I think we often underestimate how powerful family talking can be and the impact it can have. As we investigate here at Fink the benefits of talking, we find more and more research that just compounds what we already know – talking really matters.
Family Communication Research
Here is the most recent research I found, that totally blew me away, a study by Hart and Risley in New York.
They were concerned that a massive amount of funding had gone into improving educational achievement and that the results were not as expected. So they did a study into children under 4 and found families in professionals homes spoke 1500 words more per hour than the working class or those on welfare. In a year, this adds up to 8 million words and in 4 years, 32 million words. So by the time the children of professionals got to school, they had heard 32 million more words, which gave them a huge advantage and therefore led to greater achievement.
This just got me thinking, how many of our social issues could be decreased if we only encouraged parents to talk more to their smaller children?
NOTE – This blog post was first posted on our old website. We are launching a new site and wanted to make sure that this content was easy to find.