Back to school, tips for parents of pre-schoolers

Back to school, tips for parents of pre-schoolers

Going back to school can be a strenuous time for all involved, parents, teachers and children including pre-schoolers. I am sure even some experienced teachers may get a few butterflies in their stomachs when it is time to go back to school and especially when his or her child starts school, pre-school or kindergarten. But, it is good to lay aside all those worries and start concentrating on what is important. It is very vital to plan ahead when sending…

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Importance of rest and sleep in young children

Importance of rest and sleep in young children

Every living thing sleeps! Sleep plays a very important role in you staying healthy all your life. In fact, sleep has been called the third pillar of health, with the other two pillars being nutrition and exercise. Getting good quality sleep is necessary for good physical as well as mental health in both children and adults. Let’s now understand why it is important for young children to rest and sleep. Here are eight reasons why. Helps in processing information –…

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Effects of domestic violence on kids

Effects of domestic violence on kids

Domestic violence, especially among kids has been prevalent in the world for a long time. To understand the consequences of domestic violence, it is vital to know what domestic violence is all about. Domestic violence is a deadly disease that involves physical attack, sexual assault or fear of physical harm. It can happen to any person or individual anywhere and anytime.  So it is important to have a proper understanding of what gives rise to domestic violence in order to…

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Be a role model for your kids

Be a role model for your kids

What is the meaning of role model? The dictionary defines a role model as an individual who is looked up to, revered and imitated by someone else. Role models, through their personal qualities and achievements, inspire others to lead an exemplary life without direct instruction. However, role models can either be positive or negative. Positive role models project a range of useful behaviors but negative role models project harmful or disruptive behaviors.   Parents are the most powerful and influential…

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Why do children whine?

Why do children whine?

Parenting is not an easy task. It is becoming a real challenge to raise kids these days, than ever before. One of the challenges that parents face is that of children whining. Children tend to whine whenever they want and for whatever they want. The dictionary defines whining as ‘to make a long, high, sad sound’. It has now been scientifically proven that the sound of a child whining is one of the most irritating and distracting sounds on this…

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Listen to your child

Listen to your child

Listening to someone is not as easy as it sounds. In today’s high speed, high tech world, communication is so very important, and yet we seem to be listening less and less to one another. Listening is important for effective communication. Inability to actively listen leads to misunderstanding and differences. Therefore actively listening to both adults and your kids is very important for maintaining a good, healthy relationship. So why is it important to listen to your child? When you…

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Your kids and TV – Unplug your kids

Your kids and TV – Unplug your kids

Children spend hours watching their favourite TV programs and it is becoming increasingly difficult to unplug them from this habit. What started as a means of keeping the child occupied for a while is now occupying most of their time. Children don’t go outdoors to play anymore or indulge in any other indoor games. They just stay glued to the television. It is important to unplug our kids from the TV and help them have conversations, build relationships, and use…

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Inculcate love for reading in your kids

Inculcate love for reading in your kids

“Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.” – Maya Angelou It is said that there is no right age to pick up that first book to inculcate a reading habit in children. Reading is more than a hobby. Children are like a sponge and exposing them to the world of books will ensure they become smart, inquisitive, imaginative adults. Your child can…

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Overburdening the child with a host of activities

Overburdening the child with a host of activities

Unfortunately, much as parents want to be proud of their little kids’ efforts, these little ones are being overburdened with a range of activities taking up their play time each day. In fact, this concept has been discussed in child psychologist David Elkind’s best-seller, The Hurried Child. In this book, Elkind says that parents find it increasingly difficult to find a fine balance between parents throwing open as many opportunities to their children as possible to the extent of overburdening…

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Don’t get your children bullied

Don’t get your children bullied

Bullying is every child’s nightmare. Children both at schools and colleges have been falling prey to bullying for decades. Bullying can not only cause physical harm but can leave deep mental and emotional scars as well. Bullying, these days, has become common in schools. It takes place among children belonging to any category irrespective of their social or economic status. Your child may face bullying as early as preschool years. Bullying tends to become more intense during middle school and…

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