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Letters to Squirm: Now You Are Two

Dear Squirm,

I missed writing you a letter on your second birthday earlier this month. It’s been another busy one – filled with birthday visits for you (and your grandfather) and unfortunately with illness – we’re only just getting back on track again.

The last six months have been difficult as a family. Your dad has been working overseas for four or five weeks at a time, then coming home for a week. You miss him lots, especially right after he goes, but we talk with him on Skype every morning and try to spend lots of fun times together when he’s at home.

You’re speaking a lot now. You have a pretty big vocabulary and put sentences together regularly. You have a few favourite sayings – ‘whoopsie daisy’ and ‘carry up’ among them. You use your vocabulary to ask for things, but you’ve also learned how to say please and thank you regularly.

Your sleep has changed dramatically during the last 6 months. You now sleep through the night in your own bed and have just started putting yourself to sleep which feels revolutionary. Your naps have also become longer which seems counter-intuitive as you are getting older. You still eat a lot of food, though you have become pickier and I need to be more aware of offering a wide range of foods so you get all your nutritional needs.

You like to go for walks a lot – you love holding my hand or daddy’s hand and heading out somewhere. You also love helping, especially when it comes to cooking. You helped make biscuits the other week and did a wonderful job.

Trains and trucks and cars are still big interests. You love watching Mighty Machines, though you change your favourite episodes regularly (from Firetrucks to Ferries to Roadwork). You also enjoy Thomas and Friends, Pocoyo, Peppa Pig and Postman Pat. You have lots of favourite books, and you also rotate though these. You sometimes ‘read’ along with us and love cuddling in for your bedtime read. You’re starting to sing more – mostly with music but there’s a few songs you sing without accompaniment – Twinkle Twinkle, The Alphabet song (though only ABCD – then the last line!) and Down by the Station. You’re starting to count too and love it when we find things to count.

We had a wonderful day for your birthday, heading to the Rail Workshop Museum at Ipswich. It was a weekday, so the museum was quiet and you had a wonderful time exploring, driving trains, colouring and playing. You began to understand how birthday cakes worked too – and spent a lot of time calling out for them!

You’re a wonderful, energetic, creative, thoughtful boy and we’re loving getting to know your interests and thoughts and preferences. We’re looking forward to watching you grow over the next year.

Love

Mum

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Week 5: Watercolours (52 Weeks of Provocations)

Provocation 5 : Watercolours

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Background Information

We’ve played with watercolours before, but back before Squirm was walking. Now he is walking and he is a little taller, I was able to pull out an easel and allow Squirm to explore watercolours in a whole new way

Materials

  • Watercolour paints (from Big W)
  • A selection of brushes
  • Water and water container
  • Easel (from Ikea)
  • Big pieces of paper (Mine were left over from when I was teaching, but you can get great pieces of big paper from Storage places)
  • Table
  • Mirror
  • Various pencils and crayons

Set Up

At first I just set up the easel with the watercolours and water on the ground. This was successful, but meant that Squirm needed to do a lot of crouching and standing. The next day, I placed the easel next to the table and set up the watercolours, mirror, water and pencils and crayons on the table. This was much more successful. I gave Squirm a new piece of paper each time, though some had writing on the back from my classroom days. I made sure the watercolours were wet before Squirm began

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Experiences

Squirm seemed to remember the watercolours from when we’d played with them before. To start with he stuck with his brushes, putting them in the paint and making long strokes on the paper. Some of the time he put the brush in water between colours, other times he didn’t. Later on he experimented with using a crayon to dip in the paint instead of a brush, and he tried some small twigs as well. He mostly kept his lines to one part of the page, though he would paint over my lines if I made any. On one of the days, he enjoyed the fact that he would use the water and the paint to make a hole in the paper.

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What Next?

Art, art and more art πŸ™‚ The easel was a massive hit, so I’m sure we’re going to use it for drawing, pasting, and painting with different types of paints. Squirm also seemed more receptive to art experiences – this has carried over into drawing which he does most days. There’s a wonderful post at How We Montessori with different art activities, which I’m definitely going to use for ideas.

Provocations are experiences offered to a child, based on past knowledge or interests, with the aim of extending the child’s ideas.

Our provocations present a small range of materials – some which are part of Squirm’s every day life, others which are new to him, or only known from other provocations. The aim is to present them in a thoughtful and (hopefully) attractive way, and to allow Squirm to investigate them in any manner he wishes. These provocations will remain in place for around a week, and then a new provocation will be presented.

