I have previously written about keeping a journal for each of your kids.

One aspect of your child’s life that I recommend documenting is their early vocabulary. This can be done in two ways:

1. Every week, write down the new words they are using. We have tried to do this for the first one hundred words used by each of our children. Write down the dates. This has been helpful in comparing how verbal our kids are.

2. For one day, write down every word they say. We tried this for the first time last week with 26 month old Foster. Foster isn’t the most verbal child, but it really was impressive to see the full list. And our older kids had fun trying to keep track of them.

Try it. You’ll be glad you did.