How to De-stress Your Children During Exams


It is that time of the day when temple bells ring louder than ever, teachers do overtime, and children experience something that adults experience daily-Stress!
That’s right, exams are around the corner and while your children are preparing for the same, parents too can start working their homework- ‘how to keep children stress-free during exams?’

Here are some tips which help you keep your kids calm during their testing times:

Let them make their own timetable, let your kids choose to demarcate their time to each subject the way they want. All you need to do is supervise. This will be more natural & comfortable for them rather than being told what to do and how to do it.
They will be able to stick to the study schedule more easily if they themselves make it.

Make sure they take regular breaks. It is as important to disengage as it is to engage. Long study hours can get taxing for their young minds and might not benefit them in any way. Regular breaks will help them recharge and focus better. Few but focused hours of study is what you should aim at. It could be anything -a short walk outside, their favourite show, or just a snack break while listening to their favourite songs.

Eating healthy too is important. Avoid very oily food and unhealthy snacking. The body must be active and heavy, unhealthy food can induce lethargy affecting proactive thinking & presence of mind.

Post exams, avoid gruelling them about how they went, the marks they expect or the questions they answered or did not answer. They will already be stressed, don’t add to it. Calm them down, assure them that everything is going to be just fine and get them to be confident & believe in themselves.

Children have their whole life to be stressed. Don’t let them fall prey to exams stress or your expectations! Childhood is the most important & most enjoyable period in life; let them make the most of it.

Benefits Of Growing Up With A Sibling

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There was a time when having more than one baby was the norm and having one baby was more of a concern. But today, with rising inflation, exorbitant costs attached to baby care & education, parents are thinking twice about having more than one child. It may sound like a fair enough reason for rearing a single child, but there many reasons why your child needs to grow up with siblings-here are some:

  • Children with siblings are more likely to pick up values like giving, sharing, compassion than single children who have all the focus on them and never need to share; be it toys, clothes or just feelings!
  • Generally, children with siblings mingle with people faster, make friends easily & find it easy to converse. Since they grow up with a brother or sister, opening up, talking, conversing comes very smoothly to them. They are less conscious of themselves and express more freely.
  • Having a playmate at home is not only fun but can give more scope to be creative and imaginative. More than one mind thinking always leads to more ideas.
  • Compassion is becoming rare with people these days. Everyone is in a hurry to get somewhere in life that they don’t mind ignoring others and leaving them behind. When you have a sibling, you are raised to think about the other, the idea of, ‘what is mine is yours’ is often seen in siblings and they eventually grow up only to extend that idea to people in their life; thus becoming compassionate & sensitive human beings.
  • The younger sibling always learns from the elder one. Good and bad, of course, but in the long run, there is someone to encourage, advise and support. The younger one learns from the elder’s mistakes and is also inspired by the elder. The elder will always look towards supporting and advising the younger one based on his/her life experience. This nurturing behaviour strengthens their bond. A bond built on inspiration & spirit which makes them confident and good-natured beings.

Growing up as a single child definitely has its own charm, but if there is anything missing, you now know what it is!

Holi Hai! Happy Holi!


Holi, one of India’s most colourful and joyous festivals is coming soon! Holi will begin on the evening of March 1st when people gather around a fire and the spend the night sing, dancing & frolicking. The fire symbolises the death of the evil demon Holika who tries to kill Prahlad, a devotee of Vishnu. This is called Choti Holi or Holika Dahan. They also chant prayers and perform other rituals around the fire, to ward off evil, if any, inside them.

The next day is the day of colours & water. People playfully throw gulal (colours)at each other and also use a funnel-like structure called pichkari to squeeze out water on others. This playful give and take with colours and water makes Holi one of the favourite festivals of all.

Holi falls between February & March and so is also known as the spring festival. Though an ancient Indian festival in origin, Holi is celebrated among communities in South Asia, Europe & North America; evoking the mood of spring, the mood of love, frolic & fun.

