I mentioned in my previous post that it has been difficult to work on these early child development programs with an infant when you have an older child present. However, now that I consider the scope of these early child development programs in their entirety, I’m just wondering how any parent manages to do all of these programs with their babies exactly as recommended with or without the older child present.
For the sake of simplicity, let’s just look at the Doman programs. They have:
- How to teach your baby to read
- How to teach your baby math
- How to give your baby encyclopedic knowledge
- How to teach your baby to be physically superb
The recommendation for the flash cards is three times a day for reading, three times a day for math, three times a day for encyclopedic knowledge (and that’s before you add in all the other additional activities within each program). On top of that, you need to give your baby 10 sessions of tummy time, 10 sessions to practice his grasp reflex, and fifteen activities for the balance program (which I have not even gotten to yet).
In between all this learning, your baby needs to feed and sleep – let’s not even talk about all the other things you need to do in your life (run errands, household chores, look after the other children, and possibly work if you aren’t a SAHM). Gareth is a breastfed baby and he can be on the breast almost every other hour sometimes. If he’s not on the breast, he’s sleeping. He doesn’t seem to have many waking hours.
In fact, the other day when I put him on his tummy for tummy time, he did a bit of wriggling and then he stopped. At first I thought he was just resting so I waited with my hands resting against his feet so he could launch off my hands. When he didn’t move for a while, I looked around at this face and saw that his eyes were shut and he had fallen asleep!
Of course when your baby grows older, he will have more waking hours but many of these programs need to begin almost immediately after birth. Every month you wait, you lose out on tapping into that early natural potential.
And then if you want to do the whole natural infant hygiene thing… well, I guess what I’m saying is that even as a full time Mum, I just can’t see how it is possible to fit everything in. Perhaps this is one of those things where you have to choose what you want your baby to focus on – brains or brawn. Just like we can’t all be experts at everything, there is a need to either choose to specialise or become a jack of all trades. Or am I just an incompetent Mum with poor time management?