Play is central to your child’s learning and development. When your child plays, it gives her lots of different ways and times to learn. Everyone has a unique way of learning but one thing is clear, we all learn more when what we are learning is fun, exciting, and interesting. This is why we are releasing a series of interviews with mums that take play development seriously. Today, we are interviewing Natasja Knudsen, mother of Tristan and Aurora.
Please tell us a little about yourself.
I am 34 years old and the mother of 2. My son Tristan (6 years old) and my daughter Aurora (3 years old). I have always, from childhood age, been crazy about expressing myself creatively. I come from a family where we sat together at the dining table and did hobby projects as a family and I learned early on that this way of being together was very rewarding. therefore, it has been very important for me to pass this on to my children. I have prioritized caring for both children at home for as long as possible. I have wanted to have an active part in my children’s learning because I believe that children learn through play and presence.
What’s the best part about being a mom?
The best thing about being a mom is more than one thing. It’s a feeling. the feeling you get inside when they laugh so sincerely that everything else disappears. Their way of looking at you. the feeling you get when they prove to themselves that they can do more than they themselves thought. It is to love and be loved so much that your heart is about to burst with happiness.
To be proud as you have never been proud before over things that only parents understand. their first step, the first word, their first bike ride ….. but should I point out one thing, the best thing about being a mom is that they make you want to be a better person, not for your own sake but for their. It is the selfless and unrestricted love that you are allowed to give and receive.
What was the biggest surprise you encountered once you had a baby in the house?
Baby time is a very happy time, but also a time of many worries and insecurities. I do not think I had sincerely imagined how strong but also vulnerable I would become at the same time, from the moment I held them in my arms.
What was the most useful baby product did you have? Why did you love it?
I have used a baby sling for both my children. It has been an indispensable part of everyday life with babies and toddlers. I loved it because it gave me the opportunity to have my child with me but at the same time, I had free hands to be able to work. a particular benefit of the sling, especially when they were quite small, was that they slept safely and well, every single time.
Which factors did you consider while designing your child’s room?
In fact, I chose not to design a baby room. In the beginning, I wanted to look at the time and avoid buying more than I needed. We bought a side bed that could be fastened to our bed. They were practically never alone as a baby. They slept in our bed and followed us from room to room. That way, I also got my night’s sleep when my kids were little because they were always nearby.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
I want to be super fast. with children and house, there is always something to look at and never enough time.
What were the favourite activities of your child in their bedroom? How did you manage the playtime of your kid?
Lego Duplo and Schleich animals have provided many hours of good play.
As your child grows, the way he plays will change – he’ll get more creative and experiment more with toys, games and ideas. So far, what have been your highlights about it?
As they get older, the creative play and the opportunity to express themselves has become greater. Ball courts, puzzles, and games we can play together are some of the things they value highly. At the same time, the opportunity to create things has been given high priority, and toys that stimulate this are a winner. Lego, Hama beads, modeling wax, paint, etc.
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