Cultivate Theme

My son is a talker. By that, I mean he talks. A lot. A whole lot.

He talks to his family members; he talks to the cat; he talks to himself; he talks to his toys; he talks to strangers (actually, I'm proud of that last one). I've even heard him mumble a bit in his sleep.

When I am tired of listening to him yammer on, I have to remind myself: This just means that our plan worked.

You see, my husband and I talked to him all the time when he was a baby. We'd explain things in grocery stores and on walks; we read books out loud to him; we carried on full conversations with him as though he could participate. He said his first word (Mama - because he knew the score) at six months.

And I don't think he has stopped talking since.

Do I regret our plan of talking to him early and often so he could develop his language skills? No. (Well, OK, maybe after the 700th "Mommy?" of the day I do a bit). Most of us have seen the studies that show that children who are spoken to often at an early age have larger vocabularies by school age and able to process language better.

The larger vocabulary aspect is great - I love it when strangers hear my son talking about what an ichthyologist does or when he gives examples of onomatopoeia. The ability to process language better makes me believe that he completely understood me the first time I gave him directions to clean up his toys (but he's still not going to do it, because he is in the middle of a fantasy where his cars transform into planes and go on roller coasters, which is clearly much more important).

So now I have a question: How do I get him to stop talking? How do I get him to learn how to just enjoy silence? Because in this world of too much noise trying to get our attention, I want my son to be able to just sit and enjoy the quiet.

Any ideas or tips? Tell me in the comments (and no, the "Silent Game" that our parents played with us is not a good option.)

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