In my mind, Story Hour at the library was supposed to be one of those rose-glowing awesome periods of quality time with my kids. During the school year, whenever I'd see the ads about Story Hour, I'd feel jealous of stay-at-home moms and guilty about not being able to take my own kids.
When I signed up at the library, the children's librarian assured me that Story Hour was geared to all kids, even though the listing says it's for preschoolers. Apparently, my kids didn't get that memo. They lasted about seven minutes. The other kids were all older and better behaved. They all followed the librarian's instructions and sat on the rug looking aghast at Atticus (wandering around) and Norah (who would NOT stop touching the one baby in the room and who fussed whenever I tried to hold her).
It's just their age, right? Am I doing something wrong that my 23 month-old and 26 month-old can't follow directions along with the rest of the group? Can other toddlers reliably sit still? Atticus and Norah love being read to and can sit still for long periods of time - when they feel like it. Are we failing to teach them the social skills they need to act like civilized young people? If I just wait and go back next summer with them, are they apt to have magically improved attention spans?