Why This Happy Mom Skipped Strong Start

Maybe I’m more of a rebellious mom than a happy mom.  Or maybe I’m a happy mom because I got smart.  Either way you slice it, I skipped out on doing something that I should do.

I might not be setting a great example in doing this.  Maybe it means that I’m really a lazy mom.

You know what?  I don’t care what it means.  All that I know is that I’m glad I did it.  No mommy guilt whatsoever.

We didn’t go to Strong Start yesterday.

Strong Start is a kindergarten readiness program that is actually open for any child too young to be in kindergarten.  I have a friend who goes.  Our speech pathologist recommended it when we were at our last appointment.  Interacting with the other kids is supposed to help Norton with his toddler language delay because they won’t be as good as figuring out his non-verbal communication as I.  I can see the value in the program.  I gave it a shot last week, and I came home feeling like a complete and utter failure as a parent.  I spent the entire day beating myself up.  I cried and was convinced that I was just a terrible parent, and Norton’s normal toddler behavior was a failing on my part.

I don’t need that.  I’m just not really interested in deliberately placing myself in a situation that will completely leave my parenting self-esteem in shreds.

Of course, we still need to go to more things (well any thing) that will give Norton the opportunity to be around other kids.  We’ll go to the library for toddler time again.  I’ll just have to make sure that I put Norton’s leash on so that we don’t end up back at the hospital.

We’ll try Strong Start again.  Later.  When I have a chance at being able to handle it.

About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.


  1. Take him to the park. You’ll both be fine, right?

    • A little too cold to go to the park right now, but we’re doing fine. We’re doing other things that seem to be helping with the language delay. 🙂

  2. Try not to let it get you down (easier said than done, I know). You are doing a great job. <3

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