Am example of how the words we say to our kids will become the words they use to communicate.
We were laying in bed last night and I was exhausted. I was laying on my stomach with my face turned away from Bug (3y). He was chattering away and asking me all sorts of questions like, "Does Thomas sleep in Tidmoth Sheds?" to which I'd reply, "uh huh".
After a few minutes of this Bug seemed to be getting frustrated with me. He said, " Mom, will you please use words and talk to me? "
I was so proud that he was able to express himself so clearly and respectfully.