I think I was mostly paying attention at a conference the past two days, although I’m starting to feel a little over-conference-ated! (3 days at Prevent Child Abuse conference and 2 days at the Infant Mental Health conference in the space of a week).
Here’s what I learned (other than the fact that if you wake up boys 2 days in a row to make it to a conference, when it’s Saturday and you can all sleep in, they will obligingly wake up at 6:10 for you!):
– the “dance” of love in touch and expression between a mother and child is both fascinating and incredibly sacred.
– over the years, research has not really focused on fathers at all….very strange.
– my kids actually need to dance more, despite the fact that I am not a dancer (so I went out a bought a CD/FM/cassette player last night – who knew they still made cassettes? The iPod/CD one was sold out….).
– there are probably a lot more environmental toxins affecting our children’s development than we want to admit and Rachel Carson (from Pittsburgh!) was way beyond her time drawing attention to environmental impact
– it is important to continue to develop our children’s sense of wonder – and our own!
– and when the mind drifts as a presenter drones, here’s what happens:
A love song:
Why is it so hard sometimes?
Why do we struggle?
We wipe snotty noses
We sweep up messes
We scrub dirty bums
We pick up toys
We clean up high chairs
We sit exhausted
We run and run and run
We become weary
Until we watch the soft sighs
of deep slumber
Rocking the angel
Who rests in our arms
In peace and hope
For another day.
Can you every get enough wonder, touch, and love? Is it almost snuggle time, yet?
There needs to be LOTS of snuggle time, for sure. Here’s a great article: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/21/opinion/sunday/kristof-cuddle-your-kid.html?src=me&ref=general