In my almost two decades of being in childcare education, I have not come across a child having torn earlobe from participating in physical education in the UK. My aim on this topic is to bring a balance equation from both a professional and parent perspective. Research shows no incident or accidents of pupils wearing earrings or studs has occurred during physical activity or swimming. I will be glad to be proven wrong, and the evidence based on a real ratio. The keyword such as ‘Serious accidents have occurred as a result of contact between pupils wearing earrings or studs’are included in school policies and educational establishments., but none on a real accident that occurred. It bothers me that the same swimming pool the public swims is the same pool our children’s activity takes place. The public is not told to take off their earring before swimming, just a thought. In a nursery school setting, I can understand toddlers pulling other toddlers earring, which can result to torn earlobe. However, a more realistic explanation should be provided as to why children in most UK primary schools are being instructed not to wear stud earring.
Parents are baffled as to why this rule exist and have asked questions on various parenting forums on if a child has being hurt from wearing stud earring. As a parent, I have experienced this too, thou the earring was the tiniest nose stud. I believe it is more unhygienic to keep having the earring taken in and out of the ears due to an infection transferred from day to day hand germs. As a childcare professional I understand rules of risk assessment are put in place to prevent any litigation. However these rules have to be based on common sense, cultural diversity and respect for the choice of parents for their children.
Most parent I know cherish those moments when their children rely on them for every thing. Your child looks up to you before he/she can walk, use the toilet, eat, stand, go to a friend’s house, ride a bike, read a book, learn how to spell a word or even the meaning and may I include swim. You show and tell them this is how it’s done, your own way most importantly.
It then gets to the stage, this child of yours start taking the step of not needing your hands to walk. S/he can take those toddle walk independently, sound those letters out phonetically and then spell the word; Discover word meaning in the dictionary but realise that the words does not only mean the one explained but has several meanings. For example sake, ‘BITCH’ the female dog but also have another meaning or ‘SEX’ the gender of being male and female but also have another meaning. They move from the stage of needing to hold unto your shoulders when swimming and splashing, to the stage of leaving you behind in the pool after attending swimming lessons you paid for and getting so good at swimming. This was the stage I found myself and said “Oh No! No! No! this is not happening”, taking myself back to school to add swimming school to my learning activities.
Don’t get me wrong, I did swim as a child. However, when the strategies and techniques used where self-taught and competition is now with expect, I must say, this is the time to go back to school and learn the right way. Within six months of my children becoming confident in swimming and the incident of being left behind in the pool I told myself it time for adult swimming school. It took me about another six months to make the contact with the swim school and I will say the rest is history.
With the help of a float, my swimming style now include butterfly, front crawl and doggy paddle, independently. I must say the swim pool is more enjoyable. My children taught me how to swim and I thank them for the indirect motivation. Don’t just be the parent also be the child and be taught, you never know where it will lead.
A BIG! thank you to Kays Adult Swim for giving adults the second chance at leaning to swim.
When it comes to parenting and good parenting tools and skills, I have come to realise that persistence is the key.
If you want to get your child into a sleeping routine, persistence is the key.
If you want to get your child eating 3 main meal, with healthy snack, persistence is the key, without making excuses for the child.
If you want to get your child toilet trained and ready for pre-school, persistence is the key.
If you want to manage a particular negative behaviour from your child, persistence is the key.
If you want to encourage manners such as please and thank you into your child, persistence is the key and you lead by examples.
If you want to encourage tidy up skills, persistence is the key and maybe with some rewards.
If you want to encourage reading or maths skills, persistence is the key.
As the saying, practise makes perfect. The more you persist and practice your parenting skills in these areas and more, the better and should I say perfect you become (if there is anything a perfect parent). Am sure you have seen all the parenting TV programme. It shows you that parenting has more to do with persistence, saying what you mean, doing it and sticking to your guns, if I may say so.
I recently carried a six months old baby that was about to sleep, but he just kept on crying. Thou am a childcare practitioner it’s being a while since I tried putting a baby to sleep (due to teaching more of childcare and interact with other older children), however it felt great. As the baby kept crying, thou it was obvious he wanted to sleep (scratching his eyes) the mother kept asking if I was OK. I explained I was fine putting him to sleep (not wanting to give in by passing him back to his mum ). I got into the zone of rocking him to sleep, placed him vertically across my chest and started rocking. Then I remembered my profession that, of cause, my body need to be relaxed before this baby could sleep. I remembered the so many babies I have rocked to sleep, including my, while my body language was relaxed at is best.
You may say what has Body Language got to do with a baby sleeping but experience, both professionally and personally, has shown that a body that is relaxed when rocking or putting a baby to sleep tends to achieve this faster than a non-relaxed body. Research has shown that babies pick up on body language and they react to it based on if it is tense or not. A parent/career that is trying to put a baby to sleep but has a tense body may not achieve this faster than a another parent who is not tense and also trying to rock another baby to sleep. A tense parent might move the baby from one hand to another (unsettling the sleeping process of the baby) and get anxious that the baby is not sleeping. The more effort that is actioned into getting the baby to sleep can rather unsettle the baby. On the other hand, a relaxed parent that is aiming to put the baby to sleep may achieve this faster by being calm, having a relaxed body and not thinking that the baby crying is due to the process of you not getting him/her too sleep.
Techniques of getting your baby to sleep include:
Ensuring that the baby is feed,
Ensuring he/she has no wet nappy,
Ensure he/she is not illness or does not have a body temperature,
Ensure no discomfort of any sort within the sleeping environment, that is, not too noisy, not too hot or not to cold.
I understand that getting the body to relax can be difficult for some parents due to circumstance that may be surrounding them at the time. However, I can indicate that a person with a relaxed body and right attitude will get a baby to sleep faster than a non-relaxed person.