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Make your Child’s summer exciting with Summer Camps

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Summer camps are quite popular for Indian families seeking a wholesome experience for their kids. These are immense fun, opportune for learning, great for overall health and enhance a child’s personality in totality.

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Nature Time:

Summer camps let your child’s explore the outdoors; learn more about flora and fauna and the diverse wildlife. Set in rustic environs, kids get a taste of nomadic life, far removed from the ‘instant digital age’. Scientific studies prove the multiple benefits of being close to nature – increased immunity, sharper senses, physical flexibility, mental awareness, emotional happiness and also time to introspect on the big picture of life.

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Nurturing Independence:

The duration of summer camps differs with the organization or group you’re associating with and can be anywhere from 10 days to 3 weeks to a month or more. This means children set up their own tents, cook their own meals with local produce without fancy gadgets or equipment, make their beds and have to learn to look after themselves. Supervisors and camp leaders are usually present, however a child is taught to use his wits and build willpower to survive in all weather conditions and adapt to different environments.

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Learning & Exploring:

Expect your child to come back with loads of new skills, hobbies and a diverse range of interests. Summer camps are a storehouse of activity with a lot of happening to keep your child engaged. From creative pursuits to athletic ones, a child can participate in everything from dance to art workshops, learn martial art forms, go trekking, sailing, experiment with new cooking recipes, and even discover his acting/singing/performing potential.  There’s never a dull moment and usually a child is encouraged to be actively involved in a variety of events to give him a wholesome experience.

 

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Social Network:

Feeling homesick on a summer camp is natural but you need not worry as your child will soon be part of a group. From sharing space with someone who’s his own age, to being around kids with varied personalities – expect your kid to find his own voice. Summer camp supervisors and leaders usually pair up like-minded kids to ensure safety and enjoyment. A mix of kids with different strengths and weaknesses is a good idea so they can support each other and be more emotionally balanced. Introverts and shy kids gain from such an arrangement as being part of a smaller and intimate circle helps them open up and express their inner self without hesitation. Expect your child to come back with lots of memories peppered with laughter, fights, silliness, gossip and unlimited fun.

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Choose your Child’s name Wisely!

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Selecting a name that sounds beautiful, is memorable, and that’s in alignment with your child’s energy and persona is a tough task. Here are some things you could consider before deciding on a name for you little one.

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It’s For Life:

We carry our names for life. Families, especially parents-to-be spend hours trying to select the perfect name as that’s how their little one will always be addressed by everyone at home, friends, relatives, schoolmates, colony members and possibly everyone they meet.  A lot of people follow astro advice, moon/sun signs to select their baby’s name after analysing the birth chart and nakshatras, this however, is a personal choice. If you’re lost or confused, a popular trend is to find a name that combines alphabets from names of both parents. So your little one has the best of you both 🙂

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Psychological Impact:

A name is more than just an introduction; it has deeper psychological, emotional and overall spiritual impact. A child consciously or unconsciously aspires to be like the quality his name means and evokes through life. It shapes the kid’s identity, behaviour and self esteem with time. Here are some things you can do while selecting an apt name:

  1. When it comes to naming the little one, everyone in the family has suggestions to make. List down all these suggestions.
  2. Find a name that the child can carry off even as an adult. Make sure you don’t go for names which may later become a topic of jokes/slangs.
  3. Select the name that sounds “right” along with the family surname.
  4. Try saying the name a few times and see if it resonates with you and is easy to spell and pronounce.
  5. See that the name is gender appropriate to avoid confusion in social settings.

Once you’ve finalised your child’s name, also ensure the nickname is cool or sweet enough as funny sounding nicknames often get stuck for life and become the topic of jokes.

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Diverse Inspirations:

Ancient names taken from texts or chants are spiritual in nature and carry a strong energy with deep meanings and are a reminder of ancestral roots. Names inspired by nature are also a great choice as these are very sweet sounding, whimsical and carry fresh and raw energy. Flowers, birds and celestial bodies – the options are endless and are trendy enough to carry off and a child can easily relate to their energy. Names picked from different cultures sound exotic and can be inspired from your travel memories. Cities which have changed your life and have touched you in some way – there’s so much you can choose from. Names that are from captivating folk-tales and poems are dreamy. These capture the imagination and can be very inspirational for children who aspire to be like them.

