Say No To Bullying

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Ever wonder why some kiddies today are too afraid to go to school? There could be a lot of reason why your child won’t step out of his room to go to school and one major reason is probably of bullying. It is not uncommon nowadays when you hear about this issue and your kid may actually be a victim of this act or worse, being the bully in his school. Say no to Bullying!

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Not long ago, I never thought that a preschooler could hurt another kid and the idea itself sounded crazy, but when a close friend of mine who’s actually a pre-school teacher in an international school told me about an incident where two of her students quarreled like wild animals, I still didn’t believe it until I saw them with my own eyes. There was this kid crying out loud and he was one of the new kids in school. He was being chased by his classmate who was a girl at about five years old. She kept punching him on his back and the boy was running away from her. When they were sent to the director’s office, her reason was because he had a crush on her and she got really frustrated and told him that if she keeps punching him, his crush for her would go away. As she was explaining her side, she can’t help but laugh and thought that it was a silly joke. The next day the little boy got bruises all over his body and didn’t want to go to school. I thought to myself that they were just preschoolers and yet the violence was already present and though they may not know what they were doing, it was still inexcusable. Kids going to school nowadays is something questionable when it comes to safety measures.

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Another incident was when one of my friends told me about her son’s situation in school. She noticed that her kid was seemingly thin yet it he eats a lot at home and she would even give him extra money to buy himself food in school. Her kid was physically fine except that he was slimmer compared to kiddies his age. One day her son went up to her and told her if she could just pack him lunch instead of giving him money because the bullies in his school would force him to give out his pocket money during recess time and would threaten to punch him if he didn’t comply. Right after this incident my friend transferred her son into a different school and although he’s going to be one of the new kids in school, at least she was somewhat relieved knowing that her son didn’t have to deal with those bullies again. But I asked her, do you think that there are no bullies in his new school? Do you think that you can ultimately stop this from happening when you transfer your son into a different school? Kids going to school is something all parents should face and these kinds of bullying cannot be stopped simply by transferring your kids from one school to another once a bully presented itself. There must be another way to stop them.

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Bullying is the act of willingly causing physical, emotional, verbal or mental harm to others. It could be through name-calling another person, physical assault such as hitting, kicking, biting, social exclusion where they intentionally reject another kid to shame them or anything that would hurt another individual. A bully can turn something like lunch time or going to the bus stop a living hell for other kids and this can leave a deep emotional scar that sometimes traumatize other youngsters. This is something we can avoid and prevent from happening and the moment we learn that our kids are being bullied, we should act on it and stop it from ever happening, not just to our kids but to other helpless children as well. Bullies usually attack new kids in school as they want to exert territory or they want to show who’s tough. It is important for us parents to take bullying seriously and not just let our kiddies handle it by themselves and tell them that it is part of growing up. Kids going to school should not be a tormenting act for them, but instead, it should be a safe and fun place where they can learn new things and meet new friends.

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In other parts of the world, bullying has contributed to many serious matters such as suicide, school shooting and kidnapping. Others take it to other forms such as posting indecent comments through social media or spreading out gossip on the Internet.

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The subject of bullying is a long and elaborate discussion and I do not want to bore you as you may have heard about this issue a million times. The bottom line here is that we should know how to detect once our kids are victims of such act. This happens a lot to new kids in school and the only thing that can prevent it from happening is that we have an open communication with our kiddies. Technology is our may weapon in order to keep track of our kids’ welfare. Giving them a cellphone is a good way to know where they are, letting them create their own social media accounts is also a great way to help them express how they feel and maybe gain more friends. By handing them smart phones or tablets, they can easily install useful apps where they can easily contact their families, their friends or perhaps share their emotions through their own personal blogs. Our kids have their own battles and we, as parents cannot always be there for them whenever they need us and all we can do is guide them and hope that they turn out to be responsible individuals. Let’s not be afraid about kids going to school as it is nothing but normal and with proper guidance and the use of available tools that can strengthen your bond with your kid, you can be sure that you’re raising a responsible child who will someday become a role model to others. For more information about bullying or how you can raise a child in the digital world using the most innovated technology to keep them safe, CLICK HERE now!

