Childhood Friends » Child Development Tue, 12 Nov 2013 12:09:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 How to Prepare a Reptile Habitat for a Kid’s Pet /2013/10/how-to-prepare-a-reptile-habitat-for-a-kids-pet/ /2013/10/how-to-prepare-a-reptile-habitat-for-a-kids-pet/#comments Wed, 23 Oct 2013 06:32:29 +0000 admin /?p=245 Australia is home to so many different varieties of reptiles. A lot of them live around your house, and possibly in your own backyard! Taking a creature from the wild and keeping it in captivity, like a habitat inside your home, is not always best for the animal. And depending on where you live, it may even be illegal unless an adult files the necessary permits.


However you can keep reptiles that you obtain through a pet store or other reputable source. In fact, reptiles make great pets for kids! For example, unlike dogs reptiles do not need to go outside to use the bathroom. Also unlike furry pets, reptiles do not need routine shots meaning that trips to the veterinarian are unlikely. Keep reading for more information about why reptiles make great pets!

Benefits of Owning a Reptile Pet

For the same price that you would pay for one fast food lunch, you could feed your new reptile for an entire month! Even though they do not require walking or grooming, owning a reptile is calming. Having a pet lowers blood pressure and relieves tension. Although the pet may belong to every person in the family, that is a benefit that everyone can enjoy!

Another benefit of having a reptile as a pet is that they do not take up a lot of space. You can even keep a pet in a house or apartment where there is not a lot of room! If someone in your family is allergic to a dog or a cat, then chances are that you can still safely have a reptile as a pet. And finally, reptiles generally eat less food which makes them a better economic value.

What You Need for Your Reptile Habitat

How you set up a reptile habitat will depend on the type of reptile that you want to get. A lot of kids find that turtles make a great first pet when it comes to reptiles. They do not require a lot to be comfortable, and setup is very easy. The primary items that you need to set up a basic reptile habitat include:

  • A tank for reptiles
  • Gravel or rocks for the bottom
  • Flat rock for sunning
  • Filter for maintaining the tank
  • Heating lamp for light and warmth
  • A book about reptile care
  • Food and water

When it comes to caring for a pet reptile, like a turtle, kids will have two main jobs. The first is to make sure their pet gets enough food and water, and the second is to make sure the tank stays clean. If you go on vacation, unlike a dog that needs to visit a boarder for the duration of your holiday, turtles only need someone to come in to provide them with food every day or two.

Reptile Tips for Moms and Dads

When buying a book about the reptile your family decides to get for a pet, make sure it is not too technical so that everyone in the family can enjoy it. If you are not sure how much food or water your new pet needs, make sure you ask your local pet store or veterinarian for advice. The more you know about your family’s new pet, the happier and healthier that pet will stay

Get Hands-On with Reptiles before Deciding on a Pet

You can safely look at some of the creatures, like skinks, frogs, and turtles in your backyard without putting them in captivity. But a better way to get to know different reptiles is to visit them in person. Going to the zoo to visit with reptiles requires visiting them behind glass. But the best way to get up close and hands-on with reptiles is to visit them at a Reptile Encounters event!

The Reptile Encounters team is highly-trained to handle exotic creatures, and always willing to share their knowledge and passion for wildlife conservation. Their shows offer a one-of-a-kind experience with friendly animal presenters who can answer any question you have about the reptiles at their show. If you love animals and want to get hands-on with reptiles, then visit the Reptile Encounters website for more information about them.

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Quick Tips to Make Your Home Kid Friendly /2013/05/quick-tips-to-make-your-home-kid-friendly/ /2013/05/quick-tips-to-make-your-home-kid-friendly/#comments Thu, 23 May 2013 06:33:36 +0000 admin /?p=236 For kids, a home is an exciting new world to explore. This is a problem because there are plenty of danger around the house. Fortunately, there are a few quick tips that any homeowner can use to make their property more kid friendly. This way, children can still have fun while also staying safe.

Pick Up All Small, Loose Objects

All around your property there are plenty of small, loose objects. If a child swallowed any of these objects, it would be a serious choking hazard. Walk around the property and pick up any coins, buttons, batteries, nails, etc. Be sure to hide all bags and purses that may also contain loose ends.

Make Sure the Bathtub is Drained

Take extra precaution with the bathrooms. All it takes is a few centimetres of water for a child to drown. Make sure that there is no water leftover in the tub from past baths so this doesn’t happen.

Keep Toilet Lids Closed

Toilets are another drowning hazard for children, not to mention a breeding ground for germs. Go around the house and make sure all toilet lids are closed so the kids don’t dive in headfirst.

