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Cherish School Memories

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A new academic year gives children a chance to make new friends and increase their social circle. Here are simple ways in which children and their parents can cherish and treasure school memories right from the beginning of a new class.

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Form a Playgroup:

Parents can get in touch with their child’s friends’ families and form a group that can meet outside of school. Go on regular play-dates at the local park, invite them home for indoor games, go out for picnics and attend birthday parties. This helps children know each other on an emotional level and not just as a classmate they study with. Making friends without the pressure of a school set-up especially helps shy and introverted kids who can’t open up or bond with other kids in class.

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Common FB Page/Group:

Parents can get together and create an online group/page via FB or Instagram and other similar social platforms to regularly keep each other updated. These help in sharing milestones, events and daily happenings of their children’s lives like a common time capsule. Keep updating this every year and someday this will make a memorable online treasure box of memories to look back to at their growing up years.

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Personalized Creations:

Handmade is heart-made, and a personalized gift is sweet and sentimental. It could be a hand-painted bottle/vase, cards or just a keepsake for their spaces. Exchanging books and toys is another way of deepening the bond between friends and helping kids learn the value of sharing their material belongings. Another cute way is to let your child’s friend’s write/draw/paint graffiti or a picture in their favorite corner or spaces and vice-versa.

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Write Letters:

This is slightly old-fashioned but writing letters is really very personal and an art by itself. Allow your child to make pen pals and this will help him write out his feelings. Watch them take a much-needed digital break from the online social networking sites to stay in touch with someone from a different country/time-zone. This could eventually help your child be introspective but ensure this isn’t the only way he makes friends or opens up to people as it could be a sign of social anxiety and extreme shyness.

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Back to School in Style!

Beginning a new school year is like embarking on an adventure for kids. They look forward to meeting friends, learning something new every day, and for this they need to have their study material and belongings together. Here’s how School Bags from Simba bring sweetness, style and sporty vibes to your child’s fresh start.

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Pretty as a Princess: Simba bags capture the dreaminess of Disney Princesses in this fun range of schoolbags in vibrant prints and glitter. Belle, Rose, Cinderella, Ariel, Snow White, Jasmine and other beauties bring alive fables of fantasy and adventure to your little girl’s life. Each Disney Princess tells a story of courage and character – watch your child get inspired as she finds her own individuality and fairytale.

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Dainty like Dora: Dora is known for setting off on new explores with her pet monkey Boots and is popular with school-going kids who are spontaneous and curious. Dora Schoolbags bring alive her stories through cute embossed prints as she carries a map, helps people she meets on the way and enjoys sports with friends. Your child will instantly connect to the daintiness and infectious naiveté of Dora as she plays sweet tunes on her flute.

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Lets Smurf it!: This unique tribe in blue, described as ‘three apples tall’ is known for living in cute mushroom homes amidst flowers and fruits in a faraway forest. Children will love the friendly and family vibe of the Smurfs Schoolbags and are sure to relate to their tender feelings and experiences as captured on each bag with playful prints, glitter and embossing. Each Smurf has its own personality, and each bag tells a story that will capture your child’s imagination.

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Superhero Charm: DC Comics is an iconic name in story-telling  – Batman and Superman are superheroes from their legendary family. Boys of all ages love the action, mystery, adventure and heroism both these character bags in premium silk prints represent. Inspiring them to fight the odds and motivating them to think outside-the-box, school-going kids will love these superhero bags which are a constant reminder to never give up and rise to the occasion with wit and agility.

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Quirky Minion: They talk non-stop in a strange language and are constantly seeking a master to serve. Minion Schoolbags bring laughter into a child’s life with their innocent expressions and strange experiences with people, birds, animals and objects. A school-going kid will love the eccentric vibe these yellow creatures represent and are sure to aspire in someway, to view the world with the same wonder and humor.

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Iconic Pokemon: Videogames are all about fun, speed and action – the fastest one wins! Pokemon is an iconic name in videogames, trading cards, films, and TV shows with signature merchandise around the globe. Simba with its official license brings these sought-after Character Bags in a range of attractive colors, which every child will love to own, show-off and even collect with time. A pop culture icon, Pokemon schoolbags are for the imaginative kid always seeking a way out of the maze with unlikely friends.

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Football Fever: Sports brings the most diverse people together and football is considered a religion in itself. FCB Barcelona is named the ‘Best Football Club’ in the 21st Century and boys of all ages look upto these inspiring athletes. Representing sportsmanship, a winning attitude and need for excellence – these FCB School bags are for kids who aspire to be the best at whatever they put their mind to.

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Bag it up in Style from Simba!

A bag serves so many purposes – carry one to keep your things together while at school or on travels, or just to make a fashion statement. Here’s what makes Simba bags so stylish.

