Kid writing backward/ mirror image

My little girl loves to do crafts, colouring and drawing as many children do at her age. One day after her 4th birthday she came to me and showed me the paper and said ” Mummy, it’s my name”. I couldn’t believe in my eyes that she can do it even though I have never taught her to do so. She wrote her name for the first time ever! What a milestone!

From that day I can see that she is capable in writing as she started to write my name, my husband’s name and some of her friend’s names. I thought she is enjoying her writing as it’s new skill to her. Now she always write her name on any picture she draws as a signature. And the concern happens from here!

I noticed that sometimes she writes it in the right order and sometimes she writes her name backward or mirror image. It looks funny and interesting and I first saw it and i think it could be her another skill. But when I talked to my sister about this, she said her daughter did the same when she first wrote her name and it’s’ normal thing and most of children will grow out of this habit when they are five or six. Oops, so it’s not a big deal and I don’t have to worry anything. But why do children write backward or mirror image?

Well, I asked Mr Google again. Sorry but he has been so useful if I need an instant answer for any concerns. This answer below from expert explaining everything about writing backward/mirror image and other related concerns if your children still do it at the later age.

So now I just let my little girl enjoy her creativity and natural developments as she is always happy, smiles and healthy.

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Teeth grinding at kid

I just recognise that my little girl grinds her teeth at night when she is sleeping. I know I used to do it when I was a kid too and everybody I know, they also grind their teeth when they are sleeping at times. So, is it normal? is it unimportant? what causes it? will it become a bad habit in life?

Well, I take these questions to ask my friend, a dentist, he said most of kids will grow out of this and it is a common thing. I was in a matrix of information when I searched in google about “teeth grinding”. Yes, people said that you grind your teeth while you are sleeping because you have crooked teeth, sleep disorder, stress… and it’s not harmful but grinding teeth for a long time can damage your teeth, headache or sore jaw when you wake up. So what about my little girl? I can’t see anything of these information related to my little girl’s circumstance.

Then I came across the WedMD website and they gave me some tips on stop teeth grinding and it makes senses to me. You can find more information on this link

Anyway, what I have done to stop my little girl grinding her teeth while she is sleeping is:

* My little girl always loves a little trick after dinner and chocolate is her favourite. So I cut off caffeine on food before she goes to bed.

*Before bed time I ask her to do some relaxing activities such as: drawing, colouring or reading books. Instead of just letting her do whatever she wants… run around and play with hola hoop.

Guess what, it works! My little girl hasn’t been grinding her teeth at all for a week since I applied this tips on her. What an amazing result! That’s why I want to share with all mums about this. Even though grinding teeth is a small thing but it’s very annoying.

P/S the tips above may not work with you or your kids, please seek advices from your dentist for specific cases.

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Suddenly waking up hysterical at night

I have never been penetrating the worries and scary feeling like yesterday when my daughter suddenly woke up hysterical at night. Have you ever experienced this during your motherhood? Here is my story.

Last night my daughter went to bed at 8:30pm and slept through really well. I did come in the room and checked her couple times before I went to bed to make sure everything was ok.

Around 1:00am I heard she crying so I went over and held her in my arms but she seemed not so happy with that. She was crying and screaming and tried to get out of the bed and ran away. She ran to the living room then to the bathroom in the dark. I was so worried that she can hit something and I just wanted to calm her down so I tried to catch her and hold her tight. But the more I tried to settle her down the more she was upset and screaming. She ran into the bathroom and hidden herself in the corner near the toilet and just sitting face to the wall. I was so scary and didn’t know what to do (my husband was away for business trip). When I called her to let her know that I was there with her but it made worse and worse. She stared at me like an enemy with watery scary eyes. She went of her head and freak out when I came near her or when she saw my face. I was shaking and crying a lot. This was the first time I felt helpless to my daughter and it really hurt me.

I stood back, went to my bedroom and kept silence. Then she stopped crying and went quite. I still heard the choked sobs but not screaming any more. This hysterical crying took half an hour to finish. I thought she was calmed herself down so I decided to go back to the bathroom and picked her up. But she was still upset and she hit me when I carried her. She was so exhausted after all and easily went back to sleep in my arm with rocking and paddling.

In the morning, I decided to clear my worries by hopping on Internet and looked up for hysterical waking up at night. I found a very interesting post on BabyCenter from Deborah Lin – Dyken, a paediatric sleep disorders expert. As what she said it is very common for the toddler even for the best of sleepers to suddenly start having sleep problems. And that called “night terrors”, which are similar to sleepwalking but are more dramatic.

With her advices and from my experience last night, I summary things to do when it happens to your kid:

–      Don’t speak to him or try to soothe him. Trying to soothe your kid will only extend and intensify the sleep terror – even saying his name can make him more upset.

–      Don’t try to awake him. He may think you are attacking him.

–      Just let the night terror run its course, and stand nearby to make sure your kid doesn’t hurt himself.

–      When he wakes up after a nightmare, go in and reassure him. Stay with him until he falls back to sleep.

