There perhaps is nothing as rewarding as being a parent. It is incredible watching a young baby incapable of making endearing gurgling noise, eating ferociously, and filling diapers grow into a young adult. My son recently turned fifteen, and having a teenaged son, is like trying to navigate a mine field, blindfolded, carrying a tray of delicate porcelain teacups and attempting to jitterbug. Accidents and mishaps are inevitable. The trick, as I am slowly discovering, is to maintain the damage to a minimum. As I study his facial features now, I no longer see a young boy; I see the firm chin and piercing eyes of a determined young man. Although at this point I have not completely concluded precisely what he is determined at.
Quite why children love tricycles, scooters and bicycles is perhaps a slight mystery - do they like the feel of the air rushing past them, or the fact that they can move about quickly with relatively little effort? Almost certainly the appeal does not lie in the increased likelihood of them having scraped knees, cut elbows, a bump on the head and a missing tooth. However, since children do enjoy these modes of transport, and fathers do seem to enjoy launching their small children down the road armed only with a vague idea of what a brake handle looks like, toy manufacturers have managed to design a range of cycles to appeal to both boys and girls, and to all ages.
When you think of children's toys it is easy to imagine the fairly small collection of characters and gadgets lined up along the shelves in various toy shops and department stores. However, toys can be significantly larger, and in particular, those toys which can be used in the garden. If you are fortunate enough to have a garden or other outdoor space, then you may have considered the idea of purchasing some outdoor equipment for your child to play with. Playing inside is all very well, but children should be encouraged to get outdoors to play for several reasons. First of all, they are likely to be at less risk, or pose a reduced risk themselves, to items, ornaments and other paraphernalia around the house;
Some toys have their ups and downs, but none more so than the trampoline. It used to be the case that trampolines were limited to schools, gymnasiums and the seaside theme parks, but in recent years there have been miniature trampolines available for children, and even more recently much larger trampolines which have been almost adult sized. Ranging in size from just a couple of feet across to a full six feet in diameter, these have proved to be extremely popular with children of all ages, and with a few parents as well! Some of the smaller trampolines are simply designed to be kept indoors, and frequently have a hand rail to hold on to. Very small children, including toddlers, can use this to hold on to whilst they jump and bounce.
A train set is often bought for a little boy by his father, not always because the father genuinely believes his little boy really wanted a train set, but because the father really wanted a train set. However, there are many occasions when children, not just boys, are interested in train sets, and have a great deal of fun with them. Of course, like any other toy, they come in a variety of types, and if you are considering buying a train set, whether for you, for your child, or for your child to start with until they get bored and you 'reluctantly' have to take it over, then there are a few things to consider and bear in mind when looking to choose a suitable set.
Children love exploring at the beach - the combination of dry powdery sand, wet squidgy sand that can be moulded, and water is intriguing, and allows for endless experimentation, building, modelling and finding out about how things work and feel. Very often children also like building roads, towns, forts, castles and other constructions, and then either use their imagination, or small shells or pebbles as cars or people, and use the sand and water as the scenery for their small world of pretend play. These same opportunities and benefits can also be brought back to the garden, in the form of water and sand play tables. Very often these are used at play groups, nurseries and infant schools, and there are very good reasons why these tables are so often seen and used at these places.
It used to be that the only time you'd come across a bouncy castle would be at the fun fair or other special event. Occasionally a child's birthday party would be wild enough to have hired one, but that would be a treat. Today, it is now possible for inflatable bouncy castles and ball pools to be available for use at home - either in the garden or even inside. Of course, the bouncy castles for use at home are generally smaller, since it is unlikely to have very many children playing on it at once, and whereas the professional bouncy castles have either one or two motors attached pumping air continuously into the inflatable castle, the ones at home can be pumped up manually, using either a small foot pump or electric pump, and then a valve is closed, holding the air inside like a balloon.
If you are at all green fingered, then the chances are that your little one has joined you outside, and wanted to join in with whatever you're doing. Fortunately there are plenty of alternatives to letting them use your electric hedge trimmer or ride on lawnmower, and children's garden sets tend to come in three main varieties. The first type are the toy tools and garden sets, which are designed to be used indoors as much as out in the garden. These toys are for those children too young to really be trusted to do anything with your blessed plot, and just really want to role play rather than lovingly tend an ornamental rose. These garden kits are usually entirely plastic, and therefore incapable of really doing anything, and often include a spade, a fork and a rake.
According to a recent Internet Safety workshop I attended in April, the three most popular chat rooms are MySpace, Yahoo! Chat, and Facebook. These social networking sites are places where people congregate online to share messages, music, pictures, files and more. These anonymous sites allow the user to assume any identity and chat with individuals worldwide. While most of the visitors are of no real concern to children, a recent FBI sting identified 29, 000 registered sexual offenders who had active MySpace accounts (using their own names). The number of anonymous sex offenders remains unknown, as registration on these sites is based on the "honor" system.
Maybe you are too young to get a job or you simply like being your own boss. Starting a business may be the perfect choice to earn some money. With a little creativity and hard work, you can start your own business. There are many ways aggressive young people can get started in the business world. Here are a few ideas: A Painting Service Painting is a messy job, so if you have some experience and some friends there are surely some people who would pay you to do it. Be sure you can offer professional results at a lower cost than a professional company would charge. Selling Drinks or Bottled Water During the hot summer months, an ice cold drink at a good price would be a welcomed thing at a park, playground, or anywhere there is activity.