Kimora Lee Simmons’ Son Speaks Sign Language

During a live Ustream broadcast Monday night (September 1), former Phat Fashions CEO Kimora Lee Simmons opened up about life with her 1-year-old son, Kenzo.

“Have a boy is very different from having girls,” she told her fans, with a smile. “He throws things, he bucks, he kicks!”

During the live show, Kimora, who is currently married to Kenzo’s father, actor Djimon Hounsou, showed off some of her son’s baby signing skills.

“Kenzo speaks sign language. We’ve been teaching him,” she explained as the little boy signed ‘please’ while asking for a sip of his mama’s drink.

I think it’s so important [because] a baby can say what he wants… ‘food’, ‘no’, ‘yes’, ‘thank you’, ‘please’ – it helps with communication so you don’t have like screaming crazy kids.

Kimora – who, in addition to her son, has two daughters with ex-husband Russell Simmons – also dished about the possibility of designing another children’s line in the near future: “I think seeing that I have three kids, I think it’s time to do another kids’ line… actually I was thinking about doing one with Ming (10) and Aoki (8).”

“They’re very fashionable girls and they know about fashion in their blood,” she added.

The 35-year-old fashion mogul, who recently refuted rumours that it cost thousands of dollars to airbrush her size ten body, also offered some positive advice to her female fans:

“Beauty is not only skin deep, it goes all the way to the bone.”

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  1. Anonymous

    This can be true. It also encourages kids to speak less or later on in life since they can sign.

    • Anonymous

      @anonymous Sep 2, 2010 @ 07:53 pm

      That’s nonsense. When a toddler is too young to vocalise his or her needs, they get frustrated when a parent doesn’t understand what they need or want. Sign language helps to reduce that stress. It also helps the child to develop an understanding of language and a means of expressing themselves. This explains why children who learned to sign as toddlers tend to be more articulate in speech and such than children who went down the traditional route. It doesn’t mean children who went down the traditional route were let down. It’s just a matter of different paces. There’s no right or wrong way of doing things, either.

      It works for some and it doesn’t for some. Some children love it and some are indifferent. It’s important to consider the child’s comfort. If he enjoys learning gestures, go with it. If he doesn’t, back off and find another way to communicate. No worries. What is important is both parents and their child are happy, with or without sign language.

  2. lig

    that is not true. my daughter learned to sign first and it didn’t cause any speech delay whatsoever.

  3. Anonymous

    Actually it is is the opposite – learning to sign helps them acquire language skills more quickly, because babies can sign before they have the muscle skills required for speech.

  4. Anonymous

    Anonymous #1, you have absolutely no idea what you’re talking about. Anonymous #2, you absolutely DO know what you’re talking about! 🙂

  5. maddie snitzer

    the baby is so cute

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