Set Up Cushions on Sharp Edges

As children run around the house, there’s a good chance someone will slip and fall. This can be very dangerous if you have sharp edges on tables or counters. An easy solution is to set up come couch cushions on these edges. This will soften any falls so the kids can get up and keep playing.

Move Poisonous Products Out of Reach

There are plenty of products around the house that can be quite poisonous if swallowed. Make sure to keep all chemical cleaners, medicines, cosmetics, and anything else that might be toxic up out of the reach of children. Definitely don’t leave cleaners under the kitchen sink because this is too easy for kids to reach.

Keep the Pets Under Control

Pets and small children don’t always mix well. If you have a well-trained animal that’s used to kids, it could be ok to have the pet play with the kids. It’s always a safer move though to keep the animals locked away until the children leave. You should also be sure to hide any food, bowls, or toys that belong to your animals because these are other chewing temptations for kids.

When it comes to children, a little preparation can prevent serious accidents. Keep these tips in mind to create a safe and kid friendly environment in your home.

This article was created by Domain real estate. Domain is part of the Fairfax Media Network and is one of Australia’s leading destinations for property seekers. We provide tools and information for buyers, sellers and renters Australia wide.

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Cooking with kids – safety tips /2013/03/cooking-with-kids-safety-tips/ /2013/03/cooking-with-kids-safety-tips/#comments Thu, 21 Mar 2013 10:44:37 +0000 admin /?p=221 Being a mom with a kid who hangs around the kitchen while you prepare the family meal is not always easy. Let’s say you are at the stove and the milk to which you have to mix the pudding powder has just boiled and your child has decided to hang themselves around your leg. In the next second you lose your balance, your child is laughing out loud on the floor while you watch as the milk spills over the edge of the stove. Situations like this can be very dangerous for you and for your kid but then again it doesn’t have to. Cooking while your kid is in the kitchen doesn’t have to be dangerous and if you follow the advice given in this article it can be a safe and fun experience.


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The child’s age determines which objects it may use in the kitchen and there are three basic levels of skills development for young children depending on age:

2-3 years – children can name and recognize things
3-5 years – children differentiate the quality and the type of things
4-6 years – children ordain, distribute processes with steps and understand.

Children 2-6 years

Through a game you can teach them to:

  • identify the hot, heavy or sharp objects in the kitchen while preparing a meal: show what bubbles in the boiling water, sharp knives, scissors, broken bottle or glass and an open-tin look like how to avoid accidents with knives, hot pots and appliances;
  • what they feel in their hands. For example, place a child’s hand on the warm, almost chilled oven’s door, or when you cook your favorite pasta with sufficient room between find out the warmth of the steam;
  • which sounds are present in the kitchen. Listen to sounds of boiling water, hissing steam from a teapot, ticking clock on the stove, the sound of electric mixers and toasters …

Children aged 7-13 years

No one can be completely sure that the child is not going to hurt themselves in the kitchen, but, as the people say: Better safe than sorry, it is wise to do some advance security measures.

Sharp and blunt objects – sometimes we are wrong in thinking that only sharp things are dangerous to children but blunt knifes can hurt children too because they cannot yet control it.

Secure grip – if the child uses a knife, it is recommended that they use knife with rubber grips that prevent slippage.

Preparation is important – for safe cutting a firm and straight surface or cutting board is important. It would be good if an adult cuts the large pieces of vegetables and fruit into smaller and place them on a cutting board before the child begins to cut into small pieces.

Washing and drying of sharp objects – it is recommended that parents wash all sharp objects. Older child can wash knives, but alert them to wash them immediately and do not leave them in the water in the sink where it is not easily seen.

Kitchen items and the age of the child

The child’s age determines which kitchen items it can use:

7-10 years – show them how to peel fruit or vegetable with peeling knife by holding their hand in yours, warn them to never place the knife towards them but always away from them.

11 years and over – most kids that age are able to cut with a knife slightly softer vegetables like zucchini or peel cucumbers, fruits such as bananas, hard boiled eggs, cheese.

13 years and over – kids of that age are ready for new challenges and they can use larger knives. Do not forget to warn them in time to slow down and keep an eye on them because their growing confidence can lead to recklessness.

For each case, however, do not forget to show the kids where the first-aid kit is and essential supplies in it.

All the time while cooking interact with the child. Explain to him what you are doing, play with them, ask them if they know what it is and what will result from it, if they guess correctly reward them – even with a kiss – and praise them when they correctly answer or complete something. Cooking in this way will become fun, and you’ll spend quality time with your child which will also learn to love a very useful skill.

