Thursday, May 29, 2008
See? I AM a Good Mom
When I took Little Sprout in for her 18 month shots, the nurse was very upset with me that I hadn't been letting her play with crayons. Evidently I am supposed to be having her draw every day and observing the progress (or lack of it) in developing fine motor skills.
This is the same nurse who tried to tell me that there is no excuse for Little Sprout not using words yet.
I tried to explain that Little Sprout plays with Sidewalk chalk when outside and that she tries to eat everything. I mentioned that we spent most of our time taking writing materials away from her because she likes to poke them in her (and every one else's) eyes. Big Nurse Lady just continued to cluck about what a terrible parent I am.
So, I bought Little Sprout some Jumbo Crayons and have spent several hours trying to convince her that they don't taste as good as they look. She does scribble a little bit, but that soon looses all appeal to her and she moves on to writing on her face. Or the floor. Or cushions. Then she walks on them, grinding them into the carpet.
But I got her the dang crayons, and I am sure that her fine motor skills are improving. Maybe if I teach her to scrub up her mess, they will improve even more, ya think?