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It all happens when I go to bed

Weird things enter my head

I visit some very strange places

I see animals with very weird faces

In one of my weirdest dreams

I saw a snake eating ice cream

Although I must admit

It’s better than having to babysit

My weird little sis

whilst my dad goes to the pub

And drags along my mum

When I babysit

I don not recognise my sister

She changes into something else

She wears wigs she collects on her shelf

She pretends to be a film star

Riding around in a fancy car

Although I must admit

I’d rather do that than babysit

She really drove me up the wall

When her friend decided to call

Dad had said let no-one through the door

Or he’d said “There will be war”

So when the doorbell rang

Then came a bang! Bang! Bang!

I rushed upstairs to bury my head

Under the pillow on my bed

Before I knew I’d fallen asleep

I’d entered a forest, so deep

Then before my very eyes

I saw to my surprise

Mum and dad going to war

With the largest dinosaur

Then I saw the very same snake

But this time he was eating a cream cake

Then I heard a bang! bang! Bang!

Someone hovered over me

It was my dad


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Where did you come from, baby dear? Out of the everywhere into here.

Where did you get your eyes so blue? Out of the sky as I came through.

What makes the light in them sparkle and spin? Some of the starry spikes left in.

Where did you get that little tear? I found it waiting when I got here.

What makes your forehead so smooth and high? A soft hand stroked it as I went by.

What makes your cheek like a warm white rose? I saw something better than anyone knows.

Whence that three-cornered smile of bliss? Three angels gave me at once a kiss.

Where did you get this pearly ear? God spoke, and it came out to hear.

Where did you get those arms and hands? Love made itself into hooks and bands.

Feet, whence did you come, you darling things? From the same box as the cherubs’ wings.

How did they all just come to be you? God thought about me, and so I grew.

But how did you come to us, you dear? God thought about you, and so I am here

~George MacDonald

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What can I do to make my toddler behave and stop the tantrums?

If you thought baby behaviour was difficult just wait until you’re little one becomes a toddler.

Often, this proves to be the hardest period of a child’s life for a parent to deal with. This is because your child has suddenly developed a voice and a sense of independence but not an understanding of how life works i.e. That you can’t always get what you want.

Fortunately, there’s a great deal of useful advice available to help with toddler behaviour, and here’s some of the most effective…

Reward good behaviour               Perhaps the best way to discourage bad behaviour is to reward good behaviour. We’e not talking about giving her treat every time she behaves herself but should give her lots of praise, love and attention. So when she does misbehave, and she suddenly doesn’t get these things, she’s less likely to go it again.

Making her do what’s she’s told               It’s important to realise that you can’t actually make your toddler do what she’s told. Ultimately, she will only do something if she wants to. So the key is to try to make her want to. This may sound like an impossible task but remember you’re much smarter than your child. For example, if she refuses to clear her toys away say to her, “I bet you can’t put all your toys away in the time it takes me to count to ten.”

Misbehaviour in public               We all dread those occasions when our delightful toddler decides to misbehave in public. It can feel like everyone within a five mile radius is looking at you and often they are. The secret here is to react in the same way as you do when she misbehaves at home, which should be in a calm but authoritative manner. Your toddler will notice if you handle her differently (and differently in this instance usually means softer), and she’ll be more likely to repeat her performance the next time you go out.

Tantrums               They’re not called the terrible twos for nothing. Temper tantrums may be a real pain for parents but they’re all just part of growing up. Your toddler is beginning to learn how to express herself physically and emotionally so occasionally, when she doesn’t get what she wants, she’ll bring out the fireworks.

The best way to deal with tantrums is to stay calm, let them pass and never, ever give in. The goal is to make you child see that throwing a hissy fit isn’t going to get her what she wants. As long as she’s not hurting herself, just ignore her. She’ll soon realise the pointlessness of shouting and screaming.

Tells us how you cope with kids Tantrums – make a comment?

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Your child lives in a very complicated social world. This has always been true for children: all parents can remember their own tears or rage at the cruelty of another child; all parents can remember wanting desperately to be accepted and approved of by other kids. Most of us can remember, at some point in our lives, longing for a best friend.

Photo: Lance Webel

Things are even more complicated for children now, as media has introduced children to the world of adult mores before they are emotionally ready. Our children do not know, just instinctively, how to build good relationships with other children in such a culture of shifting rules.

Luckily, healthy kids generally make healthy choices even in the context of difficult peer situations. That means that if children have good relationships at home they have a healthy head start, but they still need your help in learning to navigate a complex social world. Some ideas on how to help your kids develop the social skills they need:


    1. Foster good social skills from toddlerhood on.    This is one of the most important skill sets your child will ever    develop. It is infinitely more important to her future happiness than    helping her develop her intellect.


    1. Support his friendships.    Honor and reinforce your child’s developing friendships. Talk about    them, remember them, create opportunities to play. Remember that    children get aggravated with each other, just as adults do. It doesn’t    mean the end of a friendship, necessarily, just that they need help to    work through the issues that come up.


    1. Model respectful relating.    Remember that your child will treat others as you treat her. In    addition to the obvious everyday respect, that means that you give her    criticism in private, not in front of others, including her friends.    Which means you have to find tactful ways to talk to your young child    and other kids about the way they are treating each other, to help them    work out difficulties when they play together.

Photo: Phil Cantor

  1. Teach your child that people are important.    All parents have to choose their battles, so put up with messiness and    dawdling if you must, but teach your child consideration for others.    Model it for him early on, praise it, help him brainstorm to solve peer    problems, and don’t let your child intentionally or unintentionally    disrespect another person. It you can’t confront it as it happens    without embarrassing your child, be sure to talk about it later. As    kids get older, you may need to be very explicit about insisting that    they acknowledge adults in their presence, as well as other kids.    Often preteens and young adolescents need to be reminded of this, and    to be given coaching on how to handle interactions that feel awkward to    them.
  2. Help your kids how to repair rifts in relationships.     When we think about repairing relationships, we usually focus on apologizing.  But premature apologies won’t be heartfelt and may    backfire by causing the child to hold a grudge. Giving them a chance    to cool down first always works better.Apologizing is a very useful friendship skill that doesn’t come easily    to people in our culture. Children learn how to apologize by watching    their parents. If you never apologize, they won’t either. If you    apologize graciously and often, to them and to others, they will too.    The secret of helping kids learn to apologize is not making the apology    into a punishment.
  3. Understand and teach the emotional intelligence skills necessary in all relationships.    Examples include listening and “I” statements, which will pave the way in all your’s child’s relationships.

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