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I never used to be an outdoorsy person at all. As a kid I loved it – I grew up either on the beach or in a park or simply playing in the garden all day with my sister and it was so much fun. I think it changed when I headed off to Grammar school and studying became so all consuming and it went on from there until now when my idea of quality outdoor time is lying on a sunbed. I knew having a little one would mean more time outdoors and truth be told with the amount of time I spend working on my computer, the outside would do me good. Not only that but it is essential for our little ones. We recently went for a check-up at our doctors and we got chatting – did you know there was an increase in the number of children suffering from Vitamin D deficiency – basically, they are lacking sunshine and all that’s needed is for you to have lunch in your garden 3-4 times a week for them to get enough sun – simple. Alyssa, however, has reignited my joy of being outside, especially with her and camera at the ready to capture all the brilliant times we are having together…

Alyssa on the grass picking daisies

There is nothing that Alyssa loves more than hearing me shout “Alyssa, let’s get in the car!” as she just loves heading out and about for adventures and when I say we are collecting Cousins Rowan and Lily she gets even more excited as there is no doubt it will be somewhere kid friendly and fun. During the Winter it was stomps through the woods whilst wrapped up warm and since the sun has started making appearances it ha4 children gathered round and open old empty suitcase dressed in hats and coats in the middle of a green fields been the beach, the park, cricket matches and forest adventures galore and these always produce such huge smiles. Of course with adventure comes the possibility of danger in the form of untied shoe laces, over excitement or a million other things that can cause those smiles to slip momentarily. When our little ones come face to face with these sometimes their smiles slip away and are replaced with unwanted tears with the appearance of cut knees or grazed elbows when the fun just got a bit too much.

Britmums and teamed up with Elastoplast to create the #TearsIntlittle blonde child facing away from camera standing in the autumn woods holding a pink teddyoSmiles campaign which encourages us parents to get outside with out little ones but be prepared for all eventualities and asks us how we fix those moments and restore happiness to our children. Well, I think all parents have their own ways of comforting a little one and no one can fix a problem like mummy or daddy. I’m so proud to say that Alyssa and I have such a wonderful bond and my heart melts (and breaks a little) when I see a big fat tear drop down those cheeks and hear a shout of “Mama!” So, what do I do…

  • The most important thing I find is to get to her quickly and envelope her in the biggest hug ever. I wrap her round me and cradle her head as if she were small and gently go back to the rock that all parents develop during the newborn stage. Hugs are always a winner.
  • Before long there will also be a cry of “Mimmie” which is of course a request for her Minnie Mouse comforter which is never far away who is grabbed and cuddled extra tight and helps  to catch any falling tears.
  • Alyssa is getting so good at talking now and if she does have an accident, between cries she will hold out the limb or body part that has been involved and state between sobs “It’s a hurt Mama!” You have no idea how amazingly useful this is nowa packet of star wars and frozen plasters in with little purple flowers because as Mummy, my next job after hugs is to rub or kiss better the boo boo and make it feel all better.
  • Obviously sometimes, a kiss better just won’t fix things and we need a bit more help. The first time Alyssa had a graze I automatically reached for my ever reliable stash of regular Elastoplast waterproof plasters and she quietened down watching intently and I popped one on. She freaked out and begged me to take it off and as it wasn’t a bad graze I did. However, this wasn’t going to bode well for the future if she wouldn’t have plasters at all.alyssa and I with our mouths open looking at the camera! DID YOU KNOW they did Frozen and Star Wars ones too?! I didn’t know this and they sent me some and I think if I let her she’d actually be covered from head to toe. You see we have a little “Pimcess” (princess) fan who will watch Moana, Frozen and Tangled forever, all day every day if I let her so having “stickers” of some of her favourite characters on her has resulted in my favourite way to turn her frown upside down.
  • If all else fails, I have to resort to “The Mummy Dance.” There is no time to feel self conscious at this point as your baby’s happiness is at stake. Basically my mummy dance  involves me marching, lifting my knees  stupidly high, swinging my arms and going round and round in a circle with the occasional stop for me to do a bum wiggle and a bounce bounce WHILST singing Alyssa’s very own song I made up when she was little that fits any words in any situation. Once my little one catches sight of her mama making an absolute fool out of herself, the tears melt away and donning her plasters with pride she jumps up to join me and before long, wherever we are be that the middle of a park, cricket match or beach, you will see a Mama and her baby bum wiggling and marching to the beat of their own drum.

