Breaktimes with Eddison – A father and son moment

How does a father bond with their child?

It is much easier to become a father than to be one.  — Kent Nerburn, Letters to My Son: Reflections on Becoming a Man

I agree! Most of us men can make a baby easy enough but a real dad (in my eyes) is not necessarily ‘blood related’  but is the carer and protector of the child. He’s there during those special moments, through thick and thin, happy and sad times.

SO..Real Fathers……

What activities do you do (father and son bonding activities..) with your child that create an understanding between father (you) and your son/daughter, which will essentially last a Lifetime? Deep words, yes but a great question.

Before I was a father to my beautiful son (now 18 months old), I said to myself that I would make sure to ‘spend quality time’ with him. As a father I wanted to learn how to educate him, what to teach him and the day to day routines that we need to put in place to teach him so he progresses well and is happy. This is not an easy task and like anything we do in life.. Learning is the key ingredient to being successful. And remember I am a teacher by trade, Primary and Secondary School so am I a little biased..? who knows..

This is how I make sure I spend time with my son.

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Working from home gives me more time than any dad that I know AND for that,  I know I am a lucky man .. Imagine this.. We have a work room at the front of the house.. There is the smallest of hallways that leads you to the living room through a door. Eddison is through the room with Sam who takes turns with me to look after him. I’ll talk about this aspect in another blog.

Breaktime

I plan my breaks throughout the day and I use the breaks to go out in the garden (it’s summer here at this time) with my wee man. He just loves the garden and I have taught him to help water the plants with his own little watering can and we search for the frog family that are living in our small but do-able garden.

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We spend all my 10-15 minutes in the garden playing and having fun. And the key is that I am with him playing – pretending to dig, watching the frogs jump around the plants, on his bike etc. Yes he has time on his own throughout the day because this is also very important for his develpment, however, our time together is about bonding.

It’s also about enjoying the fact that I am a dad and I have an amazing son that completely changed my life (I know that every father will say this and it’s very true).

So, what is quality time? What should us dads do with our children to form a true bond, and help them along their journey?

Here’s what I think fathers, PARENTS, dads must do to establish that bond and become involved themselves ‘in the early stages’ of their child’s life:

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Spend actual quality time with your child

This does not mean take them to the pub then have a beer whilst they sit in their buggy. It doesn’t mean put a film on or a cartoon and get your phone out to make a few ‘business’ calls. Nor does it mean driving them to the park and leaving them to play on their own.

What it means is dropping everything that you are doing and focusing entirely on them. Even if it’s for, as I said before, a matter of minutes, your attention must be on them and what they are doing. You need to be organised and plan out when you are ‘working’ and when you are having ‘son/daughter’ time. One of my colleagues Gabrielle from http://www.igetitfrommymammablog.com/ Schedules a Saturday morning in to do her work. This is an agreed time with her and her husband when she can concentrate. Time to yourself is another key topic which will be covered another day I’m sure.

Listen – watch – interact

Children are full of questions and things that they want to do with you, even if they can’t speak!

So get involved in their life. Sit on the floor with them, get the building blocks out BUT… Don’t just build a huge tower yourself and think that your job is done…Teach them the basics.. E.g. how to put one brick on top of another, watch them try, assist them, SHOW – ASSIST – SIT BACK AND WATCH THEM HAVE FUN – REPEAT! Remember, making mistakes is the name of the game and also remember that they haven’t done this before. Everything’s new to them.. Think of learning to drive.. It takes time doesn’t it.. So take time with them.

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Be consistent…. Children love routine

Please don’t start a great thing and then give it up or change it without revisiting it regularly. This is your child. You brought them into the world and it’s your job to make sure that they have the best opportunity / head start (education buzz word).

SO.. Repeat the process – by this I mean the activity, the game, the building of the tower…. Once a week … Once a day.. Whatever the time frame is, keep it regular. Children need routine. And with consistency always always always revisit the ‘Listen – watch – interact’ section.

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If you have any questions or want to know more just comment below:)

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Kevin

What are Word art gifts?

