Years ago, before I had kids, I was walking across a park with a friend when a little boy of about 4 or 5 wandered by. I looked at him and said, “Hello, how are you?”
Confused by my formality, the kid scrunched his face and quickly scampered away. I felt like a narc.
My friend laughed at my bizarre attempt to engage the toddler, noting that I clearly had no idea how to talk to children. He was right. Now that I have a child of my own, I know a little better.
But my approach hasn’t necessarily changed. I don’t use baby talk. Read more about I Don’t Use Baby Talk …