Incomprehensible sounds start turning into real words, which begin linking together to make logical phrases… pointing and whining at a cup becomes a clear and articulated “juice please.” The word “baby” may even drop off the front of his name. In fact, more often, you’re finding it appropriate to address him by his first AND middle name. “Zachary Newman!” rolls of the tongue nicely in a dire situation… as in “Zachary Newman! No Gogurt™ for doggies!” or “Zachary Newman! Get…Continue
And by expected, I mean planned. Because that’s what we do when we are looking forward to the arrival of our little ones. We plan… and hope.. and dream. But just as we place lofty expectations upon ourselves (and our partners) for the type of parents we intend to be, (see post: “Eating Words… and Cheetos”) I think we also, perhaps subconsciously, set the bar for our babies too.…Continue
I’ve been a lover of language all my life. Language is powerful. Language is a beautiful contradiction, capable of both bringing people together and tearing them apart. Language is the key to societal progress, and has always been so. All of these things are why I made language my life’s work– teaching high school students to manipulate language to communicate their ideas effectively and to analyze those of others. Also because it’s funny.
Ever notice how speech patterns and norms…Continue
Remember all of those promises you make about the kid of parent you will be and all those things you swear you will do each day... or never allow? Well once parenthood sets in, we find it hard to keep those promises don't we? Oh yes, we eat a lot of words...…Continue