Humans began speaking over 100,000 years ago. Archeologists have found no evidence that Neanderthals had language abilities; if true, perhaps that’s part of the reason why they became extinct.

As a parent, here’s what you need to know. A concept does not become real to a child until they learn the word for it. Words like “responsibility” and “consent” and “compassion” give meaning to these concepts. Until a child understands the meanings of such words, the concepts don’t exist in their minds. And they can’t consider them in their minds if think don’t know the word for them.

I have a close friend whose grandkids have a dad who spoke to them using adult language before they were toddlers. Today, the youngest child is in kindergarten, reading books. These kids have a vocabulary and understanding beyond that of many adults I’ve met.

Teach your kids words and their meanings. The ability of humans to think logically depends on the concepts they’ve acquired by learning the words for them. It will give your child an awesome advantage in life. Seriously.


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