Category: Tips for Parenting

Bullying – Trouble Comes In All Sizes

Published on January 24, 2018


Bullies come in all sizes. Sometimes they are merely 2 feet tall and have a few teeth missing.

When a child says, “nobody plays with me” you as a parent would think of tens of reasons in a jiffy. But the one thing we rarely consider is group-ism or bullying at even preschool level.

“We don’t want to play with you!”

Ouch! The feeling of being left out or being pushed-around can be just as painful for kids as in adulthood.

While most parents are aware of school bullying being rampant in late elementary schools, but, believe it or not, bullying among pre-schoolers is more common than you think. We think these kids are too young for the kind of tormenting we associate with bullying. Our youngest and most vulnerable age group, the toddler and preschool crowd are also victim to little-kid bullying.

When Ayaan, brought home his class picture. He pointed from one smiling child to the next, naming them, “that’s Rhea, that’s Thavish, that’s Reyan, that’s…a bad boy”. He opened up to his mother slowly, about how his classmate never allowed Ayaan on the trampoline; snatched his cookies during snack-time and occupied his place during circle time.

Gosh! Before an enlightening episode with his school picture, Ayaan refused to go to fellow birthday parties and his parents thought it must be overwhelming and loud. He refused to get in the carpool and we assumed he wanted mommy to drive him to school. Time and time again he gave subtle hints that his adults failed to notice.

Children at such tender age very rarely articulate their precise trouble. It is extremely important that we as adults read between the lines (without jumping to quick conclusions / making hasty decisions) and keenly observe any persistent unusual behavior.

Stay Well This Winter

Published on January 5, 2018


There’s no telling what’s to come when winter begins. The cold and the chills don’t have to keep your kids home but instead welcomed with a few precautions.

Keep your preschool going children safe, warm, and healthy through the coldest months by following these simple safety tips.

Food

Provide your kids with healthy food to strengthen their immune system. Serve healthy foods such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, and fish. Drinking milk with probiotics can also help build his body’s defences.

Caution from infections

Eliminate the breeding places of disease spreading infectants by keeping the ground clean and dry. Make your house insect proof.

Proper clothing

“There is no bad weather, only inappropriate clothing”. Dress them warm and protected with woolen jackets, stockings, mufflers. The body’s own heat is the best way to combat the cold outside.

Personal hygiene

Explain to your toddler to cover his mouth when coughing or sneezing; to use tissues (not their sleeves!) to wipe their noses, and to dispose of tissues properly as they are the entry points for flu and cold. Pre-empt viruses and bacteria by frequently washing your hands.

CULTURE EDUCATION – WHAT ROLE DOES YOUR CHILD’S PRESCHOOL PLAY IN IT?

Published on December 27, 2017


From trying not to overdo the little one’s Halloween costume, to rejoicing every Indian festival with utmost grandeur. As parents of the 21st century, trying to raise global citizen, we often find ourselves wondering how and what festivals should be introduced to our little people.

While we welcome the celebrations of the west, some of us secretly worry about how we can best imbibe Indian values and gift our children the bounties of Indian culture.

CULTURE EDUCATION – WHAT ROLE DOES YOUR CHILD’S PRESCHOOL PLAY IN IT?

In this age of westernization, it is important that we find strike a balance between being modern and rooted in our culture. While Parents can only teach their child about their own culture, preschools play an important role in making children learn about different cultures, countries, and continents; allowing them to grow and become a modern, yet rooted individual. With examples and hands-on experiences, learning about festivals and celebrations at school leaves a great impact on children.

The real purpose of cultural education is to imbibe great values in leaders of tomorrow. Different traditions and cultures can teach many important lessons of life that your children will surely benefit from.

Three things your child will learn from festivals and celebrations at school:

  1. It multiplies the joy of togetherness and allows them to bond and share the beauty of every festival.
  2. It beautifully communicates the differences and similarities of a vast number of communities, allowing children to appreciate and celebrate the same.
  3. It harmoniously unites children of all backgrounds to respect and understand the values of another’s religion allowing them to be global citizens in the true sense.

These experiences teach children to embrace differences and grow into becoming responsible global citizens that respect all religions and regions. So choose a playschool for a child that will make him/her an individual that by all means is a global citizen.

7 Resolutions Every Threenager Parent Must Make

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The New Year brings a new opportunity to make important changes in your life. What’s on your list? ‘Be more patient’ or ‘Spend more time with your children’. But the one goal underlying in common – Be a happier parent!

Here are 7 simple resolutions to support you in infusing a positive change in your home.

Intend to do these 7 things better this year:

Put down your phone

When you’re home and your kids are around; spend quality time with kids and not your smartphone! It might be for your work purpose, but children won’t see that when they want you to team up with them to build their blocks. So, try to model a better digital life which helps your children become less dependent on technology.