Durable Materials

Made from premium quality fabrics, each bag is durable and long-lasting. These are made from a range of fabrics including, polyester D fibres, jacquard, microfiber and satin, which are malleable for designing bags in different shapes, yet retaining their fine finish. Glittered piping, silk screen prints, embroidery, deft use of sublimation prints add to the appeal of each bag.

High on Functionality

Apart from looking good, Simba bags are high on functionality and serve the purpose for keeping things sorted. Being water-resistant, these are all weather friendly and can be used during monsoons and also when it’s snowing. Separate compartments and inner pockets inside the school bags can be used to keep accessories, study materials, books and journals neat and tidy. The lunch bags are spacious enough for fitting in tiffins and bottles, and insulated to keep tiffin warm. Velcro closures make it easy to open and close the bag, adjustable handles are easy on the shoulders and ideal for growing kids. Soft padded back support and handles reduce the pressure of heavy bags while side mesh pockets are great for carrying knick-knacks, and the filler base is thick enough to offer sturdiness.

Varied Types

Simba features bags for all age groups and many preferences for boys and girls. Choose from a variety of lunch bags, messenger bags, pocket pencil cases, duffel bags, carry bags, travel bags, laptop backpacks, shoulder bags,  and fashion bags. So whether it’s a child going to school, a teenager out with friends, a school picnic, a short getaway, or just an evening among friends – Simba has something for everyone.

Attractive Themes

A bag is more than just an accessory, it’s an extension to one’s personality, adds to charm to appearance and also serves a feel-good-factor associated with carrying something attractive and cool. Simba’s popular playthings and characters find place in its fashion bags’ collection and come to life in multicolor and textures. There’s Dora the Explorer, the youthful Steffi Love, the evergreen Disney Princesses, Sports Themes for enthusiasts, cute Minions and adorable Smurfs to name a few. Let your child be spoilt for choice with these stylish bags from Simba and see them look forward to school!

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Ways of Keeping your Child Stress-free during Exams

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Exam-time can get stressful for little kids who have so much to grasp and recall. Parents can make this time a very joyful experience in simple ways. Simba Toys tells you how.

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  1. Being Cheerful & Calm Laugh, sing, be funny – exams are not such a big deal! They come and go, have an attitude of cheerful confidence and your child will adopt the same. This will help him/her reach a state of calmness, be anxiety-free and improve his mental power too.

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2. Charting a Routine for Studies

Plan your child’s study days in advance during exams. Ensure the routine is balanced enough so that he/she can easily rest and resume studies without feeling burdened or bored. Very often children don’t even eat properly, so make sure the child’s snack/dinner-time remains the same, even if it involves listening to a favourite story or watching a cartoon show on TV.

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3. Devoting Little Time For Fun

Getting some fresh air by visiting a nearby park or just playing outside, cycling or just being with you can help your child feel energised naturally. Enjoying a relaxing ambiance in the evening helps to rejuvenate the senses, exercises limbs and this releases endorphins or happy hormones which get him/her in a better state of emotional & mental health to perform.

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4. Motivating Child

Use positive statements while speaking to your child. “You can do this”, “I believe in you”, help in motivating the child and encourage him/her to do better. Negative statements like “You will fail if you don’t study properly”, “You are dumb” are very defeating statements which affect the child’s self –esteem. Use words which boost your child’s morale and raise his/her confidence to study better.

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Dealing with Parenting Issues – the Pains & Pressures

Parenting is an enjoyable process, though it has its share of pains & pressures. With most young couples juggling work & personal lives, there a number of issues that surface and lead to tensions between parents and their kids. Here are some of the common problems most parents face and how to deal with it.

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  1. Lack of Empathy & Quality Time 

    Work stress & targets leave little time for parents to spend quality time with their kid. They are also unable to understand the many emotions their little one is going through as they themselves are worn out. A quick way to resolve this is to just hug and hold your child close for a few minutes and listen to what he/she has to say. Spend some special moments together – maybe a daily walk in the park, dinner time or a bedtime story.

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2. Unconsciously Comparing & Competing

Sometimes parents consciously or unconsciously compare their child’s performance at school with those of his classmates or siblings. It could be better marks, sports skills or just mannerisms – everything is analysed and critiqued. This can lead to many problems in later life for the kid depending on his/her personality type – complexes, self-esteem issues, unhealthy social behaviors and so on. Just be positive in your talk with your kid – understand his uniqueness, praise his strengths and motivate him to work on his weakness.

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3. Unhealthy Stress Management

Working parents face many work issues and are usually mentally, physically drained by the time they get home. They just get back to their kids or workings of the house before they can relax. Their emotions get pent-up and this often gets released by shouting at the kid, snapping unnecessarily or just being short-tempered. To deal with this maturely, just take out some me-time daily – a few minutes alone for yoga, or a short nap or a relaxing shower.

