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Freedom for Kids

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Freedom is everyone’s birth-right; and parents often are torn between how much freedom they need to give their kids owing to their safety concerns, fears and insecurities towards their children.

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Age-wise Appropriateness: The biggest conflict to decide how much freedom to give is because of the “conservative’ and “liberal” dynamic in parenting. At every stage and age the amount of freedom a child is given varies. For instance, a toddler needs constant adult supervision whether at home or outdoors; whereas, a young child between the ages of 6-12 years, can be allowed to be out with a familiar peer group. As children grow, you may have to have a dialogue with them explain how freedom comes with a responsibility. You can always keep a check on them through messages and phones to know their whereabouts and some deadlines won’t harm. Thus, your discretion at every stage and age of their physical/mental/emotional development would decide the appropriate amount of freedom they need and how much you can support and guide them.

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Establishing Boundaries:  Freedom does not imply shirking responsibilities and being a nomad. Children often feel ‘free’ to do anything they want because they are allowed to do whatever catches their fancy. As they grow up and begin to understand the world, they need to make their own choices and to make mindful decisions in any situation, you need to communicate the ‘why’s” and “why not’s”. For instance, making a child understand why they are being told to be indoors or to be home within a certain time. Inviting school/college/colony friends over and going to theirs at odd hours or wearing risqué clothing while they are out with friends are something they consider ‘being free-minded’ or cool. It’s not about what they are doing; it’s about the mentality with which they are doing certain things. Inculcate Independence and Self-Reliance and check on how responsible they can be in any given situation. Time-management, space management, completing their assignments within deadlines all reflects on how prepared they are to eventually be on their own.

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Keeping Them Rooted:  It helps to share your own experiences and how despite some rules being there, you enjoyed your freedom and youth. Today, many children, especially teens are in a hurry to experience everything as soon as they can and want instant gratification. The reasons could be peer pressure and the need to fit into a group, to look cool and be ‘in’ with the times. Kids are also highly impressionable because of the celebs they admire from a young age and dream of a life as glamorous as theirs. It’s essential to give your child a reality check. This does not mean binning their dreams or goals but to nurture those and helping them pursue those which are within their capacity and physical/mental/emotional makeup. They will eventually begin to see things the way they are rather than the way they ‘should’ be. Avoid cushioning them from hurt or telling them stories about good/bad people or it being a fair/unfair world. Freedom means allowing your child to make mistakes so they can ‘grow up’.

Which are some of the ways that allow a child to enjoy their freedom and be free-minded? Share your views with us and get featured on the blog.

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Puzzles are more than just Child’s Play!

Putting missing pieces back together is more than just a past-time – it’s an activity with many health boons! Simba Toys tells you why solving puzzles is beneficial for your baby, for you and your entire family.

  1. Builds Social Skills
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    Kids solving puzzles together

    Playing puzzles with friends or family helps a child communicate and discuss ideas. Solving puzzles with someone or in a group helps children work in a team and support, co-operate and play with each other.

  2. Stimulates Senses & Intelligence
    ABC Farm puzzle with Rattles for 1 year olds has visual, audio & tactile benefits

    ABC Farm puzzle with Rattles for 1 year olds has visual, audio & tactile benefits

    The colourful patterns, themes and structures of puzzles stimulate visual & tactile sense. They also sharpen intelligence as a person learns to think out-of-the-box and also use skill sets of matching, sorting and classifying pieces together by shape, size and colour.

  3. Boosts Self-esteem, Confidence & Concentration
    Disney’s Princess Puzzle Box and Eichhorn’s Planes Multilevel Puzzle is ideal for kids 2 years and older.

    Disney’s Princess Puzzle Box and Eichhorn’s Planes Multilevel Puzzle is ideal for kids 2 years and older.

    Puzzles need complete concentration, focus and patience to be solved. Completing it gives the player a huge sense of achievement which boosts confidence and self-esteem. However, make sure you buy age-appropriate puzzles as solving a very difficult one can cause the child to get frustrated and give up.

  4. Great Mind Exercise
    3D Tower Bridge Puzzle is great for teens and adults

    3D Tower Bridge Puzzle is great for teens and adults

    Puzzles require lots of strategizing techniques. They are considered a great mind exercise as overtime it sharpens memory and strengthens creative visualization. Complex architectural puzzles enhance depth perception skills, problem solving techniques and creativity.

  5. Relieves Stress , Promotes Happiness
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    Family solving puzzles together

    Playing puzzles can be a stress-buster as it takes the mind off regular routines. Solving puzzles and completing it brings a lot of happiness especially if it’s played in teams. A child is sure to feel elated on completing one on his/her own.

    So….let the games begin?!

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Did You Know? Toys help children become friendly?

Toys create friendship and turn ordinary moments of playtime into special memories.  It is during the early years that the foundation of social skills and interpersonal relationships gets built.

Simba Toys encompasses many such games and toys that can be played in groups. These are fun past-times for family, siblings and kids to enjoy together.

Here are some popular games from Simba and their social benefits:

  1. Sharing, Caring and Empathy


    (l-r:  Plush toys from Nicotoy, Kids sharing plush toys with each other)

    From 24 months onwards, kids begin to understand and express love, trust and affection towards family, siblings and all those they meet. By sharing toys during play they learn to be giving. This helps them make friends, care for their feelings and also reduces their “social anxiety”. They also stop clinging to caregivers as their companions increase. These qualities of caring & sharing help build a fairly friendly child.

  2. Role-playing & Expressiveness

    (l-r: Steffi love Family Box Set, An introvert child playing with his mother)

    Role-playing games with dolls helps babies express their emotions about self and loved ones.  The child slowly builds his/her social identity and learns more about the various aspects of everyday life. Toys are especially useful for introverted kids to step out of their comfort zone.

    3. Healthy Competition, Strategy and Sportsmanship

    (l-r: 3D Air Hockey from Games & More, Eichhorn’s Outdoor Rope Ladder)

    (l-r: 3D Air Hockey from Games & More, Eichhorn’s Outdoor Rope Ladder)

    Playing with others helps a child develop qualities of a sportsman who can handle winning or losing with ease. He/she also learns to strategize, become a leader and also harmoniously play with others. It’s also a great way to release physical and emotional energy in a healthy manner.

    4. Siblings & Family Bonding

    (Family playing together)

Play-time gives kids a fun chance to connect with siblings, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and all other members of the family. There’s a feeling of one-ness, joy and love that makes the family stronger as a unit.

5. Builds Confidence, Creativity & Compassion

(l-r: My Music World Mike & Drum Sets, A group of kids playing together)

Playing with toys helps artistic kids express themselves with ease and build confidence. Children also learn to be more compassionate towards a new child entering a group. Playing together helps kids come up with more ideas, creative solutions and innovations.

As they say, the more the merrier 🙂

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