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Solve Child’s Homework Woes

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A school-going child’s biggest woe is the homework. Almost every child has some difficulty or dis-interest in completing their assignments and this often leads to tensed parents. Here are some simple ways in which you could help your child complete their homework w/out being frustrated or tired.

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Time Management:  A child’s school homework becomes priority on a daily basis and this keeps them away from play-time. Parents could manage their child’s daily routine in a way that they have enough time for their fun activities and games. Stepping outdoors for running, enjoying swings in the park and cycling also rejuvenate the child. Studying till late nights can also be stressful for kids as they start the day early and so do you. Keep aside maybe 2 hours around mid-day which would easily fit into your child’s usual schedule (and yours) and also ensure he gets an hour’s nap-time to feel rejuvenated.

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Reward and Praise: A child’s morale is influenced by appreciation from parents and so reward and praise your little one if they manage everything well. Give them a sense of accomplishment and treat them to sweet surprises; for instance, “You’ve been so great. Let’s go to your favorite park to play”. Instead of punishing your kid if they haven’t been able to cope up, and support and evaluate where they need help. Coping mechanisms like taking short breaks between study-time, completing homework with their favorite toy next to them, and you sitting beside them and finishing your tasks really help in extending support.

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Help and Don’t Obsess: Parents often take it upon themselves to do everything they can so their child can achieve academic success. Help your kid with projects w/out obsessing over every minute detail of their capacity to do things. Avoid completing their assignments as it reduces their levels of competence and could encourage dependency on you because of a low self-esteem. Motivate your child instead and set short achievable goals w/out being bossy or a perfectionist. Also drop comparisons and expectations – maybe your child is gifted in another field such as creative arts or sports, so nurture that instead.

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Know Thy Child: It’s natural to be emotional and sensitive when it comes to your little one, but it’s also essential to be realistic and objective to understand what your child’s capacity truly is. Parents often set very high standards for their kid to live up to and this comes from their personal needs to be over-achieving. This sort of parenting style often results in a timid kid who just shies away from experiences or a rebellious one who breaks all the norms just to prove something to you. Allow your child to finish things at their pace and maybe you could just create an environment that helps them focus better such as keeping distractions like TV or games away while they are completing assignments. Gradually, help them see homework as a fun learning activity rather than a daunting task which if incomplete could lead to failure.

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Make the Most of Monsoons

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Make the most of the magical monsoon weathers with these simple guidelines from Simba Toys.  

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Right Raingear: Monsoons can be enjoyable if you’re comfy and protected. Raincoats, carrying an umbrella, wearing ankle-length pants/shorts with long-sleeved tees keep a child warm. For footwear, closed sneakers and shoes are not recommended and instead kids could opt for flip-flops, gum boots, kitos, crocs, loafers with anti-skid grip and similar open sandals which allow their feet to breathe and also ease of movement. Avoid making your child wear socks as they could get smelly when wet and also lead to fungal infections because of exposure to dirty rainwater in puddles, swamps and gutters.

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Diet-wise: Doctors and health care practitioner’s advice boiling veggies and drinking water as waterborne dis-eases such as gastroenteritis, cold, cough, and swine flu are on the high in the rains. The monsoon weather also demands a diet that keeps your kids warm and energized – vegetable broths, soups, dal-rice, curries are wholesome and better options than fast foods like pizza, sandwiches and fizzy beverages. Include lots of fresh fruits, nuts and seeds as well as these are a quick source of energy and also easily digested.

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Hygiene Matters: Maintaining a high level of cleanliness is of utmost importance in the rains. Keep hands and feet clean by regular washing after every time you’ve been outside to avoid germs that cause bacterial and viral infections. Use neem, aloe, and lavender, soaps/bath gels which are anti-bacterial and also natural moisturizing agents to keep your child’s skin clean, fresh and supple. If your child experiences itchiness while wearing school shoes, sprinkle foot powder to keep feet protected and dry. Avoid swimming pools and public parks as they could be full of unclean water, mosquitoes and worms.

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Enjoy the Magic: The monsoon weather is quite dreamy and ambient. Try visiting a park/scenic hill-side for a picnic or short getaway to explore and enjoy the lush green environs. Trekking/hiking for 12+ year old’s is quite popular as it offers them an outdoorsy and adventurous experience. Just ensure they are constantly under adult supervision to avoid accidents and injury from other unforeseen events.

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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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