April 28, 2017

Are you connected to your child?

You are trying to nurse a one month old when you notice that s/he is not really interested and begins crying. Then you think, may be, s/he is feeling sleepy and you get rocking in full speed. The child still does not seem to calm down. Then you get various thoughts in your mind and you can always choose the most appropriate one of them.
You may be cursing your phase.
You may be cursing your restlessness.
You may be overwhelmed listening to the continuous cries.
You may be thinking, oh, Why don't you just sleep now or Why don't you accept the feed or Why don't do calm down just once?

Still, the environment doesn't seem to calm down.

Now, try thinking this way. "Oh, leave alone what I want to get done. Please tell me what you are trying to convey me? Please tell me what you are trying to tell me? I am willing to connect to you, let me know what I can do for you?"

You get the difference?

Do you feel how pleasant your mind is, while reading the above response rather than the above listed reactions? Yes, responding to a child will shift your mental frequency to a positive band. Or rather, you need to shift yourself to a better frequency band in order to connect to your child and respond in a loving way rather than reacting in a rush.

Your 9 month old is not willing to eat what you offer. You become restless and try to over react to her denial. You try to force feed your child. But, the child says no. You only think of ways that will get the child to gulp all the food that you had to offer her. But, she has some genuine reasons for not being able to eat at that moment. She may be going through growth spurt, some physical development or cognitive development or emotional development or change in her taste buds, or change in her preference of taking food, may be she wants to have tiny pieces and not the mashed food? There is a whole list of genuine reasons for the child not being able to do what we want them to do right at that moment. But, as a parent, how many of us really care to think from this perspective? All we want to get done is the meal time. Do whatever, force her, threaten her, yell at her, but the meal should be complete. Isn't it?



No, not at all. Just for once, the next time you have a conflict with your young child, try to think from the child's perspective to understand more of her reasons.

Your 2 year old doesn't fall asleep as fast as you wish to have happened. Do you talk to her, connect with her, learn about her day to understand what's really going on in her mind that is keeping her awake? Or, do you threaten, yell at to shut the mouth so that you get done with your task of putting your child to sleep?

When conflicted with your child's actions, try to get to the level of your child's thinking. Though the child does not have the ability to explain in words, s/he conveys a lot in their behaviour. To understand the inner emotions of a child, you need to connect to the soul within, not just the physical being of your child. You have to look at your child as a whole being.



Our journey of life is not just happening on the physical plane connected to other beings on physical level but we are all bonded by the emotional ties and spiritual connections. Let's keep the positivity alive. Happy Parenting.


April 19, 2017

Paint with Talcum Powder

I had a box of very old talcum powder that had expired and started looking for what activity I could do with this.

I happened to browse through : http://www.sunhatsandwellieboots.com/2012/03/simple-homemade-bath-paint-using-talcum.html

Finding it interesting, I arranged a similar play set up for DD1.

Materials needed: talcum powder, water, food colour

The texture of talcum powder with water feels different on touch. So, this is we did it.



















Time to paint something.





















Time to do pouring out.



Time to colour the wall.



After sometime, this is what we notice:



The talcum powder gets settled down in the mixture. Food colour is spread all across the water. Time for some explanation. 😊😊

Here are some simple science experiments that could be performed with talcum powder:

http://www.orlandofamilymagazine.com/family-fun/simple-science-experiments-baby-powder-and-surface-tension/

http://www.shirleys-preschool-activities.com/surface-tension-experiment.html

Icecream parlour

DD1 enjoys doing various role plays. This one was for the icecream parlour.

Take some paper and fold it around to get a cone shape. Crumble some coloured paper and put it on the top of the open end of the cone as if it is a scoop of icecream. You can use multiple colours for the different flavours of icecream.

Now, take a cardboard box and paste a sheet on paper across the open side of the box. Make tiny holes on the paper so that the cone you made just fits in. Be careful with the size of the hole, because the cone may eventually fall off into the box.

Now take turns and become an icecream seller. Remember to use some pieces of paper as money when buying the cone.







Water Balloon

Children are always fond of balloons. It is time to show a variant - water balloon.

So, what do we do?

Fit an unfilled balloon to the tap and gently let the water flow. See how the balloon gradually increases in size. Now, vary the speeds of water flow to notice how the balloon handles the pressure of water coming into it.













Carefully unplug the balloon from the tap.

Oops, it slipped!!





And she is trying to catch hold of the water.




Another attempt:













Let's be careful this time.














Time to add some colours to the water.

We added blue paint for the blue colour and some turmeric for the yellow colour.














I can see some bubbles in there.



All set with utmost care.



Now, it is turn for the 4 month old to have some hands-on fun.

Let us have some sensory play. Touch it, poke it, squeeze it, prick it.




Oh Yeah! the three year old has also done all these - touch, poke, squeeze, prick. After a while, one of them burst. 😄😄😄

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