I was once told that my standards are too high. This came from a good friend of mine, but I was also his boss. My answer to him at the time, was why weren’t his standards as high. Surely everyone should strive to excel and be the best you can be at whatever you are doing.
Years have passed since he told me that and over the years I have come to realise he may have a point. Especially when it comes to being a parent.
Many parents won’t admit to it, but it’s true, parenting is a competition and kids are simply the players. Some compete seriously, others just let the game pass them by. We fall into the last category. Although we have expectations of our kids, we won’t be looking to trade any players based on their performance!
We have lots of friends who have kids, all around the same age (within a year or so) and you can’t help but notice the differences. One kid will be walking by the time they are 12 months, others will be walking by 10 months. Some are already quoting Shakespeare, while others by the same age are still grunting and pointing to get their point across.
We are pretty happy with BB’s development. He seems to understand most of what we are saying and then promptly ignores it! Lol! But it is getting more and more frustrating that he is choosing to point and moan rather than use words.
We have tried encouraging him to tell us what he wants, but it doesn’t seem to be working. We’re also not going to give up, as we know this could lead him to think he doesn’t need to talk as pointing will get his message across.
Hopefully he will start using words and we can have a conversation with him, no doubt we will want him to be quiet in no time.
Have you had experiences of ‘point and moan’?
How early did your kids develop the art of speech?
What can we do to encourage him further to use words?
I’m not worried yet, my cousin didn’t mutter a word until he was 3 years old and now he’s a very smart young man, so there’s plenty of time yet.
As always, thanks for reading.