Tag Archives: Kids

25Jun/14

Parenting : Perseverance is the key to success

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Perseverance is the key to achieving in life , what we want. Here, I want to quote a famous tale that I used to hear when I was small .It was that of a king who had lost in the battle several times and was on the verge of giving up. He sat against a wall and observed an ant that was trying to climb the wall. Every time the ant went half way it fell. But, every time it fell , it got up and started its journey again. Continue reading

02May/14
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TRUST YOUR CHILDREN


Trusting our children helps . We need to have faith in our children.

It is said that when we trust our children an additional responsibility of doing right action comes on their shoulders.When we trust our children we place positive thoughts in their sub conscious minds – THE THOUGHTS OF FAITH , THE THOUGHTS OF RESPONSIBLE BEHAVIOUR. Continue reading

14May/13

Healthy Lifestyle is the best legacy we can pass to our kids- A Viewpoint

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As parents we should strive to inculcate health conscious habits in kids and teach them how to lead and maintain a healthy life style.


•We along with our kids can go in for morning exercise sessions. Once this becomes a habit for them they will know for themselves the benefits of morning exercise. This will keep them active mentally and physically. Soon they will know the difference between the days they go for exercising and the days they don’t go for exercising.

•Good eating habits form a part of healthy life style. Now a days it is seen that children keep on munching junk food. We as parents need to discourage this and make a shift towards healthy eating habits. We should keep our children well informed about the food value of various foods and how it affects our body.

•Regular Meditation can also be introduced into their daily routine. Once they form the habit of meditating , knowing of course the right technique , this will help them in mastering their mind. Their mind will not wander unnecessarily and unwanted chattering of mind will stop. They will be in control of their thoughts and can direct their mind like a chauvinist to what they want it to think and not expend their energies in unnecessary thoughts.

28Apr/13

Which Board to choose for children -CICSE OR CBSE

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You can go through the following information and choose which ever board suits your needs

CICSE(Council for Indian School Certificate Examination) versus CBSE(Central Board of Secondary School Examination)


•All the national level entrance exams such as IIT-JEE(Joint Entrance Examination),AIEEE(All India Engineering Entrance Exam),AIPMT(All India Pre Medical Exam) are based on CBSE syllabus while international level exams such as SAT,TOEFL are based on CICSE syllabus .

•In higher classes children find it difficult to shift from CSBE to CICSE while shifting from CICSE to CBSE is easier.

•CBSE has more compact syllabus as compared to CICSE. It is seen that number of subjects for which exams are conducted is more in CICSE than in CBSE.

For eg. A child who took 6th standard CICSE exam wrote 13 subjects-English, Environmental Science, History+Civics , Geography , Physics , Biology , Chemistry , Mathematics ,Hindi ,General Knowledge.

7th standard CBSE student wrote 6 subjects: English , Sanskrit ,Hindi , Science , Mathematics ,Social Studies.
(History ,Civics ,Geography fall under Social Science while Physics, Chemistry and Biology fall under Science. ) Environment study is optional in CBSE.

•CBSE has more objective type questions and is application based and prepares children for national level exams.
CICSE has more of projects in curriculum which helps to develop analytical thinking.

•CISCE- conducts three examinations:
Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE-Class 10th)
Indian School Certificate (ISC-Class 12)
Certificate in Vocational Education(CVE-Class 12)
CBSE – conducts two exams
All India Secondary School Exam AISSE(Class 10)
All India Senior School Certificate Exam, AISSCE ( Class 12)

•Most of the parents in earlier classes put the children in CICSE so that their base becomes strong and then in higher class shift them to CBSE or State board so that they are at an advantage and get better scores.

•CICSE syllabus is recognised in many foreign schools and universities while CBSE is well recognised within the country.

•In CICSE more emphasis is laid on English as compared to CBSE.

•If the parents have transferable jobs then it is better to put the children into ICSE or CBSE .If the transfers are restricted to metros or urban areas then any of the two boards will do. But ,if transfer involves tier-2 cities it is better to choose CBSE syllabus as CICSE schools are rare.

26Mar/13

How to keep children busy during Summer Holidays:

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Summer holidays is a nice big break for children from their daily routine life. Children have a lot of time in their hand and they don’t know how to spend their time.This time can be best utilized in enhancing their skills along with giving them relaxation. Here are some activities you can look for keeping children busy during holidays:

•You can make your children join a library where they can get a lot of books to read. This will help to inculcate reading habit in them.

•Children can be introduced to photography. They can be taught and encouraged to take out photographs of animals, birds, flowers, nature etc. This will help to develop their interest in photography and they can become amateur photographers.

•Children can be encouraged to make their own comic book or they can be encouraged to author a novel. This can be an early introduction to the world of writing.

•Children can be encouraged to gain some work experience. For example,they can volunteer working in some library where they can maintaining simple record of books people are taking or they can volunteer working in some mall and deal with customers by introducing customers to products and any offers the mall is offering.

