I saw this photo in my Facebook feed this fine morning, and it sort of made me want to vomit, or perhaps that’s because I have a baby where my stomach used to be, but either way, really? Are there parents that actually use phrases like “din-din” and “hun-gee” so much with their kids they start using them in conversation with adults? It’s then surprising that kids’ language skills are declining? I talk to my kids the same exact way I talk to an adult, like a freakin’ human being with a brain. I say dinner, supper, feast or food. I say hungry or starving. I use real words in a varied vocabulary and explain new words in words my kids already know. I have done so since their birth. I have a three year old that will tell you his cartoon is “inappropriate and uninteresting” if he wants to watch something else as a result. I’m pretty sure if you said, “Do you have to go tinkle before we go bye-bye to din-din?” or asked one of my kid’s if they were “hun-gee” they’d look at you just like I would, like an idiot.
Long story short, parents please, talk to you kids like human beings if you want them to act like human beings.