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First Survival Swimming Lesson /2013/02/first-survival-swimming-lesson/ /2013/02/first-survival-swimming-lesson/#comments Mon, 25 Feb 2013 13:03:27 +0000 admin /?p=218 Teaching your child to swim is one of the major responsibilities as a parent. Take a look at this video and learn some basic baby swimming skills.

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Manners at Home for Kids /2013/01/manners-at-home-for-kids/ /2013/01/manners-at-home-for-kids/#comments Tue, 22 Jan 2013 02:50:39 +0000 admin /?p=198 chocolate-creamLearning how to teach manners at home for kids is definitely essential. Your children would appreciate to know and feel that you need their help, at the same time you are also able to teach them the value of hard work and sense of accomplishment. The kitchen is always one of the best places for you to start building a better relationship with them. Instead of sending them away as you prepare your daily meals, why not invite them to help you out? They will surely be delighted and thrilled to perform various tasks, but make sure those tasks are also appropriate for their age.

Setting the table
Ask your kids to set the table for you, but of course you will need to show them first how to get it done. This way, they will learn where to place the spoons and forks, as well as the other condiments. Their creativity will also be challenged, at the same time allowing them to entertain family roles and responsibilities.

Let them do the washing
Little kids will surely enjoy washing your fruits and vegetables. Not only will they enjoy the task, but they will also learn more about the different colors and shapes. See to it that they are provided with everything they need such as a lightweight container where they can put everything after washing them. They might also need paper towels to dry them up. You can also assign them to clean the dishes and cooking utensils, just make sure that you have taught them how to do it properly.

Chopping, Stirring and Mixing
If they’re old enough, you can teach them how to chop vegetables and other ingredients that you need. They will learn how to follow instructions, while also enjoying their new skills. Aside from chopping, they can also be responsibly for mixing and stirring some of the spices. If you’re preparing a salad, ask your kids to rip up the lettuce for you.

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The Busy Mom’s Guide to Keeping Baby Close on the Go /2012/03/the-busy-moms-guide-to-keeping-baby-close-on-the-go/ /2012/03/the-busy-moms-guide-to-keeping-baby-close-on-the-go/#comments Thu, 08 Mar 2012 06:46:09 +0000 admin /?p=141 baby wrapWith so much to get done in a day, busy moms may feel they have to choose between keeping up and spending precious time with baby. However, with the right tools, you can keep baby close all day and still check off your to-do list. Baby carriers allow you to hold baby with you while you use your hands for other tasks, and today there are many different styles available.

Whether you select a traditional wrap, sling, pouch or a more structured, back-pack style carrier, baby will have the comfort of being warm next to your body and hearing your heartbeat. Along with regaining use of both hands, you’ll benefit from simplifying outings with baby. Simply wearing your child eliminates the need for bulky strollers while you run errands.

Most styles of carriers adjust for your comfort and to grow with your baby, right from birth through the toddler years. Many allow you change baby’s position from your chest to your back or hip. Usually, simple adjustments will enable dad to use the same carrier, providing an opportunity for bonding. Some styles even can support more than one child. Even if you have an unusual body shape or a medical issue, such as back trouble, there is a solution that will work for you.

Comfort is most important, but with today’s products, there is no need to give up your sense of fashion. With beautiful fabrics and detailing, you’ll look great while you enjoy snuggling with your baby. Some styles are reversible for even greater fashion flexibility.

Baby wearing can make your day more productive and ease the stress of being a mom in today’s busy world. You can’t stop going, but with the right tools you can simplify your day and spend more time being close to your baby.

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How to Find a Nanny? /2011/11/how-to-find-a-nanny/ /2011/11/how-to-find-a-nanny/#comments Tue, 15 Nov 2011 10:02:19 +0000 admin /?p=94 There are four effective strategies that one can use to try and find a nanny. These strategies are listed as follows:

1. Referrals
Friends, families and acquaintances can provide great referrals. This is actually a very good method that one can use to get a nanny. By getting a good reference from a source that you trust, you can feel comfortable with the choice of nanny that you get. However, it is important to acknowledge the fact that getting a perfect fit is not possible and many are the times when people have to settle for something less. However, it is possible to train the nanny so as to match the standards that you need. These jobs are quite delicate and require a lot of supervision.

2. Nanny Agencies
Nanny agencies have been used for the longest time possible. They end one’s long search for a nanny. Many highly qualified nannies are registered with agencies in a bid to get nanny jobs. It is important to ensure that you deal with a reputable agency. Compare the terms and conditions of different agencies before making a final decision.

