Beyond flash card : how to do the infant visual stimulation in fun and creative ways.

Written by Dian Dewi

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But wait, research has also shown that newborn can only focus their eyes on objects between 8-12 inches away from them. Therefore, try to stay within that boundary when you interact with your baby.

Beyond newborn.

Around 2 months, your baby will be able to move from highly contrasting colors to bright bold colors. Your baby will also enjoy faces and is ready to see a moving object in addition torepparttar stationary one.

Here are some activities to try:

- Activity withrepparttar 145238 play gym or baby mobiles: place your baby on her back and putrepparttar 145239 play gym or baby mobile on her. Moverepparttar 145240 toys like a pendulum. - Activity with rattle or other objects: moverepparttar 145241 baby rattle from left to right, or up and down. - Mirror: show your baby her face. Enhance this activity by pointing her facial features and talk about them.

When your baby’s around 5 months, train your baby’s eyes to focus even more.

These following exercises will assist your baby to develop concentration and enhancerepparttar 145242 curiousity . - Playrepparttar 145243 peekaboo with your baby. - Play with a yo yo and encourage your baby to seerepparttar 145244 yo yo movement. - Dribble or throw a ball. Encourage your baby to followrepparttar 145245 ball's movement. . - Follow-a-spool activity: roll a spool of thread towards your baby and then move it torepparttar 145246 opposite direction (i.e. farther from her). Let your baby's eyes followrepparttar 145247 movement. - Put a little ball or marble inside a big bowl. Tiltrepparttar 145248 bowl and move it around, so thatrepparttar 145249 ball moves aroundrepparttar 145250 bowl. Show this to your baby and let your baby's eyes followrepparttar 145251 movement. - Play a simple hide and seek game with your baby.

If your baby has been properly visually stimulated, by 8 months, your baby should have completed her visual development and has a good vision.

Dian Dewi is a mom and webmaster of Best Child Toys, a website which provides guidance on how to choose toys which are fun, safe and educational. This website also contains tips on how to use toys to maximize child's development.

Are Your Kids Driving You Crazy? How Character Building Charts Keep You Sane

Written by Jean Tracy

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·Wrote out age-appropriate chores for Sammy

·Created a chart to help build his character

·Worked with Sammy to choose a goal for his chart

Sammy’s mother learned that goals must be clear, simple, and positive. Atrepparttar top of Sammy’s chart he wrote, “My goal is to do my own work and then help others.”

Sammy’s mom strengthed her bond with Sammy by:

·Offering stickers for his chart

·Creating a cost-free bonding activity list

·Offering Sammyrepparttar 145237 choice of a bonding activity to do together when he earned a certain number of stickers

Oncerepparttar 145238 chart was created, they posted it onrepparttar 145239 refrigerator. Sammy’s mom knew she had to encourage his improvements by:

·Being consistent in rewarding Sammy.

·Offering his stickers soon after he completed a task

·Scheduling his bonding activity soon after he earned enough stickers

Because Sammy’s mom was positive and consistent in rewarding him, he went from being Sammyrepparttar 145240 Slacker to becoming Sammyrepparttar 145241 Helper. His teacher sent home reports of improvement and, slowly but surely, Sammy made friends.

Whether you have a Billyrepparttar 145242 Blamer, a Grettarepparttar 145243 Greedy, or a child with some other problem behavior, consider using CHARACTER-BUILDING CHARTS. You’ll be teaching your child responsibility, self-discipline, and teamwork. You’ll even enjoy finding out who lives in your house. You’ll be saner and happier and you’ll be building character too.

Character Building Charts and a Bonding Activities List have been created for your convenience.

Jean Tracy,MSS, helps parents and teachers raise awesome kids with solid characters. Jean is a former teacher, probation officer and child/family counselor. She is now an author, a speaker, and an award winning Distinguished Toastmaster. You will find her book, Character Building on BackTalk Street, her Character Building Charts, her parenting products, and FREE bonding activities, parenting tips, and parenting articles at,

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