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Its summer holidays and every parent wants to keep their kids engaged into various different activities other than play time. Well, creative activities other than sports can keep your kid engaged and get his or her creative juices churning as well. Here is a list of few creative activities you can let your kids do or accompany them for doubling the excitement and fun. A kid always wishes his or her parent to be around them when
There is a lot of scope for children in creating stuff with craft raw material. Activities like decorating a kite, making a pencil holder or decorating a fruit basket or even gift wrapping keep kids engaged and engrossed in creating beautiful stuff out of their imagination. Letting them take a call is a good idea while you be the guiding light.
Creating small pots and vessels out of clay not only sounds interesting but is practically interesting too and not only kids but people of all ages enjoy this activity. Coloring those created objects can further add to the interest of your kids. It will even give them a sense of satisfaction to see what they have created and feel good about it.
This is a surefire activity for kids particularly the toddlers and with molding sand or clay they can create anything they can imagine of be it animal or bird or flower or still life or even their favorite cartoons like ‘Shaun the sheep’. The clay is available in a variety of colors and using it can be a lot of fun.
EMBROIDARY – Mostly it is the girls who seem to be more interested in embroidery activity compared to boys but nevertheless you can tell them to give it a try. Be it knitting a muffler or embroidery on a handkerchief, the results will surely make your kids smile to satisfaction.
ACCESSORY DESIGN – Be it using beads or other raw material, kids will enjoy making necklaces or bracelets for themselves. The use of colors and creativity can sure create small wonders out of their imagination.
So, plan some cooler projects for your kids this summer and see their imagination buds soar unimaginable heights. Have fun!
Many A times parenting can get highly stressful, particularly when you have to deal with kids with disruptive behaviour. You at times tend to give up because you feel no single way you tried is working well with your kid. Though disruptive behaviour can be a result of behavioural conditions on an average all normal children do have behavioural issues on and off. Only when the behaviour is persistent and there are symptoms of clinical issues is when a mental health specialist could be brought in to review the disorder like ADHD, anxiety or more.
Here are few tips that might just help you out in dealing with the disruptive behaviour of your child.
1. Tell what to do – We always tend to tell our children to not do something when it’s always a good idea to tell them what to do. For example if you child is jumping on the bed, you rather say, please get down dear and not stop jumping or don’t jump.
2. Respect them – Whenever talking to them respect them as you would to anyone one else of your age, respect their opinion even if you don’t abide by it or like it. Even while instructing them be respectful and calm in whatever you say and they’ll do the same.
3. Speak with Clarity – Whatever instruction you give to your child or whatever you say needs to be crystal clear. Rather and saying go and do it. Say please start doing your homework for example.
4. Don’t keep Repeating – you need to wait for the message to sink in before you repeat it so wait for a minute or so before repeating what you said. If you keep repeating, your child will assume that you would repeat it for him or her.
5. Motivation and Praising – Rewards or praising works really well with kids. So if your kid does his or her work on time, reward them some extra play time or TV time. This will act as a motivation to them.
Try to be a friend of your child but none the less teach them to be well manned and disciplined where it is needed through use of parenting strategies. Happy Parenting.
The parent-teacher association of Vydehi School of Excellence is an active body of the School. Every parent and teacher is a member of the association, as VSE strongly believes that parents and teachers must work together with children to improve the quality of education.
These days managing kids while both parents are working is a very difficult task. You as parents are not able to give time to your kids as a major chunk of your time is spent at office and when home, you are so exhausted, stressed and tired that you ultimately give up to television and other gadgets that ensure that your kids are hooked to them and do not cause any bottleneck for you. Even you tend to unwind or relax in front of your television sets of tablets. But, be aware that its simply convenient for you, but harmful for your kids mental health. It impact the psychology of the child deeply because of the very little or no time you get to spend with your child.
