MoneySuperMarket are running another competition, to find out all about what is on our “Bucket Lists”, what are the ultimate things we would love to achieve and tick off our lists during our lives.
It’s easy to think of ideas if money is no object. There are so many places in the world that I would love to see, so the first things that jump to mind for me are travel related, however the first item on my list is a journey that is made not just for sightseeing or enjoyment purposes. Rather it is a journey to fulfil a spiritual goal and to reconnect. This is something that I have wished to do since I was much younger; something that fills the heart with longing and hopefully changes it for the better on it’s return. A journey that will give a sense of peace. A journey which has famously changed the lives and outlook of others who have gone before, such as Malcom X.
This journey is the Hajj. The Islamic pilgramage. My ultimate bucket list aim.
I have been fortunate enough to go and do Umrah (the smaller pilgramage) before we had children, so I have seen the kaabah and done tawaf. I have prayed in the Haram, and in Masjid an Nabawi and I am so glad I was given the opportunity to do this. (Alhamdulillah) The moment of seeing the Kaabah for the first time is something really special. It is in this direction that we turn to pray 5 times each day so to finally see this in front of your eyes is so surreal.
But Hajj would be on the next level. It is a much more challenging journey. To think of all those who have gone before and completed the same journey, every year for more than 1400 years so many people have been coming, from every country in the world, all with the same purpose. And to then think of our children and children’s children and the future generations continuing this as time goes on – to me this is an amazing thing and it must be my ultimate bucket list aim.
However, knowing that money is an issue for a lot of people at the moment, MoneySuperMarket have also asked us to come up with a budget bucket list. There are loads of simple things I would love to do which I have not yet achieved so here is mine:
The back to nature list:
Camping – I have never done this but we will be going this summer, so that will be one thing ticked off the list already! I quite fancy roasting some marshmallows under the stars 😀
Take the kids to a bluebell woods – Somehow we have never done this! We have been to normal woods, but the bright blue of the bluebell woods is really beautiful and I would love to take them, great for photos too!
Ditto Lavender fields! I loved the smell of lavender since I was little
Stay in a lake house – secluded and relaxing and calm. After running around after the kids and rushing from appointment to appointment all the time, I sometimes crave something like this. Somewhere that is just quiet!
The practical list:
Pass my driving test – I have been learning now for well over a year and had about 3x the amount of lessons most people have! 3rd attempt coming up and if I finally pass I can stop spending so much on lessons every week and get more freedom and spontaneity to go where I want, when I want. I really really do hope I can get this one ticked off my list soon!!
Making a decent biryani – My cooking is not too bad but this is one dish which never comes out so well, and I feel like it is the mark of a proper mum who can cook biryani when guests come over, so I would like to master it!
Finish fixing up my garden and redecorating my house – It would give me a lot of satisfaction to feel that there is not so much left in the house which drastically needs doing! I will be making a few steps in this direction so do look out for those posts coming up soon 😉
The just for fun list:
Take the kids to Butlins – I keep meaning to take them. I used to go every year as a kid so it is something I would just like to do with them
Take the kids to see some peacocks – Maybe in Richmond Park. I love peacocks! Again its something I remember enjoying when I was a child so I want to go and experience with the kids
Go on a big holiday with the kids, their cousins and all of the close relatives
Take the kids ice skating
Take a break and go on a mini holiday with my best friend (Mumtographer)
The long term list:
See my kids grow up, get married and have kids – Obviously don’t know what the future holds, but I hope they experience this and I would love to see it
Travel all over the world with my husband – Once the kids are fully grown, we are looking forward to seeing some of the world’s great places together. As we had them young, I am hoping we have plenty of years left do this once they are bigger!
Spend some time focusing on helping others – I have thought about volunteering for Home start, training to be a portage home visitor, or even fostering children once mine are quite a bit older. I would have to consider the best way for me to do these things and balance it with my own children’s needs but it is definitely important to me to make sure I achieve something worthwhile and have the opportunity to help others as others have helped me in life.
