The Longest Shortest Time

18 Months in 7 Minutes

Joyce of episode #9 recommended that I check out the Gesell Institute of Human Development’s series on child development, by Louise Bates Ames. If you are unfamiliar with these books, they are roughly 100-page guides to what you can expect from your average child from ages 1-14. Since my daughter is just about 18 months old, I started with Your One-Year-Old: Fun Loving and Fussy. I have learned a lot about why she is suddenly having an onslaught of tantrums, and I am pleased to know that this is likely just another longest shortest time we are experiencing—according to the book, things should settle down in about three to six months.

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The book also gave me a visual sense of why I am so pooped by the end of the day, even if we haven’t really gone anywhere. This diagram compares the paths of children of different ages in the same play room within a 7-minute period.

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That one in the upper right corner is the 18-month-old.

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I feel both vindicated and relieved. A year from now there will be much less chasing going on. Parents of older children: can you confirm that this is true?

Images: Gesell Institute