Ever notice how every parent thinks their child is brilliant? What morons.
When pregnant, I would read books on how my child was developing in the womb. I'd wait for those first flutters, then the kicks, then the alien effect. Once my daughter was born, I'd wait for her first gas-free smile, her first rollover, her first pincher grasp. All were moments of glee and jubilation. Then Isabella began the BIG milestones. Crawling for about a week, then her first steps and on to where we are today...doing the moonwalk. As long as she doesn't grab her crotch or scream "eeeeeeHEEEEE" while moonwalking, we're cool.
I've also read that a huge number of parents want their kids in "gifted" classes because they deem their child to be the next Einstein. Not wanting to fall into this category, I try to keep everything in perspective and realize every child develops differently.
My adorable Isabella is truly remarkable in everything she does! She may be tiny but she is more social than I ever dreamed of being. She speaks so many words, even perfect strangers know what she's saying. She goes into her own little world of pretend as if she's a grown mommy caring for her brood. She says "Thank You", "Bless You" and "Please" when appropriate. She can hum the ABC song (at least to G). She can count by pointing 1-2-3.
Is there anything she doesn't DO? Could my child truly be the next Einstein????
Well, let's see...
Like most 17 month olds, she still poops in her diapers and can't change them herself. She still pees when she's running around nekkid and the cool air hits. She throws tantrums in stores because she wants to run down the aisles. She can't eat spaghetti without wearing 3/4 of it. She can't pour her own milk. She still takes a pacifier.
Maybe it isn't that each of our children are brilliant, they are just an amazement to us because we love and cherish them in everything they do.
Does kindergarten take 2 year olds?