We’ve known for a while that gabbing to your kids was good for their cognitive development. Now here’s some new research that shows just how much of a difference talking could make in erasing socio-economic barriers. Bring on the conversations!
“By age 3, a poor child would have heard 30 million fewer words in his home environment than a child from a professional family. And the disparity mattered: the greater the number of words children heard from their parents or caregivers before they were 3, the higher their IQ and the better they did in school. TV talk not only didn’t help, it was detrimental.” Tina Rosenberg, NYT