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Playtime Techniques to Boost Child’s Creativity

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‘Creativity is Intelligence having fun’ said Albert Einstein.  Children who regularly express themselves in a creative form are better adjusted, emotionally happy and also have better harmony with others. Here are simple playtime techniques to boost your child’s creativity.

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Through Role-play:

 Children are very malleable and can easily empathize with anyone. They follow their hearts and natural basic instincts and this is why they are great at role-plays of all kinds. Role-play is more than just an enactment – it allows kids emote deeper feelings, express views and empathize with other beings. This helps the child gradually gain fresh perspectives, understand other’s viewpoints, relate to them better and live in harmony with people from all walks of life.

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Art & Crafts:  

 Art and crafts also help a child express their creativity in many ways. For instance, doodling helps them with shapes, clay helps them mold different objects, painting mosaics helps them view the world in many hues, and jewelry designing and sewing helps them weave together newer things. Creating things that they can use from their own hands and imagination is a very fulfilling experience at many levels. Gradually, this process boosts the child’s color perception, shape, visual and tactile senses.

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Unusual Playthings: 

 Playthings which have different functions are very entertaining and educational. Their unusual functions such as visuals images, sounds or music, captivating expressions, action movements stimulate a child to think out-of-the-box. The same toy keeps them occupied for a long time as it can be played with in many ways and they can enjoy their play-time.

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Song & Dance:  

Children are always inspired and spontaneous – dancing and humming tunes to their own whim. Both these art forms are useful in helping the child gain confidence and stage presence. Child learns to wow the audience by singing or through dancing or both; this is entertaining for others and a very joyful medium for little ones to express their emotions and energy. Gradually, singing helps kids strengthen their speech and vocal cords and dancing improves agility, flexibility and hand-eye co-ordination.

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The Big Kid Within

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Parents gain immense healing& joy by playing with their kids and here are some of the positive changes they experience by playing with toys and games on a regular basis.
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Need for parents to de-stress

Working parents are often juggling between so many tasks the whole day. They need a break after fulfilling so many responsibilities at the workplace and then getting back at home to take care of their family. Playing with toys and games along with their kids is an instant mood-lifter. This sort of light-heartedness boosts their energy and sense of humor.

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Family Bonding

 Playing with kids, along with their toys, helps in emotional bonding and connecting with them in a very easy-going manner. Often play-time becomes a great time for teaching your kid more about family values in a more fun manner rather than making it a very serious subject. It helps kids feel closer to their parents and see them as friendly confidantes whom they can talk about anything in the world and not someone they have to obey out of fear.

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Health Benefits

 Playing with toys, arts, crafts, simple board games and more have many health benefits for adults. It helps them heal their ‘inner child’ and once again relive simpler times of childhood. Engaging in such fun activities releases endorphins which uplift a person’s mood, makes them feel better and stress-free in just a few minutes. This result in better work performance, ability to think laterally, more creatively and also enhances problem-solving skills in the long run.

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Promotes Happiness & Well-being

 Playing with toys helps parents reflect and smile back at fond memories of growing up and being with their friends. Such positive memories enhance personal joy and bring back spontaneity & innocence associated with childhood. This boosts their zing for life and also promotes their overall sense of well-being.

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Taking Care of Toys

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Each toy is a joyful treasure in its own, bringing immense value in a child’s life and so it’s essential to take care of them to lend them more longevity. Here are simple ways you and your little one can enhance a toy’s shelf life.

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Keep them Away from Heat/Water Sources

 Electric and battery operated toys have internal circuits and technical features. If ignored or misused, these can cause serious damage to the plaything as well as the person and environs they are with. For instance, toys kept in damp places or those that get accidentally wet lead to corrosion and become weak with no functioning power.  So keep these away from heat and water sources to avoid unseen hazards. Look for the symbols on the packing to do the right thing.

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Clean them Regularly

Dust and germs often accumulate in the insides as well as the outer surface of toys. These spread disease as a child is constantly playing with his hands which carry these bacteria to his face and body. Once a week use a soft cotton cloth or earbuds and dip these in sanitizing agents to wipe away the dust. Plush playthings often get lint, insects and other unseen bacteria clinging to their soft surfaces so wash them regularly & separately using fabric conditioners to lend them fragrance and shine and dry them in natural sunlight for a fresher look. As your child grows, teach him to carefully put away his toys separately in a cupboard/box – it inculcates care for his personal belongings.