Keeping a Journal of Your Kiddies’ Meal Plan

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Food is probably the most important thing we need to survive and as parents, we know how difficult it is to feed our kids sometimes. They have this tendency to be choosy on what food they want to put inside their mouths and it may be a little frustrating sometimes but we have to keep in mind that we only want what’s best for our children. So how do we know if we’re giving them the right kind of food that they will enjoy? Today I will give you some recipes about healthy cooking for kids and how to prepare them for a lovely meal.

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There are so many delicious and nutritious foods that you can serve you kiddies and although it is hard to believe that you can pack everything into one scrumptious meal, it is possible. What I’m going to teach you today is one of my favorite and my kids definitely can’t get enough of. It is called Baked Chicken Toes. If you want to try this recipe, I’ve written the ingredients below and how to cook it. It is one delicious healthy dinner options for your kids so make sure to try it.

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Crunch, Oven Baked Chicken Toes

INGREDIENTS
1 cup corn flakes

Ingredients
1 cup corn flakes
1 cup plain bread crumbs
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 1/2 pounds chicken breast tenders, 2 packages, cut into 2-inch
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup honey mustard (recommended: Gulden’s)
1/4 cup barbecue sauce

How to cook:

In a pie pan or other shallow, large dish, pour out the corn flakes. Crush the cereal up with your hands. Mix in bread crumbs, sugar, salt, pepper.

Drizzle about 3 tablespoons vegetable oil evenly over the breading, tossing and turning it to mix the oil all through the bread crumbs and crushed-up corn flakes. Have the GH pour the oil out slowly. A vegetable oil bottle has a big opening so, 3 tablespoons will pour out pretty quickly, so be careful in adding it.

Cut the chicken fingers into toes, 2-inch pieces. Turn the chicken in flour, eggs and then in the special crunchy breading. Arrange the chicken toes on a nonstick baking sheet. Place the chicken toes in the oven and cook 15 minutes or until crisp and brown all over.

Mix together honey mustard and barbecue sauce in a small bowl. Serve hot chicken toes with honey mustard and barbecue sauce for dipping. Enjoy!
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There are many other healthy dinner options for kids and using your tablets or your smart phones, you can easily download the Food Network app which contains hundreds of healthy nutritious diet for your kiddies. You can make a journal in your tablet and write down all the delicious and healthy meals you can think of and perhaps make a schedule on when you want to cook them with your kiddies. What you can do is prepare each day with a special twist like remaining your ordinary days in Italian Monday where you will cook healthy Italian dishes, Chinese Tuesday where you will create oriental foods for the family or you can be as creative as you want to make sure that each day is memorable for your kiddies. For easier access in learning new recipes, you can download the “Food Network App in the Kitchen” in your smart phones or tablets and choose among the hundreds of easy-to-cook meals for your kids. It is not just fun, it is also a great way to bond with your kid. Healthy cooking for kids is not just a great way to keep your family in good shape, but it also makes you become more creative and trying out new recipes that they will surely love. For more tips on how you can be a supermom in the digital age, make sure to VISIT US.

Summer Fun for Your Kiddies

Going to the beach or  photo Corbis-42-16923767_zps8c25830c.jpgheading on to the pool is something almost all kids look forward to during the summer. It’s a fun activity for the whole family and a great form exercise because it engages several body parts to function without stressing too much on the joints. There are many other benefits your kiddies get just by swimming alone and studies show that kids swimming at an early age help them become emotionally and physically fit. As the summer starts to heat up even more, I wrote down a couple of good insights about the benefits your children get when they swim. So read on and start preparing for your next summer trip!


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You have two choices when planning to go on a swimming vacation with the family: you can either go to the beach or go to a resort where there are pools present. The beach is an outstanding place to have a summer vacation due to its refreshing look, its take you back to nature and your kiddies can definitely enjoy building sand castles. The downside here is that the sea is a massive body of water that houses different underwater creatures and some of them are dangerous. Jellyfish, sea urchins, sea mosquitoes and other poisonous marine animals are just some of the hazards you need to be careful of when swimming at the beach. This is why some parents prefer to bring their children to clubhouses or resorts with pool because they feel that it’s safer and most of the time, places like these offer swimming classes for kids who are enthusiasts of learning how to swim.