There are so many more things I could add to my lists, and endless extra categories I could add. I hope I manage to achieve as many of these as I can, but I know that as long as we enjoy each day spending time with loved ones, making the most of our time, making memories and helping others along the way, letting our loved one know and feel how loved they are and enjoying each moment – then the specifics and details of the lists do not matter, we will have no regrets.
This is my entry for the MoneySuperMarket Budget Bucket Lists Competition and I would like to tag the following 3 friends to take part in the competition:
Orion Books recently sent us a lovely picture book: Nanny Fox by Georgie Adams and Selina Young.
Nanny Fox is all about Arnold the Fox who unlike the rest of his community, loved chickens as friends not as food!
It’s a lovely book about friendship and how Arnold and the chicks forged a great relationship despite foxes and chicks normally being foes! It’s a positive message for children about not judging people by first impressions and giving them a chance. The chickens could very well have sent Arnold packing but instead they gave him a chance and they ended up forming a great bond! It also shows how Arnold was not afraid to stand up and be different from the rest of his family, by sticking to what he believed in rather than just following the pack and munching down all the chicks.
The illustrations are colourful with lots of character and expression and are very appealing and the way the text is written is also really good with lots of humour. It kept my 3 and 5 year olds entertained throughout. My 5 year old really enjoyed the bit where all of Arnold’s family start talking about how delicious they find eating all the chicks, and all the different comments his family members made.
This is a great story book to add to any young child’s collection and I could see it being really popular with most preschoolers
Any regular readers might remember that I recently reviewed a couple of early reader books from Orion. These are for age 5+ and although they were more on the challenging side for Mr Z he did enjoy them and I am keen to have slightly trickier books available for him to help him to push himself and progress more with his reading.
As another month has passed and Mr Z has now turned 5, I decided to give it another go with another new Early reader – This time “Shumba’s Big Adventure”
This is of a similar length and level to the Early Readers we previously reviewed. I felt like it was slightly easier for him to read from the first chapter and a little more complex as it went on, both in words and content. It starts off telling you about a naughty cheeky like lion cub, then suddenly he ends up kidnapped and heading for a zoo far away from his family. It does have mild peril in it due to these happenings, and I would say a child of a really sensitive nature could be quite upset – although it does have a happy ending with Shumba being reunited back with his family!
Mr Z enjoyed the story. He was still not able to read the full book independently but he has had a good try, both at reading aloud for me, and sitting himself with the book and trying his best to read through. I’m really happy with this so I want to keep encouraging him to try these kind of books as I can’t wait til I can see him able to sit and read a full book like this by himself – I will be so proud! I know how much enjoyment he could get from all the stories out there, and I feel that these books are a great step on his journey towards independent reading. I hope to try more of these as time goes on so I can see how Mr Z is progressing with them.
I would recommend any of the Orion Early Readers to children of around 5years+ as the guidelines state. There is a lot of variety available so you can easily find one that will appeal to your children’s interests. Mr Z liked the idea of this book as he felt the name Shumba reminds him of Simba from the Lion King. I must say I found the name Shumba so cute myself! If we happen to get any new Lion cuddly toys any time soon it will definitely be called Shumba! 😀 Mr Z also recognised the message from the story that Shumba should have listened to his parents and not kept wandering off, then he would have avoided getting into such a difficult situation!
I’m sure everyone knows Swizzels Matlow Love Hearts, the iconic sweets that many of us remember fondly from our youth and are still going strong today!
To celebrate the occasion of the royal baby, Swizzels Matlow are ready and prepared with their factory poised to start producing either Royal Prince or Royal Princess limited edition boxes of Love Hearts – with each sweet reading “Royal Baby”
Jeremy Dee, managing director of Swizzels Matlow, said:
“We want fans to join us and celebrate the birth of the Royal baby. We’re getting ready to produce celebratory Royal Prince or Princess Love Hearts. As soon as the baby is born we’ll be putting the right colour into production.”
The royal baby was apparently due on Saturday so I’m sure we will all be hearing news quite soon!
