Category Archives: TIPS for young children

Words and books

Words and books

Speak freely. Don’t limit your vocabulary for little ears. Even small children can learn what we think of as big or difficult words if they are used in an understandable context. If you think that they may be mystified, still use the word but explain it in the same breath. That dog is really mischievous – playful and naughty…

Allow kids diction. When children are just learning to express themselves, don’t constantly correct them. Once in a while, it’s find to remind kids that for example, “Sammy and me went…” should be ” Sammy I went to” but try to listen to what they are saying before you obsess about how they are saying it.

Promote nonsense. Why disparage children’s words? They are often descriptive and apt. Encourage your kids to make up and use words of their own invention. You may find yourself using them too.

Bottoms up. All kids are crude. Older children often find scatology hilarious, and let’s face it. Adults are pretty entertained by cudeness. Don’t worry about it but don’t promote it : try to keep it within bounds and instil in your child a sense of when it is not appropriate.

I always play with your kids before the photo session, so your kids feel comfortable while their photos has been taken.

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Let them be bored

Let them be bored

It can seem more orderly and productive to schedule your children’s free time between play and dates, classes activities and outings, but beware of organising them to the extent that they are then at a loss to know what to do if left to their own devices. Learning to entertain themselves is one of the most useful skills that children can be taught.

Offer your kids your old clothes for dressing up in before you give them to charity shop or chuck them away. There is no point in buying expensive plastic toys when cast off threads are jus as welcome.

Play on. If you clothes are absorbed in an imaginative game, try to let it run its course, even if this takes time. Better to let them cary on playing than to take them somewhere to be entertained.

Ask permission before you desecrate your children’s play space. The mess of pillows, blankets, boxes, and toys that you hurriedly tidy up might be a space rocket, a princess’s palace a train station or a hospital. It could even be a pit of snakes or a lion’s den!

We alway make sure that we choose the park which is safe for our photo shoot.

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Pass on stories

Pass on stories

Every family has its stories, myths and legends. If you enjoyed hearing them as a child, pass them on – duly embellished to your own off spring. if possible, add a few contemporary tales of your own to the family collection.

Encourage your kids to entertain themselves by giving them books, paper, colouring pens, games, puzzles, construction toys, playing cards, simple musical instruments and dressing up clothes. Kids have hungry little minds and throughout childhood need a good range of things to play with.

Let kids plan organise. Children adore being allowed to put their ideas into action, so as far as possible let them device their own fun. They might design or assemble fancy-dress costumes, come up with an idea for a school fete stall, plan games and activities for a get together at home or choose and wrap presents. Whatever the task, let them run with it. Don’t take over.

Another way of passing on stories has to be sharing your old photos. Your grand father, grand mother, when your children was bone, when your children become one, when your children stand up for the first time. There are a lot of opportunities that you get your photos taken.
Being taking photos by professional photographers like me is not just receiving photos, its  life time experience and investment.

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Point things out

Point things out

Skies, stars, trees, flowers, animals, buildings, people, views, colours, textures, effects,
sounds, sensations… Anything that moves or intrigues you.

Build a cairn in young garden or in a secret place in the park.
Gather together a small collection of white pebbles collect them when you notice them – and on each wonderful or momentous day (a day to mark with a white stone), add one stone to the cairm.

Stomp. Gather together lots of household objects that make a pleasing, percussive noise and jam with your children, making rhythms on whatever comes to hand, stamping your feet and dancing to the different beats you create.

Invent your own traditions. Develop your own traditions. Develop some unique rituals with your kids. You might let them eat some chocolate from their stockings before breakfast on Christmas mornings, have an annual midnight feast or pitch a tent in the garden from which to watch the stars on a summer’s birthday. Whatever they are, indulge in traditions that are magical for your children and that they will remember for the rest of lives.

Show your children your old photos, so they will understand what you looked like before.
It’s also great idea to do your family photos while they are still young as they grow up so fast.

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Childs Confidence

Childs Confidence

Build your childs confidence by getting them to take drama classes. Exploring emotions and different situations through role play can give your child a safe arena in which to rehearsal their own interactions.

Get your money’s worth. Courses where you have to pay by the term for a certain number of classes can prove very expensive. More often than not, children end up missing classes because of illness, birthday parties, weekend trips away and so on. There is also the danger of your child losing interest after a couple of lessons and not wanting to continue. Classes or art session that you can attend and pay for weekly offer more flexibility and better value for money.

I remember that my parents used to send me to karate, swimming and painting school when I was little and I used to study English also. It was a lot of fun.

