ArchiveSeptember 2018

Identifying learning disabilities and accepting them in children


What do Albert Einstein, Agatha Christie, Winston Churchill, George Washington, Walt Disney, Whoopi Goldberg, Steven Spielberg, Richard Branson, Abhishek Bachchan and Boman Irani have in common? They all had some form of Learning Disability (LD) and yet went on to have successful careers and contributed significantly to the society. However, even today, the word ‘Learning Disability’ can send...

Nutritious food for school going children


Nutrition is defined in many dictionaries as the process of nourishing oneself or the process of being nourished. As humans one of our primary sources of nourishment is food. Food is defined as a nourishing substance taken into the body to sustain life, provide energy and promote growth. Since food is our primary source of physical nourishment, food demands a significant amount of our attention...

Importance of family times


The concept of “family” has changed a great deal in recent times, and there are now various forms of families and different styles of parenting. However, one thing remains certain; whatever the term “family” may mean to you, it is of utmost importance in your child’s life. The family where your child grows up has a big influence on how he or she deals with relationships, copes with situations...

How aspirations of parents affects the child


“This idea that children fulfil their parent’s unrealized goals and aspirations is a common one, yet one which has been little studied.” says Joseph A. Kahl, an expert on social stratification and a professor of sociology at Cornell. From the moment a child is born, parents wonder (and worry) about the role they will play in shaping their child’s outlook on life A considerable body of research...

Dealing with Pre-teens


Usually children between the ages of 9-12 are called pre-teens. The current trend is to address pre-teens as tweens. Wikipedia describes the word ‘tween’ as a marketing term for preteen, a blend of between and teen. Tween is the informal term for someone who is in the preadolescence phase. During this period children go through a transition from shyness to independence or from baby fat to puberty...

Coping with peer pressure


It is hard enough to make decisions on your own and when other people try and get involved in pressurising you in one way or another it can get even harder. People of your age, for example your classmates are called peers. When one’s peers try to get you to do things that displease you or satisfy them then that’s called as peer pressure. Peers often play a very important role in our lives either...

Why do parents give in so easily to their children


Parenting has always been a hard task and has become even more challenging in these modern days. To add to this, lifestyle that keeps changing rapidly, never ending demands and new requirements in life bring in added challenges as well. During the olden times, life as we know was very different. Fathers were required to work and mothers took care of children and domestic duties. Families were...

Say no to spanking


To spank or not to spank? This has been a point of contention for long. In fact, the age old question “to spank or not” sparks a strong debate among both parents and psychologists. Studies show that almost all parents in the world have spanked their children sometime or the other.  Spanking is an act of slapping, especially on the bottom of a child with an open hand, as a punishment for bad...

Getting your children to work – running errands around the house


“Errand” is a word that is derived from old English “aerende” which means message or mission.  In common terms “Errand” is used to describe a short moving around to perform little duties. For kids, it may be setting the table for lunch or dinner, polishing shoes or buying groceries when requested by parents. Errands help in developing various skills such as taking responsibility and ownership...

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