Monday, May 03, 2010

Slow News Day

Day 26

Day 116

Not a whole lot to report on the day. We didn't go anywhere. They're doing some work on our building this week, so they've blocked off a ton of parking spaces for equipment and such. Parking, consequently, is going to be kind of a pain this week.

Kind of interesting article from Slate today, about developmental milestones and how in many cases there are cultural differences as far as what kids "are able" to do when. (It includes a link to a photo of an 11 month-old baby using a machete to cut fruit. Yowzers.) The overall conclusion presented by the author, however, is that there is ultimately no such thing as "normal" and that a wide degree of variation is in fact what should be expected. Anyway. Not earth shaking or anything, but an interesting read.


Alice said...

I read the article in Slate too, but I thought it undervalued the used of developmental milestones. As one of the commentors noted the audience seemed to be parents of kis without developmental problems but variation in timing. All well and good, but whole point (in my opinion) is that the outcome for many developmental disorders is significantly better with early intervention and a frame of reference is necessary to identify potential areas of concern. This was certainly the case for my family. Just my thoughts :)

susan said...

A very good point. And I certainly don't see doctors doing away with milestones as tools for early identification of developmental delays. I agree completely that having some sort of roadmap is useful. I was more interested in the different cultural expectations. A friend of mine was in Germany for the first 20 or so months of her son's life, and she said she got all sorts of horrified looks from people there when she took her son around in a stroller (sitting up) before he was a year old. Apparently the prevailing belief over there - per what she was told - is that kids should be on their backs (pram-style) for the first 12 months, and to let them sit up puts them at risk for major physical problems. Go figure!