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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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Tips for Traveling with Toddlers

family vacay Family trips are a lot of fun with many moments of togetherness & love. Traveling with infants & toddlers can be quite stressful since little children are sensitive to the changing environment and can easily get discomforted and cranky. Here are a few simple tips from Simba to help you balance & manage your kid while make the most of your vacay!

 

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Bag it Right  

Keep a lot of clothes handy – versatile pieces like shorts, tees, tanks, pants and more which can be easily mixed and matched. These help keep the child fresh & well-dressed even if you can’t wash their clothing.  Carry a portable first aid with medicines, band-aids, thermometer to keep a check on your child’s health. Also pack lots of napkins to keep your child fresh, hats to keep him protected from harsh elements like sunlight or chills, sunscreen for skin protection, diapers for frequent changes and a quick dry mattress to keep him comfortable while sleeping without messing the bedding. Keeping your child’s favorite toy or plaything will reassure & comfort him/her in unfamiliar surroundings.

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Diet Discretion

Vacations become times of indulgence with gorging on oily, sweet, spicy & rich delicacies. Be mindful about what you are feeding your child, keep it simple & light. Consuming fruits from the local markets which are readily available is a good idea. Small meals are also easy to digest for kids. Avoid oily foods, salty chips, and packaged goods as they are laden with preservatives which can be detrimental on health. While traveling during summers, ensure your child is well-hydrated. It’s recommended to keep your child’s personal bottle or sippy cup separate to keep mouth & other oral allergies and infections at bay.

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Staying Cool & Calm

It can get very daunting to take care of your child while you’re sightseeing or just relaxing. Be patient and keep a cool head while your child adapts to the new environment.  Kids can get cranky with slight discomfort or at a new place, check what might be the causes, it could be hunger, thirst or the environment.   Children usually gesture excitedly if they see something new or appealing and also babble or speak in their unique language to express what they are feeling. Enjoy these moments of their innocence and watch them adapt gradually.

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Parenting is a Balancing Act

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A working parent has to juggle between many different routines & responsibilities. Here are simple ways in which you can give your precious lots of TLC and also pamper self!

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Meal-time Bonding

As the age old adage goes “a family that eats together, stays together”.  Dining with your children  helps the  relationship  grow stronger. Make it a routine to eat at least eat an early morning breakfast and dinner at the same time and also share your day after meals. A light evening snack-time can be fun too. Try cooking with your kid, simple things like baking cupcakes or making popcorn can make your child feel involved and close to you. Inculcate a habit of helping around the house as this helps your child gain a sense of responsibility towards their spaces and also feel close as a family unit.

 

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Weekend Fun

Weekends spell fun for kids and for you – to catch your breath and also enjoy unhurried moments of life. Plan special outings for weekends, these need not be fancy dates or shopping trips laden with gifts; a simple visit to the local park can be so much fun. You also pack a small picnic and visit a garden or beach or just watch a movie at home. Anything that helps your little one and you relax and keeps the sense of belonging intact. Being out in nature for a walk is also very rejuvenating for overall well-being.

 

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Bedtime Routine

Bedtime is very crucial for kids and often overlooked. Whether it’s a weekday or weekend, maintain a bedtime routine with your child. Reading out a story, playing with a toy, singing songs, sharing memories, or just a warm hug – anything that makes up for the time you’re away from one another. This daily habit helps the child sleep better and have great health in the long run.

 

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Keep Aside Me-time

It’s essential you feel good about yourself too, so set some me-time aside every day to de-stress. A soothing shower, just listening to your favorite music or taking a 20 minute power nap to feel refreshed are some effective ways. These little things help in helping you feel centred again, before you get back to your kid.

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