When traveling with her 18 month old who was safely secured in the backseat, ‘Sally’ would sometimes find herself in harrowing circumstances. For instance, another car might cut in front of her causing her to slam on the brakes to avoid crashing into the offending vehicle. ‘Sally’ would mark these occasions by loudly issuing a four letter #*!# expletive – the same one every time. After this occurred only a few times, ‘Sally’ noticed that this expletive was also emanating from her 18 month old and not always at an appropriate time.
Children are sponges. They soak up everything they are exposed to. For instance, if a child is exposed from birth to three different languages, he will become fluent in all three in what appears to be an effortless fashion.
So what ‘Sally’ learned, was that by carefully selecting what her child is exposed to, she can influence her child’s development in an intentional fashion—-and so can you!