Celebrate Your Child!

Jul 28, 2009

How to Make Homework More Appealing for Your Child

There’s no doubt about it, homework is a vital part of children’s development. As parents, it is our duty to encourage them to do their homework and learn so that they can reach their full potential. Not only will this help them learn but it will instill a sense of pride within them. Plus, they’ll have a better understanding of the concepts at school and can do better overa

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ll. But, what if your child hates homework and it is a struggle to get them to do it every day? Well, I can help. In this article, I will teach you how to make homework more appealing for your child.

>>1. Help them get into work mode.

When children hear the word homework, they automatically remember something that is not fun. In addition, they’re often exhausted after school. Therefore it important that we give them ample time to unwind before we insist that they complete their academic work. We can do this by administering a health snack and giving them a bit of personal time immediately after school.

>>2. Change their vision about homework.

Many kids don’t like homework therefore we must turn their vision around. We must teach them that homework can be a lot of fun. Instead of thinking of it as work to do at home, we can encourage them to see it as a time to further educate our brains in a fun and enriching manner. This simply paradigm shift will get results, trust me.

>>3. Make an enrichment plan with your kids.

Get your children involved and excited about their homework. This can be done by getting them involved in a homework plan that gets them excited. To create this plan, brainstorm with your kids. Ask them questions like, “Why do we need to have enrichment time? How much time should you spend every day on enrichment time? Where will you set up enrichment time? What can we both do to make enrichment time more fun and enrichment? Both of you should take time to really think about the plan and how to make it worth for the both of you.

>>4. Be versatile.

Just remember that children are not soldiers. They’ve been in school all day and they need a breaks as well as a snack before they get started with homework. So, give them a bit of down town before you create the enrichment at home program. Not only will this make them more excited about the plan but it will excite them as well. Understand that nothing is set in stone. So, make changes to the schedule when necessary. After all, you want to keep your kids happy and excited about completing their work. Right?

>>5. In conclusion, .. if you and your children work together to develop a realistic home enrichment program, they will be more excited about getting their work done and will feel a sense of immense pride and accomplishment as a result of their involvement with the plan. Good luck parent

Source : Make Homework more Appealing to Children by Kristi Patrice Carter

Jul 25, 2009

Jul 21, 2009

Ben 10 Toys - 10 Things Every Parent Needs to Know

"Ben 10 is without doubt the hottest boys' brand of the moment". The Ben 10 10cm and 15cm Action Figures were selected as the "2009 Toy Of The Year" and the Ben 10 brand also scooped the "Boys' Range Of The Year". So what are Ben 10 toys all about and are they worth buying?

1. What are Ben 10 Toys?

Ben 10 is the superhero from the Cartoon Network show of the same name. Young fans all over the world are going wild for the merchandise relating to their hero and he now has his own toy range. The watch like object called the Omnitrix gives Ben his super powers and is central to the toy range. It allows him to transform into 10+ different superhero aliens, who form the action figure toys available.

Ben 10: Alien Force is the sequel to the original show. The trusty Omnitrix has evolved, resulting in new aliens to transform into. The toy range has been updated accordingly with a new Ultimate Omnitrix and new alien action figures.

2. For what age group are Ben 10 Toys suitable?

The range is primarily aimed at boys aged 4 to 12.

3. Are Ben 10 Toys any good?

Ben 10 toys are exciting, good value toys that entertain and inspire creativity. They are realistic to the cartoon, well detailed and well made. In this time of financial crisis it is all about trusted brands and the makers of the Ben 10 range, Bandai, are the world's third largest producer of toys. If you are looking for high quality, durable, multi-purpose toys that can be played with in different ways - Ben 10 delivers.

4. How much do Ben 10 Toys cost?

You can get some good action figures starting from about £5.

The best 'Omnitrix' watches cost between £15 and £20.

The new Alien Force creature vehicles cost about £15.

The video games start at about £15 depending on platform.

You can find a nice selection of books for around £3.

You could perform a great Ben 10 bedroom make-over for around £60, to include curtains, a duvet cover & pillowcase, wall stickers and a lightshade.

