Parenting

New Year Update and Parenting a 6 year Old Tip of the Day – 16th January 2015

This is my 1st post of 2015! Happy New Year Everyone.

It has been a while since my last post so there may not be anyone out there. If there is then let me thank you for reading and let me assure you that there are many more posts on the way.

Before the Tips – What’s new in Kam’s world?

My wife gave birth to our second daughter 3 1/2 weeks ago so I have been composing a post with lots of tips for parents of newborn babies. We need all the help we can get and I thought it would be great to share the few tips we have discovered and uncovered beneath the pile of milk soaked muslin cloths.

Amongst all the chaos of dealing with the 2 kids, the hurricane of tea drinking visitors wishing to share the joy of our newborn with us, Christmas, and my sister having a baby just 2 weeks after our second daughter was born, I somehow managed to watch the Doctor Who Christmas Special “Last Christmas” last week. I have also finished reading the Christmas edition of Doctor Who Magazine and I watched 2 classic Doctor Who serials (spoiler alert – Colony in Space is brilliant) between rocking my baby daughter to sleep and failing to be of any use when it came to helping my 6 year old daughter with her maths homework. I am working on Doctor Who blog posts in addition to the parenting ones too.

I also discovered the magic of cooking with coconut oil over the last few months, which has really helped calm down my IBS-D and as a side effect helped me lose over 1 stone of weight. Blog posts on this subject to follow.

The Tips – Space Books

Anyway, back to the theme of this short post. I will endeavour to post a useful tip related to the subjects I blog about here at Kamblog. Today’s tip is a Parenting one related to the love of science fact (as opposed to science fiction) that my fiction-hating 6 3/4 year old daughter has developed recently. My daughter refused to read or be read any fiction books with the exception of Mr.Men or Little Miss books, but she adores all things space themed.

These 2 books have been the most fun to read with her and are the best in terms of the right level of detail and ease of understanding.

See Inside Space – Usborne Flap Book

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See Inside Space Usborne Flap Book

See Inside Space Usborne Flap Book

This is by far the best book about Space for kids that we have at home.

The Usborne See Inside Flap Book series, which covers lots of different subjects such as the Human Body, Castles, History, Nature and more, is a must for every parent of a children in Primary/ Elementary school.

This book, like all the other flap books, is full of useful information that even the adult readers will find informative. It is written in a really accessible, fun and humorous way that appeals to my daughter. She has now started to open the flaps and read the facts to me. This Book on Space is also full of facts about the Big Bang and the history of man’s fascination with space and space exploration. I find it’s open and honest style refreshing. For example on the Big Bang page it asks the reader How Do We Know and Who actually saw the Big Bang and is not afraid to tell us Nobody saw it and we really aren’t sure why it happened! Letting kids understand that science hasn’t answered every question we have and that’s OK is so empowering.

The illustrations are visually striking and although there is a lot of information in this book, the way it is presented is so clever that you and your child don’t feel bogged down or bored reading it.

If you only ever get one book about Space then this is the one I recommend. It’s has proven a useful aid to this science-fiction loving father when I watch Doctor Who and need to refresh my memory about certain space related facts. If my daughter can get over her dislike of fiction then hopefully this book will sow the seeds of curiosity and a fascination with space and time that might make her a Whovian one day (one can hope!)

National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Space

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Little Kids First Big Book of SpaceThis book is clear, colourful, and up to date with modern space facts (many libraries still have books where Pluto is one of the “9 Planets in the Solar System”) such as Pluto being classified as a Dwarf Planet these days. My daughter loves it and we keep re-reading it, which is helpful as it tells you the correct way of pronouncing Dwarf Planets Ceres and Makemake, so I no longer embarrass myself as the amateur science geek that I in fact am. I highly recommend it. National Geographic also have a great Space themed sticker book that my sticker loving daughter can’t get enough of.

 

Bonus Tip – This is an activity book rather than a straight-forward fact book but it’s great nonetheless.

Super Space Sticker Activity Book (National Geographic Kids)

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Kids Super Space Sticker Book (National Geographic)

Kids Super Space Sticker Book (National Geographic)

 

My daughter loves sticker books and this is great because in addition to stickers of stars, planets, aliens and more it also has drawing activities, maze, pattern and spelling games.

 

 

 

 

I hope that you found these Space Book recommendations useful and that you enjoyed the 1st post of a new year. With so much going on in the life of Kam I certainly have much more to blog about and share with the cybersphere.

Parenting Weblinks

When a close friend of mine was being congratulated on father’s day for his first father’s day and he posted pictures of his first father’s day meal (which looked delectable), I started to get extremely confused as I was sure his wife was due to give birth to their baby in August. It started my wife and I discussing whether or not he was already a father and the conversation became far more complex and philosophical than my over taxed brain was capable off.

Anyway that was 2 weeks ago. Today I finally got round to checking my ancient Hotmail email account (the 3rd email account I got after my first – Altavista, remember them anyone?, and my second – Yahoo, remember when they were a search engine?), and low and behold my friend had sent an email 3 days before Father’s day (which is 16th June here in the UK) letting us know his wife had had the baby! It was great news to hear on a day when I struggled to get out of bed due to a body that is so stiff (I played squash again last night, for 4th week in a row, after an absence of about 5 years) that I could be re-christened the Man of Steel (in the inflexible steel rod sense).

Anyway it encouraged me to go back and work on the parenting links I had been due to put up on my work-in-progress website, Razaweb.com, which is an archive of all the links I have found useful over the years, by the subjects that I am interested in or have affected me and been part of my life.

I have been a parent for 5 years and I love it, although no amount of blogs or books can ever truly describe what the experience entails. You just have to live it to understand it, and everyone understands it in their own way. It is hard at times, lots of times, but the rewards are worth it, at least for me and my wife. Our daughter has always been well behaved and well mannered (thanks to good mothering I stress) and generally calm, but she has started to get a little bit spoilt, crying towards the tantrum level just when she doesn’t get the ice-cream or treat she wants or see’s another kid have. This is not great, as if she expects to be given treats whenever she opens her mouth then she’ll be sorely disappointed and shocked when she grows up and realises life doesn’t always give you what you shout for.

As my wife constantly reminds me (she is a child psychologist) children need boundaries. It makes them feel safe and helps them process the realities of life when they grow up. It is something I agree with, as I am trying to develop this myself, having suffered the consequences of being materially spoilt too much as a child myself.

Anyway, my flow of thoughts on parting were interrupted by the Delivery man who brought over the needed Blue Polo Shirts I ordered when the sun was finally beating through the perpetually grey UK sky last week.

So until the next blog post.

Good Luck all you new parents out there!

New dad and baby