Category Archives: TIPS for young children

Kids habits

Kids habits

Let go. Many children go through phases of hyper-anxiety about going to the toilet. Some go with alarming frequency and others will wait and hold on until they wet themselves.

While children are learning to negotiate the tricky psychological terrain of when and how to let go avoid making a big deal of anything to do with the toilet. Guilt, shame or anxiety can make unsettled behaviours all the more pronounced.

Get your kids to go to the loo before a long journey, but not more likely if kids are nervous about the possibility of wetting themselves. Small children need to learn control, which they can’t do if you are constantly telling them when they need to try to go.

LIft the lid on poor toilet habits.  Put a funny notice up in the toilet: “Luke, if you pee all over seat again, we will make you sit in a bowl of gunge!” or ” Kate, if don’t wipe your bottom, we will send you to the dry cleaners.” Only write when you think that your children can handle with good humour, and don’t embarrass them by sharing the joke with strangers.

Take some photos of them and show it to them what they have done. They will learn from that, too.

Author: Katsu Nojiri

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Set a time

Set a time

Kids have a habit of getting up before dawn on special occasions, so put the clocks beside their beds and tell them that they are not allowed to get up before a certain hour. If they can’t yet tell the time, set the alarm and warn them not to rise before it;s gone off. The knowledge that they won’t be allowed to pen presents or start the fun too early can deter then from waking at the crack of them.

Be kind, though- waiting is very hard when you are little, so let them get up a little in advance of the usual time.

Carpet the floor with balloons and invite the children to be balloonatics, running jumping batting and buffing each other. Put on some music and you have a cheap and cheerful kids party activity. Avoid overinflating the balloons or they will burst very easily and the fun will be over al too soon.

Make sure you take some family photos when there are any special events such as birthday party or weekend trips. You can always contact Sydney Treasures Photography to take your family photography, also! Please contact Katsu to book your session.

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Store Greeting Cards

Store Greeting Cards and post cards suitable for all ages and occasions so that you have cards readily available for birthdays, thank you and whatever else you need to say. Ask you r kids to choose some that they would be happy to send to their friends and add them to your collection.

Say it in writing. Check that your children acknowledge every gift they receive, ideally saying thank you with a drawing or a card that they have made temselves. Little kids can just scribble their thanks.

Take freebies. Kids love to get something for nothing. and some of the freebies on offer can be really usuful. Keep a stash of bookmarks so that they are always to hand (kids are often put off reading by losing their place each time they return to a book)  and accept the free gifts offered to children in planes and restaurants. If you children don’t want them, you can always give them to visiting kids.

Encourage generosity. If smaller children come to visit, ask your children to bring out and share toys and games that they have outgrown.  Make sure to take a lot of photos when the friends are visiting. You can always contact me to photograph kids parties, too.

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Planning your holidays

Planning your holidays

When planning your holidays allocation aim to spend at least two or three days (in addition to family holidays) doing something special with your kids.

Work together. Once in a while, take your children to work. However boring it may seem to you, your work place can appear fascinating to your children. Let them do a little task, however, small to give them a role they can be proud of. Explain what happened and what you are doing. if it’s not appropriate to have children in your work place, try to bring home some work that they might find of interest.

Assess your kids. If you feel quilty that you are not spending enough time with your kids, ask yourself honestly whether you think it is doing them any harm. If they are happy, with the care you have arranged, theres every likelihood that they are coping. Are they eating and sleeping, playing and learning? If you have any doubts, think of ways of spending more time together , or free up what time you have to give them more of your attention.

Colleagues, family and friends often have need of our time, and adults needs can seem more pressing than children’s. But remember (as you are yet again on the phone to a lovesick friend) that – hard nosed as it may seem your children must have first call on you.

Hope this blog was helpful. 🙂

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Tackle Takeoff

Tackle Takeoff

Buy some sweets – boiled sweets for older children – and suck them on take-off and landing to help to alleviate ear discomfort when the cabin pressure changes. If you don’t have any, tell your kids to yawn rather than to hold their noses and blow (which will only make the discomfort worse).
Allow babies to suckle during take-off or even just to suck your clean finger.

Take distracting toys when flying with babies and toddlers.  Toys with lights and movement are particularly effective in averting crying. Other passengers may not enjoy them, but most would agree that they are preferable to screams.

Shape your days. Every minute of the holiday is precious for your children, so give each day some shape or focus. You need not pack your days with activities, but a whole day at the pool or on the beach can be too long for kids. From the point of view of sun exposure if nothing  else. Some families find that having an outing in one half of the day and a rest in the other half works well for adults and children alike.

