7 ways to get your child to eat Healthy


Health is a human being’s greatest asset. We have been taught since very early days that “Health is wealth”. A very important step for maintaining great health is eating healthy food. In today’s time of fast food and all the unhealthy meal choices so widely available, inculcating healthy food eating habits in our kids is a daunting task.

However, you can get your kids befriend those veggies and fruits, and make healthy food eating habits an intrinsic part of your child’s life.

Here are the 7 ways to get your child to eat healthy Food:

1. Start from a very early age


Introduce your kids to healthy food right from the beginning. Let them taste different fruits and vegetables. Talk about the health benefits of the foods. Talk your kids into eating the food items by referencing it with a strength that they wish to gain. They will soon start developing a taste for the variety of fruits and veggies. At the same time ensure, that your house is stacked up with less junk food. This will encourage your child to try more healthy food.

2. Plan the weekly menu along with the kids

weeekly menu

To make “healthy eating” an exciting thing, make planning weekly menu a family affair. Think about different food options, involve everyone’s preferences, and stick to the menu decided. Do not cramp up different choices to accommodate everyone’s preferences in one meal. Make one meal for the entire family. This way, your kids will learn to eat everything.

3. Be a role model

Mother And Children Prepare A meal,mealtime Together

To ensure that your kids are eating healthy, you have to believe in healthy eating and participate in it yourself. You cannot be eating junk food when you are making your children to eat healthy. Also, don’t be phobic about a food item, if you want your child to develop a taste for it.

4. Allow treats


Do not abandon the less healthy food options. Abandoning them only makes it more lucrative. Set time for indulgences – fortnightly, monthly etc. This will make your child to not crave for the “less healthy food” all the time.

5. Involve them in cooking

Happy family preparing a healthy dinner at home.

Make children a part of the cooking process. They would be more inclined to eat what they have created. You can make them a part of the vegetable shopping – picking colorful veggies, vegetable washing and cleaning, making the salad, etc. Make cooking fun.

6. Let them plant it


You can try basic gardening and grow your own foods. Involve your children in this process. They are more likely to eat spinach if they have themselves grown it.

7. Try making food “an art”


If there is a particular vegetable that your kid has not developed a taste for, try sneaking it in with some other food item. Make food colorful, make it an art, and the nutrition requirement of your kid will be met, without your kids even noticing it. For example, you can make Spinach Rolls, broccoli uttappam, etc.

Getting your kids to eat healthy is important, but don’t get too forceful about it. Let your kids have fun with their favorite indulgences once in a while too. After all, this entire process of eating healthy has to be fun too.



Inculcating Personal Hygiene Habits in Kids


What is Personal Hygiene – It is the act of keeping oneself clean and thereby contributing to keeping ourselves healthy. Personal Hygiene is very crucial for everyone, as it plays a pivotal role in keeping us healthy and making us stay away from diseases and infection. Personal Hygiene is not just limited to keeping our hands cleans, it is keeping our entire body clean.

Children are free-spirited beings. They do not yet know what is healthy for them and what is not. They get in touch with dirt, mud etc. and are not very particular about grabbing the food only after their hands are cleaned. As kids grow up and step into teenage years, they themselves are attracted to maintaining a better personal hygiene for themselves, however, kids should be taught to inculcate personal hygiene from very early on, even before they begin school.

Personal Hygiene habits should be ingrained in your child as a ritual. And this would take time, effort and patience. Let your kids know the importance of personal hygiene, and re-iterate the same time and again.

5 ways to inculcate Personal Hygiene Habits in Kids:

1. Start with the basics

washing hands

Start introducing the various personal hygiene habits to your kids – one at a time. You can begin with focusing on them “keeping their hands clean”. Teach them the practice of washing hands with soap and water – before and after meals, after using the toilet, after coming back from school, after coming from the playground, etc.

Step by step, start introducing them to the other hygiene rituals –oral hygiene, bathing hygiene, hair hygiene, nail hygiene, coughing and sneezing hygiene, home hygiene, and so on.

