Why your doctor wants you to read aloud to your toddler

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  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    July 7, 2014 11:22 p.m.

    Just read to your kids, this isn't brain surgery...

  • Born in Bountiful Provo, Utah
    July 7, 2014 5:55 p.m.

    I agree with the article. But I doubt the comment about successful people not having any books in their houses. To Brave Sir Robin, what is your take on Dr. Suess books?

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    July 7, 2014 2:08 p.m.

    Agree with Steven S Jarvis, but I want to add one more thing: Don't talk to your baby in baby talk! "Does the bubby wubby want his bookie wookie" does nothing to help their brains to make those important language connections. Your baby is not a schnauzer - don't talk to him/her like one! Talk to your baby like you would talk to any other human being.

  • Steven S Jarvis Orem, UT
    July 7, 2014 9:17 a.m.

    The key to enhancing cognitive development is a rich language environment. Studies that focused on that ONE variable have already revealed that. Studies using more than one variable would not make the grade at a local elementary school, so I am not sure why this would be published. There is no way a study using multiple variables can reach a conclusion of cause and effect without further isolation of the variables.

    That isn't to say reading with your child is bad. Its actually quite fun so long as the child doesn't eat the book. However, talking to your child is what matters, not the presence of a book.

  • happymomto9 Saratoga Springs, UT
    July 7, 2014 7:51 a.m.

    i'm a bit confused by the study. what is more important: reading to your child at an early age or a language rich environment?
    most books that are read to toddlers are not "language rich". so do we need to read more advanced books to them? :>
    i actually believe that the safe environment where a parent feels un-rushed so they CAN read to their children lends to their learning. it's more the positive attention and interaction that matters.
    (though it is true that exposure to correct grammar and complex vocabulary at an early age is beneficial)