Jane Brody does a wonderful job in her article explaining why talking with your children is important. She covers the bases from why it is important to specific suggestions for doing it.

I really appreciated her pointing out the problems inherent in parents using cell phones and such while around their children. We really can’t do two things at one time, (at least not most of the time 🙂 ). If you are talking on the cell, you can’t be talking with your child. And the choice does matter over time. It has a direct, research confirmed impact on your child’s language development. Her article also touches on the social development aspects as well. Humans are social creatures, and those social parts of us develop through interactions with others.

The message? Talking with your child is critical. Take the time. Turn the phone and other electronics off. And enjoy! It’ll be good for you both!