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Rewarding little ones for good behaviour

Rewarding little ones for good behaviour

A reward is a result a child receives when he or she behaves well. It is a nice way of saying “well done” or “good job” when your child has behaved in a pleasing way. A reward could be in the form of saying something positive, or giving your child an ice cream or a surprise treat or granting an extra benefit like allowing your child to choose a special meal for lunch or dinner. When you appreciate your child…

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Teaching empathy to the little ones

Teaching empathy to the little ones

It is very vital to teach our children empathy but before we get into our topic in detail let us look at the meaning of empathy. What does empathy mean? Definition of Empathy Empathy is defined as the ability to understand another person’s feeling or to getting to understand the circumstances they are in. In simple words, empathy means to be a human being who is sensitive to the needs of others.  Empathy is necessary to sustain and create human…

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Why do parents give in so easily to their children

Why do parents give in so easily to their children

Parenting has always been a hard task and has become even more challenging in these modern days. To add to this, lifestyle that keeps changing rapidly, never ending demands, new requirements in life bring in added challenges.  During the olden times, life as we know was very different. Fathers were required to work and mothers took care of children and domestic duties. Families were large and children had the support of grandparents, aunts and uncles. But, nowadays, it is not…

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Do not overreact to lies

Do not overreact to lies

It’s not uncommon for children of all ages to lie at some point in time as they grow.  Children as small as 3-5 years old will make up stories and tell fantastic tales. As kids get older, the will lie to get out of trouble or to escape punishment.  A lie is nothing but “not telling the truth”. Hiding half the information or omitting details and misrepresenting truth are the same as lying. It clearly indicates that the child is…

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Say no to spanking

Say no to spanking

To spank or not to spank? This has been a point of contention for long. In fact, the age old question “to spank or not” sparks a strong debate among both parents and psychologists. Studies show that almost all parents in the world have spanked their children sometime or the other.  Spanking is an act of slapping, especially on the bottom of a child with an open hand, as a punishment for bad behaviour.   However, what parents need to understand…

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When travelling with young children

When travelling with young children

Travelling with young children can be wonderful and nerve wracking at the same time. Having said that, it is important to note that patience is the name of the game when you are travelling with young children.  Children are very curious in nature in particular at the ages between 2 and 5. They are interested in knowing about everything that’s happening around them. When children start travelling from a very young age say from around 2 years old, they tend…

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The triad – School, parents and teachers – Role in shaping a child

The triad – School, parents and teachers – Role in shaping a child

Each child is born with a unique personality which is shaped by the environment in which the child is brought up. Parents, teachers, caregivers and schools play an important role in influencing the personality of a child. As the saying goes “A child’s mind is like a blank slate”, therefore all knowledge obtained is from the experiences gained through life. Children are not born with the prior knowledge of acceptable and unacceptable behaviour. They learn by observing others around them…

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When travelling with young children

When travelling with young children

Travelling with young children can be wonderful and nerve wracking at the same time. Having said that, it is important to note that patience is the name of the game when you are travelling with young children.  Children are very curious in nature in particular at the ages between 2 and 5. They are interested in knowing about everything that’s happening around them. When children start travelling from a very young age say from around 2 years old, they tend…

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Play matters: Supporting play-based learning

Play matters: Supporting play-based learning

Play based learning or learning through play is a term used by educationist and psychologist to describe how a child can learn to make sense of the world around them through play.   This form of learning has many positive outcomes on the child’s physical and mental development and scope of learning. It also teaches little ones skills to succeed in a competitive world.  While research has shown over and over again that children’s brains are developed by play, the question…

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Understanding your child and their potential rather than expecting them to do something which is not their forte

Understanding your child and their potential rather than expecting them to do something which is not their forte

Each and every child is unique and special. All children are gifted with a unique set of talents and potential, in which they may shine and excel. Every child is distinctly talented and no two children can or should be compared.  They are blessed with their own special individuality. Most often, parents fail to recognize these abilities in their children and push them into something which is not their forte. As parents, we are anxious about the well being of…

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