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Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Natural Parenting Older Children


Hello friends and happy April! To celebrate the spring and the Earth Month I have collaborated with fellow bloggers. This is the perfect time to talk about natural parenting and teaching our children about sustainable living. Please find the schedule of the topics here.
I have always been interested in natural parenting and tried to practice it with both my children. I have opted for and was lucky enough to give birth to them in a birth pool, I have breastfed them long term.



We have slept with them in our family bed until they were ready to move on. Now that they are older (8 and 5) these are all lovely memories of the past but  they obviously still need that deep connection.
I try to make sure to have some one to one time with each of them at least once a week.It doesn't have to be a special occasion, just cuddling on the sofa and reading a book, playing a game,cooking together, crafting or simply colouring in a sheet. I don't know about your children, but when I ask my children about their day at school, they are reluctant to tell anything. But when we are doing something together, usually crafting or colouring in, they will open up without me asking them anything.



A nurturing touch, a listening ear,holding hands  and responding with sensitivity is all they need and want. At times, in our rushed daily life, if we skip doing any of these, children usually let us know about their unmet needs by trying to get our attention.
This year Derin started school. In the UK, children start to Reception at the age of four. Although Derin, being born in January, is one of the oldest children in the class, most of the times he is exhausted at the end of the day. Once he enters the house, he is tired and grumpy. I found that just sitting down together cuddling on the sofa helps him so much. Rather than giving him snacks until dinner time, I  try to get their dinner ready by school pick up time, so he has a proper meal and then he can eat healthy snacks if he is hungry by bedtime.
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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Egg Sandwich with A Twist

Welcome back to Cooking with Kids! This week my fellow bloggers and myself are sharing egg recipes.

We made this lovely egg sandwich for breakfast. It is very nutritious; packed full of good oils. Also very quick to make, even on a school day! My daughter loves this and helps prepare it.

Ingredients (serves one)

One English muffin
One egg
Few slices of cheddar cheese
1/4 of an avocado,diced
1 tbs of olive oil
Black pepper

Turn the hob on and gloss the pan with the olive oil.When the olive oil is hot in a minute or so, crack the egg gently. (You can use an egg ring to keep it together)



Cover with a lid and let the egg cook thoroughly.Meanwhile halve the muffin and toast it. 
When done, transfer the egg on the muffin. Sprinkle black pepper.

 

Add slices of cheese and close your muffin sandwich with the other halve. Transfer the diced avocado onto your plate. Enjoy!




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Saturday, 28 March 2015

Shared Parental Leave


From April 2015, parents will have greater choice over how they share time off work to care for their child. Shared Parental Leave allows working couples to share up to 50 weeks of leave and 37 weeks of pay in a way that suits their work and family needs. For example, parents can take time off together or they can tag team, stopping and starting leave and returning to work in between if they wish.
I think this is a very modern approach from the government in terms of gender equality. I was not working when I had my babies. My husband was working long hours and he did not even had the chance to take any days off with our first baby. He really was not happy about it as he missed on this special bonding time. Children grow up so fast and those early months are just so precious.
Therefore a shared parental leave will  enable both parents to use share the time off as it suits to their needs.The flexibility of the regulations means that parents can use the 50 weeks of leave as they need it: At the same time or seperately. 
This flexibility will also allow for a special time for the whole family. If mum needs to go back to work, dad can take over and this will make mum's return to work much smoother for everyone.
In my home country,Turkey, mothers only have 3 months of maternity leave. I wish they also adapt this approach that will benefit both mums and dads.
For more information please visit https://www.gov.uk/sharedparentalleave

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