Monday, March 31, 2014

Open Letter to Parents

Dear Parents,

When I ask how old your child is, I don't want to perform any kind of arithmetic, however simple.  If your baby is at least one month old, state your baby's age in months, not weeks.  If your toddler has hit the year mark, start using years for his age, not months.

Here's an example:

Me: "Oh!  How old is he?"
You: "18 months."
Me: Okaaay . . . 12 months is a year, and 18 months is 6 more months than 12, so he's a year and a half. Wait. Why didn't she just say a year and a half?

See how much work I have to do?  It's annoying.




Blogger Melissa said...

If it eases your soul a bit...there is a huge difference in toddlers who are 12 months and 18 months. They are practically different people and they change rapidly every month those first two years. I think that is why a lot of parents use months. If you say 12 months then we know they are probably just walking or getting ready to walk. We know they should only be saying a few words, can't eat honey and still stick a lot of things in their mouth. If you say they are 20 months then you can expect a toddler who can walk and run. Uses two or three word sentences (or more), are safe around a lot more things but much more likely to pull all the books off your shelf. The difference between a 12 month old and a 23 month old is like the difference between a 9 year old and a 21 year old. The difference between a 2 year old and a 3 year old is like a 15 year old to a 19 year old. Plus doctors use the month system the first two years to gauge milestones and development and I think parents have just adopted it. Not that it isn't annoying and your point isn't may not ever disappear for those reasons :)

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