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How to Cultivate the Flair for Writing in Your Kiddie

With the advent of Internet and smartphones, writing has become a lost art. Many parents rue at the limited attention span and vocabulary of their children. Today’s modern-day children know how to write Internet lingo and abbreviations but cannot sit and write a grammatically correct sentence. You can cultivate the flair of writing in your child using the following tips:
Early Literacy Skill

  • Be a Role Model. If your kid sees you sitting down and reading and writing, he or she will follow suit. Writing simple things such as thank you notes or creating a shopping list is a good way to get your little one interested in writing.

  • Reading Stories. One way of getting kids to learn and enjoy writing is by introducing them to the magical world of books. Get interesting stories, fairy tales and classics such as Peter Rabbit are one of the best ways to get your kid to enjoy reading. Once that happens, encourage him or her to write out sort stories in their free time. You will be amazed at the improvement in your child’s writing overtime.

  • Your Favorite Books. Introduce your child to your favorite books as a child. Share with him about your memories associated with the book. And then ask him or her whether they have a similar book that they are fond of. They may say no but encourage them to pick a book, read it and then write down what they liked or disliked about the story.

  • Special Writing Time. Make writing into a fun-filled exercise by getting your little one to put pictures and create a storyline. Encourage him or her to write rather than say the words out. Remember to reward your child when they have finished one exercise.

  • Weekly Grocery Shopping. Get your child to help you create the weekly grocery shopping list, so that you do not forget anything. Let your little one accompany you on the shopping expedition and cross out the groceries as you put them in the cart.

  • Compile a Storybook. All the little notes and sentences that your little one writes can be clipped together to form an instant storybook. This will motivate your child to continue writing and improve their efforts.

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.

Prevent Summer Hazards! 6 Tips to Stay Safe When You Are in the Sun

Warmer days and brighter nights are on their way.Evenings spent outdoors around a bond fire surrounded with family and friends can’t come soon enough for some of us, while others are perfectly content drinking hot cocoa by the fire. Regardless of whether you are welcoming summer with open arms or not, the fact of the matter is it’s on its way and you’ve got to take steps to make sure you are beating the heat and stating safe.

Summer Guide For Kids

These six simple guidelines will help you safely enjoy this summer’s heat:

  1. Set a timetable. It’s easy to allow mealtimes to drift over the long summer holidays. A good idea is to give a child their first watch at the start of the summer break. Allowing children the freedom to roam and knowing that they can be trusted by adults to return home at set times gives peace of mind all round. If they aren’t back for dinner, someone will come to look for them.
  2. Drink water. An important rule for all ages no matter what time of year it is, is to drink lots of water.With the dead heat of summer, dehydration can happen fast and lead to heat exhaustion which can be life-threatening. Fill pitchers with iced water and if children are playing away from the yard, make sure they have bottles of water with them.

  3. Check things over. If summer play equipment is only used for a few months of the year and spends the rest of the time in the garage, it’s important to check it over before use to make sure that nothing is loose and all is in proper working and safe conditions.

  4. Cover up. Not just in cool clothes but with sunscreen or even sunblock. Reapply frequently and pay special attention to areas that frequently get missed. The Australian way, slipping on a shirt, slopping on suncream, slapping on a hat etc are good rules to follow anywhere in the world during the warmer months.

  5. Learn to swim. Teaching your children to swim is especially important. Make sure an adult always has their eyes on them on if they’re in a river instead of a pool. Make sure you test out the currents to be sure they are not strong.


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.

Grandparents Promote Healthy Eating Habits in Kids

One idle activity when browsing the internet is to graze. Grazers, as a rule, don't think about what they're putting in their mouths and unintentionally consume many more and usually less healthy - calorie choices than conscious eaters. If those grazers are grandparents minding the kids whilst their parents are at work, they could unintentionally be teaching poor eating habits to their grandchildren.

Learning by imitating.

A child's job, simply put, is to grow up; however, children learn by copying adults and their eating choices can be directly influenced for the better by setting a conscious example. For instance, instead of snacking on a plate of cookies, opt for apple slices instead. This will send the message that this is a good food to snack on while relaxing.

Healthy food during fun activities.

The natural leisure time a grandparent has with their grandchildren shouldn't be underestimated either; fun picnics in the garden don't have to be chips and cakes. Salads and grilled chicken are a tasty alternative and again enforce the association that these foods are connected with fun activities.

Serve presentable food to the picky eaters.

Having said that, some children are naturally picky eaters - the texture or color of some foods may put them off or be unsettling to them. It's worth trying to hide vegetables in chili or pasta sauces to make sure that children are getting essential nutrients. Teaching children to cook is another activity that can help them open their minds towards different foods. For example, mushrooms might be off limits in a salad but perfectly okay on a pizza.

Inspire for fresh food.

The best activity of all for a grandparent to help promote healthy eating habits in their grandchildren is to give them an understanding of the growing process of fresh food. Even if garden space doesn't extend beyond growing cress on the window ledge, kids will learn the satisfaction of growing something that ends up on their own plate.

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.

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.

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.                                                                                                                                                                                             

5 Simple Ways to Teach Kids to Be Environmentally Responsible

When you think about how to be environmentally responsible, you are likely to think about big picture ideas such as installing solar panels on a home or purchasing a hybrid car. While there is nothing wrong with these notions, you have to start with more basic principles for kids.

Here are five simple ways to teach kids responsible practices that will start them on the path to making environmentally conscious choices throughout their lives.

  1. Conserve water. As every kid uses water every day, this is a very simple place to start. Think about practical applications such as brushing their teeth and washing the dishes. Encourage children to turn off the water any time they don't need it and to keep the water running for as short of a time period as they can.

  2. Switch to reusable items whenever possible. There are so many items that we use on a daily basis that we can substitute for reusable items. For example, when kids pack their own snacks for school, have them use Tupperware containers instead of Ziploc bags.

  3. Recycle. If you live in an area that has a community recycling program, it is easy to get kids into the habit of adding their own trash items to the recycling bin. If you have to sort the items, make it a simple job for kids by providing separate bins for different items i.e. one bin for cans, one for newspapers. You can also teach kids the importance of buying recycled products such as printer paper made from recycled paper.

  4. Walk or bike. Walking and biking are great forms of exercise as well as transportation. If kids have the ability to walk or bike to school or other locations in the neighborhood i.e. to a friend's house or a local store in a safe manner, encourage them to make use of these options.

  5. Garden and compost. Set up a vegetable and herb garden in the backyard and allow kids to take ownership of it with personal chores. You can also set up a compost pile for leftover kitchen scraps and other items that decompose easily.

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.