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When planning for a summer trip and you want to include swimming as one of your activities, it is vital to put your kiddies’ safety first. We don’t want drowning or any accidents in a fun-filled day so we need to take all precautionary measures in order to avoid such incidents. For children below four years old, it is important to keep an eye on them at all times. Kids swimming could sometimes be out of control as they get too excited so you have to remember never let them skip your eyes even for a moment as they might fall down in deeper areas of the swimming pool. The sides and bottoms are usually made of concrete material, so a sudden fall or slip could be dangerous. When planning to go to the beach, make sure your kiddies wear appropriate and protective swimming attire. The sands are sometimes sharp that might cut their feet so it is important to be cautious. Applying sunblock lotion is also a MUST as the sun gets too hot during the summer. Once all safety measures are met, it is time to enjoy and have fun!

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Swimming activity for kids has lots of emotional and physical benefits. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP), swimming can improve the mental well-being of a child as it increases positive mood and decreases anxiety. CDCP also added that kiddies with developmental disabilities have found that doing group swimming increases family ties and improves family connections. Aside from emotional development amongst children, swimming can also be a great form of exercise. When kids mess around in water, their bodies move from small amount of activity to a full-on aerobic workout. It provides stretching, toning and even a full workout that strengthens the lungs and the heart. They’re doing an intensive workout without even knowing it because they are enjoying so much. Swimming is highly advisable to overweight kids as they find it easier and more fun to swim than to jog or run. Those with health problems such as asthma and arthritis can also benefit from this activity as the weightlessness of being underwater makes it easier for them to get small amount of low-impact exercise. As per kiddies who have asthma, having a sudden attack is less likely during swimming compared to other strenuous exercises.

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Enrolling for swimming classes for kids is actually a great way to know more about the benefits of regular swimming activities. Researchers document that the stimulating effect of early swimming lessons for kids (infants/toddlers) increases intelligence, alertness and concentration. And for you to see the progress of your kiddies, you can record their swimming lessons through your mobile phones or handy tablets. It won’t just let you know their progress, it will also save memories of your kid having fun as they swim. Those videos and photos will be precious someday so it is important that you have a reminder of those happy moments. If you want to read more about some tips and helpful ideas, make sure to VISIT US.

TV and Movies: Are they harmful for our kiddies?

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The recent movie Frozen was such a success that almost all kids know the song “Let It Go” and “Do You Want to Build A Snowman.” Don’t think that because the lead characters were girls, only girls can relate to the movies because the truth is, ALL kids loved it, even my nephews sing those songs while in the shower. But have you ever wondered what benefits ours kiddies get when they watch such movies or TV shows? There are many common and negative beliefs about children’s prolonged TV exposure such as it makes them lazy, seeing violence and it hampers intelligence. Despite these misconceptions and negative feedback surrounding TV and movies, our kiddies actually benefit from them in a lot of different forms depending on what they see and how often they watch it.

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Children love cartoons. The color vibrancy attracts their visual senses and the audio makes them excited. But what really makes them enjoy cartoons are the funny and likable characters. One good example is Dora the Explorer. She has a sweet voice, a friendly personality, a charming look and a likable character that even parents adore. This is why children enjoy watching such TV shows because they tend to look up to these characters and wanting to be like them. Another fun cartoon character is Diego. You’d find him in the TV show called Go, Diego, Go! He’s Dora’s cousin and his series originated from a spin-off of Dora the Explorer. He’s a young Latino-American who dwells on rescuing animals and saving the environment. Kiddies who love animals surely enjoy this show as they get to see tons of different breeds from the animal kingdom, teaching how to nurture them and why it is important to care for these beautiful creatures. Another personal favorite that I have is the Backyardigans. It is pre-school TV series about five animal children who see their backyard as an adventure place where magic happens. They all have different personalities that your kiddies will surely love. Their imaginations are fun, exciting and always creative and you will always see them fascinated in different adventures. As our kids watch these animated shows, what they don’t know is that we use these things “learning for children” method.

