No, not I.
But I was surfing the ‘net the other day and stumbled across some parenting information that caught my eye. (Because really, aren’t we all trying to make sure we’re doing the best that we can? Yeah.)
So the thing I found was a sampling of baby “schedules” for 6-9 month-old children. Our of curiosity, I read these “schedules” and felt my eyebrows disappearing into my hairline.
9:30AM - 10:30AM - Little Johnny plays with his toys
10:30AM - 12:00 Noon - Little Johnny naps
12:00 Noon - Little Johnny has 2oz. meat, 2oz. veggies, 2oz. fruit
And so on, and so on.
All I could think was, What?!? What is this, Stepford children? Don’t these women run errands? Take babies and other children to various medical appointments? Have family members/relatives call and ask for help or various favours? And the kid eats the exact same amount of food every single day? What if Little Johnny doesn’t consistently nap for one-and-a-half hours every morning?
Really. Who *does* this? Do these (mainly) women have nothing to do outside of the home? We have things to do, people. As much as sometimes I don’t like to do it, we occasionally end up leaving the house 3-4 days out of the week, for assorted reasons. Sometimes Ms. Junior Peanut naps in the morning, sometimes she doesn’t. Sometimes lunch is at noon, sometimes it’s at 1:00. If I tried to stick to a schedule like the ones I read, I think I would go insane.
I think the bottom line is, Ms. J.P. is fed and watered on a reasonably regular basis, and 95% of the time has morning and afternoon naps. Plus playtime and social interaction with myself and other important people. I think that’s all that matters, isn’t it?
So now that I’ve said my piece, I’ll slip my curmudgeon hat back on the hook for another time.