Understanding That My Child Is Not Me

We’d been having problems with swimming lessons. Squirm used to love them and was doing really well. Then, all of a sudden, they became the worst things in the world. Squirm wouldn’t do any of the skills he’s learned and he was upset the whole lesson. I was on the verge of finishing lessons (a tricky thing involving 4 weeks notice) when I turned to Google for advice.

Turned out that it wasn’t uncommon for children of Squirm’s age to go through this sort of thing. While I was happy that it was normal, knowing that didn’t help me deal with it. But one comment on a forum did – the commenter suggested taking time to adjust before the lesson started.

Of course! The realisation hit me like a tonne of bricks. After all, Squirm usually felt better about swimming by the end of the lesson. Turning up early was such an easy thing to do and it fit in with other things we are starting to notice in Squirm.

Squirm doesn’t always do well in intense situations – noise and chaos are not always his friends. Shopping centres have a limited time before Squirm loses it, so I plan trips on how few shops we can visit. When Squirm meets up with adults other than Mr Pilot or myself, it takes him time to adjust and warm up to them – even if he sees them regularly. We’ve noticed that he does best when we approach situations slowly – when we give Squirm time to warm up to the environment and the people around him.

Sometimes it’s difficult to remember this. Although I have a certain amount of social anxiety leading up to an event, I’m usually fine when I get there. I usually find someone to talk to quickly, even in situations where I don’t know anyone. It’s natural for me to put myself right in the middle of things – but I need to remember that it’s not natural for Squirm.

I need to give him the time he needs to adjust to new environments, sit with him in a quiet spot and talk him through what is going on. I need to let him take in people from a bit of a distance before insisting that he ‘talks’ with them. I need to honour his personality and his needs – and remember that those are different from my own.

Taking our time worked wonderfully with swimming. We arrived about 15 minutes earlier than usual, and watched the water while he got ready. Luckily the child in the class before ours was away on that day, so we were able to sit quietly next to the pool and just chill out talking about the lovely water and how good it would feel. And the lesson was a huge success – a 180 degree turn around from the last few weeks before. Sometimes it really pays to take our time.

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Week 4: Foam Block (52 Weeks of Provocations)

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Unfortunately we had some work done on our house which halted . . . well everything for a while. The disruption caused some problems both in the areas we could use, and with Squirm’s behaviour at the time. We seem to have everything slowly getting back to normal though, and I’m restarting the provocations – beginning with one we actually did during the disrupted period.

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Provocation 4 : Foam Block

Background Information

It started with a pin cushion left just in the reach of my ever growing Squirm. To my horror, I found him crouched on the floor, intently pulling out each one of my very sharp pins! Obviously, this was incredibly interesting to him, but in no way safe. But it got me thinking about what could we do to mimic the sensory experience of pulling pins out of a pin cushion. This was our (sometimes surprising) alternative.

Materials

  • Foam florists block (from the local discount store)
  • Golf tees (from the local discount store)
  • Platter for holding the block
  • Container for the tees
  • Splash mat (because we did it indoors)
  • Water

Set Up

We set this up on the floor of our kitchen on top of the splash mat. First I wet the block to make it less ‘flaky’ then pushed in the golf tees. I placed the block on an old platter I had (non breakable) and put it on the mat with the container.

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Experiences

Squirm LOVED this provocation. The tees and the block worked extremely well together and he enjoyed pulling the tees out (there’s a slight ‘pull’ before they come out), and pushing them back in. He also likes using the tees as tools on the foam – making holes and ‘carving’ paths and lines with them. He also enjoyed using his hands to push and pull at the block – demolishing a whole corner at one point. The tees continued to be a toy separate to the block as well – used for poking and prodding and tinkering.

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What Next?

The foam block made me think about using clay and the different experiences Squirm might be able to have with that. As we begin to move into more art based activities, I’m sure there’s be clay available to play with. I’d also like to use the golf tees again since Squirm really enjoyed manipulating them.

Provocations are experiences offered to a child, based on past knowledge or interests, with the aim of extending the child’s ideas.

Our provocations present a small range of materials – some which are part of Squirm’s every day life, others which are new to him, or only known from other provocations. The aim is to present them in a thoughtful and (hopefully) attractive way, and to allow Squirm to investigate them in any manner he wishes. These provocations will remain in place for around a week, and then a new provocation will be presented.

The Most Important Job To Who?

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Last week a comedian published a controversial article about motherhood. (This particular comedian always manages to post mother-bashing articles on the days I feel like crap, so I’m not going to give her the respect of mentioning her name. It’s petty, but makes me feel better). Her rather jumbled click bait article argued that ‘Motherhood is not the most important job in the world’ and that ‘it’s not even a job’.