It’s not the first time that special royal Love Hearts have been made – they were also produced for the royal wedding back in 2011 and also for Prince Wills 21st birthday, as well as some being made in 1990 when Princess Diana visited their factory!
Mini rolls of Royal baby Love Hearts are available for a limited period from www.shop.lovehearts.com and cost £14.99 per box of 20.
To have a chance of winning a box of your own just fill in the rafflecopter below!
I have been using my Pyrex Round Casserole Slow Cooker for all sorts of dishes since I got it, including the slow cooked lamb dish that I’m going to share with you today. We enjoyed this lamb curry in Ramadan for iftar as my husband really likes lamb especially when it is done in a slow cooker and kept very soft! It’s also a handy evening meal all year round.
Ingredients for your Lamb Curry
3 or 4 Cardamoms, a few cloves, and 1 stick of Cinnamon
1 Kilo of lamb chopped into pieces, preferably including the bone
Coat the bottom of your pan with oil on a high fire
Fry your onion (1/2 a chopped onion) with green chilli, 3 or 4 cardamoms, a few cloves and a stick of cinnamon.
Add your chopped lamb
Add your powdered spices in the quantities mentioned in the ingredients list, followed by the tomato puree
Crush the 7 garlic cloves and add them on a slow fire
Optionally you can add some peeled and chopped potato at this point. You can put anything of your choice eg aubergine instead
Add another 1/2 chopped onion and your chopped tomato.
Make sure this is all getting cooked nicely then lower the heat and add some plain yoghurt
Add your 1/4 cup of water, place on the lid and then leave it to slow cook
You can leave for a minimum of 1 hour – longer if you like but check and top up the water if needed.
Later on in the cooking process you can add some spinach leaves if you would like them as they will need less time to cook
At the very end, add some chopped coriander.
This is an easy recipe for me as I am busy with the kids and can’t spend all day standing at the stove. Once you have left it slow cooking on a low heat, you can leave the kitchen and do whatever you need to do, and come back an hour or so later and check how it is getting on!
Serve with buttered naan or rice and this will be an easy tasty dish for the whole family to enjoy.
Together with 3 of my fellow bloggers (Et Speaks From Home, The Brick Castle and Red Rose Mummy) I have been working with Pyrex to try out their new ranges and help to spread the word about them. We recently held our Twitter party #CookWithPyrex which was great fun. It was really popular and was trending at #1 throughout the party. We heard many tales of well loved Pyrex lasting through the generations and making life easy whether at busy family dinner times or special occasions and dinner parties.
Pyrex have sent us their round casserole slow cookers to try out. I love to use a slow cooker as it’s very convenient for one pot meals and the meat comes out so soft and tasty. I had an electrical slow cooker before but unfortunately it got broken when moving house so until now I had been without one.
After trying this Pyrex cast iron casserole slow cooker, I prefer it so much to the electrical ones I had tried before. It is actually so much more convenient! When cooking meat dishes in a slow cooker, I would prefer to at least brown the onions, meat and add spices, garlic and ginger before adding the water and letting it slow cook. In an electrical slow cooker, I couldn’t put the cooker on to the hob to do this so I would have to do this in a different sauce pan and then transfer the mixture to the slow cooker to continue. The Pyrex cast iron slow cooker can be used on the hob or in the oven so if you need to do this kind of thing at the start of a dish it is so much more convenient (and less washing up!) Likewise if you need to turn up the heat a bit and reduce the liquid at the end of cooking, this is no problem as it is on the hob, so I found it more versatile than the electrical slow cookers I was used to.
The Pyrex slow cooker is very heavy. It feels really solid and well made. I can feel confident that this will not break, as Pyrex offer a lifetime guarantee which really does prove the reliability!
I also love the look of it with the cheerful shiny fire red. It is also available in Matt Black but I think the red has more personality, I love seeing it on my stove.
Now that Summer is here, the boys have been out in the garden loads. Our garden is not always looking its best and I am really trying to make more effort to sort it at the moment so that we can make the most of it, especially with this lovely weather.