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Like the TV shows mentioned above, there are certain movies or television programs that can teach our kiddies social skills such as sharing, manners and etiquettes. They can learn how to interact with others positively and politely, greet others or even argue to express themselves. These films can also teach kids about morals, values and life lessons. Although it is vital to teach our children these important things, it has become an effective learning tools 4 kids to know the basics.

 

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Educational movies or TV shows enhance kiddies’ learning experience and for some who have difficulty to be motivated in school may have an easier grasp when watching such animated programs. Because there’s a wide variety of TV shows today that air regularly, children develop interest and learn what will inspire them to do more. They can discover many interesting subjects like art, animals, sports, science, history and hobbies which they will eventually nurture away from TV. Learning for children is never easy but as long as you keep them interested on what they are seeing or doing, then there’s a bigger chance for them to find it irresistible.

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Older kids on the other hand may watch international channels, historical TV programs, documentary shows and movies based on real events to teach them about cultures and other parts of the world. These types of visuals can lead them interested to knowing more about the government, fashion, art, religion, music, society and education. And for those parents who are having a hard time answering deeper questions and issues can use education videos to explain the topic. This may be a bold move or a sensitive approach but it opens opportunities for an honest opinion and discussion and is considered great learning tools 4 kids who always ask questions as they mature.

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Let us not forget that our focus is to let our kiddies have a fun way of learning and TV shows and movies are great ways to provide them with entertainment, relieve stress, offer relaxation and it’s also a great quality time for the family to enjoy as they get to bond while watching and talking about the shows afterward. Watching movies and TV shows are made easier today as you can easily download them through your computers, cellphones, tablets and other multimedia devices. Now you can watch their favorite TV shows, anywhere and anytime with just a few clicks from your gadgets. For more informative tools and tips about good parenting, CLICK HERE.

Choosing the Right Toys for Your Kids

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It is never easy being a parent and perhaps one of the hardest tasks of being one is actually choosing what toys you should bring home to your kiddies. There are plenty of toys in the market today and for first time parents, this sometimes become a problem because they simply have no clue on what to give their kids. Some of these high-tech toys could be quite expensive, but the main focus is that whenever we buy something for our children, what’s should be in our minds is: “fun learning for kids.”

 

As technology progresses every day, we parents should know how to incorporate that in a good sense. Some would say that technology only puts gap amongst family members as they are more interested in playing with their mobile phones, their computer or other electronic gadgets, yes, this could be true in some cases but that is where we need know to know how we can use these innovations to bring us closer. Kids today learn faster compared to the previous generation as technology laid more resources for us. Creating an experience of fun learning for kids is not that hard and it is actually very exciting as it involves a lot of interaction between you and your kiddie. Choosing the right toys for your kids doesn’t need to be painful as all you need to do is buy learning games for kids that they can truly have fun with.

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One good example is the development of tablets available in the market today. This great find is made specifically for growing kiddies to help them develop their cerebral and motor skills. Growing children are more attracted to bright colors as the rods and cones in their eyes are not yet fully developed and with the help of these interactive tools with inviting colors and vibrancy, children will surely want to get their hands on there. These tablets have educational apps that have engaging colors that will truly captivate their eyes and their minds. And with its touch screen feature, their motor skills are improved as it is created to be an interactive tool where they can touch and hear what they are seeing using their hands. Some of these also offer tons of great applications for you to choose from, so buying learning games for kids is going to be a breeze.

 

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As a parent, I have a very busy schedule but I make sure that I have plenty of time for my kiddie and bonding with him is probably the most rewarding part of my day. Although I have work and other obligations, I make sure that I have the necessary tools to keep him happy, motivated and always learning. One effectively tool I found is researching on great learning apps for toddlers, preschoolers and older kiddies. Using my KiddieTAB, I found a number of great apps that I installed for my kids to enjoy like “ABC for Kids All Alphabet.” This application teaches our kids to memorize the alphabet and with real sounds and human pronunciations, it is almost as if they are learning inside the classroom. Another app that I personally like is iStoryBooks. It has a number of great selections from children’s books, bedtime stories, folk stories to classic storybooks. All stories have beautiful display of images and sometimes accompanied by enjoyable sound effects. So of your kid loves reading storybooks and seeing colorful images, then this one’s perfect for you. Educational Games for Kids is another informative app that will teach your children using different symbol, colorful images and sound recognition. With more than 4,000 users and 3,000 positive reviews, you can be sure that your kid will have a lot of fun with this app.

