The type and quality of that talk is important for the successful development of childrens academic-related skills, as well. In one study, when mothers reminisced about past events with their children and used questions and statements to focus the childs attention on particular aspects of an event (e.g., What did we do at grandmas house?), children exhibited better use of memory strategies and recall over time.
Another forthcoming study found that young children of mothers who used more desire-related words, such as want or like, demonstrated greater perspective-taking abilities, which is an important marker of a childs social competence. Studies like these show that, through conversations, mothers can scaffold their childrens language and help them to develop skills and knowledge.