I have recently had some more paving put down in the back garden, as we had some sections of gravel and this was a nightmare for keeping the garden tidy as the boys were forever digging into the gravel and spreading the stones everywhere. It looks so much neater and tidier now with the paving from edge to edge and I am hoping to get some more paving or decking installed in another part of the garden where we currently have loads of overgrown foliage. I am thinking if we rip all of this out and added another patio section with some decking, we would gain a lot more use-able space.
An area like this where we could keep the picnic table and seating area would be nice so the adults could sit and chat and relax while the children play. I am also planning to buy some deck chairs and loungers so we have more of a chance of relaxing in the garden. The decking pictured is from richardburbidge.com
I am also planning to treat the children to some new play equipment as I won some money to spend in B&Q (thanks to my room for improvement challenge by MoneySuperMarket which you can see here)
I am thinking of this play centre from Plum but I have not yet made my final decision, so any recommendations will be welcomed! I’m trying to get a balance between one that will be easy enough for the younger children to use, but then won’t be outgrown too quickly considering my oldest is now five. I might go for a trampoline and/or a playhouse too – depending how much space is left! As I mentioned in my chalk activities post, I want to add a chalk board section on one of the outside walls too
I also need to think about the plants and how to keep them well maintained. I admit, I don’t always find it easy to keep my plants in a good condition! There is plenty of advice available from Gardenhealth.com, covering plant care, bird care, lawn care and more – which I am desperately in need of. I would really love to have a garden with beautifully blooming flowers, always looking its best. We are very lucky to have quite a good sized garden so it would be better to really make the most of it!
I would also really love to add some cool features like a sensory garden or little sound garden, but don’t think this is feasable for the moment! I would love a water feature too but I will leave this for now as I would worry about the children and possible drowning risks if I turned my back for a minute so that will be something to keep in mind for when they are all older.
What are your plans for your garden? Please do share in the comments and pass on any ideas or suggestions
The sun is shining and summer seems to be well and truly here for the moment! Naturally the boys have been spending a lot of time in the garden. This morning we decided to get out the chalk and do some chalk activities, which they really enjoyed
I was struck by how long my 5 year old wanted to stay on the literacy and numeracy games we had started – just because it was outside and done in a different environment! For the younger boys it was a great chance for them to practise their mark making and explore the different colours and shapes.
We started off with lying on the floor and drawing silhouettes of ourselves, or for those who could not stay still for that long – just drawing around the feet or hands, although the whole body is more fun to decorate.You can do this by getting different colours and drawing on the face, clothes and adding any details like glasses. I don’t mind lying on the floor to let the kids draw round me – nearest thing to sunbathing I get! lol 😉
We also collected a few leaves to draw round. You could bring out different toys or items of loads of different shapes and experiment with drawing round all sorts of things.
After drawing on the floor, the boys wanted to move on to different surfaces. I’m happy enough to let them draw on the walls and fence, as it will wash off when it rains.
I am really meaning to make a giant chalk board to go over most of the space on the brick wall though. I am thinking just get giant piece of MDF or wood, paint it with chalk board paint and screw it to the wall? If anyone has done this, please do let me know how it went and pass on any handy tips! I have seen these kind of blackboards in some children’s centres and they are great for water play as well as chalk – using wet paintbrushs for mark making.
Drawing on both the wooden fence and on the brick and the stone paving did give them a chance to feel the different effects of the textures and surfaces though. In the end, the fence seemed to be the favourite as the chalk shows up really brightly.
My 5 year old wanted to play teacher and he started to write sums for me which I had to answer, and then he would give a tick or a cross. He loves numbers and learning but sometimes tires of sitting with a pen and paper for too long (he is only just turned 5, so is to be expected!). He absolutely loved this and we also reversed roles and I wrote some for him too but his favourite is to be the teacher and set me the challenges. Obviously I have to sneak some wrong answers in to make him laugh and see whether he notices and marks them wrong 😀
My 3 year old was also able to practise copying the number 1 which is really good for him.