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The applications I mentioned are just some of the best you can find on Google Playstore and with the fast development of today’s technology, you can be sure that you will be seeing more of these educational apps for your kiddies.

 

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Although there are children who enjoy physical activities, it is very unlikely for them to get tired of playing with these fun gadgets as they always create new and exciting games and apps where they can learn, interact and develop their mental skills. Most of these apps contain vibrant and colorful images and videos that will surely get them hooked. Getting such devices is probably one of the best things you can do as a good parent for your children. This fun learning for kids will not only develop and enhance your kiddies’ progress, but it will also deliver a great way to bond with them.

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Why Storybooks Are Important to Children

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Have you ever wondered why your parents would always read you storybooks before we go to sleep when you were young? When I was little I always get excited about fairytale stories my mom would tell me before hitting the sack. Well, besides hearing great stories that really tickle my imagination, it actually makes our brain work by stimulating senses thinking these things are actually true and based on real events. Our imaginations start rolling and this helps us develop our neurons in response to what we perceive. So if you think reading story books for children is just a way to make them fall asleep, then you are mistaken. Story telling serves greater purpose in our children’s daily lives and it might sound simple for us parents, but this actually teaches them a lot in their early childhood education.

When kiddies become hooked to what they’ve heard, they tend to ask questions, they wonder, their brain functionality becomes more aggressive and these stories are encoded in their minds generating neurological pathways that develop their neurons. The development of synapses in children’s brain activity occurs at a tremendous rate during their early years in reaction to a young child’s experience in their environment. This is why reading story books for children is a good way to keep their minds from grasping information and to enhance the development of their neurological system. The early years of childhood is the most important stage of learning as the mind is susceptible to taking in all information based on their environment and their experiences. Kiddies learning to read is a process and there’s no general age on when they will be able to read a whole book or a single phrase. There are many factors leading to it such as their environment, who they interact with and the things they experience around them.
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Fairytale stories are always the way to go when ready for your kiddie as they go on adventures and the magical experience is a rollercoaster ride. They are easily amazed with dwarves, princesses, fairies and other non-earthly creatures that live in the fantasy world. A good way to know if your kiddies enjoyed their bedtime stories is when they keep asking you to read them over and over again and eventually, they would want to learn to read these books to themselves. Now this is where the process of kids learning to read occur. Good thing they are readily available E-books today that have a huge amount of collections of good storybooks and you can easily read them using your handy tablets and other modern devices where you can install them or download them.

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Kids learning to read is a great milestone in your child’s mental development. Encouraging them and giving good reinforcement is necessary to stimulate mental functions and creates brain connections. Through repetition, these connections build into networks that allow them to think and learn. There are many other benefits children get from this activity such as building listening skills wherein it increases a child’s attention span and develops the ability to concentrate. Kiddies also benefit from it by helping them express themselves in a manner of being creative while using their imaginations. When reading to your children regularly, it also helps them master language development whether it may be written or spoken. Together with this, the formulation of neurons develops and fosters a child’s natural curiosity expanding their horizons, introducing emotions, behavioral changes and exposing them to new situations. And perhaps the best part of reading books with lots of images to your kids is when they learn to appreciate illustrations and arts with their visuals. They learn more when they grasp information using their senses and it may take some time, little by little, but you can be sure that you are using a fun and exciting method.

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Productive But Fun Things to Do With Kiddies This Summer

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With every summer comes every parent’s desire to make it memorable for the whole family. This year, why not introduce your kiddie to some productive yet fun activities that will also contribute to their development? Other than learning something new, these activities would also help nurture children’s creativity as they discover they can actually produce objects out of wild imaginations. Wow!

Here’s a list of things to do this summer during downtimes:

Make musical instruments

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You’ll be needing some art materials for this. Ask your kiddie what musical instruments they would want to play among guitars, bass, piano, or drums. Let them make musical instruments out of cardboard, old toys, and even things you find at home such as spoons, bottles, and plastic containers. Have some of their friends come for a summer evening concert.

