Watching TV is ok. If a child has an interesting and active life, TV is likely to be just one part of it.
So long as you don’t stick your kids in front of the TV simply to avoid doing other things with them, and you know what they are watching, it’s unlikely to do them any great harm. Total TV bars can lead to ostracism at school (they don’t know what the other kids are talking about) and can fuel a craving to watch the box.
Have a go. Try out your children’s computer games and activities so you can begin to understand why they are so enthralled by them.
Search for free games. Some websites offer great free games for children. Listen our for news of these on children’s television and in kids magazines, then take a look yourself before allowing your kids to log on.
Avoid violent games. Whether played on computer or on a console, violent games can affect children’s behaviour. Check and observe the age restrictions on any games you buy for your child, and take an interest in what they are playing. You are the best judge of whether a game is good for them or not. Be aware too, of what might be playing at friend’s homes.
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???
Little children are fascinated and vastly entertained by anything to do with bottoms: poo, wee, and willies are a hot topic o infant conversation. Most children go through this phase, so unless it gets completely out of hand, just pretend you have not heard what they are saying to each other. That’s what I think. Do you agree?
Keep a funny book. From the moment they start to speak, get a big blank book in which to write down al the wonderful things you kids say. I later years this book will be a treasured family keepsake and will give you and your children big laugh. Of course you can book me, so you can have a photo session with me for your long time memories, too.
Do draft things. Young children love it when adults do crazy and unusual things, and they enjoy strange and bizarre events. Satisfy this love of the surreal with some zany fun. You might, for instance, make up a game like Banana bag, pass the eyeball (asking them to close their eyes and handling round a peeled grape) or wobbly stool (lying back and letting your children ride on your raised knees, which you wobble and them unexpectedly collapse). Make the most of these games – they give visiting rights to your child’s world.
Even during the photo shoot with children, we let your children to play a game. So they will smile or laugh naturally, then we can capture those moments!