Structured play or unstructured play: Which is better for a pre-schooler?

Structured play or unstructured play: Which is better for a pre-schooler?

Play is the central part of your child’s sensory, physical, social, emotional and cognitive development. Is there a method to playing or should they follow their instincts? Actually, children need to experience structured play as well as unstructured play as both play a great role in the development of a child especially in their growing years. Structured play includes music, exercises, painting, or playing a game. On the other hand, unstructured play comprises any child activity where the little one…

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How to help a child after you have yelled at him or her

How to help a child after you have yelled at him or her

There are times when, as a parent, something inside you snaps and your kid has to face the brunt of it. For instance, you come home after a really hard day at work only to find your kids playing loud music on the television. Tired and fatigued as you are, you instinctively yell at them, more that you should have. Does that sound familiar?  If you feel bad for what you did, that’s understandable. You want to make amends, but…

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Preparation tips for General Awareness – RRB PO/Clerk (Main)

Preparation tips for General Awareness – RRB PO/Clerk (Main)

The IBPS RRB Officer and IBPS RRB Assistant Exams for recruitment of Officers and Office Assistants in Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) are organized by the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS). These Mains exams for Officer grade are held on November 5 each year while the exam for Assistant Mains is held on November 12.  Importance of General Awareness section One of the most important sections in these papers is General Awareness. This section can help you score good marks…

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The secret to raising smart kids

The secret to raising smart kids

We live in a highly competitive age where it’s absolutely essential that we keep ourselves updated with what’s happening in the world. In these times, raising a child is a matter of great concern to parents, particularly if they want their kids to be smart.   Often, parents worry if their child is intelligent enough and if not, what they can do to help develop their intelligence. Raising a child to be smart isn’t an impossible feat, but parents need to…

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How to avoid being an over-protective parent

How to avoid being an over-protective parent

As a parent you would always want to protect your child but there is always one question that every parent needs to ask himself or herself. “Are you obstructing or curtailing your child’s potential by turning out to be an overprotective parent?” What you don’t realize is that by overprotecting your child, you are hindering your child from reaching his/her full potential. It is a bitter truth that overprotective children are more likely to fail and parents need to be…

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Parenting a hyperactive child

Parenting a hyperactive child

Hyperactive children are also called as “spirited children”. They are strong willed children who are often labelled as “difficult” or “problem child”. These children tend to be more energetic, persistent and intense. They lead a bolder life than other children. In other words they are determined and enthusiastic. Medical dictionary describes hyperactivity as a symptom of another underlying cause, such as varying mental diseases and medical. It is also considered that one of the main disorders associated with hyperactivity is…

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When another child hurts your child

When another child hurts your child

Picture this. You and your child are in a park. Your child runs to the kids play area to sit on the swing. Without provocation, another kid who is nearby pushes your child away and sits on the swing. Your child is shocked and starts crying. What would you do? I am sure that nothing ignites a parents protective instincts faster than that of their child being hurt, especially if he or she has been hurt by another kid. Your…

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Let us not label our children

Let us not label our children

Today, we are in the practice of labelling and organizing things, at home or work places. Attaching labels to boxes and containers are effective organizing strategies. However, we as parents do tend to knowingly or unknowing attach labels to our kids as well. This can be counterproductive and leave a negative effect on children.  As parents, we find ourselves labelling our children all the time. Most often we add adjectives, positive or negative, to our children when we address them…

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Helping children to control their emotions

Helping children to control their emotions

Emotions are feelings that people experience. Emotions have a great impact on the thought process and behavior of people. Our decisions and actions are highly influenced by our feelings. In order to help our children lead a happy, well balanced life we need to teach them, how to control their emotions.  Controlling emotions, means being able to manage your feelings in such a way that helps you complete tasks and achieve goals. Teaching children to control their emotions in a…

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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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