5. Which is the best Ben 10 Toy?

The must have toys for any Ben 10 fan are an Omnitrix and some action figures.

The Omnitrix comes in many different versions so beware of the cheaper forms that are less playable. The two best Omnitrix watches are the Deluxe Omnitrix and the new Alien Force Ultimate Omnitrix. They are realistic to the cartoon series and are ideal for superhero role play.

The best value for money in action figures are the 10cm versions as they are poseable, well detailed and hard wearing but also cheap enough to buy a few. Ensure you are buying the 'right' alien though as your Ben 10 fan will undoubtedly have their favourites. Take advantage of multi figure packs to get your Ben 10 fan's collection started. The Creation Chamber figures also offer great creative play allowing children to mix things up and make new Ben 10 aliens.

If you don't mind shoot-em up games, the Ben 10 video games are great. They are fairly easy to play, challenging but not too much so. There's great sound and story line and you have to solve problems. The best bits for young Ben 10 fans are:
another player can join or leave and help at any point in the game; and

you start from where you run out of life so you don't have to go back to the beginning of a level.

6. Which is the worst Ben 10 Toy?

The playsets are typically expensive, cumbersome and have too many parts that get lost. Generally they also require you to buy the rest of the product range to use with it, so are often not worth the money. The adverts and the packaging are always very tempting but once the box is opened and the first play frenzy is over, disappointment sets in.

The cheapest versions of the Omnitrix (the Omnitrix FX and the Alien Viewer) have limited appeal. Check out my other article "Ben 10 Omnitrix Watches - The Differences Every Parent Needs To Know" for more detailed information.

With the action figures you need to avoid the smallest and the largest. The Transforming Alien Rocks or figures from Planetary Powder sets are tiny, mono-coloured and badly detailed. At the other end of the scale, the 30cm Epic Alien Figures are not poseable and made of inferior quality plastic.

7. What toys and merchandise does the Ben 10 Toy range include?

As well as the Omnitrix and Action Figures, the Ben 10 range includes :

games and puzzles;
video games;
clothes & shoes;
school equipment;
dressing up costumes;
arts & crafts;
sports equipment;
party supplies;
bedroom accessories;

8. What educational value does the Ben 10 Toy range provide?

The toys encourage imaginative play with your child starting as Ben 10, meeting a villain and then transforming into one of the hero aliens simply by switching toys. They also help develop moral reasoning by identifying the good from the bad characters. When used to interact with other children, they will engage in cooperative and dramatic play.

9. Which toy should I buy for a child that has most of the Ben 10 Toy range already?

Take a look at some of the sports equipment, such as the skateboard or the scooter.

10. Where can I buy Ben 10 Toys online?

Everywhere! Ben 10 is so popular you can find the toys for sale at most online toy retailers such as Amazon Ben 10 Store, The Toy Shop and Toys R Us.

© 2009 Chloe Alice Wilson

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Jul 20, 2009

The Senior and Junior relationship...

Forging the relationship between the junior and senior ( Grandpas and Grandmas ) is one way to instill the elements of respects and parenting.

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Jul 19, 2009

Taking Your Kids on a Vacation

Have you ever wanted to take your kids on a vacation but is unable to find a place or a kind of activity that would suit their needs?

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Having a vacation on a cruise ship will provide your family all the fun and excitement you need on a vacation. You will enjoy every activity that cruise offers and cruises also consider their younger guests onboard.

They have programs and activities exclusively for kids. Some cruise lines provide entertainment for kids of all ages. They have programs and activities like, coloring, face painting, story telling, playtime for toddlers and other kids.

They also have activities that are suitable for older kids, like video games, arcades, parties and more.

Booking in floating resorts are one of the best ways to get your kids to have fun on their summer vacation. You might have noticed that kids get bored easily doing the same activity everyday on their vacation.

Kids are very active and boredom will only get them restless and will start to explore. If you took your kids to Disneyland before, then you have an idea of what kids want.

Walt Disney Company offers cruises for the whole family to enjoy. The Disney Cruise Lines has two cruise ships, the Disney Magic and the Disney Wonder.

