Mums take con­trol


Deal­ing with tantrums in the mid­dle of the su­per­mar­ket is a thing of the past for Chrys­tal Steiner thanks to Baby BE­ings.

The mother of two started go­ing to the classes with her first born and has con­tin­ued on to help her deal with the chal­leng­ing tod­dler years.

There are three cour­ses run through the Toko­roa based pro­gramme.

The first is a 20- week Baby Be­ings course that cov­ers ‘‘the first re­la­tion­ship’’ and ‘‘free move­ment’’. The course is split into two 10-week parts.

Owner and teacher Fran Stevens said the sec­ond part is all about pro­vid­ing par­ents with cop­ing mech­a­nisms for when their chil­dren begin to ‘‘get on the move’’.

‘‘Most par­ents also need sup­port when their baby be­gins touch­ing or gets touched by other ba­bies, or wants the same toy. We help them see this as nor­mal and learn strate­gies to re­lax and cope with this.’’

The sec­ond course, lit­tleBEings, is also split into two parts.

Stevens said the course flows on from the Baby BE­ings prac­tice of see­ing that the ‘‘baby is ca­pa­ble’’.

The third course, na­tureBEings, is all about tak­ing trips to see the value in na­ture play.

Steiner said she looks at her now.

‘‘The hard work is pay­ing off.

‘‘The big­gest ben­e­fit has been learn­ing how to deal with the tantrums. Now I can walk around the su­per­mar­ket with Emily ...I think she’s got­ten used to the way I do things.’’

Rose Ho­gan joined the class when her son, now 21⁄ 2, was a baby. ‘‘It was a nice en­vi­ron­ment to come into. It’s re­lax­ing, calm and quiet and I get to spend one-onone time with­out hav­ing to worry about the other kids.’’



Mem­bers are asked for a koha on en­try. For more in­for­ma­tion phone Fran on 0274 867 356.

HELP­FUL CLASS: Moth­ers Jess Kirikava, left, Rose Ho­gan, Akiko Nelmes and Chrys­tal Steiner are reap­ing the benefits of Baby BE­ings.

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