Most people feel that a little one's babbling is meaningless. It is not. It is their way of processing a new and interesting world. If one takes the time to listen to a child's solitary babble without commenting or interferring, one can learn much about how the child views the world, what importance he places on the events in his life, his hopes and expectations. None of this is to say that one should not talk to and with children but also give them time to themselves and listen quietly from the outside.