I am coming out the standard way of thinking about life and my kids and their learning. My 4 year old son is in speech, and his speech therapist asked me friday if we had board games at home, I said a few. We had candy land but most of the pieces and cards have been lost, lol. Anyways she told me that had been doing counting while playing shoots and ladders and that it was kind of difficult for him, she said maybe you could play some board games at home, since he is having a difficult time with counting out the spaces as he goes. I just said ok. Later I was just thinking why is it so important that he knows this right now? I brought this up with my husband and he said well it is a skill he will need to know. I said he will learn it but why is it a necessary skill that he know right now, at 4 years old? he said well they absorb things better at this young age. I was like if its a life skill that he needs to know he will learn it and I don't see how focusing on the learning of this skill with help him "absorb" it better then when he just picks it up on his on. I use to get so hung up on evaluations and what my kids knew on the evaluations that were being given. I stressed so much about so many stupid things and now I am looking at my 4 year old son thinking why on earth is it even worth bringing up that he should learn how to count out spaces?