I recently had a baby. Whoa. Babies have a way of gifting unexpected amounts of love and disruption immediately upon arrival. My daughter has been the only child in our home for the past four years, so having this adorable attention sucker brought some big changes to her world. I was feeding the baby late one night (haha, if only it was just one night) pondering how I could help my daughter feel more secure in my love for her through this transitional time. And I found this gem of a book. A few clicks later, and the book was on its way.
I can not really overstate the difference that using these rhymes has made in our relationship. The very first time I introduced her to the "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" game, (found here) she threw her arms around me when we had finished and quickly asked to do it again. Now it is a 30 second part of our bedtime routine.
My biggest concern as a parent, and biggest source of guilt, is being able to show my kids that I love them unconditionally. My heart felt so much relief when I could tell that these incredibly short rhymes and games spoke the language of my four year old. They communicate my acceptance and joy in her through touch and simple words.
I especially enjoyed the first several chapters of the book which explain why these seemingly simplistic and corny practices make a world of difference in relating to children. This book encourages me to be present--to stop and look in my child's eyes a few minutes a day, and interact through touch and shared words. And that is undoubtedly the greatest gift I could give her.
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