Is a Routine Right for my Child?
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by kq3ec9
2M ago
Although a baby can’t talk, they are highly receptive to the environment and those caring for them. When you follow your baby’s lead as your health visitor or professional advises, it makes sense to do so. The problem is when you are following your baby’s lead and it feels hard work all the time, you literally haven’t got a clue where they are going or you are, it’s probably time for you to take the lead. Help! A new baby comes with no instructions and as they grow sleep changes, life can feel so out of control. We start to tell ourselves stories like, ‘I’m no good at being a parent’, ‘my chi ..read more
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Sleep -Why won’t my Baby sleep?
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by kq3ec9
2M ago
Children and sleep should go together like bread and butter, so why is it that some children simply won’t fall asleep when they are clearly tired and rubbing their eyes. This seems such a natural thing and simple for everyone else but not your child. You probably hear people say, you just give them a drink, a favourite toy, swaddle, sleeping bag and a story and then they’ll settle. But what if you are doing all that and it’s still not working? You try changing their nappy, putting them to bed later or earlier, taking them ot for another walk anything to wear them out so they settle. It makes ..read more
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Childhood is a Curse and a Gift.
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by kq3ec9
3M ago
We are born innocent children and come into the world with a blank slate. All we want to do is have food, sleep, emotional nourishment, fun, and be entertained. Easy. Anyone can feed a baby, and give food to a child but what if they refuse? Start throwing toys? Crying for more attention than the energy levels you have available? We start to place meaning to these things. Early childhood is a time when we start to fathom our place in the world and make sense of the people around us and how they respond to us. Our internal beliefs are formed by the age of 6 maybe even earlier and many unconscio ..read more
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Good Child Behaviour, Better Child Behaviour or Bad Child Behaviour?
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by kq3ec9
3M ago
Having a family holiday can be a time of much joy and happiness, you see more of your child and notice all the little advances they’ve made with their speech, personal skills, thinking patterns and creativity. It is heart-warming to hear a child spontaneously say, I love you mummy or Daddy as they are playing or eating a favourite food. If only they were always this happy or I knew why they behaved badly at other times. Children tend to respond positively or negatively to the environment and the people around them. We are there to guide and support them and it’s when a child is afraid or doe ..read more
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Should my child have a routine?
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by kq3ec9
4M ago
Do you dread Mondays mornings, is it a manic rush to get everyone out the house on time with children having slipped out of routine, refusing to put on coats and shoes, lost book bags and a baby clinging to your legs, that’s all before the work day has started? The switch from weekend and relaxed play with your children can turn you into an ogre at the slightest set back or refusal to co-operate with you. Family life can feel a little crazy at times and you may thrive in the office environment enjoying the peace and tranquillity of adult conversations and scheduled meetings. Relish the chance ..read more
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Sleep-Is your child getting enough?
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by kq3ec9
4M ago
For the love of sleep, how was last week or your child’s half term? Did you manage to have a break or was life full-on even if you went away to a beautiful place for a holiday. We imagine holidays to be wonderful, relaxing, fun, and a great time to connect with your children especially if you work long hours and don’t get to see as much of them as you would like to. As soon as you stop work for a holiday you want to switch off and catch up on sleep, the problem is the kids won’t let you. They want you to play, get up early, take them to the playground, run around in the garden or park, it’s n ..read more
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Worried about changes in child Behaviour?
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by kq3ec9
5M ago
Last week I noticed an array of spring flowers crocuses and daffodil’s already in bloom, it seems out of character rather like a change in your child’s behaviour. It’s only mid-February, growing up in the countryside daffodils didn’t appear in our garden until March, we had a whole corner filled with them near the willow tree. Everything is changing, children seem to be growing up faster than ever, particularly with the advent of technology but this is coupled with changes in their sleep patterns and behaviour, more often than not, in a negative way. When things go well parents love to brag a ..read more
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Sleep Deprived to Dream Sleep
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by juliet-sanity-nanny-edt
5M ago
Sleep Deprived To Dream Sleep   Are you at your wit’s end with your child’s sleep and wondering where your happy family life and fun has gone? Exhaustion can be switched from sleepless nights to elation with no waking- in as little as a week! Family life is a whole lot easier when you are a proactive parent who’s tuned in to your child’s demands and fast able to figure out what he/she wants, well 80-90% of the time! (None of us are perfect) The constant juggle of work and bringing up babies and small children invariably takes its toll on your mental health and leaves you more frustrated w ..read more
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Parenting By Default or Design?
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by kq3ec9
5M ago
Family means everything. Family members are our ‘go to’ for safety and security especially important in the early years. Parents help nurture and develop our sense of self, they keep you going when things are tough, they help out when life gets out of hand, they cheer you up when you are down, they guide and support when needed (sometimes when not asked too!). Your children are the reason you work so hard and fill you with joy. That’s the plan, the dream you have for yourself, your reason for living. Life with babies and young children ebbs and flows and is full of ups and downs, often filled ..read more
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Baby Sleep Routines and Flying with Children to a New Time Zone
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by juliet-sanity-nanny-edt
11M ago
As a parent you want you holiday to go as smoothly as possible and for yourself to have some down time and lots of fun together, but flying with children to a new time zone can really leave you and your baby sleep routines completely out of sync. Going abroad is exciting however if you have small children the journey can be a stressful event and something you worry about even before you leave so what can you do to minimize disrupted sleep patterns when you fly to a new time zone?  Here are my 10 top tips to keep you sane and your child settled when you arrive at your new destination. C ..read more
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