You know, somewhere in the confusion of words, she had some valid points. It is a rather tired slogan which could be widened to include fathers and step parents and others who parent our children. It’s a throw away statement which can hurt when you’re going through fertility issues. But the feel of her article was more about pushing the ideas that feminist women should be working outside the house and that mothering isn’t really that hard at all.

I’ve read a couple of excellent rebuttals to her article (including the tweets of a friend with a 2 week old . . . someone who has worked as an engineer, run an independent press and started a PhD at the same time) but now I’ve had time to get back into a good head space (plus some sleep) my thoughts have turned more to the notion of ‘Important’ jobs.

A traditional view of ‘important’ jobs turns up the usual suspects – surgeons and airline pilots. (It probably comes as little surprise that these are traditional jobs held by men.) But, to be honest, the surgeon isn’t that important to me until I’m lying on the operating table (and a couple of them have seemed more interested in where they’re going to leave my scar than the work under the skin!) Airline pilots are wonderful when I’m flying, but I’ve seen enough Air Crash Investigation to know they really only become important on take off, landings and when something goes wrong.

The truth is, jobs become important to us when we’re invested in them. The special care nurses looking after my son after his birth had the single most important job in the world to me at that time. When a near by bridge was damaged by the 2011 floods, the engineers designing the new one were terribly important to stop the massive traffic jams. And when I had pregnancy cravings, the workers at MacDonalds were of extreme importance to me!

When a parent is the primary carer of a child, it is probably the most important job in the life of the parent and the child. At the moment, I see myself having four jobs – mother and carer of Squirm, looking after the house, blogger, and teacher on leave (I still keep up my professional reading in that job). Out of those four jobs, being a mother is the most important to me. I’m on call, on my own, from 6.15am to 6.30pm from Monday to Friday. Our days are planned, to a certain extent, around what Squirm needs. It may not always be the most important job in my life, but at the moment it is, and I’m okay with that.

This particular article is part of a bigger problem at the moment. There’s an awful lot of internet power in being offensive to sections of the community and being offensive about mothers is a solid gold pass to getting a lot of clicks. You don’t get as much attention from being inclusive, from acknowledging that different people have different priorities, and that slogans will fit for some people and not fit for others. And you can’t promote your latest show or book without lots of clicks, so people like this will continue to do it. But as thoughtful people we can do something. We can acknowledge that different people want different things from life. We can support people in what they want to do. We can campaign for good childcare and offer support to those who do want to stay at home. We can refuse to let someone like this make us feel bad so that she can make more money.

We can decide who’s important in our own worlds.

Watching Book Exploration Develop

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Squirm is a book lover.

I cannot tell you how happy I am to write those words. Because, although I know a lot of the theory about reading to babies and toddlers, I’d never seen it in action. I never knew what discovering books would look like, or the steps we’d go through in introducing books to Squirm. On top of that, there’s definitely been times when we haven’t been able to read with him as much as we’d like – when he’d fall asleep before we could pick a book up or when he was more interested in leaving gnaw marks over the books than reading them.

It seems that discovering books and reading, like almost everything else, consists of a series of developmental steps. There are things to learn and ways to react before you can move onto the next level. Here’s some of the things we’ve noticed on Squirm’s journey:

Books as Mummy and Daddy’s Voice

This was the first stage of our exploration into books with Squirm. We started reading to him while we were in the hospital, and we discovered that it was a great way to calm him – that he responded really well to the steady rhythm of our voices. This continued when we got home, especially on the nights when he was doing everything he could to stay awake. Our favourite was an old kids book about Australian Aviators. It’s an incredibly detailed book, with tonnes of potential for monotonous reading.

Books as Objects (like everything else)

This phase kicked in once Squirm could pick books up . . . and bring them towards his mouth. Suddenly we needed to consider the books we shared with him in terms of ‘mouthable’ and ‘not mouthable’ (read more about sharing books with a mouthing baby here) Books became things to pick up, move around and put in his mouth, but were very much like other objects in the house. We continued to read to him (all sorts of books, not just the ‘safe’ ones) extending the books as Mummy’s and Daddy’s voice.

Books as Objects (in their own right)

Suddenly books became books! They became objects which had a cover and pages and those pages could be turned. And this was the same in every book, whether it was paper, board, fabric or plastic. This was where the absolutely fabulous ‘That’s not my . . .’ book series was the best. They were sturdy enough to hold up to the mouthing and the enthusiastic little hands, while being small enough to handle. Plus they’ve got a look which is similar from one book to another and fabulous textures which keep little attentions on the page for longer. At this stage there’s been a lot of enthusiastic flipping through books – stories are begun and finished very quickly!

