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Posted by on in Parenting

Article eightThere are people who went to the ‘best’ schools with the ‘best’ tutors with the expectation that they would turn out to be better than their peers and become successful. Some didn’t or turned out to be sad people and what had been lacking, was the interest of their parents, the enthusiasm for the child’s endeavours, something money can’t buy.

This picture is about kindling an interest in early childhood: This dad plays drums and anything that can be drummed he will tap a rhythm on. This child is surrounded by family members who are enthusiastic about art and music and practice it whenever they can. This child may not become a musician herself, but the kernel of appreciation has been planted, because a fertile spot has been created by the adults through their enthusiasm. In time this seed may become a means of enjoyment as a listener or an outlet for an artistic expression. Who knows? The point I am making is that is the love and passion of the adults and what they are interested in, is what helps a child to become curious about it and wants to ‘have a go’.

Posted by on in Behaviour

article 3Around three years of age a change takes place in little boys:  Soft and cuddly babies who morphed into cute toddlers now turn into challenging and defiant little critters one minute while going into complete melt down the next.  When this happens parents wonder what on earth has happened or what they are doing wrong!  Nothing they have done is wrong; this behaviour is a symptom of little boys having reached the next growing phase.

It means that for the coming three years testosterone levels will be at its highest, NOT to trigger sexual maturity, but to assist the male species to grow more and stronger muscle mass. The side effect is that they will challenge the very people they will actually feel closest to and feel safe with, mostly their parents. They want to be strong, carry big things, are very pleased when someone remarks how their muscles have grown and they often want to do manual things they see dad or grandpa do, the more action the better.

Sharing Two year olds will spontaneously share with the person they feel close to, e.g  their mum. Which mother hasn't had a soggy biscuit almost pushed in their mouth, that is sharing, two year old style!

Posted by on in Attachment
Ami  Tate 6 wks"The essential task of the first year of human life is the creation of a secure attachment bond of emotional communication between the  infant and the primary caregiver".           Allan Shore
 
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