Children – mine and other people’s

19 May

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.


Posted by on May 19, 2008 in children, parenting


3 responses to “Children – mine and other people’s

  1. Chris

    May 19, 2008 at 11:26 pm

    Wow, that is sort of sad. I told my oldest to pick up some books in the living room and put them on her bookshelf Saturday, and she said she didn’t have any room on her bookshelf. I said, “Fine, put them in a stack in front of your bookshelf” to which she replied there were already two or three stacks there.

    Looks like it’s time for some more shelves.

  2. Fenchurch

    May 20, 2008 at 9:23 am

    Good heavens. I have more children’s books than that and I don’t even have any kids!

    Of course, that could just mean I’m a packrat. :-p

  3. Friendless

    May 20, 2008 at 11:24 am

    30 or more? I remember buying more than 10 at a time on several occasions. “30 or more” is a valid answer to “how many fell out of the bookshelf when the dog bumped into it”, or “how many did he ask for last time you were at Borders”, or “how many do you need to donate to the school fete”.


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