The starting point is to look for nanny agencies that are located to your residential area. Once you have met with the agency, you will be required to get in to a contract with them. Usually the agencies charge a fee that ranges from ten to fifteen percent of the nanny’s annual income.

3. Classified ads
Some people will place classified ads for child care jobs and hence it provides a platform for one to identify a suitable nanny.

4. The internet
There are several online agencies that can provide you with a nanny for a fee. They try and meet the client’s needs by ensuring that they provide them with the most suitable nanny.

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Keeping Your Children Busy With Fun Projects /2011/11/keeping-your-children-busy-with-fun-projects/ /2011/11/keeping-your-children-busy-with-fun-projects/#comments Tue, 15 Nov 2011 09:37:11 +0000 admin /?p=90 Everyone wants to keep children entertained with kids activities. There are all kinds of different ways to do this if you use your imagination. Kids will willingly try new things if it looks fun and entertaining. Usually, you can just take a box of crayons and some paper and they will color and draw all day.

Another way to fill their time is with some colorful construction paper, scissors, and glue or paste. Most kids love
cutting out shapes and pasting them to cardboard or other papers. You can also use glitter and beads to add to the fun.

One of great activities for kids is painting. Kids love to paint. It can be a change from crayons, and they can even be more creative.

You can always find some projects from craft stores. They have many different types of jewlery making kits that include all the supplies you need.

Puzzles are another activity that they can enjoy. Puzzles are not only fun, but they can be educational and challenging as well. They also have 3D puzzles that can entertain for hours and you can display them on shelves or tables when they are finished.

Everyone loves board games, and it is something you can enjoy with your kids too and make it a family night of fun.
Flash cards and word games are not too expensive to buy and will keep their young minds active and busy while teaching them at the same time.

It does not take much imagination or money to find some kids activities to entertain your children whether it is a rainy afternoon, or at a birthday party, they are bound to have fun!

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The Impact of creativity on kids /2011/07/the-impact-of-creativity-on-kids/ /2011/07/the-impact-of-creativity-on-kids/#comments Wed, 13 Jul 2011 09:39:51 +0000 admin /?p=173 Excerpt from Pablo Picasso on creativity: “Others have seen what is and asked why? I have seen what could be and asked why not?”

Studies have shown over the past few decades that developing a child’s creativity is essential for his overall aspects in the emotional, mental, physical and spiritual growth status. According to a group of psychologists in California who conducted a long-term research on families with less creative children and on families with creative children, strict and disciplinarian parents tend to have children with lesser creativity compared to parents who value their children’s ideas and imaginations. These children who are more open to their parents tend to have a healthy emotional well being, granting that upon growing up, they can decide on their own without depending on their parent’s decision. These kids can easily open up to self expression in the form of various talents like arts and music. Mentally, they are more curious and as most kids love to explore, they gain a wide array of knowledge from their inquisition. And as adults, they develop the skills of leadership, a sense of diplomacy and are able to adapt to the environment and among other individuals. Children who are more exposed through play are free from pressure from the conditions of adults since they can be themselves. Allowing children to play creatively and freely allows them to develop their potentials and be aware of their unique skills and imaginations. Unleashing creativity in kids gives them positive and happy memories of their childhood.

By definition, the creative process and the creative thinking of children has a broader aspect and includes thinking outside the box. According to an article in NFER who summarized a group of research studies on developing creativity in children, creative learning involves problem solving skills, imagination, uniqueness and originality, productivity and the ability to acquire a sense of self esteem. All children have the capabilities to explore and readily learn to new things. Parents, teachers and care givers portray a great role in the creative thinking of their children and students by being more attentive to their ideas. Encouraging these opportunities can build self esteem on these kids.

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When adults ask kids /AskKids.htm /AskKids.htm#comments Fri, 22 Apr 2011 13:42:33 +0000 Marcus /?p=32 When adults ask kids questions about sex and love, they may not ask them in the best way to promote communication. Often adults ask kids questions with implied or indirect meanings instead of just asking the question clearly. Kids respond to questions differently if they feel they are being spoken to honestly. They also respond more honestly when the questions asked are done with direct communication. This is true with most persons in general, but kids usually will not play games with communication. That is unless it is done to them first.

More often young people will mimic what they see or feel from others. This is especially true when it comes to adults, parents and authority figures. So if you want an honest response from any modern kids, it is best that you ask an honest question. Also try not to ask things that you already know the answer to, this is a kind of manipulation and makes for threatening communication. In general remember you are the adult, so you set the tone for any communication that you have with the kids in your life.

Making yourself clear and asking what is really on your mind is usually best.

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