According to a recent study, a staggering 87 per cent of modern day mums report feelings of isolation, with over a third feeling isolated almost every day.
Ironically, the sense of being alone as one adjusts to motherhood is an experience shared by many. And yet, the majority of us don’t open up about it.
Parenting expert Pinky Mackay explains, “Isolation is a huge issue. I see many new mums struggling with sleep issues and feeding issues. Often they are afraid to reach out and ask for help because there is this perception that everyone else is coping. This leaves women feeling isolated because they fear being judged.”
You’ve spent the last ten minutes performing pantomime for your baby, mustering every expression in the human facial vocabulary, and not a smile – not even a hint. That time you slaved over the stove cooking a delicious homemade meal for your tot and not only was it met with utter disdain but hurled on the floor with insulted indifference. Or when you pull in for a cuddle and your child spots a friend from nursery and your love is forgotten.
You hide the tears but your feelings have been hurt. It’s a parent’s life.
Babies spend nine long months paddling, kicking and blowing bubbles in the underwater world of mum’s womb – so it’s no wonder that little ones are born with the natural ability to swim.
Thanks to two intelligent, survival reflexes – the swim reflex and the dive reflex – babies will move their arms and legs in a swimming motion when supported in the water (tummy-side down), and can hold their breath and open their eyes when beneath the surface.
Because these reflexes are strongest in the first six months of life, it seems a good idea to take that opportunity to try out swimming lessons; and not necessarily to start prepping in advance for Olympic gold – or an escape plan should the family one day be marooned on a desert island.
All kids love the circus – but imagine their delight if they could actually be part of the Big Top experience, as bonafide performers?
Forget ballet class, piano lessons and tennis camp; circus school is coming to towns across the UK, and there’s a lot more to it than just clowning around…
Circus schools and workshops are fast becoming popular as the most exciting activity around, training the newest generation of circus artists in all the favourite feats; from aerial arts and acrobatics, to juggling, poi, diabolo, and even stilt-walking!
Babies communicate from birth, with cries and coos, and sweet little snuffling sounds. As they grow their ‘talking’ becomes more sophisticated and before you know it, you have a little person living in the room next to you. It’s all very exciting!
Here’s a talking timeline that will give an idea of the verbal milestone you have to look forward to in your baby’s first year: