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Day 19

Friday 22nd May



Most of us are guilty of rushing and always being in a hurry! Our ability to multitask at times is pretty amazing. As a new Mum, I remember one occasion I was cooking dinner, while feeding my baby and talking to someone on the phone, and I was thinking I had it nailed! However, in reality all this rushing around and cramming several things into each minute means we can often miss things...the simple things, the important things. I think this poem by David L Weatherford sums it up perfectly. So please take this as a gentle reminder to slow down, stop hurrying and take your time :)


Have you ever watched kids on a merry-go-round,

or listened to rain slapping the ground?


Ever followed a butterfly's erratic flight,

or gazed at the sun fading into the night?


You better slow down, don't dance so fast,

time is short, the music won't last.


Do you run through each day on the fly,

when you ask "How are you?", do you hear the reply?


When the day is done, do you lie in your bed,

with the next hundred chores running through your head?


You better slow down, don't dance so fast,

time is short, the music won't last.


Ever told your child, we'll do it tomorrow,

and in your haste, not see his sorrow?


Ever lost touch, let a friendship die,

'cause you never had time to call and say hi?


You better slow down, don't dance so fast,

time is short, the music won't last.


When you run so fast to get somewhere,

you miss half the fun of getting there.


When you worry and hurry through your day,

it's like an unopened gift thrown away.


Life isn't a race, so take it slower,

hear the music before your song is over.




Let it grow

We would love for your child to plant a seed and learn what the seed needs to grow. Planting in the garden is a great way to stimulate your child’s senses. If you have a garden maybe you could try sunflower seeds or some sort of fruit/ salad plant. For those who do not have outdoor space you could encourage them to grow herbs indoors. 

Ensure your child gets stuck in and plants the seeds themselves - there are some great hints and tips on the Cbeebies page here:

Also, be sure to discuss with your child the best way they can care for the plant. 

We would love to hear about what you plant!


Bear Breathing 

Bear breathing is a fun way for your child to connect with their breath. If they do it often enough, then they start to associate a particular teddy bear with mindful breathing, which is very useful. Remember, focusing your attention on your breath can activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which calms the body and lowers the heart rate. 


Encourage your child to lay on the floor or bed with their favourite teddy on their tummy. Count to three and ask them to inhale to the count of 4 (count it out loud for them). You can ask them to fill their tummy with air and to feel it getting bigger and bigger. Show them that their teddy rises as they do this. Now ask them to exhale to the count of 6. You can repeat this several times. They want to try and get in a rhythm of breathing in that way. Then, they can recall it when they need it most. Like anything, this takes regular short bursts of practice.


You could always add soothing background music. Another variation is to tell your child they are rocking the teddy to sleep using their breathing. 


We would love to see a photo of your little one practicing bear breathing  

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  • Forrester Avenue, Weston-on-Trent,
  • Derby, England,
  • DE72 2HX
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