As well as sums, we moved on to writing sequences and leaving gaps to be filled in and then moved it away from numbers onto literacy activities – done in a similar way by writing words and leaving some letters out to be filled in. I used this chance to help my 5 year old revise some of the “tricky” words he gets sent home from school (the high frequency words from reception year) and it worked really well for this.
There’s so much more you could do with the chalk too, the possibilities are almost endless which is what is so lovely about simple toys like these.
Some other ideas could be:
Draw a treasure map on the floor
Draw a scene of your choice, then you could add toy figures into it or if it is on a large scale then the kids could lie down on it – to make a cool effect for a photo!
Draw a road or train tracks, and bring the cars and engines outside to drive on it
Colouring in – You or your child draw a picture or shape, and then have them colour it in. This could work well with the older ones doing the drawing, and the little ones just colouring it in
A giant rainbow – Make sure you have all the colours ready, then use the chalks on their sides rather than the tips to make wide beams of each colour for a cool rainbow effect
Copying lines – bumpy, wiggly, zigzag, or circles. This is really good for developing pencil control later on!
Have you got any more to add? Let me know in the comments 🙂
I have two children with difficulties or delays in their speech and language, so I know from experience how worrying it can be especially with waiting lists so long to be seen by speech and language therapists. You just want to get started so you can help your child, but sometimes end up waiting weeks or months! If you are in a similar position, here are some tips for helping your child’s speech and language, and some recommended resources which may prove useful while you are waiting.
I have been given a couple of speech and languages resources to try out and review recently so I thought I would make a little guide of some of the resources or help that is out there, also including others that I have been using for a while with my little ones and hopefully it will prove useful for anyone who is not sure where to look for help!
Many of the resources will be helpful for typically developing children too, who don’t have any difficulties with their speech and language but you just want to encourage them and help them along. At the end of the post I share some general strategies which can help.
This is a site with videos from Speech and Language therapist Fiona Barry. There are a mixture of premium and free videos and you can also download the free app. The free videos are shorter and give a general overview and the premium ones are longer and more in depth, with specific ideas to help encourage language at home with your child. I watched the talented talk video aimed at age 3-5 years and although I would say it is targeted more at typically developing children, many the techniques suggested are similar to those used by my sons speech and language therapists and you would just adjust them to the level of your child. Some of the ideas you may be doing already with your child, without realising that these things are already helping to develop his speech and language, and some of the ideas may be something new you could try. An example of one of the suggested short activities includes:
Listening activities – When reading a book, give your child a special word to listen out for, and ring a bell or clap their hands when they hear it. This helps to develop their attention and listening skills.
Small Talk by Nicola Lathey
This is a new book by Speech and Language therapist Nicola Lathey, which I was sent by Mum Panel to try out. The book starts right at the beginning and covers ways of supporting your child’s speech and language develop from birth, and even in the womb! This is a great book to support and encourage parents to make it easy to give your child the best start.
As with the video packages above, I would say it is more focused towards typically developing children and is a more general book to support speech and language development, rather than being something targeted towards any specific difficulties but it is a very good book and it really does cover an awful lot. I found the case studies quite interesting and there are lots of little small talk game ideas which you can use.
These are DVD and flashcard resources devised by Speech and Language therapists. They also have some useful tips on their website which may be worth a look. I have had these for quite a while now. They were recommended to me by some mums on Mumsnet – which btw is a fantastic resource if you do have any concerns about your child, the behaviour and development, parenting or special needs sections of the forum are a wealth of information and support.
You can watch some clips of the Sookie and Finn dvds on the website to see whether it will be suitable for your child. I found them pretty good. If you want something for your child to watch which would be more beneficial than regular TV, then Sookie and Finn could fill that role. When I first watched these, I could tell without a doubt the whole way through that yes it is developed by Speech and Language therapists, but family and friends who have seen them couldn’t really notice anything. “Isn’t it just like normal toddler’s TV?” one asked me – That is because the differences are quite subtle! Which means that your child won’t notice that you are making them watch speech therapy DVDs and they will just consider it something to enjoy.
