When baby is overstimulated.

Babies, toddlers, and overstimulation | SimpleKids.net

She starts to get restless and lets out the wail we’ve come to call “the warning shot.”  Act fast, mom, because I’m about to lose it here. I recognize her whimpers and I pick her up and whisper in her ear as we walk around the room. We walk and rock and it doesn’t take long before she is asleep, worn out from play and observing the world around her.

There are fussy moments that mean the baby is tired.  Or hungry.  Or overstimulated.  Amelia lets me know.

As I learn more and more about my child, I learn what her cries mean, what facial expressions indicate she’s overwhelmed, and I can anticipate her responses. 

This is something that an older sibling (and sometimes other adults) can’t as easily do.  At times there are hurt feelings when what seems like happy play is abruptly ended by baby’s frantic cries.  “She doesn’t like me anymore.”

Sometimes, we can’t always decipher what our babies are trying to tell us.  One moment baby is happy and giggling, enjoying the game, and the next she is overwhelmed and frantic.

And, if it is tricky for grown ups to decipher, it definitely isn’t easy for a young sibling to understand the sudden shift in baby’s emotions.

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Back to School: 6 Things Your Child’s Teacher Wants You to Know

Back to school: what a teacher wants you to know | SimpleKids.net
The following post was written by contributor Emily. I felt like it was timely to republish as we prepare to head back to school this year.

The time is upon us again. Back to School is in full swing across the country. As you are gathering your supplies and shopping for new clothes, I wanted to share some thoughts on heading back to school from a teacher’s perspective.

Your child’s teacher might not share these things with you, but I can assure you, they will be thinking them!

6 Tips for Heading Back to School

1. View This Year as a Clean Slate

Last year your child may have had their very favorite teacher (or maybe not-so-favorite). Regardless of the previous teacher, look at this new year as a chance to start fresh.

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Ages and stages: age four

Lucy, age four | SimpleKids.netAmelia, my youngest child, is going to turn four at the end of this week and it has me nostalgic for the last time we had a four year old in the house. Please enjoy this post from 2012, when Lucy was four years old.

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There’s a magical little creature who lives at our house.  She’s very shy around strangers, but around her family she lights up the room and is sometimes the noisiest child in this large family of ours.

She makes up stories and plays games.  She has a vivid imagination.  She loves horses and the color purple and baby dolls. She makes entire farms out of paper plates and magic markers. She dances and sings yet also likes to sit quietly with a stack of picture books.  She wears twirly dresses and silky capes and also Batman pajamas and a pirate’s eye patch.

This magical creature’s name is Lucy and she’s my four year old daughter.

“Four is, indeed, highly versatile.  What can he not do?  He can be quiet or noisy, calm or assertive, cozy or imperious, suggestible or independent, social, athletic, artistic, literal, fanciful, cooperative, indifferent, inquisitive, forthright, humorous, dogmatic.  He is many people in one.”  – Your Four Year Old: Wild and Wonderful by Louise Bates Ames, PhD.

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