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Losing a pet can be an emotionally exhausting and heartbreaking experience for your kids. The amount of love and care that your kids have given their pet makes the death hard for them to face. Help your kids cope with pet loss by joining them in their healing process.

  • Don’t cover the death. Lying to your kids about their pet’s death to save them from getting hurt is never a good idea. Don’t tell them that the pet ran away because make believe stories will only give kids false hopes. They may even blame themselves for being a bad pet owner and not loving their pet good enough.

  • Hold a funeral. Let your kids say goodbye to their pet for the last time. Bury the pet in the backyard and place a memorial marker for it. Your kids can also offer flowers and final messages to their beloved pet. Tell them that they can visit their pet’s tomb whenever they miss its company.

  • Make a pet memorabilia. Assist your kids in making an album or scrapbook in memory of their pet. Attach pictures, dog collars and toys of their pet. Your kids can also create drawings, poems and songs for their departed pet. Surprise your kids with print catalogs of their pet so they can look back at the fun times they had with their pet. Choose the perfect catalog printing materials that complement the personality of their pet.

  • Let them grieve. Encourage your kids to talk about their feelings towards the death of their pet to make them feel better. Don’t force them to move on and forget about the death. Remember that your kids need your support and understanding of the painful situation.

  • Don’t get a new pet right away. You might think that the best solution for your kids to cope with their pet’s death is a new replacement. Kids cope with death differently, and your kids may not be prepared to care and be affectionate to a new pet right away. So let them take their time before buying them a new pet.

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Building your child’s self-esteem starts at home. Kids realize their potentials with the support and encouragement that you give them. However, due to outside factors like peer pressure, media and discrimination; kids begin to see themselves as worthless individuals. You can help your child overcome his self doubt by enrolling him in dance classes.

Dance classes can serve as an instrument to help your child realize his self worth especially in a dance class with a healthy environment.

  • Enhance their talents: Kids with low self esteem are most likely to be hesitant to try new things, because of the fear of rejection. You can help your child overcome this fear by exposing him to an activity that can enhance his talents. As your child learns dance steps, he will realize that he can do things and be good at doing them.
  • Support team: Your child’s dance class instructor can give lots of encouragement for your child to help him excel in dancing. The praise that your child can get from the people in his dance class can help him develop pride and self respect. Ask relatives and friends to show their support to your child by sending him inspiring print postcards. This way your child will feel that people believe in his capabilities.

  • Develops social interaction: Dance classes can help your child build relationships with other kids. The friendships that he will find will give him a sense of belongingness and security. This will make relating to other people easier for your child. Teach your child to show appreciation for his new found friends by sending them postcard printing materials that he designed.

  • Learn from mistakes: Give encouragement to your child when he feels bad after missing the new dance steps. Let him know that it’s okay to make mistakes, because mistakes teach us valuable lessons. Teach him to always look at the brighter side of things so he won’t feel discouraged when he commits mistakes.

Acknowledge your child’s efforts and accomplishments after his dance classes everyday so he will be inspired to do better. Encourage and support your child so that he will have a positive attitude towards himself and his abilities.

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Introverts are often referred to as shy, unfriendly and anti-social. But the truth is introverts just enjoy spending time alone to think and explore their feelings and experiences. Most often, parents who have introverted children experience difficulty in dealing with them, because introverts are not fond of attending parties or participating in class recitations.

As parents, you want your kids to socialize with people to gain friends. But you also have to understand the unique characteristics of introverts to be able to know them better. Here are tips that can help you in raising an introverted child.                      

  • Don’t try to change your child. You might think of changing your child just to meet the norms of the society. But doing so will only make your child feel that he is different in a bad way. There is nothing wrong with being an introvert so never punish your child for being one.

  • Respect your child’s social preferences. Telling them to relate with people the way you do will not help. Let your child be comfortable the way he is. Introverts often have a few friends, because they feel drained when they are surrounded by many people.

  • Research on the activities where they can excel. Introverts do not like working in groups, so it would be best to give them activities where they can freely express themselves. Activities like writing, photography, reading and decorating can help introverts to excel. Try flyer printing and poster printing for your introverted child’s artworks. You can display your child’s artwork in his room so he can always see the products of his creativity.

  • Understand their unique personality. Erase all your negative perceptions about introverts, because they have wonderful layers to their personality that you can discover. Try communicating with your introverted child on a daily basis, so you will learn more about his unique trait.

Fear is normal in children since they are very vulnerable to scary thoughts such as monsters under their bed, ghosts in the dark and clowns eating children. Oftentimes, kids’ imagination and past experiences dictate their fear. Your child might be afraid of the dark because of the horror film that he saw on TV. It is best to determine why your kids are afraid of a certain object, place or people, so you can find ways to help them fight their fears. temper-tantrum

  • Expose kids to their fears. If your kids have a terrible fear with spiders, join them in reading books about these insects. You can also try watching TV shows or movies about spiders. Tell your kids that spiders are not harmful especially if they treat them nicely. This way, your kids will realize that there is no reason for them to be scared of spiders, because not all spiders hurt people. Put canvas prints of colorful spider artwork on their bedroom so they can look at the photos often. Exposing your kids to spiders will help them fight their fear.

