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How to get your kids to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Right since the time we were kids, we have been hearing this adage “Health is Wealth”. However, in today’s fast-paced world, we often tend to ignore Health the most, only to face the repercussions later.

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It is very important, that you help your child understand the importance of health, and why is maintain a healthy lifestyle crucial to her well-being. It is important to lay little foundation steps in this pursuit of a healthy lifestyle, very early on in your child’s life.

5 Tips to help your kids maintain a healthy lifestyle:

  1. Be a good role model: Children ape what they see. If they see you firmly believing and making efforts towards cultivating a healthy lifestyle for yourself, it will become easier for them to adopt this belief too.

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2. Encourage outdoor activities: Outdoor activities can serve as a good medium of exercising. Set a time for outdoor sports/activities daily. Encourage your child to go outside and play a sport with his friends. This will also help your child to bond well with other children. You can also plan family outdoor activities. Get the whole family involved in some outdoor activity twice a week – going for walks, riding a bicycle, skipping, playing hide and seek, etc.

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3. Encourage healthy eating: Children can be a little picky when it comes to food. Try experimenting with the presentation of the food items, make food colorful, involve them while cooking, talk to them about the health benefits that the food will provide, and so on. Set timelines for indulgences say once in a month or twice a month.

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4. Set time limits for Electronic gadget usage: With access to Computers and Mobile Phones at a very early age, children spend a lot of time on these gadgets. It is very important to set timelines for their usage and ensure that your child follows these timelines. Setting discipline is very important, and this would help your child in the long-term.

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5. Get your child to join a physical activity class: Dancing, swimming, playing a sport, etc. can serve as a great medium to stay fit. Get your child to learn the activity that interests her the most.

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Share with us the tips you use apart from the above to imbibe healthy habits in your little one.

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A Doll Story with Simba’s Evi Love & Steffi Love.

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A doll is more than just a plaything – it’s a companion for little girls discovering the world. Here’s what makes Steffi Love & Evi Love Dolls from Simba Toys so special and exclusive.

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Doll Story: The Steffi Love and Evi Dolls collection from Simba toys exude a whimsical, fun, and glamorous quality that captures the heart of every child. Daughters are like little dolls and every little girl has a favorite companion from childhood – all through their growing up years. Often they treasure these memories and the plaything for life – a sweet and nostalgic reminder of innocent dreams and stories. The Steffi Love and Evi Dolls Collection are premium quality dolls which conform to International Standards of Safety. Non-toxic, BPA-free and skin friendly – these playthings are designed with utmost care and compassion towards the planet.

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Steffi Love: The Steffi Love collection from Simba Toys is for girls above the age of 5 years- 10 years and offers a variety of themes for girls to enjoy a multitude of role-playing games. From a fun ‘Beach Theme’ with friends to camping on a road-trip, play pretends like a doctor, glamorous superstar, and dreamy princess – these stimulate a child’s imagination and offer an entertaining time for a group of friends.

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Evi Love: Infants and toddlers love Evi Love dolls for the innocence the collection represents. This range from Simba Toys is based on cutesy themes that little girls can identify with. Doll Walk, Animal Friends, Scooter Fun, Lifeguard, School Friends – these are some of the most popular playthings complete with accessories which are charming and educating. The Evi Love and Steffi Love Dolls as a set complete with family and pets, as teacher-student, and more promises complete entertainment and learning.

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Role-play with Dolls: A doll is often a sounding board for a child as it helps the child vent and expresses innermost feelings. These often become their favorite companion, playtime buddy, and sibling till they have their own.  Scientifically, playing with a doll has many health benefits and is great for overall well-being as it gives the child emotional security. Dolls are also used to help potty-train a child, inculcate a healthy sleeping pattern, stimulate imagination, offer a sensory experience to boost visual, tactile and auditory senses and familiarize them with the world at large through role-playing.

Did you have a favorite doll you loved to play with as a child? Share your story with us and get featured on the blog.

 

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7 ways to inspire your kids to dream big!

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And all the little kid could dream about was her being an exceptional football player. She was captivated by the game, and she would visualize herself scoring that winning goal over and over again!

Dreams define possibilities. They define our vision of the world, of us. As rightly put by James Allen, “as you dream, so shall you become”.

As children, our minds are as free as a bird flying high up in the sky. It doesn’t know any bounds yet. It can traverse in directions unimagined. It can dream of infinite possibilities, which can become realities in the making. As adults, it is our responsibility, to give wings to the children to dream big!

Here are 7 ways to inspire children to dream big:

  1. Acknowledge their dreams

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Did your child just tell you that she wants to become an astronaut? And the realistic you, immediately ruled this one as something impossible to achieve and laughed it off. Your child now thinks of becoming an astronaut as impossible too.

Do not let your definition of possibilities define your child’s dream. Acknowledge their dreams and tell them it’s possible to achieve their dreams.

  1. Show Enthusiasm

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Give your kids the undivided attention whenever they talk about their dreams, or who they wish to become. Ask a lot of questions to deep dive into their thoughts. Sooner or later, they would talk all about it.