At LittleMissScrabbled.co.uk we believe that giving someone a gift or present is one thing but going that extra mile and personalising it is another!

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The personalised Word art at LittleMissScrabbled.co.uk involves putting a series of words together in a pattern to make a shape, image, number or word. It’s an ideal way of giving a beautiful gift that adds sentiment to the keepsake.

How to order your Word Art piece

It’s really simple to get that bespoke order created at LittleMissScrabbled.co.uk. Think of the 3 Ss…

Search…

…for the gift that you want BY OCCASION or BY PRODUCT example

Select…..

…your item and click ‘add to cart’ ….go to checkout and pay for your item

Send…

…us your personalisation details via the ‘customer message’ section at checkout or via the contact us page. This can include the names you want on the Word Art Frame or the 12-18 key words that you want to make up the ‘number 30’ for example

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Aspects you can personalise….

We ask our customers, when making an order to email in 12 – 18 personal words that have some form of  ‘meaning’ to the person receiving the gift. They choose the shape etc. And add any personalisation that they want this can include:

  • Colour scheme
  • Words
  • Message
  • Embellishments e.g. Hearts, flowers, houses

We cater for every occasion and if it’s not on the website.. Just ask and we’ll design one for you.

Here are a few more designs that illustrate different ways you can personalise your gifts.

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 Get in contact if there is something you fancy or see on our website and we can help you create a special gift for someone.

Please get involved

I would love to hear about your stories and experiences – both business and family. Write in, contact me, https://madeat94.com/contact-us/ or comment on the blogs that are to follow if you find them interesting.

If you have any questions or want to know more just comment below:)

Look out for my next blog and please share with your friends on Your social media streams. Plus one final thing. Like our Facebook page and you can see loads of gift ideas related to our crafts business Little Miss Scrabbled.

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Kevin

A Good Old Healthy Morning – ‘dads advice …. food for babies’

A quick question before I get into this next blog post. Do you like eating the same thing every single morning for breakfast? If yes ..fair enough,however for your child, who is experiencing every food type for the first time, do you want them to be doing the same?

Is this really the way forward, especially with the range of foods we now have on our doorstep? Will they get the right nutrients during the most important meal of the day?

The thing is, children need variety. You should always mix up and change what they eat. How food is presented to children is important and home cooking – well.. This needs to be learned and practiced. The human body is like a machine.. It needs quality fuel to allow it to function well and grow well. Children are growing daily and the fuel we give to them will feed them the proper nutrients to help their bodies develop.

A few things that I have picked up … Well to be honest I did this myself because I love to cook….

Make meals yourself don’t buy packets when you don’t know where the ingredients come from.

I’m not saying that I’ve never bought a jar of food from the supermarket because I have but for that emergency moment when time is not on your side.

Fresh Melon Chunks

Fresh Melon chunks

 

This is what I tend to do of a morning.. Do any of you mums and dads do the same?

  • Split the breakfast into mini courses
Chopped grapes

Chopped grapes

Chopped Bananas

Chopped Bananas

 

  • Create little sections of food like mini tapas
  • Always have a carbohydrate serving such as porridge, weetabix etc.
  • Talk to your child during breakfast. I had to really push myself to do this part because it didn’t come naturally. Build in the family time here.

I want to hear from you guys.. Is there a right or wrong way here? What do think is the best food source for your children in the morning and do they want to eat it?

I’m not a nutritionist either ..I just love food.

Tips for cutting up a Banana (Remember my child was 13 months when I started this if not a little younger)

Cut the Banana in Half

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Then in Half Again but length ways

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Slice along the centre line of each half

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Make deep cuts across the banana so that the knife also scores the skin at the bottom

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All you need to do now is turn the banana upside down and squeeze gently so the segments pop out.

Tips for cutting up your melon (My child was 15 months when I started this with the melon – I aired on the side of caution because of the risk of choking)

Again cut your melon in half

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Then in half again

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Then Cut along the melon and across the melon with deep cuts through to the skin but not completely through, so as to make another section.2014-08-30 14.48.32 2014-08-30 14.48.54

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Use a Sharp knife and slide it along the bottom of the melon and you will see the little segments fall off. I tend to stick to the darker line just before the Skin area. It’s like cutting up a piece of fish.

