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A Day Made for Green!

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

St Patrick's day babyThe end of the rainbow is getting closer and closer, St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner. Various holidays are the biggest opportunities for parents to share a special day with their kids while also teaching them a few valuable lessons. So, take this St. Patrick's Day to share a lesson and have a little fun.

 

Explain St. Patrick

 

While no one knows much about the man that started the day, parents can explain the little that is known about St. Patrick. Parents should teach their kids about the man named Patrick, who, due to his Catholic faith and missions in Ireland, gained the title of “Saint.” Because of the lush green landscapes of Ireland, green has become the symbolic color of St. Patrick's Day. Food and drink native to Ireland have also made their way into holiday traditions and it all started with one man's religious mission.

 

Introduce the Green

 

Make the holiday fun for the kids by introducing the tradition of wearing green. Make sure they know they will receive lots of tickles without anything green on their body. Parents can purchase special St. Patrick's Day outfits, completed with bright green accessories, such as a green hook and loop toddler belt. Parents should also keep the spirit alive and dress up in green right next to them. After sporting the best in green attire, take the kids out to search for the individuals who chose not to wear green and pass out some tickles!

 

Search for Luck

 

Parents can make a special holiday activity for their kids involving the St. Patrick's Day tradition of lucky symbols. Take the kids out to search for four leaf clovers or help them cut and color their own clovers. Parents can also make a rainbow party in their own living room, complete with a pot of gold chocolate coins at the end.

 

Play Games

 

Another tradition parents can bring up are the happy leprechauns that like to roam through the house the night before St. Patrick's Day. Help the kids make a “leprechaun trap” before going to bed. Parents can leave some gold glitter, clover and gold chocolate coins under the trap to get the kids excited about almost catching a leprechaun. Another fun game is making a green treasure trail. Have them dip their feet into green paint and make a path on some parchment paper. Later, let them lay down the path so it leads to their special pot of chocolate gold.

 

Enjoy the Yummies

 

Delightfully Delicious Chocolate Cup CakesA holiday would be nothing without snacks. Parents can bake special cookies with green frosting and let the kids decorate and enjoy. Another way for parents to introduce tradition to their kids is by making them a corned beef sandwich for lunch, a meat highly enjoyed in Ireland. End the meal with some sprite mixed with green food coloring in order to make a fizzy, green and tasty beverage.

 

St. Patrick's Day may not be the biggest holiday on the calender, but that is no reason not to celebrate. Parents can take the day to spent with their kids in order to let them know, when it comes to luck, they are the luckiest parents of all.

Capture the Moment with Family Photos

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Mother and baby - capturing momentsWhen it comes to family photos,visions soar into every mother's mind of smiling angels framed by curled locks and shining teeth. Realty often breaks this spell by adding crying toddlers, unprofessional photographers or cheesy backgrounds. In order to avoid this realty, there are several things parents can do to make sure their family photos capture wonderful memories.

 

Practice Techniques

 

A crying toddler is never the best model, but parents can avoid meltdowns by picture practicing with their kids beforehand. A camera, pretend stage and smiling kids are all it takes to practice. Try and tell the kids what they should do and introduce them to the idea of a stranger taking pictures of them. If the kids feel prepared, they will be more likely to smile without fear.

 

Research Before Buying

 

Unprofessional photographers can be a huge black mark on a mother's perfect pictures. In order to prevent this, parents should research their photography company and photographer before making any commitment. It is best to look for a photographer that specifically works with young children and has experience dealing with a crisis. If possible, parents should also try and set up a meeting to talk about ideas.

 

Coordinate

 

In order to obtain visually appealing photos, outfits need to coordinate. Make sure the whole family is wearing colors that match. Everyone should look put together and neat with nice clothes, combed hair and visually appealing accessories, such as hook and loop toddler belts. It is also important that everyone steer clear of heavy patterns or neon colors.

 

Bring a Friend

 

Young children can be shy, but when parents are supposed to be in the family photo, it is hard for them to be comforting nervous toddlers. One way to fix the problem is to bring a friend, babysitter or family member that the kids trust. That way, they can try and calm the kids from behind the camera. If the kids are looking at a friend rather than a scary stranger, they will be more likely to flash a smile.

 

Make It Fun

 

The best way to capture those beautiful family moments is to make the photo shoot fun. Rather than taking pictures in a stuffy building do outside photography at some of the kid's favorite spots. A professional photographer will be able to capture the very best moments in a natural setting. This will also make the kids feel more at ease.

 

Choose the Right Timing

 

family photographsParents should think through what is the best time for the kids rather than what is the best time for them. It can be difficult to smile and say cheese when hungry or tired, so parents should not schedule sessions when the kids would normally be taking naps or eating. Timing is everything when it comes to pictures and the wrong time can make a difficult photo shoot for everyone involved.

