Parenting--Toddlers/Infants/Pre-Schoolers/second language


What is/are the best way(s) to teach a baby a second language?  (she is currently 3 mo, very alert)

And does doing so make it easier for them to learn other languages later?

Thank you very much,
PS: My daughter speaks Tagalog very well & her husband just fairly well.

Hello Bruce,

 Since the baby is just three months of age, the best way for an infant to begin learning languages is for people to speak those languages in her presence every day.

 However, having said that, it is often the case that children learning more than one language often are somewhat delayed in speaking those languages (in comparison with children learning only one language). Yet, I think in the long run a child who is bi- or tri-lingual is at an advantage in life.

If you have other questions, please get back to me.


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I've been a clinical psychologist in a juvenile court, worked in school settings, been a child psychotherapist in a private psychiatric clinic and consulted with schools, courts, hospitals and daycare centers.

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I have been a columnist with the Oakland Press (Oakland County, MI) for 21 years writing a weekly column called Coping With Kids, which is also published weekly in the Staten Island Advance. I have been a mental health columnist with the Detroit Free Press and a columnist for Working Mother Magazine. In addition, I have published articles in professional journals. I have published 16 books, among them are "8 Weeks to a Well-Behaved Child" (IDG Books), "Discipline: A Sourcebook of 50 Failsafe Techniques for Parents" (IDG Books); "Children Who Say No When You Want Them to Say Yes" (IDG Books), "What You Need to Know About Ritalin" (Bantam Books) "6 Steps to an Emotionally Intelligent Teenagers" (John Wiley & Sons), "The Fatherstyle Advantage" (Stewart, Tabori & Chang) and "Defusing High Conflict Divorce" (Impact Publishers). My latest parenting book (2012) is "The Everything Child Psychology and Development Book." Articles about my work with parents has appeared in the New York Times, the Chicago Sun Times, the Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press. My website at includes more information about me, my books and includes many columns I've written.

B.A. in Psychology from Wayne State University
M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Oakland University

Awards and Honors
Best Educational Program by Juvenile and Family Court Judges Association (National award for the development of a parent training program for parents of delinquent teenagers. Beth Clark Service Award from the Michigan Psychological Association.

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