Issue 12 | 22 Aug 2013             Follow us on:

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With Father's day coming up on Sunday 1st September, we've included easy daddy appreciation crafts and songs to make him feel loved on the day. We've also spoken to some dads who have candidly talked about their fatherhood highs and lows.

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Beth and Isabelle

News this month

Less sleep means more behaviour problems in tots
Four-year-olds with shorter than average sleep times have increased rates of “externalising” behaviour problems, reports a new study...»
'Kangaroo care' helps preemie babies develop
New research concludes that so-called "kangaroo care", the skin-to-skin and chest-to-chest touching between baby and mother, offers developmentally appropriate therapy for...»
How babies learn to be wary of heights
As soon as human babies begin to crawl and scoot, they enter a phase during which they’ll go over the edge of a bed, a changing table, or even the top of a staircase...»
Teaching brothers and sisters to build positive relationships
Parents frequently rank their children’s sibling rivalry and conflict as the number one problem they face in family life...»
Later cord clamping after birth increases iron levels in babies
In many high income countries, it is standard practice to clamp the umbilical cord connecting mother and baby less than a minute after birth. However, clamping the cord...»
Identifying developmental disorders in babies by analysing their cry
To parents, a baby’s cry is a signal of hunger, pain, or discomfort. But to scientists, subtle acoustic features of a cry can hold important information about a baby’s health...»
Oven-baked fish fingers have fewer furans than when fried
Worries concerning the presence of furans in food have risen in recent years due to their toxic and carcinogenic effects, as observed in animals...»
How children’s brains learn new words
The average adult’s vocabulary consists of about 30,000 words. This ability seems unique to humans as even the species closest to us – chimps – manage to learn...»

Daddy appreciation

Home-made card for daddy
Make daddy a home-made card he can treasure – here’s some poems you can put inside »
Daddy hand/foot mould keepsake
As a desk paperweight or in frame...»
Sing I love you in multiple languages
Verse in Spanish, French, Chinese, Italian and English...»
Sing 'I love daddy'
Sing it to the tune of Frère Jacques...»

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Dealing with baby colds
Does my baby have a cold or is it something else? »
When to see the dr about your baby’s cold »
Baby cold remedies »
Soothing a baby with a cold »

A father’s perspective
Fighting the stigma of being a stay at home dad »
How 6 dads reacted to hearing their partner was pregnant »
Dads in the labour room »
Being a new dad: The first few weeks after the birth »

Easy healthy comfort food
Beef and Guinness pie »
Sausage rolls »
How to cook cracked wheat (bulgar wheat) »

Educational activities
Complete the rain activity
Music, fine motor skills and literacy activity »
Baa baa coloured sheep
Multilingual, music and fine motor skills activity »

Dress up game
Fine motor skills and literacy activity »

Parenting Thoughts

"Had my first son this morning... well, actually, my wife had him. I just caught him. Wow. Heart expanding way faster than my brain... If you could bottle up and distribute this feeling, I swear there'd be no more war."
- James Van Der Beek

"Fatherhood is the best thing I ever did. It changes your perspective. You can write a book, you can make a movie, you can paint a painting, but having kids is really the most extraordinary thing I have taken on." 
- Brad Pitt

"When you have kids, it takes the focus off of you. You forget about what clothes you're wearing, or if you went to the gym. It makes you a better person if you do it right."
- James Denton

“It's wonderful. It's changed my life. It all sounds like platitudes and clichés, and that's because they're the truth." 
- Ben Affleck

The only way I can describe it--it sounds stupid, but--at the end of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, you know how his heart grows like five times? Everything is full. It’s just full all the time.” 
- Matt Damon

"The first year is really hard. Come to think of it, the first 18 years are extremely difficult."
- Patrick Dempsey

"Being a father is the greatest achievement and the most important thing about me. I have two great kids, no question."
- Ryan Phillippe

"It's so natural you just fall into it and you find your way. It's terrifying and exciting, and brilliant."
- Gavin Rossdale

"Bringing a baby into the world is something I've always wanted, and now I'm completely ready for my life to start revolving around another human being."
- Matthew McConaughey

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