With the new school year approaching, we are trying to ensure that Princess has a grasp on her ABC’s. However, my Princess is stubborn. Very stubborn. From before she was born, she was trying to prove a point that she was going to do it on her own sweet time.
I went into early labour at 7 months. The doctors were able to stop my labour, and Miss Princess was not happy they had hindered her arrival. So as payback she was overdue and I had to be induced which then led to emergency c-section. Then when it came to crawling, she took her dear sweet time. She was 9 months before she crawled and that was not due to lack of trying on my part. I gave her tummy time from the time she was 3 months and even the doctor said she had the strength, she was just being lazy. She was a tumble weed in our home, rolling everywhere she needed to go. Why would she need to crawl when she could easily manuever her way around by rolling around. But then one day, she decided she was going to crawl and that was it. The same can be said for walking. The doctors swore she’d be crawling by 11 months as she could stand and her legs were strong. But it was 14 months when she took her first steps and within days, she was running. She wasn’t wobbly on her feet either, she was running as fast as she could and I had to be quick to react. And then there was potty training. I was convinced she was going to university in diapers but once she got into her head that she was going to do it, she did it. We only had 2 accidents. She’s always been one of those children that take forever to get something, but once they do, its instant. It’s frustrating to no end and learning our ABC’s seems to be taking the same route.
“Mommy I can’t do this,” she whines slamming the marker down.
“Princess, yes you can. You are so smart. I know it’s hard, but with practice, you’ll get it,” I reassure her.
“This is hard.” She frowns and sticks out her bottom lip.
I tried giving the books a break to see if over time there would be a renewed interest, but we went through the same motions tonight. I learned very young that it was folly to attack the same situation from the same angle. So I decided that I would try a different route. An ABC scavenger Hunt. I cut out large colourful letters, just starting with A, B, & C to start as not to overwhelm her and I posted those said letters around our home near objects that those items start with and made a game out of it. I’m hoping that maybe to see the letters next to the items will aid in her learning while making it fun at the same time. Finger’s crossed that the Princess’ short attention span will find this much more fun than the work books.