... because he cannot yet stack those stupid rings or sort plastic shapes through holes.
I am a horrible mother!
So, some context for the melodrama. I get weekly updates from a baby app for DS for his milestones and stuff. Nothing particularly surprising. There are polls and points and discussion and it's a nice little distraction for my morning.
Anyway, I usually click on the age group discussions and, quite frankly, I'm starting to feel a little inferior! I understand that people tend to put their best foot forward in this sort of forum, and perhaps might even (oh noes!) exaggerate their child's abilities, but I'm reading about 16 month olds who are speaking in two word sentences, whizzing through their shape sorters and memorising the alphabet!
DS has about a handful of actual discernible words - he talks plenty, but not much of it makes much sense to anyone over the age of 2. He understands a fair bit in two languages. He likes to stack cups but hasn't got the hang of sorting shapes, and he prefers to use the ring stacker as a drum stick. As for memorising the alphabet - yeah, right! Kid can't even sit still long enough for a chorus of Twinkle, Twinkle!
I know that every child develops at their own pace and, for every shape he hasn't sorted, he's climbed a tree instead (almost literally, but I managed to put a stop to it before he got too far up). He's hit some milestones, is working on others, but sometimes I just wonder if I'm not teaching him enough or giving him enough opportunities to learn on his own.
Or maybe I just need to stop reading about other people's children ...?