Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

From the Editor

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

From the Editor

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When my wife and I found out our third child was going to be a boy, it was a moment of real joy. After all, our first two kids were both girls, and having a boy kind of felt like we'd completed the family. I can say with certainty that a third child does get treated a bit differently. We don't watch what he eats as closely. He occasionally gets some chocolate. We don't freak out when he gets a scratch or bumps his head. And for the first nine months of Andrew's life, we felt like experienced parents.

And then he started walking. And running. And jumping. And climbing. And we started feeling a little less confident. When we realized he could, in about three seconds, climb into the kitchen sink, we got even less confident.

By the time he was a year old, Drew could jump. He actually leaps up, getting both feet off the ground. It took a little while to get the landing part, but he sure does like to jump. And if he can jump while throwing a ball up into the air, so much the better.

By the time he was 15 months old, he'd figured a way to climb out of his crib. It was actually quite impressive. He'd pull himself up onto the attached changing table, and then lower himself to the floor. The result was that he got a toddler bed months earlier than planed.

Drew is now 20 months old. He uses some words, but not nearly as many as my girls did at that age. He knows the important ones, such as: choo choo, ball, vroom vroom (cars and trucks), Mommy and ouch. I'd say ouch is the most important of these, because that kid beats himself silly. I have no idea how many things he runs into on a given day, but it's always double digits.

As it turns out, this is totally normal. Political correctness would have you believe boys and girls are capable of the same things at the same ages, but science says otherwise. One study found that if 18-month-old boys and girls were shown a picture of a vehicle and a doll, the boys went for the vehicle and the girls chose the doll. …

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