We kiss boo-boos, rub backs, give pep talks, do tuck-ins, applaud effort, listen endlessly, get everyone where they need to go—the whole nurturing nine yards. (Nine billion yards!) But wait. Who supports and nurtures us?
Especially between ages 3 to 5, there seems to be a “gigantic window of opportunity when kids are especially receptive to learning new words,” Enz says. They can learn up to 10 new words a day—if they’re exposed to them, she says.