Involve your children in whatever you adore, be it making jewellery, visiting battlefields, walking for charity, baking birdwatching, dancing or DIY. Within reason, kids can get involved in most adult pastimes, and they can really benefit from taking in detailed information at an early age.
Trace connection between your child and a historical figure. A surprising number of children can claim to be related to someone they might learn about in school, so it’s well worth delving into your family story. If you can’t find any direct connections, seek out more oblique ones, a great-grandfather who once met Churchill or Roosevelt, a distant cousin who was friends with Sultan of Zanzibar, a great-great-great grandmother who was sympathetic to the suffragette movement.
Allow your children to see and touch the things that are magical to you and your family: a lock of hair from a grandmother, an old fashioned fairy book, a tiny gold charm or old photos of your family. Tell storeys to bring these objects to life in their imagination.
I personally believe that creative mind comes from their early age. Let them imagine, create, draw, picture themselves to find out what they will be good at in the future.
Children excel at having bizarre ideas: they want to wear a tea cosy to the park, can convince themselves that they are invisible and develop friendship with household objects.
if there is not harm in it, relax, enjoy the fun and let them be as eccentric ad they like.
Be franciful. young children will be delighted to believe that “dancing lady” fuchsia flowers do ballet at night, that the crosses that separate telephone wires are kisses being send down the lines or that the tooth fairy is building her house out of teeth, there are not lies, they are the fables children crave.
Invent games. There is never “nothing to play with” or “nothing to do”. Teach your children how to invent games: boules played with pebbles, shadow tag, sand drawing, relay races, dances with simple moves. There are more games and activities in a lively imagination than in the best stocked toyshop.
How about showing your children how to take photos or be models even?
These days, you do not need to buy films and cost nothing to develop or edit photos that
you have taken. Show them your work, let them take photos to see how it turns out.
You will be surprised!
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!
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.
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.
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.
Young children develop very fast. A toy that was fascinating a month ago may be of little interest now, so keep abreast of your child’s curiosity and developing intellect by presenting them with fresh challenges and activities.
You needn’t spend a fortune toy liberties, charity shops and imaginative activities won’t break the bank.
For your older children, give advice not your opinion.
Answer their questions about sex straightforwardly and candidly, without offering more information than you think they need to know at their age and stage.
Be liberal enough that your children don’t need to lie to you. Allow them to share with you the inevitable milestones of growing up: trying a little alcohol first kiss, a youthful adventure. It’s safer to be in the know than out of touch.
Don’t jump to conclusions. If you disapprove of something your child does, try not to aggrandise it with your outrage. One drink does not make an alcoholic, nor one cigarette a smoker. Better to have a mature discussion about health than a slanging match about your fears for the future.
Make sure you keep the record how they grow up by photos. They grow up very fast.
Having beautiful photos for your children are investment. Please book Katsu for your photo session.
The capacity to make connections between things is the basis of imagination, so share with your kids any associations that occur to you: Those parachutes look like jellyfish in the sky. The water coming out of the tap looks plaited just like your hair is now. Look at your shadow – your are a giant statue!
Work out the meaning of what your kids say. Young children’s speech can be very disjointed. Often kids burble on about seemingly unconnected things and it;s all too easy not to hear.
If you do listen really hard, you will be surprised by now much sense can be constructed from the kaleidoscope of infant speech.
Quash pester power. If all else fails, steer clear of pester hot spots. Choose the supermarket that doesn’t sell toys over the one that does, take a different route to avoid the sweet shop of leave your partner to babysit while you shop alone in the evenings. What the eye does not see, the infant does not hanker for.
For young children photo shoot, I always recommend to be done in locations such as the parks or beaches rather than studio, so the infant feel more comfortable in the environment. Please see our FAQ page for more details.
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.
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!