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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Have you ever noticed that a child’s favorite activity, game or toy always seems to include making a mess? Granted some messes are not of epic proportions, but they can still present a problem at clean-up time.

As parents, you want them to have a good time, but you are usually the one left with clean-up duty. Which means you are far more likely to find activities that do not involve making any kind of a mess. Actually clean up time is a good way to introduce children to chores, giving them age appropriate responsibilities and rewarding them on a job well done.

It does not need to be a huge undertaking, keeping in mind the child's age and attention span. Perhaps they can pick up the extra crayons after coloring, or put clothes where they belong after a dress-up playtime. Something that they can accomplish fairly easily is best, as it builds up their confidence.

However, if you are still concerned about making a mess, and your child can not come up with anything to do that might be "mess free" there are some things that you can try in order to keep the mess to a minimum. For example, children love finger painting, with all of its hands on fun. If this is the case in your family consider getting a Hands on Finger Painting Wall Toy. This amazing toy is heat sensitive and when children place their hands or fingers on the surface, the colors change and an image will remain for a short period of time. It mounts on the wall and there are no crayons, markers or paint required to enjoy its finger painting. It may quickly become your child's favorite toy, not to mention yours.

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Saturday, August 25, 2007
Imagination, the cornerstone of a child’s mind, is an important part of their personality and individualism. While we may consider it a waste of time, experts tell us this is not the case. A child’s imagination lays the groundwork for the way they may handle different situations in the future. This does not mean that a child should be forever in "imagination" mode, but we should encourage them to explore different opportunities.

As parents and caregivers, there are many ways that you can help a child explore their surroundings. Whether it is through reading books together or perhaps watching a little educational television geared towards children of the same age, this interaction can be very valuable to a child. Even when a child begins to question your rules and guidelines it is considered normal behavior and, unless they carry it to an extreme level, this is not something to be overly concerned about.

Many toys and activities are available to help spur a child's imagination, which in turn helps to stimulate their thought process. Naturally your child may make mistakes or even come to an incorrect conclusion but this also helps to shape their mind and is cause for further consideration whereas they may come up with something entirely different next time.

The next time you see your child jumping around and engaging in pretend play watch for a while it can be an amazing experience. Consider getting a toy that helps to stimulate their imagination such as the Rocking Boat Pirate Ship. Watch as they sail the world or even when they make teddy walk the plank and you are sure to smile almost as much as they do.

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

She's been asking for ages and finally you have decided that your daughter is ready to have her first slumber party. For her first slumber party, keep it to just a few friends, no more than four is usually a good idea and have some fun stuff planned in advance for the kids to do.

First of all, set up a place your daughter's room or a game room for her friends to sleep. It's a good idea to have the guests bring sleeping bags so everyone can "camp out". Then after you've decided where the sleeping will happen, move on to planning munchies and activities.

Be choosy with the foods you serve, you don't want three extra kids in your house on sugar overload. Also, talk to the other kids' parents and make sure there are no food allergies you should know about. Some kids are very allergic to common foods like peanut butter so better safe than sorry and always ask. Serve some sweet yummies sure, but balance it out with cut up fruit or veggies and dip and other healthy snacks. Make the kids a smoothie using yogurt, fruit and crushed ice for a cold treat. You can make them feel special and let them have treats without putting them into a sugar coma.

Games are always fun. You can use some of the old favorites that have been around since time immortal like Musical Chairs and use your daughter's table and chair set, pin the tail on the donkey and Simon Says or go for some of the newer favorite party games like a child's version of "Pictionary" where kids get to guess a word based on pictures shown or even set up a craft for the kids to make to take home such as a bracelet they can choose their own beads and string themselves.

It's easy and fun to put together your daughter's first slumber party, with just a little planning you can make this get together the best night ever!

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Friday, August 17, 2007

If you think that your child is learning things at a much younger age than you did, you would be right. Not only are they learning things at an earlier age, they are also learning in many new ways.

Depending upon your age, you may have not even known what a computer was when you were younger. Or, at the very least, it was not a common product found in most homes or schools. In 1997 18% of US homes had a computer, the percentage rose to 42% in 2000, and according to some experts, currently 75% of Americans have computers in their homes and spend an average of three hours a day on line. The percentages are similar when it comes to the growing number of computers used in schools. As such, children are now being exposed to computers from an early age and will likely continue throughout school.

As parents and caregivers, you support education in children and want to ensure that you do everything you can to assist in your child's education. Providing an atmosphere or area, as well as tools, which are conducive to learning, is an important step. It is also one that can be accomplished in the home as well as school. Consider providing a desk or table that is appropriate for your child's needs. For example, the Upscale Kids Computer Desk Prodigy is perfect for both pre-school age as well as children just starting school. It is fashionable while still being sturdy, age-appropriate and very functional.

Remember, everyone benefits when a child is eager and ready to start exploring things outside their immediate surroundings.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

While not all parents are crazy about "cute themes" for children's rooms, the kids themselves seem to love them. There are a number of reasons why some parents and caregivers may find it difficult to re-do the room as the child gets older. It may be that they feel the child will grow out of it quickly and possibly are not able to afford to redecorate. Or, if the theme is too specific, they may feel it will be difficult to incorporate new items suitable for an older child.

