Daily Archives April 6, 2015

Pregnancy Photography – Tips For The Belly!

Pregnancy Photography – Tips For The Belly!

by: Heather Hart

These tips have been provided by Heather Hart of A La Mode Photo who specializes in natural environment, pregnancy, family and pet photography.
1. Find a friend.
Since you are the model, you need someone who has a few hours to dedicate to you and your Belly!
2. Try using a camera with real film and not digital. Go to a camera store and ask for professional black and white film – avoid going to the local market or drugstore for your film – there is a big difference! Ask for 125 speed film – there is less grain. And everyone always looks so much better in black and white – try it, you may like it!
3. Wear natural make-up – a little base and accent your eyes! Since you’re shooting outdoors, keep it light!
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If You’d Like to Know Why Reading Matters

If You’d Like to Know Why Reading Matters

by: Barbara Freedman-DeVito

HERE ARE SOME OF THE REASONS WHY READING IS SO IMPORTANT FOR CHILDREN.
WHY DO WE TELL CHILDREN TO READ ?
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We’re always telling children that books and reading are good for them, but have we ever really thought about why that’s true ? Exactly what do older children get out of reading novels ? What do younger kids get from being read to ? Does reading matter ?
The purpose of this article is to say that, yes, it’s true, reading really is important, and that there are some solid reasons why that is so. Let’s begin with the practical benefits and then move on to the less tangible rewards of a life filled with reading.
BOOKS HELP CHILDREN DEVELOP VITAL LANGUAGE SKILLS.
Reading is an important skill that needs to be develo...

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Play, Laugh, Grow – Learning To Play With Your Chi

Play, Laugh, Grow – Learning To Play With Your Child

by: News Canada

(NC)—The first year of a child’s life is a prime time for exploring. Babies are excited and eager to learn about the world around them and playing is essential to a child’s development. Parents are the best learning resource a child has, and playtime offers a chance for bonding between parents and children. By learning how to play with their children, parents can help them develop a sense of accomplishment and self-esteem.
Parents shouldn’t feel that they have to constantly practice the alphabet or enroll their children in school at age two to stimulate learning. Instead, parents should provide toys that help stretch mental, physical and emotional muscles...

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8 Gifts of Parenting

8 Gifts of Parenting

by: Lawrence Vijay Girard

No one who has hugged their child can doubt the gift of a child’s presence in their life. The love that is expressed in that simple act is one of the most profound ways that we experience love in this world. In order to nurture the special relationship of parent and child, and fulfill our roles as parents, there are number of things that we are signing up to do. Here is a list of eight essential ways to fulfill our parental responsibilities.
These are gifts that we should freely give to our children without thought of what we will receive in return for our efforts.

The Gift of Life. It is easy to forget that in the act of receiving a child into our lives we are sharing the gift of life itself...

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How to Choose a Changing Table

How to Choose a Changing Table

by: Jackie G. Maxwell

As a prospective parent, you may wonder how hard it could possibly be when it comes to learning how to choose a changing table. But you’d be surprised at the little details that can make your life easier when you have them, and a nightmare when you don’t.
The first consideration should be how long you are going to be using the table. Is this a short term item, that you need to move around the house as an infant moves with you? In that case, an adjustable, foldaway that is designed for lighter weights and younger children, will do.
However, if you’re looking for a durable piece of furniture that will serve you and the child as they grow, you’ll want to look at something more functional, and with features that will make caring for your b...

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Creating a Peaceful Sleeping Environment for Child

Creating a Peaceful Sleeping Environment for Children — Key to Parents’ Sanity

by: ARA Content

(ARA) – Is daylight-saving time wreaking havoc in your home? Is it difficult to get your infant to sleep in? Do your kids keep informing you “It can’t be bed time, the sun is still out”? How about when the summer ends and it is time to get your children back onto a school schedule? Let’s face it, just because the calendar says September, that does not mean that the sun no longer shines through the bedroom windows.
If any of these situations sound familiar then you will be relieved to know about Redi Shade room-darkening window shades. Redi Shade is a pleated window shade made of heavy-duty paper that hangs quickly and effortlessly using a peel and stick strip...

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Raise Awesome Kids! This 4-Point Plan Gets Results

Raise Awesome Kids! This 4-Point Plan Gets Results

by: Jean Tracy

Are your children truthful, kind, and helpful? If so, read no further. If not, please listen to Colby and his mom.
“All my friends cheat,” announced 11-year-old Colby.
“What?” exclaimed his mother? “You don’t cheat do you?”
“Sometimes,” answered Colby. “But I never get caught.”
“It’s not all right to cheat, young man,” scolded his mother. “How many times have I told you cheating is wrong? What is the matter with you?”
Whether it’s lying, stealing, cheating or some other problem behavior, do you find yourself giving lectures on being honest while your child rolls his eyes?
I remember counseling one father who loved his daughter so much that he would give her two-hour lectures...

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Easy Journaling Tips

Easy Journaling Tips

by: Lorraine Curry

Journaling is a stress free learning technique. My children who journaled seemed to have much more pleasure in—and success at—writing. (I have included samples of our children’s writing in Easy Homeschooling Companion. http://www.easyhomeschooling.com/homeschooling.html
Children want to be just like their parents and your writing will inspire their writing, so let your young child see you journaling, even before that child writes. Rather than being a chore, you will find journaling to be multifaceted and rewarding.

Always date your writing. You may want to publish your journal someday!
Write daily. Make it a habit.
Fiction becomes nonfiction. There is a creative power in the spoken and in the written word.
Write the solution, not the proble...

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Motivation… The Key to Your Child’s Educational

Motivation… The Key to Your Child’s Educational Success

by: GranMamma

For the first year or two of life outside the womb, our brains are in the most impressionable state they will ever be in. A baby’s brain is immediately shaped by interacting with their environment. As a parent, one can have a large influence on their newborns first encounters with learning.
The mind learns optimally when appropriately challenged in an environment that encourages taking risks. However, under perceived threat, the mind does not perform as well. This makes it harder to learn when you are nervous, stressed, or not feeling well.
Before a child learns to talk, they experience emotions. Emotions are another source for improving memory. People are better at recalling stories that held strong feelings...

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Guide To Choosing Educational Toys For Children

Guide To Choosing Educational Toys For Children

by: Eugen Lisov

Educational toys for children
In the last few years, parents started getting more and more interested in choosing all sorts of educational toys for their children. Because a parent wishes the best for his child, a toy that is labeled as educational is very likely to be bought easier than others.
But what is an educational child toy?
Well, there is no definition of the term “educational toy” from what I know. However, what I do know is that an educational toy is a toy that helps a child learn something good, something that will help in the future. Play is the most important activity of any child. Learning thru play is a reality; it can and it is done unknowingly every time your child plays...

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