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to not want threads assuming the age of my child?

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MardyBra Fri 31-Jan-14 15:34:28

What does your three year old girl wear?

How many teeth does your 9.34 month old baby have?

Is your 2.891 year old potty trained?

I don't have children of those precise ages. confused

MandatoryMongoose Fri 31-Jan-14 15:45:22

Could you go and get some?

MardyBra Fri 31-Jan-14 15:47:09

I'm done with small children Mongoose. My eggs are past their sell by date.

KayHarker1 Fri 31-Jan-14 15:48:21


But what about the specific concerns I have with my 6.364 year old's night time nappy? Who ever will be able to advise if they don't know the specifics!!

WilsonFrickett Fri 31-Jan-14 15:48:34

But surely people are asking about specific ages because they want age-specific advice hmm

Pregnantberry Fri 31-Jan-14 15:50:51

How are people supposed to get a feeling for if their child is developing at a normal rate if they don't specify an age? You can always reply "when my DC was that age...".

OpalQuartz Fri 31-Jan-14 15:51:47

I don't have children of those precise ages.

Then no need to reply.

morethanpotatoprints Fri 31-Jan-14 15:52:10

Neither do I, OP.
I just wish they'd say 1 or 18 mth, 2, 3,
just talk in whole numbers please. I suppose a 6 month is fair enough as development in babies and toddlers can be different from one 6 month to the next, but over 3 there is no bloody need for it.
What does it matter what others are doing anyway, why start a thread to compare, all kids develop at different times.
If you are worried fair enough say this, just don't make it look like its a competition thing, because it isn't.
Thanks OP thanks

MardyBra Fri 31-Jan-14 15:52:56

"But surely people are asking about specific ages because they want age-specific advice"

But it's the phrasing that gets me. "How many teeth does your x month child have?" leaves me wanting to shout "I don't have an x month child."

Why not: "Is it normal for a 3 yo to be potty trained?"

ShitOnAStick Fri 31-Jan-14 15:54:29

So don't reply then. Yabu.

MetellaEstMater Fri 31-Jan-14 15:54:33

There is a big difference between a child who has just turned two and a 2yo who is almost three, for example, and therefore the specifics are important. Increasingly less so as children grow up I imagine...mine are 2.11 and 27 days so not sure smile!

MmeLindor Fri 31-Jan-14 15:58:36

YABU not to have posted this in Pedants' Corner, where it belongs.

jacks365 Fri 31-Jan-14 16:00:28

They are appealing to parents with dc of the same age. I can't remember how many teeth my dd had at 8 months but at least if she was that age I could check.

MardyBra Fri 31-Jan-14 16:01:08

Debatable point MmeL. I am asking if IABU.

But in fact, I maintain that I'm not BU about the phrasing of the thread titles, so maybe IABU not to have put it in Pedants' Corner, but IANBU to think this way.

MardyBra Fri 31-Jan-14 16:02:30

"They are appealing to parents with dc of the same age."

That's all well and good, but the thread title is telling me that I have DC of that age. wink

UriGeller Fri 31-Jan-14 16:05:03

My pet hate is the 2.5 thing. So that's 2and a half right?

Then what is 2.11? 2 years 1 month and 3 days? Why so specific?

Just say nearly 3 if you mean 2.853. confused

MmeLindor Fri 31-Jan-14 16:05:56

I agree that YANBU that it is badly phrased. And it is also pretty useless cause all kids develop at a different rate.

What good does it do me to know that 89% of kids whose mothers answered the thread were walking at 13 months, when my DD still isn't walking? And does a higher proportion of people answer when their kid was advanced?

undecidedanduncertain Fri 31-Jan-14 16:06:27

2.11 means 2 and 11 months smile

MandatoryMongoose Fri 31-Jan-14 16:08:52

Uri, that drives me up the wall a bit too. Part of my brain is busy trying to convert the decimal into months and weeks. No matter that I know it's just shorthand for 2 years 11 months, I can't help it.

Trills Fri 31-Jan-14 16:09:15


But it's better than the vague vague vague thread titles

AIBU to be annoyed...?

What do you think?

Is this normal?

MardyBra Fri 31-Jan-14 16:09:54

Yes. Those annoy me too Trills.

MardyBra Fri 31-Jan-14 16:10:08

[mardy emoticon]

MardyBra Fri 31-Jan-14 16:10:28

And anything with light-hearted in the thread title.

MardyBra Fri 31-Jan-14 16:10:47

And anything with TV spoilers.

Viviennemary Fri 31-Jan-14 16:10:55

It's a very long time since mine were small. DD didn't walk till she was 16 months. I was frantic but there was nothing wrong.

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