Posted by rosanne on Jan 1, 2013 in Developmental Milestones, Educational, Technology

I was a “gifted” child. My mother says I could read at three and I was learning German at school by age six to stave off the boredom.

I’m pretty sure my daughter is too, although I don’t want to give her any IQ tests unless it becomes obvious that someone along the line isn’t going to help her get what she needs without it. Read more…


The roads won’t be safe

Posted by rosanne on Aug 2, 2011 in Developmental Milestones

I knew this day would come but I didn’t think it would come so soon. My daughter is sitting in the driver’s seat of my car, hands on the wheel. She has wound the window down all the way as the day is quite warm. “Come on,” she says. “We have to go.” Read more…


End of an era

Posted by admin on Mar 29, 2011 in Developmental Milestones

It’s hard to know how I feel tonight. After two years, two months and two days of breast-feeding my daughter to sleep every night, tonight her bedtime routine was missing that previously essential “Mama milk” moment. I expected tears on both our parts, even though I’ve been preparing her for weeks (it’s my decision, not hers). Instead, it was almost too easy. Read more…

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I spoke too soon, she didn’t…

Posted by rosanne on Nov 14, 2010 in Challenges, Developmental Milestones, Health

It’s funny to look back and read that last post from only four months ago… I kept waiting for that next moment when we would hear sentences and it didn’t happen and it didn’t happen. At the back of my mind, I could hear my mother saying “but you spoke in full sentences at 14 months”. Another worry was that my daughter’s words were slightly off — she said “sha” for “shoe” and “ba” for “boo”, but when she said “mama” or “uh-oh” it was clear as a bell. What was going on? Read more…



On the verge of speaking

Posted by rosanne on Jun 26, 2010 in Developmental Milestones

Language acquisition is one of those major milestones that marks a transition from babyhood to toddlerhood but it is not as clearcut as a first step. In our case, communication and understanding move in leaps and bounds. We started baby sign language at eight months and now we are seeing the benefits: a calmer, more confident child who can express her needs. At 17 months, she also now comprehends a huge range of words and uses a few words in place of signs — like her favourite, car, over and over, when she wants to go out, when she sees one in a book and even as they flash by us on the road.

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15 months: learning the world

Posted by rosanne on May 9, 2010 in Developmental Milestones, Educational

Where did three months go? Apparently, a one year old is more of a handful — who knew? More mobile (she started walking three days after her birthday, waiting until her party for maximum audience and impact), more insistent, more aware. I’ve been planning posts on language acquisition, how we’re faring with elimination communication (we recently bought a training seat for the toilet, which seems to strike some people as insane with a 15 month old), why Cry It Out is evil (and why the recent Australian study on it was flawed) and more… but I simply haven’t had the time to do the research (I recently got a promotion at work). They are coming, I promise! In the meantime, I want to share my amazement at the little things. Read more…


Version 1.0: Ready for launch

Posted by rosanne on Jan 20, 2010 in Developmental Milestones, Sustainable Parenting

I cannot believe it’s been almost a year. In one week, my little baby will turn one. Some things haven’t changed at all (like the fact I wrote that sentence and then had to pat her back to sleep for 20 minutes). Others are radically different: she’s almost walking; she has about five clear signs and vocalises vociferously; she points at what she wants; and she now throws a mean tantrum with serious intent. Read more…

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First foods: the great allergy debate

Posted by rosanne on Jul 6, 2009 in Developmental Milestones, Health

Food for infants — especially the ongoing debates around breastfeeding and delaying solids — is a fraught topic. Everybody wants to do what’s best for their baby and it isn’t easy. It’s even harder when health professionals weigh in (no pun intended) with opinions about baby’s growth or lack thereof or when Mama is struggling with mastitis or other complications. On the other hand, hardliners seem to insist on adherence to ideals that are almost impossible to achieve or sometimes feel not-quite-right for baby’s particular experience. It’s important to find out the latest when dealing with allergies — the advice from the professionals has changed. Read more…

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Class, culture and intelligence

Posted by rosanne on Jun 14, 2009 in Developmental Milestones, Educational

Following on neatly from the last post on language acquisition and screen time, I encountered Richard Nisbett talking on To the Best of Our Knowledge about his book on intelligence (listen to the podcast). Does social class impact on the development of intelligence? Can we as parents do anything about that? And does it matter any way? Read more…

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