Ages & Stages

Mom Instinct: Doing What is Best for Your Child

April 2

Have you ever had a gut feeling or that maternal instinct, what I call mom instinct, about something and completely ignored it, only to regret it later?

Mom, when you have that gut feeling go with it. It's called mom instinct and it's right. Do what you believe is right for your child.

Awhile back, I considered teaching my son sign language because he wasn’t forming words that we could understand. End result was a frustrated little boy that couldn’t tell us what he wanted if it couldn’t be done by pointing.

I ordered a few sign language books and looked up what I could online. Yet, I gave up on my idea. Why did I give up? Didn’t I believe I could teach him sign language? Did I doubt sign language would work? Is it because the pediatrician said “wait and see”? Whatever the reason, I dismissed the idea of teaching him sign language and continued to watch his frustration as we tried to get him to form words we could understand.

At the little guy’s two year check up, the pediatrician finally confirmed what I had asked him months ago. “He needs speech therapy.” After the speech consultation, the speech therapist tells us she is clueless why he isn’t forming words. His hearing test came back perfect. He is smart and understands three step commands. He follows instructions (as much as a two year old will). He has no reason to have a speech problem. Yet, she’s determined to work with him and brings results within a few visits.

My son left speech therapy learning how to say a few words! He learned to how say “more” and “help”… with sign language! She is teaching him sign language to help him transition into speaking formed word. I love it!

So, the moral of this true story is “Mom, never go against your gut feeling. Your mom instinct is right on!” I should’ve stuck with my idea of teaching him “>sign language. I am so excited that my mom instinct was right, even if I didn’t listen to it. What I believed was the right path eventually became our path, so all is good.

Tell me about a time you had a gut feeling or a mom instinct about something and completely ignored it. What was the outcome?

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    Jessa McClure
    April 9 at 2:43 pm

    This is a great post! I went through the same thing with my son with his asthma. I had the suspicion that he had asthma from the time he was four months old, but doctors kept telling me that it was upper-airway noise (like a nose whistle) and not real wheezing. But, I know asthma. I’ve had it my whole life and I know what wheezing sounds like. It wasn’t until about a month ago that we finally got some confirmation and a breathing machine. I wish I would have pushed harder all those times I thought I was right. But, I didn’t want to seem like “one of those moms.” It just goes to show you that moms do have instincts that no one else has.

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