  1. Create a Dream Diary

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Children might dream of a dozen things but not be able to decipher them. Encourage children to maintain a dream diary. Let them draw all their dreams, of what they wish to become. Their interpretation of themselves might change very frequently, but it will keep them connected to their dreams.

  1. Indulge in Creative Play

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Creative Play is one of the most effective ways to help the kids express themselves. It makes them more self-aware. And through the roles they assume, it helps you understand, their aspirations and dreams, and you can take steps to help them connect with their dreams.

  1. Encourage Reading stories

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Stories are a custodian of possibilities. They bring to you a wide variety of characters with different characteristics. Story books are an excellent medium to ignite the power of imagination in your kids. However, make your kid read different genres of story books, to avoid developing biases in their minds.

  1. Lead by Example

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Kids believe what they see. You can encourage them to dream, and tell them that dreams can become reality. However, they need to see that you are chasing your dreams and living them as well.

  1. Help the Kids take action

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Once you start becoming aware of what your child dreams about, take steps to help them turn their dreams into reality. For example, if your child loves photographs, help him learn photography, and see if the interest persists over time.

Dreams have immense power to shape who we become. Lay this foundation right from the start in your kids. Help them realize their full potential. Be their Dreamcatcher!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Igniting your child’s imagination!

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“And everything was different about the rains today, they were pouring in rainbow colors” Rhea exclaimed. Rhea later grew up to be a very successful fashion Designer.

This is Imagination – the ability to see things that we have not seen or experienced before. Imagination makes us believe in possibilities. This belief in turn gives us power to construct a different world.

As quoted by Einstein, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” All that we see and enjoy today has been the fruits of someone’s imagination

Children are known to have a bundle of imaginations. They are not conditioned to the grown up concept of reality. Their thoughts travel far and wide. As adults, we smile over these imaginations.  And as the kids grow up, we introduce them to the realities and the boundaries.

It is very important to foster the child’s imagination. It aids in creative thinking and innovative problem solving.

 5 ways to ignite the Child’s Imagination:

  1. Tell Stories

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Stories have always been about imagination since times immemorial. How easily we become one of the Harry Porter’s classmate or Harry himself, when we are immersed in reading/watching Harry Porter series. Recite different stories to children, ask them what they think about the story, the ending, if they were to modify the ending what would that be, which character is their favourite and why.

 2. Drama / Play Sessions

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Drama helps the children feel the characters they are playing. It helps them to express better and be free. It helps them overcome any inhibitions that they may have. Get the children together, and make them enact one of their favourite stories. And they ask them to re-enact their version of the story.

  1. Making Art

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Draw, Sketch, Paint, Build, Create, Recreate. Art has been a great medium of self-expression. Get the kids involved in at least one form of art. Let them try different forms of art, and see which art form interests them the most.

  1. Finding an Alternative Way of Doing Things

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A same thing can be done in different ways. Let your child know that. Discuss with your child different ways of doing the same routine things, and execute that.

Start with simple exercises – Taking a different route while cycling, using different shades of brown while coloring the mountains, trying a different way to score while playing football and so on.

  1. Re-defining Characters

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Ask your child to remember her favorite characters. If she were to re-create those characters, what would they look like, what qualities they would have, what powers would they possess. Also, ask them about the characters they detest and why. Understand what would make them like that character. This activity can also help in shaping the child’s value system.

Tap into the infinite potential of your child’s imagination. Encourage and inspire them to dream about the infinite possibilities. This will not only help in your child’s holistic development, but will also help your child in finding ways to turn today’s dreams into future realities!

 

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Benefits of Setting a Child’s Daily Routine

 

A child’s life is full of spontaneous moments and free-flowing discoveries. Setting a daily routine can give it some structure and make things easy to manage for parents. Here are simple ways in which a child’s daily habits can be set into a routine.

Sense & Structure:  A child’s day can never be fully planned as they slowly explore the world around us, learn to communicate and build bonds with every person they meet. The world is a fascinating place for kids where every moment carries wonder and joy that they want to experience. Setting a routine however, helps parents manage their time & commitments at home and work and it also gives child rootedness.  Daily habits such as waking up, brushing teeth, going potty, bath, dressing up, playing with toys, putting them back, meal-times, nap-time and more are a part of a child’s usual daily routine.

Family Bonding: Following a routine gives working parents more time to spend with their kids and just bond. Working parents often enjoy daily walks or a visit to the park with kids and rejuvenate. Shared experiences apart from play-time such as baking, just being with each other, telling stories or just watching a child grow up and discover the world one step at a time are highly enriching. This also releases the need to rush through life as parents savour moments of growth & development at every stage and are better able to cope with stress.

Healthy Habits: Both parents and kids with routines have been found to have better health. For instance, sleeping and waking up at a set time is better in the long run for the entire family. It aslo imbibes a sense of security in kids as they know what to expect and do incase they are confused.  Things run more smoothly around the house and the channels for communication are more open and peaceful.  A lot of parents maintain reward charts to add an element of fun for their kids but maintaining them regularly can be a bit daunting.

