Hello chatter, my old friend.The sounds of silence are a dim recollection now, like mystery, privacy and paying attention to one thing — or one person — at a time.
I don’t know about all of you out there but silence is something that makes me uncomfortable most of the time…and I am not even sure why.
There is just so much “chatter” in my head at any given moment of the day especially at this time of year…the lists…the schedules, the “smart phone” etc.
This morning my house is empty except for me and three dogs, who are at the moment behaving themselves and enjoying the sun streaming in the windows. They have all found their spots and are napping…
I, on the other hand, am writing this post instead of just sitting back and enjoying the quiet.
As hard as I try, “kicking back” is not something I do except when I am at the ocean…and let’s face it I am not at the beach very often especially at this time of year and I do live in Chicagoland so that should tell you that the ocean is not exactly close by .
Oh yes, I do have a conch shell that I put up to my ear when I come across it… I used to religiously listen to ocean sounds on my sound machine… where is my sound machine anyway?
Silence is Golden…
So I am going to sit here and enjoy it for awhile…before pre-school line-up begins.
Thanks for reading and I hope you grab some silence when you can it is well worth savoring.
If you do one thing today read this and pass it on to anyone who has children…no child should have to suffer burns or scalds!
If this prevents one accident I will be very happy.
Noodle soup is strangely perfect for delivering a serious burn. The sticky noodles cling to the skin, which leads to deeper, more severe burns, according to a study published in 2007. The study showed that hospital stays for upper body noodle-soup burns are more than twice as long as scalds from hot liquids alone. Garner says that about one in five children he sees with the burns end up needing surgery, and these patients can face permanent scarring and limited mobility in their joints.
Simply put, I could not wait to share this post from NPR ….temper tantrums are so exhausting for the child, parents, grandparents and anyone else around.
This is great information with some scientific background.
Another recommendation of mine for dealing with “meltdowns” is found in “The Happiest Toddler on the Block” by Dr. Harvey Karp.
Good Luck…hope it helps.
Temper Tantrums (video)
The trick in getting a tantrum to end as soon as possible, Potegal said, was to get the child past the peaks of anger. Once the child was past being angry, what was left was sadness, and sad children reach out for comfort. The quickest way past the anger, the scientists said, was to do nothing. Of course, that isnt easy for parents or caregivers to do.
This has been a short week for me…due to a migraine headache that just will not go away.
I have however found a wonderful post about toddler toys that pose a danger to a younger child. There are some GREAT responses from moms that have dealt with this issue very efficiently.
A happy holiday is also a safe holiday.
Now that my younger child is mobile, Im looking for ways to keep his 4-year-old brothers small toys such as Legos out of his reach. I want my older son to be able to play with his things around the rest of the family and not be banished to another room, but Im also worried about the baby choking on these toys. What can I do?