This activity not only enhances imagination and creativity, but also develops love for music. If you really want to push your kiddie to such inclination, start now because according to studies, Toddlers have slightly better attention spans than infants, and have unlimited energy.”

Collage for the clay pots

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This is a fun activity especially for girls. Go through old magazines, gift bags, or wrapping papers to cut out some nice pictures. Stick these into a collage in a clay pot for the garden. You can even make money with your kiddie if you have lots of clay pots on stock as you sell them in a yard sale.

Of course you want your kiddie to have a taste and sense of style! This activity opens an eye for design in children as they see what colors work with such pattern and theme. Might as well awaken a potential entrepreneur in your kiddie as they earn money with these artsy clay pots!

Plant some veggies

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Yeah it may be hot to stay so long under the summer sun but what does sunscreen lotion do? Spread some to yours and kiddie’s tiny little body and go out to the backyard. Plant some veggies that easily grow such as tomatoes, cucumber, or peas. A large pot will do in the absence of a backyard. Ask your kiddie to take charge in watering the seeds until they grow into veggies ready for eating or even selling.

This third activity helps your kiddie become responsible as they actively tend to the planted veggies. More importantly, it is also exciting being able to watch it from the beginning up to the time the veggies become full grown. What an amazing way to teach your kiddie about growth and life!

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The impact and joy this summer would leave your family depends on the activities you plan beforehand. Gather up the materials and start conceptualizing for these productive yet truly delighting activities!

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Three Kiddie Tablet Features That’ll Make It Worth Your Money (and Trust!)

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So you finally decide on giving your 21st century kid his portion of innovation – you want to buy a kiddie tablet. How do you choose one?

Pediatricians recommend giving kids their own tablet at age 5-6 or during the early elementary years. This is when they can start visiting websites on their own, and understand that technology is not for mere entertainment, but more importantly for educational purposes. In choosing a kiddie tablet, here are the three most important features you should look for:

Parental Lock

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This should be on top of your list when choosing a tablet for your kid. Look for one that has a foolproof parental guidance system. The best device should have a dual mode feature that allows you to set a locked environment with apps you can personally pick for your child. Great if it will sort suitable for 5/6 year olds apps you’ve downloaded automatically to the ‘Kiddie mode’. This parental lock feature should enable you to block your kiddie’s access to the web and only open educational apps.

Educational Apps

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A good kiddie tablet must have pre-loaded applications and games carefully designed to help children develop cognitive skills. At the same time, these apps and other programs should be entertaining enough to promote engagement. They should come from trusted and reliable sources, must convey positive messages, and be written in a positive or neutral langu
age. For more info on choosing appropriate apps and media for children, click here.

Pre-set Timer

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When you decide on giving your child his own device, a major problem you may face is limiting the time of usage. You, however, can skip this through the pre-set timer feature. Set a pre-determined time your kiddie can use the device everyday, so they don’t go overboard and lose time for study and sleep.

Buying a tablet for your child is a big deal. Other than the money involved, there are a lot of other concerns such as preparedness and security. If you choose incorrectly, your kiddie might develop bad habits they might continue to their elementary years. But if you get just the right device for your little one, it could help them become the next world renowned artist or society hero!

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3 Fun Tips To Help Your Elementary Review for Exams

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Reviewing for exams is probably the last thing your kiddie would want to do especially in this age of technology and digital distractions. I know, because when it was my time, I used to reason out “Oh mom, it’s all about stocked knowledge, you know.” But kidding aside, how can you motivate your kiddie to review and memorize, really? Definitely, it would be challenging especially if they’re too young to realize the importance of getting high grades (for us parents).

Good for you if your kid is naturally studious. If not, here are unusual tips to help you motivate them to prepare for that exam, as efficiently and fun as possible!

Let your kiddie pretend to be the teacher

ImageElementary kiddies like to pretend and make believe. Use this to your advantage and ask your child to act as the teacher and discuss to you the coverage of their exam. You, however, should be an attentive student by asking questions during your review sessions. In this way, your kiddie remembers the things you two discuss about while enjoying the activity as a simple pretend.

