Friday, January 15, 2010

Education Vs Real Life

I graduated from Texas Tech... Wreck Em!!.... with Human Development and Family studies and also Early Childhood education. Yes all of this to be a stay at home mom. Well, atleast for now. 

The other day I was going through some of my school papers after watching a CNN report on speech and how it is directly related to brain development. After looking trhough my old school papers it was confirmed that this indeed was true. It says that by 12-15 months a child should know 3 or more single words. I was like score! Madison can say mamamama and dadadadadada and bababababa! As I read further these do not count as words this is called babbling in which a child should do from 9-11 months. So Madison has just a few months to learn 3 words! How do I teach her this?! 

It seems like in the world of school the answers are true or false, A,b,or c. But, in real life with your child it doesn't seem this way at all. I don't feel like Madison's brain development is lacking... in fact I think she is very smart! 

Is this why going to school is so important? So the parents (who have the knowledge to teach) aren't easier on their own children? 

What are your thoughts on this?! 

1 comment:

  1. OMG. I LOVVVE this post! I wanted to give you an "AMEN" cuz I totally feel you! I do think that going to school, and majoring in anything from education to nursing to psychology and anywhere in between can make it a little more "annoying" as a parent because we are always questioning, comparing, concerned, etc with out children if they aren't just "text book". BUT, I always have to remind myself that just because some author says so, doesn't make it so for EVERY person. Aaron never talked until age 3. THREE! And when he did, he said "May I have a cookie please?" And he is super smart. But that is some seriously delayed speech in every "development" book.
    So, bottom line is, take all that with a grain of salt. You know your baby better than anybody else. And when she's out! You will miss the mute days all too much. Ha!!