Monthly Archives: November 2007

Locusts

Nov 30th, 2007

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As most peo­ple know, locusts swarm. Accord­ing to my Eng­lish dic­tio­nary they also con­sume veg­e­ta­tion of ‘districts’ (whole areas I sup­pose). Anoth­er def­i­n­i­tion is “…person of devour­ing or destruc­tive propen­si­ties”. And it is the peo­ple who act like locusts of whom I was think­ing a few weeks ago. We all know those peo­ple. They seem […]

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A Few Quotes Worth Mentioning

Nov 28th, 2007

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“A woman is like a teabag. It’s only when she’s in hot water that you real­ize how strong she is” — Nan­cy Rea­gan “You must do the thing you think you can­not do” — Eleanor Roo­sevelt “Ancoro imparo” (“I am still learn­ing”) — Michelan­ge­lo at 87 The mind is a mus­cle, you have to exer­cise […]

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Sign language and flash cards

Nov 26th, 2007

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These may both have a pur­pose but I think many mod­ern par­ents are los­ing sight of their pur­pose when rais­ing their chil­dren. I under­stand that par­ents get frus­trat­ed when their chil­dren can’t talk and com­mu­ni­cate. If they teach sign lan­guage the child can sign to them when she’s hun­gry, thirsty etc. I recent­ly found my […]

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Random Happenings

Nov 26th, 2007

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Grand­fa­ther #1: Com­fort­ably picks you up at 15 months and bur­bles to you in Span­ish Grand­fa­ther #2: Nev­er vis­its you, his grand­child Which grand­fa­ther would you rather have? Care­giv­er #1: Invents games, takes you for walks, sits on the floor with you, laughs with you. Care­giv­er #2: Nev­er talks to you or plays with you. […]

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Where did neighbourhoods go?

Nov 25th, 2007

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The best part about buy­ing our first house 26 years ago was dis­cov­er­ing that we now lived in a real neigh­bour­hood. We were the first fam­i­ly with young chil­dren to move into our road in some years. Our neigh­bours were such a mixed bunch age wise, gay and straight, with or with­out chil­dren. My two […]

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What’s the difference?

Nov 23rd, 2007

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I was think­ing about the per­cep­tion of the world from the point of view of two dif­fer­ent pop­u­la­tions. What does a child with devel­op­men­tal delays under­stand about the world? They are often anx­ious and jit­tery and their speech is usu­al­ly delayed. Some­times they are ini­tial­ly thought to be deaf. But the world to them is, […]

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Thinking about TV and Speech Delays

Nov 21st, 2007

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Sev­er­al arti­cles pub­lished this year have sug­gest­ed a rela­tion­ship between TV and autism. I don’t pre­tend to be an expert on autism but I have cared for numer­ous chil­dren younger than 3 years. My first rule in care­giv­ing is “no TV”. In house­holds where the par­ents use TV as a babysit­ter or as part of […]

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52 Ways To Bludgeon Your Child’s Physical, Mental, Social and Emotional Development Part 2

Nov 15th, 2007

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The next 26: 27. Nev­er be aware of nois­es that star­tle your infant/toddler/child. 28. Nev­er do any­thing about nois­es that star­tle. 29. Be impul­sive for your own needs, nev­er your child’s. 30. Always sat­is­fy your needs and guilt before your child’s needs. 31. Spend as much time away from your child as pos­si­ble; be it […]

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52 Ways To Bludgeon Your Child’s Physical, Mental, Social and Emotional Development Part 1

Nov 10th, 2007

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The first of a two-part blog today. This list is in no par­tic­u­lar order of impor­tance. The first 26: 1. Don’t talk to your infant or tod­dler in more than grunts, if pos­si­ble don’t talk to them at all, for as long as you can. 2. When and if they do start to talk repeat […]

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Horrors That Really Happened!

Nov 1st, 2007

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A tiny baby is left to cry for an hour each evening because “you aren’t sup­posed to feed babies more often than every 4 hours”. Tod­dlers are locked in their bed­rooms by their par­ents. Chil­dren are shut in dark clos­ets to dis­ci­pline them. Chil­dren are nev­er allowed to get ‘messy’, be it jump­ing in pud­dles, […]

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