Both of these cruise ships have most of the amenities and services found in other cruise lines except that it has no casinos. It is designed to be friendly for the whole family.

Both ships look identical with their designs, but it has a few differences in entertainment venues and restaurants.

Both the cruise ship’s design has designated areas specifically for various age groups. It has areas for toddlers, young children, teens and adults to ensure maximum enjoyment for the whole family.

The Disney Cruise Lines are the first in the industry to build a ship from the keel up exclusively for family entertainment. These family cruise liners have a goal of accommodating both adults and kids.

Both family cruises depart from Port Canaveral, Florida in the Disney’s Art Deco terminal. They have different packages that offer a stay at Walt Disney World Resort before and after the cruise.

There are so many reasons why you should take your family on a cruise with the Disney Cruise Lines.

Here are some of them :

• They can play with their favorite Disney cartoon character
• It has great kids programs
• It has areas specifically built for kids and teens
• There is a variety of entertainment every single night
• The flexibility of the package can combine theme park packages and Disney cruises.

However, you should not expect that the ship would look like Toontown. The interior will look classy with the Mickey Mouse character can be found all over the place.

The food in Disney Cruise Lines, as with any other cruise liners, is superb. They

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have menus ranging from formal to casual dining. Here are some of the restaurants available in the Disney Wonder:

• Palo Restaurant – It is an adults-only restaurant, which serves first class cuisines from North Italy.

• Animators Palate – This restaurant has black and white decorations and paints. The cartoons on the wall will eventually become colorful.

• Ice cream stations – Kids and adults alike can grab a scoop of ice cream.

• Casual Buffets – This is perfect for family that would want to have quick meals.

Like an all-inclusive resort, kids can get food and drinks all day long free. However, sodas are not included. Kids can have their occasionally soda if you buy a soda package.

There are many facilities and programs in Disney Cruise Lines where you and your family can enjoy. They have pools for adults, for the whole family, and even an exclusive swimming pool for kids. They also have movies that you can enjoy watching while you are in the pool.

The programs for kids are endless. Your kids will be amazed on what they will find on every corner of the Disney Cruise ships. Here are some examples of activities for kids of specific age:

• Oceaneer Club – This activity is for kids aged 3-7 years old. They can dress up as a pirate or a brave captain and play with cartoon characters of Disney that will visit.

• Teens-only Getaway – This room has many activities that teens will enjoy. It has a lounge area, internet connection, DVD’s, games, and more. Teens can also take up special programs like photography or videography.

• Castaway Cay – Teens can go on an adventure with biking, kayaking, and snorkeling. You should sign up fast for this activity for it sells fast.

You can enjoy more entertainments with your family in Disney Cruise Lines. It has theaters that can accommodate more than 900 people and more.

Consider booking in Disney Cruise Lines when you are planning to spend your vacation this summer with your family.

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Jul 15, 2009

Nutritional Supplement: What To Give Children

In this day and age of nutritional awareness and the drive to have proper nutrition, many parents are keen to discover what kind of nutritional supplement is suitable for their children. Although, most children will not need a nutritional supplement as long as they eat the right kinds of foods, there are also other children who lack the right kind of nutrients to help the

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m grow healthy and strong. Parents who suspect that their children may be lacking the right kinds of nutrients or have no proper diet can consult a doctor so as to have their child assessed.

On the other hand, there are also some parents who wish to power up their children with a nutritional health supplement to fully develop any potential that their child may have, mentally and physically. There are actually many different nutritional supplements that can help enhance and promote proper brain growth as well as proper physical growth to the advantage of the child. A nutritional supplement often falls into this category instead of being an immediate need.


Many doctors sometimes recommend an iron nutritional supplement for children. This is because the foods that are rich in iron which are supposed to give the children their recommended daily allowance of this mineral are not appealing to them. An iron nutritional health supplement can help them meet the RDA which is necessary for proper brain development. A word of caution regarding iron supplements is that these may be dangerous when given in abundance. Ask a doctor for the recommended dosage of the nutritional supplement in accordance to the weight and age of the child.


