“Did you just say that Karenna* still has a bottle when she goes to bed?!” my friend asked.
“Um, yes,” I confessed, unsure if she might decide against a friendship with so heinous a mother.
“Oh, GOOD! My daughter still does too and now I don’t feel so bad!” she laughed.
When it comes to motherhood, there is far too much pressure to have your children pressed into a perfect little mold that has them successfully potty-trained, with no bottle/soother/thumb-sucking habits, and mastering their second language all by the time they’re two years old.
I think we need to let kids just be kids for a while, and if that means they like their soother when they nap, or they crap their nappy until they’re three…that’s OK! Every kid is so different and I don’t think we need to push them to be more developmentally advanced than they naturally are.
Granted, I am a fairly laid back mom when it comes to things like this and would rather focus my efforts on training them to be polite and kind and respectful. If the diapers and bottles linger a little longer, I’m cool with that.
What about you? Did you prefer to get rid of all the “baby” things with your kids as quickly as you could or are you tucking in a closeted bottle-sipping two year-old at night, hoping your friends don’t ask about it?
*She’s two and a half. Judge not, lest ye be judged. 🙂