plan was to put them up on the wall of the school so children...

Navajo textbook adopted in New Mexico

Around here, the popular language for high school kids to study -- at least back when I was in school -- was Spanish. With a large Hispanic community, it was far more useful than the available alternatives -- French and German. These days, however,...

Are you smarter than an eighth grader?

Well, can you at least spell better than one? Here's a good way to find out. MSN Encarta, one of my favorite sites for educational diversions (if there can be such a thing) is offering a spelling test for you to find out. Encarta is a great escape...

Tori Spelling won't clean up her potty mouth

Actress Tori Spelling, who is expecting her second child in June, believes that swearing in front of children is fine as long as it is done correctly. Apparently, it's all about the tone of your voice. Angry and loud F-bombs are bad, sweet little...

When %&$*# comes from your child's mouth

She was nearly four-years-old and my daughter was ready to blow. She was furious at me for hurrying her out the door when clearly she didn't want to be hurried. She was sitting at the top of the stairs, face pinched in fury, while I stood at the...

Learning languages online

Yesterday, it was learning to play the guitar. Today, it's learning a foreign language. It seems there is no end to the educational opportunities available on the internet. Here are ten places to learn to speak a foreign language online, including...

Courteney Cox's daughter has a potty mouth

I've noticed lately that Ellie has taken a phrase that I say often and made it her own. I actually didn't realize I was beginning many sentences with "I'm guessing" until she started doing it. As in, "I'm guessing you aren't going to let me have ice...

Mine, not mine's

Even if you never, ever swear, chances are, your kids will hear the "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television" soon after they enter school. That, I understand and even expected. What I didn't expect was something that is, in my opinion, far, far...

Eva Longoria wants trilingual kids

My husband and I have not done a very good job when it comes to helping Ellie learn to be bilingual. Despite the fact that my husband speaks fluent Spanish, most of what Ellie has learned has come from school, not him. He does reinforce what she is...

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