Self-Reliance:  Routines help a child be more independent and assured of their own ability to do things. Parents can just supervise them now and then to make sure they’re doing ok. This greatly reduces tension and power struggles between parents and kids as they are in better harmony as tempers don’t shoot up and everything can be managed more calmly with greater amount of love, patience and trust. This helps parents and kids work towards shared goals for instance completing school projects and planning a family vacation in advance.

Do you follow a routine or have daily activities for your little one? Share your story with us and get featured on the blog.

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Celebrating Navratri with Kids

Navratri is a vibrant nine day festival that’s enjoyed by all Indian communities around the world. Here are some social, cultural, safety aspects that can help parents make it a fun & safe celebration for kids and themselves.

The Drama: Navratri is a popular Indian Festival celebrated for nine days with traditional dances and folk music. With origins in Gujarat & Rajasthan’s folk culture, Navratri  is celebrated around the world – it’s fun and drama attract people to just let go and enjoy the bonhomie. Distinctive to it are the colourful, shiny clothes with traditional mirror handwork, bangles upto the shoulders and lots of jingling & blingy trinkets worn from head to toe.  All nine days involve prayers and offerings to the Goddesses of the Hindu Pantheon and family visits to shrines.

Social & Cultural impact on Kids: Kids especially are very enthusiastic to participate in the festivities. Their favourite part is the ‘dressing up’  – colourful swirling skirts, flared dhotis, blouses, ethnic jackets, stoles and jewellery for both boys and girls. To ensure your child enjoys every aspect of the dancing, parents can ensure they are appropriately dressed. Pinning the stole to the top so it doesn’t fall off or slip, using minimal make-up, wearing ornaments made from natural metals or just light thread-work, and wearing flat ballet shoes with colourful motifs is a beautiful & comfy way to go for little ones.

Safety Measures: Apart from the dressing, parents need to follow certain safety measures while having fun. Since Navratri garba & dandiya is often celebrated in open grounds & large auditoriums, it tends to get noisy and crowded, so stay close to your kid or enjoy your dancing alongside. Make them wear a name badge just to be sure or something distinctive like a colourful cap or scarf so you can spot them even from a distance. Ask the host or emcee to make an announcement and click your child’s pic in their costume so it’s easy to find them if they do get lost in the crowd. Its recommended to go in a group as there’s safety and more merriment in numbers and more people to supervise the kids through the night. Use organic/herbal colours for rangolis and decorations around the house and involve your kid as its very creatively fulfilling. Stay hydrated if participating every day and get ample rest as it’s not a bank holiday and schools and universities remain open. It’s a great time for family bonding and community spirit and teens tend to go astray so ensure they carry a cell phone and stay in touch constantly.

 

Additional Activities: Navratri is a celebration of colours and joy of life. Simba’s Art & Craft products can be used to add more drama to homes, events and dressing kids. Kids can design their own jewellery using Simba’s  10,000 Colors Beads Set & Simba Art & Fun Deluxe Beads Set. These DIY kits feature glittery & delicate beads, crystals, pearls in various heart, floral and whimsical shapes along with threads that can be used to string together bracelets, necklaces and anklets for dressing. Another fun product is Simba Art & Fun Mini Magic Designer which offers stencils with unique shapes that can be used to create rangolis at the home’s entrance. Presently, a lot of people are involved in eco-friendly activities during festivals and planting & gifting tree saplings is a popular choice for many families.

Which are your best Navratri memories? Share your story with us and get featured on the blog.

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Money Matters In Childhood

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Money matters and here’s how you can make your little one ‘penny-wise’ as they grow up.

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Why it’s Essential:  Money may not buy happiness but it is sure essential to happiness. It’s the exchange we pay for goods and services of all kinds and is a mean to an end and a tangible necessity. Considering its importance, it’s essential to imbibe a sense of practicality in kids towards money from an early age. It familiarizes a child with the outside world and keeps them rooted in reality. A fun way to introduce monetary transactions is through toys. Smoby Ice-cream Shop by Simba brings play-value and learning to your child’s life as he enjoys selling sweets and treats through role-play.

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Pocket Money: Getting pocket-money to spend on your favorite things is something we’ve all done as we were growing up.  A child learns to manage their finances as they start getting aware about their surroundings and by watching you and others around them deal with finances. Whether it’s buying new things from a shop, meeting friends or just going out to eat – it all helps them understand how to adapt to everyday situations.

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Parents Discretion: When it comes to finances, tell them age appropriate things that the can grasp and which allow them to be responsible and yet enjoy the pleasures money can buy. Simultaneously, make them understand why being frugal is also necessary.  For instance, they could start ‘saving for a rainy day’ or even maintain a common family piggy bank for extra things around the house, for repairs and maintenance and other family purchases. You can encourage them to take summer jobs and internships to give them a real sense of ‘earning money.’
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Earning & Learning: You can send kids to shop and ask them to account for it. You may also ask them to help you around the house for which they can earn an extra pocket money. Though it’s not about making them work, but about making them understand the value of money and that they “earned” it.

Which are some of the ways you manage money matters as a parent? Share your views with us and get featured on the blog.