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Your Biggest Behavior Challenges: Send Us Your Videos

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

mom video taping childWhether it’s poor manners, slacking on chores, or forgetting to feed the dog, most kids dodge responsibility from time to time. If you can catch your kid in the act on camera, we can help! Share short videos—2 minutes or less in length—of your child’s biggest behavior challenges with Parents, and selected submissions will received personalized expert advice. Send your video to myvideo@parents.com, along with your child’s name and age and your daytime phone number, to enter.

Here are some best video practices to get you started:

  • It’s fine to film on your phone—in fact, it’s encouraged!
  • Set up your shot as if you were taking a photo.
  • Make sure there is plenty of light. Turn on several lights, if you are inside.
  • If you shoot handheld, use two hands to steady the phone. Or, use a table or a book to prop your phone up, to have a completely steady shot.
  • Audio is key. Make sure the phone is close enough to your kid so that you can hear him. And don’t be afraid to have your child repeat something he’s said.

Submission of your material constitutes permission for Meredith Corporation to allow its use in all media.

Image: Mom video taping child via Shutterstock.

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Watch Sesame Street’s “Downton Abbey” Parody

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Like my colleague Melanie, who wrote about last week’s episode of “Downton Abbey” and eclampsia, I am a big fan of the popular British drama. And it’s funny seeing all the different parodies and spoofs of the show (the more PG-rated ones being “Downton Arby’s” and “Downton Abbey Canine Actors“).  The latest parody is from Sesame Street, called “Upside Downton Abbey.”

You’ll see and hear the show’s familiar opening credits (except everything is, of course, upside down) before two Muppets appear (Carson, the butler, and the Dowager Countess).  Hilarity ensues as the Dowager Countess tries to have afternoon tea…but nothing will stay put long enough!  This parody will officially air on PBS on Monday, Februrary 4.

 

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Behind the Scenes: “Book People Unite” Video

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Back in April, I blogged about the deliciously funny and clever “Book People Unite” video from Reading Is Fundamental (RIF). The video showcased various literary characters (Pinocchio, Curious George, Humpty Dumpty) along with media and music celebrities (Jack Black, Regina Spektor, LeVar Burton).

Reading Is Fundamental sent me the follow-up video below, an equally fun behind-the-scenes look at the making of the original. Several cast members are interviewed, including Raggedy Andrew and a very funny Big Bad Wolf, and there are snapshots of how the magical elements came together.

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Sesame Street and Cookie Monster Spoof “Call Me Maybe”

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

The popularity of Carly Rae Jepsen’s song “Call Me Maybe” is undeniable. Jepsen’s original video for the song has been seen almost 150 million times on YouTube and it has spawned countless spoofs.

But just when we thought we had seen all of the “Call Me Maybe” parodies of note, Cookie Monster surprised us with his own take on the summer anthem: “Share Me Maybe.”

We love Cookie’s singing and dancing skills, but we’re most impressed that he remembers the importance of sharing — a difficult skill for monsters and toddlers. Great job, Cookie!

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Watch New Parents.com Craft and Song Videos

Monday, January 16th, 2012

We’re so excited to share that we have over 100 new, fresh, and original videos about kid crafts and classic children’s songs. Get the whole family involved in some creative, musical fun!

In our Kid Crafts How-To Videos series, watch Eva, the arts and crafts instructor, as she demonstrates each craft in simple, easy-to-follow steps. With some adult supervision, have your kids make all 26 of our favorite Parents magazine and Parents.com crafts — like a cute clothespin giraffe, fuzzy pom pom pals, and a kaleidoscope-colored stained glass butterfly.

Entertain the kids more by teaching them fun and familiar nursery rhymes.  In our Sing-Along Song Videos series, music instructor Lindsey plays a keyboard and teaches kids lyrics and melodies.  After watching all 25 songs, your kids can show off their singing chops and hand movements by belting out “I’m a Little Teapot,” “Itsy Bitsy Spider,” and “Hokey Pokey.”

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Internet Safety for Kids Video Contest

Monday, February 7th, 2011

As cyberbullying and internet safety continues to be a big concern among parents, Trend Micro is sponsoring its second annual Internet Safety for Kids contest with partners such as Facebook, ConnectSafely, Common Sense Media, and Web Wise Kids. 

“What’s Your Story?” is a user-generated video contest about educating on “how  to stay safe when engaging in online activities, including texting, instant messaging, or social networking.”  Anyone over the age of 13 (including parents!) can enter the contest. 

The contest will launch on February 8 and will have three categories: Being a Good Online Citizen, Using a Mobile Phone Wisely, and Maintaining Online Privacy.  Individual and school entries will be awarded with prizes, but just one grand prize winner will receive $10,000.

Visit “What’s Your Story?” for more information about the contest and watch videos from last year’s winners.  You can also watch the video of the 2010 grand prize winner below.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANx3UFjfUyE

More About Internet Safety on Parents.com

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Watch: Elmo Visits the White House Kitchen

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Elmo loves fruits, so your child should, too!  Following President Obama’s signing of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act last month, Elmo visited White House chef Sam Kass to talk about the importance of eating nutritious and healthy foods.  Watch an adorable video of the Sesame Street character in the White House kitchen:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jpT8iQESmM

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Watch 16 Short, G-Rated Films for the Holidays

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Keep the whole family further entertained this holiday season with original short Christmas films (animated and live action) released by Shorts International.  Each of the films are G-Rated, average 10-15 minutes long, and are produced by a variety of filmmakers from America, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Spain.

“Once Upon a Christmas Village,” an animated cartoon about a village trying to preserve the magic of Christmas, is voiced by actors Tim Curry and Jim Belushi.  “Mr. Bojagi,” a live action film about a mysterious man with a mind-reading machine, stars legendary British actor Brian Blessed.  Other films include ”Santa’s Little Helper,” about a young woman who finds love with the help of Santa’s elf, and “Santa’s Camels,” about Santa asking camels to help deliver toys to children in the Middle East.

Watch a trailer featuring clips from various  movies below:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjsBCBq9UhE

 

Click here to visit Apple’s iTunes store to download the short films.

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