Mormon Parenting: Giving children the gift of language


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  • TaytheWilliams Granville, OH
    Oct. 17, 2016 12:19 p.m.

    Dear Linda and Richard Eyre,
    The gift of language is one of the greatest that parents can give to their children. While reading your article about helping our children to develop the ability to speak and think with precise language I was sincerely touched by the realization that it really is a great duty and privilege to provide our children with language and then nurture that ability so that they can be successful in their lives. They need a good rich language in order to be spiritually fed by the scriptures, to ponder gospel doctrines meaningfully, communicate well with God through prayer. The reasons that children need to have good language skills to have success in the world are very obvious, but I would venture to say that it is even more important for them to learn and grow in the gospel and those same language skills enable that.
    Indeed, by example is the best way to influence children’s language. I love the examples of word games that you included. I will do my best to convey this same message to others and I believe that we should all be more devoted to giving our children a fuller and richer language.

    A Grateful Reader.

  • elarue NEW YORK, NY
    Feb. 24, 2013 8:58 a.m.

    Well, the author thinks we should emulate the British in their use of language. Perhaps we should emulate them in other things, too. Like health care. :-)

  • the old switcharoo mesa, AZ
    Feb. 18, 2013 5:54 a.m.

    Well, some will find a reason to judge others harshly no matter what the condition of their language skills are. I think this is one of the most superficial letters I've ever read on the DN.

  • Danny Chipman Lehi, UT
    Feb. 16, 2013 8:47 a.m.

    Hah. The British are hardly the patron saints of proper English (especially those with the Cockney accent). I know this from historical films and personal acquaintance.

    I do lament the breakdown of proper usage in language, though. I don't care if it takes me an extra minute--my texts and emails are always correctly spelled and punctuated (to the best of my knowledge) then read through to make sure I didn't make any goofs.

    A lot of people will say this is just the natural evolution of our language, but I see it more as the dumbing-down of our society.