HOW CAN YOU MAKE BREAKFAST A FUN LEARNING TIME FOR YOUR CHILD…..?

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You can also check out this website for tips and guidance on feeding your young ones..But ….you will need to spend 5 minutes reading and I would suggest making one change to your preparation at a time.. http://kidshealth.org/parent/nutrition_center/healthy_eating/breakfast.html

And more ‘dads advice food for babies’….

Here are some more of the basics taken from http://raisingchildren.net.au/articles/eating_breakfast.html

  • Make breakfast a time to sit and eat with your kids. Being a good example is a powerful way to change their habits.
  • If your child says he’s not hungry in the morning, try making a healthy smoothie, with milk, yoghurt and a piece of fruit such as a banana, instead of a more traditional breakfast ‘meal’.
  • Another option is for your child to eat a small meal at home, such as a small bowl of oats or a piece of fruit. You can then give your child a healthy snack to eat before school starts – for example, a sandwich or some natural yoghurt with fruit.
  • If a hectic morning schedule gets in the way of breakfast, try setting your child’s alarm 10 minutes earlier, or packing your child’s bag and laying out her clothes the night before. You could even get the next day’s breakfast ready the night before – try putting dry oats in a covered bowl, or placing toppings like sliced fruit, nuts or raisins in a muffin tray.
  • Fussy eaters often respond better at mealtimes if the food is more interesting than usual. Young children love toast or fruit, and older kids can occasionally prefer ‘non-breakfast’ foods, like leftover pasta.
  • Older children and teenagers might refuse to eat breakfast as a way of showing their independence. Try not to make a big deal about this. You could suggest your child takes a piece of fruit or a healthy smoothie made with milk, yoghurt and fruit to have on the trip to school instead. Your child might also like to choose his own healthy breakfast options when out shopping.

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Please get involved

I would love to hear about your stories and experiences – both business and family. Write in, contact me, https://madeat94.com/contact-us/ or comment on the blogs that are to follow if you find them interesting.

If you have any questions or want to know more just comment below:)

Look out for my next blog and please share with your friends on Your social media streams. Plus one final thing. Like our Facebook page and you can see loads of gift ideas related to our crafts business Little Miss Scrabbled.

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Kevin

Space saver plaques for your home

We thought about writing this blog after talking to some of our customers who mentioned that ‘it would be worth looking into decorative plaques that could be put up onto the fridge’. Our first thought was – what a great Space Saver idea! So we made 1 – launched it and people love them.

Countdown plaques for the fridge

What makes these Fridge Magnet Plaques a nice addition to the kitchen is you can update the chalkboard as you are making breakfast, making dinner or making a cup of tea. Everybody passes the fridge and goes Into the kitchen throughout the day so it’s a perfect place to put a countdown plaque. Think up and coming weddings, a pregnancy gift, a holiday that you have been looking forward to because it’s the kids first time on an aeroplane. There are loads of things you can countdown to which will add more excitement and fun for the whole family. AND which make a fantastic original and personal gift!

Preparation of the plaques

At LittleMissScrabbled.co.uk we make each and every plaque from scratch. And we have a wee system or production line for want of a better word…

We use a local tradesman to cut the MDF sheets into 6” by 3“ plaque pieces

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I paint each plaque with the base colour

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Sam adds the all the embellishments

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Next up is the writing on each plaque and Sam is the talented one here. She customises each and every plaque to the meet the needs of our customers.

 

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Here are some examples of the Plaques on the Fridge

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You have to use your imagination and if there is something that you want I bet you we can make it for you. Just ask…

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The ideal personalised gift

So if you’re thinking of that one gift that you’ve been meaning to get your friend, husband, partner? Here’s more Plaque themes that could make ideal Fridge Magnets:

  • Days until our Family Holiday
  • Weeks till our baby arrives
  • Weeks and days ‘till our wedding day
  • Countdown to Christmas Day
  • Thank you gift plaque
  • Save the date plaque

Get in contact and ask any questions you need to to find out more..