Start inculcating more traditions

Introduce some habits or traditions the coming year so your children may continue it in the years to come. Take them to a festival show. Like, kite flying on Sankranti and carol singing on Christmas.

Get outside

Going outside doesn’t have to mean to go for shopping, entertainment, and the likes. It can be a simple 10-minute walk around your home or something as simple as watching stars in the night. Make time to do it!

Live every moment to the fullest

With a blink of your eye your three y-o who was a toothless, drooling baby is going to be a graduating kindergartener and sooner they will have outgrown all childish acts. Sharing laughs while kids are young keeps the parent-child connection going strong from the threenager and beyond.

Say ‘no’ to over-schedule

While you sign up your children for different activities throughout the day to keep them busy, remember sometimes it’s okay to just do nothing. Ditch the activity class at times to find extra time to play.

Schedule ‘me-and-baby’ time

Kids crave one-on-one time with their parents, too. Parent-child dates allow kids to feel special, having all the attention focused on them. Get involved in an activity together, something that makes you both happy. If your hobby is dancing, maybe trying some free dancing with kids and bring these kinds of dates into a regular practice.

Improve routines

Regularize your child’s morning, after-school and bed-time routines. Work with your child to implement improved methods in such a way that there are no reminders required.

We hope these resolutions inspire you to make positive amendments for you and your little one.

Be your best parenting self-beginning January 2018! And tell us what’s on your list of New Year’s resolutions as a parent?

How Cultural Activities At Schools Teach Children Lessons Beyond Culture

Published on December 12, 2017


“Let’s make diyas today” declares the teacher out-loud with a huge cheer echoing amongst all the children dressed for Diwali celebrations. Not many days later, precious little ones all dine on the same mat relishing some sheerkhorma that is being served to the class after they hugged and greeted each other “Eid Mubarak”. Rahman painted his diyas and lit them at home that night along with his parents, while Aadhya’s mom was now trying to make her daughter’s new favorite sweet, sheerkhorma, for her friends.

Children see the world the way it is meant to be. Undivided by any boundary and united in every aspect. Free from any biases, children cherish every festival and adorn every culture to their heart’s content. For them, every reason to celebrate is most welcome!

As a child’s first diverse learning environment, preschools shoulder the responsibility of simplifying the legends & lessons of every religion and culture.

These when delivered innovatively through colorful, fun, displays, dramas, craft, dances, musical activities and other creative ways teach a child lessons beyond festivities. They teach morals and values such as goodness and empathy that draw light upon the similarities between us all.

  1. First and foremost, children model what they see, so the teacher’s inclusion and acceptance of different ideas, customs, and traditions help them learn to accept and respect all.
  2. Classrooms can choose to display pictures or artwork on the wall that feature a variety of multicultural children. Posters, pictures, maps, and regalia of many kinds are essential in helping students develop a mental image thereby providing visual recognition of one another’s culture.
  3. Dramatic plays with diversity dress up incorporate diversity; broadens their perspective about other’s feelings and instill a sense of empathy and respect. Also, role plays and stories leave children with moral lessons. For e.g., a roleplay on Ramayana leaves the children with the lesson-“Good wins over evil.”
  4. Visit historic/cultural places such as museums with art and exhibits are a great way to learn about cultural heritage.
  5. Incorporating music from a variety of cultures during festival celebrations, featuring different types of instruments demonstrates the importance of music to many different cultures
  6. Discussing differences and similarities in cultures with your students openly, but focusing the similarities. In this way, children can make connections that “others” are more like us than different.
  7. Indianized celebration. Festivals can be celebrated by drawing posters, decorating the room, and preparing some of the foods. For e.g., lighting Diyas on Diwali, serving Devaiyaan on Eid, playing with Colors on Holi etc. This kind of activity enables the student to actively participate in the cultural heritage of one another.

Fun, safe & not-so-spooky Halloween with children

Published on October 27, 2017


Halloween is just around the corner, and with children it is all about wearing costumes, carving pumpkins and candy treats. However, parents should take precautions to ensure that their little goblins and princesses have a positive experience of this fun tradition.

Consider a daytime or early evening Halloween activity

It’s good to participate in events that are scheduled earlier in the day so as to avoid any temper tantrums your child may throw due to disrupted routine or being overwhelmed.

Read fictional books to introduce them to spooky aspects of Halloween

Familiarizing children with Halloween elements and discussing how it is all pretend and for fun, prepares them to meet and greet fictional characters, spooky costumes/decorations.

