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Monday, March 27, 2017

Comassion, Children and Chronic Illness

I knew that I was told that when I was pregnant that children have a special way of sensing when things are wrong with you. But I never truly understood that until the other day.

See, we all likely suffer from mommy guilt, you know, feeling like you're not doing enough, or that you could be doing more, or something is missing. I have that feeling, too. However, on top of that scoop of mommy guilt, I also have a triple-dipped scoop of chronic illness guilt, too. I constantly feel like that I am never good enough, that I will never be good enough for my son, because of my illnesses.

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Not just my mental illnesses, either, but my physical ailments as well. I do my very best to get up every single day and take care of him, play with him, sit with him while he does his homework, sometimes we bake or cook together, and when it is decent outside, I do my damndest to be out there with him, and even try to run around, even though it may hurt me in the long run. I don't want to miss out on these moments with him.

It's funny, I never really wanted him to have to "understand" my illnesses, any of them. But I realize now, that there will never be a way around that. One day, he is going to learn about my mental illnesses, which is fine, I am not ashamed of them, and I will explain that to him. But my physical illnesses, I never wanted him to see me in the conditions I can get into when the pain gets bad.

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But I realized, that he already sees it. He already understands it. And instead of yelling at me to get up and get out of bed, he calmly comes over to me, where I am laying down, and sits next to me. I try apologizing to him, saying that I was sorry that I couldn't play with him today, that mommy was hurting so very badly. And these words of wisdom came out of my six year-old's mouth,
"Mom, you don't ever have to be sorry that you're in pain. I understand. Please don't be sorry."

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Needless to say I almost teared up, but I held it back because I wouldn't have wanted him to think that he made me upset by saying such a sweet thing. But it is truly amazing at the intuition and the compassion that kids hold for others.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Canine Aggression Warning Signs

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

How Soon Should You Put Your Child In A Child Care Centre

The caring parent should think critically about child care while making the decision that is needed along the way. However, the caring parent is also expected to consider the appropriate time to put their child in a child care centre and what kind of childcare will best suit the child as he or she grows older.

Some people argue that child care centres are ideal for toddlers and in-home care is suitable for babies. Other people also argue that personal day care is essentially the best agreement between centres and home-based care and is the best for kids of all ages.

As the parent, every decision you make concerning your child care about timing must be based on your specified circumstances and the requirements of your child. To assist you to come up with the correct decision about the timing of child care then keep the following points in mind:

Babies - between 0 and 18 months

Babies flourish in conditions where there is one-on-one care. Attention from a child care centre and sole caregiver is ideal at this stage. However, children care centres can function better if there is no large number of babies per care provider allowing the care provider to respond rapidly to the children needs.

Continuity of care has become one of the most significant aspects at this stage. The babies require an ample time to establish an attachment to and even trust in their care provider. They also need a safe and clean environment as they begin to explore the environment around them.

Toddler - between 18 months and 3 years

Young toddlers and babies have similar requirements as far as child care is concerned. Toddlers normally respond well to a less active caregiver to child ratios and need a care provider with lots of energy and patience. This is the time when children start to test their restrictions. In addition, they also need a care provider who can assist them comprehend the parameters of the environment they live in.
Some toddlers are tremendously active and require a safe environment which permits them to explore while restraining the potential for bruises and bumps. Child care centres in Sydney is excellent for the child at this age. Child care centres with a less active caregiver to ratios of the child and upright staff maintenance can work better too.

Another advantage of child care centre for the child at the age of 8 months up 3 years is that they provide toddlers an opportunity to socialise with other kids and provide them a chance to participate in various exercises which are not usually done at home.

Pre-schoolers - between 3 and 5 years

The benefit of placing pre-schoolers in a child care centre is that it offers them a chance to learn social skills and exercise their language. Children of between three and five years old are attentive to build peer relationships.

Choosing the appropriate time to place your child in a child care centre depends on their actual personality or to partake in group activities as well as your scheduled chore. There is no exact age as each and every child will certainly adapt to the care centre environment in a different manner.

This post was written in collaboration with Mediabuzzer.