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Respect Grandparent time

Respect Grandparent time

If your kids are happy with their grandparents, stay out of the way occasionally to give them some time to enjoy alone together. Remember grandparent’s feelings, if they did raise you. Even if many practices have changed – babies now being put to sleep on their backs, breast-feeding being recommended – this does not invalidate your parents wealth of experience. Even if you don’t always agree with what they say, hear them out and consider their advice.

Send school photos or family photos and copies of school reports and certificates to grandparents if they don’t often see their grandchildren.

Use different names to distinguish between grandparents and avoid confusion: maternal grandparents might be grandma and grandpa and paternal grandparents Nan and Granddad.

Get online. Of grandparents live far away, encourage them to spend and receive emails, and maybe use a webcam, skype, facebook or facetime to stay in touch.

We can design beautiful kids album after the photo shoot, so sending an kids album to your Grandparents will be an great idea to show your children, too.

If you want to have a family portrait in Sydney, please feel free to contact Katsu anytime to book your session. 🙂

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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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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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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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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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Let children paint

Let children paint

Put them where they will cause the least damage, spread newspaper on the floor, drape them in old shirts and stick around to check that they don’t tramp paint about the place – but don’t stop them. They can paint on the floor or on a table, but an easel is most convinient. Choose one that also has a chalkboard side.

Channel your child’s desire to customise your walls and belongings. Buy some decorators, lining paper and unroll it across an entire room. Provide paints, felt tips, stickers, stencils and whatever else your child wants and leave them to it. The result may be a panorama , a series of cartoons, a banner or just a great scribbly mess, but the opportunity to deface such a huge expanse of plain paper is irresistible to most children. It’s also a fail safe activity for play dates.

How about you give your children your old camera? My dad used to give me his old camera to snap. I had no idea what I was doing at the time, but look where I ended up! You might find your children’s creativity there! It’s important that you let your children play like that!

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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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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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