London: Middle-class working parents should
spend quality time with their children as it is crucial to
the young ones` speech development, a British psychologist has
Spending quality time with children is crucial to their
speech development, and the parents who fail to do so
unknowingly prevent their kids` growth, Jean Gross, a key
government adviser, said.
According to her, middle-class parents often put their
children in second-rate daycares and don`t even find time to
read bedtime stories or eat with their children.
Children tend to do best when looked after by their
mothers or another trusted adult, she said, adding that those
placed in centres which neglect early education may suffer
delayed speech development.
"All of us are so busy. Some middle-class families don`t
sit down and eat with their children," said Gross, who is
preparing to publish research showing how difficulties in
learning to talk span all social classes.
"Adults lead increasingly busy lives and many are not
able to spend as much time talking to their children as
Speaking about an assessments of five-year-olds in the
US, Gross said that 18 per cent -? more than 100,000 ?- have
fallen behind the expected level of speech development for