Posts tagged ‘children’

May 31, 2011

Stone Cold Bottoms

Following up from my ‘Tesla Magic’ post I’ve been thinking about the art experience and children.

When we think of children and art we tend to think of finger painting in pre-school and lino cuts at primary school, but it doesn’t have to be art at their level, so to speak.

I’m quite careful not to ‘dumb down’ my language for our kids. As a speech and drama teacher I value language – its complexity, its subtlety, its nuances. I want our boys to develop an excellent command of English, and indeed, any language that they later care to learn. With this in mind, I speak to them in the language that I feel best transmits the message I have for them. I use long words, obscure words, any and all appropriate words – and sentence structures too. I do, of course, understand that they won’t always comprehend these more ‘grown up’ utterances so I’m also happy to provide a ‘little person’ translation when what I’ve said draws a blank look.

The point is, that I realize that, in the same way that we expose our children to language, we can expose them to art, including the visual arts.

We had our boys with us at the Sarjeant Gallery on the weekend. Our youngest was his usual placid self and either drank things in quietly or had enough of his own thoughts to occupy him. Our three year old, however, charged around and had a good look at everything in his quite active way. He found the wooden dogs in the Song of the Woods collection of some interest and was, I hear, quite intrigued by a manufactured tree with bits of person dangling from it. My husband was most amused, however, when our little man discovered a statue of two men wrestling. “Dey got no pants on!” he declared. Indeed they were nude. He then had to touch their marble bottoms to see what this was all about. Then their curly hair.

I’m not exactly sure what he took from the experience but I’m sure he filed a few new ideas away in his wee brain.

Take your children to an art gallery once in a while, just as you would a museum. Expose them to these things. They might have to be short trips to match short attention spans, but that’s OK. You can go back for another look later.

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November 9, 2010

How to find a baby photographer

Wherever you are in the developed world, you can probably find a specialist baby photographer for your area on this website:

Baby Photographers.com

October 27, 2010

Dear Mommy . . .

Kids say and do the darndest things and this just takes the cake. Can you imagine reading this letter from your child? I don’t think I’d know whether to laugh or cry!

funny kids pictures - diary mom
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October 27, 2010

Labour Weekend Frolics

We had a lovely Labour weekend. Did you?

We had family to stay and the children did play – on the grass, on the sand, what a merry little band!

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October 16, 2010

Victoria on motherhood

Just found this from Victoria Beckham on motherhood.

On how motherhood has changed her:  “Hmm …. well, you know when you get a TV you get a manual? Well, there isn’t one for motherhood. I’m constantly trying to figure it out and questioning whether I’m doing it right. But I’m so proud my kids. They are very well-mannered. We’ve always been very strict with the kids. That’s the way David and myself were brought up. But they’re free spirits as well. They laugh. They joke. They have fantastic personalities. I love hanging out with them.

The other day we got up early to have breakfast and I was teaching them about American money. I had Post-Its on all the breakfast cereal. On the bread. On the milk. I got a box of fake money from Toys’R’Us. ‘All right,’ I told them at 6 a.m. ‘We’re going to learn about American money. I’m going to make you buy your breakfast.’ I hand them all a bit of the money. They were all just waking up and going, ‘Mum, we just want our Coco Puffs.’ And I’m going, ‘Coco Puffs! Cost one dollar twenty!’     –
Marie Claire’s Victoria Beckham interview

How gorgeous! What cute stories do you have about everyday life at home with your kids?

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