Keeping Kids Away From Screen – How and Why?

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.

Keeping Kids Away From Screen - How and Why

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.

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Teaching Self Regulation To Your Kids

Most of you parents might have come across tantrums, meltdowns and mis-behaviors of your growing toddlers and would definitely agree that managing their emotions or regulating their emotions is a bump ride all together. As stressful it is for kids, it is for the parent as well. Then there are kids who would throw tantrums and meltdowns, showdowns are very regular as frequent as daily basis. Parents have their own ways of handling their kids but many of us as parents are not aware of the facts that dealing with self regulation of your child is a game of patience and self regulation first.

Teaching Self Regulation To Your Kids

Well, you as a parent need to know that simply scolding, time outs and reacting ain’t going to help you find a way. Here’s how you can guide your child and help him or her with self regulation

Help them with being patient – Whenever you want to give something to the child, do not give it immediately. Help the kid get a hang of patience and know well that you do not get everything in life at jet speed and that you need to wait at times for a short or long period as well.

Involve them in decision making – Smaller decisions like selecting a dress to wear or selecting tiffin snacks can help them making a plan or a decision when in a situation. It will help hone their decision making skills. Start with two options and increase later on.

Playing games that involve controls – This is one of the fun ways to teach your child self regulation while engaging with the child in games like slow down speed up games, dance and freeze game, to name a few.

Acknowledge their self regulation issues – After all, you are dealing with kids and as difficult it is to bear, it is difficult for them to regulate themselves when upset, frustrated or angry. So, its nice to acknowledge their feelings. For example if your child is unable to wait for something are going to give them and want it instantly, you can acknowledge the child saying that you know how hard it is to wait for something and that he would get it, its just a matter of waiting some time.

Celebrate their good deeds – If they show some empathy or kindness towards others, give them a pat on their back or simply let them know that it was nice of them to do so. This will motivate them to repeat such acts.

Well, Having said that, you need to always keep it on your mind that these are just toddlers and will not robots who would be remote controlled by you. There will be times they would not listen, they would throw tantrums and more. But, if you help them like torch bearer, the will definitely learn and grow into human beings capable of regulating their emotions well.

The aim of Vydehi School of Excellence is to provide students with a positive, inclusive, learning environment in which they have every opportunity to achieve their full potential. The school believes in the attainment of academic excellence but also firmly believes in the education of the whole person as well as education for life. Our concern is for the students’ physical, moral, aesthetic, artistic, social, emotional, and academic development.

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Encourage Playing Sports in Your Kids

Today, with the tremendous development in infrastructure, many cities and metros provide very good facilities in terms of sports and coaching as well. Now, the question apparently lies in developing that interest in sports or a particular sport and further nurturing it. To begin with, its good to encourage your children to play outdoor sports in times when not only kids but adults are hooked to indoor screens be it Television, mobile, laptop or likes.

Now encouraging your children in sports does also mean instilling life skills like commitment, teamwork, discipline, cooperation in your child. These skills will further go a long way in shaping them as individuals and honing their personalities. So, start with getting her out of the house. Here are few tips on how you can be a the guiding light for taking sports to your kids.

Encourage Playing Sports in Your Kids

Go by child’s Interest – You need not force a sport on your child. Its better to let your child pick the sport he or she likes or you decide if the child is unable to, based on the observation of interest and performance of the child in the sport. Motivating a child to indulge into a sport becomes even more easier if he or she is interested enough.

Start with the basics – Getting your child to play organized sports comes much after getting the child to learn the basic motor skills. Once the child masters these skills, its only going to better him or her as a he grows older and gets into main stream sports. Get your child outdoor for around an hour or so and let him play whatever he was too.

Books and Movies – If you child loves to read you might as well read them some sports based books and movies. This might just work as a trigger to get them interested in playing outdoor. Many superb movies are based on sports and they convey a lot more than just playing sports. So, try out movies like Secretariat, to name one, based on the racing horse’s journey is worth watching with your children, but see to it that the movies are age appropriate.

Breaks work – Don’t push your child on performance all the time. Give them plenty of time to do what they love other than sports as well. A balance is very important to preserve the interest part.

Efforts are more important – Though we all know that results count most, you need to make sure that your appreciate the efforts in the sport by your child equally and more so rather than the results. This will motivate the child to perform better.

Sports can go a long way shaping up a bright, active, confident, determined and target oriented human being out of your child and some way give a balance he or she needs to live in this big bad world. Play on!

Vydehi school of Excellence – 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.

