Monday, January 26, 2009

How to Encourage Kids to Read Books

Aside from providing entertainment, books can provide learning and good moral values to your kids. Encouraging them to read is an important thing for their mind and personality development.

Below are some tips to encourage your young ones to read:

1. Let your kid select a book to read. If he is uncertain what to choose, you can recommend some interesting subjects. Fiction as well as informative books like science, biographies and history might also be of their interest.

2. Reading a story book to your child before bedtime is another great method.

3. Going to a public library allows your child to open his interest in books. Bringing him with you in a bookstore is also a great routine.

4. Be the role model for your child. Let him see that you have interest in books. Set a time to read your favorite book while your kid reads also.

5. Help your child to develop his vocabulary by introducing new words on a regular basis and use them in a sentence.

6. Allow your young ones to create his won mini library by putting shelf for his favorite reading materials.

7. If he is done reading a story book, you can have a small discussion for better understanding of what he read.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

President’s Letter to His Daughters

Below is part of the letter written by President-elect Barack Obama for his daughters. I just want to share this to give people an idea what kind of father is President Obama to his family. This can give also a glimpse to what kind of father that all Americans and the world has now.

"When I was a young man, I thought life was all about me—about how I'd make my way in the world, become successful, and get the things I want. But then the two of you came into my world with all your curiosity and mischief and those smiles that never fail to fill my heart and light up my day. And suddenly, all my big plans for myself didn't seem so important anymore. I soon found that the greatest joy in my life was the joy I saw in yours. And I realized that my own life wouldn't count for much unless I was able to ensure that you had every opportunity for happiness and fulfillment in yours. In the end, girls, that's why I ran for President: because of what I want for you and for every child in this nation."


the letter can be seen on parade.com

Monday, January 19, 2009

America’s Most Visited Museums

If your kids love to explore different things that surround them, going to a museum will suffice their curious minds. Aside from entertainment and fun, your family can get additional knowledge about the history, arts and culture with wonderful things featured in a museum.

Here are the 25 most visited museums in America that your family can visit.

1. Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C.
2. Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum, Washington D.C.
3. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
4. Metropolitan Museum, NY
5. American Museum of Natural History, NY
6. National Museum of American History
7. Museum of Modern Art, New York
8. Field Museum, Chicago, IL
9. Museum of Science, Boston
10. Ellis Island Immigration Museum, New York
11. Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian
12. De Young Museum, San Francisco
13. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C.
14. California Science Center, Los Angeles, CA
15. Chicago Museum of Science and Industry
16. The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, Los Angeles
17. The Art Institute of Chicago
18. Indianapolis Children's Museum
19. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
20. Franklin Institute Science Museum, Philadelphia
22. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
23. Pacific Science Center, Seattle, WA
24. St. Louis Science Center, St. Louis, MO
25. Smithsonian's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA

list from forbestraveler.com

Friday, January 16, 2009

Children’s Interest in Video Games

Playing video games is a popular hobby among children. Whether boy or girl, a young child can be addicted in this kind of entertainment. But playing video games is not actually a bad thing; it depends on the nature of the game, whether it contains violent actions or not.

If your child wants to play video games, here are some ideas to protect your their welfare and interest:

1. Know what games are available. You may check the internet to find reviews that can help you in selecting the perfect game for your kid.

2. Put limitations in using the game console in your home. In this way, your child can find other interesting activities that are more beneficial like reading books, drawing, and creating crafts.

3. Always check the content and maturity rating of the available games. Games containing brutal acts are not suitable for the children. Adventure and mind games are great and entertaining as well.

4. Make a list of games that you think not good for your kids So, the next time you will buy, you already know what to avoid.

5. If you are still uncertain about the game, try plying it to find out if it is kid-friendly game or not.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Internet Safety Tips for Your Kids

Internet is the easiest way to get information on almost anything. It is also a tool for entertainment where your kids can play computer games, watch movies online and get connected with their friends. But exposing to the open world of Internet can cause risk in the welfare of your children.

But don’t worry, below are safety tips for your kids when browsing the Internet:

1. Instruct your kids to never give personal information such as your name, address and telephone to someone they chat.

2. Block inappropriate content. Most Internet browsers offer that kind of features where you can set some restrictions.

3. Place the computer in an open area. In this way, you can supervise what he/she is doing.

4. Don’t give your password or User’s ID to your kids because they might pretend to be you.

5. Use filtering systems so you can limit the websites that your kids can open. There are available software programs on the internet that you can get for free.

6. As much as possible, assist your kids in browsing the World Wide Web especially if they have homework, you are not only helping them but also keeping them away from malicious content on the web.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Top Books for Young Children

Aside from playing, reading books is a great activity for children. This will not only keep them occupied but also provide them better learning plus good moral values that will help them to have a pleasing personality.

