Avoid pet names

Avoid pet names

Strike a deal: If you don’t embarrass your children by calling them by their per names in public or when their friends visit, they will allow you to use – and enjoy – the names in private!

Introduce your children to people they have not met before, just as you would with an adult.

Point out role models. Tell your children about the people alive or dead whom you respect most. Explain to your kids what their values and achievements mean and how they have affected the lives of others.

Offer some guidance. Morality is not inborn: children have to learn it, which can be painful proces. From early on give them some help by explaining, as simply as possible, the basics: don’t try to upset or hurt people on purpose, and tell a frown-up immediately if someone is upsetting or hurting you.

Foster a sense of community, and the reciprocation that this entails, If a friend or neighbour has been particularly kind to your child, encourage them to repay the kindness by doing an errand for them, making them a card or giving them a little gift.
We sell give vouchers for family portrait session here in Sydney, so that might be an idea, too?

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Beware of phone calls

Beware of phone calls (separation)

Just before bedtime, when you are separated from your child, it seems natural to call and say goodnight before they go to bed. One imagines that it will help them to sleep, and for some children it does. For others, however, it serves as a socking reminder of your absence and brings on a great rush of emotion. If you child is prone to homesickness, it can be best to phone to homesickness, it can be  rested and busy doing something interesting.

See in the the future.New experiences, even pleasant ones can shock or overawe a child. As far as is possible, prepare your child in advance for what they have not encountered before: You might not be able to see Mummy from the stage, but I will be there. The doctor will need you to open your mouth like a tiger. If you wake up in the night time and want Mummy, Teddy will comfort you, Kids can benefit from being equipped with coping strategies in advance.

Make sure you that you take or ask your photographer to take a lot of photos of your children and yourself. Kids grows so fast and a lot of people misses the opportunities after all.

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Actions not words

Actions not words

Explain that the word “sorry” is useful only it it means, I will try not to do it again, and that all apologies are only as good as the actions that follow them.

Combat disaffection with involment. Children of all ages are generally more contented once they have a role. Whether it’s washing up, gardening, making something, decorating or sewing, give your child a task that is achievable and rewarding.

Work animal magic by giving your child their own pet to look after. Knowing that the animal is solely dependent on them can give them a first taste of real responsibility.

Teach them to live by their own lights, not to be led astray by other people’s.

Take the long view. Separation can be as upsetting for parents as it s for children. If you are dreaming the school trip and think you will be anxious the whole time your child is away, remember that in all likelihood it will be a great experience from which they will grow in confidence and independence. A little time apart from parents can be truly liberating for a child. Make sure that you take a lot of photos of your children and you together as well as individual shots.

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Do not get personal

Do not get personal

Arguing with your spouse or partner can sometimes be inevitable – young children can be pretty wearing but exercise damage limitation by agreeing in advance that thought you might have argue over an issue, you don’t trade personal insults in front of the kids and family.

Encourage your partner Never vie with each other from the children’s affections, rather, observe the good things about your partner’s approach to parenting, and be ready to compliment them and to boost their confidence. Be self aware . Imagine that you had yourself as a parent. Would you be happy? Would you like you? What would you think were your strength and weakness?

Think about your friends. If I had to choose one couple to be your own parents, who would they be and why? You may be surprised by your choice. but think about it. Are you giving your child what those parents give theirs? Can you? Should you?

Encourage your partner to have some photo sessions with you and your kids. People can take photos with their phones easily these days but how many photos do you have all together? Most people don’t have many! You can always contact me to do your family portrait in Sydney!!

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Parental roles

Parental roles

Swap jobs. Surprise your kids by sometimes doing what they expect your partner to do, so they might find one day that Daddy is doing the school run and Mummy is asking them for help to build shelves. Taking on s task that your partner usually does can make for more equitable co-parenting.

Have one to one time. However many kids you have, try to give each one a little time alone with you. No two family relationships are the same, so children revel in getting Mummy, Daddy or another much-loved relative all to themselves. When the family is tired and fraught, it can be helpful to split up into more manageable teams.

Have one parenting approach. If Mum is very strict and Dad very lenient, or vice versa, kids get confused and behaviour tends to suffer. Bash out your differences in private so as to be able to give your your kids clear, coherent guidance.

Free your partner from parenting. Let them go on a short break with friends, take a course or just have a long lie-in ocasionally. Doing things all together as a family is great, but parents need their own time for work and play.

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Christmas Gift – $99!

Christmas Gift – $99!

The $99 Family Photo Shoot!!

With Christmas rapidly approaching,  Sydney Treasures Photography are offering a $99 special on our Family Photo shoots. 

You can bring your big family to the shoot, or keep it intimate with just you and your partner or your kids only. 

And if you don’t like having your photograph taken, no worries! I can arrange a gift voucher for you to give the shoot as a gift! 

