It is no secret to regular readers of this blog, that my wife and I have four, rather closely spaced children.
This “tight grouping” has had both advantages and disadvantages over the years, but since we don’t really know any better, it is the life we live.
One of the things we have always done is speak to our children, using normal adult language. We never really used “baby talk” and once they were at all conversant, we never dumbed-down our lexicon. We have always spoken to them as we would any other fully developed human, and as a result, all four of them have a functional vocabulary far beyond their years. […]