Anytime is a good time to talk, but you’ll need to learn a few new skills and maybe break a few old habits. Research has shown that children learn language best from interested caregivers in the course of daily, familiar activities. You — as mom, dad, grandparent, or caregiver — are better than a trip to a museum, an educational app, or expensive tutor. You can turn any activity into an opportunity to encourage your child to communicate. But as a parent, you need to learn some new skills, and maybe break a couple of old habits.