In our municipality, the mothers of preschoolers meet once a month, organized by Stitching Aanzet. They meet us to help us, and give us advice on child care, on child schooling, behavior, language skill, and others. We can open up to the group any of our concerns or troubles with our child. One of the mothers today, relates that her child has sleeping problem. Anyone can give a tip about this particular issue. Since my son is a good sleeper, I shared a little of my motherly knowledge.
My son is a good sleeper, and this is one of the things that I am very grateful with. I think, the consistency of a child's bedtime is important. When it is time to sleep, even the child is not yet sleepy, we must put our child to bed, so in the early years, they know how to follow their biological clock. Me and my husband had proven it helpful too: a warm shower or bath before bedtime can help a child to have a sound sleep at night.
Your life will never be the same again once have a toddler. And toddlers have their own special ways of saying "I love you." It takes heart, love, and a lot of patience to pay attention. Here are some:
1. Cuddles and snuggles and all that fun stuff. No matter how busy you are, don't deprive your child the cuddling and snuggling he or she needs. There are times that toddlers had tantrums and you had a bad mood. Even toddlers, they have a sensitive feeling. They know well that a cuddling and snuggling can put your smile back and get their eyes sparkling again.
2. Screaming when you or husband arrived at home. My son is very cute saying his loudest: "papa, papa, papa!" when my husband arrives from work. Just the same, when I am the one who have a day out without them. It is the toddler's way of saying that: "I have missed you!"
3. Taking anything that interest him/her to you. Toddlers are full of curiosity. Once they found something that interest them, the first thing they will do is to show it to you. It is their way of saying that you two are buddies, a period where you can lay a foundation of friendship with your child until he grow up.
4. Loves doing routines with you. Sometimes, it is so stressful having a toddler. Toddlers love to do things again and again, loves repetition. My son has games that he already knows, puzzles and others. But he loves to do them again and again and keep on asking me, and waiting for me to agree. But I understand that it's his way of saying that he enjoys doing things repeatedly with me or with his father.
5. Obeying your simple command, follows small rule. Nothing is sweeter than seeing our little ones obeying us when we ask them to do certain tasks. I am all out smile when my son spills his milk and he is fast to take the rug and clean his mess. It is one of the ultimate expressions of their love when they extend their small helping hand.
You may know a lot about birds, but you don’t know a thing about kids. -Excerpt from the movie, Away And Back