Here are some books that are perfect for children ages 4 to 8 years old:

The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish
The Art Lesson by Tomie De Paola
How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Love You Forever by Robert N. Munsch
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
The Mitten by Jan Brett
Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
Math Curse by Jon Scieszka
Are You My Mother? by Philip D. Eastman
The Napping House by Audrey Wood
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by John Archambault
The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Ways to Teach Kids to Keep the House Clean

Encouraging the children to clean the house could be not so easy for parents. Kids will love to play, watch TV or play computer games rather than cleaning their rooms.

Here are some simple ways to teach your young ones to maintain the proper sanitation and orderliness inside your home:

1. Place a trash bin in each room and have a set day to clear it by your kids.
2. Set a cleaning routine for your children. For instance, your daughter will wash the dishes in the evening and if you have son, he will be in-charge of cleaning the garage or garden.
3. Teach your children to pick up toys and put them in the proper place after playing.
4. Assist them in organizing their clothes in the cabinet or drawer.
5. Have everyone take part in clearing and cleaning the table after a meal. This will be another fun activity for your family.
6. Teach your children to put dishes straight into the sink. This method will keep the kitchen counter clean most of the time.
7. Add fun during cleaning so your kids won’t feel bored. For example, let them play with the duster while wiping out the dust and dirt in your furniture.
8. Teach your kids to organize their own beds in the morning.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Great Family Traditions to Add This New Year

The New Year can signify the start of a new beginning for your family. It is a great time to add or establish some good traditions that can spice up the daily life of your family. Here are some ideas that can help you get started:

1. Creating a family yearbook is also a nice way to preserve the precious moments in your family from the past year. You can ask your kids for assistance for more fun and excitement.

2. A family that plays together will stay together. Aside from computer, game consoles and other hi-tech gadgets, there are more effective and fun ways to play with your kids such as board games, card games, charades, scavenger hunt and other kiddie games.

3. If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to get fit, why not include your kids. It is very healthy to encourage your children in some fitness activities. You don’t need to take them with you in the gym, swimming and dancing are just some activities that can make your family physically fit.

4. Make family dinners a regular part in your everyday meal. This dinner provides a way to communicate with your kids and teaching them good values that can help them grow as well-rounded person.

5. Helping your children to budget their own allowances can help them understand the value of money. This can also help you put them on path of stable financial future.

6. Plan a family activity once a week or month. Set aside your all commitments for one day and just have bonding time with your children.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Famous Amusement Parks continued...

Six Flags New England - Massachusetts
Deer Acres Storybook Amusement Park -Michigan
The Park at MOA (Formerly Knott's Camp Snoopy)- Minnesota
Dentzel Carousel (Highland Park) - Mississippi
BigShot Amusement Park - Missouri
Big Sky Waterpark - Montana
Harold Warp's Pioneer Village - Nebraska
Adventuredome - Nevada
Santa's Village - New Hampshire
Bowcraft Amusement Park - New Jersey
Cliff's Amusement Park - New Mexico
Colonial Village Family Fun Park - New York
Ghost Town In The Sky- North Carolina
Thunder Road Family Fun Park - North Dakota
Coney Island Amusement Park - Ohio
Bell's Amusement Park - Oklahoma
The Oaks Amusement Park - Oregon
DelGrosso’s Amusement Park - Pennsylvania
Adventureland of Narragansett - Rhode Island
Family Kingdom - South Carolina
Flintstones Bedrock City - South Dakota
Putt Putt Memphis - Tennessee
Sandy Lake Amusement Park - Texas
Lagoon - Utah
Bromley Mountain Thrill Zone -Vermont
Kings Dominion - Virginia
Wild Waves Theme Park - Washington
Valley Worlds of Fun - West Virginia
Bay Beach Amusement Park - Wisconsin
Bozeman Crossing Cowboy Carousel - Wyoming

Find all the famous amusement parks, here..

Friday, January 2, 2009

America's Famous Amusement Parks

Holidays are great times to be with your loved ones. Thus, this is also a wonderful time to have bond and play with your children. And since the holiday is not yet over, there are just so many things that you can do to make them happy and bonding moments more memorable.

If you’re not on a not so tight budget, you may want to bring the kids to some theme parks nearby. Here are some of the well known and most visited amusement parks where you can spell “family fun” with total excitement and satisfaction.

Adventureland Theme Park- Alabama
Pioneer Park – Alaska
Enchanted Island – Arizona
Magic Springs & Crystal Falls, Arkansas
Adventure City - California
Lake Compounce Amusement Park, Connecticut
Gateway Park Fun Center- Colorado
Blue Diamond Park – Delaware
Dinosaur World - Florida
American Adventures, Georgia
Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park, Hawaii
Silverwood Theme Park, Idaho
Blackberry Farm's Pioneer Village, Illinois
Columbian Park, Indiana
Adventureland, Iowa
Wild West World, Kansas
Kentucky Action Park, Kentucky

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year, world!!!

If you, just like me, missed the New Year's celebration in Times Square, then this video can bring you back to the most touching waiting moment for 2009. Though we missed half of our lives because we have not been a part of this, we must still thank the technology, YouTube and people who uploaded this video.

Happy New Year everyone!!! May we all be strong and blessed all through out the year. God Bless America and rest of the world.