Although most water systems in the United States of America cater to the general populace with fluoride treated water, there may be some which do not have the fluoride additive that will help build strong teeth in children. A fluoride nutritional supplement may be necessary if you know for sure that you local water system does not provide this. Too much of the fluoride nutritional supplement can also do some damage to the teeth that you were trying to build and protect.


Some companies who develop medicines and supplements claim that a zinc nutritional supplement can help children boost their mental ability as well as help to develop the brains of the child. Many supplements are combined with zinc in order to meet the demands for better nutrition and maintenance of overall mental and physical health.

Kids and Maths ... don't get MAD !

Teaching kid Mathematics .... they sometimes look at it differently. ;-D

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Jul 8, 2009

Rainy Day Activities

Kids and Rainy Days Can Be a Nightmare ... below is a FREE report to share some crafts that you and your kids can do ;-)

Don't worry... it's FREE.

I am just trying my hands on product creation, converting to PDF etc... LOL !

Do leave me comments on ways to improvise it.

Looking forward to your comments and since this blog has a CommentLuv plugin, you can see your last post at the end of your comments ( but you need to register your blog at ComLuv.com)

Download the report below :

Kids Activities

Jul 4, 2009

Why Healthy Teeth Are Important

Going to the dentist seems to be one of greatest fears in childhood. Fears on someone probing inside the mouth, puts fingers and utensils in it are unwanted memories. To beat this kind of phobia, pre-hand teaching on a dentist appointment is essential to the child.

As they get the habit of going to the dentist on a regular basis, they will overcome this fears and have a friendlier appointment basing on what you have taught them.

Kids can take charge of their teeth by taking these steps :

•Brush at least twice a day - after breakfast and before bedtime. If you can, brush after lunch or after sweet snacks. Brushing properly breaks down plaque.

•Brush all of your teeth, not just the front ones. Spend some time on the teeth along the sides and in the back. Brush away from your gums.

•Take your time while brushing. Spend at least 3 minutes each time you brush. If you have trouble keeping track of the time, use a timer or play a recording of a song you like to help pass the time.

•Be sure your toothbrush has soft bristles (the package will tell you if they're soft). Ask your parent to help you get a new toothbrush every 3 months. Some toothbrushes come with bristles that change color when it's time to change them.

•Learn how to floss your teeth, which is a very important way to keep them healthy.

It feels weird the first few times you do it, but pretty soon you'll be a pro. Slip the dental floss between each tooth and up along the gum line. The floss gets rid of food that's hidden where your toothbrush can't get it, no matter how well you brush.
It's also important to visit the dentist twice a year. Besides checking for signs of cavities or gum disease, the dentist will help keep your teeth extra clean, and he or she can help you learn the best way to brush and floss.

It's not just brushing and flossing that keep your teeth healthy - you also need to be careful about what you eat and drink. Remember, the plaque on your teeth is just waiting for that sugar to arrive. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables and drink water instead of soda. And don't forget to smile!

Updated and reviewed by: Lisa Goss, RDH, BS and Garrett B. Lyons, Jr., DDS
Date reviewed: February 2006

Jul 3, 2009

SHARING the Secrets of the stay-at-home single mom of 3 !

I know that times have been tough financially, and I wanted to pass on some helpful information that I thought you could use.

I just found out about this single mom with 3 kids who refused to "go to work" and put her kids in daycare. She put her foot down -- and stayed home. Now she's teaching preschool classes out of her home... and making a full-time income only working 2-5 hrs. a day.

I was blown away when I read her story. And did you know she's actually teaching other women how to start preschools in their homes too? Click HERE to find out more about her story.

She doesn't run a home daycare. She doesn't sell things on the internet. And she doesn't work 8-12 hours a day.

Two years ago, she couldn't find any work-from-home job that would give her a consistent income plus let her spend quality time with her kids while she was working. And then... she found it.

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P.S. She's put together some really cool videos (and even a CD she's giving away for free) that talk about her story and the secrets to starting a preschool in your home. Check them out HERE

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