Peace, A Dream Unfolding

Written by admin on June 3rd, 2011. Posted in Fave Quotes

We must convince each generation that they are transient passengers on this planet earth. It does not belong to them. They are not free to doom generations yet unborn. They are not at liberty to erase humanity’s past nor dim its future.

Bernard Lown and Evjueni Chazov

To Educate the Human Potential

Written by admin on June 3rd, 2011. Posted in Fave Quotes

The stars, Earth, stones, life of all kinds, form a whole in relation to each other and so close is this relationship that we cannot understand a stone without some understanding of the great sun. No matter what we touch, an atom or a cell, we cannot explain it without knowledge of the universe. The laws governing the universe can be made interesting and wonderful to children, more interesting than things in themselves, and they begin to ask:

What am I?
What is the task of humanity in this wonderful universe?

Maria Montessori, To Educate the Human Potential

Digestion begins in the Mouth

Written by admin on June 1st, 2011. Posted in Healthy Eating Ideas

Chew your food thoroughly – chewing, which breaks down the food into small chunks and mixes it with saliva, actually kick-starts the digestive process. In this way essential nutrients are extracted from the food and digestion is more effective.

Esme Floyd, 1001 Little Healthy Eating Secrets

Quit Processed Foods

Written by admin on June 1st, 2011. Posted in Healthy Eating Ideas

A diet heavy in processed foods can lead to numerous problems. As well as the better known obesity, cancer and heart disease, it causes rotten teeth, bad skin, bad breath, constipation, digestive problems, headaches, poor concentration, depression, tiredness and anaemia. Need any more impetus to give up?

Esme Floyd, 1001 Little Healthy Eating Secrets

Boost your E Dose

Written by admin on June 1st, 2011. Posted in Healthy Eating Ideas, Preparing for Pregnancy

A powerful antioxidant, vitamin E is essential for fertility because it protects the egg from damage, which can lead to problems conceiving. It is also important in male fertility. Safflower, avocado, sunflower and wheatgerm contain high levels, or take a supplement to be sure.

Esme Floyd, 1001 Little Healthy Eating Secrets

Stay off the Fizz

Written by admin on June 1st, 2011. Posted in Healthy Eating Ideas, Preparing for Pregnancy

If you’re trying to get pregnant you should avoid fizzy drinks containing aspartame, which can affect fertility. Caffeine should also be limited as it constricts blood vessels, reducing blood flow to the uterus and preventing eggs from implanting.

Esme Floyd, 1001 Little Healthy Eating Secrets

Teens in a fizz

Written by admin on June 1st, 2011. Posted in Healthy Eating Ideas

Fizzy cans of drink are unhealthy for everyone but they’re particularly bad for teenage girls as they have been linked to low bone density (because they rob bones of strengthening calcium), which can cause osteoporosis. Try sparkling water instead.

Esme Floyd, 1001 Little Healthy Eating Secrets

Keep Kids Salt Free

Written by admin on June 1st, 2011. Posted in Healthy Eating Ideas

It’s important to ensure children don’t have too much salt. While adults should have no more than 6 g of salt a day, children need even less as they have smaller bodies and less-developed organs. Check processed foods such as chips, ready meals and sauces, even breakfast cereals, including those aimed at children. Opt for those with the least sodium.

Esme Floyd, 1001 Little Healthy Eating Secrets

I Did Not Die

Written by admin on May 23rd, 2011. Posted in Fave Quotes

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft starlight at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.

- Mary E. Frye 1932

Farewell Sam Faust. A much loved Proserpinian, father, husband, son and Grandson. Our hearts go out to Sam’s family in their time of sorrow.

I PROMISE! Building your Tower of Trust.

Written by admin on May 4th, 2011. Posted in Tower of Trust

How to Get Your Kids on the Same Page and Build an Amazing Relationship.

There’s a lot to be said for making a point of saying you’ll do something “I promise!” and then sticking to it. If you do that at key points during the day like “Dora is on at 10 o’clock, I promise!” and then at 10am you put the dvd on and say “You see. Here you go, I promised”. Building that Tower of Trust brings a lot of power to your arsenal. Even when the girls are super tired at night and about to lose their minds if I say “I’ll find your teddy bears I promise!” they’ll calm down and let me go around the room and even go downstairs out of sight trusting that I’ll be back…and WITH the bears…because I promised! If you make promises, keep them, and make a point of pointing it out when you do deliver on them. That way if you’re having a tough time with tanties over something they want but can’t receive that very instant (ie. finding their bear, no berries till after dinner,  favourite tv show at the appropriate timing, promising blankey is at home to a tired bub in the car etc) they have a lot more patience and trust in you that will work to your advantage and make your life much more pleasant!

Routines are also a big hitter in your arsenal. Aside from making good on promises, our girls know their routine be it wake, sleep, eat, play, bottles, going for a drive or walk. On days we aren’t out and about, Dora is on at 10 o’clock and Waybuloos are at 11:00. They’ll still ask for Dora at 7am as soon as they get up but if I say in a sincere voice “No girls it’s not 10 o’clock yet. Dora is on at 10 o’clock. It’s only 7 o’clock now. At 10 o’clock we watch Dora”. Then at 10 o’clock I say “What time is it? (pointing to the clock on the wall – a great dual learning opportunity!) It’s 10 o’clock! Time for ??!” and they yell out “Dora!!!” and I say “YES! Dora!!!” Today was another great example of established trust (even in the absence of routine). I had their little slippery slide in the lounge room and they had access to it for a couple of hours but when time came I picked it up to put it back in the garage and said “Finished girls! More again later” and they both said very maturely “Tomorrow. Tomorrow” and relinquished the favoured item from their day. Even though it may not make an entrance again for another couple of weeks, they trust me that I’ll be bringing it back for them some time soon.


I also brought into our arsenal a little gem from ABC 4 Kids show – Grandpa in my Pocket. “Teamwork!” When we all do something together like putting on our shoes and the girls help get theirs on I’ll put out my hand to high 5 and say “Teamwork!”  and they say “Teamwork!” and slap my hand with a great big smile on their face. It’s a real camaraderie that I’m fostering with them rather than “Do as I say”. I use it for a range of things throughout the day but never so much as to cheapen it. One of the loveliest moments I’ve seen and caught at just the right moment, was the  girls stretching out across their cots to high 5 each other saying together “Teamwork!” Just beautiful.

PS: Our girls are now 23 months old.