Speak your language. If you have a second language, why not speak it at home with your kids? It needn’t be at the expense of the language they speak at school and with their friends – their linguistic skills will be improved if they are bilingual.

My Dad used to show me how to use SLR camera when I was little. He used to take me to the beach and mountain to snap some photos. I believe that I got my creativity from him!

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Allow obsessions

Allow obsessions

Kids love a challenge and will immerse themselves completely in something they are trying to crack.

Even if you can’t understand why your child might want to try write down all the numbers to a million, get to the top level on a computer game or learn to skip backwards, be tolerant, Seeing a job through to the end its a trait worth acquiring.

Enough is enough. Kids need opportunity and the chance to develop their talents and interests; they don’t need to be signed up for so many extra curricular activities that there is no free time for just messing about.

Play on if your children seem musical, let them learn to play an instrument and try to dissuade them from giving up instrumental music lessons while at school. It’s easy to drop an instrument, but difficult to get back into playing again once peers have become advanced.

I picked up my first camera when I was 9 years old. My dad gave me his old camera from Canon.
I never though that I would be a professional photographer in Sydney though!

If you are planning to have your photo session with me, please contact me early.

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School

School

Explore the choices of available schools, however limited they may seem. Check out the school’s prospectus and website, read its latest report fro the educational insteps, consider its exam results if there are published – and most importantly find out what pupils and their parents think of it. Ask to tour the school on an open day or make a personal appointment to be show around. Write a list of whats important to you in a school to double check that what you have seen matched up to what you want.

Explain the difference between parents and teachers, make sure your child understands that is your job to show them how to behave properly and the teachers to tell them about interesting things, Make it clear that the teachers should not have to do your job.

Take some photos on the morning of the first day at school. Not only will it become a treasured piece of family history, but in making your child feel proud and special it will help them to square to do your job. Obviously, we can come to you and take photos of you children on their first day as well as family portrait, so you will remember that day.

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Baby your older children

Baby your older children

When they need it and there is no one else around to make them feel self-conscious. Tuck them into bed, cuddle them, stroke their hair and whisper your love to them. Soothe away cares just as you did when did when they were little.

Teach baby care, for two main reasons: so as to bring up useful and responsible young adults who could safely babysit, and even more importantly to demonstrate the never ending work involved in caring for an infant.

Don’t pry into your children’s lives. Kids love to keep a secret diary or a box of treasured possessions that they can lock, so let them do so – unless of course you need to know for serious reasons of health or safety, such as if you suspect that they could be taking illegal stuff.

Ask carers do the low-down or your child’s day – it’s useful to know roughly when they slept and what they ate so you don’t feed them the same again at home or try to put them to bed before are tired.

Get all your family together on a regular basis, so you will have opportunities to meet everyone and of course you can get your family photos, too.

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Allow freedom of expression

Allow freedom of expression in fashion, music, interests and pastimes, So long as our bottom lines are met – your children must be safe kind and conscinetious. Cut them a bit of slack around the things that matter to them but don’t have to matter to you.

Respect privacy. Let the older children open their own post, have private telephone conversations and close the door when they have friends over to play. A respect for your child’s privacy is unlikely to compromise their safety.

Offer wall space. If you have a newly decorated house, put up pin boards in your children’s bedroom so they can customise a bit of wall without getting into trouble. Use brightly coloured map pins that are easy to spot if they fall out.

Have secret signals. If public displays of affection embarrass your child, develop your own code it could be a low five for a kiss and a gentle punch on the arm for a hug. Big kids need affection, but are much more likely to accept it on their own terms.

Make sure that you have your family photos at least once a year, so you will have your memories to cherish forever.

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Point out differences

Point out differences

Point out differences between things, such as different sorts of dogs, types of shops, varying landscapes or contrasting flowers. so that your young children start to observe and become interested in the diversity of the world around them.

Explore the senses, Make connections between different sexual experiences: sight, sound, taste, smell and touch. What colour do you think this music is? What sound banana make? What do you reckon blue smell of? Where older children might think you mad, younger ones are far more likely to accept such associations and try to offer answers.

Make associations between people and colours, sounds, shapes, fruits, drinks, landscapes anything. Sometime be the interviewer What sort of animal are you? What sort of shape are you? and at other times the interviewee. Older children will enjoy finding associations for all their friends. and then quizzing those friends to see if the associations tally.

When we photograph children, we always ask silly questions and make them answer and laugh.
That is how we capture those natural moments, so the children feel more comfortable in front of the camera, also. Please book me early if you are planing to have photo session with me.

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