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?
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?