Watercolors and Arts for Children

Involving children into art will help them explore their creativity, imagination, artistic skills and kill boredom without spending too much.  Art is great way for children to express themselves, there are different kinds of artistic expressions they could explore.  One of them is watercolor painting.

Watercolors are easy to clean so children could easily use them. There are also different watercolour exercises that children can do.  For example, the wet on wet technique.   Let the children apply watercolour on a dry and wet piece of paper.  Let them describe how applying paint on dry and wet surfaces are different and where they can be used. 

• With color blending, let children mix different colors and draw different images that they see around them.

• Black and white watercolour painting is another great activity. Color the entire paper  in black and then let it dry.  After drying, draw on the black paper using white watercolour with their own design.  It could also be done the other way around, with the paper white and the watercolour designs in black.

• Thread painting uses thread which is dipped in paint.  Arrange the thread on the paper in whatever way you want. Then press and pull the thread creating designs on the paper.

• Use watercolour in coloring decorative items that the children made like paper maches.

• Watercolor painting is also a great activity for parents and their kids. Everything nowadays is so fast-paced that we forget to spend more time with family and children. Watercolour painting is a great way to slow down and enjoy life with our family.

When teaching children with art, it is important to understand that what the children see is different from what adults see.  They may color animals which are far from their actual colors. Let the children express themselves in this creative experience.   It is important to keep in mind that children have potential for artistic expression. Parents, guardians and teachers have the responsibility to let children express their artistry.

There are different studies showing that involving children in art would help them reduce their stress.  They are able to develop self-confidence since they have created something which is appreciated by other people.  Aside from improving their confidence, they are also able to improve the senses like vision and sense of touch. 

Teaching art on kids could help in their cognitive growth, improve their memory, helps them understand better, and enable them to become competent.  Art could also improve their symbolic communication since children were able to translate what they see around them into their own symbols and reflection of reality.

 

For older children, parents may still interest them in painting. Art materials and art books could pique their interest and eventually involve them in art and craft making.  Watercolour painting is just one of many art media which can be maximized by the kids.  Adolescents and young teens could explore other media like comic strips.  Parents should keep in mind that children’s involvement in art should never be forced, instead the children should be provided with opportunities where they can make their own decision.

Baby Gift Basket Ideas, Perfect Gifts for a New Baby

Are you looking for the perfect gift for the new baby of a friend or family member? Gift baskets for babies are adorable and thoughtful gifts, allowing you to give a more personal gift to the mom for her new baby.

There are many ideas for themed gift baskets for the baby. Ideas can range from the simple and frugal gift basket to a sophisticated and expensive gift basket. How little or how much you choose to include is one of the joys of making and giving gift baskets as a gift. There are also many commercially prepared gift baskets, already stuffed with delightful goodies for the new baby.

To make your own gift basket for a baby, you first want to decide on a basket or container to hold the gifts. The container can be something other than an actual basket. Containers could be a small wicker cradle, a metal tub, a baby bathtub, and even a diaper pail bucket.

Now comes the fun part. There are so many things a new mom needs for a baby, so there is a wide range of items you can put into the gift basket. If the baby hasn’t been born yet, you might want to choose neutral colors such as greens and yellows.

Cloth diapers have finally come back around as the choice of diapering for the baby. Many moms prefer cloth diapers to the disposable ones. The regular unfolded cloth diapers can also serve as burping cloths. Prefolded shaped cloth diapers with velcro closings are very popular, and are available in various prints and designs. Fuzzi Bunz, Kissaluvs, Wickeez and Bumkins are just four companies that put out these types of prefolded cloth diapers.

Items for the nursery make thoughtful items for the gift basket. Some ideas are changing pads for the nursery changing table, crib blankets and baby quilts, a diaper stacker that hangs on the crib, and baby mobiles.

Other items to consider are baby spoons, bottles and bottle liners, bibs and teething rings, baby wash and baby bath, baby oil and lotion, diaper rash ointments, petroleum jelly, rattlers, pacifiers, receiving blankets, baby wash clothes, hooded towels for baby, brush set, a baby memory book, one piece outfits, socks, sleepers, piggy banks, soft toys, board books, diaper bags, baby wipes, a baby bath tub, bath toys, etc.

Once you have all of the items that you want to include in the gift basket for the baby, place them in the container. If the container is a basket or like a basket, you will want to put some type of shredding in the bottom of it. You can leave the shredding out and use cloth diapers placed in the bottom instead, or a receiving blanket. Sticky glue dots applied to the items help to hold the gifts in place to make the gift basket look nice and maintain that look. Glue dots can be found in the craft section of Wal-Mart.

You will want to wrap the basket in some transparent plastic wrap. Gift basket wrap can be found in the craft section of Wal-Mart. Or you can use transparent gift wrap paper found in the greeting card section of Wal-Mart. Wrap the basket in the plastic, bringing the open ends to the top of the basket. Hold the wrapping closed by tying it with ribbon or a metallic twist tie. You can also add a large bow to the container to add a creative touch to it.

