Friday, April 10, 2009

404 Months

OK, my fabulous cousin wrote a fantastic blog post that made me laugh! And, since it's short, I'm just going to copy and paste it here, and then link to her blog at the bottom, lest she come back and sue me for Blog Stealing or something like that!
"In your opinion, when is the proper age to start referring to a child’s age in years instead of months?

I recently overheard a mom say that her son was 31 months!  Why not just say that he’s two and a half?  I plan on saying that Audrey is one after her birthday next month, but I’ve heard a ton of people talk about their kids ages in months for the first few years.  So, I pose the question to you: What age do you think we should drop the “months” and move to “years”?

By the way, I’m 367 months old."  My Cousin Natalie's Blog

My opinion is that the proper terminology should be as follows (and this is very scientific, you know!): ~ You should use months up to a year

~ Between a year and a year and a half, it can go either way. If you are comfortable doing the math and saying "fourteen months" or "sixteen months", go for it. But that was always too much math for me, so I would always say, "Just over a year". (Aren't we glad I homeschool my kids, what with my mad math skilz?) ~ Once you hits eighteen months, you say "eighteen months" because most adults know that's a year and a half. ~ Once you're past eighteen months, I think you have two choices. If the child is between halves, you should switch to either "almost" or "just over", as in "Bosephus is almost two" or "Farquhar is just over three". If they are in the half month, you can say, "Junior is four and a half." You should, of course, insert your child's own name in there to avoid confusion. (Side note: the "just over" rule can apply to eighteen months as well.)

I just know that I always get thrown off  when I have to do division to figure out how old a child is!!
One funny story, though. My aunt, who happens to be My Cousin Natalie's mom, was talking to one of her kids about how old he was, and he held up his hands to show her. Then he asked her how old SHE was, so she showed him on her hands, holding up ten, then ten again, then seven, or how ever many she was. The child responded with, "But Mommy, that's 'Open Shut Them'!" (A preschool song: "Open, shut them, open, shut them, give a little clap. Open, shut them, open, shut them, lay them in your lap." It gets the kids to put their hands down.)

OH, and I'm 404  months old!

4 comments:

Flea said...

Too cute! I'm stealing this for my blog for next week. :)

Natalie said...

I'm with you on the "just over" or "almost" timeline. The truth is, nobody that asks how old your kid is really cares about exactly how old they are anyway.

Rebecca said...

Hey Lisa, found ya! That is too funny...by the way, I'm 416 months old and wonderful homeschooler that I am...used a calculator to figure it out...
Rebecca

Heather the Mama Duk said...

That is great!

I'm 372 months old lol