- 1 cup dark chocolate/Any regular chocolate
- ½ cup butter
- ½ cup cornflakes
- ¼ cup rice cereal
- 3 tsp sesame seeds
- Handful mixture of dry fruits
- 4tsp honey
- Pinch of cinnamon powder
Melt the chocolate and butter in a bowl in microwave oven for 3 minutes, checking once in between. Crush cornflakes with a rolling pin and put into a bowl. When the chocolate has melted whisk it till smooth. Dry roast sesame seeds and mixed nuts in a non-stick pan. Grease an aluminium tray well. Add cornflakes and rice cereal to the pan and mix. Add cinnamon powder and mix. Reduce heat and add honey. Switch off the heat and mix everything well. Let the mixture cool slightly. Add chocolate-butter mixture gradually, mixing continuously. Transfer the mixture into the prepared tray and level the surface. Set aside to cool. Cut into bars and serve
Battles over reading,
writing, and arithmetic too often drive a wedge between parents and their kids.
Many times these ongoing conflicts give children distaste for learning and send
parents to bed at night wondering, "What are we doing wrong with
The following tips are
dedicated to creating happier homes, where children are free to fall in love
with learning and parents no longer dread homework hassles:
Tip #1: Set aside a time
for family learning.
This is a time for your children to do their homework and for you to model the
value of learning by enjoying a book. The best way to create a love of learning
in your kids is to show them how much you enjoy it.
Tip #2: Avoid battles by offering choices.
Research shows children are more likely to do their homework if they are given
many small choices. For example:
Would you rather do your
homework right after school or wait until four o'clock?
Are you going to do your
homework in your room or at the kitchen table?
Are you going to do all
your homework right now, or are you going to do half now and the rest after
Tip #3: Help only when your child really wants it.
There is nothing that creates more homework battles than parents who
"help" when help is not wanted. Try asking:
Would you like some ideas on that, or would you like me to leave you
Your child's desire to do it alone is a very healthy sign of independence and
Tip #4: Spend most of your time noticing what they do well.
DO NOT focus on what your child does wrong! Allow your child to get help in
those areas from their teachers. Successful parents spend 99 percent of their
energy noticing what their kids do well. They say things like:
Show me the very best
letter you made today. You really worked hard on that!
Look at that math
problem. You got it right!
Tip #5: Help only as long as it's enjoyable for both of you.
Too frequently, homework help turns into a homework battle. Smart parents back
out of the helper role as soon as they sense conflict brewing. Try hugging your
child and saying:
I love you too much to help if it means we are going to argue. I know
this is really hard. Good luck.
Tip #6: Help only as long as your child is doing most of the work.
Say the following to yourself over and over again:
This is my child's homework. Not mine!
There is nothing more destructive than stealing the struggle of learning by
doing too much for your child. Each time they achieve something difficult on
their own, their self-esteem soars and they are better prepared for the real