What are the 10 cruelest things a parent can say to a late talking child?

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  1. gmwilliams profile image82
    gmwilliamsposted 5 years ago

    What are the 10 cruelest things a parent can say to a late talking child?

    Yes, there are parents out there who strongly believe that children should start talking anywhere from 5 months to a year at most. Some even go further they strongly contend that the earlier a child can talk, the more intelligent he/she is. It is their contention that their children are amiss if they are not talking by 1 years of age. They believe that late talking children reflect poorly on THEM and that their child is.......well, inferior.


  2. victoria1800 profile image79
    victoria1800posted 5 years ago

    All children develop differently. I have three boys, my oldest spoke at 8 months old while my younger two were late talkers. I believe the younger two didn't speak as early because their older Brother did all the speaking for them.
    I think the worse thing parents could say to a child who is a late talker is to call them stupid or get angry at them. Children will talk when they are ready too.

    1. gmwilliams profile image82
      gmwilliamsposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      What you have said is SO true. I knew a child who talked at 1 then stopped talking because her parents talked for her.She resumed talking at 2.5 years. Her father considered her to be stupid, saying thus because she was a late talker.

  3. DDE profile image26
    DDEposted 5 years ago

    A child in this case can be called a stupid,
    Good for nothing,
    There is no hope for you
    You don't know anything
    A born mistake
    I don't love you anymore
    You are not as good as the other child

    1. DDE profile image26
      DDEposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Most parents who feel this way about their children are  less educated or don't feel for their children even when they are not the same as others. They tend to compare their children with others and don't love equally

    2. gmwilliams profile image82
      gmwilliamsposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Of course such parents are less or the least educated. They do not have the cognizance to realize that EACH child is different. That is why highly educated parents make the BEST parents.

  4. tsadjatko profile image60
    tsadjatkoposted 5 years ago


    Einstein's speech was delayed until age five! As a child, Einstein seldom spoke. When he did, he spoke very slowly - indeed, he tried out entire sentences in his head (or muttered them under his breath) until he got them right before he spoke aloud. According to accounts, Einstein did this until he was nine years old. Einstein's parents were fearful that he was retarded - of course, their fear was completely unfounded! One interesting anecdote, told by Otto Neugebauer, a historian of science, goes like this:
        As he was a late talker, his parents were worried. At last, at the supper table one night, he broke his silence to say, "The soup is too hot."
        Greatly relieved, his parents asked why he had never said a word before.
        Albert replied, "Because up to now everything was in order."
    In his book, Thomas Sowell noted that besides Einstein, many brilliant people developed speech relatively late in childhood. He called this condition The Einstein Syndrome.
    One of my daughter's never said a word until age three. When she finally did speak she spoke in complete sentences, never the usual baby talk - today she is a very successful adult.

    1. gmwilliams profile image82
      gmwilliamsposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thank dear Tsaj, great answer and the book, THE EINSTEIN SYNDROME, should be required reading for every parent, particularly parents of late speaking children.  Thank you for stopping by and responding!

  5. peachpurple profile image82
    peachpurpleposted 4 years ago

    when my son did not start to talk until age 3.5 years old, family members, aunties, uncles, cousins, grandparents said that my son has autism, problematic child, should see doctor.

    We as parents were saddened by their words. We never gave up though. We still speak to our child even though he does not answer us. He began to talk when we mimic his talking manners. He talked.


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