Wednesday 20th August 2014
I really don’t know much, but I do know that the household I run is brim full of love and laughter. If Erroll gets cranky with something (usually me), I make light of it, and smother him with kisses. Same with Kingsley – that’s all he knows: a pretend sternness from me his Mumma, then silly faces and loads of cuddles. The aim of course is to raise a contented, well adjusted and emotionally available child who adores life back and has the curiosity of an infant forever!
How am I doing this? Well firstly I would like to think that happy, optimistic children are the product of happy, optimistic homes, regardless of genetic makeup. Having said that, I strive to foster connections within Kingsley. Connectedness- a feeling of being loved, understood, wanted, acknowledged-is a big protector against emotional distress and risky behaviours as kids grow up. I hold my baby as much as possible; respond with empathy to his cries; read aloud to him; eat, snuggle, and laugh together. And that’s just Erroll!