Digital Cameras – Family Memories

When I was a kid, cutting edge family picture taking meant instant pictures. In fact, when I was very young, I remember we bought a Kodamatic instant camera, the kind that was later discontinued by Kodak when they lost a parent infringement lawsuit to Polaroid. Then, the camera became useless because they no longer sold film for it. To entice people to buy Polaroid brand, that company offered some kind of discount or rebate of you turned in a Kodak instamatic camera.

Anyway, the great advancement with instant pictures was that you automatically knew if your pictures came out. Prior to instant photography, not only did you have to hope the pictures came out, but you also had to hope the developers didn’t lose them. In fact, that happened to my family on two important occasions. I still wonder what those people who received them did with the pictures from my high school graduation! Too bad there were no names on them or they might have found there way back years later due to the Internet.

Of course, the last five or six years has seen the explosion in digital photography which has been a huge advancement in the industry in so many ways. It is also a great thing for families because there really is no excuse why family events and memories can’t be easily preserved now. If you don’t have a digital camera at your family event, you are missing out.

Parenting Advice

I would like to introduce readers to Shirlee Smith, an expert who dispenses parenting advice through her website, television show, newspaper column, book, and parenting training workshops. Shirlee has had five children as well as been a foster parent to over a dozen more. Talk about parenting experience!

I love the title of her book. It’s called They’re Your Kids Not Your Friends.

Stop and think about it that for a moment. How often do you hear parents say that they want to be a friend to their kids? Much too often. I think Shirlee is on the right track with her attitude. Unfortunately, parents who try to take the friends route end up losing any sense of authority in the parent-child relationship. When that happens, the children may like their parents, but they won’t respect them in the sense that is necessary for proper child rearing.

Koosh Woosh Summer Fun

I went to the park the other day and dug out an old toy from my trunk. It was the Koosh Woosh, which is like a Frisbee, but instead of being made of hard plastic, it is a soft material with a more rigid rim. It kind of looks like a flat donut and it flies very well, but it is easier to catch than a traditional Frisbee.

If I remember correctly, you can also we the fabric to make it heavier and more fun on a hot summer day. In fact when I just looked it up online, I found references to people calling the item a Flying Soaker.

I was wondering why I don’t see more of them around. I thought maybe they weren’t manufactured anymore, but I was able to find one websites that still sells them. If these aren’t active when you’re reading this, you could also try eBay too.

Check for the Koosh Woosh here:
http://www.starmagic.com/Woosh-Flying-Frisbee.html

Role Models For Kids

“Role models” is a term I hardly ever hear anymore and I think that is a shame. People should definitely be thinking of who is modeling what behaviors that their kids might follow.

Do you really want your kids to follow some of the nonsense from some celebrities that get all the play in the media these days? Could you find a positive role model in the media if you tried? I’m afraid it would be very difficult at best.

Whether we use the term “role mode;” or not, kids are absorbing the behavior and attitudes of those around them. We used to think of it as a parent’s job to make sure good role models surrounded kids. These days, I’m not so sure anybody worries about it anymore.