Among the states that revel in this festivals is Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, in the north, & Bihar, West Bengal, and Assam in the east revel in this festival. There are some Southern states like Andhra Pradesh that celebrate Holi too, but much of the festivity remains in the north.

Lately, though, there has been much talk about Holi colours unsafe being for people and animals. Criminal wastage of water too, has been reported at many places. There have been people advocating for a safe and responsible celebration of Holi.

Ways in which you can play a safe & responsible Holi:

-Use eco-friendly, instead of those mixed with chemicals. In fact, you can make your own Holi colours by using Henna, Chandan & Turmeric.

-Don’t throw colours on animals; it is harmful to them.

-Water is sacred and scarce in many parts of India; value water and avoid using too much water or water balloons. Traditional Holi did not depend too much on water.

-Play community Holi. choose a common open space/ground instead of private spaces which will lead to more wastage and more mess.

Bril wishes you and your family a Happy & Safe Holi!

How Can New Mothers Improve Sleep?

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Sleep deprivation is common with new moms, which can affect their health and make motherhood a burden rather than a joy. These are some ways how new mothers can avoid sleep deprivation:

Be clear with your sleep needs with your partner and other people at home. Avoid taking up responsibilities and try to delegate more. Sometimes family members don’t understand the gravity of the situation, so it is better to discuss with them.

Don’t feel guilty about taking help. Taking help will mean finishing tasks faster, which will give your more sleep time.

If you are becoming a mom for the second time, there are times you will feel you are not giving time to the elder one and so will go out of the way to attend the child’s PTA or cultural programme. Avoid doing so. Learn to say no to your child but remember having a newborn at home means a lot of work which means, you will need a lot of rest.

So instead of giving up sleep time for a programme, think twice.

One of the oldest and most truthful fact-’Sleep when your baby sleeps’- which you find in all pregnancy guides & baby books, should be followed strictly. This is the only way you can enjoy unperturbed sleep.

However tempted you may be to return calls or clean the house, just put everything aside and lie beside you baby and sleep.

Postpartum depression or baby blues is quite common in new mothers due to lack of sleep. If you are experiencing symptoms, talk to your doctor. Sleep disorders like sleep apnea could also refrain you from taking short naps; make sure you speak to your doctor and get the required treatment.

Motherhood is one of the most beautiful and happiest experiences in the life of a woman, don’t let anything come in between you and your baby, especially not sleep.

A Short Baby Bible – Every Parent Must Remember


Having a new baby is probably the most wonderful experience of anyone’s life, especially if you just start a new family and have always wanted to become a parent. A baby could be the source of happiness in any home, but if the inexperienced parents really don’t have a clue of what to do with the baby, then the little one could instead become the source of frustration.

Trying to know what the baby wants could be the most frustrating moments for new parents, especially when the baby just won’t stop crying. There are just so many possible scenarios with the baby that can make new parents feel overwhelmed. The first few weeks or even the first few months could be really intense, and for new parents, these are the crucial moments where they could really use some valuable knowledge about how to handle a baby.

Actually, there are so many great sources of information around you, if you just look at the people who really close to you, like your mother, grandmother, or your sister and friends who already have children, they can actually provide you with valuable information based on their own experience. Even better if they live close to you, they probably can come by and show you exactly what to do.

The experts at the hospital also can give you some great information. At the hospital after the labor, you can use the time to learn from your doctor and nurses about how to care for your baby the right way. From the nurses you can learn a lot, like how to hold, bathe, and burp the baby. Usually in the hospital there are also lactation consultants and feeding specialists that can give you specific information about bottlefeeding and nursing your baby.

To get you started, here is an infographic that can show you some of the most important things you should know when you have a new baby.

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Working Moms, Here Is How You Balance Family & Work.

