How do you help your baby reach the milestone of 6,000 words by age 5?

Aged five, a child should know how to construct a reasonably complex sentence and understand around 6000 words. Weekender1Given the extent of my son’s linguistic skills (“Ma-ma” while looking at a toy, a book, a flower, his dad, or pretty much anything) this seems about as unattainable as dancing like Missy. As a parent, what should I be doing to help?

Child language experts Margaret Maclagan and Anne Buckley provide reassuring advice in this article from The Weekender.