Here is the scene:
Im out at the library with my 3 kids – checking out the books and reading.
It’s not too busy but there are a handful of kids and parents/caregivers there.
Off to the side I can hear one woman talking to her child/child she is caring for who is about 4-5 years old and my body cringes.
:: BABY TALK ::
A giant pet peeve of mine is when adults speak to children in baby talk. The talk-down, slow-talking, tone-changing speak. All “goo goo gaga-y” -made even more noticeable when the adult turns to you and speaks ‘normal’ .
Drives. Me. Crazy.
Drives me even more crazy if an adult speaks to my children “that way“. It is totally unacceptable to speak to adults that way, teenagers with that tone or anyone with a disability — so why do so many parents/caregivers/family members/adults speak to toddlers and children in “baby talk”?
Is it done on purpose? Is it some “parenting style”? I don’t get it.Share This Post: Tweet