Celebrating the Milestones…

…because things do get better.

There was a time when the idea of G2 sitting down quietly to read a book in a library seemed preposterous. I still remember the death stares from the people in the “quiet section” that happened to be near a ramp my two-year-old son was tearing up and down in fits of giggles. I could feel the antipathy boring into my back with the intensity of a laser beam as I hauled my kicking and screaming toddler out of the library, red-faced. It was evident fairly early on that G2 was going to be nothing like G1, who could gently turn the pages and spend hours browsing at a bookstore. G2 in a bookstore is every parent’s nightmare – he would serially remove all the books from the shelves then disappear around the corner.

So if you have a child like G2, and you are despairing at never ever having a moment of peace, here’s the light at the end of the tunnel…

Reading@the library...

Yes, that is G2 in a library, sitting down quietly as he reads one of his favourite books – Scaredy Squirrel.

I won’t pretend that he has learned to become the same calm and rational boy that his brother is – nor do I expect that he will ever be that – but he is a little better. So have faith, they do grow out of it – sort of. Baby steps…


Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of Figur8.net (a website on parenting, education, child development) and RightBrainChild.com (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

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