Your child is learning. Ensure you are very patient through this learning cycle.

2. Make teaching Personal Hygiene Fun


For kids, these personal hygiene habits are a chore and an added hassle. How do you get them kicked about adopting these personal hygiene habits? Make it fun for them.

You can get toothbrushes representing their favorite cartoon characters, soaps that are full of colors, a bathing ritual that looks more like playing in a giant tub, hand hygiene which is more about singing jingles, and so on.

3. Make them understand the importance of Personal Hygiene


Kids need to understand the importance of maintaining personal hygiene so that they make these habits a part of their daily lives. Talk to them about personal hygiene time and over again. Let the bedtime stories stress on personal hygiene – how their favorite character was a fan of washing hands as it kept germs away, how the adventure loving girl from the story loved taking a bath daily and so on. Get creative with making Personal hygiene fun!

4. Set a Routine


Children adhere to routines. Incorporate personal hygiene habits as a part of their daily routines. And you will see these habits sticking with your kids throughout their lives.

5. Lead by example


Children learn more by observing. Ensure you and your entire family practices all the personal hygiene habits that you are teaching your children.


Lay down the foundation of a healthy life for your child right from the beginning by inculcating personal hygiene habits in your kids from very early on.


Introducing your kids to Sports

Father and son playing in the park at the day time.

Sports play a very important role in the holistic development of your child. Sports not only helps them shed all their inhibitions and be free, but it also helps them in developing a sense of self-confidence which helps them in every walk of life. They imbibe a range of skill sets from sports such as teamwork, perseverance, goal setting, to name a few. They learn the importance of winning, the joy of playing and the spirit of losing and trying harder the next time.

They learn to blend well with people from different backgrounds and communities. Sports is a great platform to teach your kids valuable life lessons. Sports also serves as a platform to unwind and just live in the moment.

Sports will help in enriching your child’s life in a lot of ways. Hence, it is very important to introduce sports at a very early stage in your child’s life.

5 ways to introduce your kids to Sports and make them fall in love with sports:

1. Introduce them to a variety of sports


Encourage them to try different sports, see what interests them and help them pursue that sport. Don’t force any sport upon your kid, let them take their own time in familiarizing themselves with the sport. Let them feel the joy of playing the sport.

2. Stress the importance of playing time


All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Ensure that your kids get their adequate outdoor play time and that play time is not lost amidst the plethora of educational activities that you have planned for your kids. Encourage your kids to participate in sporting activities in school, and in your colony with other kids. Let them unload all of their day’s hard work and feel charged up while playing with their friends.

3. Make playing fun for the kids


Sports get competitive and that might scare your kids out, especially if they are just beginning to getting acquainted with sports. Sports are exciting. You have to make sure that your kids are having a lot of fun when they are playing. Teach them that it is more about the joy of playing and not just winning.

4. Introduce a Family Sports day


You can set aside a day every month when your entire family heads out and plays a sport together. This will not only encourage your kids to play but also strengthen family bonds

5. Introduce them to the various sporting legends


Tell your kids stories about various sporting legends, and their journeys. If there are any tournaments happening near your vicinity, plan to attend the tournament with your kids. This will introduce them to the rich sporting culture of your country.

Sports can go a long way in shaping your child as a good human being. It will not only enhance your child’s fitness but also help them develop a lot of positive values. Let your child embark on this sporting journey, and have a rich playing experience from very early on.


Help your Kids Make New Year Resolutions


New Year is around the corner. A year has gone by and a year to begin with!

As we welcome the New Year with new hopes and determination, we, time and again look into the year gone by, and smile at the good times, and think about all those things that we wish we could do. All these things become a part of the resolutions that we make for the year to come.

New Year Resolutions are very important. They tell us about what we want to do. This new year, make resolutions along with your kids!

5 ways you can go about making New Year resolution with your kids:

1. Introduce your kids to the concept of New Year’s Resolution


Talk to your kids about what is making resolutions all about, and how New Year resolutions are to be followed through. It need not be anything breakthrough, it can be small little changes that your kids want to happen too.

