That’s what we call a perfect day. Dipping in and out of sessions stuffed with things we’re interested in.
Philosophically at the heart of what we do at Riverside Cares is share knowledge, share parenting skills, sound advice from our expert team and solutions to challenges every parent faces. We work with you to figure out ways to make your day a little easier.
The first Parent and Baby Fest in collaboration with our friends at JW3 was all about that plus having fun and chilling out on a summer sunday. Well chilling out teetered on the edge of threatening to actually be chilly when we looked up at the greyish sky early in the morning. However in one of those JW3 kinda miracles it turned out just fine, hundreds of you came out to sample free classes, a puppet show, Emma and Jill’s summer Feed Your Children Well alongside face-painting and Hawaiian dance classes, all free.
Don’t know about you but I tend towards less is more – well for the alloha influenced amongst us, clearly when it comes to flower leis it’s a case of more and more please. That’s what those necklaces are actually called … trust me one Hawaiian children’s party with 30 of our daughters BFFs means you get to know this stuff. 2pm Sunday in our household rarely involves dancing in the sand, however this time the Riverside Cares gang joined the happy throng and did some Ai Ami (think Hula with a little foot movement) and got that outstretched fingers thing going, we swished around and even got our creaky hips swaying alongside a lot of four year olds who were several steps ahead of us when it comes to groovie moves. Our dance teachers really made us realise that red and yellow ensembles can work if you go bold.
Zest the highly thought of restaurant on site got into the spirit of it and created ‘baby cafe’ fare which went down a treat. We loved the hive of activity going on around us. Jill definitely approves of sand play reminding us that we should think of it as a form of early maths.
What the day threw a spotlight on to is how important it is to get balance in our lives. ParentTech means that we can access and expect to find information and answers at lightening speed, but what it doesn’t give us is calmness, time for reflection, relaxation and time together just hanging out. Glimpsing those special moments. Isn’t that an essential element of a memorable sunday, putting aside speedy responses and instead just enjoying special moments.
With this in mind we asked you all to tell us what made you laugh about your baby or your special baby moment. The prize for the ‘best’ quote, a 3 hour Family First Aid session for the winner plus 3 invitees of their choice. The training to be delivered by Jill Wheatcroft who as well as being our co-founder has also more than 26 years children’s nursing under her belt and is a Lecturer in Child Health.
We are delighted to share with you Naomi Gryn’s charming and winning moment….