Parents too busy to help children learn to talk, expert suggests

This Guardian article includes the following from an education psychologist:

while a proportion of children had always had speech problems there was anecdotal evidence of an increase in difficulties caused by social factors such as the amount of time they spent “exposed to screens of all kinds” and lack of time with their parents for face-to-face conversation.

“It’s money – mortgages,” she said. “People would feel able to share childcare or spend more time at home with their children if they didn’t have to pay such astronomically high mortgages.

The psychologist cites high house prices forcing parents to work. She could also have mentioned the additional pressure of support for non-parental childcare. If such funds were transferred to increased child benefit then parents would be able to see more of their children.

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