Hope this article was helpful. If you are looking for a children photographer in Sydney,
please contact Katsu for beautiful photos.

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Shape your days

Shape your days

Every minute of the holiday is precious for your children, so give each day some shape or focus.

You need not pack your days with activities, but a whole day at the pool or on the beach can be too long for kids. – from the point of view of sun exposure if nothing else. Some families find that having an outing in once half of the day and the rest in the other half works well for adults and children alike.

Make a travel scrapbook of photos, postcards, tickets and other ephemera from any journeys or trips you take with your children. Encourage them to keep a diary or sketchbook while traveling.

Travel light. If your children have to lift and carry their own bags, equip them with squashy canvas holdalls on wheels, with extendable rigid handles. These cases are light, roomy and easy for a child to trundle. Remember to leave a little space for the souvenirs they will no doubt want to buy.

Take a lot of photos during your trip, so you can always make beautiful albums as good memories.
I provide small leather cover album if you have high resolution images of your trip.

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Visit hot countries

Visit hot countries in spring or autumn when the weather is warn enough for outdoor bathing, but no so hot that your children will be uncomfortable or at risk of getting burned.

Make a holiday checklist of things to do and take, well in advance of your family’s departure. That way, you will give yourself enough time to remember all the vital things you have left off it.

Get the pack to pack. If your children pack their own suitcases, they are far more likely to remember to use (and therefore far less likely to lose) what’s in them.  As soon as they can enjoy going to fetch things, ask your young children to help with the packing. As they get older, make packing lists with them, then let them get on with finding, packing and ticking off what has going into their cases. Discreetly make sure that essentials have been remembered, but resist the temptation to repack or substitute clothes you prefer.

Less is more. If you child is going on a trip or a holiday during which they will have sole responsibility for their luggage and possessions, disable them from taking anything valuable or irreplaceable. In fact, make sure that they only pack things you and they can afford to lose. Moreover, don’t overpack. Most kids will be happy to wear the same clothes again and again!

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Find the safe havens

Find the safe havens

Choose vacation venues where your older children can have a certain amount of freedome. Campus-style family centres are great for kids who are pressing to be allowed to do things on their own. Make sure that you know where they are going, if possible, get them to go in groups of two or more.

Get the ratio right. Take enough adults on vacation. Two adults to four kids can be tiring, four adults to four adults is far more relaxing. Invite along family and friends to improve the adults to kids ratio, and take turns with the kids so that adult couples are able to have a little time together.

Agree some ground rules in advance if you are holidaying with friends and their children. For instance, agree roughly when the children will have to go to bed, how much junk food they will be allowed to eat and how the babysitting rota could work. It’s best to tackle some basics before departure so that disagreements don’t spoil the holiday.

Make sure that you take a lot of photos during your holiday, so you will have a lot of memories to cherish forever.

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Get Spotting

OGet Spotting.

On long, boring journeys, pass the limit with challenges, such as who will be the first to spot a pink car, a caravan, a boat being towed or a number plate beginning with a particular letter of number.

Train up navigations. Give older children a map so that they can try to follow the journey. See if they can be journey detectives and spot distinctive landmarks along the way.

Map out the holidays. If your children are out of school for weeks and weeks over summer, it pays to plan the holidays a little in advance. Fix up some play dates, arrange some day outings with other parents, find out about local kids facilities, play schemes and summer courses. Planning ahead lets you and your kids choose the most attractive options while there is still availability.

Choose family holidays that allow you and your children to play together. For your kids, having your unhurried attention is golden time, so try to have unscheduled hours together, when you can just muck about. Kids clubs can be great, but they are no substitute for time with mum and dad.

Obviously, you will need to take your camera to snap your memories.

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Word game

Word game

Word games are free, portable and suitable for children of all ages. Toddlers can name objects; pre-schoolers can find simple words beginning with a particular letter, and older children can take turns to name countries or animal beginning with each letter of the alphabet from A-Z. The options are endless, and it’s easy to make up your own games to suit your child’s abilities and interests.

Play ghost. The aim of this word game is not to make a woprd. The first player thinks of a word and says the first letter. Each player in turn adds another letter. They each must have a certain word in mind but cannot say what it is. The object of the game is to avoid being the person who actually makes a word. Other players can challenge if they don’t believe that a suggested letter could feasibly follow. The first play to complete a word or lose a challenge loses that round.

This is the game that I always play when I photograph kids in the park. So they can have fun, play and laugh, that’s how I photograph kids and family. Please take a moment to view all my photos on my website. Have you noticed that they are all smiling or laughing???

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