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26/03/2013 at 14:36
A was born in August 2010. I keep comparing her to F who at that age I was having full blown conversations with and her understanding was amazing for her age. A is much better physically than F was, A potty trained herself before she was 2, can dress/undress herself with minimal help and is good at jumping, can walk for ages etc but her speech is nowhere near as good as F's was, she has a lot of words but her speech is quite unclear. So I'm not sure what is normal because I keep comparing her to F who was advanced in speech, numbers, puzzles etc. So what are your 2 & half year olds doing? A knows all her colours, she can count to 19 and can careful count to about 8. However she doesn't recognise any numbers that are written down which I'm sure F was doing at this age. A is good at holding a pen and can draw people and the sun. Please share where your toddlers are at to put my mind at rest!
26/03/2013 at 14:59
Sorry this is a rambly post!
26/03/2013 at 15:43
I have no children but I teach 4 year olds... I'd say she's doing pretty well!
26/03/2013 at 15:59
Sounds like she's doing well. My daughter was born June 2010 and her speech is great ie we can have conversations, she can tell me colours, shapes, numbers, letters etc. Buuuut we're still having trouble with potty training, she's not long learned to jump, has no interest in dressing herself and her drawing is very basic ie squiggles.
Swings and roundabouts isn't it? I'm worried about the things that I've listed that M cannot do or refuses to do.
26/03/2013 at 16:17
Thanks Malteser. I do worry that A doesn't recognise any numbers or letters yet. She can tell me basic shapes. Your daughter sounds like my eldest (F) with the great speech and intelligence, her downfall was also potty training (she was 3 years 3 months before she'd even try!!), she couldn't dress/undress herself for a long time (she would still let me dress her now at age 5!!) and her drawing isn't her strong point either. Just goes to show how different they all are!
26/03/2013 at 16:34
It sounds as though they all have their own strengths and weaknesses. E sounds more like your eldest. Her speech and language was very good early on and she knew numbers and colours before she was even walking. But the other stuff has taken a while, she's been toilet training spoor about the last month despite several attempts because of her being consultant led for her kidney. She turned 3 at the weekend. She now dresses herself and stuff like that but I felt her skills were more intellectual than physical. J in comparison has grasped it all much quicker because he's desperate to be like his sister (guess this is the positive of the small gap!). E doesn't really draw much yet though, mostly squiggles and faces.
26/03/2013 at 16:37
My 2 and a half year old is driving me crazy today ;-)
26/03/2013 at 16:42
Not a lot of what A is doing tbh.
His speech is slow going, he can put shoes on but not dress himself, though he does try to undress himself to varied success. He's a whizz at puzzles but can't count as just doesn't have the speech. We're not even considering potty training yet.
I don't really compare though as every child is different and I have no concerns.
26/03/2013 at 16:58
My daughter was born in August 2010 as well. She can talk and have a full conversation with anyone. But she isn't potty trained, we have tried but she is nowhere near ready for it. She can dress herself fully and enjoyed doing it a couple of months ago but now the novelty has worn off and she can't be bothered anymore!
She can count up to 10 in english and welsh but has only in the last few weeks got any colours right and still gets them wrong nearly as often as right. She can count a number of items e.g. if I hold 3 coins in my hand, but she can't recognise any figures written down.
Her main problem is her two brothers - she wants to do everything they can (apart from the potty training, she has no interest in that!!!) so for example she sits drawing when they do and gets her coat and shoes on when they do etc.
As she is my third, I haven't really had any need (or time!) to 'push' her to do any of these things. Whereas I can remember with my first feeling very upset when his friend the same age could draw a balloon and my son couldn't even hold a pencill!
26/03/2013 at 18:14
Ella's speech is good but there are still times I have to tell her to slow down and repeat things. She's not potty trained but we plan to crack it over Easter. She can dress herself but I prefer to do it- much quicker, and can put her own shoes on although none of them have laces or buckles. Counts up to 30 and then gets mixed up. Knows colours, shapes and her alphabet. Recognises most numbers and letters. Can draw circles, squares and faces but mostly does squiggles too. She's very good at puzzles (real puzzles rather than the shape ones) She's crap on a bike- insists on being pushed and pretty rubbish on her scooter too- always falling off
It's normal to make comparisons, I do it now with Michael and Ella. Some of Ella's friends are better at things than Ella and some are not as good. They develop in their own pace and as long as you're encouraging things, I doubt you've any need to be concerned.
26/03/2013 at 20:06
Thank you everyone, all your replies have been very useful and reassuring. I feel bad for comparing, I think it's because I worry that I don't spend enough time with A doing numbers/letters etc like I did with F because I had so much more time with her to do it. I think I just need to relax about it, maybe she wouldn't be any better at it even if I sat her down every day practising. A is also a much more placid well behaved child than F, I am certainly grateful for that!! It really is amazing how different they all are at this age. Thanks.
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