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Unsure about how to speak to youngins? Chelsea from Practical Poppins has a few tips to help you out!

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Hank Green: Ok, imagine this scenario. It's been a little while since you've seen a friend or a family member or you're meeting someone for the first time, and they have a child that you haven't met.

Rachel Calderon Navarro: By definition, being an adult means it's been a little while since childhood. There's been a lot of activity in between those times, and it's completely understandable if you've forgotten how to speak with the lil humans.

H: So we've invited our friend Chelsea Dawn, of the YouTube channel Practical Poppins, to give us some tips on how to speak and interact with children. Take it away, Chelsea!

Chelsea: Hi! I'm Chelsea. I've been a preschool teacher and a nanny for the pasts ten years, and I've got a channel. It's called Practical Poppins and it's all about parenting and nannying and kids. So I'm here to give you a couple of tips on how to speak and interact with children.

The first thing to remember is: children are humans, just like you. If you're not used to being around kids, I know it can be tempting to speak down to them or talk to them in baby talk, but honestly, you really don't have to do that. You can speak to a child the same way you speak to anyone else. In fact, that's the best way to speak to them. It's been proven that children learn their language skills much faster when they're being spoken to using full sentences versus baby talk. For example, it's better to say, even to a five-month old infant, "Would you like your bottle?" versus, "Baby want a baba?" And children understand more language than you might think. For example, a one-year old child who might only be able to speak five or ten words clearly has the ability to understand a follow simple one or two step instructions. For instance, you could say, "Can you point to that crayon?" and they can do it. Or, "Can you find the ball and bring it back to me?" Small children are really much smarted than we sometimes give them credit for. [1:42]