Bumps, cuts, scratches and the tears that come with them are all part of childhood. We’ve been helping parents to comfort their little ones for over 90 years, and we know there’s no substitute like a cuddle from a parent. Healing is about much more than a great plaster. This is a chance to share our experiences of playing outdoors, comforting children and the different approaches to parenting. Together we can raise healthy and happy childen!
I am Princess Alina and I live in a palace in the sky. It is the highest tower in the whole wide world. One day I came back from the valley of flowers, where I had been visiting my cousins. I was climbing back up to my home at the top of the world with my friend Billy, the beautiful butterfly. He was dancing around like butterflies do. Suddenly, Meany, the ugly crow appeared, trying to catch Billy. I chased Meany away, but it made me slip and fall down. I hurt my knee with a painful scratch, and a fairy appeared and gave me a magic tiny picture that got rid of the pain right away.See her pictures
I am Mat the cowboy. I was riding on my horse looking after my cows, when all of a sudden I saw a wolf in the distance. He tried to sneak up to my favourite calf, Lilly. I was horrified! I galloped as fast as the wind to save little Lilly. She was mooing in panic, but I came to the rescue! I chased the wolf, and he ran away! But suddenly my horse got spooked by a rattlesnake and threw me off my saddle! I landed on the ground. There was a cut on my skin but cowboys are brave.See his pictures
My name is Tarantula-Gregg and I am a giant spider. But do not be scared, because I am a very friendly spider. I love cheesecake and I am a big fan of super-heroes. I watch super-hero movies together with my daddy, Tarantula-Tom. We do it in secret because mummy never would allow it. Sssshhh! The other day I had just woven a perfect web to live in and to catch pieces of cheesecake when a rival tarantula appeared and wanted to conquer my web. I defeated him, but during the fight I fell off my web and got injured. I shed a big spider tear, but the spider-plaster and the spider surprise made me smile again.See his pictures
I am a lovely little bird called Renée the Robin. When the sun came up one summer’s day, I waved my mummy goodbye because I wanted to fly to the sky. I flew up so high, I was above the houses, above the trees and above the eagles! Singing my favourite song, I reached the sky. The world down below was so small, people were tiny like ants and I couldn’t see my mummy anymore. As I tried to touch a fluffy cloud with my wings, I lost balance, tumbled and fell down. Luckily, I was only hurt just a little bit, and my mummy was there to take care of me…See her pictures
Every parent wants their child to be able to run free outside. To watch kids have fun in the fresh air is the best thing ever – but it can be tough seeing them upset when they hurt themselves. There is no right or wrong way to be a parent, but wow - there is a lot of advice out there! Sometimes sharing experiences with other mums and dads is the most helpful thing of all. And discovering a little about development from a real expert can be fascinating and useful, too.
Lorraine explains how she used the tears of our four children to create emotive and special watercolor pictures to cheer them up - and what the experience taught her about talking to kids.Meet Lorraine here