Additionally children many a times become soft targets to parents, to vent their frustration and anger of office at home on them. Parenting is a huge responsibility and often you don’t gauge what’s coming when you plan a child. It’s only when you actually become a parent is when the enlightenment about the never ending responsibilities happens. When working parents do not have their own parents to be with their children is when the day care option is chosen.
Parents either go for a care taker or nanny or day care alternative. But, do you as a parent bother to carry out a check about the day care before you admit your child there. Here are a few tips to help you find a suitable day care for your child.
Location – The near the better. Go for a day care that is either near to your office or home. This will make it easy for you to pick up and drop and even in times of emergency. Plus, you will save time on commuting to far off day care, thus utilise the time to spend with your child.
Testimonial – If you have neighbours or friends who leave their child or children in day care, enquire from them. As there are umpteen day care facilities available, it’s very difficult to make the right choice. Testimonials can help a lot in shortlisting the good few.
Infrastructure – Infrastructure is vital. The day care should provide good facility as far as cleanliness, healthcare and hygiene is concerned as children are prone to infections.
Personal Visit – When you go for a visit, jot down the questions you need to ask and facilities you need to check on. Take the checklist along so that you do not forgot anything that is important and to be discussed out or checked out. Check for child caregiver ratio, food type and quality, cleanliness, bathrooms and nap rooms, TV schedule and their routine they follow with kids.
Safety & Discipline – Do check out for what safety measure have been put in place and the disciplinary measures they use with children and if you approve of them.
Child Comfort – If the child’s school has a reliable day care, the child would more or less be comfortable there else if you happen to narrow down one or two, take your child to visit the facility and see how he or she feels when out there.
Well, you need to do your homework before putting your child into a day care facility because after all your child is going to spent a major chunk of the day in that space and that too without you to keep an eye over.
Learning through play is fundamental to the philosophy of learning at Vkids. We recognize that play is an essential element in the development of young children, providing situations where they control the events and construct knowledge.
A child is like clay, you mould it the way you move your hands, so you are the artist and if you want to churn out a masterpiece out of him or her, you need to be good in first place. Every parent has their own way of parenting which might differ in one ways than more from any other parent. But, do you know what kind of a parent are you. Read more to find out if you your style of parenting is on the list and whether its working wonders or probably hampering your child’s growth.
Do you keep Comparing? – You might have come across this kinds many a times. Such style of parenting is all about comparing your child with other children around and telling your child to be like them. Apparently, it does the exact opposite. It instills feelings of self-pity, self-esteem and worthlessness. Not empathizing with the child can easily aid in deforming the personality of the child.
Are you a passive parent? – Yes, saying yes to every requirement need and want of the child and not participating with the child in their activities can make the child an over confident person when he or she grows up. Such children cannot accept criticism or mistakes positively.
Do you beat your child? – Giving your child a whack here and there is fine but being abusive is what can transform your child into an adult bearing an extreme personality. You might not be aware of a few facts on mental health but being abusive could damage the cognitive development of the child
Are you uninvolved parent? – As an uninvolved parent you won’t be knowing much about your child, be it about what he or she did at school, about homework of the child and are least bothered about whom your child is spending time or hanging out. When you do this, your child will adapt and raise himself or herself. Such children do suffer with self-esteem issues. They might end up performing poorly at school and experience behavioral problems, sadness often.
Are you an authoritative Parent? – If you are an authoritative parent, it’s kind of my way or highway take on your children. You will want your children to do only what you want them too and nothing else and breaking their rules means facing punishment. Children controlled by authoritative can grow up to become aggressive and turn hostile. But, if authoritative parents modify their style into using positive discipline strategies like praises and rewards for good behavior then children of such parents grow up to be happy and successful kids. They become responsible and are comfortable expressing their opinions.
So, if you kind of feel that you are one of the above try to mend your ways to positive yet disciplined parenting and help your kids grow up as happy and responsible adults.
Vydehi School of Excellence aims at carrying out its mission through vigorous involvement of the entire school community by an effective communication structure.
