Month 31

Your child will most likely show an interest in other special adults. Of course, you are still your child’s number one, but other adults that are special to her make her world interesting, special and fun. Encourage your child to develop strong relationships with grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends and other special adults. Your child needs these special relationships and every one of those people has something different that they can teach your child.

Your child can probably say his full name well now. Language is quickly developing and your child is learning about fifty new words each and every month. Your child is able to make four or five word sentences. Rather than speaking in third person, your child now says `I` instead of his name when he is talking about himself.

Have you noticed that your little one is beginning to tell fibs? Your child is beginning to learn the difference between reality and make-beleive. Sometimes this may come across as lying. Although your child does not realize he is lying and often makes up things that are not correct, he needs you to teach him right from wrong. When your child tells you something that is not true, make sure understands that he is telling a story. Tell him that you do not like when he tells you things that are not true and avoid calling him a liar.

Your child has probably had a developmental assessment to check his development. Assessments compare your child’s level of developmental achievement with other children of similar age and abilities. Even though each child is different, young children learn and develop new skills at approximately the same age. Assessments allow you and your child’s doctor to recognize problems early and treat them early. Gross motor and fine motor skills will be assessed, as will self-help skills, social, emotional, cognitive and language development.

Even young children can begin helping around the house. Give your child responsiblities and simple chores that he can accomplish on his own. Your child is capable of putting his own toys away, putting dirty clothes in the hamper, unloading clothes from the dryer, unpacking and putting away unbreakable groceries, dusting, setting the table and making his bed. Let your child help you sort the laundry into whites vs. colored clothes. You can also let your child help with simple dinner preparation and gardening.

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  1. KashsMommy 16 December 2015

    Kathleen. ...your de ja vu should let you know that I still drop in lol! Charlie is so cute with his Macklemore-esque hairdo! How are you feeling? I saw your post about Charlie on fb today and almost peed on myself!!! Is Ben still loving him? Hopeful....how's your routine? What an admirable thing you're doing with Keira to help those less fortunate! I'd very much like to get Cole into some volunteering with second harvest food bank...he can certaily put food items into a box! Finding the free time is the complicated part...I'm going to try much harder next year! I'm working like a crazy person these next few weeks, but as soon as my coworker gets back from England. ...wedding planning is on like Donkey Kong!!!!

  2. Bencharlie11 17 December 2015

    Does anyone know where I can buy the Icandy buggy in Newery?????? If you know could you please inform me as to the name of the shop as this buggy is like gold dust and I can't seem to get my hands on one. Any help would be most appreciated :smile

  3. faithstarx 19 December 2015

    Sorry I've not been on , Kathleen thanks for that I've sent you a friend request ( Tracey Emma Pegg ) ... Hope you and the boys are doing well still . How's Xmas plans coming along for everyone ? We are just about done we have last few bits to get tomorrow :):) Madison goes for her induction on 6th jan for nursery she's so excited !!!! Her temperament as changed these last few weeks into a real little madam from my sweet angel ! She's being very hard work but it's a phase and I know we will get through it with lots of patience . My oldest two finish school today and the others tomorrow I'm so looking forward to having them all home x

  4. Kathleen112 27 December 2015

    Hi Cupcake!!!! I will post a proper response tomorrow (yes, I'm trying to sound British) but just wanted to chime in about what you said Kash. In college I was put on ortho tricyclin and it made me deeply depressed. I nearly dropped out of school which is crazy considering I was a straight A super academic nerd ;-P It unfortunately took me several months to make the connection between starting that pill and the depression starting so I simply suffered. It really was awful. As soon as I stopped taking the pill I felt so much better!! I was terrified to try a different one thinking it'd be the same but for me the monocyclic pills were fine. STOP taking that pill today!!! Xo

  5. cupcake83 27 December 2015

    So yeah, no words of wisdom. Ol plays up for attention a lot. How r u finding being a mum of 2? Hopeful, so the move is all go. Is it thru need or necessity? Sorry to hear ur missing Keira and it must suck being separated from her. Kash how's ur health?

  6. KashsMommy 27 December 2015

    *Cue Kathleen's rendition of 'Guess who's back'...Cupcakes back...tell a friend hahaha! My health has it's ups and downs. Been having LOTS of fairly painful PVC's (preventricular complexes-basically feels like your heart skips a beat then beats SUPER hard...sucks ass) and my legs are terrible lol! I also think I need to change my birth control pill. My dr changed it so I would get a higher hormone dose because my cycle was lasting 9-11 days, but this shit has me trippin'! I woke up feeling sooooooo depressed...like thoughts of having no reason to live. It's terrible. Wedding planning is going well and my mom is actually starting to get involved so that's nice! Cant wait till the big day!!! Cupcake...what's been going on in your life??? Kathleen....how is Ben feeling? Hopeful...how are you feeling? You should move here....never any snow to shovel! !!

  7. cupcake83 27 December 2015

    Merry Christmas ladies!! I am still around! How is this site still running?!! It's a shadow of its former self! Kathleen, I'm soooo happy that Charlie is not the devil child LOL! Told ya so!! LOL! I love his hair!! And he really is the spit of Ben! How r things now? Is Ben still pushing his luck? I have no words of wisdom I'm afraid. Eurgh using my phone to type lots is annoying me...let me log in via laptop brb

  8. KashsMommy 28 December 2015

    Kathleen....the depo shot made me crazy so I assume it's the pill. I took it for a little over a month-closer to two I guess-and I started having waaay more bad days than good. Like 'I hate everyone' days and 'I guess I can deal with people for a little while' days. I haven't taken it in almist a week. I'm going to call my dr Monday morning!

  9. margysd 29 December 2015

    Hi, My daughter is 6.5 months. Our pediatrician has recommended tummy time everyday to encourage her to start crawling. She frequently lifts her head and straightens out her legs like she wants to start crawling or walking. However, when I put her on her tummy after a minute or two she gets frustrated and starts to cry. It breaks my heart to hear her cry so I change positions and sometimes put her on her side to see if she wants to roll over in different directions to encourage movement. I want to do everything that I can to encourage crawling, but at the same time I want to create a positive experience. I was wondering if you have any advice about how you encouraged your babies to start crawling. Thanks.

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