We have the “Our Day” DVD and flash cards and just looking at the site now I’ve noticed there are also a couple of DVDs about going to school. We also have the flashcards which can be used for a variety of activities to help speech or understanding (my 3 year old really likes the flashcards!). It’s really nice that the flashcards and DVD go together so you can connect what your child has seen, with the activities you follow up with with the flashcards.
Sookie and Finn Our Day DVD is available on Amazon UK / US
You can also buy the matching flashcard sets on Amazon UK / US
I would recommend picture flashcards as a really helpful resource in general, as well as picture books – NOT to quiz or drill the child with the flashcards if they are not ready, willing or able, but just to use with simple games to help support their language.
Picture and Vocabulary books
Any of the books which have lots of pictures and words have been really useful for my children and make a nice change from story books. With a not so developed attention span, I have found these better for my younger two on some occasions as the child can go at their own pace and does not have to sit still and listen for so long, but is still able to listen and attend at their own level and pick up some language.
These can be bought from most book shops but some I would recommend are:
In general, Dorling Kindersley and Priddy Books are some of the best for these kind of books as they have loads but I even have one which I got from the 99p store which was published specially for them and my children have used it loads!
Story books do obviously have their place too and simple books with repetition or rhyme can be great for those who are still developing their first language skills, like the That’s not my…. series from Usbourne eg That’s Not My Dinosaur (Touchy-Feely Board Books)
I actually don’t have these books! But I have heard them recommended so much that I think it would be wrong to leave them out, if you want a more in depth book these have been really highly recommended. “It takes two to talk” for language delays and “More than words” specifically focusing on Autism.
Simple board games can be really good to help develop children’s attention, listening and turn taking skills which are all the basic skills they need to help language progress, and Orchard Toys have loads to choose from. Simple matching games or puzzles can also be used.
There are also charities around like I Can where you can go for some more help or advice if you are worried about your child’s communication
If you want to go down the private route, there are sites where you can find details and contact info of speech therapists in your area and what they specialise in – eg Help With Talking. Often there are waiting lists with the best therapists even with private, but most will be willing to discuss your child with you over the phone to see what kind of help they would need and whether that is something they could offer. As a lot of NHS therapy is group based in some areas, you might consider private for one to one. Not all therapists would suit every child and don’t feel that just because they are a qualified speech therapist that you can never disagree with their approach to your child. If you are not happy, then maybe it is not the right therapist. I did have to change therapists as one I originally got from Help With Talking did not work out for us, although I would recommend the website in general!
Personal recommendations from other Mums are often priceless though and the best indication you could go on. As one of my sons has a specific disorder (Verbal Dyspraxia) rather than a general language delay, I got a recommendation from another mum who’s child has the same condition. That way we got someone who is really brilliant for him! Forums and Facebook groups can be a great way to find out this kind of information.
I find signing so useful for my 3 year old, he uses Signalong but Makaton is another very similar language and these really can help to support language development. It eases the frustration by giving the child a method of communicating while words are still developing. For visual learners, signing seems to help them to remember and get the words out. My son joined two signs together long before he joined two words together. I would recommend going on a course if you can, then you can buy extra resources like books of signing vocabulary, and pick up extra signs even from the internet or Mr Tumble. The course gave me the confidence and foundation to get a great start in it, so that we could go further with it and that made a massive difference. Ask at your local children’s centre in case there is anything available, otherwise the courses can be quite expensive
One of the main strategies Nicola Lathey is recommending is “Say what you see” – which could be otherwise described as commenting, rather than just asking a lot of questions. This is also explained in the Talented Talk video from TalkingTipsForKids.
When talking to children it is not only quantity that counts but also quality. A lot of the time people without realising talk to babies or toddlers asking a lot of questions like “ooh whats that? what are you doing?” as well as quizzing them “what colour is that?” “how many dogs?” etc – But what speech and language therapists would recommend is that instead of doing this, it is better to focus more on commenting and describing – basically you just say what you see! This is such a simple concept, but it really does help and the great thing is that it can be done easily throughout the day while your child is playing. It takes no extra time or effort as you are playing and talking with them anyway but by using this technique, your child would get more out of it.