Many of us parents might have experienced our kids whining, throwing tantrums and being stubborn or not listening to us. Some of it could be mood, some of it lack of connect, to name the mains. Now, the immediate question from you could be about finding time in this big bad busy world to connect with the child and how to do that.
Here are a few tips to help you around with connecting with your child on a day to day basis.
1. 10 minutes – Yes, if you dedicate 10 minutes a day exclusively with your child, it can go a long way in developing a connect. That does not mean you take the child out to play but it means playing with the child or being a child like him or her and coming down to that level. Play any game together like hide n seek, peek a boo, tickles, boxing,
2. Walking – Going for a walk with your child be it in the park or by the beach or by a river or pond gives a good time to connect with your child. This will help your child pick up the sense of exploring and adventure as well.
3. Sensory Activities – This kind of activities give you a chance to work with her as a team be it play-dough or something else.
4. Cooking or Baking – This will also be a great way to connect with the child and enhance his teamwork skills at the same time. You may take up simple recipe and ask him or her to help.
5. Reading Stories – Telling stories or reading stories to them is a very good way to spend time with your child and connect. It’s actually a fun time with them as they ask a lot of questions around the stories and pictures they see.
6. Grocery shopping – Shopping together for veggies and food is a good way to connect with your children. Additionally it’s a learning experience where if you have toddlers you can help them explore veggies, fruits and grocery stuff around.
7. Pillow Fights – Works really well and kids love pillow fighting and its safe too. You can just do it before going to bed and they will enjoy it.
8. Mirroring games – Unless you child gets annoyed, this can turn out to be a laugh riot. You mirroring your child and vice a versa. You can apparently use a mirror, stand behind and mock your child.
9. Sports – Any sport be it badminton or a swim together is much fun. Even mind games like chess and indoor games like carom are fun with children and help in making a connect with them.
10. Vacation – Its always nice to go on a family vacation at least twice a year, if you can afford one. On Vacations you can use many of the above tips to engage with your children.
Well, the crux of all that has been written is being available for your child at his or her level, bringing each other on the same page and you are the one who has to try to be there. Additionally regular cuddling, smiling, hugging, appreciating can be a lot of motivation for your child to feel secure with you in addition to being connected.
What is apparently the definition of over indulgence for children. It is when you give your children whatever they want in terms of toys, gadgets and more basically buying stuff and do their chores. It is when you don’t ask them to abide by certain rules. In a nutshell when you dance to their tunes, it is over indulgence. Now, how do you know that you have been bending to their every want and not need? For example
- When you allow your 5 year old to dress up like a pop star.
- Allowing them to watch movies that are not their age
- Giving the child best of toys and clothes, may be because you never did
- Dressing up a 4 year old who can well by himself/herself dress up or wear shoes
These are just a few examples of what over indulgence in children is all about. But, while your motive is that of providing your child with the best of stuff you can, the fact remains that over indulgence is not a good idea for children. So what can be done? You can apparently draw the line somewhere. Firstly let your children know what is a need and what is a want and how they both are miles apart. You can let them know how their wants can always wait, but needs cannot. It does not mean that they stop wanting stuff, but they it rather means they wait for it or work for it. They could either wait for their birthday or Diwali to get it as a gift or work or may be score well in their daily chores or study to earn it off.
The children will be moulded the way you mould them, if you start early. Here’s how you can inculcate a few habits that can help you resolve this situation
1. Teach them to have patience – In today’s fast paced world, when both parents are working throughout the day and are home by evening, you always want to make everything fast too. Be it feeding the child, stop them from whining and more. So, in order to do that you give up to their wants. Well, that’s not the way, it’s better that they do a bit of struggle to get something. Teach them to have patience and they cannot get everything they want primarily and not at all instantly.
2. Make them feel their responsibility – Give them some daily duties or chores and hold them accountable for that. Assign them age appropriate duties and make sure they do them.
Well, last but not the least, limiting their over indulgence does not mean you limit your love or show of affection to them. Rather do that in abundance, let them feel your love, care and attachment. This will only help make things easier for you and make them feel secure with you.
