Free Printables: Checklists and Schedules Download and use the free printables to plan for and organize your life with a newborn baby. You will find several checklists as well as useful sample schedules and schedule templates to help you as you go along. Printable Checklists The checklists are given in three columns: Essentials, Recommended and Nice-to-Haves. The idea is that you use this as a guideline but feel free to customise the lists according to your own needs and circumstances. Printable Schedules Feeding Schedule Example Feeding Schedule Template Sleep Schedule Example Sleep Schedule Template Daily Schedule Example Daily Schedule Template The schedules come in very handy if you want to keep track of your baby's natural routine, to identify trends or problems or to keep track of baby's routine while someone else is looking after him. Always keep in mind some babies thrive on routine, while others just have a mind of their own, just like grown-ups. From Free Printables back to Newborn Baby Home Page
Meet the Dubiens | eat•craft•play•love Making Vegetable Stamps Can your child make vegetable stamps? Come summer, come vacations. Children are relatively free during this holiday season. Ask your children to collect these items and supervise their use: Any seasonal vegetable (ladyfinger, capsicum, potato, carrot, radish or baby corn) Watercolour tubes Knife Sheets of paper Small bowl Paintbrush Ladyfinger Stamp Take a ladyfinger, wash and cut it into two halves. Potato Stamp Take a big potato. Multiple stamps Not just ladyfinger or capsicum, but most vegetables can give rise to interesting patterns. I'm Not Raising Princesses, I Guess We don’t watch many kids movies in our house, and we always steer clear of the Disney ‘blockbuster’ movies. We’ve got a bunch of good reasons of our own for doing so, but other people have noticed the dubious qualities that Disney is teaching as well. And before you go thinking that your boys are learning some wholesome values from Disney, here’s another take on it: Yes, I’ve heard people say that there are redeeming values to these movies (I won’t stoop so low as to call them films), but I don’t see them. Your thoughts? [via BoingBoing and the Society Pages] [Update: Because this post has hit a nerve and spurred many many comments, I feel the need to state what I believe is obvious: I didn't make the graphics, I didn't come up with the text on them, and it isn't my original idea - I merely posted them here for the humor (and because they do have an element of truth).
25 Ways to Talk So Children Will Listen A major part of discipline is learning how to talk with children. The way you talk to your child teaches him how to talk to others. Here are some talking tips we have learned with our children: 1. Connect Before You Direct Before giving your child directions, squat to your child’s eye level and engage your child in eye-to-eye contact to get his attention. 2. Open your request with the child’s name, “Lauren, will you please…” 3. We use the one-sentence rule: Put the main directive in the opening sentence. 4. Use short sentences with one-syllable words. 5. If he can’t, it’s too long or too complicated. 6. You can reason with a two or three-year-old, especially to avoid power struggles. 7. Instead of “no running,” try: “Inside we walk, outside you may run.” 8. Instead of “Get down,” say “I want you to get down.” 9. “When you get your teeth brushed, then we’ll begin the story.” 10. Instead of hollering, “Turn off the TV, it’s time for dinner!” 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22.
Mini Marshmallow Shooters (or Pom Pom Poppers) A few months ago, when I was first introduced to Pinterest, I came across this idea from Real Simple. I thought it looked like something the kids would enjoy, but we just never got around to doing it over the summer. Then this week the kids had a day off school and it was the first day it didn't rain in what seems like ages! I gathered up some balloons, plastic cups, mini marshmallows and pom poms and we had a great time. Here's how we made ours ( I made a few small changes from the original idea) You'll need: * plastic cups (ours were 9 oz) * balloons ( ours were 12") * mini marshmallows (or pom poms) * scissors (not pictured) And here's what you need to do: 1. 2. 3. That's it! **NOTE** The marshmallows went MUCH farther than the pom poms, but I have enough problems with food in unwanted places inside the house. Check out the fun we had at a local park (our backyard was too much of a muddy mess)
Kaleidoscope Rice It’s about this time of year where I really start to hit a wall when it comes to entertaining a toddler in the house. When the temps dip below 20 degrees, we can’t stay outside in the snow for extended periods of time, so it’s up to me to come up with a whole host of projects that’ll engage him (and, well, engage me, too). I’ve committed to coming up with more new ways to engage my toddler in sensory play (activities that simulate toddlers’ senses including touch, smell, taste, sight, and hearing). This DIY kaleidoscope rice is the perfect project to engage kids in exploring colors with their hands. RELATED: 29 Indoor Games Your Kids Will Absolutely Love Supplies: 8 cups uncooked riceFood colorsWhite vinegarZiploc baggies Instructions: Step 1: Add 1 cup rice to a bag. Step 2: In a small bowl combine 1-2 tablespoons vinegar along with one of the food colors. Step 3: Add the vinegar mixture to the rice and seal the bag. Step 4: Squish the vinegar mixture all over the rice.
Indian Moms You Can Teach Your Kids At Home. Train your child for the first school interview If your child is to get enrolled in school in 2001, here are tips to prepare the little one for the first interview. The beginning of a child's academic journey excites every parent. The mother and father gear up for what is the first step to school education-the first school interview. Do not be tense Your child will be judged according to his speech, perception of the world, and basic skills of reading and writing. Let the child open up Interview or no interview, let your child express oneself freely. Stimulate curiosity Make your child alert to the environment around him. Develop social etiquettes Habits like greeting visitors, shaking hands with new acquaintances, saying hello to neighbors, wishing a New Year to a loved one, will help the child to not only do well in the interview. Inculcate cleanliness as a value Teach cleanliness as a matter of principle. Get the basics clear There are some basic concepts which need to be made clear to the child.