Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Fun, Memorable Father-Daughter Bonding Ideas

It is a precious thing to have a daughter because you, as a father, will be the first man in her life. Time flies very fast, so try to spend your free time to bond with her as much as you can while she still lives in your home. Here are more ideas you can do with your princess for quality time.

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Have frequent dates with her. This is probably the easiest activity because you can do this at the most random times: pancakes at a breakfast café right before dropping her off at school, weekend trips to the ice cream parlor, or a picnic when you have a whole afternoon free.

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Go camping. Camping provides a lot of opportunities for bonding. You can teach her how to set up a tent, traverse rocky mountains, talk about nature, take photos, tell stories over a bonfire, and teach her how to live a life unplugged from digital devices.

Cook, shop for groceries, do chores together. These activities are great learning opportunities for your daughter, making sure that her future husband would not allow all the domestic tasks to be handled by women only. It is also a chance to introduce responsibilities to your child gradually.

Joseph Cianciotto served as the creative director at Translation and won numerous awards in the ad industry. He currently resides in Long Island, New York, with his wife Jen and daughters Hannah and Sophie. For more parenting blogs, follow this link.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Neil Gaiman Novels: A Dark Magical Ride for Children’s Imagination

Stories with dark, scary undertones overcast with mysticism and allure and with young protagonists that display bravery and vulnerability—a theme that has distinguished Neil Gaiman in his craft. Famous for his children's books that adults also delight in, Gaiman through his protagonists teaches children how to prevail victoriously in the face of something scary. In introducing Gaiman's books to kids, two literary pieces stand out:

The Graveyard Book was awarded a Newberry Medal in 2009 for the most distinguished contribution to children's literature. The story revolves around a boy named Nobody Owens who lives in a graveyard and was raised by ghosts. While the book starts with a grim story and a plot that treads on sinister unfinished business, “The Graveyard Book” is an adventurous, fantasy-filled story with just the right amount spook to thrill middle-school readers.

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Coraline teaches the value of appreciating what one has. Coraline is a young girl who is faced with an alternative, seemingly perfect world, with her "other" parents who are just like her real ones, only with button eyes. She later discovers that the other world is not as it seems, and the story becomes a quest to fight the evil that lies within.

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Joseph Cianciotto is a digital media expert by profession and a full-time husband and father. Apart from spending time with the family, Joseph also enjoys comics and books, home renovations, and ping pong. Subscribe here for more blogs on family and life.