Me and That One-Year-Old


In my book You Can Totally Screw Up As A Mom And Still Raise Great Kids I say this:

I had a conversation one day with the mother of a one-year-old who was saying that her daughter's language development had seemed to stall – but that she was running all over the place. That happens – pieces of the development puzzle often compete with each other. Some adults, the saying goes, can't "think and chew gum at the same time." Well – in adults we see it as funny – in kids – it's part of the pattern of language and physical development.

The body needs a lot of energy for language and for running – or in broader terms for cognitive development and physical development. At this point in your child’s life, it may be that the amount of energy required for one of these activities is so great, that one is all your child can do at a time. 

After the walking/running is under control – language will zoom ahead. It hadn't stopped developing – it was still undergoing the process but we weren't seeing it – or hearing it. 

Well – I seem to be like the child. I finished the book and fiddled with it: working on the cover and formatting to get it up for sale on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Then my fingers and brain seemed to be controlled by another ebook just waiting to be written and that one is It's Not Always Baby Fat! which is about our childhood obesity epidemic.

It seems my brain, fingers and time can only go toward "so much" writing and then no more – and so my blog posting has stopped! Just like the one-year-old's language development had stopped when she started running.

I can switch from writing one book to another – but until today [a lull in the brain?] I could not switch from book to blog…

It's good lesson to learn! What we think of as childhood development is not always only in childhood – sometimes the same processes are at work in adults!

Do you have this happen? Please share your thoughts.

About the author 

Lynn Dorman, Ph.D.

  • Absolutely! My various interests generally require a high level of concentration and energy. If I have spent most of the day on calligraphic/scribal pursuits, it is very difficult to switch over to learning/writing pursuits. Sometimes a nap or a bike ride in between eases the transition, though. Excellent point!

    • Thank you for your comment – I’m even bad about replying to comments :-).  I can do things like ride my bike and even read! But even with breaks – I seem to have a mental limit as to how much brain power is available for writing the words.

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