 

There are many ideas for gift baskets for a baby. Adding your own touch to a gift basket and giving it as a gift is what makes gift baskets so unique and thoughtful.

How to Spend Quality Time With Your Kids

Are you a mother who is also a career-oriented woman? If you are, you may have number of different issues tugging at your heart. In today’s society, many mothers are fearful of putting their family first, especially in certain circumstances, in fear of losing their jobs. With that in mind, there are many mothers who are fearful that their children will grow up resenting them due to the amount of time they spent focused on work.

While being a mother and a career-oriented woman, all at the same time, may seem like an impossible task, it is a task that you can more than perform. What you need to remember, although difficult as it may be, is that you should be a mom first. However, that doesn’t mean that you should just toss your workload to the side and not care. There are a number of different ways that you can go about being a good parent, while still brining home an income. One of those ways involves spending quality time with your child or children when you are not working.

One of the best ways for you to go about spending quality time with your child or children is by creating a schedule for yourself. This schedule can be used to outline any important events that you and your child or children have planned. Although your schedule does not need to be followed right down to the letter, it is important to have one. Mothers who create schedules for themselves are more likely to follow through with their plans.

Speaking of your plans, you may be wondering what you should do to spend quality time with your child or children. Of course, it is important to keep your child’s age in mind. A child who is three years old will prefer different activities than one who is nine or ten years old. With that in mind, there are a number of different activities that many children, including those of all ages, love. A few of those activities are outlined below for your convenience.

One activity that you may want to think about doing with your child or children is taking them to the zoo. Regardless of where you live, you should have a zoo within a reasonable driving distance to your home. Zoo trips are fun and exciting, as they often last all day. What is nice about zoo trips is that they are fun and educational all at the same time. This means that your quality time can benefit your child or children in more ways than one.

Another activity that you may want to think about doing is taking your child or children to the movies. Whether your child is three years old or fifteen years old, there should be a movie playing that would likely interest them. Going to the movies is nice, as many children view it as a treat. For more affordable movie tickets, you may want to think about going to see a movie with your family during the daytime.

 

Additional activities that many children enjoy are those of park visits, museum visits, and sporting events. In all honestly, it really doesn’t matter what you do. To your child or children, how matter what their age, they will likely just appreciate the fact that you took some time away from work to have fun with them, no matter what the activity.

Celebrate Your Child’s Uniqueness

Just like a snowflake or a fingerprint, every child is unique in their own special way. Every child has a unique way of feeling, thinking, and interacting with others. Some children are shy, while others are outgoing. Some are active, while others are calm. Some are fretful, while others are easy going. As a loving and nurturing parent, it’s our job to encourage them to embrace their uniqueness and celebrate their individual qualities.

Allow your child to express themselves through their interests. They may find a creative outlet in theater, dancing or art, or they may be exceptionally talented in the sciences. Encourage them to embrace what they like to do, what interests them, and what makes them happy. Help them realize that they don’t need to worry about being ‘like everyone else’.

Teach your child to make positive choices, and praise them for good deeds, behaviors and positive traits they possess. Encourage them to become actively involved in their community, and introduce them to activities that promote a sense of cooperation and accomplishment. Be firm yet fair when handing down discipline for misdeeds or misbehaviors, and make certain the rules and consequences for breaking the rules are clearly defined. Show a cooperative, loving and united front with your spouse when it comes to discipline.

Accept and celebrate your child’s uniqueness. Remember that your child is an individual. Allow your child to have his or her own personal preferences and feelings, which may be different from your own.

 

And finally, encourage your child to be true to themselves by doing the same. Show your child how to make positive choices with the choices you make, and that nobody is perfect and you too make mistakes. Show your child that mistakes can be a great learning experience, and that they should not be ashamed or embarrassed about making them.

Helping Your Child Develop a Healthy Sense of Self Esteem

Your child’s self esteem is their mental foundation. A self-assured child is confident, secure, happy, well-adjusted and successful. They can solve problems that come their way, and it thrives under a loving parent’s nurturing care.

What are some good ways to built self esteem in your child?

Most importantly, accept your child for who they are, and help them do the same. Teach your child that nobody is perfect, and that everyone makes mistakes. Show them how to learn and grow from their mistakes, and let them know that you also make mistakes. Children with high self esteem are able to take lessons from mistakes and apply them down the road. A child with low self esteem become frustrated and resort to self-depreciating behavior, such as calling themselves names.

Help your child discover their abilities and talents, and encourage outlets for them to build on and improve them. Praise a child not only for improvements in abilities and skills, but also for the traits they naturally possess.

Encourage your child to make positive choices. Open an honest dialog with your child and discuss the possibilities with them. Children who learn skills for making positive choices when they are younger are well-prepared for the tougher choices they have to make when they are older.

