W sitting happens when tots sit on the floor on their knees, but with their legs splayed outward—making the letter ‘W’ from above. It’s a fairly typical posture for young children, but when it’s their only favoured position, it could create problems in posture and physical development.
Is it ok to laugh at your child’s plight? Many will say it’s entirely contextual—that and you should probably not roll around guffawing right in their face. After all, parenting is a delicate balance between semi-competently assessing situations, being a quasi-respectable role model, and laughing at any chance you can get. Or else you’ll weep.
Separation anxiety gets a bad rap—but it’s a totally normal part of development, and actually an indication of the strong bond that exists between you and your little one. Somewhat counterintuitively, this is the time you need to be increasing the closeness with your bubs—helping them to understand they even though they’ve just figured out you’re an entity separate from themselves, they can still trust and rely on you.
Most tots start off their food adventure with gusto; but somewhere along the line insanity-inducing fussiness threatens to spoil all the fun. Here’s what you can do to rescue mealtimes.
Another spanner in the nature vs nurture debate—apparently it’s your child’s position in the family pecking order determines their personality and life course.