Choose vacation venues where your older children can have a certain amount of freedome. Campus-style family centres are great for kids who are pressing to be allowed to do things on their own. Make sure that you know where they are going, if possible, get them to go in groups of two or more.
Get the ratio right. Take enough adults on vacation. Two adults to four kids can be tiring, four adults to four adults is far more relaxing. Invite along family and friends to improve the adults to kids ratio, and take turns with the kids so that adult couples are able to have a little time together.
Agree some ground rules in advance if you are holidaying with friends and their children. For instance, agree roughly when the children will have to go to bed, how much junk food they will be allowed to eat and how the babysitting rota could work. It’s best to tackle some basics before departure so that disagreements don’t spoil the holiday.
Make sure that you take a lot of photos during your holiday, so you will have a lot of memories to cherish forever.
If you and and your baby or children are in a wonderful place, stop what you are doing, stand or sit still and simply focus on sensory inpressions. Guide your kids to be aware of the sounds around them, the light colours, movement and smells. Ask them to describe what they can see, hear, touch or even taste. Ask them to describe what they can see, hear, touch or even taste, they may teas you for being intense but they will find it rewarding all the same.
Choose a wishing tree. If there’s a particular tree your child likes, make it their wishing tree. They can touch it to make a wish. Or, it the tree is in your own garden, they can write wishes and stick them to it, or tie a ribbon around its trunk or branches as a symbol of a wish.
Make an autumn display of as many differently shaped and coloured leaves as your children can find. Arrange them in a vase or stick them on to paper or card to create a beautiful nature collage.
Make sure that you take photos of those moments as one of your life time treasures.
Obviously, you can book me, so I can photograph your baby, children and family to be remembered forever.
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???
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.
Save some little plastic bottles and help your kids to gather the ingredients for potions:
pleasant ones (mixture of bathroom toiletries) weird ones (strange food combinations) and downright yucky ones(earth, paint, milk, washing-up water..anything) Stick around while they make them to check that they don’t) wreck your home in the process get their hands on anything dangerous and actually drink them. It’s a lot of fun for kids to make up positions and invent the magical effects they cause.
Make believe. Take your kids to a palace and all of your pretend that you are royal, go to a museum and strike the poses of the statues, lie with your hands over your chest and imagine yourselves to be ancient Egyptian mummies, drama and art and out of yourself.
Improve scenrios. Kids love simple acting exercises. A couple of children might try having a conversation in which each wants to have the last word, each is trying to impress the other or each in frightened of the other. Suggest subjects and situations that are of particular interest to your children and let them invent their own improvisations.
We enjoy photograph children when they are playing at the park, a lot of our photos on our website are done at the park in Sydney. We love photographing kids as natural as possible!
Encourage your children in their early attempts to play an instrument. Avoid wincing and covering your ears. If you are positive, you should be rewarded with rapid improvement and sooner or later, some tolerable music.
Make practice easy by creating a music corner where the instruments is readily available (preferably out of its case), with a clutter free area for scores and equipment a music stand and in needed. A comfortable seat, adjustable to the correct heights. A short practice daily, as a regular time is considered by most music teachers to be the best routine.
Leave the masses of time to get to a concert or show in which your child is performing, don’t make a big deal of the event. Children quickly pick up parental tension and anxiety. Pre-performance nerves.
Remember to check that any instruments you hire or borrow are adequately nerves.
Be a beginners together. Why not start a class or course at the same time as your kids so you can lear alongside them?
Teenagers in particular can benefit from having their parents on a level playing field, and it can be tremendously bonding to discover a new shared interest.
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