Attention Deficit Dis-HEY! Let’s go play!Posted: April 16, 2013
(I kid. I kid. I know that ADD is real and serious for many people… Truly.)
When I was going through teaching / child development classes a few *cough-ten-cough* years ago, the big debate was on childhood attention spans. Were they getting shorter, was technology to blame, OHMYGOD was Sesame Street to blame, etc…
I’ve been thinking about that a lot recently for one simple reason. At 8.5 months pregnant, I just don’t move very fast. (Unless he decides to take off sprinting towards the road. Then I can still give Usain Bolt a run for his money. True story. I would TOTALLY be an Olympic-class sprinter in the “endangered toddler” category.)
So here recently if the Little Scientist wants to camp out on an activity for an unholy length of time, I’m all in. And I’ve noticed that my internal “let’s do something else” alarm goes off WAAAY before he’s usually ready to do something else. Which makes me wonder how often I rush him through things before he’s ready to be done… So yesterday we went to the park with the drainage ditch… err… creek and tossed rocks in the creek for almost an hour. And again today.
I don’t pretend I can stop the clock all the time (FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THINGS CHOCOLATE FIND YOUR SHOES CHILD!!!!), but maybe I need these last 6 weeks before baby girl to retrain myself. I’ll be thinking about that over here on the comfy chair with my ice cream if you wanna discuss 🙂
The ladies at iPPP are doing all sorts of things NOT in comfy chairs – go check ’em out!