Happy Children’s Day!!

Blog - 14th Nov

Children’s day in India is celebrated on 14th November which is India’s first Prime Minister, Jawahar Nehru’s, birthday. Mr. Nehru’s love for children was well-known and so his birthday was chosen to celebrate this day. Children’s day began in 1856 in Chelsea, Massachusetts, and from then on different countries celebrate this day on different dates to raise awareness about the rights, care & education of children.

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Fighting Your Child’s Flu

Blog- 7th Nov

Winter brings with it serene misty mornings & energetic chilly evenings, but also brings with it 200 viruses ready to infect your kids with nasal congestion, cold & flu. Here are some home remedies to enjoy this festive winter with some home remedies:

Ensure Your Kids are Hydrated: Make sure your kids drink a lot of fluids-it will reduce the symptoms of cold & flu. It also prevents fever which is triggered due to dehydration. Apart from water, milkshakes or juices are tasty alternatives. Broth, ginger ale & herbal tea, though are options for adults, are good to treat cold or nasal congestion.Haldi doodh or turmeric milk is a classic treatment for the cold & sore throat.

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Get Your Kids To Be Pet-Friendly

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Children and pets (mostly dogs & cats) generally have a friendly and loving relationship. Social media is bursting with adorable videos and images which are testimonial to this very special bond. Cuddling, playing, eating, sleeping, and bathing; almost every daily activity is done together and they are inevitably inseparable. But this bond comes with some responsibility after all a pet is an animal and animal instincts are strong and at times unpredictable. Parents must ensure that this relationship grows in a safe & secure environment and both the pet & child cherish these moments for a long time to come.

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Let’s Play, Learn & Teach Without Gadgets!

Blog Engage without gadgets - 9th Oct

Gadgets have made life easier than we could ever imagine. They help us reach people, across the world,  through calls/email, serve as great navigators when we are in someplace new, house apps which have transformed the way eat, dress and socialise!  But most of all, gadgets have given us new forms of entertainment. Entertainment which is great, as long as we don’t get too carried away and forget the outside world – This is exactly what is happening with our children.

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Parents Gear Up-It’s Exam Time!

Blog Exams - 25th Sept

Exam time is, indeed, a stressful period in a child’s life. With pressures mounting with each generation, about getting admissions into a prestigious college or getting a seat in the degree which the child wants to pursue, children undergo immense tension and stress. Apart from physical health issues, children are psychologically affected and even go into depression. As parents, you must ensure your child has a stress-free student life.

Here are a few tips:

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Navratri: One Festival, Many Traditions

Blog Navratri - 18th Sept

Navratri is a 9-day Hindu festival celebrated across the length and breadth of India in the months of September & October. This year, the festival falls between 21st September and 29 September. Navratri is the celebration of good over evil and is celebrated differently in different parts of the country.

Eastern & Northeastern India: Here, Navratri is celebrated in the form of Durga Puja. Goddess Durga who fights the buffalo demon, Mahishasura, and restores Dharma or right way of living or simply, the good in the universe, is venerated and prayed to for 10 days. Predominantly celebrated in West Bengal, Durga Puja includes putting up stage decorations/pandals which house beautiful clay idols of Goddess Durga. People gather at these pandals and worship the goddess, perform rites and recite chants & sing bhajans. One of the eye-catching traditions is what they call Dhunaachi Naach. Aarti or puja is performed using an incense burner called dhoop and sometimes men and women hold one or more than one dhoop and dance with them to the beats of a dhak (a kind of drum played in these parts of the country)

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Don’t Let The Blue Whale Bite Your Children!

Blue Whale Blog - 11 Sept

Dangerous gaming apps like the Blue Whale Challenge have taken the world by shock. The game designed by a Russian has resulted in 130 children suicides in Russia and 3 casualties in  India. The game gives children (generally teens are the victims) tasks to do, tasks as risky as, cutting a body part. The 50th and last challenge is the winning challenge, which is death by suicide. Experts warn parents of this contagious and addictive  game and share steps for prevention

  1. With both parents working, children are often alone for most parts of the day. Make sure you spend time with them once you get home. Ask them what they have been watching or reading on the internet. Sometimes, loneliness is not the reason, it is curiosity or the desire to do something ‘thrilling’ which gets children to play the game.The media has been sharing the consequences of games like Blue Whale Challenge, so your children probably know about it; but even so, do take time out to tell them about the game.
  2. Don’t gift them latest gadgets; it sends them the wrong signal. Children are young and have studies and other activities to focus on. They don’t need smartphones. A basic phone, primarily for communication purposes, is more than enough. In such cases, there is a lower risk of them succumbing to games like these.
  3. Monitor your child’s behaviour closely. Keep a lookout for mood swings, dull behaviour or even when they spend too much time locked in their rooms with phones or laptops. Keep a check on their usage of these gadgets and be stern about when they can use it. For eg, discourage the use of phones during dinner or an outing. However, parents must find a fine balance between monitoring and curtailing the child.
  4. Apart from monitoring your child in the real world, monitor his/her virtual world too. Use parental controls on all devices used by your children. Monitor their digital footprints and give them limited access to social media. For e.g., if the quantity of data is being consumed during odd hours, like between 1 am and 2 am, it is a sign of abnormal virtual activity.
  5. Attend workshops which are conducted by psychiatrists or cyber experts. These workshops will guide parents on how they can prevent their children from falling prey to such apps and even understanding signs of psychological changes or behavioural changes.
  6. Parents and schools must look out for these signs and treat them as they would any other illness; instead of attaching the stigma associated with mental illness.

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Choose Smart Parenting over Smart Phones

Focus on how to give time - 28th Aug

 

Technology is necessary and inevitable in this world of growing distances and diminishing time, but once it starts dominating our spaces, relationships, and lifestyles, it becomes a dangerous addiction.Speaking of dominating relationships, gadgets have increasingly started replacing parenting. Demanding jobs are making it difficult for parents to spend time with children, thus making phones the go-to device for keeping children entertained and occupied. Tabs and phones are infested with games, which children get hooked on to, giving them no opportunity to explore the outside world, learn something new or just have a simple conversation with someone.

Following are some of the ways in which parents can give more time to their young ones:

Whenever you can, make sure you pick and drop your children to school or any other activity class they go to. This commute gives you more time with them. Gadgets are going to be there everywhere, but be stern about not using them while having a conversation. That also means as parents you too should refrain from doing so!

When you pick them up from school, instead of coaxing your child to talk, why don’t you begin sharing your day’s experience with them? Tell them something interesting about your work, something funny that happened in office that day, or something new you ate or did. The child will automatically want to share his/her day in school.

Make sure they eat at the table without any gadget near them. It is important for the family to sit together at least for one meal a day. Again, a good place to strike up a conversation, the dining table often leads to great sharing.

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