By: Stacie Lewis
My nephew is turning seven soon. He is old enough to understand scientific classifications of dinosaurs. He is old enough to know his way around a refrigerator (as in: he hates almost everything inside of it). He is old enough to understand that the store named “Buy Buy Baby” is a play on words.
He is also old enough to understand that in his American elementary school, unlike most primary schools in Britain, there are “special” children. Some, he told me, can’t walk. Some can’t read. Some can’t talk. He knows they are different, but he is still young enough to feel they have more in common than less. (And who is to say he is wrong?)
My daughter is the youngest in our family. She turns two in April. Right now, there is no one to compare her to. If she is slow to walk or talk or any of the other “normal” things a baby should be doing at her age, he doesn’t know any better.
Sure, he asks me sometimes when she will learn to walk or talk, but he doesn’t expect her to do it.
Soon, a new baby will be here. And, fingers crossed, that baby will be capable of all the “normal” things one would expect. I don’t mean for it to sound negative, but it is only natural that comparisons will be made.
So, when is the right time for a conversation about May? Or, does there even need to be one?
Stacie Lewis writes the blog Mama Lewis and the Amazing Adventures of the Half-Brained Baby.