My son is not a quiet person. In fact he made loads of "meaningful" squealing noise eversince he was really small. Sort of trying to communicate I think.
But one things worries me.
Almost 2.5 yo and he is still not talking.
I mean, he still not saying words in our mother tounge nor English. Or rather he had his own language that no one understand.
Ok I am exegerrating a little. He does talk a little. He can say lot's of little things like "milk", few of domesticated animal, shapes, colour, numbers, and names of train engine (of course!).
On the other side, he loves jumping and I find he is quite an agile boy.
He is definetely good at climbing, hopping, and acrobat!
When I come to think about it again. Right, ok... my son probably is a slow talker which is a good thing according to many other parents who had theirs talking at 1.5 yo and never stop since). But he is certainly does not miss a thing that other kids do on his age. I guess I will start have to "really" worry if he has no sign of improvement at 3 year old.
Oh yes, he had his own talent. No... not throwing leaves!
He might not be able to talk or express himself very well, but to my relief he is not tone deaf. In fact, he can hum quite a few song. So the bottomline is, every child is different.... but they are perfect in their imperfection.
I have notice that some parents like to quantify and compare their child's achievement. I am praying hard that I am not one of pushy (or kiasu) parents who wants their children to be the top in.... everything. They send their kids to school early, send them for various tuition and enrichment programme. I mean, nothing wrong with providing the best for your children, but there is always a limit and beyond this we are probably doing more harm to them than good.
So what if a child can read at 3 instead of 6? So what if they know how to do math at 6 and not 8. Math, alphabet, words, spelling, they can wait. I don't mind my child late by 1-2 years at school as long as he enjoyed what he did. Achievement is not everything, but fear of the Lord is the beginning of "knowledge" (Proverbs 1:7).
His childhood, just once, and it is soon gone away.
Once you are out of it, you can not give it back.