Books as Stories

This is the stage we’ve just reached recently. Squirm still spends ages looking at books, but he’s not quickly flipping through them anymore. Now he’s stopping to examine pictures. And he’s bringing books to us and demanding that we read them to him. Again and again. He has a longer attention span at reading times to – his eyes really taking in the page while he listens to the story. He’s beginning to understand that these objects contain magical things in them – which is a really magical thing to watch.

 

So what comes next? Well, as Squirm’s language skills develop (we seem to be getting new words all the time) I’m sure we’re going to start dipping into retelling, role playing and story telling. It’s a fascinating journey to watch up close, and one I feel very privileged to witness.

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Five Favourite Toys That Aren’t Really Toys: The Inside Edition

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Like other babies and toddlers, Squirm has a long-held fascination with the every day items around him. Often these items become his most played with and explored toys. Here’s five of his favourites for playing with inside.

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An Old Keyboard

Squirm is fascinated by things he can press at the moment, and our laptops are a constant source of interest. Unfortunately for him, we don’t always want him typing messages on our laptops (he once sent a garbled message to a politician’s Facebook page) and he’s not always the most gentle with the keys. Enter my wonderful father who works with computers. He had this wonderful wireless keyboard in his discards pile and was able to clean it up for Squirm. He plays with it almost every day, typing out all sorts of messages for the world to read.

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A Torch/Beacon

After we visited the Ipswich Art Gallery’s Light Play exhibition, I sought out some ways for Squirm to play with light. One of our discoveries was this torch/beacon from Big W. It comes in a couple of different colours (we have red and blue) and has a torch in the end, plus the ‘glow stick’ part. It has a variety of settings (including flashing) and has been an absolute hit with Squirm, especially during late afternoons and early evenings. Recently, it’s become even more fun because he can press the button himself and doesn’t need me to help him with it.

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A Stepping Stool/Bench

I originally bought this stool from a discount store, back when Squirm was pulling himself up on furniture for standing. But once he started walking and started climbing up on things, he discovered a new way to use it. When it was overturned, it was the perfect height to practice stepping up onto and down off again. He sets it up in the middle of the living room and spends ages stepping on and off it and running around to try again. Then when he’s tired, he has a nice seat to sit on πŸ™‚ (Plus it has a little container built in the top for him to store things in!)

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An Old Purse, Glasses Case and Loyalty Cards

A couple of months ago, Squirm got hold of my purse while we were visiting my parents. Suddenly money was being thrown through the air, quickly followed by an assortment of very old receipts (thanks to this, I have a very clean purse now). After this happened a few times, I dug out an old purse of mine, along with some loyalty cards, a few Woolworths animal card doubles and an old student card and an old glasses case. These are all kept in an old handbag of mine, which has about 100 (or at least 5) zippers and compartments – it keeps him busy for ages.

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Utensils

Squirm can reach into 3 out of 4 of our drawers in the kitchen now. The bottom one holds his plates and cups, the next one holds nothing (though he occasionally uses it to store food . . . ) and the next one up has out cooking utensils. These are the ones he likes the most – they make a wonderful noise when he hits them together or against other things. But he also uses them to push and pull things across the floor.

It’s wonderful to see the imagination Squirm has when it comes to ordinary household items – I’m always wondering what he’ll play with next!

The Gift of Slow

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When you’re living a distracted life, every minute must be accounted for. You feel like you must be checking something off the list, staring at a screen, or rushing off to the next destination. And no matter how many ways you divide your time and attention, no matter how many duties you try and multi-task, there’s never enough time in a day to ever catch up.
The Day I Stopped Saying Hurry Up by Rachel Macy Stafford

This beautiful post, about watchers and noticers and those children who cannot be hurried, has been shared over and over again on my Facebook feed. It’s resonated with many parents – and I have to admit that I am one of them.

For too long I’ve subscribed to the cult of ‘too busy’. I’ve planned my life with too much in it, never happier unless I was juggling 10 things at once. I equated ‘being busy’ with being successful. When I had Squirm, I was thrown – how could I be ‘succeeding’ if I wasn’t ‘getting anything done’. How could I justify the days when my greatest success was having a shower and washing the dishes?

Then, recently, I noticed a change through my Facebook feed. People were talking about the article I mentioned above. They were talking about the small, good things in their lives. One of my favourite pages, Brisbane Kids, started to have moments of Slow and Grateful Parenting. Janet Lansbury made me think about observing instead of rushing in.