  • Correct their misconceptions. Distinguish what’s real from make-believe fears. Kids are often afraid that monsters may be hiding in their closet. Let them know that monsters are not real by turning their lights off and checking their closet to see if there is any monster inside. Seeing that their closet does not have a monster inside will make them realize that monsters are not real. Avoid exposing your kids to horror films to get rid of their make-believe fears.
  • Be patient. Never force your kids to face their fears when they are not yet ready, because doing so will make it harder for you to help your kids overcome them. Be supportive to your kids and give them postcards that contain messages that inspire them to overcome their fears. Choose an over sized postcard size for your postcard design.
  • Do not belittle their fears. Never tell your kids to stop being such a coward, because they might think that you do not understand and care for them. You must understand that even if your kids’ fears are trivial, they also feel the same fear that adults have towards more mature fears such as fear of responsibility and death.

Perseverance is important in helping your kids succeed in their field of interests. And being good in what they do boosts your kids’ self-esteem, because success makes your kids feel that they have the enough capability and skill to perform a task.

Teaching your kids to persevere at a young age can help them carry this value until adulthood. This way, you can be confident that your kids are driven enough to achieve their goals and dreams.

  • Teach them how to set goals. This will give your kids a sense of direction in life. Goals help your kids to be motivated to work harder in order to succeed. Tell your kids that achieving their goals requires lots of effort and patience. For instance, if your kid wants to be a part of the basketball team, tell him that he must spend enough time practicing the sport to enhance his skills.

  • Encourage them. Tell your kids that it is okay to fail, because failing teaches them lessons that they can use to do better. If you notice that your kids are starting to feel discouraged, give them an example of a role model that they can follow. The role model can be an athlete, a celebrity or even a relative who strived hard to achieve their goals. The role model’s experiences can inspire your child to challenge himself to do better and not be afraid of failure.

  • Get them involved in different activities. Arts and crafts are the ideal activities to help your kids learn how to persevere. Your kids can try postcard and poster design to enhance their creativity. Let them choose a standard postcard size that they can use for their artworks. You can also enroll your kids in baking classes, taekwondo or ballet.
  • Acknowledge their effort. Giving your kids thumbs up for their hard work and effort will make them feel that their abilities are appreciated. Your kids will now give their very best to be good at their skills because they know that you acknowledge their effort. You can use a standard poster size to show your support for your kids on their ballet recital or baseball game.

You may find it difficult to get your kids to exercise, because they would rather sit in front of the television or play video games all day than to spend 30 minutes exercising. And explaining the good benefits of exercise to their bodies will only bore them, making it hard for you to convince them to stretch their muscles. However, you can get your kids to exercise regularly with fun exercise activities.

  • Go biking. Biking helps kids to strengthen their leg muscles and develop good posture. Kids can also ride their bikes when they visit their friend’s house or when they go to the park to play. If your kids are too lazy to go biking, buy them new bikes in their favorite color. Make biking a family weekend activity by riding your bikes to visit the park or to go around the neighborhood.

  • Walk your dog. Ask your kids to walk Barney to the park. This is a good form of exercise not just for your kids but for your pet as well. Let your kids bring a ball or Frisbee disc that they can play with your dog. Walking the dog also serves as a healthy bonding activity for your kids and dog.
  • Try yoga for kids. Yoga allows your kids to relax and improve their flexibility. Enroll your kids in a yoga class. Check out print brochures of yoga classes for kids in your neighborhood. You can also buy them an instructional video so they can do yoga at home.

  • Wash the car with dad. Let your kids help dad clean the car. Washing the car with dad also allows your kids to spend quality time with their dad. They can share funny stories while washing the car. Your kids will feel accomplished the moment they see the car shiny and clean.

  • Learn hip-hop dancing. Dancing can help kids discover their talents and exercise their muscles. Look at brochure printing materials of hip-hop classes where you can enroll your kids. Hip-hop dancing classes can also allow your child to learn and interact with other kids.

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A sweet sixteen party marks the transition of a girl into a young lady. It is often attended by her closest friends and relatives who have watched her grow into a fine young lady.

The celebration of a girl’s sixteenth birthday requires a theme that perfectly complements her personality and interests. Here are party ideas that you may want to try for your daughter’s sweet sixteen party.

  • Gossip Girl Party: Guests can dress up like Serena or Blair and don their most fashionable accessories and hairstyle. Get inspiration from the hit TV series and use Gossip Girl’s famous lines on the party invitation. Decorate the venue with classic and stylish materials like martini glasses and chandeliers.
  • Tropical Party: Set the tropical mood for your party with Hawaiian music and beach-inspired props like coconut trees, beach hut and artificial sand. Welcome your guests with colorful orchid leis and give them small bouquet of flowers as party favors.
  • Club Party: Hire a professional DJ to play club music on your daughter’s sweet sixteen birthday party. Decorate the venue with Hip-hop print posters and a graffiti wall where the guests can write their personal messages for the celebrant.

  • Denim Party: Create your own denim invitation with the use of denim fabrics and embellishments for a more interesting detail. You can also use denim fabrics as table cloths to design the party venue.

  • Hotel Spa Party: Turn your daughter’s sweet sixteen party into a time of relaxation and pampering with a hotel spa theme. Inquire about exclusive spa service from your favorite spa and just schedule a date for the party. You can give bath spa products as party favors for your guests.

  • Fashion Luncheon: Set up a catwalk for your daughter’s grand entrance and decorate the venue with posters of famous fashion icons and models like Kate Moss and Audrey Hepburn. Try poster printing to come up with huge posters for your daughter’s fashion luncheon.

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