Zak was telling me yesterday that some study proved that talking to your children a lot is the best way to improve their IQ. At that rate, our son will be a genius! Zak is ALWAYS talking to him. And obviously it works at least to some degree, because our 2-year-old is a chatter box and he is already making pretty long sentences. So without “knowing” anything about how to raise a child, Zak instinctively knew how to do what was best for his boy.

Of course, it makes a lot of sense. Take last night, for instance. Our son was playing Duplos with his Dad and I guess they built something that looked like a space shuttle, so Zak started talking about space shuttles and found some videos on YouTube showing them launching and landing. We watched them for maybe 15 or 20 minutes. The whole time, Zak was explaining to his son how they slowly transport the shuttle from the hangar to the launch pad, how big the thing was compared to humans, where the astronauts walk in and sit, how the boosters, who help the shuttle launch, separate after a while and fall back on Earth, how the landing gear deploys and the parachute helps slow down the shuttle on the runway…

Our son is barely two! I would have thought this was all waaaay above his head (and of course it is, he can’t possibly have understood all that). But he was fascinated and the first thing he wanted this morning is to watch more videos, and when he saw the shuttle he was pointing the boosters, saying how they go boom and shhhh and they fall to the ground, miming the movement with his hands… It’s amazing how much he actually took in! When you consider that some other parents we see at the playground are still using baby words like boo-boo and wee-wee, I guess it explains a lot!

Have I mentioned lately how much I love and admire my husband?
I love and admire Zak. Lots!

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