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PS On Managing Fussy and Stubborn Children

As children grow, they keep changing, its not just physically, but mentally and emotionally too. A lot many behavioral changes occur in children and many of them even show a paradigm shift in behaviors with age. There are children who are calm and quiet at birth and as infants but turn the other way round when they cross 2.5 years of age and vice a versa. Managing children and their changing moods and habits can be quite a nerve wrecking challenge. But, keep your head cool and working out a suitable solution can help ease this challenge to a great extent.

Fussy and Stubborn Children

Here’s a sneak peek into some tips that could help you out of these fussy eating habits of your children

Introduce Variety Early On – If you don’t introduce the child to a variety of foods early on it will be real difficult to you later on. You may use a fun filled way to introduce your child to a new variety of food. Like closing your child’s eyes and asking the child to recognize food before they eat.

The reward way out – You can create an activity where you introduce your child to new foods and ask them to try it out. Each time they do it properly reward them with a sticker. Tell them once they collect five stickers they’ll get a reward they love. Keep it as their favorite food or snack.

Good Looks Attract – Try to do innovative stuff with your food. Make it look good so that the kid gets attracted to it and wants to have it. So if the veggies they do not like are on the plate at-least make it a point that they are alluring enough.

Cook Veggies Smartly– You can create some recipes that your child prefers using the veggies that he or she hates to eat. For example you can use carrots and green peas or beet, grate it off and mix it with idli batter before you make them some idlis to eat. You may also give a little dip they love like sauces or chutneys alongside.

Managing Meal Times

Eating Alarm – Just before 15 minutes of mealtime, let them know about it. The child might as well need some time to transit through the earlier activity to eating.

Fixed Routine – Fix a mealtime and abide by it most of the time. So, the child is pretty much aware of what is coming around that time

Pleasant Times – In order to make your child take meals properly its important to make the time that they spend for meal, pleasant for them. So, stay away from arguments or negativity at that time.

Usually a toddlers can be served about three meals and two snacks. But, be careful not to offer snacks just before meal time. Also, if a child does not take a certain meal, you may offer nutritious snacks post meal and then offer the second meal. Mostly the kid would eat what is served if he or she haven’t eaten properly during the first meal. Additionally, if that’s not working you may well visit your pediatrician and get your toddlers checked for any health issues. Also, there are some appetite boosters available online. Your pediatrician might prescribe you if required, but do not try anything out without consulting your pediatrician.

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IT Quiz – VISTA 2017-18

Vydehi School Of Excellence conducted Inter School IT Quiz – VISTA 2017-18 on Wednesday, 10th January, 2018. The quiz-master for the Vista was Mr Vinay Mudliar. Mr. Vinay, founder of Mindcogs a prominent Quiz venture, has the distinction of being the only Quiz-master in the country associated with Encyclopedia Britannica Oxford University Press. He has also been associated with the CBSE Board, ICSE Board in imparting knowledge through Quizzes across the country.

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Annual Sports Meet – Finestra Sul Monodo

TALENT WIN GAMES, BUT TEAM WORK AND PERSEVERANCE WINS CHAMPIONSHIP”

Keeping up the spirit Vydehi School Of Excellence celebrated The Annual Sports Meet- FINESTRA SUL MONODO – Window to the world of Sports on 13th January, 2018. The day was marked as a journey of self-discovery for each child in the field of Sports.

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Finestra Sul Mondo-Pre-Primary Annual Sports meet

Vydehi we believe that sports is an integral part of our holistic education as sports fosters competitive spirit, team work, discipline and above all sportsmanship. Vydehi School of Excellence organized Annual Sports meet “Finestra Sul Mondo” for Pre-Primary on 9th of December 2017.

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Discipline Issues and Spanking

Many of us parents do spank children but is it needed or not is a question that ponders many of us. Is spanking the way to instilling discipline in your child. The answer actually is might just be no for some and yes for some. But, practically speaking if done in a controlled manner, spanking could work well. Though, you have to avoid panicky behavior and be mindful of how you manage your child and get him learn to be one. Again even using it needs to be limited to need basis.

Discipline Issues and Spanking

First Warn Always – Verbally warning your child is the first step before you spank your child. A warning signal can help you avoid the spanking alternative, as your child will slowly learn that if he or she would not listen then there will be consequences that follow in form of a spank.

Responsibility – Usually when kids are upto something that’s not right and do it, you ask them about why they did it but this would not be of great help as the child does not have an answer to it. Asking them about what wrong they did is like enforcing the responsibility in him or her. Then you can warn with a last chance before spanking about it.

Say if it Hurts – Its not always that you get angry always due to your kids behavioral issues, it can leave you disappointed and heart. At such a time its important to convey this feeling to your kids. At times if you feel like crying on their behavior, you may do it as well because seeing tears in their eyes can make them understand their parent’s grief and work on it.