However, there are a few things that you may want to consider before you decide against giving your child's room a theme. A themed room is not only fun for a child; it can also help them express their uniqueness and personality. There are some decors that are easier than others to "upgrade." For instance, if your little sailor wants his own special marina, consider building the theme around one special item and use accessories that can be used later when he is older. A great item to build around is the Toddler/Kids boat bed. It has a bold blue stripe that can easily be matched with accessories, such as curtains, paint or carpeting. When he gets older and decides it's time to dock the bed with its cute portholes, it will be a great deal easier to redecorate around the accessories already in place.

So, go ahead, let him drop anchor and enjoy his youth for a few years. The time to become "grounded" arrives much too soon.

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Friday, August 10, 2007
Everyone wants their child’s room to be special, decorated just right. Expanding on the main theme you have decided on for the linens can be simple. There are many things you can do to accomplish this, such as painting the walls or adding wallpaper. Just let your imagination take over and the results may surprise you.

You may also want to consider investing in something that can become a family heirloom to possibly be passed down from generation to generation. It does not have to be something extremely fancy or expensive. Something that you have carefully chosen just for your child will probably mean just as much to them when they are older. This special feeling alone makes it worthy of passing along. The actual item is not nearly as important as the sentiment behind it. Therefore, it can be something that is strictly for display or something your child may use on a daily basis.

One possible choice is the Pastel Jungle Kids Table and Chair set. This is a beautifully handcrafted set that includes a hand-painted finish, making it obvious that a great deal of time and attention went into making this great set. It is a perfect children’s set that includes a table with pastel colors along the edge and pastel animal chairs. This is something that your child can use and enjoy for many years and to possibly one day hand down to their own children, thus creating a wonderfully treasured family heirloom.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Children have active imaginations and as parents or caregivers you should encourage that part of their personality. It’s what helps to make them unique individuals. Years ago some children were thought to have over-active imaginations now most experts agree that except in very rare cases there really is no such thing as an over-active imagination. Most children simply need a little guidance in order to keep everything in perspective.

You may think that very little extra stimulation is necessary for your child but that may not be true. Although they do get stimulation, varying the type and amount can be a big help to their growing minds and bodies. This can be accomplished by playing age appropriate games as well as quiet times spent together reading. The description of their minds being like sponges is actually quite accurate and they really do absorb quite a bit even during quiet times.

Sometimes children tend to get restless on long trips and it can be difficult keeping them entertained. The novelty of the trip soon begins to wear off and their temperaments may begin to head a little toward the cranky side, or quite possibly skip the little part, go to full blown boredom and they don’t care who knows it. While it may not completely eliminate the boredom there are some travel toys available that may help their active, imaginative minds settle back down a little. One such item is the Kids Travel Toys- Magnetic Train Maze, completely enclosed so that there are no loose parts to get lost on the way. It is a perfect way to encourage them to use their imagination as well as being a great way to improve their fine motor skills. Not to mention the peace that just may follow when this toy is brought out during the trip.

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Friday, August 3, 2007
It can be an exciting time for parents and quite a milestone for kids when it is time to transition to a "big kid's bed". It can also be more than a little scary to a child. While they really want to be all grown up they are not too thrilled with stepping outside their comfort zone.

There are some things that you may want to try to make the change a little easier for your child. You might start them out in the bed during the day, possibly at nap time, as this is a little less scary than an all-nighter. Even if your child has never showed any tendency to be scared of the dark it is possible that this might crop up during this changing of routine. Patiently try to explain to them that it will be ok and that everyone gets a little afraid sometimes. This might be a good time to get a night light if they don't already have one. Or even if they do try letting them pick one out that is a special big kids light to go with their special big kid's bed.

The bed itself also deserves consideration of things such as safety and growth. Also try to find a bed that will appeal to them and their personality, because it makes the transition a lot easier if they actually like the new bed.

A great choice for a transition bed is the Modern Toddler Cot. It has a low to the ground base and uses the same mattress that was in the crib. There is a unique little bench at the foot of the bed that just might be perfect for one of their bedtime pals. After all it's possible that teddy might get a little scared too and then they will be right there with him to make sure everything is ok. The decorative bed rails will help keep your little one as safe and secure as teddy.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2007
You love your child dearly, you really do, but constantly having to clean up after them can get pretty frustrating. It can be even more frustrating trying to teach them to help clean up.

Each expert or doctor has their own view on how to teach a child to help tidy things up, beginning with their room. Naturally most kids pretty much ignore the idea that they should be helping and trying to find ways to encourage them is a never-ending battle. Some suggest making it a game, start them out with minor projects that they can handle and "let them" win.

You may also want to consider a small chore list that is age appropriate. These kinds of accomplishments can make a child feel so grown up and they love it when you tell them that. Some type of a small reward, anything from a cookie to a gold star, also tends to make them beam with pride and tackle the project with a little less animosity the next time it comes up.

It also helps if you have things clearly labeled showing where certain items go. For instance, you could have several wicker baskets each labeled with what should go inside, crayons, coloring books, drawing paper, blocks, etc. You may also want to consider a toy box for larger toys or ones that do not have a specific place. There are many different styles available and you will surely find one that goes with their room, as well as their personality. All of this makes clean-up a little easier to deal with and teaches responsibility without it being a rigid, boring routine.

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