•You can take them to theatres, puppet shows or magic shows if any.

•You can introduce cooking activities for them and their friends, where they can share their recipes and try their hands on cooking. They can be made Chefs.This will help to develop culinary skills in children.

•If your children have a lot of collection of books they can run their own library or you can encourage and make a group of their friends who can run a library together.

•You can encourage your children to organize football or cricket matches.

•You along with your children can go on a long cycling adventure trip.

•You can organize mountaineering trip in a group.

•You can organize painting sessions in a group or individually you can encourage your child to paint his imaginations.

•You can arrange story telling sessions for children.

•You can take your children to amusement parks or water parks.

•You can go on a shopping trip with your children and let them handle the budgeting part.

•You can create a sand pit in your garden and introduce them to the world of sand sculptures.

•You can arrange clay for them and introduce them to clay modeling.

•You can introduce them to your holy scriptures.

• You can introduce them to meditation and yoga.

•You can make them join some classes for learning skills such as swimming, karate etc.

•You can arrange salad decoration or dressing competition for children.

•You can encourage children to display their special skills by arranging an exhibition cum sale event.

18Mar/13

Teach your children Responsibility -Part3

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 Responsibility towards home and parents:

It is usually seen in most of the homes that children are busy watching television or playing while parents are doing all the household work.

Myths involved:
Myth 1:

Parents think that the children are too small to be involved in the household work .

Myth 2:

Children are already doing so much of work and are so much stressed and burdened by their study schedules so why burden them more???

But, the reality is that involving children in household tasks doesn’t take much of their precious time. On the other hand, they get a change from the monotonous life style and they feel more bonded and responsible towards home.

    A small sample to show the Activities and Ways to teach them resposibility

  • They can be made responsible for laying down table during meals and clearing the area after meals.
  • They can take up the responsibility of cutting salads and veggies.
  • If your child, while sitting and happily watching television, calls you to give him a glass of water or an apple, encourage him to help himself fetch the water or wash and peel the apple for himself.
  • While gardening give him some responsibility such as sowing new seeds or pruning of plants etc.
  • When the child comes back from school, college etc. encourage him to keep all his belongings in proper place.
  • Once a week encourage him to clean his cupboards and storage areas .He should be encouraged to keep his play area, study area and room clean.
  • When someone at home is unwell or is taking rest, he should be taught to show a responsible behaviour .

14Mar/13

KAI PO CHE- Movie Review

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Short story:


Movie is a flashback story about three friends, who are born and brought up together in a small neighbourhood of Gujarat . The three of them dream to do something big in their lives and make a mark for themselves in the society.All of the three friends are shown in the movie to be from very humble families. One of them, Ishaan (Sushant Singh Rajput), is shown to be a district level cricket player and is shown to be an angry young man. The second one of them Govind (Rajkumar Yadav) is shown to be serious , calculative and mature person. The third one of the three Omi (Amit Sadh) is the son of priest and is shown to be a very shy person with good family values. His maternal uncle is shown to be a politician and is always ready to help Omi.

The three of them take up a place on rent from Omi’s uncle to open up their sports shop plus training academy.It starts running. Ishan finds a young talent Ali and decides to take him to next level. Meanwhile, the three of them take up a space in a big mall to open up a high end sports shop and academy, for which deposit is borrowed from Omi’s uncle.

Then, the earthquake of 2001 is shown and in this earthquake their shop in the mall is shattered and with this their dreams too. They move back to old place of work and restart meanwhile Omi is forced to enter politics due to favours taken by him from his uncle. One day a principal of a Kedriya Vidyala enters the shop and leaves her child there for some time and on returning she asks Govind , who is there in the shop , that if they supply sports materials to schools . Govind becomes very excited and says “Yes!” and also informs her that they provide training for cricket in their academy. Principal offers him to give presentation in the school showcasing whatever they do. They give presentation and succeed in getting the project of training the school children. From here their journey begins.

Meanwhile, there are some unfortunate events of riots and politics in which Ishaan dies and Omi goes to jail. At the end of movie it is shown that Govind brings his friend Omi on his release from jail to the cricket ground where Ali (the young talent whom Ishaan had dreamed to take to next level ) is seen playing in India Australia Test series and Govind is shown to be highly successful man running sports consultancy and training firm.

Remarks:

Story has been adopted from Chetan Bhagat’s novel “ The 3 mistakes of My Life”

Learnings:

• Motivates one to chase his dreams till they are fulfilled
• Motivates one to get up and fight his battle again after the fall
• Teaches how good friendships are made and carried on

Violence: Violence scenes are there (Gujarat riots are shown)

Can watch with family: Yes

Intimacy scenes: One or two scenes

Objectionable scenes: Adult intimacy is there

Suitable for age groups: 18+

Family Values: ***

Language: Hindi, Gujarati(little bit)

Ratings on motivational part: *****

Ratings :
***** Excellent
**** Good
*** Average
** Ok-Ok