Please get involved

I would love to hear about your stories and experiences – both business and family. Write in, contact me, https://madeat94.com/contact-us/ or comment on the blogs that are to follow if you find them interesting.

If you have any questions or want to give in your experiences please comment below :)

Look out for my next blog and please share with your friends on your social media streams. Plus one final thing, Like our Facebook page – you can see loads of gift ideas related to our crafts business Little Miss Scrabbled.

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Kevin

Gift Plaque UK

Look who’s Talking now

How do you….

continuously,

without stopping,

every morning,

afternoon and evening,

talk to someone who does not talk back to you?…

They don’t answer your questions, give opinions or even just say yes or no.

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That’s who I am talking about and who ironically, we really need to talk to as much as possible. However, a number of mums and dads find this uncomfortable and difficult to do so don’t do it often enough in the early stages.

I myself found it so so hard to open a conversation with my baby boy, and moreover… finish it (myself) with the response I thought he might have said. If it wasn’t for Sam (mummy) who naturally talked away in a calm voice morning, noon and night as if Eddison was having a conversation back,  I would not be here writing this blog…. I wouldn’t have had a clue that this ‘talking to your baby’ was such a BIG DEAL!

But,there are reasons why us mums and dads need to converse with our young ones.

Talking to your child:

“helps him learn to talk, as it is from listening to your voice that he will learn to use language.” 

Taken from Wordsforlife.org

Your child learns to talk because you talk and they begin to understand that this is how to communicate to get things that they want quicker :)

This blog sets out to give you readers some helpful tips to opening conversations and giving your child the best possible start in their educational journey through language and learning. It’s what I taught myself to do when Eddison was born and the bond we now have is unimaginable. Hopefully the information will allow you to go away and practice ‘how to talk to your baby daddy’. Have a wee read on…..

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Imagine they can talk back – think about what you would be talking about if they were able to discuss things with you

Understand from the start that everything they are experiencing is for the FIRST TIME. This helped me because I found myself giving a running commentary of the event that was happening. Here’s an example:

“Eddison , let’s go and water the plants. Right, first we need to fill the bucket (point to the bucket) up with water. So let’s walk in the bathroom and turn on the tap………… Can you help me? Watch me, put your watering can into to he bucket. Fill it up… Let them try.. Get them to copy you.. Pour the water onto the plants.. Let him copy or help him do it.. “

I repeat this every day! Which leads on to my next point…

Repeat repeat repeat everything you talk to them about, show them, do with them. Remember ‘this is the FIRST TIME they are experiencing these aspects of life’. And, just like a footballer must practice his or her shooting skills, so to does your wee one….next..

This might be obvious but think about what they need to know . They have not done this before they need to learn don’t they? You did didn’t you… So who taught you? Adults via Verbal Communication.

Listen to them and copy the noises that they make ..  Watch this YouTube clip  … Had me laughing out loud.

Read to them.. When I first started, it felt as though they weren’t paying attention but that’s not the point. Over time they subconsiously learn to listen, they learn the words and moreover they want to know more.

Finally,

“Focus on interactions between you and your baby, don’t always make it about the toys.” When your baby “talks” to you, answer back. Imitate and repeat the sounds she makes, pause so she can respond–and you’ll be having a “conversation” in no time.”

(Taken from Just the Facts Baby Blog  See article here

 

Practice practice practice ‘how to talk to your baby daddy’. It’s too important!

Please get involved

I would love to hear about your stories and experiences – both business and family. Write in, contact me, https://madeat94.com/contact-us/ or comment on the blogs that are to follow if you find them interesting.

If you have any questions or want to give in your experiences please comment below :)

Look out for my next blog and please share with your friends on your social media streams. Plus one final thing, Like our Facebook page – you can see loads of gift ideas related to our crafts business Little Miss Scrabbled.

Speak soon

Kevin

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