Keep it comfortable

Children may have sensitivities to certain fabrics/textures. You can make necessary adjustments, making sure he feels comfortable. And if the child doesn’t want to put on a costume, go with carrying props. Try to use soft props, made of foam, if possible.

Accept and approach known people for treats

Whether they’re going trick-or-treating with parents or friends, make sure they know to accept treats only from known people.

Enforce the buddy system

If you are allowing your child to go trick-or-treating with other children, encourage them to stay with their group all the time.

Don’t force it

If your young child has no interest or gets scared of spooky decors/costumes, it might be best to find something else fun to do instead. Have them paint a pumpkin or some other craft and offer practice sharing by distributing treats.

Happy Halloween!

GOOD TOUCH & BAD TOUCH

Published on October 4, 2017


Megha and her four year old had a deal of hugs on completing tasks. Every time Megha found her daughter completing a task she would give her a big hug. Hugs and hi-fives had become a favourite for her little one.

One morning, while sipping a cup of tea Megha reads a disturbing headline: 3-year-old Sexually Assaulted By Uncle.

Isn’t it horrifying?

Stories of abuse have taken a toll in today’s times. Blazing headlines from – ‘18 months old raped in Kolkata’ to ‘10 year old’s sketch send rapist uncle to jail’ are finding place in the papers at a pace that can shake one’s faith in humanity and terrify every parent. By an overwhelming majority, in most of these cases young children are assaulted by someone who is part of the household – uncle, cook, nanny, etc.

Being a mother of two young daughters, it was alarming for Megha to read such a horrific instance. It brought her to realize the importance of talking to the girls about being weary of an unhealthy touch. But a thought that echoed in her head was ‘aren’t they too young to be able to differentiate between right and wrong?’

While pre-schoolers undoubtedly are too young to clearly differentiate between right and wrong, they can be educated in the most simplest of ways to realise what makes them comfortable and uncomfortable. Below are some key points that can help every parent in taking necessary precaution of teaching their little ones the differences in good and bad touch.

  1. Familiarize them to their body parts from an early age of 1.5-2 years
  2. Talk easy – choose a soft conversational tone that causally imparts the message
  3. Clearly explain their private parts and that nobody is allowed to touch these
  4. Clearly define the limits of politeness with strangers who make them feel uncomfortable or touch them in a bad way. Ensure to teach them to speak out loudly and confidently if anyone does so
  5. Avoid unnecessary touch – drift away from traditions of the society and don’t force your child to hug/sit in the lap of every elder they greet
  6. Reinforce the safe circle to your child
  7. Most importantly, have conversations with your child every day and learn about their day to understand their reactions and interactions with different people

The safety of our children is undoubtedly the most important aspect of our life as parents. Let us empower them with the basic means of protecting themselves and communicating/sharing with us anything that makes them uncomfortable.

THE ONE THING ABOUT RESPONSIBILITY EVERY PARENT NEEDS TO KNOW

Published on September 21, 2017


Aanya, places her tiny squeaky shoes straight in the shoe rack after returning from school. Kabir helps his mom clear the plates off the table after dinner. Rayaan loves keeping the house guest-ready by clearing not only his toys but also placing his mom’s novels in the book rack.

Such a blessing right!

It would be a dream come true for every parent to have a child that thoughtfully takes care of their surroundings (or least their own belongings). Parenting is not only about instilling manners and education, but most importantly about nurturing a sense of responsibility in the child that helps him/her in the long run.

One thing every parent needs to know is that it all begins at home. A school/preschool undoubtedly plays a major role in instilling the basic practices of responsibility but the actual implementation of these can only come into play when the same is reinforced at home. From small things such as picking up one’s own plate to bigger things that may include being responsible for their pet, a child only realizes his responsibilities and takes ownership towards these when these become a regular practice.

Most parents are often confused if they should/should not engage their little one in household activities. If they should do so, then to what extent and to when to start?

Below are few suggestions in implementing these:

  • Start with simple work: For them to get accustomed, start with simple work like keeping their things at place, getting things for you from refrigerator etc.,
  • Never forget to appreciate the good work/efforts and to thank them for doing the work. They learn from their elders
  • Never force them: kids are usually very moody sometimes they may refuse to help you. They also get bored very easily so always keep in mind not to force them to help or work and it may permanently turn them off.
  • Never bribe them: children perceive that they have to help in order to get something in return. Next time they will help you only if they want something.

Merits of involving kids in household activities:

  • Enhances creativity
  • Problem-solving ability will increase
  • Channelizes energy productively
  • They will learn to appreciate other’s hard work
  • Develops better bonding between parent and child
  • Problem-solving ability increases
  • Helps them in becoming independent
  • Helps in learning teamwork
  • Prevents kids from getting addicted to television or any other gadgets

ARE YOU ON A PARENTING MINEFIELD TO TEACH YOUR CHILD MONEY LESSONS?

