You do the math: Years vs. Months


I’m 430 months old!

PicHow ridiculous does that sound? Why is it that some parents insist on continuing to refer to their child’s age in months? I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to have to math every time I hear your child’s age. In my mind, age and math work out until 18 months. If you don’t know that 18 months is a year and a half, then we have bigger problems to discuss. But once your child hits that year and a half mark, give it to me straight. Timmy is almost 2. Tammy is a little over a year and a half. And don’t get me started on the parents that say their child is 42 months. Really?? If you get the blank math stare from people after disclosing age in months, it’s probably time to bite the bullet and say your kid is 3 and a half.

Don’t get me wrong. I know why we parents are conditioned to think in wacky, alternate universe timekeeping. Timekeeping in a parent’s world is vastly different than a non-parent’s world. Why? Because parents are ingrained to live in week and months increments for the first few years of a baby’s life. Starting from conception, we think in weeks, then over time, months. I get it. As a mother, I know that weekly and monthly milestones are very different for a growing fetus as well as a growing toddler. But when does it come to the point that I can just say that my son is {insert age here} years old? Can we get a universal standard here?

I can tell immediately who’s a parent when answering the question of how old my child is. If I say a year, they will ask “Closer to 1 or closer to 2?” Non-parents will nod and give a satisfied smile to my response. I try to be respectful to people’s math abilities. My little one just turned 18 months. I’ll refer to his age in months, but once 19 months comes, he’s simply a year and a half, then eventually, almost 2.

So, in conclusion, for the love of all things holy, how about we respect the mathematically challenged and stop referring to our “almost” 2 year olds as 23 and a half months?


One Response to You do the math: Years vs. Months

  1. Sherry February 16, 2016 at 6:22 pm #

    So funny and so true! I am one of those mathematically challenged people, counting on my fingers while hiding my hand behind my back. Also, soon you will need to update your “About Me” tidbit! Too, it was ironic that I had to do a simple math equation to prove I was a human, before I could post my thoughts. ?