Walking or Talking? Which Do You Think is Easier For a Child to Do?

@artistry (4153)
United States
December 22, 2009 2:45am CST
Which do you think is easier for a child to do? Walking by him or herself or learning how to talk?
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@sagnik42 (3595)
• India
22 Dec 09
A child cannot say that, and neither can its parents. It is a strange thing really. No body can really tell this accurately about any child. Personally speaking, I started walking first. I talked very early as well. So, I think walking was easier for me.
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@artistry (4153)
• United States
22 Dec 09
...Hi sagnik42, I appreciate your taking the time to comment. Since walking is sort of a mechanical thing, once the muscles are strong enough, a child may just take off and walk. It is naturally different from child to child. Talking on the other hand requires some thinking and decision making within the brain to say someting sensible and understandable, which some children do before they even see a classroom. Walking is so much easier between the two, only a personal opinion. Thanks so much.
@sagnik42 (3595)
• India
23 Dec 09
Well, I did both of them before I was a year old. I mean, I did not say long sentences but knew the basic words like 'Ma'(mother),'Baba'(father),and a few more.
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@artistry (4153)
• United States
23 Dec 09
...Hi sagnik, I think that probably puts you in the smarter than most children category, which you probably went on to prove later in life. Doing both, walking and talking in a year is some kind of a record for a child, I would certainly think. I have no idea how long it took me to do those things, I can't remember anyone ever telling me either. Take good care.
@cream97 (29164)
• United States
4 Mar 10
Hi, artistry. From my experience with my own kids, it would have to be, talking. My kids can repeat words more quicker than they can with walking... It just all depends on what a child can do.
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@artistry (4153)
• United States
4 Mar 10
...Hi cream, You have to speak from experience with this, if you have children. I doubt if any of us remember what we did first or if our parents told any of us. So, it is by observing what your children do. Those would be the facts. My thought would be that it would seem that walking would be so much simpler than talking, if your legs and muscles hold you up and you try, you get off your keees andyou waddle away. Talking on the other hand, you can naturally try to repeat words you hear, but putting phrases together to make sense just seems harder to do than walking?? But like yousay different children, different results. Thanks for your reply, take it easy.
• United States
22 Dec 09
Hmm, I think it depends on the child. It might vary from child to child in their abilities to learn either walking or talking because each child is different, however if I were to say which one would probably be easier for children to learn in general, I might say walking. I would say walking because it's a physical task that doesn't require much thinking, compared to talking.
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@artistry (4153)
• United States
22 Dec 09
...Hi ishme4nowz, I think that you are correct in my opinion on both counts. It varies from child to child just like when we are in school, some children learn faster than others. Also, on the issue of which is easier, walking is a mechanicl thing, your muscles are strong enough, you stop crawling, the chairs are there, you grab hold, pull yourself up and you are off and running in a little while. Talking requires putting things together that makes sense so that people understand you, you must, as you say think, what do I want to say, and then have it come out without even knowing what English is, let alone how to put a phrase together, before you even get to school. It's an amazing process. Thank you for taking the time to comment.
• United States
22 Dec 09
I think talking is a lot more easier than learning how to walk. With talking children just learn to mimic sounds but with walking you have to have the proper amount of muscles and also you have to learn how to coordinate yourself. That is why doctors tell parents to start trying to help their children walk therefore they think about trying it out - otherwise I think most of us will be prone to just wanting to crawl everywhere. Plus I've seen my niece grow up. She'll be a year in a few months and she can say quite a few words already but she can't walk yet, the best she can do at this point is only hold herself fully up while grabbing onto something.
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@artistry (4153)
• United States
22 Dec 09
...Hi there anotherxidentity, thank you for your very interesting comment. I think that I want to agree with you but I want to disagree as well. I think there are triggers that come into play in both processes, but I think the walking triggers are set up in each childs body to go off at specific stages. When they go off the child stands up and walks, instinctively. With talking though we learn as little ones to mimic and make sounds like our parents or older siblings, we have to have some ability to know that these words make sense and these people will understand us , "I want that." That is an entire thought, put together without knowing what a verb,noun or any other part of speech, would be as a preschool youngster. They are telling someone something and identifying it as well, to make themselves understood. A child may start to talk before walking but I think the process by which they get there may be harder in learning to talk than it would be to walk. Just a thought. Don't know what the child specialist would say, but it would be interesting. Thanks again. Take care.
@codris (783)
• Italy
22 Dec 09
i think that is easyer to walk, because walk is a mechanics process, and don't need some intelligent or to use brain to elaborate information from the environment. But i don't know how is in the reality, i'm too much young to have children and i've never thinked about this metter. Maybe one day, when i'll have a child i'll think about this and i'll watch what's easyer to do.
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@artistry (4153)
• United States
22 Dec 09
...Hi codris, You are right in my opinion, walking is a mechanical process and your mucles or something that has to do with walking, triggers something in the brain and we get up off the floor, stand up and start walking. I do think as you that talking is bit more complicated, I may be wrong, but you have to put things together to make sentences which make sense. As young children, we don't know what verbs, nouns or adjectives are. but somehow, before we go to school we start to talk and make some kind of sense. That's amazing to me. Thank you for your insightful comment, you may be young but you are very aware. Take care.
@thea09 (18316)
• Greece
22 Dec 09
Hi artistry, well I can only speak from my own experience here. I'm told I could talk from very early on which was handy as I could sit there and ask for things to be brought to me, cunning. My own son was exactly the same, he was putting full sentences together as soon as he was talking properly at nine months but only bothered standing up and didn't walk for another six months.
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@artistry (4153)
• United States
22 Dec 09
...Hi thea, You should write short stories, you are funny. Well that shows how smart as a youngster you and your son were and are. That's cute "bring it to me me, I'll walk when I want". :o) I think it more important to talk early on, as we eventually get up on those two feet and make our way from place to place. But the learning and the talking go hand in hand, I don't think parents would worry too much about a child not walking as one who didn't start to talk. Thanks for the first hand experience. Take care.