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Fixing & Removing Batteries

 Ensure batteries are always placed in alignment with the ‘+/-’ polarity to avoid leakage of acids. After use, remove the batteries from the toy unit as keeping them fixed can also lead to leakage inside the toy. Avoid mixing old and new batteries, and other rechargeable batteries to maximize energy.

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Repair or Discard Broken Toys

 Instead of throwing away broken toys see if they can be fixed, but it should be avoided for toys having sharp edges. Small parts which are broken need to be discarded to avoid a choking hazard. Stick back parts with tape or glue, and stitch back plush toys with simple stitches and fix their hands, feet or other broken parts to help your child hold on to a soft companion for longer. Discard toys in an eco-friendly manner by sending them back to the company or sending them to recycling units.

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Challenges of a Modern Day Father

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Modern day fathers face many challenges. It’s important that they learn to resolve these so that they can build healthy relationships with their kids while also managing their family life and nurturing their personal ambitions.

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Balancing Work & Family 

Balance is key to living happily and in harmony especially as the modern world has its share of complexities. Amidst all this a family man struggles to make a living, make it big in his career and also find time for home and if he’s lucky, some me-time too. This often results in tiredness, impatience, health concerns, which take a toll on their personal happiness. Planning the day well, spending time with family after work in the early evenings & at night, keeping weekends work-free, planning short getaways are some of the ways in which fathers can achieve some balance.

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Being a friend v/s Being a father 

Sometimes kids need a listening ear, a sounding board that does not offer advice or lectures, but just lets them be. A friendly attitude with kids helps them be more open about their feelings, respects their individualism and brings a lot of light heartedness in the relationship. At the same time father is also a guiding light for kids, helping them find their feet and pointing them in the right direction so they can achieve their dreams. It’s essential to maintain a balance between being friendly and at the same time keep a grip on children’s activities. Understanding your children and their emotions well can help in knowing which particular role to play at what time.

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Expressing your Emotional Side

A father is someone who is like a protective shield for children against the odds of the world. Even if he is facing problems on the professional front or elsewhere he has to put up a brave face in front of kids. This may make him less vocal and expressionless on occasions. At the same time it is important for a father to maintain the bond of love a care with their children and have a heart-to-heart conversation with kids. Striking a balance between the two situations becomes important. Leaving the worries aside, when you are with your children is a way out of this challenge. Doing a lot of self-talk or sharing problems with your spouse will help you vent out your feeling and help you stay calm and composed with your kids.

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Being Progressive & Giving Roots

A father has to help his kids to be progressive, stay updated with the new things that will help him stay abreast with his peer group. At the same time, it becomes essential to give kids strong roots, telling them about their cultural, spiritual beliefs and ancestral tree. It gives them a foundation and makes them value what they have. Listen to your kid’s fresh perspectives and see how these merge with family traditions and then reach middle way. This approach can help you give them roots to keep them grounded in reality and also wings to enjoy their freedom as they get a taste of life.

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Creating a Collage of Memories

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Childhood moments are the highlights of one’s life. Capture your child’s growth, milestones and special times in collages, albums and through digital scrapbooking to look back with lots of smiles.

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Capturing School Moments

Get together a photo album with pictures of your child’s many activities in school. Picnics with friends where they enjoyed spontaneously, fun camps where they took home lots of learning’s, annual day participation where they expressed talents and lots more. The best moments that makes up the sweetness of childhood.

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Treasure Family Bonds  

Family gives a child’s roots and help your child look back at the early years with fondness. Capture the highlights of birthdays, the fun of family outings, and the leisure & explores of vacations through notes, diaries and pictures. These are the moments of togetherness that keep the family close knit & bonded for years. Pass these on to your kid when he grows up.

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Record Yearly Growth

Make it an annual thing to record your child’s growth. Children are very adaptable and evolving and go through so many changes so quickly. Make notes in a diary about your little ones milestones and achievements. This helps your child reflect on everything learnt.   And you get a chance to observe and encourage your kid to do better.

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Time Capsule for Keeps

Create a time capsule of sorts in form of videos and audio clips telling your kid about how it is to see him grow up and what’s happening around at that time. Record your child’s changing voice, cute dances, naps, and playtime.  Make an email account for your kid and regularly email him sharing your feelings and thoughts. When your child is old enough, share the password and watch them connect to you in a deeper way.

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