Children's Speech

June 10, 2010 10:51am CST
The well known theory is that girls accelerate faster in their speech than boys. Whether this is true or not I dont know. What do you think? How did your own children progress in their speech? My daughter is very advanced for her age (I dont know where she gets her intellegence from!!). She is two and a half and we have been told that she has the speech of a 4-5 year old which is amazing. Of course I would be just as proud even if she was behind in her speech. It seems though that where she springs ahead in her vocabulary she falls behind in physical things (when comparing her to my nephew) such as potty training and running.
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@dorannmwin (36636)
• United States
10 Jun 10
I believe that every child is completely different. My daughter was speaking in complete sentences and was able to carry on a very adult conversation by the time that she was eighteen months old. My son, on the other hand, was a little bit slower to start talking, but when he started, it seemed like over night he was able to go from saying very little to saying everything that one can possibly say. He is only three and a half years old now and is often mistaken for being much older because of the fact that he talks so much and acts so very mature.
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@kaka135 (13452)
• Malaysia
10 Jun 10
Yeah, I do agree with you. I think every child is unique and different. I can't really tell whether girls are faster learners in speech, as I only have a son who is 15 months old. He likes to talk since he was very young, but of course, he was only babbling, and I don't understand what he is talking about. But, I still always respond to him and talk to him. I've heard from my mother-in-law, she is a baby sitter, and she thinks girls learn how to speak, potty training faster than the boys.
10 Jun 10
I am also in agreement with every child being different and unique. My nephew was also slower as his speech than my daughter though overnight it seemed that he started talking properly and you couldnt stop him!!
@oldchem1 (8144)
10 Jun 10
All my children have spoken early. My eldest daughter ( she is 38 now) was a real chatterbox, we took her on a coach holiday when she was 14 months old and she entertained the coach with nursery rhymes all week. I have four daughters and 1 son, the only one of my children who was a little slow in speaking was the second daughter - but that was because her big sister spoke for her, any time anyone asked her a question her big sister answered it. However she still spoke well at 18 months. I think sometimes that today's children seem t be slower speakers and I wonder if this may be a parenting thing - when my children were young there was one or two hours during the day when there was TV for them to watch the rest of the time I spent teaching them rhymes and songs etc which must have helped with their speech. I also think that disposable nappies have made parents lazier with potty training - when we had to wash terries we certainly made sure they were out of nappies as soon as possible - 18 months at the VERY latest!!!
10 Jun 10
My mum said that same thing about me and my younger sister who is three years younger than me. She was a slower talker than me as I apparently spoke for her a lot. I can quite see history repeating itself if we have another child as my daughter is overly vocal (and very bossy!!) I think that you have a good point with the television aspect. Many people put their child down in front of the tv for hours on end and so they dont have much two way conversation though on the other hand some television is good if it is an educational thing. My daughter doesnt watch television for too long a day though what she does watch I find her putting into conversation. Again another good point with the potty training. Perhaps it had made people lazier. I started potty training my daughter when she turned two (a week after her birthday) I wonder whether I would have started sooner if I had been using terries?!
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@oldchem1 (8144)
10 Jun 10
Oh I can assure you - you would!!! The buckets filled with Nappisan and water with nappies soaking. Then hand washing them in Fairy flakes and getting them dry without a tumble dryer - I made sure they were out of nappies as sonn as possible!!!!
@indhunair (259)
• India
10 Jun 10
see, as a mother and experience of two kids, we should practice our kids,we should talk with them,play with them ,love with them,infact we should dance with them,isthis making kids to talk and active forthem,can you do it
10 Jun 10
Yes I agree - all those things help teach a child to talk. Even as a tiny baby I used to sit my daughter in her little seat and tell her everything I was doing even if it was just the washing up. People used to laugh at me reading to my newborn though perhaps this helped her speech progress well
@laratri (254)
• India
17 Jun 10
hi... Yeah, I do agree with you. Good day for you...
@jagjit273 (1740)
• India
11 Jun 10
well it depends on The genes of the parents and how the qulaity of genes adpoted by the child. and which parents has inteligent qualities
11 Jun 10
Goodness knows where our daughter got her intellegent genes from lol
@picbug (39)
• Malaysia
10 Jun 10
From my observation of my own kids, child who is fast learner will tend to get boring for an easy subject or things that they thinks not challenging enough for them. In your case is just the same like mine, my son took almost 8 months to walk properly. Maybe they use a lot of their brain to absorb speech skill rather then other things. ( Just a guess..)
11 Jun 10
You may have a point there :)
• India
15 Jun 10
I have 5 grandkids, the eldest is 16 years young and youngest 24 months, my observation is each child is unique in the matter of growth and other activities, there are heridity factors too.. they are influnced not only by the family members but also from the surrounding, neighbors etc.. Thanks for sharing. Welcome always. Cheers. Professor
@laratri (254)
• India
11 Jun 10
hi... see,as a mother and experience of one kids. I spent my time in my son. I am practice in my son. He should taking and playing with me. I spent teaching them rhymes and songs etc which must have helped with their speech.
@eurekafemme (5881)
• Philippines
10 Jun 10
I've read about that, too but I am not really sure how it happened. Anyways, I've been observing the growth and development of my kids. Indeed, the girls compared to their brothers during at certain age learned to speak intelligibly than the boys did. i don't baby talk all my kids. I am talking to them from the very first day I'm aware of their lives like the way I'd talk to an adult. Here's what I noticed, too. The more often you are conversing wuth them the faster they will learn , boys or girls. Plus, I believe that the gene is a great factor for faster speech development in kids, too.
@durgabala (1362)
• India
10 Jun 10
Yes girls learn to speak fast. My daughter starting speaking fluently by 2 years. She spoke long sentences. She was a utter chatter box and never shut her mouth. Now at 7 she doesn't speak so much...
@cicisnana (776)
• United States
10 Jun 10
I do believe that girls talk earlier, but not by much...both my daughter and granddaughter were talking very well by the time they were 2, my boys, although my oldest did talk earlier than his brothers, were all about 2 1/2 when they were talking well. Now that I have a grandson (all of 3 months old now) I am watching for this milestone to see when he will be talking well.