Though this is for bigger kids…

Do you know this guy?
Richard Feynman
To some extent he has been a master when it comes to how to play with kids.
Even though here we are talking about slightly older kids.
It depends though on how you define a child.
Someone younger than you? Someone who can call you a dad or mom? Someone who can learn from you? Someone between 0 and 16 years of age? Someone eager to learn whatever their age is or someone willing to try even though they know they might fail?

This gentlemen was a master. And in a few ways I will always feel like a child. So if you want to learn or let your kids learn interesting stuff in a slightly different way, now you can – as they mentioned here – do it for free. And I’m pretty sure you and they will reap all the benefits. So happy learning from a great teacher Richard Feynman at http://www.feynmanlectures.caltech.edu/ !

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This one is actually misnamed ;-)

It’s called starfall but as far as I am concerned it should be named star rise or something along that line.

starfall.com is a nice website to help your children to read (in English). Now if that has anything with falling… ;-) Reading is a basic skill opening a completely new horizon for your child. And every time the moment a preschool child can read I think a star is born ;-)

Check it out at www.starfall.com

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What a Mess

If you think you see a mess in the room of your child, you might just mistake a higher level order you do not understand for a mess. It might take time until you understand it but you can already get used to it now. :-)

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More than 25 tips which will improve your life

There are actually 26 of them ;-) A few of these tips might be common sense but you will find some of them to be really life changing.
Read them all and let us know which one was the one you liked the most, you needed the most or are already using it with great success!

If you just want to get the one related to your kids and to save time, just skip to tip number 21.
Thanks to Kenneth Dunstan Kundaya for sharing them with us!

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The piano is maybe not the right thing

School and family are two completely different social systems. It is normal that your child will play a completely different role in each one of them.
For example you can have a bright, cooperative and happy child at home while at school your child can be a dictator. Or just the other way around.
Every social system will have its own rules and while some behavioral patterns of your child will show up in most of the social systems some will be tied up to specific environments.
It won’t be any surprise that you might be surprised by what a teacher of your child can tell you about your child.
Things you are familiar with, just as well as those that you won’t recognize at all.

My advice: talk to the teachers and carefully listen to what they say about your child.
Not only can you early detect things that can later develop into something you would not like.
You can also spot talents of your child which normally do not surface in your home environment.
Maybe the piano you had in mind for your child isn’t the right thing considering the amazing pictures she draws at school…

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In the end, great marriages produce great parents

If you think you already know how to play with kids, how can you be a better parent?
Tyler Ward has a great answer.
One of the keys to the great parent in you is very simple. Find out more at 3 Things I Wish I Knew Before We Got Married by Tyler Ward.

PS: special attention to #3 ;-)

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How to peel 5 apples under 30 seconds – kitchen hacks

Impossible? Here is a way ;-)
How to peel 5 apples under 30 seconds

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Job applicants for World’s Toughest Job get a big shock

This might seem unrelated but I promise you will love the article and the video. First read the job requirements, then watch and enjoy!
Where? Here: Job applicants for World’s Toughest Job get a big shock

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How to cut tomatoes – Kitchen hacks

How and where do you get time to play with your kids?
You can only put this much into one day.
24 hours.
And some of that you have to sleep.
Your time and my time as well is precious.

So… We cannot inflate a day.
But you can get some additional time here and there.

It always takes me a lot of time to cook. I like doing it but I am not a chef and compared to them I am very, very, very slow. Each trick I can learn with respect to quick cooking is welcome.

So is this cool trick with tomatoes. Isn’t it great?

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Don’t try it at home!

don't try it at home photo by Zahra photoCan you play with a newborn? Yes you can. Although, right here a small warning: Your baby is not a toy. You will play with it to satisfy his or her needs not yours.

If you will be playing with it, it is not because you feel like playing with a toy. It is because your baby needs you, your attention and your love.
A normal mother and father will feel affection and the need to share the precious moments with their baby.

It does not really matter if you give your newborn a baby massage, sing to it, count the fingers or change the diapers. The interaction, your voice, the tone of your voice, eye contact, physical contact, all these factors count. The baby knows you are there.
So how can you play with your newborn?
Talking to your baby is a very good start. Singing is also a very good idea.
You don’t have to dance but rhythmical movements can have calming effect.
Offering your thumb to be held by those little fingers can be equally rewarding for both sides.

As the baby grows and starts to recognize things around it you will see opportunities how to discover the world around you in a playful way. Gently swing the toys hanging from the crib carousel. Take the baby to the window, talk about what you see and point at things you are mentioning. Night lights are quite interesting to point to, just as airplanes and with some children cars. Every child is different, though and you will need to figure out what is interesting for your child. Experiment but make sure you are always in safe environment and the baby feels safe. For instance, I would not recommend throwing your baby into the air before it reached about 8 months.

One last comment here: Robin, our reader mentioned that once their baby started to smile, he loved it so much that he would mirror whatever the baby did for some time. But babies are natural gymnasts, don’t try to do what they do. They can do it. You cannot. Very much like a lot of those tricks you see on television with a warning “don’t try this at home”.

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