As a mother to a little boy, I have some concerns. Mainly, I want to try and balance his physicality with a bit of mental exercise. He is a flat-out physical being, and we pretty much need to run him, as you would a dog, to get him tired enough to sleep. This includes biking, swimming, multiple playground visits a day and climbing steps (we have scoped out all of the best steps around Providence- who knew there were so many!). I know it sounds odd, but I am sure that any of you who have busy little boys are nodding in agreement.
The thing is, he is physically advanced for his age…at 10 months, he is just about walking, but more than that, it is his coordination and speed. But he has absolutely no interest in reading, or learning in any form. I try to teach him words, and letters through songs, through playing with alphabet blocks, and various other toys. But he simply has no use for any of it. Forget trying to read a book to him, he lunges for the book, grabs it out of my hands and bites through the pages. I have other friends with baby girls, and they sit together, for hours at a time, and actually read books. Are you kidding me?
One of my friends has a similarly active little boy, and someone said to her that because he is advanced physically, he will have a harder time with the mental stuff. I panicked…this is exactly my fear for little Vijay.
So moms… do you have any advice, stories to share, words of wisdom? I feel like a lunatic bringing this up to my pediatrician, so I will turn here instead. God forbid I Google this problem, it always seems to point me to some panic-inducing answer!