  It is possible for mothers to obtain their perfect family pictures. All they have to do is keep it natural, match it up and smile.

Will You Be My Valentine?

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Valentine's Day Valentine's Day is a holiday filled with big red hearts, tasty chocolates, red roses and, of course, lots of romance. While young couples hit by cupid tend to make the most out of the holiday, it is also a great day to celebrate with the kids because, after all, there is no better symbol of love than a mother or father and their children.

 

Explain the Beginning

 

Several children never get past the free candy, school parties and pop-up cards. Although there is nothing wrong with those things, it is important that parents teach their children how the holiday started. Although the true story may be a bit advanced for toddlers, parents can explain it in a simple way. While making those holiday cupcakes with the kids, tell them the story of St. Valentine and how he went against the Roman Empire in order to help soldiers who wanted to get married. Explain how, despite the fact that it was not allowed, he did it in the name of love and that is why people set aside the day of February 14th in his honor, to be a celebration of love. While there is a lot more to the story, as the children grow, they can learn the deeper meaning behind the man that started the special day.

 

Make Something Special

 

Valentine's Day is the perfect time for arts and crafts with the kids. Instead of buying pre-made cards, help the kids by cutting different shaped hearts and breaking out the glitter glue. Let them use glue, glitter, stickers and markers to decorate their own valentines for their family and friends. Also, let the kids help make some special cookies or cupcakes and have fun with the frosting and sprinkles. Another way to make the day special for the kids is by having a little party for their friends and family. Make special treats, arts and crafts or party games that will make it fun for everyone.

 

Toddler Valentines DayDress Up for the Occasion

 

While it may not be every little boy's favorite thing, little girls will love dressing up for the day. Dress them in red or pink with matching accessories, such as a red, pink or stripped toddler belt, for preschool or a holiday party. The kids will love looking the part while passing out their homemade valentines to their friends.

 

Explain Valentine's Day Love

 

While it is mainly a romantic event, Valentine's Day can be a celebration of all kinds of love. Explain the different kinds of love and how the kids can send cards to their friends, parents, grandparents, siblings, even pets in order to show how much they love them. It is also important that parents vocalize how much they love their children and how, on the holiday celebrating love, their children are what they are celebrating.

 

Love comes in many forms and Valentine's Day is the day to celebrate them all. So, show the kids lots of love and celebrate the day with the whole family.

You Name It! Label Clothing

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

children labeling clothesEvery parent has a similar story, the kids go to a sleepover or off to camp and come back with missing clothes, or worse, with clothes that are not theirs. With all the fun and playing that children have to do, the last thing on their mind is keeping track of their clothes. In order to reduce the amount of calls parents have to make in search of their child's missing clothing, a great way to keep things organized is to label clothing.

 

Be Aware

 

Young children tend to not care so much if they have a giant sparkly letter on the front of their shirt indicating that it is theirs, but as children get older, it can be a little more embarrassing. If the kids have a hard time keeping track of their clothing, then labeling may be needed, but parents should be aware of the age of their child before choosing what kind of labeling they want to use.

 

Marker Labels

 

The most basic way to label clothing is to use a permanent marker and write a name or letter on the tags of various clothing items. This way, children can make sure they are packing their own clothes in their bag and not someone else's. The problem with marker labeling is, if another child has the same name, clothing can still be mixed up. Since there is only so much room to write on a tag, it can be hard to be more detailed. Also, there are clothing items that do not have tags and writing on tags often fades over time.

 

Visible Labels

 

If the kids are still at the age that having their name across their shirt is cool, parents can often use iron-on lettering in order to label clothing. labeling childrens clothesThis can work great on t-shirts, jeans, skirts and shorts. Iron-on lettering also comes in various shapes, which makes it easy to put them anywhere. If parents are handy with a sewing machine, they can also sew a label onto their children's clothes, rather than spending money on multiple iron-on letters. The problem with this kind of labeling is parents may not want to iron a letter onto some of their children's nicer clothing items.

 

Non-Damaging Labels

 

Parents often do not want to put a permanent, or possibly damaging, label on their children's clothing just in case they want to use them for future children or sell them in consignment shops. There are also accessories, such as hook and loop toddler belts, that do not work very well with markers or irons. Parents can often fix this problem with some colorful string or ribbon. If a child is leaving for a friend's house or going off to camp, parents can tie a colored piece of string or ribbon onto the belt loops of their children's pants or on a belt buckle. This method does not work as well with things such as t-shirts or underpants, but it does protect from permanent labeling.

