Parenting - - In This Issue -

That clas­sic adage 'Never work with chil­dren or an­i­mals' doesn't re­ally ap­ply when

you work for a par­ent­ing mag­a­zine.

Well, not the chil­dren part any­way. We know how to get the best gig­gles from

ba­bies for the cam­era, and how to keep a tod­dler en­ter­tained just long enough to get

the right shot. This is­sue we upped the ante and worked with chil­dren and an­i­mals. It

went sur­pris­ingly well. Pipi the boxer was a star for our cover shot, although she did

go through sev­eral bags of dog­gie treats as we en­cour­aged her to stay still for as long

as pos­si­ble. How­ever the kit­tens in the story on page 14 weren't so eas­ily dis­tracted –

they had bet­ter things to do than pose for the cam­era!

One thing that was very ob­vi­ous when we pho­tographed chil­dren and their pets

to­gether, was that they shared a very spe­cial bond. The pets were clearly an im­por­tant

part of the fam­ily dy­namic.

That's some­thing my own chil­dren beg to ex­pe­ri­ence nearly ev­ery sin­gle day. It's

my daugh­ter's birth­day in a few weeks and a rab­bit is top of her wish list – for the sixth

year in a row! We'll see... As al­ways, I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas on Par­ent­ing. Drop me a line at edi­tor@the­p­ar­ent­ing­place.com

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