From Madi in Apex, NC
Tell your son that his sister learns more from him than from anyone else, and that he needs to teach her how to talk. It will make him feel important, and it will help him relate to her in a different way. Instead of coming down to her speaking level, he will be helping her come up to his
From Kathie in Fairfield
I have a similiar situation with my 4-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter. Although I allow him to play around with language, if it gets to be too much I tell him to choose another word to repeat. I also continue to carry on conversations with him and sometimes ask him to "translate" his sister's babble. That way he's still communicating with both his sister and adults.
Chole in Appleton
Remind him to set a good example so that his sister can grow up to be like him. Then she can copy him!
Micki in Denver
When my older daughter started to "baby talk," I joined in. After a few minutes, she would realize how silly we sounded and say, "Mommy, let's not be babies anymore!"
Heather in Boynton Beach, FL
Praising him for the big-kid stuff he can do and that his little sister cannot might make him feel special. Teaching him to do something that his little sister isn't old enough to try would make him feel important and encourage him to act his age.
Sharon in Valdosta
Encourage your son to teach your daughter the proper way to pronounce words. They'll both be learning, and she will look up to her big brother.
Elizabeth in Canon City
f he wants a glass of "wa-wa", tell him that until he asks correctly for a glass of water, you won't get it for him. Explain that he has to speak correctly so his sister will know that she needs to as well. If he babbles, ignore him until he decides to be a big boy again. Then praise him for being one.
Melissa in Denver
If he talks like a big boy, he gets to do something that only big kids get to do, like go to a movie with Mom and Dad.
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