Wednesday, October 8, 2008

I really hate it when...

...people tell you their kids' ages in months after the first year. Guess what? There's no "19 months" old. Round to the closest half year and leave it at that.

3 comments:

Amanda said...

agreed, its weird. For some reason it only seems to apply to children and sometimes dating relationships. You never hear people say "oh yeah, we've been living here for 20 months" They'd just say "almost 2 years now" "Um...I'm about 278 months old."

TalbottWith2Ts said...

My guess is that they do it because their pediatrician does it. For some reason, the pediatrics and kids-toy industries go all the way up to 24 months before switching over to "years and halves". During the first 2 years, there are a lot of developmental milestones that are more convenient to refer to as months. For example, "19 months" is more precise than "a year and a half and a month".

I agree it's annoying, but given your socioeconomic strata, you probably run into over-protective, paranoid, upper-middle-class future soccer moms who are on their first (or only) kid, have their pediatrician "in their five", and have adopted the lingo.

(I have a friend who's a pediatrician. He LOVES those moms...he's gotten rich off those moms.)

You know, if you haven't picked your kid's graduate school by 19 months, you might as well get them a McDonald's uniform. :)

Mandy and Jack said...

Eh... whatever. Who needs to keep track of how old the kid is anyway?