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4. Keeping High Expectations & Strict Discipline

Parents are often too strict and set very high standards for achievement for their kids. Some parents also set tight deadlines and routines which the child has to consistently follow which can be very daunting and irritating for someone so young. This may lead to timid or rebellious kids who either become very eccentric or very careless in later life. To deal this tendency, just relax your personal goals and give your child the free rein to follow his/her dreams. Balance passions with practicality and nurture your children to blossom to their calling.

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School bags, the most important accessory for your child

A child’s backpack is a very personal statement & possession. It’s a constant companion through the child’s educational experience. It reflects the child’s persona and also helps him carry all his school essentials safely together.

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Bags should be smart, stylish & sturdy. It keeps your child feel good, which reflects in his/her confidence. Here’s what a good quality bag comes up with:

  1. Strong & Functional 

    Backpacks should be made from premium quality materials with strong inner linings. The School bags must have enough zipper sections to keep your child’s belongings neat & organized. This will help him find his belongings easily when he requires them and will reduce the probability of forgetting essential stationary.

 

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2. Easy to Maintain

Kids are playful and excited most of the time, and they might handle their School bags roughly. It is essential that the School bags are easy to maintain. Bags must be washable and easy to clean. A good quality bag restores its colour and design even after repeated regular washing.

3. Eases your Child’s Burden

The bags must be ergonomically designed to distribute the weight on your child’s shoulder equally. It will greatly reduce the problem of shoulder or back pain and eases your child’s burden. Slightly wider straps with cushion make your child comfortable while he carries the bag.

4.Suitable Size

Bags must be of suitable size that fits the requirement of your child and are neither small nor too large.  An oversized bag may lead to discomfort and cause body ache to your child. Keeping in view a child’s growth and requirements bag size can range as 14 inch, 10 litre volume; 16 inch size with 15 litre volume and 18 inch size with 22 litre volume.

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By looking at the School bag from your kid’s eye will make you realise that every kid has his own cute preferences.

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  1. Glow with StyleLittle girls love dreaminess & passion. They like striking visuals and stylish dolls. They glow with confidence & share dreams & sweetness with their bag

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  2. Sporty & Thrilling

    Little boys love sporty & adventurous elements in their personal belongings as they are a reflection of their fun & active side. Bags featuring their favourite characters, sport stars emblems / logos, cars and related visuals motivate them to excel.

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3. Cute Kiddy Characters

Children also enjoy cute character themes on their bags as these make them smile and spark off their imagination. They relate a lot with the animated characters. It’s really exciting for them to carry their favourite character on their bags with them to School.

Simba comes up with a range of smart, stylish and sturdy bags with great functionality. Simba backpacks help your child stay organized while easing the burden on them and adding thrill to their daily School routine.

 

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Facing problems related to your child’s school? Here is what you need to do.

School is a place for children to gain knowledge, bond with other kids, learn new things. However, there are times when children face problems and aren’t able to adapt to the school environment. Here are some of the common reasons and some tips on how as a parent you can deal with them:

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  1. Misbehaviour to gain Attention:  At times kids throw tantrums, misbehave or simply disturb other kids during class. They do this because of certain fears & anxiety issues to gain the attention of the teacher. Sit in a quiet place and have a heart to heart with your child. Reassure him/her that he/she is loved & precious and will do well in school gradually. Speak to the teacher. Tell your child, that to gain respect, love and appreciation he/she must give it too. Deal with this calmly without assigning names like “troublemaker” to them as they may become so just to rebel.

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  1. Poor Grades/Academic Performance:  Every kid has his/her own unique intelligence. While some children are creative, others are intellectual, some athletic and others technologically fast. If your child has been getting consistently low grades or weak performance reports, identify his weakness and work on them together as a team. Praise their strengths and explain how they can become an even better student if they work on problem subjects. In case you find a learning disability like dyslexia or stammering, get help from an Expert or a Communication Skills Trainer and resolve it. Be patient, it’s not the end of the world. Remember that some of the greatest leaders of the century have been poor to average performers at school.

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  1. Social Anxiety/Bullying:  Some kids are late bloomers, some shy and some lack social skills and are unable to easily bond with others. As a result, they may find themselves isolated and in extreme cases ridiculed or bullied by other kids. This brings down the child’s morale & self-esteem and needs to be brought to the teacher’s attention. Encourage your kid and teach him ways in which he can make friends in his own sweet, gentle way and remind him/her that the world is safe. Tell your kids how lovable they are and would be loved by all and to just open up. Also teach your child to be brave enough to be assertive and tell the teacher immediately if he/she is being picked on.

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  1. Not Liking School:  Some kids get fearful or experience sickness just before going to school. Some of the main reasons are fear of strict teachers, feeling burdened by too much homework, demanding time schedules and not liking the school environment. The way to deal with this is charting out your child’s day in a manner that he/she can easily adapt to and can have time to play & enjoy their favourite activities. Also speak to the teacher about how things can be worked out for effective communication. Learn ways to make your child’s School routine interesting http://bit.ly/218hvga

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