Of course, I'm all for the program launched recently by the White House and child-development experts to impress upon parents the importance of talking to their babies, but it does present a problem for those of us whose children are already grown. Although I have a hazy memory of what my kids were like when they were tiny, I can't for the life of me remember what I said to them.

That is particularly true of what we now know were the vital first few months of their lives. A lot of those conversations seem to have taken place in the...

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