Archive for March, 2012

Beautiful squeaky shoes: squeaky sandalsOne of the many things we worry about as parents is the safety of our children. This of course is heightened early as our little ones grow, especially once they become mobile. Their curious little minds are prime for learning and experiencing everything they possibly can.  It’s exciting to watch them learn and experience new things for the first time.

Besides baby proofing, there are way to help you keep your baby safe. Perhaps the most fun are squeaky shoes. Not sure if you’ve heard of them, but they are rather popular in China. Squeaky shoes are baby shoes with a squeaker in the soles. Every time baby takes a step, the shoes squeak. It’s really adorable. It makes learning to walk so much. Chances are, when your little one takes a step and hears the squeak, giggling and laughing are sure to follow. And then of course, you’ll smile and laugh yourself. We dare you to try not to.

What makes squeaky shoes so parent friendly is that if you are in another room for what ever reason, you can hear your toddler take steps and walk. It’s your cue to perhaps go check on them. Say for instance that you’re in the kitchen and junior is napping in the family room. When he’s done with his nap and moving around, you’ll hear the first few steps.

There are many varieties of squeaky shoes. They come in boy and girl designs. Girl squeaky sandals are so adorable. Of course they’re pink. Little boys get squeaky sandals are adorable too. They’re traditional brown in a similar style as the girl’s.  The shoes themselves for girls are pink with a flower. For boys, shoes are traditional navy and white, resembling adult shoes. And for your athlete, there are even squeaky sneakers.

Squeaky shoes make great gifts. If you’re shopping for a birthday present or even Christmas gifts, parents will appreciate hearing their little one walk.  And if the toddler is wearing them while taking his or her first steps—well that’s just extra special!

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Break out the Chinese games for a family game night. That’s right, Chinese games. Families with adoptive Chinese children can play Chinese games instead traditional American board games. You can break out the Scrabble or Monopoly, but compared to Mahjong, it might be a bit dull. There are all sorts of Chinese toys and games you can incorporate in your family game night.Chinese games

  • Mahjong is one of them. Normally played with four people, this game is best suited for older children and adults. It’s similar to Rummy.  This Chinese game involves drawing and discarding tile and pairing groups of tile. The person with the most points wins.  This game is based on luck, strategy, and skill.
  • Chinese checkers is a tried and true game that most of know how to Chinese gamesplay or can easily learn. Even younger children (grade school age) can play.
  • Chinese puzzles are also fun for family game nights. You may want to make it a family game weekend, working on the puzzle together all weekend.

Incorporating Chinese games into family game night is a great way to celebrate your child’s heritage. Maybe even order Chinese food that night and make it a night celebrating their native culture. Creating happy memories can be as simple as playing a game .



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