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10 signs that your newborn is super smart

Baby Einstein already? from http://theleakyboob.com

via 10 signs that your newborn is super smart.

Phrase I (try to) say

I resisted to urge to look up my favourite parenting article bookmarks and quote them, and decided to write this list of phrases that I have found very helpful in my interactions with my nearly 17mo daughter on a day to day basis. I’ll link up some great blog posts from others another day, which will probably help to explain where some of these come from. 
  1. I can see that you are upset/frustrated/tired 
  2. Would you like me to help you? 
  3. You’re having so much fun/concentrating. Soon it will be time for …
  4. (shortly followed by) I think you would love to play at x for ages. It is now time for x.
  5. I need to finish what I’m doing, I’ll read/play/listen to you very soon/when x is done (a tangible conclusion – eg these plates are all in the drainer/the socks are put away).
  6. I can’t let you play with that, it’s hot/sharp/very special.
  7. Gentle hands please / I like it when you are gentle
  8. Yesterday/earlier we did that, and it was so much fun. This time we’re going to … instead.
  9. Rephrasing requests to provide a visual image of the required action such as ‘Walk slowly’ rather than ‘don’t run’ / ‘hands on your knees’ rather than ‘don’t touch x’. My favourite is “look with your eyes” – it helps us deflect inquisitive hands in so many situations, such as when things are precious/hot/poisonous/not ours! 
  10. I love to watch you … (play/run/discover/read.. endless options!)

Natural Parenting Blogs that inspire me

  1. Vibrant Wanderings
  2. NPN – Natural Parents Network
  3. The Mule
  4. The way of the peaceful parent
  5. Hobo Mama
  6. Fabulous Mama Chronicles
  7. Demand Euphoria
  8. Authentic Parenting
  9. Hippie Housewife
  10. Momastery

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