I don’t know how she does it!

Have you managed to see the recent film “I don’t know how she does it”? There’s certainly been lots of talk about it in the media recently.  The challenges that Kate is facing in the film are familiar to lots of us; juggling all aspects of life, including work, can be very challenging.  Parenting can be so difficult at times, and there’s no manual or rule book for us to follow!  When we encounter problems, people are often there to offer their ‘wise’ words, for example about why your child might not be talking. As an I CAN Speech and Language Therapist, parents have told me that their well-meaning friends and family say, ”do you think if you’d stayed at home more and not gone to work your child would be talking” or ”do you think if you’d gone to work, and let him mix more with other children he would be talking now?”

If you are worried there is a problem, some people try to reassure you with comments like ”I’m sure he’ll be fine, my child didn’t talk until he was 4” and ”you ought to get him some help, he should be talking by now”. All said with the best of intentions of course but sometimes as a parent this can just cause more anxiety!

The fact is, often we don’t know why things are happening, or what to expect from our children and their talking development. There is, however, a quick and easy way to find out.  The I CAN Help Enquiry Service gives you the chance to chat to a speech and language therapist about the development of children’s speech, language and communication skills, including information about what to expect at different ages. You can book a free and confidential call-back at a time to suit you by getting in touch on 0207 843 2544.  We don’t want you to spend your time worrying about what your child (and you!) should or shouldn’t be doing, so contact the Enquiry Service for information, ideas and resources to help you get the best from your child’s communication skills.