Sunday, October 26, 2008
Everyone has seen a babies face light up when they play "Patty Cake" with an adult. The one-on-one time, the complete attention of the parent, and the play time are eaten up by the baby who smiles, giggles and coos.
But what happens as babies get older? We stop doing those touching games with them. A book I've been reading called I Love You Rituals by Becky A Bailey explains that these types of games
- boost brain potential
- encourage cooperation and caring
- promote learning and literacy
- increase attention and decrease power struggles and
- build bonds of unconditional love
I've really enjoyed the ideas for games I can play with Aleia. She loves the games and craves the attention.
So, for all the parents out there, I decided I would post a new 'I love you ritual' once a week, or one a month. (I haven't decided which yet) so that we can all build stronger relationships with our kids whom we love SO MUCH!
So watch for the new rituals, posted on the right.
When Aleia and I play this game at nap time (Good Night Elbow), she is a lot happier about taking a nap, knowing I'm not just trying to get rid of her, but still love her unconditionally. Try it out! See how they work for your family! I'd love to get feedback.
Posted by Dixie at 10/26/2008 09:08:00 PM
Friday, October 24, 2008
She loves to swing...
Posted by Matt at 10/24/2008 10:21:00 PM
Monday, October 20, 2008
Aleia and a real cowgirl.
Aleia and the 'real' belle horse. (She has a toy horse named Belle whom she loves dearly)
Posted by Dixie at 10/20/2008 03:30:00 PM
Posted by Dixie at 10/20/2008 03:27:00 PM
Aleia and I were playing 'dogs' while I was feeding Macie. Aleia wanted me to play on the floor with her, but it's harder to get up while nursing a baby if I'm on the floor so I remained in the chair. I put the dog on my knee.
Aleia, addressing the dog said "What are you doing up there?"
Justifying sitting in the chair my dog said "I'm looking out for danger."
Aleia said "oh." Then pulled out another dog. "Hi. I'm Danger."
Posted by Dixie at 10/20/2008 03:23:00 PM
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Aleia and I were hanging out in the car. She was up in the passenger side in the front, and found some gum packs in the center console. Aleia grabbed both of them and looking at the one said, "Mom, you're gonna have raspberry, and I'm gonna have..." She looks down at the picture on the label... "leafs." (Spearmint.) I think I like 'leaf' flavor better.
Posted by Dixie at 10/16/2008 03:09:00 PM
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
We pulled out of our contract on the duplex in Provo. We were very excited about it, the place was perfect. And then, just days before our due diligence is up, we discover....Its a MANUFACTURED HOME! ARGH! There are lots of problems with manufactured homes. The financing is ridiculous, there's a bunch of red tape to weed through, not to mention they are incredibly difficult to sell, and this one happened to be thirty years old. Who knows if it is going to last another thirty? It was already showing signs of cracking in the ceiling and walls.
So, it's back to the market.
We're just really grateful we found out now, and not later.
Posted by Dixie at 10/15/2008 02:59:00 PM