Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Your child needs to be ready to take on responsibility for their own learning- to a degree of course.
They need to understand that it's not all going to be easy & they will have to work at it, but that it will be worth it in the end.
They need to have patience & perseverance.
tough call isn't it?
We might not all perform music, but we are all surrounded by music in various shapes & forms- just think of the impact music has on our mood, on setting the scene in a film or play, think about how much children love singing, dancing, clapping & moving to music.
A healthy understanding leads to a healthy appreciation.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
so you can be sure to find something a little unique!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
but for the most part I think they have a really healthy attitude towards food.
I also believe that there are a few things that we have 'got right' that have led to our smalls being un-fussy eaters.
ok, you eat what you like, that's fine, but that's dinner.
but we also expect them to develop a healthy respect for other's tastes & preferences too.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
I've been looking for a while for a swimwear range that was gorgeous, well made, practical & child-appropriate.
on it's way to us at ele-ahbaant as we speak is a gorgeous range of swimwear from Stella Cove.
a fresh take on swimwear, with simple clean lines & beautiful fabric designs.
A boys range is coming very soon also, don't worry, we'll be snapping that up as soon as we can too! but for now, here's a sneak peek of some of the girl's range on it's way
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Book Week is the longest running children's festival in Australia,
celebrating its 64th birthday in 2009.
I feel very fortunate to have been born into a 'bookish' family.
My sister & I have always read, my parents read, & my grandmother read.
I remember holidays spent at grandma's house in the country where we (my cousins, my sister & I) would raid the bookshelves & settle down on the patchwork picnic blanket out on the sprawling front lawn to read,
or the early, early mornings when we would all pile into grandma's bed (yes, all of us!) for her to read to us while she sipped her English breakfast cup of tea...
no tea bags, a pot, of course!
As a child, I was a prolific reader & always had at least one book on the go, sometimes 2 or 3!
I still enjoy reading, very much, time seems to be my main barrier.
I love to see that my children find great joy in books & that the older 2 are already in possession of very strong literacy skills ~ the youngest is showing signs of being the same- she loves books, & will quite happily sit down to 'read them' to us.
My teaching background has made me acutely aware, that a positive, 'book-enriched' environment creates a positive foundation, leading to strong literacy skills.
so... more books, more books, more books!
Read to them, Read with them, listen to them Read to you & treat Reading with wonder...
you know, it can even be fun :)
in the words of Dr Seuss:
"The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you'll go"
To support & encourage literacy in Australia, we at ele-ahbaant are giving away a
free book with every purchase made between the 22nd & 28th August 09.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
This week is World Breastfeeding Week, & as such brings contemplation & reflection;
I am a strong advocate for breastfeeding, & breastfed my three children till they weaned themselves- at 14 months, 11 months & 14 months.
I was one of the fortunate, to whom breastfeeding came easily.
This is not to say I didn't have my fair share of cracked nipples & other issues, but in the scheme of things, breastfeeding was a fairly natural, easy process for me.
Whilst it is commonly acknowledged that "breast is best" there are those to whom things don't always come so easily.
I have asked my sister Brooke to write about her journey with Breastfeeding,
please read her post below.
It’s been 3 weeks since I last breastfed my 1 year old daughter, and I have to say that I still feel a mix of emotions – some relief, some happiness, and a little bit ‘ripped off’. You see my breastfeeding journey was the equivalent of running Mt Everest with 1 leg.
After a Post Partum Haemorrhage hours after the bug was born I was left with boobs that didn’t exactly balloon with the liquid gold. Day 3 after birthing my amazing and gorgeous baby, I had my first of 3 blood transfusions, and hoped that aside from making me feel more like a human and less like a corpse, that my milk would ‘come in’, as was supposed to happen. It didn’t…and I began to panic. I hadn’t contemplated not breastfeeding – it wasn’t part of the plan. Whilst I felt a little anxiety about breastfeeding, I had done the research and knew it was better for my child if I could breastfeed, and good for me too. The decision had been made…how hard could it be? I was so wrong…
For months I undertook 3 then 4 hourly blocks of breastfeeding, pumping, supplementing with formula, and using a supply line – as well as settling my child to sleep, and trying to rest myself. In addition I used medication, natural therapies, took 30 tablets a day, visited Osteopaths, Naturopaths, Lactation Consultants, NGALA, Child Health Nurses, spoke with the Australian Breastfeeding Association and conducted hours of obsessive Internet research…and I still had a low supply. Apparently I was never going to be a ‘cow’ (as my delivery midwife and Lactation Consultant told me!).
So I stuck with it (out of sheer stubbornness and a will to do what was best for my baby). At first I thought… “I’ll try to make it to 6 weeks”, then 12 weeks, then 4 months and so on. I made it to 11.5 months and was keen to continue, however the bug had different ideas. She weaned herself and made it loud and clear that she no longer wanted to breastfeed – she was on to bigger and better things. I guess this is the first of many decisions she will make on her own that I may or may not agree with!
I have learnt a lot from this experience…about myself as a person and about having a baby. I have absolutely no regrets about working so hard to feed my child, even though I was incredibly sleep deprived and felt like a failure as a mother. Looking back – and it is only now that it has passed, I feel like a huge success. I’d do it again, but next time, I’d probably be a little easier on myself and accept that things don’t always go to plan…and when they don’t, you do what you can. I now know that although breast is best, it is better for a mother to be mentally healthy, and able to cope as best she can with such a huge life changing event. It is important to provide the best and healthiest start for a new bub, but there are so many other things that are equally important…such as ensuring that a new bub feels loved, safe and secure.
I write this whilst watching my daughter stuffing her face with scone, and send a big supportive congratulations to all Mums during World Breastfeeding Week – those who do breastfeed, and those who don’t, those who do it for 5 years, those who do it for 5 days…but also to those babies like mine who stuck with it, and don’t give up on their Mums…
Friday, July 31, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
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Saturday, June 13, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
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Friday, March 27, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
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Saturday, March 21, 2009
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cool clothes for funky kids
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
ele-ahbaant - cool clothes for funky kids
New Stock Arrivals at ele-ahbaant!
Daily Tea ~ from Tea Collection
Tea Collection, the globally inspired children's fashion company, addresses the need for
affordable, high quality children's clothing with Daily Tea.
The Daily Tea collection is a gorgeous range of mix & match pieces for bubs age 3-24 months,
all made from high quality, breathable cotton.
Our first shipment has just arrived at ele-ahbaant and features really cool retro geometric prints, bright funky florals for girls & very hip printed tees for boys..
finding funky kids clothes has never been so easy!