Parenting Tips – Create A Photo Diary With Your Child

Here is a wonderful way to get your child reading and writing. I’ve used this with my own children and had a lot of fun together. We created a diary ‘A Day In The Life Of….’ This is how we did it.

1. Pick a day when you know that you will have a lot of time together. Get your camera (digital is better) and your notepad ready. Have some activities planned for that day.

2. As soon as your child wakes up start taking photographs! You can take some at that special, quiet time before they wake up. I’m assuming you will be awake before your child – not often the case with young children who are wide awake as soon as the sun shines.

3. Take photos all day long. Let your child take pictures too. Make notes of what you have done throughout the day. Ask your child to make notes too. I know this seems obvious but by the time you’ve got to the end of the day you may have forgotten exactly what your child had for lunch.

4. Have special activities such as baking, dressing up, painting etc. Try to fit some exciting events into your day. Also, include the more mundane ones like brushing teeth etc. Don’t forget to take one of that special, quiet time when your child goes to sleep.

5. The day after, or whenever you have time, print the photos out. Let your child stick them onto plain pieces of paper. They can have fun working out the order in which they go – this is when your notes come in handy. Underneath each photo ask your child to describe what’s happening and to write it down. Depending on their age, they might need help with writing.

6. Make a book out of these pages. Give it a proper feel by providing a book cover and title. You can even put a blurb on the back page.

When I did this with my eldest daughter we created a book that became a treasured item. She showed it to everyone who came to the house. She even took it to school for show and tell. Even though she’s nearly 16 she still loves this book. Of course, it makes me go teary eyed with emotion every time I see it.

I hope you enjoy this activity. It could become a regular occurrence in your child’s life. The older they get the more complex their photo diaries can become.

Make A Pregnancy Diary And Turn It Into A Video Production!

Here is a great way to record your passage through pregnancy to the birth of your beautiful baby – create a video production from still shots.

While making a standard video of your nine-month journey would require a lot of editing to turn it into an often-watched item, having just a 6-8 minute snapshot is sure to be watched over and over again.

Most of us have seen some great videos posted on YouTube and Facebook – events and activities people want to share with their friends and even the rest of the world. There is now an excellent piece of technology that shows you step by step how to finesse your video showcase and then upload it to these sites. This is such an easy way of sharing your photos in a way that tells a story.

Here, in a nutshell, is what you need to do to prepare your own video presentation about your pregnancy. Firstly it might be nice to have a baby photo of both mum and dad scanned, along with perhaps a wedding photo if applicable. Save these pictures to a folder on your computer that you create for the project. Then start taking photos of various stages of your pregnancy – quite often you can get a digital image of an ultrasound picture of your bub in utero!

As you prepare your nursery, photos of this can be included, along with those from a baby shower if you have one. As mum’s tummy grows, more photos should be added to the file. Take notes of any milestones, i.e. the date of the first ‘flutter’, first kick, first time dad felt the baby move. All precious moments. This information can be added as signboards throughout the video presentation.

The collection of photos will culminate in photos of a beautiful new baby, and some very proud parents.

To compile your video record of the pregnancy, most of us will already have the basics installed in our computers. If you are running Windows XP the software to create the ‘bones’ of the project are there now, free. If you have saved your pictures to a dedicated file, it will take you no time at all to bring the project together. This is a really nice way for mum to fill in those last weeks of waiting, waiting.

Each photo will become a ‘frame’ in your video presentation. The software allows you to have each frame timed differently, with special effects like fading into and out of each frame. It is really easy to do and a lot of fun.

But to make this project (and it won’t be your last!) into a really polished video, purchasing a copy of a product such as Video Showcase Creator is well worth it. With this application, you get step-by-step instructions (on video too) that show you how to add some finesse by adding a theme (baby, Christmas, birthdays etc), and adding some royalty-free music clips.

This software also shows you how to upload your video to sites like YouTube – so you can share your story with as many people as you like!

As your child grows you will use this new skill over and over again – it could even be the start of a home business for you if you choose to make these type of videos for others!

Going on Vacation? – Keep Your Memories Secure Forever in an Online Journal Or Diary

Here are some things you usually do on vacation no matter where you go:

– Take photos.

– Try new restaurants.

– Rent a room / condo.

– Buy groceries for the duration of your stay.

– Buy airline tickets if you are flying or gasoline if you are driving.

Those five things are pretty standard for any vacation, and I’m sure there are many more, so you can try to come up with a more exhaustive list customized for you.

The main point here is that each year you will typically forget how much you spent on your room, gasoline, airline tickets, groceries and so forth. You may have taken photos, but they are probably just stored on your computer somewhere, or you may have developed a few and stored them with the rest of your family photos in a box in the closet.

How great would it be to have everything centrally located that dealt with your vacations every year? You should consider chronicling your vacations in an online journal. With an online private journal, you can:

– Upload your vacation pictures, and put a description of each photo if you want.

– Record the best places to eat.

– Scan and upload your trip receipts, such as gasoline, airline tickets, room fees, groceries expenses and more. This will allow you to set a better budget for your next vacation.

Yes, it may take a little time to chronicle your vacation in a private online journal or diary, but you will be taking a trip down memory lane, and you will forever have access to a secure area that you can login to from year to year and remember how great your vacations have been.