So you already know why it is important to read to your baby. But the quintessential question arrives- how do you go about it? Fortunately for you, I made a list. Ask yourself the question- what is the ultimate aim- that your child learn something? start reading independently? have fun? learn to love reading? all of the above? If you answered yes to any of the above, read on. 🙂
Toileting is more than just a milestone. It is an everyday skill that is about independence and self esteem. Toilet learning, is more child-led, more about a child learning to use the toilet and less about an adult telling the child "you've gotta pee now, the way i want, when i say so."
There is this saying in Tamil, that a delivery is equivalent to rebirth for a woman. Someone told me it is because, a woman goes through excruciating circumstances and puts her life at risk during birthing. I now realize, that it is because, motherhood changes you into a different person. When Pooja told me that she was attempting the herculean task of bringing together 41 moms from around the world to share how motherhood had changed them, of course I jumped at the opportunity, because I can write about this with my eyes closed, right? How wrong I was. This post is a result of many nights of soul searching and digging deep. So apart from the very obvious ways in which motherhood has changed me - jeans size, changed priorities, lack of time, exhaustion and the works, I've realized that I have become a bundle of paradoxes. Read on.
When children set out to learn a certain “something”, the journey to learn that is critical. Read on to know how you can set your child on a learning journey through play.
As conscious parents who want to introduce quality regional language books to our littles, we are always on the lookout for good baby literature. Ditto me! I was hunting for good Tamil and Hindi books to introduce to baby V. There are quite a few publishers who do this ( we will be covering all in a series) but most of them were for slightly older toddlers.
So I sat and thought (and thought and thought) about what my first post should be about. I wanted it to be an introductory post for those who do nor know me. About what kind of Amma I am, and why amma in the first place. But I am horrible at introductions.
And finally, as always, inspiration struck while reading to Baby V (2 of my favourite creative outlets. And inlets)
Here is Baby V introducing me in Usborne books style. This is also a list of the most surprising and unexpected ways in which motherhood changed me.
A child who reads will be an adult who thinks. There is absolutely no substitute for books in a child's life and toddler-hood is an exciting time for readers. If you, my friend, are looking for book recommendations for your toddler, read on ahead.
Children are made readers on the laps of their parents. You have an interested baby and parent. But what do you read? Read on for tips on how to choose books for your infant and the only 5 books you really need in your library for the first year.
Painting is an amazing activity for babies! It is a great way for them to explore Color, shapes, texture, patterns; Sensorial play; Hand-eye coordination; Motor skills; Spatial skills; Creativity; Focus and Fun. Obviously I couldn't wait for baby V to show some readiness towards enjoying painting activities. At about 7-8 months, she finally showed interest in the same and we jumped into mess free painting. Read on for some cool mess-free painting tips for infants.
Let us take language. So in the first stage, the baby is only hearing and assimilating, and can respond with basic sounds - grunts, cries and coos. Slowly, the baby can differentiate sounds. That is when we introduce the phonetic alphabet. Then the baby learns to join these sounds to create complex sounds and associate it to a meaning(words). Then, the child learns to string words together to form meaningful sentences. And finally, the child learns to also put the language learnt in written form. When I received the package from Skola I was beyond excited because I wanted to see first hand what the hoopla was all about.
For all the parents who have asked me a quick sum up of the montessori principles, especially, principles you can follow at home, with examples, this one is for you. Im a newbie myself, but these are some principles that have helped us and now we realize, we follow them unconsciously. They have become a way of life at home. Read on for simple ABC principles you can easily incorporate at home.
"Sleep while the baby sleeps", they said. "Sleep all you can before she pops out", they said. And once she was here, every conversation with the sleep deprived mom (me) involved the question "Is she sleeping through the night yet?" (As if her not sleeping through was another evidence of the failure of a mom I was gonna be). Read on to know how a sleep routine helped us and how you can get a bedtime box.