Baby led weaning – it starts…

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This week our beautiful little Roo has begun to join us at the table for dinner.

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We have squeezed a towel into her high chair to help her to keep herself upright and she is now sitting proudly next to her big sister ready to consider eating.

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Read with your child: Guess how much I love you

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Read all of my posts of suggested books to read with your children HERE

Reading a story with your little ones before bed is the best thing EVER!!!  Guess how much I love you by Sam McBratney is the perfect story to share before bed.

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Guess how much I love you tells the story of a young hare and his Dad preparing to go to bed.  As they settle down for the day just like many parents and children they exchange comments of loving one another.

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I love YOU! Our first argument?

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Moo is showing her first signs of wanted to verbally go head to head with us in an argument.

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Here she is ready for her fireworks yesterday.

Most days now at some point she will, rather aggressively announce “I love YOU!”
To which of course we echo her with an “I love you.”
This appears to stir her as she unleashes a louder “I love YOU!”
This can continue can continue for quite some time before one of us buckles, if only our “arguments” could remain like this forever!

A Sassy Bloom box to start the day

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A HUGE thank you to Sassy Bloom for our beautiful box of treats that arrived this morning.IMG_20141018_091349

It contained a stunning collection of goodies including a colourful shaker, a Tommee Tippee bottle, some teething powder, a super cute cuddly turtle, a selection of creams and a personalised bib with our daughter’s name sewn into it.

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It is important to let children fail

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Well that is a title that will bother and upset some people!

As a parent and a teacher I am very, very aware of the intense upset that failure can cause children.  Everyone reading this is without doubt very aware of the upset that failure can adults.

Failure teaches us how to not do things and in doing so eliminates methods that we learn do not work for us.  This is a large part of how evolution works and that seems to have worked out pretty well so far!  Those early humans who thought a sabre tooth tiger looked cuddly failed, those that thought it looked dangerous survived that little bit longer and allowed us to take on there “smarter” genes.

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Nowadays there is a definite culture, sometimes of adults, having learnt from the upset of failure themselves that they should protect children from failure.  This does not allow children to learn from mistakes and make their own path to a solution.
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Colic broke me

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Our first daughter was born on 1st August 2012.  She was a week and a half early and despite a long labour everything went naturally and safely.  Baby was healthy, Mummy was well and we quickly settled into our new lives as a family.

Life was as you would have hoped as a new parent.  Our daughter got settled into breastfeeding without too much trouble, she slept well and Mum was healing nicely following the birth.IMG_2570

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