Monday, June 20, 2011

I'm 6!!!

It's technically my 30-something birthday today, but since I've only had birthdays since leaving the JW's, I'm only 6 this year. Yup, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

So, let's see how I measure up in my development this year. These are the developmental milestones for a six-year-old, with my comments in red. 


Motor Development

May still be somewhat uncoordinated and gawky. Somewhat? I don't think coordinated will ever be a word applied to the penguin. 

Able to learn to ride a bicycle. Got that one beat. 

Can move in time with music or a beat. You should see my kick-ass Bollywood dance moves!

Language and Thinking Development

Moving toward abstract thinking. Slow but sure.

Develops reasoning skills. Finally.

Shifts from learning through observation and experience to learning via language and logic. This one made me LOL. It's actually something I've been working very hard at this year. I really am 6 years old. 

Wants it all; has difficulty making choices. So many men, so little time. 

Social and Emotional Development

Grows more independent, yet feels less secure. Wow, that hits a little too close to home. But good to see I'm right on track.

Craves affection from parents and teachers. Not parents and teachers, more like mentors and friends.

Friendships are unstable; can be unkind to peers. I try to play nice in the sandbox, but it's not always easy. Sometimes, people suck.

Needs to win and may change rules to suit herself. Rules? There are rules? 

May be hurt by criticism, blame, or punishment. Isn't everyone?

Can be rigid, demanding, and unable to adapt. Adapt!!!

Increasingly aware that others have may have different feelings. Other people have feelings? Is that that whole 'theory of mind' thang I've been reading about?

Nice to see that I'm on track. The advice for dealing with a 6-year-old? "Be patient with her selfishness; it will pass." We can only hope. :)

tall penguin

8 comments:

Account Closed said...

Happy birthday. Will there be a party with ice cream, balloons and a clown?

Chihoe said...
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Chihoe said...

"So many men, so little time."

Oh you! :)

Umlud said...

Another tip for parenting is:
"Give lots of opportunity for physical activity to help develop skills."

I wonder if this could help solve some of the problems you have in Language & Thinking Development. ;)

Another one is:
"Be generous with praise."3

Happy Birthday! You are a wonderful person and we all love to read about what's happening in your neck of the world.

(Now, I don't think that I can actually do the others -- provide consistent structure at home and attend her school and sports events -- but I hope that someone will be able to provide those helping hands during the next year.)

tall penguin said...

"Will there be a party with ice cream, balloons and a clown?"

There was indeed ice cream. The clown is coming next year. ;)

"Oh you! :)"

Chihoe, did you really expect anything less?

"Another tip for parenting is:
"Give lots of opportunity for physical activity to help develop skills."

I wonder if this could help solve some of the problems you have in Language & Thinking Development. ;)"

lol. ;) Umlud, you're awesome.

Rahul said...

happy birthday!

Wired For Sound said...

Heard you on the "Irreligiosity" podcast. Congratulations on leaving the JW cult. It sounds even weirder than I thought it would be.

mikekoz68 said...

Happy Birthday! Found your blog from Chuck&Leighton's site and wanted to suggest an idea for an article- can u explain the difference between JW and MormonLDS? Didn't see a search so don't know if u covered this but thought it would make for interesting and informative reading, thx