Tag: parenting

Confusing Messages

Advice for the Young Child Shhh. Not now, just wait. I’m trying to work and I can’t think straight.     Careful! Don’t drop that cup. You’ll spill all the milk – I’ll have to clean up     Stop! Don’t run ahead. You’re too fast for me, walk slower instead.     Gentle! You…

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(Un)helpful Advice

    I have friends with children who often come across overly-critical relatives/friends/random folk in shops,  who believe their advice is best.  I’m sure those people mean well, but many friends have felt like failures because they feel they aren’t doing the parenting thing right.  Here is a poem to reflect this scenario:   No bottles love, the…

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Bully

You think it’s fine to punch and slap and kick and spit? You feel like such a big man. Hard as nails – I get it.   He didn’t want to fight. Scared and frozen to the spot. You went back to get some more; big tough guy – he’s distraught.   I taught him…

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When Superheroes Ruled

A group of 5 year old girls told me they can’t be doctors. They would have to be nurses instead if they wanted to work in a hospital. When I questioned this, they said there are jobs for boys and different ones for girls. Even after reminding them that my female friend is a doctor…

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Rubbish Brain

A recent conversation with a fellow blogger http://kindergartenknowledge.com/  had me thinking about the pressure young children are under at school.  As a previous school teacher, she found this pressure difficult for both the teachers and young students. I thought about how a 7 year might feel when being asked to sit exams. I live in Scotland so my child…

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