All the best to mums and kids.

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Good natural laundry liquid

Firstly, it’s made with natural eucalyptus oil and with Euco Fresh range helps remove dust mite allergens, a major cause of asthma & allergies. If new mums are worried about chemicals in laundry liquid to wash newborn baby’s clothes, then this product is a perfect one to choose.

Secondly, it’s a concentrated liquid so I only need a small amount in washing. I use 2 capfuls for a full load of 8.0kg washing machine. It makes a good soap while washing and leaves a beautiful aroma on clothes. However, this product doesn’t work well on removing stain. You need to spray stain remover on the clothes 5 mins before wash.

Overall, this product is really good and can be used safely on most fabrics. I not only use this laundry liquid for my daughter’s clothes but also for the whole family.


About the product:

–      Catergory: Laundry liquid

–      Brand: Bosisto’s

–      Packing: 500ml bottle

–      Scent: eucalyptus

–      Origin: Australian Made & Owned

–      Price: $6.98 (Woolworths)

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Be your own way of motherhood

I believe that all mother-to-be s have read at least 2 books about pregnancy, motherhood and childcare. That is really good because it gives us a lot of knowledge and we will not have some initial surprises. However, we need to filter the information and only pick out the best suitable things for yourself, your kid and your current circumstance.

Like it or not, you will be distracted from taking care of your kid from people around you, especially family members, friends and neighbours. So you need to have a strong and clear opinion, do not let the comments around to shake your mindset. The first time mums always have these problems because they listen too much and they don’t know whom they should listen to and what should they do the best for kids.

Well, you are the only person understand your kids most so just do it in your way. Remember you are the one who carries the baby nine months during pregnancy, give birth and spend 24/7/365 with your kid since they were born. So you should believe in yourself and your premonition of a mother. It is always right to maternal love.

When your kid is sick, you’ll be the first one recognise it and know exactly what is happening to your child. Tell your doctor everything you see, you feel, you know as detailed as possible. Because it’s the best way you can save your child and help doctors diagnose the best.

Do not worry about the weight of your kid. If your child’s development is in the growing chart, you’re assured that your child is ok. And if the kid is happy, playful and eating well, sure you have a healthy child.

Never compare your child with any other child. Because each child is a wonderful thing that God has bestowed. They are physically and intellectually different. Do not force your child to be like any child. Be happy with what God has given you.

Happy baby happy family!

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Macleans Milk Teeth Toothpaste

I was aware to protect my daughter’s teeth since she first had her teeth at 6-month-old. But the job is not easy when my daughter doesn’t want to cooperate with me. Back then I only used the toothbrush to make her getting used to with the action. But apparently she didn’t like it and it always ended up with crying and playing up so I didn’t do it frequently.

Ten months later, I was determined to clean her teeth by buying the toothpaste. But I was concerned which brand is the best for my little one. Among all good brands I decided to go with Macleans just because it has a picture of The Wiggles in the box so I can show my daughter and tell her that she will clean the teeth with The Wiggles (her favourite icon).

Apparently it worked very well at that night. She didn’t have any complain when I brush her teeth with the toothpaste. I have to say she loved it. Now she always asks me for “The Wiggles” whenever she brushes her teeth. My daughter likes the flavour that much she always chews on the brush. It gets her interested in cleaning her teeth. I just bought another tube for her last week and it seems very good to her. Her teeth look cleaner. This is a good stuff to start kids on learning to brush their teeth. Would recommend this to all mums.


About the product:

–      Category: Toothpaste for children from 0 – 3 years

–      Brand: Macleans

–      Packing: 63g tube

–      Flavour: mild mint taste, sugar free

–      Origin: Made in South Africa

–      Price: $2.50 (Woolworth)

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Sick season

I always have an instant hand-wash in my handbag so I can wash my hand when I am out about. Some people will say I am a hand-wash addiction but I have a reason to carry it.

Everyday I take my daughter out for a walk in the park and she loves the playground. We spend at least an hour there and she always ends up with morning tea. So a quick hand-wash before eating is indeed necessary. Or after shopping with hands all over the stroller, I really need a squirt of hand sanitiser. I always feel more comfortable and safe after washing my hands in public area. Even at the playgroup, I always wash my daughter’s hands straight away after leaving the place. I am not rude to the others. I just want to minimize the spreading of infections, especially in winter. I call this time of the year is the season of sickness.

Nothing is worse than a sick kid. If she is tired, I will be exhausted. If she cannot sleep, I will be sleepless. I think prevention is better than cure. And wash hands frequently are recommended for everybody to prevent flu infection and other respiratory diseases.

Luckily we already have flu vaccinate so it will reduce the risk for my daughter to catch any cold flu from parents. 2 weeks ago I read the news about hand foot and mouth disease in NSW caused the death of 4 people and has now spread to VIC. Mother of a 2-year-old girl, I know she only can take a limit of medicine. So I just do the best for her to reduce the possibility of getting the disease.

Any mother has been obsessed the worries like me?

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