 

Ensure that you spend lots of quality time with your child, at least once a week. Whether you are shooting baskets or going out to grab a hamburger, take time to talk and keep in touch. If you find it difficult to squeeze in quality time during a hectic week, take the time to talk about things during the drive to school or while they are helping you put the groceries away. 

Helping Your Child to Eat Healthy Foods and Meals

Toddlers and young children can be fussy eaters who refuss to try new foods at least half of the time. Approximately half of all toddlers fit this description, so it is no wonder that healthy eating and food issues are often a source of stress for parents.

Establishing healthy eating patterns is important to avoid problems such as obesity and eating disorders later in life. Various strategies can help your child accept a wider range of foods. It may be necessary to offer a food to your child as many as ten different times before they choose to eat it. The problem is, many parents get frustrated and give up before the fourth or fifth try.

Try to make foods fun. Colorful foods like carrot sticks, raisins, apples, grapes, cheese sticks and crackers can all be fun and healthy choices for your growing toddler. Explain to them that eating good food is important so they’ll grow big and strong, and how it will help them run faster and play longer.

One of the newer more popular ways of making sure your child eats healthy food and meals is to grind up or puree foods into dishes such as stew, soup, pasta sauce, etc. Using a blender or the Magic Bullet, puree healthy foods such as spinach, carrots, or any other healthy food. Once added to another favorite dish, odds are the child will never notice the additions and munch on a good and healthy meal.

Children learn behaviors from their parents. If you restrict yourself to a narrow range of foods, your child will take notice and mimic your actions. Don’t limit your child’s food variety to only those foods you prefer. It may be that your child’s tastes are different to yours, and perhaps you are simply serving them foods they don’t happen to like. Try to set a good example and try a variety of foods in front of your child.

If your child seems healthy and energetic, then they are eating enough. If you are still concerned, keep an eye on how much food they actually eat over the day. Children tend to graze constantly, rather than restrict their eating to three meals per day like adults. You may be surprised how those little handfuls and snacks add up. For further reassurance, check your child’s growth and weight charts, or check with your child’s pediatrician.

 

Try not to worry, and remember, that unless a child is ill, they will eat. Children are very good at judging their hunger and fullness signals. Try to stay relaxed about mealtime and offer your child a wide variety of foods, and most importantly, remember to set a good example by trying a wide variety of foods yourself. You may discover you and your toddler share a new found favorite food!

Free Trial of Optenet PC Parental Control Software

With so many children and teens using the internet today, using parental control software is a *must* for parents who want to control what their kids see and don’t see on the web. The internet leaves little for the imagination and it can be easy not only to find but get addicted to porn. Never think it can’t happen to your kids.. it can!

One of the best defenses against your children and teens visiting web sites that contain objectionable material is to have parental control software installed on the computer your child uses. There are several software programs available that offer parental controls. One of these is Optenet PC Parental Control Software.

 

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Help Save Mr. Rogers Neighborhood

For whatever reason, PBS has decided to cease broadcasting the children’s TV show, Mr. Rogers Neighborhood, beginning in September.

Where to start? Mr. Rogers Neighborhood was something many of us grew up with. When we later had kids, we invited Mr.Rogers into our homes and our kids watch and watched him as they grow up and grew up. Now PBS wants to take him away.

There are so few quality programs on TV these days that are safe for kids to watch and enjoy. The idea that PBS wants to make that one less is just heartbreaking. Parents shouldn’t just sit by and allow to PBS to remove this quality children’s TV show without letting PBS know that we, as parents, want this show to remain on the air.

More details about what PBS is wanting to do can be found here. Parents can contact PBS directly online here and let PBS know what your thoughts are about removing this show from the air.

 

Parenting is often a challenge, and there’s no doubt about that, and to know that one wonderful show that parents trust for their kids to watch is on the chopping block.. it’s just unreal. Parents, let PBS know what you think about this, and help save Mr. Rogers Neighborhood from that chopping block.

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I am Cindy Thomas, the editor of Parentsology, a blog site offering parenting tips and resources. I’m married to a wonderful man, John, and mom to two sons, Anthony and Jeff. I’ve been working at home for a number of years…. writing, blogging, running websites, marketing, promoting, invoicing, cooking, cleaning, homeschooling, juggling my time, balancing life… just some of the wonderful things that a work at home person might do.

I make a living from working at home, using the internet and a couple of computers. I love working at home because I can work at much or as little as I want to, pretty much do what I want to, set my own schedule, take off a week if I want to, and decide how much money I will make. Most of all, I love working at home because I can talk to special friends and spend time with my family when I want to.

This parenting tips and resources blog, Parentsology, is my way of trying to help parents who might be going through difficult times and need inspiration. It’s also to offer ideas for family fun time, recipes for meal time, ideas for dealing with various parenting issues such as special needs children, etc.