 

Parents should not have to keep track of clothing for their kids

Durability

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

durable toddler clothesOnce toddlers learn how to move, there is no stopping them, they run, jump, climb, crawl and roll until they are too tired to go on. There is nothing wrong with a child having an outside rough and tumbled playtime, however, clothing should not have to suffer because of it. Parents do not have to ban rough play, but rather provide clothing that can take it on at full speed.

 

Teach the Right Kind of Play

 

Before going shopping for durable clothing and children's accessories, parents should explain what “rough play” really means. They should make sure their child understands that it is okay to roll around in the grass, climb trees or run around the yard, as long as it is not hurting others or causing any damage. Have a serious talk with the children so they understand that throwing rocks, punching, hitting and breaking things is not acceptable “rough play” and also that that kind of play is made for outside, not in the house. Once that is understood, they can be free to go about their playtime.

 

Reduce Cuts, Scraps and Bruises

 

If the kids are going to be exploring the woods, rolling around or running outside, the best thing a parent can do is buy them durable jeans. Look for jeans with think denim that can be stained without any worries. This will reduce scraped knees and cuts on the legs. Also, buy jeans that are not too fitted, so the kids have lots of room to move around.

 durable toddler clothes

Heavy Duty Footwear

 

If a child is going to be running, tumbling or climbing, make sure they are wearing closed toe shoes. This will reduce the risk of stubbed or bloodied toes. Also, look for shoes that are heavy duty and are made for rough play. Even with hiking boots, children's style can still come shining through, so do not worry about shoes looking ugly or unfashionable.

 

Proper Accessories

 

Children's accessories should always be taken into account when shopping for durable clothing. Toddler belts and baby belts help keep pants in place during a rougher playtime. Also, make sure to choose belts that are tough and durable so they will last throughout several of a young child's playtimes.

 

Protect the Noggin

 

Hair can be one of the most dangerous things during rough play. It can get caught, pulled and sometimes tangled so much that it can damage the scalp. Protect the kids little noggins by having them wear hats or pulling back their hair to protect against it becoming stuck.

 

Have Official Clothing

 

Parents should never send their kids out to play in clothing that they do not want stained or damaged. Kids can roll and tumble their clothing into oblivion, so make sure to have official play clothes. These clothes should be durable but also able to be put through scrapes, falls, crawls and climbs.

It may seem like durable clothing can ruin children's fashion, but the kids can still be stylish while also being durable. Save the frilly clothing for special occasions and provide the kids with clothing and accessories that they can really get down and dirty in.

The Falling Leaves

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

autumn parkAs winter approaches, the last leaves of fall are making their way to the ground. Every parent knows what that means. It is time for leaf piles. One of the best ways to bond with the kids during the changing seasons is to interact with seasonal activities. Raking leaves has always been one of the most fun activities for kids because they know that after all the work is done, it is time to play.

 

Little Helpers

 

Jumping into giant piles of leaves is obviously the best part for a child, but that does not mean that they cannot help with the raking part as well. Parents should strive to make the work just as fun as the jumping. Purchase a miniature leaf rake for each child and make a game out of raking the leaves. It could be a race to see who can rake the most leaves or who can clear the most of the yard first. If parents have more than one child, have a contest to see who can make the biggest leaf pile. Kids will love the competition and parents will love the extra help.

 

Proper Clothing

 

Leaves can sometimes be vicious, kids can get cuts or rug burn from scraping against leaves and small sticks can often get raked up into a pile by mistake. In order to be safe, have the kids wear long pants and long sleeved shirts along with closed-toed shoes. It is also a good idea to have them wear a secure toddler belt that will keep their pants up where they belong. No one wants to have to be pulling up their pants every time they want to take a jump.

 

Create Variety

Although jumping in leaves can be a ton of fun, make it even more fun by creating a variety of new games. Parents can create a hidden treasure game by hiding special prizes inside the piles of leaves for the kids to find. Or, if a family has a larger yard, they can make more than one pile of leaves to play a game of hide and seek where the kids have to figure out which pile their parent is hiding in.

 

Kids playing in autumn parkJoin the Fun

 

It is not much fun for a child to jump in the leaves all alone. Parents should join the fun with their kids and jump right along with them. They can roll around, take turns burying one another and throw leaves into the air like confetti. A parent should never be afraid to be a big kid if it makes their child's activities all the more special.

 

Reward a Job Well Done

 

If a child helps their parents with the raking, they should get a “thank you” for being such a good helper. To stay within the spirit of autumn, cook a special treat for the kids to enjoy when they are done rolling in the leaves. Let them choose from fall-themed treats such as s'mores, apple cider, pumpkin pie or caramel corn.

