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5 Effective Strategies to Discipline Your Child

The job of a child is to learn about the world, the people in it and what does and does not constitute acceptable behavior within those boundaries. Part of that learning process will inevitably encompass testing the behavior of adults around them; both at home and at school. However tempting it may be to think so, no child is an absolute angel all the time. Putting effective strategies in place to moderate behavior and set boundaries is beneficial to everyone concerned:

  1. Reward good behavior. Be careful not to reward bad behavior or allow it to turn into bribery. Children are smart and will work out quickly that a tidy room means a treat. Reinforce good behavior with praise and reward exceptional behavior with treats.Kid sitting on a chair

  2. Employ time out. A useful strategy for both adult and child; the "naughty step" can be more effective than "go to your room," as the child doesn't have toys or other pleasant distractions to occupy them. Time out allows the child to focus on their behavior instead. For the adult, it allows time for anger to die down before speaking to their child.

  3. Set rules. The most frustrating thing for a child is to do something that seems perfectly okay to them, only to find that it isn't allowed. If a child isn't allowed in a certain room or to touch certain things, tell them. If they don't know, then punishing their bad behavior is confusing and can make them anxious.

  4. Be consistent. If rules, such as set bedtimes, are to be broken, make the reasons clear. As above, confusion about what is and isn't right, can lead to challenging behaviors.

  5. Do as I do. Children learn by observation. Want them to moderate their language, curb their temper or tidy up? Be a role model.

About the Author

Cody Taylor is the owner of Personalized Piggy Banks, a company that specializes in creating customized baby gifts and piggy banks for kids. Personalized Piggy Banks is known for their originality. Taylor believes that giving a personalized gift will never lose its value and puts a lot of energy into the company to ensure that every child gets a one of a kind gift. Each gift is hand painted with great detail by artists Dodo and Channi and promises child safeness.

Fun-Time: 8 Classic Board Games to Play with Your Kids

It seems that the cherished family past time of playing board games together on a Sunday night are long gone. Parents and children alike are more comfortable than ever with sitting glued to a TV or scrolling through their phones for the 70th time today.

We learn best through play, and play is always best when it's a social activity. Busy modern lives may reduce the amount of family time we have but by going back to basics, we can certainly increase the quality.

However, the classics are making a comeback and suddenly retro is cool. These eight classic games are still top sellers and perfect for a family game night!

Games For Kids

  • Monopoly. When a game has a version not only for most major capital cities in the Western world but also anniversary editions to mark significant dates, there's no doubt that it has staying power.

  • Scrabble. Not just for older children; playing two and three letter word rule games with children as soon as they reach reading age can make learning fun.

  • Twister. Possibly the only board game where the players are the counters.

  • Chess. Not just the preserve of serious men and a stop clock, teaching a child the rules of chess can help develop logical and strategic thinking. A larger-scale lawn set can be a great outdoor activity in warmer months.
  • Draughts. Like chess, an excellent way to encourage planning skills.

  • Clue. Known in some territories as Cluedo, you too can play Sherlock Holmes as you work out whether Colonel Mustard was the murderer and whether he used the lead piping to commit his crimes in the library.

  • Chutes and Ladders. Again, sometimes known as "Snakes and Ladders", this is an excellent game to underline that life isn't always fair, and that it's always possible to climb back to the top with a little perseverance.

  • Sorry.Last but not least and also useful for teaching children that sometimes you just have to start from scratch, this is also a handy game for teaching the value of a sincere apology.

About the Author

Cody Taylor is the owner of Personalized Piggy Banks, a company that specializes in creating adorable baby gifts and piggy banks for kids. Personalized Piggy Banks is known for their originality. Taylor believes that giving a personalized gift will never lose its value and puts a lot of energy into the company to ensure that every child gets a one of a kind gift. Each gift is hand painted with great detail by artists Dodo and Channi and promises child safeness.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 7 Funky Party Ideas to Celebrate

Are you planning a St. Patrick's Day party this year? Regardless of the type of party that you're throwing i.e. a kids' party or adult’s only bash, combining classic St. Patrick's Day party ideas with a few unique twists will make for an event that people will remember for years to come.

Kids Party Idea

1. Invitations. Make sure that your invitations reflect the type of party that you're having as well as the spirit of the holiday. Create your own design or look for designs with traditional green, gold, leprechauns and shamrocks.

2. Clothing. Virtually any type of green clothing from t-shirts to dresses to funky hats is appropriate for a St. Patrick's Day party. “Kiss Me, I'm Irish” buttons and leprechaun hats are popular options. You could even encourage guests to come in costume and then award prizes.

3. Decorations. St. Patrick's Day party decorations can be as simple as green streamers to as fancy as light strands with shamrock-shaped lights. Consider filling vases or bowls with Lucky charms cereal or gold foil-wrapped chocolate coins. Stick to your budget and select decorations that the guests will enjoy.

4. Photo booth. A photo booth is a fun addition that everyone from grandkids to grandparents will enjoy! Don't forget to include props to choose from such as feather boas and green mustaches.

