The calm sea glistens in the sunlight. Dolphins swim where aqua water turns to blue. I wade out to my waist, then fall in up to my neck enjoying this quiet moment. Then from the shoreline I hear “Mama mama!” My tiniest toddler is reaching for me. Gathering her up, I take the little one deeper to watch the fish flitting out of the water.
She wants a breast feed. So as I nurse her in the calm waters I move her back and forth rhythmically and hum a repetitive tune while she looks up with smiling eyes. She sits up, throws her arms around my neck for a cuddle and switches sides to continue nursing. Moving with the gentle sea hum my little song.
She snuggles in, her eyes become heavy and she sleeps, right there, partially immersed in the water, cradled in my arms. She is so precious and perfect, it is hard to look away from her cherubic face.
This is why I breast feed, not because I am one of the lucky ones that can, not because it is convenient, not just for the physical benefits to us both, but because it reinforces my connection with my child. We become one in each other’s arms and she is secure in her safety.
She sleeps and I bask in the glow of early motherhood.
These are the little moments, the gems that I will carry through my life that warm my heart space and fill me with joy.
Excuse me while I go and hug my children xx
Its a blistering hot day at the beach. The sun is shining and the gentle breeze tempers the radiant heat from the pure white sand. Today we brought toys with us. In the bag are the usual buckets and spades, and a friendly plastic cow.
The plastic cow that cost 20 cents from an second hand store was the central theme of play. This wonderful activity started with me asking “What does a cow need darling?” From there, the adventure to search for materials and build the cow a home was on! The beach was scoured for branches to make a large tree, leaves to thread onto it, branches for a paddock fence and gate, grass for food, shrubs to rub his bottom on to scratch an itch, grass to eat etc… Holes were dug for a waterhole so he could drink. My eldest toddler even volunteered to be the cow’s friend and farmer so that he wouldn’t be lonely.
Integrated into this play were:
– lateral thinking
– design and construction
– connection to each other and the activity
– integration into physical environment.
Benefits to development:
– fine motor skills
– gross motor skills
– problem solving
– a sense of belonging.
A simple question started this activity and brought wonderful results. Maybe give something similar a try with little people in your lives?
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Hope you have a beautiful day.