“How long is she going to do that for?” someone asked of my still-breastfeeding 2-year-old. “Isn’t she getting a little old?”
No, but thank you for asking.
“She’s still not potty trained, huh?” someone remarked about my just-turned-3-year-old. “Isn’t she getting too old for diapers?”
No, but thanks for your concern.
I couldn’t imagine spending the next 18 years trying to top their yelling, so I revisited the teachings of early childhood educator Magda Gerber, whose work focused on the importance of respecting and connecting with children. She advocated trusting even the littlest of people to handle their own issues and resisting the urge to interfere with their learning and playing.