Well, I disappeared for a bit! Not intentionally but time got away from me. Sometimes there is just not enough time to do much of anything outside the necessities.
The best advice I got when I had my second child was about making time for my older child, special “just us” time. It might only be 15 minutes on a particularly crazy day but it still has importance.
This time is wonderful for language growth. It gives you a chance to really get a peek into your child’s interests so you can develop vocabulary around those interests. More importantly, it might give you context for those things they have been trying to say that you just simply can not decode.
So, put the phone away for 10 minutes and intentionally and enthusiastically play however your little buddy wants to play. It’s therapeutic for everyone involved.