Just in time for the school holidays, here are some great ideas from Celeste Rushby (Munchkins Coach, Occupational Therapist and mom of three) for helping your young children improve their fine motor skills, while simultaneously getting some much-needed quality time by having fun together! The best part is that most of these activities can be done with very little prep or clean-up, and are mostly made with materials found at home!
Your child’s health and happiness are essentially two sides of the same coin.
We sometimes feel that giving children what they want – sugary treats, screen time, toys – will make them happy. And who does not want to bring joy to their most precious little human, right? However, we tend to harm our children’s health in this process of pleasing, which ironically rather impedes their happiness. If you invest in health, happiness will flow from it. And the happier a child is, the healthier they are in turn – a beautiful upward spiral!
If you’ve ever attended a talk by Andalene Salvesen (a.k.a. Super Granny) or Celeste Rushby (qualified Occupational Therapist and Munchkins Coach) you will know it is a life changing experience. They are resourceful, yet practical, sympathetic yet down to the point, never beating around the bush when it comes to parenting.
I am not sure about you, but sometimes just seeing the word “balance” and how you are supposed to have it in your life makes me want to run for the hills. I don’t even know how to drink a steaming cup of coffee anymore, so balancing anything other than being mom to my 14-month old, my suffering career and keeping sane is about as much as I can tick off on my daily “balance list.”
Ways of making a child feel entitled:
- Buy him everything he wants.
- Make sure both siblings have everything exactly the same.
- Be sure to respond to ‘It’s not fair!’ by giving in or equalising the situation.
- Buy everyone presents on birthdays.
- Have a ‘Whatever I do for the one, I MUST do for the other one’ mentality.
- Buy ’things’ to replace spending time together. Give in to whining/pleading/nagging/tantrums.
- Show your child you feel guilty.
- Allow your child to manipulate you.
- Manipulate your child instead of disciplining him.