Subject: attention span
Question: Dear M Kay Keller, I am a 32 year old mother of two. My son, aged 9 months, is a very active and responsive child. He was born at 35 weeks. He caught up on weight and height very quickly and has been ahead of time in all his milestones.
I am concerned about one thing though- my daughter ( aged 3 years, 4 months), showed keen interest in books and activities from the time she was a very young baby ( 5 months). I used to read to her and she would be attentive. Her interest in books continues to this day. My son on the other hand is interested only in eating books! If I try to read to him, he'll grab the book and fling it. As a result, I have not been able to properly initiate him into books.
I know it is too early to feel disappointed or worried. I just feel guilty that I have been able to do so much more for my daughter but am not able to for my son, since he is so restless. His pediatrician says that he is perfectly fine and does not have attention deficit disorder; that he's just being the typical little boy. How can I help develop my son develop an interest in reading as he grows up?
I have quit my job ever since I had my daughter and have been devoting my time to being a hands on stay-at-home mom. I want the best head start for both of them. Please advise...
Answer: Dear Orma, Just because you son is not showing an interest right now at the age of 9 months in books does not mean he won't show an interest later on. His muscles are growing at a fast rate and he sounds like he likes physical activity. Maybe put the books away or only try and read a little bit at bedtime. Remember each child is different. Enjoy their differences and for now just enjoy playing with him as much as you can!
M Kay Keller