Republic Day: Celebrating the Constitution of India


The story of India’s independence from the British rule is a story without precedence that demonstrated to the world that adopting a strategy of nonviolence and civil disobedience could prove to be a potent force capable of bringing a mighty empire to its knees.

The newly-gained freedom brought with it its own set of challenges: namely, dealing with the aftermath of the partition of the country, persuading the principalities to join the Union, and unifying diverse groups under a common theme—the idea that we are one nation and one people.

We also needed to frame a constitution based on modern ideas that was capable of delivering justice to all citizens regardless of caste, creed, language, ethnicity or religion as a matter of priority. Our laws until then were based on the modified colonial Government of India Act 1935.

However, our leaders rose to the occasion: A drafting committee was duly appointed to draft a permanent constitution, with Dr B R Ambedkar as chairman. 26 January, 1950 is the day on which India formally adopted the Constitution and is celebrated as Republic Day. [Read more…]

6 things that parents can do to ensure a brighter 2017 for their children


There are many things that we plan for our children but in the everyday rush of doing our daily chores, sometimes those things just remain at the back of our mind. This 2017, let your kids learn something new and experiment with various things in this world.

Here are some things that parents can do to help their kids have an amazing year ahead:

  • Encourage them to participate in extra-curricular activities at school

Encourage your kids to register for as many extra-curricular activities as possible in school. Let them explore and see what suits them and what does not. Extra-curricular activities will help in developing the all-round personality of your kids. They will learn to interact with new people and they will also know as to how they can socialize once they step out into the competitive world.

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Studying and Playing – how to strike the balance in your kid’s life


All work and no play makes jack a dull boy – very true indeed. We need our kids to have the perfect balance of studies and play time but these days, with the intervention of technology, balance is a far cry from the truth.

As parents, we need to understand that both playing and studying are an essential part of our children’s lives. Playing develops a sense of social and emotional well-being in them whereas studying develops a sense of confidence and intelligence in them.

Even though it might be a little difficult to achieve a perfect balance between the two, here and some tips and tricks that you could follow to reach as close to that balance as possible: [Read more…]

Nurture the ‘ability to achieve’ in your kids by giving them your quality time


Is your child falling behind in his school these days? Do you think he is unable to achieve his full potential? If you are worried about your children’s progress and want them to achieve more, one of the easiest solutions would be to give them your quality time.

In today’s world, where every parent has their own set of chores, be it inside or outside the house, the kind of time that you spend with your children has a direct impact on their achievements. Parents can help nurture their children’s talents by utilising the time spent with them in an effective way. [Read more…]

Sow, Grow, Learn – A Fun Activity for you and Your Kids


If you observe you will notice that kids love to play in the dirt. Mums will know after all those days of washing muddy clothes. How about you channelize this liking of theirs into something creative and fun?

Get out those gardening tools, put on your gloves, roll up your sleeves and get some dirt into those nails for it’s gardening time! This is a fun way to engage your children in learning about nature, nurturing and nutrition in the most fun way possible.

Here are a few gardening activities for your kids. [Read more…]

How Much is Too Much – Television and Media


We often stop our children from slouching in front of the infamous idiot box. But is it really that bad?

Maybe spending short periods of time either in front of the television or the computer screen is good. Let’s find out how.  

A research study on the said subject shows that media like everything else has its good side and bad side when it comes to development and is inevitable considering the modern world we live in. It’s all about having and maintaining balance.

Moving on to rules for young children. [Read more…]

Autonomy in the Tween and Teen Years – Explained


It has been observed that a child expresses a desire to autonomous at two stages of his life – when he is a toddler and when he enters his years of adolescence. In this article we are going to talk about what autonomy seems like from the tween to the teen years, and how this is in fact a healthy stage which most parents would fear.

It is quite important for a child to learn to be autonomous at the right stages in life so that they go on to lead successful autonomous and individual lives.   [Read more…]

Let’s Have a Green Diwali This Year!


It is that time of the year where all the houses are brightly lit and the aroma of delicious sweets and savouries waft through the streets! Yes, Diwali – the festival of lights is finally here, bringing into your homes heaps of love, peace, hope and unity. Being considered as an auspicious day to start anything new, there are a couple of rituals associated with this festival. While most of them add to the beauty of the festival there are few others that lead to various kind of pollution and inconveniences. Bursting of crackers is one such inevitable ritual. Although it is feast to the eyes with all the various colours and patterns lighting up the sky, it does cause a lot irreversible damage to the atmosphere with all the smoke that it ends up in. [Read more…]

Help Children with ADHD Draw Their Way into Learning


Art is one of the best ways to get children to learn irrespective of their learning challenges. This is a great tool to use especially when you teach at a school. It becomes your most used and favourite teaching aid be it math, science, history, social studies, reading or language arts. [Read more…]

Keeping Children with Severe Intellectual Disabilities Occupied – A How to Guide!


Children with special needs are generally those who suffer from severe intellectual disabilities. They have a tough time adjusting to their environment as a result of their IQ which is significantly lower than average – between 70 and 89, when the average IQ score is 100. Ordinary tasks like engaging in conversation, or using a pencil for instance seem like a difficult task for children with such disabilities. Here is how you can give your child a better quality of life while giving him an opportunity to develop and grow with structured activities that will help promote fundamental skills in a fun environment.

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