I use this myself, and at first if you are not used to talking like this it can seem a bit unnatural or forced, then you get used to it and it would be second nature. So rather than asking a young toddler “what are you doing with the car?” you can comment to them “You’re playing with the car. The car is in the garage!”
For me I find this so much more beneficial for my younger two children who are actually not very verbal at the moment (as one has quite severely delayed language due to a combination of Autism, Speech disorder and mild hearing loss, and the other is still quite young and not yet developed so much language) – If I think logically, why would I be asking them questions that I know they are not able to answer, whereas if I comment then they will be absorbing all of this information.
Obviously no one will say never ask questions to your child! There is a a rule of thumb which I have seen suggested: One question for every 4 comments – Like the digits on your hand, one thumb and 4 fingers which makes it easy to remember just as a rough guideline
Another technique which I have found had a really good impact for my children is simplifying the language, and this works really well alongside the commenting strategy. You always hear the advice “Talk to your child. The more you talk, the more they will learn.” This is true BUT if you talk non stop in complex sentences with advanced vocabulary and difficult sentence structure, for many children this can be really difficult and they may not take any of it in.
Because my 3 year old has Autism, we went on a local Earlybird course and this was one of the communication strategies mentioned. It’s really helpful for children with delayed language and understanding, or very young children who don’t have advanced understanding because of their age.
You can use one word sentences to reinforce what the child is seeing or doing, and then expand on this with two words or very simple sentences. For example if the child is playing with a car just simply commenting “car”, and if they hold it up to show you, you could say “big car” or “red car” rather than a long complex sentence about look at the car, how fast its going wow its so shiny and red and has 4 wheels and etc etc etc. With some children less is more then it allows them to consolidate what they have learned and heard.
Sometimes you get mums complaining about simplified language or babyish language, saying “why do people speak like this it will teach the children to speak wrongly” and that kind of thing, for example I’m sure we all have heard people moaning about the way the characters speak on Waybuloo or Tellytubbies. This is wrong and I wouldn’t agree with them at all. Simplified language does not make children grow up speaking like that forever, it simply gives them the chance to start understanding language more easily when they are at a basic level, and once that understanding is there then they have the foundations to move on.
There is so much more that can be said but hopefully some of the resources there will be useful. I would also like to say, I am not a fan of the “don’t worry they all learn eventually” attitude which leads parents to believe they should not seek help or assessment about speech and language concerns. Sometimes it’s true and a child will just suddenly have a language explosion and off they go! BUT not always. Well meaning people may try to reassure parents by saying “so and so never spoke til they were 5”, “boys are always slow at talking” or comments along these lines. If you have a genuine concern, it is always so much better to have your child seen! Speech therapy waiting lists can be very long and this is something to keep in mind when taking the “leave it and see” route.
For more ideas, and specific activities to try, follow our Speech & Language Pinterest board
Amoralia is a Lingerie brand with really stylish, pretty and feminine maternity and nursing lingerie, sleepwear and nightwear. I wish I had found them when I was pregnant, because they have such lovely things! I especially love the look of the Honey range. Their site is well worth a browse if you are pregnant or breastfeeding and don’t want to end up going down the grannyish underwear route – cos lets face it, it does affect your mood!
“Perfect under a wrap or floaty floral dress – creates a smooth line whilst supporting your new curves – this cami is also great post-birth for hiding a few lumps and bumps under super soft fabric”
This works as a maternity item and will also be so handy for new mums. It comes in Ivory (pictured) Nude or Black. It can be bought on the Amoralia website for £39.00
It’s also great to know that Amoralia are an ethical and charitable company who are committed to giving a portion of their profits to the Tommy’s charity which aims to end the heartache caused by premature birth, miscarriage and stillbirth. A very worthy cause to support.
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