Unlike most photo shoots I will provide you with digital files on any packages that you will be choosing from and you only purchase the photos that you love!

From those digital files,  you can print as many copies as you like, have them made into a little canvas, or upload them to Facebook or your blog. 

Book in early enough and you can even use the images to make calendars, mugs and key rings ideal gifts for family at Christmas! (Printable up to A4 size)

We will even post “Photoshop” a handful of the photographs for you!

  • You can choose any locations in Sydney.  A small additional transport cost will be applied. ($50)
  • The shoot goes for usually one hour. Once when all your photos edited, you will select your favourite photos from our Online Gallery and select your packages and perhaps optional products such as kids album and canvas arts.
  • Availability over the Christmas period will be limited, please have a 2nd date available for this time
  • We can operate photo shoots seven days a week but as we are often booked far in advance, your first choice of date may not be available. If your photo shoot has to be on a specific date, please call ahead before purchasing to check we are available on that day.
  • Once a photo shoot is booked in it can be changed as many times as you like as long as the change is made at least 2 hours prior.  
  • There are no limits to the number of photo shoots you can buy; you can even buy gift vouchers An ideal Christmas present for the person who has everything!
  • The photo shoot is an ‘on-location’ shoot, either at your own home, the beach, in a nearby park etc I do not use fixed studio lighting for this shoot during Christmas season. If you would like a studio-style shoot please contact me.
  • We will post produce (Photoshop) a dozen of your photographs for you to make your photos pop or to edit out any blemishes. Any additional post-production work will be charged extra.
  • This special offer ends December 24th 2013. Don’t miss out!!!
To book, please email info@sydneytreasuresphotography.com.au or call me on 0407 064 044. If you have any additional questions or if you would like to check date availability then again please don’t hesitate to call to Katsu!

See eye to eye

See eye to eye

If your child has a fringe, trim it regularly to stop it flopping over their eyes.  A chiled who is constantly flicking back hair or looking at the world through a veil of fringe is far less likely to communicate properly and make eye contact.

Stop nail biting by painting your children’s nails with a foul tasting deterrent fluid available from pharmacies. This method also cures thumb suckers.

Dont’t tick them off. If your child develops a nervous tick, force yourself not to keep mentioning to them. Rather, take steps to minimise any stresses in their life. Get up earlier in the morning to avoid mad dash to school, stop nagging about things that don’t really matter, check that they are happy with their care arrangements and, above all, make time to be calm with your child. If, despite al your efforts, the tick persists  consult your doctor.

Display your family photos on the wall for your children to see, so you will have better family connection and it’s always nice to see how your beautiful kids grows.
Make sure you have at least one family portrait session with your photographer like myself. I am confident that it will be worth investment after all.

Author: Katsu Nojiri

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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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Fit stair gates

Fit stair gates that are designed without the fixed bottom bars that adults and children so often trip over.

Give away glass tables. As soon as your babies / child can cruise around holding on to the furniture, it’s time to get rid of your glass tables. If your children doesn’t damage themselves on the edges, sooner or later, they will have a go at jumping on them.

Have enough side tables so that hot cups and fragile glasses aren’t put down on the floor, and these tables out of reach of little ones.

Mask sharp corners with corner guards or improvised solutions, such as Blu Tack covered with masking tape or if edges need to be covered temporarily a pillows or a cushion would do.

Use socket covers. A cheap safety essential for every home with young children, they look like thin platting plugs and cover sockets completely, making them impenetrable for playing fingers.

Keep flexes well out of reach, particularly the flex for the kettle, and site the kettle itself as far as back possible from the edge of the kitchen surface.

Give them a toy camera to snap some photos, some research shows that earlier age is the time they pick up their creativity. Maybe one day your kids may turn into a famous photographer??

Author: Katsu Nojiri

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Cherish your doctor

Cherish your doctor

If you like and respect your doctor, make sure that you don’t miss appointment or waste time during the consultations. Always follow advice and encourage your children to be polite and compliant. A good doctor is a huge asset to a family, particularly in the early years, so show your gratitude through your family’s good manners.

If you don’t have to take the whole family to the doctor, leave them behind and just take whoever needs to go. Why expose everyone to waiting-room bugs if its not strictly necessary.

Keep it with your health visitor. Health visitors are not only for the early months, they are there to help you throughout your kid’s childhoods. If there’s something worrying you or you’d like to chat about a problem, seek their advice. They can offer invaluable support and wisdom for your children, babies and whole family.

Get information to help you decide whether or not to immunise your children or babies, and against which diseases. Try not to avoid the issue or delay the jabs because the experience becomes more uncomfortable and traumatic as your child get older and more aware of what is happening.

Give them a small piece of chocolate or another favourite snacks to treat your children after that.

Author: Katsu Nojiri

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