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  1. Stop Feeling Guilty: There are times when you are at home you worry about work and when you are at work you are guilty of leaving your children at home. You are not selfish, think of your work as the means for better educational opportunities for your child,  better childcare & healthcare for your child & family. Such notions will comfort you.
  2. Get Quality Childcare: Do your research on nannies or preschools before you settle on one. Speak to other parents, check records & their experience before you hand over your precious little one. Someone you can blindly trust with your child; someone who will take care of your child as they would their own.
  3. Leave notes or a calendar with instructions: Make sure your presence is not missed even when you are physically not around. Leave notes or reminders on the calendar with regard to bills or groceries. This also makes your family a little more responsible and gives you scope to delegate duties.
  4. Have clarity in communication with your employer & colleagues: Much of the research on your part needs to be done during the early months of pregnancy. Ask your colleagues about what benefits they had when they were pregnant, speak to your employers about the flexibility in leaves, maternity benefits and also use to your advantage the information you have gathered from your colleagues.
  5. Don’t even try to multitask: When you are at work, stay focused, don’t waste time with office banter or online browsing. When you are at work, work, and when you are home don’t worry about work. Give time to your partner in the evenings and reserve important office calls or emails for when your child goes to sleep. Multitasking never leaves you fulfilled.
  6. Take time out for yourself: Don’t forget to find time for yourself. Focus on your health and nurturing your hobbies, be it outdoor sports, gardening or reading. This time you spend with yourself will rejuvenate your tired mind & body and get you energised for the busy week ahead. You also develop a fresh perspective to work, children & your daily life and will be in a relaxed & calm mood to face any obstacles or challenges whatsoever.

It is easier said than done, but working moms do have a lot of juggling to do. A little balancing, though, will make life more enjoyable and less burdening.

Electronic Devices-The New Babysitters?

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With both parents working for demanding jobs under stressful timelines, tablets & phones have become the new babysitters. They help in feeding, putting them to sleep and keeping them occupied anytime, anywhere. Preschoolers use touchpads like feeding bottles and while tying a shoelace is tough, finding the power button on a device is not!

Are we making our kids lose themselves in a virtual bubble even before they have seen the real world?

Let’s look at the effects of excess screen time on children:

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Tips For Working Mothers On How To Balance Work & Home

Blog - 8th Jan

The working mother concept is not a new one anymore. With women making it big in various fields and at the same time investing in child rearing & family, they have forever put to rest the myth of ‘gender roles’-something which was created to obstruct women from working.
But a working mother definitely has more on her plate than a working woman or a mother. Being there for the little ones and managing a demanding career can be tough.

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Make This Holiday More Than Just Summer Courses

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Apart from summer workshops and courses which indulge your kids in various arts, crafts & miscellaneous activities, there are a lot of things you could get them to do at home and around.

  • Involve them in the holiday cleaning act. Cleaning out their shelves, filtering the unwanted from the wanted, and organising their study or their playroom are some of the things they could do. It will not only keep them occupied but also make them aware of cleanliness.
  • Get them to dig out stuff and make some DIY things. Be it using an old cloth to make pillowcases, creating some fun installations with old toys which they can proudly showcase in their rooms or making simple room decorations.
  • Reading books and discussing what they read with the family. Maybe enacting short stories which they read. That will make things more fun & engaging.
  • A trek to close by hills or lakes. Some time with nature will get them to wonder about other living beings like plants, birds or animals.
  • Trips to unexplored historic or scenic spots. Museums may sound boring but if made interesting by explaining things, or some further exploration is done on the net or with books after the visit-they are a good bet!
  • Some cultural exhibitions & festivals, where they get exposed to different types of cuisines, arts & people are also good places to spend some time.
  • Household chores: Get them interested in the most basic & everyday things of life; be it cooking, or fixing a bulb, or tightening the screw of a chair. Such chores could trigger an interest or curiosity in the working of things & maybe build insightful conversations between you and your child.

Make this holiday special! It could evolve the relationship you share with your child.