language 

Does Baby Einstein hurt more than help?

In a new study, researchers have found that videos such as the "Baby Einstein" and "Brainy Baby" series may delay language development in toddlers. For every hour of watching the videos, children learned six to eight fewer words than children who did...

What does a G rating really mean?

Reader Stephanie wrote to ask about movie ratings, specifically the G rating given to Ratatouille, the latest animated film from Pixar. She writes: We took our young son to see Ratatouille this weekend. Most of the content was ok, except a scene in t...

One hundred words

How extensive is your vocabulary? How about your children's vocabulary? Words paint pictures and just as there are many shades of blue, so too are there many shades of meanings. Big, huge, humongous, enormous, gigantic -- they all mean about the same...

Babies born to be bilingual?

Scientist studying babies have learned that even though they can't speak, babies are born with amazing language capabilities. They already knew that very young babies could tell languages apart by sound, but a new study has found that they can also d...

Scratch: Programming for kids

In my day, there was BASIC -- the Beginner's All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code, a purportedly easy-to-learn, general purpose programming language. When microcomputers started to become available, it was often included as a way to let new owners -...

Do you say "look it up?"

I was looking around online tonight when I saw something that reminded me of childhood. I can't remember how many times I would ask what a certain word meant, only to hear "look it up." I hated hearing that phrase. Why look it up when you could tell ...

Babbling babies...

An article on the London Times website today suggested that your baby's babble is straight from the textbook of our universal grammar. According to the author, Anjana Ahuja, she planned on teaching her toddler, now 4, a second language. She discovere...

Joke generator raises a chuckle

I think I'm pretty funny, but my kids seem to be about the only ones who agree with me. They probably just don't yet know any better. Well, there is hope for me, thanks to some computer scientists in Scotland. The scientists didn't actually have me i...

What do you do when spelling no longer works?

Like every other parent on the planet, Rachel and I used to spell things to each other. "Do you think they should get some i-c-e-c-r-e-a-m?" "Do you want to take them to the t-o-y-s-t-o-r-e?" Unfortunately, Jared has gotten pretty good at reading and...

Dear 'Abby-Wabby' takes on baby talk

Dear Abby's weekend column shares reader views on baby talk and it appears this is yet another hot button topic for some parents. J.D. Griffioen shared some research in December supporting so called 'baby talk' or "parentese", the slower dr...

I don't think that means... what YOU think it means

I'm so jealous at you! says Everett. He's upset at his babysitter for not packing his Burgerville cards in their box. That's inconsable! he says angrily when his brother tries to eat his favorite DVD advertising insert (all the Thomas videos availabl...

FollowUs

Flickr RSS

TheTalkies