Friday, 4 May 2012


Second children. So much is written about differences between first and subsequent children, and various studies show the biggest single factor to determine personality is birth order: where you are in the family.

When A was born we were typically anxious new parents - the wind was too windy, young people too noisy, no blanket was soft enough for our precious baby, no food pure enough - we were a nightmare. A's first birthday cake was an organic, sugar-free banana cake, packed full of grated vegetables. No sugar had passed his pure lips at that age.

In stark contrast, T has been left to his own devices for much of the time as the house is so much busier now. When he was a baby we often forgot he was there. T had his first taste of sugar before he was even six months old in the form of an ice cream. Bit of a different experience.

Perhaps this explains why they are totally different children. Chalk and cheese. They even look completely opposite - one has brown, straight hair and brown eyes, the other blonde, curly hair and blue eyes. A was always obsessed with books, loved quiet games, bit of an introvert. T is a bulldozer - very physical, loves trains and animals and racing about.

Recently we've been a bit concerned about T's language development. He just doesn't seem to want to talk much, so much so that the nursery have referred him to a therapist and we're starting to teach him some Makaton baby signing.

In an effort to improve things like concentration span, fine motor skills, and one-to-one (or one-to-two) contact, I'm embarking on a project of craft afternoons (or crafternoons, if you'll forgive the portmanteau). I've started a Pinterest board where I'm collecting ideas for us to work on together after school, and will be on the lookout for any kind of easy activity that works for a nearly-2-year-old to do with his nearly-5-year-old brother.

Wish me luck. And if you have any suggestions, please point me in the right direction.

Oh, and I've added a tab at the top so all the Crafternoon activities from now on can be found with one click.
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