Many of us take the topic of choking hazards a bit lightly than it needs to be. Its one topic that needs our optimum attentions apparently, because choking can be life threatening for your baby, toddler or kid particularly below 4 years. Here are a few tips to avoid choking hazards in children
1. Mash baby food – Its always advisable to give your babies food that is mashed well or pureed, so as to make it easy for them to swallow, even if they don’t chew it.
2. Cook Veggies properly – Do not offer uncooked veggies to kids. Try giving them cooked veggies only be it carrots, beans or any other hard ones. Then cut them into tiny bits and give them.
3. Snack Alert – Always avoid giving your kids snacks like popcorn, gums, nuts or candy’s. There is a high probability of child choking from them.
4. Small Objects a big no – Avoid giving your kids small size objects that can fit the mouth. The child might just put it in the mouth and it could get stuck leading to choking.
5. Slow Eating habit – Try to put a habit of slow eating to your child and chewing most importantly so as to avoid choking.
In case you see that the child is choking, take the child immediately to the hospital while you try these instant first aid steps.
You know that your child or baby is choking if he or she coughs or cries suddenly. There could be some weird noise or no sound at all while turning red or blue.
Coughing or gagging means partially blocked airway. If that’s the case, let the child cough out and the get through the blockage. Its the most effective method.
But, if the baby is unconscious and there is full blockage try doing a CPR after you call the ambulance to take the baby for immediate medical attention. You can even try back blowing or chest thumping to get the object that is stuck inside out. You can find the exact procedure for the same online with pictures to help you manage it effectively.
Choking can be highly dangerous to the child and hence, its always the best idea to take as much care as possible to avoid the same.
Teaching responsibility to kids isn’t a cake walk alright, but it is yet to be inculcated at grass root level so that they grow up to become disciplined human beings and citizens. Responsibility, the word however heavy it may sound, needs to be brought forward amongst children in way that it is something that is not a burden but something that gives happiness.
So, its not really about teaching your kids to take up their responsibility but to inculcate in them the values of team work and power of contribution. If we are supportive with them, and guide them through like torch bearers, kids can turnout to be responsible. Here are a few strategies you may put into practice to get the best out of them
I clean. My mess – Before you teach it to your child to be responsible you be responsible yourself. Its like asking a child to organise the toys he or she’s thrown around alongside you yourself arranging your desk or cupboard for that reason. Further you can also help your child with the cleaning work so that you are not
Offer a helping hand – Its not about the kid doing all his or her chores out of compulsion but more about being happy in cleaning up or organizing or contributing to the family. Even if you have to help out the child around twenty thirty times do it.
Let your child take decisions in difficulty – Many of us parents rush to our kids rescue when caught in difficulty
Accountability – Its again starts at home. You make promise to your child, you need to fulfil it. If you are not responsible then don’t expect it from the child.
Motivate. Don’t label – If you see your child is not doing the drill, don’t label him or her off as an irresponsible instead motivate and mould them to be responsible, to take care of their stuff and organization skills.
No Blame Games – Get the blaming each other crap out of your house. Instead inculcate team work. Blaming is the opposite of unconditional love. Therefore takeup a responsibility and do it. Your kid is following your foot steps and would definitely catch up.
As for toddlers you can give them charge of certain decisions like choosing how much to eat, options of eating, not more than two or three. This way they get a choice to decide and do up their responsibility as well.
Having said that, it’s not child’s play to mould your kids into responsible ones and requires a lot of patience, but with dedication it is possible to do so, for sure.
Vydehi School of Excellence aims at carrying out its mission through vigorous involvement of the entire school community by an effective communication structure.
Kids are known to be fussy eaters and moms always have had tough times managing their diet and more so improving their food habits. Though, there are many cases where kids are fond of food and ask for it on and off. These moms are one of the lucky ones, apparently. But, for those whose kids are very picky about food or refuse food, its tough and stressful at times.