Spank Responsibly – Spanking if the need be should be done within limits only or else your kids will get use to it as well and get out of your reach. You have to understand that the spanking has to be just like a sting and not more that that. You need to take care of the child’s body as well. Eventually it will be decreased once your kids learn to think abstractly. Though after spanking you can show your love to your child and ask him he he wants to repent on the same. This way you make them know that you are spanking them for a reason and only.

Unconditional Love – As important It can be to spank your child at time, it might be of same importance to provide unconditional love and even more so. So, after your round of discipline, do take your child in your arms, hug or cuddle him/her. The child will eventually understand that you love him/her loads and the spanking is only to regulate their behavior.

Instilling discipline is children plays and important part in all through their young age and whole of their life.

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.

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Managing Behavior of Your Children

It is not unknown, that managing kids through their growing up years has never been an easy job. Ask any parent about it and the answer will be mostly that it is very challenging to manage kids in their growing up years. Though, children are naughty and this behavior is quite natural, managing them properly is quite important.

Managing Behavior of Your Children

Here are a few tips on how you can deal with misbehavior of your kids.
Give Time – Your time is probably the best gift a child could get. More so in the present times when children have working parents. Children need attention and if you are not giving them attention they would find out ways sometimes to garner your attention. So, give them as much time you can and engage with them through play or conversation.

Setting Rules – This is one of the most important points to be considered. A clear set of rules need to be made and explained to your child. Though it is advisable that you don’t overload them with many many rules but have some really necessary ones. If you child is young, you need to explain them the rules in a language they can clearly understand.

Rewards – Reward your kids for good behavior but not with toys or food but with feelings, praises and applauds, smileys on their hand or stars or playing their favorite book and likes.

Consequences – As much important it is to set realistic and clear rules and put them across to the child, it is important to explain your child about the consequences as well. These rules have to be reinforced continuously even if they are small and simple ones. One of the examples would be when your child destroys something that is important, you have to ask the child to work that suits the child for it.

Consistency - Children never tend to follow rules and it is only repetition or consistency in the rules that could help you discipline your child in a certain way.

Self Regulation – Children do follow foot steps of kids and hence you as a parent need to follow what you preach. If you tend to disrespect or shout at your child all the time and not handle the situation calmly, then your child is most likely to follow you foot steps. So, take care of your own behavior before trying to regulate your child’s behavior.

Vydehi School of Excellence has been awarded with the British Council International School Award for the period 2015-18.

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Story Telling – The Best Gift You Can Give Your Children

Story telling is apparently not new and has been here since the beginning of the times. We all as children have heard stories from our parents and grand parents particularly when young. But, with the advent of new technology based gadgets like TV’s, tablets and mobiles, with the surge in nuclear families and the work loads that couples have leaves them with rather less or no time to look beyond cartoons and video games. Many of us Parent might as well have had fond memories of cuddling into our granny’s lap and asking her to tell you a fairytale. Even the great Einstein has said this about story telling – If you want to make your children intelligent, tell fairy-tales to them, if you want them to be more intelligent, tell more stories to them. So, the point is story telling does come packed with loads of benefits which are rather unknown to many of us. Well, lets just review some of these then so that if you haven’t already started telling stories to your child, you do get started asap.

Story Telling - The Best Gift You Can Give Your Children

Enhances Language Skills – When you read stories to your children, loud, slow and clear, your kids get an opportunity to come across new words. This is how you in a way help them build their vocabulary or say their word bank. With new stories come new words and these new words and pronunciation get archived in your child’s virtual word bank in some corner of their brain.

Betters Memory – Story telling is a memory enhancement exercise because children children have to remember certain key plot points. Even asking question during story telling and post it helps.

Enhances their Creative skills and Imagination – When you tell stories to your children, there are no visuals to support these stories. As a result children learn to imagine or visualize the story. This enhances their imaginative and creative skills. You can even ask your children to draw pictures around it after you tell them stories.

Helps with cultural Understanding – When you tell stories of your childhood, it gives them a chance to explore their own cultures and develop empathy towards people, places or situations that they haven’t been.

Besides story telling helps helps in instilling the love for reading which can help them all along their life span, improve listening skills, their concentration and engagement as well as developing your mutual bond.

Well, if you haven’t started it already, do it now because it is surely help your kids all their life.

Vydehi School is founded upon the conviction that young minds are extremely curious about everything that surround them. They are at a stage of constant development. They are always keen to learn, create and develop. With strong support to their ideas, their unique potentials can be molded effectively.

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