It is that time again for a Mommy Mindset discussion. This week we are talking about speech delays and our children.
Lena: My kids are not early talkers and I get that each kid goes at his own speed. However, I cannot help myself – I compare my kids to other kids. My friend’s 2 yo daughter speaks almost as good as my 4 yo, and my 2.5 yo boy finally started pointing instead of screaming when he wants something.
Gena: Lena, do you speak more than one language at home? I’ve heard that can delay speaking for a while. My first was an early talker and people always comment on his speaking, but our second didn’t meet the 3 words expectation at his 1 year check-up. So I am constantly comparing him to other kids, and his older brother. He did just have ear tubes put in, so it’s quite possible that his hearing was/is affected.
Gena: Also, I have a couple of friends who have kids with speech apraxia, where they can’t make the connection between the brain and the mouth to speak. Kids are just different and do things at different speeds, but if you think there is a problem, definitely talk with your pediatrician. Early intervention has really helped my friends’ kids out!