Breakfast – One of the most important meals of the day, a breakfast is not just mandatory for adults but even for kids. After a long overnight fast its important that the kid has breakfast within half and hour of waking up.
Dairy Products – Just giving milk does not suffice. More the milk, more the kids fills filled up. Yes it is a vital part of Diet of a child but limit it in a way that it does not affect the kids food habits. So, including dairy products like paneer, cheese and yoghurt is rather a good idea. Yoghurt particularly is a must have becoz it improves appetite and helps in digestion.
Favorite Foods – Giving junk food is not beneficial in anyway to the kid but trying out the healthy options as per your kid’s favorites is a good idea. It motivates the kid to eat. For example if you kid likes puri, you may as well make a palak or methi poori, so that veggies are included.
Cook Smart – Most of the kids fuss about eating roti and veggies but as veggies need to go, we have to find a new way out. Be it making mix vegetable paratha, of mix veg idli or appam, vegetable sandwich you can cook recipes smartly that are tempting as well.
Sample Menu – Here is an example of the food routines for your kid. Keep it balanced and add a dash of motivation to allure your kid to it.
Breakfast – Egg, milk, veggie paratha or whole grain bread, wheat muffin, cheese
Mid Morning– 1 fruit or juice
Lunch – 2 servings of veggies with rice or chicken/fish, curd rice with fruit or curd with fruit
Evening – Any savory and milk
Dinner – Rice/ Roti with 2 veggies, 1 fruit
The menu can be altered across the week in order to keep the interest of the child and balance the nutrients intake as well.
Well, improving food habits of children is not a cake walk definitely but working smart with tons of patience on hand, you can possibly accomplish this daily mission almost successfully.
In this new age of hi-tech gadgets like mobiles, tablets, smart televisions, computers and more, its quite obvious that like we adults, children get hooked to these screens. It’s not their fault, you see because simply try putting yourselves in their shoes. Can you really resist yourselves from these screens? No would be the obvious answer. While parents find it quite easy to manage their children by providing them a screen, the point is how it is affecting a child in his or her growing years.
Many parents are trying come to terms with the fact that screens are more harmful than beneficial for their kids. Yes, one benefit of all sure is that parents find a shortcut to manage their kids without much pain to their necks. But, little do they know that getting your child hooked to the screen is apparently hindering the overall development of your child in his or her growing years.
Here are few side effects that continuous exposure to screens can cause in growing children
Difficulty making friends – In early childhood is when a child’s brain is developing fast. This includes the frontal lobe, an area responsible for decoding as well as comprehending social interactions. Now, when a screen is provided for a long period to this growing brain, it takes charge and dulls away the ability to interact with people, empathize with others and the instincts where you interpret situations and try to get a hang of other people is apparently slowed or dulled.
Neuro responses – Most of us would agree with the fact that once our kids get hooked to screens, taking them off the screen might cause them to throw tantrums, meltdowns and uncontrolled crying. This is because the when on screen, a child’s brain responds with the dopamine neurotransmitter, a key component in our brains rewards system that is related to pleasure feelings. This consistent hits feel like addiction and the pattern is only a less intense form of the one that is seen by psychologists in alcohol and drug addictions.
Childhood Obesity – Continuous screen exposure can raise the risk of obesity in growing children. One because the child is now living a sedentary life holding the gadget or in front of the gadget for longer hours and two because kids are likely to eat more also while watching a screen.
Addiction Risks – As per researchers more screen time like over three to four hours a day can increase the risk in children of getting addicted to drugs, unprotected sex, smoking and drink in their teenage years. There is a risk of these children indulging in dangerous behaviors as well.
Well, these are just a few of the many side effects that screen exposure could cause on growing children. Having said that, using screens for education purpose does help but only if it is within specified limits.
An active child shows interest in everything. They display happiness and feel good. They perform well academically too. Physical activities are a must for children to make them active all throughout the day. At least an hour of physical activities per day is a must. It has a wide range of benefits for the children. It checks into their health, social skills and positive approach towards everything.