blogpost-january 2016

Language Development In Children

Let’s Build Greater Awareness in Our Community

It’s very important that we have open minds and receptive to grow in all aspects of the nanny profession to become better professionals. Today I would like to touch on the word “scaffolding”. Often times I hear nannies complaining that the parents of the child they care for are constantly “questioning” the child about his/her day and the activities that were involved. Some nannies view this as a method of spying by the parents and resent it. While I can agree that some parents may use it as a ‘spying” method, I strongly believe that they have a right too! It’s their child: you are they employee and if there’s nothing to hide then let them have conversation with their children.

This takes me back to the word scaffolding which is absolutely necessary for language development in children and for them to develop autobiographical memory. I can assure you that many parents know that and are engaging their children in conversation not for purpose of “finding you out” or searching for a “got you” moment but rather to encourage language development.. Consider the fact that this type of approach also serves as bonding time and frankly that’s what good parents do-they spend quality time with their children!  Recognize nannies that people have different parenting styles. You may work for a very elaborative mother that might ask the child questions such as “so you went to the playroom, who was there?”, “go on tell me more” and “remember when we were in the Hamptons and you found the cool shells, what happened after?” This type of conversation helps children recollect details of past events thus helping them develop memory.

You too nannies, can employ this very same approach with your own children. This helps them develop the ability to effectively communicate and aids in language development. The word is scaffolding, it’s very important in the acquisition of language because it helps in the recollection of past events. The acquisition of language enhances the development of memory and helps children acquire bigger lexicon and literacy. Research shows that literacy skills in 3rd grade are predictive of high school graduation rates. For instance a child in the 3rd grade who does not read at grade level is 4 times more likely to not graduate from high school. Let’s all take a step back and have a broader approach to the events and realities around us.    

Alene Mathurin

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10 thoughts on “Language Development In Children

  1. I have encountered many nannies who feel this way and I try to explain to them that parents have a right to ask their children how their day went. If you as the nanny has nothing to hide, that shouldn’t bother you. I enjoy your article.
    Thanks for posting.

    Loraine

  2. I have encountered many nannies who feel this way and I try to explain to them that parents have a right to ask their children how their day went. If you as the nanny has nothing to hide, that shouldn’t bother you. I enjoy your article.
    Thanks for posting.

    Loraine

  3. I have heard stories of parents questioning their children about their daily activities. I think it’s the same as asking our own children what they did at school on a daily basis.

    Kendra

    • Very true Kendra! I had to take a minute prior to writing this blog post to question whether it made since to write the article and in the end I had too, because it’s a strong view shared by some nannies. Thanks for your feedback.

  4. I have heard stories of parents questioning their children about their daily activities. I think it’s the same as asking our own children what they did at school on a daily basis.

    Kendra

    • Very true Kendra! I had to take a minute prior to writing this blog post to question whether it made since to write the article and in the end I had too, because it’s a strong view shared by some nannies. Thanks for your feedback.

  5. I totally agree with this , I am a mother and a Nanny. I always encourage the kids that I am taking care of to tell their parents about their daily activities, this somehow helps to start up a conversation with child(ren) and parents along with nannies

    catherine

  6. I totally agree with this , I am a mother and a Nanny. I always encourage the kids that I am taking care of to tell their parents about their daily activities, this somehow helps to start up a conversation with child(ren) and parents along with nannies

    catherine

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