 

Fallen leaves do not have to be a hassle when there are kids involved. A day filled with leaf-jumping fun can be great for the kids and make the parents forget that raking leaves was ever a chore.

Accessories: Style & Versitile

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Employment in a kindergartenChildren's accessories are some of the most fun fashion items for parents to play around with. Whether parents are choosing items for their newborn baby or helping their toddler pick out items themselves, it is always fun to accessorize. One of the most versatile accessories that parents can choose for their child is a stylish belt.

 

Easy to Use

 

It may seem like a belt is a little complicated for a young child, but that is far from being true. One of the reasons that baby and toddler belts are so versatile is because they are so easy to use. Velcro baby belts are great for newborns and infants because it adds that extra flair to an adorable outfit but is also easy to take on and off during diaper changes. Also, parents do not have to worry about their baby choking on any belt buckles. Hook and loop toddler belts are great for growing toddlers that want a little something extra with their outfit. The belts are also great teaching tools as the hook and loop design helps young toddlers learn how to buckle a belt on their own.

 

Colors and Designs

 

Belts can be the perfect touch for children's fashion because they go with just about anything. The array of belt colors and designs that are Winter, snow, winter fun - lovely girl enjoying winteravailable go with any outfit combination and any personal style. Toddlers can have a great time matching different belts with different outfits and will love choosing their own colors and designs.

 

Versatility

 

The belt is the perfect accessory because it goes with any style. Whether a child is dressed up or casual, a belt can complete any outfit. Children's style starts to become established within a child at an early age. They will enjoy creating outfits the way they choose and being creative with their choices. An outfit can almost be like a puzzle and if parents put more pieces into the puzzle, more knowledge will be established. A belt is a great piece to add to any outfit that will not only look good, but will help a child learn about completing their puzzle.

 

Efficiency

 

Toddlers are always on the move and there is nothing better to keep pants up where they belong than a secure toddler belt. Even for an infant, once they have figured out how to kick their legs, a baby belt will keep clothes secure without any worries. Because of the easy Velcro or hook and loop design, baby and toddler belts are also efficient when they need to come off. A child will be able to easily figure out how to take their belt off at the end of the day or on an emergency trip to the bathroom. A belt can add style without being a burden.

 

Children's accessories can be a lot of fun for both kids and parents. In the case of a toddler belt, they can be used for education, while both a baby belt and a toddler belt can be used for a versatile fashion statement without any of the hassle.

They Grow Up So Quick – Safety When Learning to Crawl / Walk

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

CrawlingOne thing is very clear while raising children, they grow like weeds. Before long, parents will turn around and see their kids crawling a walking. It is a hard thing to imagine when a little infant is in their arms, but it will be come quick as a flash. Do not wait until a child starts walking and whacks their head on the floor to baby proof the house so it is safe for wobbly legs. There are several things that parents can do to make sure their house is baby proof in order to prepare for their kids strutting their stuff.  Here are some safety when learning to crawl / walk tips.

 

Cushion the Landing

 

If parents do not have carpet, it is extremely important for them to cushion the floors that the children will be moving around on. Several stores sell foam floor pieces that can easily cover and entire area. Try not to just lay down pillows or blankets, as those can be easily moved, bunched up and create several tripping opportunities.

 

Block the Fall

 

The most important thing to purchase for kids on the move are toddler gates. Put at gate at the beginning of every staircase or open door. There is no worse feeling for parents than watching their child plummet down the stairs. It can cause serious injury, or even death. It is also important to put up toddler gates in any doorways to rooms that parents do not want the kids sneaking into.

 

Erase Corners

Edges and corners on tables can be a child's worst enemy. If a child has just started crawling/walking, there are going to be a lot of falls and a child's head whacking a sharp corner can be extremely painful. Purchase some table corner cushions to provide a safe landing against any table. The bottom stair of a staircase and anywhere else with a sharp corner should be covered as well.

 

Dress for Success

 

Little girls tripping over their skirt or bagging pants falling down are not unheard of. Try and dress the kids in crawl/walk friendly items so they do not fall over themselves. Little waists are sometimes hard to fit clothes around. A Velcro or hook and loop toddler belt is a great item for little ones on the move as they will keep pants up where they belong.

 

Father And Young Son Crawling Around Room TogetherKeep Out of Reach

 

Once a child starts crawling/walking, parents will soon find out that their kids will reach for whatever they can. Put everything that could be hazardous out of their hands. Nothing breakable or easily ruined should be within reach. The house will begin to look like a daycare for awhile, but it will be safe for the kids and it will keep all keepsakes safe from curious fingers.

 

Crawling/walking is an important time for parents. When they witness their little baby taking their first steps, it can be one of the proudest moments of their life. Make sure nothing takes away from that moment and make the home safe for those first steps.