Do you live by your baby's milestones?Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Second City Baby
Over on my personal blog I journaled my thoughts on my baby hitting his supposed milestones. At almost six months, he's pretty much still playing with the toys he liked as a newborn. He's not rolling over yet, not sitting up and certainly not eager to move much unless he wants to take a whack at his big brother.
I don't much care for third-party validation on what my son should be doing right now. I opted-out of Babycenter's emails a long time ago. But I do get a nagging feeling on occasion when I spend time with the 5-month-old who crawls or the 18-month-old who can recite Nietzsche. (Ok, kidding on that last one.)
It's hard to choose how little or how much we should pay attention to other influences when it comes to judging our children. There are those outspoken mothers who will happily shout from their rooftops that their child just learned to tie his shoes and those who are blinded from the fact that their four-year-old speaks like a baby.
Point is, we all live differently, raise our kids differently and we do what works for us. I'll never be the mom who checks the books to see if her kid is correctly using his pincher grasp. But I am curious what you all think.
Do you live and die by your kids' hitting certain milestones? How do you manage it all?