This morning I had the pleasure of having some alone time with my son, David, and was overjoyed by the number of two and three word phrases he’s using. Hearing him talk this morning was thrilling, but it didn’t take me long to miss his baby talk and wish that it would last just a little bit longer.
Watching my kids’ speech develop is the most exciting thing I have ever witnessed as a parent, maybe even more exciting than seeing them walk, but I wished that I had allowed myself to enjoy the stage before this one a little bit more and worried about it a little bit less. I wished that I hadn’t focused as much on the milestones.
There is no doubt that we need to be concerned about our children’s speech development. Speech is needed for communication and is indicative of proper brain function. So we need to be alert as to the issues.
That said, I wonder if we have become too neurotic about our children’s development? Has the rising rate of autism caused us to worry endlessly about our children and whether they are developing “normally”? This issue is complicated because there lots of kids out there who are not getting help soon enough, but are we spending too much time measuring our kids against a yardstick? And if so, is that keeping us from enjoying them the way that we should?