My house has been swallowed by a toy-nado! Like many new parents, I am again eating my words from a past life. I swore I would not spoil my children with ‘stuff’ nor let every space in my house be ravaged by a toy-nado of plastic, but I have failed miserably. It is well established that play is vital for children’s emotional, social and cognitive growth and “Toys are the tools of play”. So tonight’s blog will attempt to address the following: What are the best kind of toys to buy and how do you get the ‘biggest bang for your buck’ when it comes to toys?
A little birdie once used the term ‘helicopter mum’ to describe a parenting style and the term stuck with me. It was a term that picked away at my deepest insecurities; this was not how I wanted to be nor be described by others.
Helicopter parent (n): A primary caregiver who hovers (both literally and figuratively) over their offspring to the detriment of the child’s learning and independence.
The term ‘helicopter parent’ has strong negative connotations with many associated terms springing to mind: anxiousness, kids wrapped in cotton wool, control freaks, learnt helplessness, worry warts, and the list goes on. It seems that the general consensus is that ‘helicopter parenting’ is not the way we should parent but the jury is out on the right way.
Remember the much loved Looney Tunes character, Tweety? “I twat I taw a puddy tat!” was his or her catch phrase and was full of speech errors (a recurring theme in many Looney Tunes characters). A little birdie once asked me…. “When does it stop being all b’s and d’s?” She was referring to her then two and half year old son’s speech and his speech pattern reminded me of Tweety. So is this normal?