Spent an afternoon around a 4 year old recently, a girl named Annev. Her mom remarked I was one of only a few people she’d seen have a sustained back-and-forth conversion with Annev. Of course, we were talking about Disney princesses and princess music, so it wasn’t quite a topic of my choice. But I hung with it; of all the available options of amusing Annev, talking was what I preferred most.
Anyways, I was surprised more people didn’t have conversations with Annev. She’s funny and charming. Made me vaguely wonder if part of it is that, as a minor-league aspie-ish person, I don’t really have many different interaction styles. It’s easier for me to treat a 4 year old like a 20 year old than to do some sort of baby talk thing.
Of course, it could also just be the family I’m from. No one really encouraged baby talk, and conversation was always our primary mode of amusing ourselves as a group. And that’s more or less true of everyone, regardless of age.
Dunno. Just thinking out loud.