Intentional Catholic Parenting: Language Development Birth through
Parents play a crucial role in nurturing and supporting their children's language development because it sets the stage for lifelong learning, healthy relationships, emotional well-being, and future success in various aspects of life. By actively engaging in language-rich activities and providing a supportive environment, parents help their children reach their full potential. Since language is a child’s primary means of communication, developing strong language skills enables children to express their thoughts, needs, and feelings effectively. This helps them interact with others, build relationships, and navigate social situations throughout their lives. Today, literacy (reading and writing) is considered to be a natural part of children’s ongoing language development. As such, parents must support children’s reading and writing competencies in all areas of their life, both home and school. As children learn language, they also develop essential cognitive skills, such as problem-solving, memory, and critical thinking. A rich vocabulary and strong language abilities are crucial for academic success. Early exposure to language and literacy promotes reading and writing skills which are fundamental for academic achievement and a lifelong love of learning.
Woven throughout the book are connections to Christ's own language development, as well as references to scripture, the sacraments, and Catholic tradition. Parents will find over 250 ways to intentionally support these concepts and in so doing they will be able to intentionally nurture their children's language development through to adulthood.