Milestone - Talking

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”  Ephesians 4:29

Words… How we use them, when we use them, and why we use them are so important! 

I have always talked to my children, even before they were born. I wanted to know them and for them to know me.

Even as teenagers, we still talk… Sometimes I only get one-word answers, but I look forward to long car rides and updates on life.

Communication comes at different times and in many forms. For example, my children were very different.

My firstborn was (and still is) an observer. She watched everyone and everything from early on. She did not smile at non-family members and was very quiet as a baby when she was not with people she knew. When she turned two, I had some concerns about her speech. She babbled all day at home but was not forming words well. Thankfully, her speech quickly improved with a little speech therapy and her communication took off from there. During those first few years, she still communicated--through her own language: pointing, crying, hugging, and so many different ways! (I do sometimes miss the way she said certain words and in our house we still say “checkup” for Ketchup.) But I am so glad that she can speak clearly today and that we chose to do some early intervention!

My second-born started talking in full sentences at a year old. This created a whole other world of issues… a 15-month old with a large vocabulary, but no filter, makes for some hilarious and embarrassing conversations!

No matter when or how your child communicates, there are some benchmarks that are good to keep track of. The Baby Center has a great chart to help you.