I'm equal opportunity when it comes to speaking to my child like an adult and speaking to her in that sing-song voice that sometimes makes me think my head will explode. I know there are language benefits to that "mom voice," and that it's nearly impossible not to talk like that to my adorable toddler (when she's being adorable, at least). However, and as fun as that voice is, I know there are things I'm definitely teaching my daughter when I talk to her like an adult, too. Important things. Worthwhile things. Things that make it somewhat easier to ditch that sing-song voice ASAP.
Now that my daughter is less of a baby and more of a toddler, I've realized how much more she actually understands than she previously used to. Rather than constantly speak in super simple sentences at an annoyingly high pitch, she has started to understand instructions and sentences when they're spoken at a normal level. Now my partner and I can start to encourage her vocabulary and expect she start to act just a tiny bit like an adult. Now, I'm not one to automatically skip all the sing-song speak (and I'm probably going to be doing some of that until she's at least 7 years old), but it's a relief to be able to hold some normal conversations with my daughter, even if she's not quite ready to talk back to me like an adult.
Here are a few other lessons I'm teaching my daughter when I speak to her like an adult. You know, just in case you need some validation if you're wanting to ditch the "mom voice," too.