Take a look at this video and see how Elastoplast turned #TearsIntoSmiles …

We all have our own ways of comforting those who look to us for answers in the same way we all have ways in which we like to be comforted. Scraped knees are as much a part of growing up as losing your first tooth or learning to ride a bike. What’s important is that we don’t let it stop our babies getting out there and letting their imaginations run free creating adventures and stories some of which will stay with them for the rest of their lives. So when you head out for your next adventure, be it the woods, the park or your own back garden, don’t forget to go ready with your Elastoplast and your wiggle bum to turn any #TearsIntoSmiles

Keep on bum wiggling everyone!

alyssa
Include text stating “This post is an entry for the BritMums #TearsintoSmiles Challenge, sponsored by Elastoplast. http://campaigns.elastoplast.net/plastermoments/uk
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16 Comments

  1. I find acting like a fool is the best way to stop my little one’s tears – a good distraction pretty much always works! #ablogginggoodtime

  2. Meg says:

    Cute post! I think hugs are the best medicine for that kind of thing. My daughter is plaster-obsessed and will often pretend to hurt herself in the hope I’ll let her have one 😉 #ablogginggoodtime

  3. The mummy dance—how precious!!
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com
    #ablogginggoodtime

  4. Petite Words says:

    This is a really sweet idea! (: #ablogginggoodtime

  5. Lucy At Home says:

    We love being outside as a family. My girls love the freedom to charge around and make lots of noise, plus there is always lots of wonderful things to see and experience in nature too. These plasters look great (the girls are also big princess fans!) #ablogginggoodtime

  6. I used to spend so much time in the garden when I was small – now I am the opposite and so is my daughter. I must make amends to this – especially with the amount of benefit she would get from it. Thanks for hosting #AbloggingGoodTime

  7. I love the sound of the mummy dance!!!!! Kisses and cuddles usually do the trick in our house but twin 1 does like a plaster occasionally too if need be – she love the Peppa Pig ones but I’m sure would go for a Frozen one too! The pics of Alyssa are lovely and I love that she goes to cricket matches – it reminds me of my childhood. #ablogginggoodtime xx

  8. We love getting outside and my youngest falls over about 20 million times a day. It never stops her for long though, a quick magic kiss or rub and she’s off again. We’ve never had to use plasters with her yet but she is sticker mad so I am sure she would love these designs.
    #ablogginggoodtime

  9. Kate says:

    Great post and thanking you on behalf of BritMums for taking part.

  10. Nicola says:

    Time outside is essential for us. We all feel a bit cooped up and miserable if we don’t at least get one good dog walk or park visit over the weekend. We all sleep much better for it too (including the dogs!). #ablogginggoodtime

  11. At the minute I find kisss and cuddles work best for Rory but as he grows I’m sure this will change a little #ablogginggoodtime

  12. A cuddle, a kiss better and a plaster is the magic formula in our house too! #ablogginggoodtime

  13. That last picture is just the cutest! i really want to see your mummy dance now hahaha! i have my own dance at bedtime which involves a bum wiggle too! #ablogginggoodtime

  14. Rebecca says:

    Love this! #ablogginggoodtime

  15. Silly Mummy says:

    Aww we have the kissing it better, cuddles and joking out of it mostly. My youngest will often just carry on when she hurts herseflf (but regularly bawls for no reason at all!) #ablogginggoodtime

  16. Crummy Mummy says:

    We have magic kisses in our house! #ablogginggoodtime

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