Mum, did you get excited when we first spoke?

I expect so. You and your brother were lust the same when it came to speaking. Of course the first words were Mum, Dad and No, but some of the first words you spoke were F sharp and E minor, because those were what you constantly heard as I was teaching beginner guitarists.

Sam isn't saying proper words yet - he's only 8 months old. He can let me know what he wants though and "Muh!" usually means, "I want that sandwich, biscuit, cake, drink that you've got." Depending on what it is, he usually gets some as well Even though he has no words, he's still listening.

From the moment he was born he knew my voice, and he knew his daddy's voice.  My husband read to Sam every night, almost from the time we knew he was there, and it was all worth it when Sam's first cries were hushed by his daddy's voice.

What children hear is important, and is reflected in their own language.  If our children hear undesirable language, that is what they will repeat, and they cannot always distinguish when it is not appropriate to do so.

I always said I would not use baby talk, but little people do need little voices, if you know what I mean.

I do. And that’s why Jesus told stories when He was teaching. Because those listening could relate to what He was saying. What we can do is think what those stories mean in a 21st century world, and what we should do about what they teach us.

Pippa Cook