My son does school with mom in the morning for 30-60 minutes during which time I take care of our daughter. We go downstairs to not be a distraction.

I've been putting podcasts on in the background that are honestly more for me but still family friendly. I figure the additional exposure to speaking might help language development but got to wondering today if there is something else I could put on that might help my daughter more. Would putting classical music on be more beneficial? Are there other background things I could put on that would be most beneficial while we play?

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    The most beneficial thing you can do is to interact with her directly. Nothing comes even close to personal interaction when it comes to development. If you're actually interacting with her, pick the background you like. Watching her while she plays is not the same. – anongoodnurse Mar 27 at 19:27
  • Oh of course. It's all direct interaction. I'm just wondering what is most beneficial in the background. – Dason Mar 27 at 20:27
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    Is there a reason you feel you must have something on in the background? If anything, it's probably just a distraction rather than 'optimising' her development or something. Related: it's a myth that playing classical music to children makes them more intelligent. – BadHorsie Apr 26 at 14:08
  • @BadHorsie It's probably more for me than it is for her but if I'm going to have something on I was just wondering if there is a better/best option. – Dason Apr 26 at 14:35

I suggest a podcast. Kids need to feel to be talked to while they are developing a sense of interaction. Music is nice for sleep and peace but not as much for growth and development.

  • Unfortunately a podcast does not equal talking to a kid. If anything it might diminish their sense of conversation as exchange. However, if there's a lot of banter between two hosts it could be OK for reinforcing turn-taking. – Luke Sawczak May 23 at 12:54
  • What I refer to here is podcast is better than music because it helps relate to the real sense of communication when compared to music. – Nikita Agrawal May 24 at 13:06

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