2. Make the exercise creative


Make this entire act of making New year resolutions a fun thing, something that your kids look forward to doing. You can use colorful papers and pens; make decorative resolution boxes, etc. Get your kids to think about what New Year resolutions they want for themselves, and along with them, finalize on a realistic number of resolutions that are achievable.

3. Keep a positive approach towards resolutions


Focus on the positives and goal settings for the year to come. Do not dwell on the negative past experiences.

4. Break down long-term resolutions into short-term goals

time duration

If your kids have certain long-term resolutions in mind, break them into short-term goals. You can also assign time duration for each of the short-term goals.

5. Make a plan to follow up

follow up

It is very important to keep up with the resolutions. Make a plan to follow up on the resolution progress timely.

6. Be a role model

role model

Practise what you preach. Your kids will we be able to make resolutions and keep up with it, only if they see you doing so. Be a role model for them, and encourage them to make wonderful resolutions and follow them.

Let the coming year be full of hopes, and let it pave a way for your kids to meet a better version of themselves.


5 ways to Teach Kids responsibility


Imagine how happy a place the world will be if every individual understood their responsibilities – towards their own selves and towards each other?

What is Responsibility? Why is it so important? Is it inherent in a child?

Well, responsibility can be defined as taking onus for a particular activity or task, which is under one’s control. It means proactively taking steps to get the task done. For example, if we all assume the responsibility of making our planet a cleaner place, we would ensure that we do not litter around. If we know that it is our responsibility to abide by the rules, we would be extra vigilant.

Responsibility is a beautiful trait, to be imbibed from a very early age. This will go a long way in helping the child realize the importance of various things and privileges that she has in her life and not take things for granted.


5 ways to teach Kids responsibility:

1. Get them involved


Get your child to help you with the tasks at home. Don’t try to do everything just by yourself. Teach them how a particular task has to be done and at the same time, understand if they want to do it any differently. Complete the task as a group activity. It will not only help you spend quality time with your child, but they will also understand the importance of sharing the workload.

2. Teach good habits right from the beginning


Habits imbibed will become the foundation of your child’s individuality and character. It is important to cultivate the right habits in your child. Some of these might do the trick – Setting routines, setting rules and guidelines, explaining the repercussions, etc.

For example: Set a routine of them clearing up their mess before going to bed, making it a rule to have dinner together without TV, penalizing on TV hours for wasting food, etc. This will go a long way in making them responsible.

3. Appreciate and Reward


Little Appreciation goes a long way in reinforcing a good habit. Appreciate your kids at their every attempt towards being responsible. Reward the good act. They would be encouraged to repeat it time and again.

4. Support your child to compensate for damaged goods


Teach your kids ownership and taking care of their belongings. If they damage something because of their negligence, do not out-rightly get a replacement. Instead, tell them where they went wrong, and encourage them to compensate for the loss in ways such as going without that belonging for a month, etc.

5. Teach your child to be responsible for interaction with others


Your child has to be responsible for their behavior and actions. They have to learn to be polite, not hurt someone or be rude, and so on. Try helping your child understand their own thoughts better, this will help them control/understand their actions.

Responsibility is one of the most important and crucial lessons that your child has to learn. It will help them in shaping their lives.




7 ways to raise Confident kids


Success is a topic which almost everyone talks about. Everyone wants to be successful. But how do we achieve success? Yes, hard work is important. But, success also depends on how much belief we have in ourselves, how we see ourselves. Sometimes, the only bridge between success and us, is this self-belief, this confidence.

Confidence is something which is built and nurtured, day by day. Its’ foundation goes down to the growing years of an individual – childhood.

Your child’s success depends on how he sees himself, and that is shaped to a significant extent on how you see your child.

7 ways to raise confident kids:

1. Appreciate your child for every effort they put in


As your child is growing, she is opening up to a world full of possibilities and opportunities. She is going to try a million new things, encourage your child for every step taken, every effort made. Even if they don’t make it to the goal in the very first attempt, don’t dismiss their efforts. Instead, encourage them to try again the next time, and discuss with them, on what to do better, to get to the goal. Be their cheering squad!

