ARE YOUR RAISING YOUR CHILD RIGHT?



Sitting amongst a group of pre-schoolers in a garden, I was enjoying an evening of games, giggles and smiles. Amidst all this merry-making, I saw a child run to her mum, crying over something while pointing to another child. Her mom stood up instantly, yelling out loud “don’t talk to her if she is hurting you”. Needless to say, the little girl returned to the group doing as instructed by her mom. 

With so much going on in our lives, it is understandable to resort to means which require lesser thought and effort in resolving a ‘situation’ amongst children. Our spontaneous response to situations and incidences that may serve as a momentary quick-fix, often deprives our child of some really valuable lessons that are much needed for their journey of life.

Every time you child expresses unhappiness/demands unreasonably/acts uncooperative/complains, it is a golden opportunity for him/her to be introduced to the most important and lasting lessons of life.


RESPECT & HUMILITY

Be it a judge or a janitor, respect for all is a must! Be it roles, religions, races, sexes, ideas, or lifestyles, forbid him/her from despising & belittling people, and humbly interacting with all. Humility seeds respect and respect nurtures a good human being. Be a role model for your child enabling him to reflect these values. The use of simple words such as “thank you / sorry / please”, etc. go a long way in making your child a respected citizen. 

COMPASSION & GRATITUDE

Be me mindful of one’s blessings is one of the greatest source of joy! Be it toys, clothes, books, chocolates, a healthy body or anything else, speak to your child about his/her blessings on a daily basis. Encourage them to empower/help other lesser fortunate with skills/games/languages that they have mastered. Nurture a sense of responsibility and gratefulness amongst them.  

KINDNESS

Kindness is contagious. It makes the world around us beautiful. Let your child experience the joy of giving a pleasant experience to others. Teach them that happiness comes from doing little acts of kindness. The best way inculcate this is by practicing kindness towards other humans/animals/plants collectively as a family. 

SHARING

Sharing is not very easy for young children. Encouraging sharing things within the family/friends on a daily basis and then gradually expanding this to peers and others makes the child experience what is caring for others and being cared for in-return.

HONESTY

Honesty builds emotional strength and paves a way for a strong character. Honesty cannot be imbibed with just words. You got to live a lifestyle that lays emphasis on honesty more than punishment. Your child can be brave to tell the truth when he/she doesn’t fear you or punishments. Build trust with your child, be amicable, praise truth telling and show that lying doesn’t make them any less accountable for their bad behaviour or deed.

Think through good parenting, it is the personality of parents that work on the children, which make children fond of them more than anything else. The way you treat your child is only your admission to raise him/her right! Ethics & morals, like every other thing, is a habit that can be formed with practice. One of the practical way to learn morals is to choose one attribute at a time and discuss with your children. Discuss the importance of that particular attribute, narrate stories related to it and practice it together.

Depriving our children of moral values affects not their attitude as growing individuals, but the world around us on the whole. Let’s give the world a better tomorrow!


SCHOOL ON A RAINY DAY



All of us have fond memories of the monsoons and rains from our childhood — unplanned school holidays, splashing in muddy puddles, getting drenched, or simply sitting at home with friends and siblings, having lots of fun. 


Today, how many of us today get to watch our little ones bask in some monsoon moments?

The freshly washed leaves on the trees, that nice smell of the wet soil, rainy creatures cherishing the beautiful scenario, your little one too is bound to fall in love with the rains and monsoon season.


As parents, we cherish the memories that monsoon poured over our childhood, yet when it comes to our children today, we worry about all the ill effects that monsoon brings along. 

The humid weather, flooded roads, mosquitoes, different types of diseases, etc. With a little care and precaution you can let your children enjoy this beautiful season and also keep them safe from diseases.


Cold and flu are the most common diseases occurring in monsoon. Whenever you go out in the rainy season ensure to carry the rain coat or an umbrella along with you and for both you and your child, it will save you both, from the rain. You should also keep in mind certain things before buying a rain coat for your child, such as the suitability of the fabric for the prevailing climate, other accessories such as boots to protect the little one’s feet, etc.



In addition to the above, a few more things to be kept in mind while sending children to school on a rainy day are:


1. If possible first put their books in a plastic bag then keep it in their school bag, it will keep their books dry and safe.


2. Make sure your kids carry handkerchief/tissues with them so that they can wipe the water on their hands while touching books and other things once they reach into classroom.


3. Tell your children about the hazards of getting wet in rain so they don’t find opportunities to drench in rain.


4. Pack a healthy lunch/mid-day meal in a vacuum tight container so that it won’t get spoiled due to moisture.


5. If possible give them boiled water after cooling in their water bottles so any impurity gets eliminated. You may want to alert your child to not drink water from anywhere else which might have risks of contamination.


6. As soon as your children come back home from school in the rainy season try to bathe them in lukewarm water with a good antiseptic solution like Dettol or Savlon, which reduces the chances of germs affecting their skin.


7. In the rainy season try to keep children inside home and give them lots of fun learning toys, games, books, art & craft sets, do-it-yourself kits etc., which can keep them engaged and render non-stop fun and knowledge throughout the season.


Following the above measures will possibly keep your kids healthy in the rainy season and they can also enjoy the season very much. Monsoon despite being a peak season for illness is also a golden opportunity to make some beautiful memories with your child. Make the most of this season by occasionally indulging in some hot snacks with your child on a rainy evening or by teaching them the art of making paper boats that they can play with once the rain subsides. 


Happy Monsoon!