As parents we are offered opinions and theories on everything! But when you need advice? There’s nothing better than chatting to other parents. We spoke to some inspiring mums about outdoor play, motherhood and the little tricks they use to comfort their own children.
Falling down is part of growing up – and there is nothing like a cuddle from Mum to make things feel better. In her garden just outside Hamburg, Claudia was happy to chat to us about her approach to motherhood and how she comforts her two little girls...
Knowing when to have an input, and when to take a step back. Of course I am there whenever they need me – but I really feel that it’s important they experience things as individuals too.
Well for a start it’s essential to be calm as a mum. No shocked facial expressions! I wait for a second to see if they can deal with it by themselves, but if they can’t, I’m right there. It’s important that the child feels that you’re taking it seriously.
Distraction is a brilliant tool. Getting the child’s attention away from the hurting. One thing I’ve always done is to blow on the sore spot – a trick my Mum used to use on me. This is a classic distraction technique - but it really seems to work! It MUST be magic! And actually, a plaster can be part of that too. My girls love getting a plaster. It makes them feel proud and brave, and having one applied definitely takes their minds off the injury! They like to choose a favourite design from the pack.
It helps with the pain them if they can see past the incident to when things will be better. For instance, I help them think about something fun they’re looking forward to. A friend visiting or something. It can be really simple - remind them that there’s ice cream after dinner!
Comfort is the real key though. The mother-child bond is so strong. Cuddles with Mum make every child feel loved and special. And when a child feels loved and special, they can cope with anything, I think.