Welcome to BabyCalm & ToddlerCalm Leicester's Bulletin April 2017

Jenny Mackay, PhD Researcher

07876302294 ~ jennymackay@calmfamily.org

Covering all areas of Leicester and Leicestershire

BabyCalm from pregnancy to your baby's first birthday

...and COMING SOON!!! ToddlerCalm from 1-4 years old!

Scroll down for what's on in Leicester this month...

Never underestimate the importance of touch for a baby. That doesn't have to mean a scheduled massage routine. Changing a nappy, feeding, bath time - all of these are perfect everyday opportunities for loving touch!

When my daughter was born, I remember waiting for someone to come and get her; "Thanks Jenny, we'll take it from here" is what I imagined they would say to me. Have you ever felt like you're going to be caught out soon? That someone is going to notice you're not actually doing your 'job' as a mum right? You're not alone. And there is a name for it - Imposter Syndrome!

It's not unusual to feel you've blagged your way into something. And never a more normal time to feel insecure as when you've just had a baby and there is contradictory advice everywhere!

Well, I'm here to tell you, I ain't got no advice for you!! Yep, you heard me right: I do not have advice for you. But what I do have for you is up to date information, knowledge of baby and toddler psychology and some tools and tips that have worked for others. I also have a lot of questions for you; questions to get you thinking about what you want for you child and what it is that's important for your family.

From me to you...

Every month, I'm going to share with you something I've learned in the world of Psychology that I think you'll find interesting!

Story telling is part of what makes us human. And not just the way in which we tell fictional stories, but the stories we tell each other about our everyday lives. Stories are even more important for kids, and retelling upsetting events can help them connect their emotional right brain with their logical left brain. Have a go next time your toddler hurts themselves - tell them the story of what happened and if they're old enough to talk, ask them questions to help them join in!

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