Published on August 29, 2017


“Is money important?” My 4-year-old cousin asked when my mother gave me some amount and asked me to safely deposit in the bank. I answered with a hearty “Yes.” I explained it to her simply telling her that her candies and toys are bought with money. At this she innocently said, my daddy has lots of money. He goes to ATM and it gives him lot of money.

It was as if she just sees money easily withdrawn but doesn’t know where it comes from and how it becomes less on spending. Today when children get things so easily, they don’t really value money. It’s important to make them understand the concepts of saving and investing so they grew with smart financial habits.

One of the great way to teach them to save and spend is introducing pocket money. Here are some money lessons they will learn when they start saving with pocket money.

1. Discipline of saving money starts at young age

Children as young as two can be taught to put coins in the piggy bank just by telling them to feed the hungry pig by pushing coins through the slot. This will simply excite the child’s imagination.

2. Money doesn’t come from bank

Explain that you work to earn money, the bank is a place where you keep the money safe and ATM gives money that you saved.

3. No shortcut. Work for it

Whether you fix a pocket money or decide to link it to chores; let it be a nominal amount. Also see that you don’t pay them for their daily chores. You reward them when they do something exceptionally good. Say, for keeping the room tidy consistently over a period of week, for setting the table for dinner, making their bed etc.

4. Saving is cool

Sit with your child and discuss what he/she wants to buy with the money that’s being saved. May be saving for a new toy, a gift for a dear one, special outing, an extra pair of shoe the child likes. Saving up for it motivates the child to save more money and wait until they have sufficient money.

5. Happiness doubles with sharing

Have your child set a portion aside for charity, nevertheless how little it is. It teaches a very important value of money i.e. it can be used to help people.

6. Every penny counts

As your child’s math skills advances, once the piggy bank is full he/she can physically count the money in their piggy bank and know how much money they’ve saved. This brings a sense of achievement and also helps them appreciate that each penny counts

7. Live within your means

Allow your child to buy things independently so he/she becomes aware of relative price of things and determines what he/she can buy. This will give them a practical experience to manage finances; planning budgets before spending.

8. Don’t hasten in spending all at once

Initially your child may just fritter his/her money away but when he/she learns that he/she has to wait until the next month or week to get their pocket money; they are sure to realize the power of saving.

5 TIPS ON DEALING WITH YOUR SHY CHILD

Published on August 19, 2017


It was yet another meltdown evening for Sheena as she narrated an episode created by her 4-year-old son, Reyan, who accompanied her to an office party. As they arrived at the venue, Reyan was greeted and caressed by several of Sheena’s colleagues.

Reyan who is well known to be a shy child, has always preferred limited exposure to people. On finding himself surrounded by unfamiliar faces he began expressing his discomfort by crying out-loud and clinging to his mother wanting to return home.

Each child exhibits his/her unique temperament (way of interacting with the world) and shyness is also one of these. While some children are effortlessly social and interact with people with ease, some hold back and are hesitant/take time to do so. It is extremely important for parents to know, there is nothing wrong with being a shy child.

A shy, or child that takes a little time to warm up, might not be so outgoing and prefers to be on his/her own. What we need to know is that a little understanding conscious effort and support is all that is needed to help your child overcome his/her shyness and become confident and comfortable with social interactions.

1. TIME

Let your child take his/her time to understand any new surrounding/people. Let them first be amidst a few familiar faces and gradually introduce them to new faces in a soft and reassuring voice. If others describe him/her as shy for not immediately interacting, correct them politely, example – ‘she’s not shy, she’ll just get comfortable in a while and join in’.

2. LITTLE THINGS THAT MATTER

Model confidence and social behaviour in your child’s presence so he/she can watch and learn. Comfort your child, yet, avoid over comforting as this gives him/her a signal that something’s not right.

3. FOSTER SELF-ESTEEM

Most children tend to be shy because they lack confidence in themselves. Praise your child’s interactions by appreciating their little efforts (Example: it was really nice of you to greet aunt Rachel).

4. ENCOURAGE SOCIALIZATION

Fix a play date/take your child to play zones where he/she is exposed to new children and new settings. Give your child enough time to feel comfortable and interact with other children and adults.

5. AVOID NEGATIVE COMPARISONS

When your child singles out himself in a gathering unlike other children; do not feel apologetic or push him/her to do something out of his will. Try to provide him/her a positive environment which lets his/her social personality develop naturally.

As a parent, you must always try to be calm and understanding while raising a shy child. Also, be mindful of what you speak of them in their presence. With positive nurturing and sustained efforts your shy little one too will emerge as a confident & outspoken child.

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