5. Treasure hunt. Before your guests arrive, hide gold foil-wrapped chocolate coins in a basket or small pot. Then send them on a treasure hunt for the leprechaun's pot of gold.

6. Food. There are lots of naturally green foods that are perfect for a St. Patrick's Day celebration such as spinach dip and green grapes. You can also dye any number of different foods green for the occasion. Think about serving some traditional Irish dishes such as corned beef and cabbage. There is nothing wrong with having sweets such as green jelly beans and shamrock-shaped cookies but make sure to have some healthy offerings as well.

7. Drinks. Of course green beer is always a popular option for adults at St. Patrick's Day parties. Irish coffee, green smoothies, mint milkshakes and green cool aid are also great beverage choices.

 

About the Author

Cody Taylor is the owner of Personalized Piggy Banks, a company that specializes in creating customized piggy banks and kids’ money box. Personalized Piggy Banks is known for their originality. Taylor believes that giving a personalized gift will never lose its value and puts a lot of energy into the company to ensure that every child gets a one of a kind gift. Each gift is hand painted with great detail by artists Dodo and Channi and promises child safeness.

 

6 Cool Room and Furniture Ideas for Kids

Kids love color and they like to express themselves. They don't want to worry about keeping things perfect. Most kids look at their room as somewhere they can truly be themselves. When designing a kid's bedroom, you need to remember a few simple things.

-  Function is extremely important.
-  Focus on what the child likes but keep it simple.
-  Make it easy to clean and organize.

These are simple concepts that make sense to a kid. They are normally easy to please and will take care of their room if it's created to suit their needs and abilities.

1. Quality First. Choose quality furniture and accessories. Children can be hard on the things they have in their rooms. Making sure each item is durable and made from quality materials is important if you want it to last.

2. Use Sensible Fabrics. Use fabrics that are easy to clean, stain resistant and above all, strong. Sheets, curtains and any other fabric items should be made of materials that can be quickly thrown in the washing machine. It's less hassle for you and the kids get to enjoy a clean room.

3. Forget Themes. Don't introduce a theme. Let the kids choose their colors and focus on the things they like. They can change and adapt the room whenever they choose.

4. Take Care of the Walls. Choose satin or matte paints. They are less likely to show smudges and hand prints. Use wainscoting to protect the lower half of the walls from dings and scratches.

5. Try Current Trends. When it comes to designing a child's personal space, let them take ideas from their friends or research trends with them. Mix and match furniture along with a variety of different styles of furniture make the room stand out.

6. Focus on Function. The room is basically designed to hold your child's possessions and give them a place to sleep and study. A bed with drawers built in underneath it or a bookcase at one end, adds beauty to compliment the functionality of the room.

 

About the Author

Cody Taylor is the owner of Personalized Piggy Banks, a company that specializes in creating customized baby gifts and piggy banks for kids. Personalized Piggy Banks is known for their originality. Taylor believes that giving a personalized gift will never lose its value and puts a lot of energy into the company to ensure that every child gets a one of a kind gift. Each gift is hand painted with great detail by artists Dodo and Channi and promises child safeness.

 

How Does Your Child’s Room Color Impact Their Behavior

It is common for most parents to choose pink for girls and blue for boys when it comes to kid’s room décor. However, with the current variety of colors people are becoming increasingly more creative when it comes to painting their child’s room. Colors do have the ability to stimulate your child’s brain. When painting your children’s room, always keep the color and its effects in mind. Here is a list of color options and ho each of them can affect a child.

Red
Red is a powerful color and is known to energize. Based on your kid’s personality, you should choose this color carefully. Red can increase aggressive behavior in children and is not normally recommended for hyperactive children.

Orange
Orange is not a popular color. However it is warm and pleasant for the eyes. It also encourages positive qualities like confidence and independence in children. Orange also lends creativity to the environment. It forms an ideal background for wall hangings and posters.

Yellow
Yellow signifies happiness and joy. It is definitely a cheerful color for a child’s room. The kind of yellow you choose should be subtle and not too bright.

Soothing Colors For Your Child's Room

Green
Green is nature’s color and is known to be soothing and calming. Lighter green shades also make the room look bright and lively.

Blue
Blue is like the water and it tends to bring about a certain level of calmness to the environment. Blue is great for your little one and the calmness it promotes is mother approved!

Pink
Pink is the go to color for many little girls. When girls think of pink they think of Barbie, love and all things girly. Some shades of pink are warm and this can give your little one a cozy feeling.

Purple
Purple is a universal color. Lighter shades of purple are relaxing while darker shades of purple can give the room a dark effect.

 

About the Author

Cody Taylor is the owner of Personalized Piggy Banks, a company that specializes in creating customized baby gifts and piggy banks for kids. Personalized Piggy Banks is known for their originality. Taylor believes that giving a personalized gift will never lose its value and puts a lot of energy into the company to ensure that every child gets a one of a kind gift. Each gift is hand painted with great detail by artists Dodo and Channi and promises child safeness.