For those of you who have forgotten, I am the newsletter editor for a mothers group, and this is a sample of the award winning journalism you can enjoy if you join our group. 

DID YOU KNOW? Cotton Candy debuted at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904. This treat sold for what would be nearly $6 these days. The recipe is simple, if you have the right machine. Pour sugar and dye into your machine. Heat the sugar until it melts then use centrifugal force to spin it through small holes into a metal bowl. The sugar solidifies when it hits the air. Serving suggestion: twirl on a stick!

Research has shown the food coloring used in cotton candy is linked to hyperactivity and decreased intelligence in children. Eating pure sugar can’t be good for them either!

What’s Your Sign, Baby?

Have you ever wished you knew what your baby wanted? Sometimes they fuss or cry and nothing seems to make them happy. My grandma says, “that baby wants some… something.” MOPS mom Lora happened upon a baby sign language course which helped her communicate with her pre-verbal children. Lora used “Sign With Your Baby” by Joseph Garcia, but other products are available in stores and at our local library. “Sign With Your Baby” came with a video and an easy reminder card to post on the fridge. www.sign2me.com

“It worked great for Ellie, she started doing the signs between ten months and a year. She could sign words long before she could verbalize them… It is easy to get frustrated, they suggest you start signing at 6-8 months of age and maybe your child will respond at 10-12 months.” Lora used sign language with her younger children as well, but not as intensively. They learned yes, no, apple, eat, more, drink, thank you, shoes, phone, down, bath, banana, airplane, baby and cookie. According to Lora, her children would sign the word as they spoke it after they learned to talk. She explained the signs to her daughter’s sitters so they could understand when the children used signs.

 

Side note: Paul and Mae learned sign language.  I made up my own signs and they work fine, when you remember to tell the sitter what they mean.  We focused on basic needs like drink and blankie and…well that is about it.  Notice I taught the first and last child, but not those in the middle?  Jane didn’t have any sort of lovy, so if a drink didn’t fix the problem nothing would.  Leo, well he is pretty laid back, I should have taken the time, but Paul was a quick learner, it took him about a month.  His Drink sign also translates to I want or gimme or more or food or banana it is kind of a one sign fits all.  Now that he can say banana (nana) it means all those same things.  Knowing signs sure gives your child a sense of control in a situation, a little confidence that his needs can be understood.   

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