For the materials and to make sure that your child takes the activity seriously, you will need a whiteboard, marker, and books as references. Make it more fun and efficient by using kiddie tablets with apps that allow you to doodle and draw, even use video and sound effects. Bet your kiddie wouldn’t get enough of this review session!

Have an active study session

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This time, use your kiddie’s favorite outdoor activity to initiate a review. You’d spend the day with them doing their favorite activity but in return, they would have to answer questions included in the upcoming test. Come up with a study guide to keep things organized and ensure that you cover everything they have to keep in mind. There also has to be a penalty for every wrong answer, of course!

This is an effective way to review, especially for kinesthetic learners who remember things more when they move. They study while you workout those unwanted fats. What a great way to multitask!

Go for ‘mini reviews’ instead of long ones

ImageHaving mini reviews is definitely better and going to be more productive than asking your kiddie to sit down for a long time. Kiddies have ants in their pants! Conduct these more effective reviews 2-3 times a day instead of having a one-stop study session with your little student.

Make a review sheet that includes a vocabulary list and divide it into equal parts depending on the number of days before your kiddie’s exam. Take this out during downtimes such as during traffic or right after family dinner. You might even want to use dessert for more motivation!

All it takes are time, patience, dedication, and a little creativity to help your kiddie ace that exam. Instead of fearing today’s distractions such as technology and play, why not use them to make review sessions more effective and even memorable for children?

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Get Your Kiddie Into Photography This Summer 2014

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The sun is high, temperature starts to get humid, and each day it becomes clear you really need a break from all the work. Summer is here! You’ve probably began writing your list of places to visit and things to try for your whole family. Why not have your kiddies educated in photography this 2014? Might as well assign them to capture memories of your latest escapades, yeah?

Trust me, parents, no kiddie would say no to having their first, very own camera and taught about the basics of photography. If you believe your child is of age to handle a costly capturing device, here’s how to get started with teaching your kiddie to get snappy:

Choosing a camera for your kiddie

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Let’s start with the device. Would you need a digital, SLR, or Point and Shoot? There are many pros and cons to consider for each type of camera. Cheapest of these three is the Point and Shoot, which you can also bring anywhere since it features automatic focus. On the other hand, it may frustrate your aspiring photographer as it produces lousy photos without offering manual settings for those neat effects.

A digital camera is a better option than the point and shoot. Other than letting users see the photos right away, it also allows faster uploading to PC with no printing costs. Getting one for your kiddie, however, may require you to shell out more cash if you want a unit that produces high resolution photos.

SLRs are the most expensive of the three types. These manual cameras, however, are what I believe, the real deal. Consider buying for your kiddie an investment, for you to really mold them into becoming a skilled and renowned photographer at a young age. SLR lets its users create the exact look they want. You just have to teach your kiddie how to take good care of the device for it to last until it becomes vintage, though.

Getting Started

It all begins with composing a shot. After getting your kiddie a camera, let them take shots of everything and anything. Tell your child to shoot from different angles until it becomes clear what looks best. Have them look into texture and get as creative as they can be. Slowly, introduce your kiddie about light exposure until they can figure out what kind of lighting works best for different subjects on their own.

Developing Your Kiddie’s Masterpiece

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Have your kiddie’s greatest shots developed in a photo lab or printed if taken with a digital camera. This lets them see the fruits of their labor and get them to love photography even more. Guide them to not feel discouraged if most of the photos aren’t perfect and remind that practice makes perfect. You never stop learning with photography, you just get better!

Here are more tips from the pros you have to share with your kiddies:

  • Use pets with different behaviors as subjects.
  • Be sure first with what you’re looking at before you click.
  • Avoid having your subjects in the center.
  • Use natural light.
  • Frame the horizon so it’s not in the middle of the picture.
  • Try something new from time to time.
  • Note that the best pictures have interesting elements that fill the whole photo.
  • Take pictures that are meaningful to you.

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Whatever camera type you choose, I suggest you buy a protector case to make it last long (especially in the hands of little children). Enjoy summer and take as much snaps as you can with your kiddies, parents! 

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