February 24, 2012, 1:16 pm DELL'ANTONIA

Every parent knows that talking to our children is crucial to how they learn. There’s even a special style of one-way conversation — “baby talk,” or “infant-directed speech” — that seems to come naturally to adults speaking to babies, and to help babies learn to speak more quickly. With toddlers, we do the same, holding up far more than our share of the conversational burden with a sort of narration designed, however unconsciously, to instruct, entertain and repeat key concepts. If you would like to read more please click HERE for the New York Times.