thoughts every mother has at christmas
FEELINGS

40 thoughts every mother has at Christmas

Christmas comes but once a year…

1. Hooray! Christmas is coming. I love Christmas.

2. Must get organised and start buying some gifts.

3. I’ll make a list.

4. Wow, that list looks expensive.

5. Need more money.

6. Advent calendars!

7. Do I need an Elf?

8.  I wonder if my child will be picked as Mary for the Christmas play.

9. Wrapping paper!

10. I’ll get the tin of Roses early and hide it – cheaper that way.

11. A sheep? My child is a sheep?

12. Must not forget the sellotape.

13. Almost time for the tree!

14. Presents. Where did I hide the presents?

15. Where’s my list?

16. Stupid Elf. What was I thinking?!

17. Must schedule Santa visit.

18. HOW MUCH??!

19. Need more money.

20. Time to get the decorations out.

21. ‘Don’t eat the tinsel.’

22. ‘No you can’t put a santa hat on the dog.’

23. ‘Let me just rearrange those decorations for you..’

24. How did we eat all those Roses already?

25. Must buy more Roses.

26. And sellotape. Don’t forget the sellotape.

27. Oh look! She’s the cutest sheep in history!

28. Damn it. The Christmas cards. Wonder if I could get away with not doing them?

29. Getting there now. That’s most of the presents sorted.

30. ‘What do you mean you want a hatchimal??!’

31. Need more money.

32. And a personal shopper.

33. And a cook, cleaner, decorator and secretary.

34. Didn’t order the turkey..

35. Where’s my food list?

36. Hmm, perhaps we don’t need a starter and eight different sides after all.

37. Christmas eve already!

38. I’m not ready, I’m not ready, I’m not ready

39. Ok deep breaths. You can do this.

40. That’s it. Kids in bed. Fire on. Carols playing. Finally time to wrap the presents.

41. ‘WHAT DO YOU MEAN THERE’S NO SELLOTAPE!!’

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ASK LOUISE

Q My son is 18 months old and has just started saying his first words. It is an extremely exciting time in our house and my husband and I are eager to encourage his speaking as much possible. What advice would you give us on how we can foster this without bombarding and confusing him?

AThere is nothing better than hearing your baby begin to talk. All the hard work you have put in over the last two years is coming back tenfold.
Toddlers will vary significantly with ability and speed of which they talk however a guide would be about 50 words by 2 years of age. The most important thing to watch for is that your baby/toddler is cooing and babbling and begins to string sounds together like “Mama/Dada” They should have a wide range of speech sounds and like to imitate you and things they hear.
There are many ways that you can promote Speech and Language development at home:
1. Slowing down your own speech and taking time over conversations with your little one. Every day is a new experience when you are 18 months, nappy changes, bath time, baking a cake brings endless opportunity for you to interact and offer new words for them to hear and repeat. Make eye contact, smile and use exaggerated tones to keep things interesting and fun for your tot.
2. Review the toys that you have on offer to your tot and ensure that they give plenty of open ended play opportunities. Role play is a wonderful way to allow children to take the lead. Kitchens with lots of plates, cups and pots. Fill the pots with dry pasta and allow your child to cook and serve you. Playdoh, painting, gardening and sandpits are also great for allowing your child to take the lead and babble about what they are doing. Read plenty of books together and point and allow them time to answer any questions that you ask.
3. Limit screen time. Overuse of televisions and iPads do not give your child opportunity to interact in a two way manner.
4. Ask your child lots of open ended questions “What’s that?” “Where are we?” Point at things they know the answer to for boosting confidence (Car/ Car, etc.) When they don’t know the answer, explain it to them. Limit baby talk and speak clearly with good pronunciation, remember you are the teacher and they will copy you.
If you are concerned about your child’s speech and language development, be sure to speak with your GP or developmental Health Nurse. They are very skilled at understanding the difference between speech delays and spotting something that may require professional attention.
Enjoy watching their little brains absorb the world around them and listen to what they have to say. It won’t be too long before they won’t stop talking to you, asking “Why Mummy/ Daddy?” every 5 minutes….

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ASK LUCY

Q My son is 18 months old and has just started saying his first words. It is an extremely exciting time in our house and my husband and I are eager to encourage his speaking as much possible. What advice would you give us on how we can foster this without bombarding and confusing him?

AThere is nothing better than hearing your baby begin to talk. All the hard work you have put in over the last two years is coming back tenfold.
Toddlers will vary significantly with ability and speed of which they talk however a guide would be about 50 words by 2 years of age. The most important thing to watch for is that your baby/toddler is cooing and babbling and begins to string sounds together like “Mama/Dada” They should have a wide range of speech sounds and like to imitate you and things they hear.
There are many ways that you can promote Speech and Language development at home:
1. Slowing down your own speech and taking time over conversations with your little one. Every day is a new experience when you are 18 months, nappy changes, bath time, baking a cake brings endless opportunity for you to interact and offer new words for them to hear and repeat. Make eye contact, smile and use exaggerated tones to keep things interesting and fun for your tot.
2. Review the toys that you have on offer to your tot and ensure that they give plenty of open ended play opportunities. Role play is a wonderful way to allow children to take the lead. Kitchens with lots of plates, cups and pots. Fill the pots with dry pasta and allow your child to cook and serve you. Playdoh, painting, gardening and sandpits are also great for allowing your child to take the lead and babble about what they are doing. Read plenty of books together and point and allow them time to answer any questions that you ask.
3. Limit screen time. Overuse of televisions and iPads do not give your child opportunity to interact in a two way manner.
4. Ask your child lots of open ended questions “What’s that?” “Where are we?” Point at things they know the answer to for boosting confidence (Car/ Car, etc.) When they don’t know the answer, explain it to them. Limit baby talk and speak clearly with good pronunciation, remember you are the teacher and they will copy you.
If you are concerned about your child’s speech and language development, be sure to speak with your GP or developmental Health Nurse. They are very skilled at understanding the difference between speech delays and spotting something that may require professional attention.
Enjoy watching their little brains absorb the world around them and listen to what they have to say. It won’t be too long before they won’t stop talking to you, asking “Why Mummy/ Daddy?” every 5 minutes….