Wisconsin Dad of 2 Started Online Discussion after His Tweet about Not Using Baby Talk with Kids

Rebelander Basilan
Feb 09, 2020
04:30 A.M.
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Adam Smith's tweets about "baby talk" has sparked a heated conversation on the popular social networking service.


The father-of-two from Wisconsin took to Twitter recently to share that he and his wife talk only in sentences to their two children.

"My wife and I never baby talk to our kids," he wrote. "We use full sentences and a wide vocabulary including complex words."


Smith proceeded to clarify the achievement he's discovered with his child-rearing techniques, writing that his three-year-old can carry a full discussion and that his little girl, who is not yet two, talks in four-syllable words.

Beneath his first tweet, Smith commented, saying parents should homeschool their children on the off chance that they don't want them exposed to "rapacious teachers and poisonous families." He added that "public school is a meat grinder where many die."


Smith concluded his comment by promoting his book called "Slaying Your Fear" to help support his children's growth.

His post accumulated quite a bit of attention. Also, it has received a lot of comments as individuals reveal their opinions.

Babies whose parents used more baby talk demonstrated better language abilities at 14 months than parents who used less.


One user wrote that his son is three, and they never baby talk him either. The user added that she uses full sentences and a wide range of movie quotes.

"I never baby talk my cat. I read to her from Peter's 'Evil Overlord List,'" joked one user. Another user quipped that he and his wife never converse with their children; instead, they ask them to submit all communications secretly through accurate and double-blind peer review.


Meanwhile, child development specialist Rebecca Parlakian explained that "Baby talk" is called "parentese" in the research world, and that it's how most grown-ups usually engage with kids.

Parlakian told Today Parents, "The research on parentese tells us it's an important way that young babies begin to crack the code of their home languages."

She added that according to a study, between the age of six and 14 months, babies whose parents used more baby talk demonstrated better language abilities at 14 months than parents who used less.

However, Parlakian noted that whether it’s parentese or not, the most significant thing parents can do is use language to connect with their bundles of joy.