2. Spread Positivity


A child’s self-image is to a great extent dependent on how others perceive her. Are they always critical of her or are they encouraging? Do others see her in a positive light?

Be a positive mirror for your child. Appreciate them for who they are. Do not be dismal of their opinions and desires. Tell them repeatedly that they look beautiful and that they are doing good. Encourage them to become their best version.

3. Embrace differences and avoid comparisons


Every child is unique and has their own strengths. As parents, it is very important to realize that and not get into acts of constant comparison. Help your child nurture their strengths and at the same time, find out ways to focus on areas of improvements.

4. Don’t define boundaries for your child


We often tend to define ourselves and set our own boundaries. Don’t limit the possibilities for your child.  Instead, encourage them to reach out for the sky and tell them, everything is possible.

5. Encourage decision making


Encourage your child to make decisions. Let him decide on what makes him feel good. Ask questions that will help your child navigate and decide on his choices.

6. Avoid labeling


Labels are difficult to get rid off – especially the ones that we start to believe in. A child, who is repeatedly called fat, will take that to be a part of his identity, and would see himself differently from someone who is fit. A child, who is always called a rebel will take that to be a part of her identity, and her actions will continue to emulate that. Do not give labels to your child, this affects their thoughts immensely.

7. Improve your own self-confidence

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Children often learn what they see. Exemplify tremendous self-confidence and self-belief in all your actions. And they will follow suit.

Self-Confidence is the key to a happy and successful life. Give your child this gift, and let them spread their wings and reach the sky!



5 ways to avoid ‘Gender Stereotyping’ in children


When Rhea turned five, her mother hosted a grand party for her. Guests came in with loads of gifts. And most of the gifts turned out to be in either shade of pink or beautiful dolls. On the contrary, as Rishi turned five, the gifts were mainly video games and racing toy cars.

The world is making Rhea and Rishi develop their preferences, colored by gender.

We live in a world, wherein our child’s life is continuously being infiltrated by books, toys, movies, television shows, games, clothes and so on. Each telling them how a particular gender is and should be. This constant reinforcement leads to Gender stereotyping in children.

As parents, it becomes very important to not reinforce this stereotyping at home and be extra careful of the messages that we send out to our children.


5 ways to avoid gender stereotyping in Children:

1. Encourage mix gender play dates and expand their pool of activities

mix gender

When boys and girls play together, the range of activities that they are willing to try becomes larger, and they can form their own likes and dislikes, without being influenced by gender. Encourage your child to participate in both outdoor and indoor activities equally.

2. Educate them regarding the messages society throws at them


Whenever you spot a message re-enforcing gender stereotypes, coming your child’s way, take a minute, and educate your child about the message. Tell them, why the message is wrong and should be discarded. Don’t let them believe that “Blue is for boys” and “pink is for girls”, or that “a hero is needed to save the girl” or that “the girl has to be a damsel in distress” or that “boys should only like racing cars and girls should like pretty dolls”, and so on.

3. Encourage questioning the generalizations


Encourage your child to interact with every other child as an individual, regardless of their gender. Don’t let them buy generalizations or even make generalizations. Encourage usage of the word “Why”.

4. Encourage reading gender neutral books


Encourage your child to read books that do not lay down gender stereotypes. Let the book give wings to your child’s imagination irrespective of their gender.

5. Watch the messages that you are sending out to your child


Children are watching you very closely and they are absorbing every message that you send out – both direct and subtle messages. Are you encouraging your girl child to try her hand at sports? Are you asking your boy child to help you with activities at home? Are you addressing your children as “my strong boy” and “my pretty girl”? Watch your messages, even when they are not noticing you.

Gender Stereotyping is everywhere, and it is easy for your child to fall into the trap. Hence it is so important to educate your child about its perils. Don’t let Gender stereotyping limit the possibilities for your child.