Monday, October 09, 2006

Day 231 - Correctable

Today's first time parenting tip - If your baby is behind in an area, don't push too hard

Babies develop faster in some areas than others. It's a fact of life. But it seems that a lot of parents think they're baby is a failure if they're not in the 99th percentile. They're just normal.

My son is bounds and leaps ahead of everyone in terms of physical feats like crawling, eating solid food, weight, height, etc. But he seems a little behind or normal on the interacting and speech parts of development.

Some parents might go into full panic mode the second they're baby misses a milestone, but I say, take it easy. The best thing you can do is work with them on it. Read with your son every night. Spend extra time talking and playing together. But by no means become obsessed. The extra pressure won't help. What will help is guiding him to success and letting him develop organically.

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