How Can I Keep My Child Safe & Build Resilience If They Are Going To School During COVID-19?

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How Can I Keep My Child Safe & Build Resilience If They Are Going To School During COVID-19?

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Frankie Bridge sparks parenting debate with a new photo of sons

Frankie from The Saturdays has sparked a parenting debate after sharing a photo of her two boys using their iPads during dinner.

Posting a snap of herself as she sipped on a cocktail, Frankie revealed that she was an “iPad mum”, despite swearing she “never would be”.

The star’s full caption read: “The reality of dinner out with the kids… I’ll admit it…I’m an iPad Mum… swore I never would be…but here we are… the boys are happy… we’re happy… we’re all happy! Cheers! And Bon appetite.”

“iPad mum all the way especially when there’s food involved,” wrote one parent, with another adding: “Thank you for posting real-life pictures that make the rest of us see we’re not failing or useless mothers.”

Another suggested that when children get older, they should be encouraged to join in conversations around the dinner table.

“Gone are the days when Italian restaurants, in particular, would allow kids to draw on the tables. I think it’s okay whilst they are really young,” started one Instagram user, before adding: “But when they are that bit older it’s good for them to be engaging with adults. I have seen people giving children games to play with at the table and this would be better than them staring at computer screens.”

Another of Frankie’s followers echoed the sentiment, commenting: “iPads are a good fall back at dinner but we also try and take card games like Uno, Dobble or just a normal deck for games like Gin Rummy to have that interaction. When they get bored with that and have eaten then whip out the iPad and order a second bottle!”


Pause to Ponder:

What are your kids learning about eating out?

Are you teaching them how to enjoy interacting over a meal & connecting, chatting, and talking with you?

Is it really about you and your exhaustion?

Do you do this at home too?


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Q. Dear Sue, how can I help my baby learn to crawl?- Rosheen Kennedy from Kildare in Ireland


It’s always exciting to see your baby reach another major milestone — and crawling is definitely a big one. Crawling signals a rapid acceleration of your baby’s ability to explore, and of course, means you should be extra vigilant about babyproofing.

So when can you expect to see your baby start to crawl?

The answer is usually somewhere between 8-12 months, when your baby will have the strength to push up onto the hands and knees and take those first wobbly motions forward.

But how babies crawl varies. Some get on their hands and knees, and move around on all fours. Others travel on their bellies and pull themselves forward with their hands or elbows.

Still others wiggle, squirm, and push their way along, all without getting far off the ground.

What if your baby doesn’t crawl at all?

Don’t worry. Many experts say that some babies skip crawling altogether, and that’s fine, because it’s not a necessary milestone on the road to walking.

There are, however, advantages to crawling, including muscle development and coordination in the shoulders and arms. If you’re concerned that your baby isn’t crawling or seems headed to skipping this developmental stage, try to encourage crawling with longer periods of “tummy time.”

To make it even more enticing, you can sit on the floor just out of reach or offer your baby a toy as a reward.

Babies who get more tummy time as infants are more likely to crawl successfully.

Tummy time has been shown to strengthen the muscles of the head, neck, and shoulders, all of which are used in crawling. Babies between 3 and 4 months can do up to 20 minutes per day of tummy time.

If your baby shows no interest in crawling, and you’re concerned about possible developmental delays, or if after one month of crawling, your baby drags one side of his or her body, check with your doctor

10 Tips To Get Your Baby Crawling

  1. Give Your Baby Plenty Of Tummy Time
  2. Encourage Your Baby To Play With Their Hands Elevated. Try putting their arms on top of a pillow or stuffed animal during tummy time. You can also encourage them to put their hands onto elevated objects like furniture or toys while they’re sitting down. Just be sure to supervise so your baby doesn’t fall over
  3. Lift Your Baby Off The Floor. Help your little one get a leg workout by lifting them off the floor just a bit
  4. Let Your Baby Play In Front Of A Mirror. Take advantage of your little bundle of joy’s natural curiosity, and let them play in front of a mirror!
  5. Use Toys To Encourage Crawling You can place toys just out of their reach during playtime, too. Play tunnels are also a great way to encourage crawling.
  6. Lift Your Baby Out Of Supportive Devices. Strollers, high chairs, car seats, and walkers are all essential items for your baby. However, they can actually impede your baby’s muscular development. Because these items provide so much support, your little one isn’t forced to use their own muscles to support their weight. This can lead to delayed development, so be sure to limit time in supportive devices.
  7. Allow Your Baby To Play On All Sides During playtime, try moving your baby into different positions and allowing them to play on all sides. An even mix of right side, left side, back, and tummy will help your little one’s body become strong and healthy.
  8. Crawl With Your Baby. To get your baby crawling, allow them to practice! One great way to do this is to lie next to your baby and support their abdomen while they are on all fours.
  9. Don’t Make Your Baby Work Too Hard. Remember to be patient and have fun with your little one! If your baby becomes agitated or starts crying during playtime STOP. Just put them on their backs, hold and rock them, or let them get some sleep. It’s important for your baby to have positive associations with tummy time and crawling practice! So, don’t force your baby to do it when they aren’t enjoying it, and always give your little one lots of hugs and smiles
  10. Always Put Safety First. You can start by babyproofing your house and keeping your floors clean. A dirty floor may lead to irritated skin or a little baby rash. Also NEVER  leave your baby unattended, even just for a minute.

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