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.