Tamara from Mamarazzi & Co. always posts extremely informative tips and tricks on how to make everyday photos unforgettable memories.
Recently, she posted her tips on how to get a toddler interested in looking at the camera when you want to take a picture:
I hate to admit it, but there is definitely a reason cheesy mall photographers have giant stuffed animals they wave frantically above their heads. Sometimes, gimmicks are totally necessary.
This is an oldie, but I told Ben here (my bestie’s oldest boy, and two at the time) that there was a fish swimming in my lens, and could he find it for me. He caught on pretty quick, but I managed to get a few of these just for fun before losing his faith and trust in mankind for good.
If she’s saying nuh-uh, you’ve definitely got a steeper hill to climb. You could try:
Showing her a picture frame and asking her if she’d like to help you put an extra special picture in it, one even more extra special than the rest, and to help she has to look up, smile nice, or whatever you’re hoping for.
Showing her a photo album and asking what photo she’d like to see in there next.
Approach the task at hand at her most amenable and happy time of the day.
Ask her to play ‘peek-a-boo’ with the camera around a corner while you’re ready and waiting to snap away.
Ask her where she’d like to have her picture taken, and let her choose the setting such as her bed, the backyard, etc.
I have a camera that I got at a yard sale for $2 that doesn’t work, but I let kids under 4yrs play with. I let them “take” a picture of me, and then me of them, back and forth and turn it into a game they feel a part of. We just sit across the floor from each other and I make like I’m shocked if they try to shoot me before their turn, which usually results in giggles.
Change and surprise by the angle, meaning get down on the floor with her to play or try an aerial shot.
Get your settings perfected on an inanimate object before turning your attention to her every time so she doesn’t tire while you sort your buttons.
Ride it out. Could and probably is a stage, and it should pass. In the meantime, keep taking a billion and one pics but keep it light, fun and not ‘in her face’ so she doesn’t start to feel it’s a chore.
Have any toddler photos or tips of your own for us to try? We’d love to hear from you!
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Calling all parents and caregivers! You are responsible for children’s sun-safety, so be sure to brush up on your knowledge of sunscreen this year! According to Health Canada, “Exposure to UVA and UVB radiation can cause skin damage, eye damage and weaken the body’s immune system.” But our bodies need vitamin D, so exposure to UV rays also helps us pump up our vitamin D too.
Parents and caregivers play an important role in the development of sun-safe habits. Everyone wants to stay outside, playing all day and enjoying the sun. That’s ok, but be sure to take steps to protect yourself and the kids for the future.
Try to time your outdoor time before 11am or after 4pm, when the sun is the least harmful
If you’re out in prime-time, stay in the shade as much as possible; if you’re in the sun, cover up to protect your skin
Use sunscreen that’s SPF 15 or higher and ‘Broad Spectrum” for protection against UVA and UVB rays
Apply 20 minutes before you go out, and reapply 20 minutes after you’re out to ensure proper coverage
If you go swimming or work up a sweat, reapply often to ensure you’re always covered
Make sure you get all the sensitive parts: lips, ears, nose… and feet if you’re like me!
Remember these tips to ensure that you can have fun all summer!
About this Cookie’s Kids Mom
Martha Scully is the owner and founder of CanadianSitter.ca and CanadianNanny.ca. When she is not helping thousands of parents across Canada find childcare, she is raising her two busy daughters in beautiful Nanaimo, BC. She has been featured on CanadaAM, in Today’s Parent, the Globe & Mail, as well as being selected as the 2008 SavvyMom Entrepreneur of the Year.
Wicked Good Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding Cups. They’re from the book, Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey Treats for Kids by Jill O’Connor and just as good as their name states. Jill sent me and my niece a copy of her book as a little thank you for a post I did inspired by her Cheesecake Pops. We had a hard time deciding which recipe to try first, but we kept coming back to these pudding cups. They were really fun to make and even more fun to eat. You’ll see what I mean in a minute. And the best part… I didn’t have to do any of the work. My little helper did it all.
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A Vancouver mom sends this question: “Sometimes pre-teens and teens can throw their own version of a tantrum: out of control, yelling, slamming doors or worse. What’s the best method to help defuse this situation in an older child (short of handcuffs) and turn it into a life-learning moment?”
For an answer, I turned to Allan Cordova, a child psychologist at The Children’s Program, a private clinic in Southwest Portland, and a father himself.
Cordova says the best time to think about defusing an adolescent tantrum is before it happens. “Prevention is often the best strategy,” he says. “Once something’s up and running, it can be really difficult to change the course of it.”
Setting ground rules: Parents may want to consider tackling the issue of tantrums when their teens are in a good mood and open to talking. Cordova recently counseled a teen and a parent who agreed to use a “safe word” during disagreements: “If either one of them says it, that’s going to be a signal that they need to take a step back and calm down,” like the bell in a boxing match signaling the combatants to go to their corners.
Parents also need to keep an eye out for patterns — are there certain situations that trigger tantrums? If so, there may be something deeper going on that needs to be addressed, perhaps professionally, Cordova says.
How to defuse: Cordona has a few “don’ts” for parents who find themselves in the midst of a tantrum: