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7 ways to raise Happy Kids

Happiness is a state of mind. It is a choice. It is a way of life.

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Happiness is the ultimate goal that all the parents want for their children. As kids go through the journey of life and try to make their way through the ups and downs, it is important that they remain happy at the core. The foundation of how your kids perceive their life and the challenges that come along with it is laid down during their growing years.

Seven ways to ensure that you are contributing to raising your kids as “happy kids”:

1. Be happy yourself

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Happiness and smiles are contagious. Children absorb a great deal from the environment around them. They see how happy you are with your life, how do you handle the ups and downs of your life and what do you do to overcome unhappiness. To ensure that your kids are happy, make happiness a priority for yourself too.

2. Do not over-criticize

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Sometimes as adults we become so focused on the results that we forget to appreciate the journey and all the efforts put in. You can discuss with your child about what could have been done better to achieve the desired results, but do not forget to give your child a pat on the back for the efforts put in. This will help in boosting your child’s confidence and prepare them for the future.

3. Do not make life appear as a pressure zone

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In today’s hyper-competitive world, children are stressed even at a very young age. Their schedules are packed with school, tuitions, extra-curricular classes, and so on. While it is important to make your children well equipped and future ready, it is also important to let them go about life at their own pace, and ensure that they are enjoying the process. Appreciate their capabilities and avoid constant comparison.

4. Help your children learn Optimism

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Help your children to look at the positive side of things, and teach them to believe in the goodness of life. Let them know that the journey might be a little challenging sometimes, but it always gets better. Teach them to begin each day afresh.

5. Celebrate often

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Celebrate all the little joys, all the little achievements in life. Make every moment count. This way you are making your kids have fun and motivating them to do better every time.

6. Teach them the importance of Relationships

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Life becomes easier and much better when we have our loved ones to share it with. Teach your kids the importance of building and nurturing relationships. Teach them how to develop empathy, and understand the other person’s viewpoint.

7. Teach your children not to be afraid of failures

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As children grow in today’s competitive world, they start taking failure as a stigma. Stress on the importance of experimentation and how it can be a stepping stone to success. Let them understand that failures are an inevitable part of life, but they leave us with valuable lessons and every time they lead us a little closer to success. Teach your kids that it is not a bad thing to fail but it is important that they learn from it, improvise on it and try once again.

 

It is very important as parents to lead their children on the path of happiness. Hold their hand and let them enjoy this beautiful journey called life.

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6 things to keep in mind when choosing a school for your child

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Schools play a very important role in shaping children as individuals. They not only help them with educational learning, but they also help with their holistic development and lead them onto a path of lifelong learning. Schools lay the foundation for children and set them on a path to success.

Children are full of imagination and inquisitiveness and learn from the environment they are brought up in. They spend a significant time of their lives in schools. Hence, deciding on which school your child should go to is of paramount importance. There are a number of factors that you should keep in mind while evaluating the right school for your child. Let us look at a few.

6 things to keep in mind when choosing a school for your child:

1. The School Environment

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Your child is going to spend a significant time of his/her day at school. The environment at school will impact the development and growth of your child. A healthy and friendly environment will help your child in honing his/her skills and having a sense of confidence in their capabilities, and will definitely be a stepping stone in making them future ready. Look for a school environment, which takes pride in the uniqueness of the children and is not very focused on competition and comparison.

2. The Faculty

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It is the teacher who handholds the child and guides them through their school journeys. Children look up to their teachers as they are the great influencers. Have an understanding of how the faculty is, what are their educational backgrounds, what is their teaching methodology, are they encouraging and attentive towards children, etc. You can interact with a few teachers and parents of senior students to have a better evaluation of and experience with the school faculty.

3. School Infrastructure

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Claustrophobic buildings with no playgrounds and proper amenities aren’t the ideal schools that we imagine our children to be sent to. A school is a place, which introduces your child to a vast spectrum of avenues and possibilities. The schools should have an adequate infrastructure with proper ventilation, bright and airy classrooms, designated playing areas, etc. Also, ensure that the school buildings have proper safety checks in place.

4. School Curriculum

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This is one of the most important aspects of shortlisting a school. Get clarity on the following – how is the curriculum designed, is it experiential or mere concept learning, what does the curriculum focus on, what are the key development areas the curriculum is designed to bring out, does it focus on only classroom teaching and academics, or does it also include focus on outside the classroom learning and overall development of the child.

5. Inclusion of Extra-curricular activities in the curriculum

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Extra-curricular activities and sports bring about an all-round development of your child. They play a very significant role in shaping up your child as individual and imparting life skills to them. Understand how the school encourages participation in extra-curricular activities that are best molders to your child.

6. Proximity of the school from your home

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The distance of the school from your home should also be considered. Since the schools already have long hours, it is preferred to minimize the travel distance for school. However, with a number of commutation options available including school vans and busses this hurdle can be overcome; just ensure that the mode you choose is safe and apt.

“Education is the foundation upon which we build our future”, quotes Christine Gregoire; And schools are the institutions that help children with this foundation. The onus is on you as parents to make the right choice.

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7 ways to get your child to eat Healthy

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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”

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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.

 

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Inculcating Personal Hygiene Habits in Kids

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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Introducing your kids to Sports

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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Help your Kids Make New Year Resolutions

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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5 ways to Teach Kids responsibility

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.