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You can hear? Good girl!

Posted by rosanne on Nov 15, 2010 in Challenges

The good news is that Harper’s hearing test went swimmingly. Although the line on the machine was still flat (no pressure in the system means no pressure peak to test), she turned her head to see the puppet at even some of the quietest sounds. She also said a bunch of words, showed that she knew where the doors were and bits of her body and so on and so forth. The audiologist was thrilled. And kept saying “good girl”. Which brings us to *that* post… about unconditional parenting and the enervating jabbering of “good job” that is a constant hum in the background of modern childhood. Read more…

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On the verge of speaking

Posted by rosanne on Jun 26, 2010 in Developmental Milestones

Language acquisition is one of those major milestones that marks a transition from babyhood to toddlerhood but it is not as clearcut as a first step. In our case, communication and understanding move in leaps and bounds. We started baby sign language at eight months and now we are seeing the benefits: a calmer, more confident child who can express her needs. At 17 months, she also now comprehends a huge range of words and uses a few words in place of signs — like her favourite, car, over and over, when she wants to go out, when she sees one in a book and even as they flash by us on the road.

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Version 1.0: Ready for launch

Posted by rosanne on Jan 20, 2010 in Developmental Milestones, Sustainable Parenting

I cannot believe it’s been almost a year. In one week, my little baby will turn one. Some things haven’t changed at all (like the fact I wrote that sentence and then had to pat her back to sleep for 20 minutes). Others are radically different: she’s almost walking; she has about five clear signs and vocalises vociferously; she points at what she wants; and she now throws a mean tantrum with serious intent. Read more…

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Baby Talk

Posted by paula on Jul 21, 2009 in Educational

I have five golden rules for baby talk. You know, that incessant discussion we have with our infants that feels a lot like talking to yourself? There’s a lot of research to suggest that what you say and how you say it has a significant effect on baby’s later performance in school, for example. So, before you say “goo goo gaga” one more time,  let me explain a little more. Read more…

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Class, culture and intelligence

Posted by rosanne on Jun 14, 2009 in Developmental Milestones, Educational

Following on neatly from the last post on language acquisition and screen time, I encountered Richard Nisbett talking on To the Best of Our Knowledge about his book on intelligence (listen to the podcast). Does social class impact on the development of intelligence? Can we as parents do anything about that? And does it matter any way? Read more…

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