Simple Kids is a community for parents and caregivers of children in the birth to mid-elementary age range. Sometimes I feel that I don’t allow enough emphasis on the incredibly important birth to age one stage of childhood, so today I wanted to share a couple of Showcase ideas that might inspire parents of these littlest ones.
As most of us can testify, that first year can be wrought with teething woes. I sometimes hear of little ones who simply wake up in the morning with a two brand new teeth and not a soul knew they were teething. This has never been the case with either of my daughters! The appearance of new teeth is always heralded by weeping, wailing, and, well, gnashing of gums in our home. Emily wrote to tell me about tutorial she created for making a soft cloth teething toy. This is the finished product:
and this is the happy teether:
When you are parenting a baby, you are not only responsible for their health and well-being, you are sometimes called upon to be an interpreter for their inner thoughts and feelings. Reader Dena wrote me this week to share the Father’s Day poem she created for her husband, “spoken” in the words and perspective of their four month old daughter:
I love you. You’re my daddy
And you always know just what to do.
I know you’ll teach me lots of things
Right now I’m not very old
I’m waiting for a few more Springs
To start becoming bold.
You’ll teach me how to swim outside
And how to ride a bike.
You’ll teach me how to swing up high
And fun things to do on hikes.
I know we’ll have a loving life;
A lot of fun each day.
‘Cause, Daddy, you’re the best of all
To kiss my tears away.
I love you, Daddy. I can’t wait
To grow up big and tall
So I can hug you really tight
And tell my friends how you beat them all.
I thought this was a perfect example of how long before your children are able to participate in the creative process, you as the parent can begin building a groundwork of creative living! So sweet. Thank you for sharing, Dena!
And now your weekend reading:
The Latah Eagle: Cultivate a life-long fishing buddy; take a kid fishing
Zen Habits: 21 Tips on Keeping a Simple Home with Kids
ProPhotoHome: Taking Better Pictures of Your Kids
The Mother Load: Can I Craft Some Bath Toys?
The Rinrins: Camping
Happy weekend and happy camping!