Booked session with child psychologist, next Monday. *yay*.
I had a weird conversation this afternoon. Otto is one of the cohort of children being studied in the Growing up in Australia study – a major national longitudinal study. We had her 5 year old appointment today.
I giggled when one of the questions was, “How often do you do an indoor activity with your child, like playing a boardgame or doing a jigsaw puzzle?”
Sadder, though, was the question, “How many children’s books do you have in your home?”
I was pulling faces and silently debating whether 150 or 200 was closer to the truth (actually I suspect that was a significant understimate) when she broke in with, “I shouldn’t tell you this, but I will. The highest answer is ’30 or more’.”
THIRTY children’s books is considered the outlier. Apparently there are many children out there who have fewer than ten books in their home.
That’s just … beyond sad.
And maybe my parenting skills are redeemable. At least I give my kids paper friends.