Sister Ann Richardson, author of Toddler Sense and co-author of Baby Sense,  has offered her priceless advice for a selective group of 50 Port Elizabeth parents at the Toddlers Workshop on Friday afternoon 23 August from 13:00 – 17:00.  She will talk on discipline, nutrition, potty training and sleep routines. The cost of R200 will include tea and refreshments, gifts as well as notes on the different subjects.  Anyone interested can contact Lynette on lynette@toddlersworkshop.co.za.  The first 50 people to pay for their tickets, will be accommodated. Please note that there will be no babysitting facilities.  Book your ticket now to prevent disappointment.

  1.  Balloon (Volley) Ball: Blow up a red balloon. Create a net with a piece of rope across the passage – one or two scarves might be safer. Let the family members stand on different sides of the net. Now have a lovely game of volley ball by trying to hit the balloon over the net.  The net should be about as high as the shortest family member. Try not to become too competitive as this might result in tears.  Rather have lots of fun and laughter. Not only will you all have some good cardiovascular exercise, but it will help the adults to release a lot of tension, it will help the toddlers to offload some of their energy and it will develop eye-hand coordination as well as team work.  It might just also help to whet a good appetite.  Have fun!
  2.  Streamer Trial: Create a trail by using a streamer and make it go over, under, around into and out of different pieces of furniture around the house, for example:  around the coffee table, then underneath it, over as plastic chair, through a kitchen chair, down the passage, into the bath…  Let your imagination lead you, but keep it safe as well as exciting. It’s going to be so much fun if Dad is the leader and the rest of the family members follow him along the trial. After a few trial runs, a toddler of about three years old could try and do the trail themselves.  Chances are good they will just copy your efforts.  Have running commentary when for example dad is too big to go underneath the kitchen chair.  This creates a lot of spatial awareness.  The fun might all be so much more worthwhile if you have a lovely picnic afterwards.  Just keep it healthy.
  3. Polystyrene Music: Keep all your polystyrene containers.  Wash them and keep them until you have about 15 – 20 different ones.  Now put them all upside down on the floor and put some lively rhythmical music on.  I love using Ipi Tombi.  Everyone must now join in and have a good polystyrene dance by stamping onto the upside down containers – excellent for all that stored up energy as well as for eye foot coordination.  It creates a lot of noise as you stamp onto it.  When all the containers are smashed, bring along the dustbin and put it in the middle of the floor.  Let everyone join in and tear the polystyrene containers into little pieces.  This is excellent for hand eye coordination as well as for hand muscle development.  All the pieces must go into the dustbin.  The keyword should always beFUN.

Vision

Did you know that all baby’s senses are fully developed before birth except for the sense of vision.  This will take another 7 years to fully develop.

We all know how a new-born baby’s eyes are very “vague” for the first few weeks.  It is best to hold objects about 20 – 30 centimetres away from baby’s eyes for him/her to see it.  A baby will prefer his/her mother’s face above anything else, especially so if it is a smiling face.  Moms will often intuitively move their heads up and down or from side to side as they talk to their baby.  This will help baby to focus on its mommy.

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MILLAH CAN!

When we were first pregnant, loads of advice was given.  The two that stuck out most to us was:

  1. Never let your child loose their  ‘I CAN’.
  2. Try to positively guide your child to be good and do the right things instead of always saying “No, don’t do that!”

My husband and I had loads of discussions on how we wanted to raise Millah and somehow those two things stuck like superglue.
Without even making the effort or even realizing consciously what we were doing, we always told her that “Millah CAN put her clothes on, Millah CAN hold her own botty, Millah CAN wash her hair …..”

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