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Language Skills Can Shape Children's Impulse Control, Research Says

Education Week
Can limited speech silence the better angels of students' nature? In the cartoons, a little angel and devil pop up on the shoulders of a character about to make a decision, arguing in favor of good or evil. In my 2-year-old son, I can eavesdrop on his real decisionmaking process as he talks himself through why he shouldn't hang on his baby brother's swing: "No, mommy says it can fall so I can't swing on the swing, but I want to swing on it a little …"

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"Oh, magic hour, when a child first knows she can read printed words!" — A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, 1943