Knowing and understanding your child is one of the most important things we should learn as parents. It is the first step to a child’s upbringing. It helps us as parents to learn to appreciate and accept our children just the way they are.
If your friend, neighbour, colleague begin to tell you or brag about how fast their son/daughter was at potty training coloring , eating certain food or fruits, sings a particular poem(s), make simple sentences etc ( the list can go on and on…)at a particular age. It could be that your child has not been able to do all that at same age.
When we know our child, it prevent us parents from comparing our child(ren) with other children, as that only adds stress to parenting and also makes the child feel inferior. As parents we should believe in ourselves. No one knows your child better than you. You have had your child since his/her first breath.
People can give you their sincere opinion base on their experience, particular approach, technique etc with their own child(ren). Its OK to listen and if possible pick one or two things that you feel can be useful to you but Keep in mind that your child is unique and may have a personality that stands out.
Believing that all children are the same and using a one pattern parenting style for your children may not give you good result. So don’t totally use what others says to you as a yardstick for decision making. If you don’t feel right about it, don’t forget to say thank you thou…for the information