I was becoming more conscious about my parenting, about how I valued my day, about how I valued Squirm’s choices, but I didn’t really get it until I watched Squirm take on the door sill. At the time, Squirm was a relatively new walker. He was slowly becoming more confident, but there were always more challenges to take on. One of those challenged was walking over surfaces which included a change of height – where one surface was higher or lower than the other. Our back door sill is a shocker for this – with about three or four different heights to deal with – easy for an adult to just step over, much more difficult for tentative little feet.

Usually I would just pick Squirm up and carry him over the step, but on this day something made me stop and wait. Squirm would hover his foot over the step, working out how high he would have to step and how much he would have to put into the step. He’d make a start, then stop and reevaluate. He tried again and again, and I managed to hold back and let him go, despite the urge to just pick him up or help him over. Finally, after carefully mapping the door sill with his feet, he was able to get over it all on his own – with the biggest smile on his face.

Since then, he’s taken on a number of other door sills – the ones at his grandparents place are a real challenge. Sometimes he falls, but when he achieves it, all on his own, there’s a sense of pride in him which makes me so happy that I stood back and waited – that I embraced the gift of slow.

The State of Squirm – November 2013

You’re 15 months old and full of energy, even at 3am in the morning.

You love reading, Waybuloo, sultanas, your push trolley and music.

You have a favourite pair of shorts which you always find in your drawers or in the laundry hamper.

You are starting to be more interested in drawing, and you mostly stay on the paper.

You like to climb everything!

You’re becoming more deliberate in your play, placing things where you want them.

You still get frustrated when things don’t go right the first time, but you’re more persistent now.

You would really like it if I just gave you my iPad (it’s not happening).

You throw some huge tantrums – your emotions are just too big for you to deal with at the moment.

You have 16 teeth – those canines were painful!

You’re becoming more routine oriented – which I like more than I thought I would.

You’re still very uncertain with people who aren’t mum or dad – but you do warm up to people, especially when they just go about things and let you approach them. You’re definitely more comfortable with other children – especially B and E at swimming and R at craft group.

You like digging in dirt and you’ve just had your first experience jumping in muddy puddles.

You have to visit the book shop every time we go past it – you know exactly where the kids books are.

You’re wonderfully fun and loving and difficult and relaxed and intense and we love you very much.

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Week 3: A Collection of Stones (52 Weeks of Provocations)

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Provocation 3 : A Collection of Stones

Background Information

I wanted to return to the stones which Squirm enjoyed so much in the first week, while introducing a few different types of stones. However, I thought I would also continue to use some of the excellent materials which worked so well in the second week. So this provocation kind of became a combination of the two. Plus we finally had a table to use!

Materials

  • Two stainless steel bowls (from KMart)
  • 6 large river stones (from the local discount store)
  • 6 large blue ‘glass’ stones (from the local discount store)
  • 6 large green ‘glass’ stones (from the local discount store)
  • water
  • Mirror (from the local discount store)
  • Table (from Ikea)
  • Plastic covering (from Big W)
  • Rug (from KMart)

Set Up

Because the table is a little tall for Squirm, I discovered the materials worked best if they were set up close to the edge of the table. I put the plastic covering on the table first (because we were working with water), then the rug on top. On one side of the rug, we had the bowl with the stones in it, on the other side a bowl with water, a mirror in between.

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Experiences

Squirm really enjoyed the feel of the ‘glass’ rocks, picking them up, turning them over in his hands, dropping them on the ground (to hear the sound) and trying to make them spin on the ground. He really enjoyed dropping them in the water, then tipping the water bowl (water everywhere!) to get them back again. He also spent a lot of time just playing with the water again. He continued his more cautious approach from last week, but also enjoyed tipping it over a bit at a time to see the water spill.

I was able to get a video of some of Squirm’s play (note, the cup was from last week’s provocation. He wouldn’t give it up πŸ™‚ )

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What Next?

We’re going to give the rocks and water a little break for a while now, but I’ll be very interested in how Squirm approaches them when we pull them out in the future. I’d like to include some short sticks and even some blocks with the rocks, especially as Squirm gets more interested in stacking.

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Provocations are experiences offered to a child, based on past knowledge or interests, with the aim of extending the child’s ideas.

Our provocations present a small range of materials – some which are part of Squirm’s every day life, others which are new to him, or only known from other provocations. The aim is to present them in a thoughtful and (hopefully) attractive way, and to allow Squirm to investigate them in any manner he wishes. These provocations will remain in place for around a week, and then a new provocation will be presented.