PASS ON A RHYME

We all now live in an extremely busy world and technology is constantly changing and updating. Parents and carers are using technology and sharing it with their children.

Are the traditional parenting skills being forgotten? Are we still singing nursery rhymes to our children?

Growing up in the 70's with far less temptation from tablets or television and in a time when parenting skills were more traditional, we had nursery rhymes and songs sung to us on a daily basis. My mum and 'Grandma on the Bus' enjoyed singing and passed on their love of rhymes to me (I was lucky to have two grandmas and so we didn't get confused we called one 'Grandma on the Bus' because we went to visit her on the bus and the other 'Grandma by the Sea' as she lived in sunny Southend-on-Sea).

I have a huge repetoir of songs and nursery rhymes passed on to me by my family. My memory keeps them all safe and they are instantly unlocked when needed. I pass them on to my children and grandchildren and the families I work with.

But is Humpty Dumpty being replaced with Mr Tumbles via “the gogglebox”?

Technology is becoming a babysitter. I hold my hand up to using it, especially for “Five Minutes Peace” (excellent picture book by Jill Murphy about a family of elephants, a must read for all parents!) but I do now have the time to sit with my grandchildren and watch with them, which makes a big difference.

Rhymes encourage language development and fun and are something that can be learnt together throughout pregnancy and early years. Parents are their childs most important and enduring teacher, and you are the key to your child's success. Nursery rhymes must not be forgotten because our children need to learn to rhyme, as it will help them learn to read too.

Good Rhymers are Good Readers!

I am passionate about passing rhymes on to the next generation and my 'Park and Rhyme' sessions are a celebration of good traditional nursery rhymes. These sessions are held at park venues where parents and children are able to enjoy the outdoors (well away from technology!) and get close to nature which inspires children's creativity.