One of things I enjoyed most about parenting my children when they were babies was observing them develop language. It seemed almost like a miracle to watch a child go from cries and gurgles to a fully fluent English speaker, able to express the most subtle thoughts with expression and fresh perspective.
When my first son was born I couldn’t wait to have a conversation with him. I didn’t have to wait long – we were having simple conversations before he was two and fairly complex ones by the time he was three, although the topics tended to be pirates and Tinkertoys.
Now my sons are 19 and 15 and the things that come out of their minds and mouths about wireless technology and apps and are things I never could have imagined back in the ’90s when they were born.