“Slow down mummy”.
That’s what I have to keep telling myself every time I think my daughter should be doing something she hasn’t quite achieved yet.
Why is everyone in such a hurry for things to happen these days?
Oh, that’s right as parents we’re competitive, always trying to outdo each other.
Before you think I’m attacking every parent out there, I’m not.
Even I’m guilty of it.
Take yourself back to a recent group catch up.
Your munchkin is talking, crawling or walking or even kicking a ball.
Just watch and listen to the other parents as they try to encourage their children to do the same or even better.
I can picture you smiling and nodding in agreement.
And this doesn’t just apply to kids, adults do the same but usually there’s alcohol involved!
Take a look in the mirror, you’re only human after all.
But take a step back and look at the bigger picture (I can hear my husband now, “how about you take some of your own advice…”).
My darling daughter is in the early stages of walking. She takes a few steps and then resorts back to crawling.
But I find myself pulling her up onto her feet and pushing her to walk more which doesn’t always go well!
I really should just let her go and wait for it to happen.
I know she’ll take off…..I mean walk….when she’s ready.
Seriously though, our kids are only little for such a short amount of time, we should be embracing this and not trying to push them to be the next best thing since sliced bread.
I really should take my own advice sometimes…