It's summer time! So, finally vacations and the much needed break is here!! For children it's just the start of an exciting time and for parents it's a more relaxed start to the day. Here are few ideas how parents and children can add new dimension to vacation.
Children this is for you :
- Set a schedule for yourself - waking up early, outdoor jogging and play followed by a set schedule for meals. Dinner time has to be family time, and not in front of television.
- Volunteer to help others- you can help an elderly neighbour, coach a younger team and be a volunteer at the local hospital.
- Read newspapers to find out about fairs, festivals, and other community events to do as a family.
- Study the weather; know wind direction and temperature of your city. Compare notes with friends and cousins who lives in different cities.
- Fix hours to watch TV and movies, or play video or computer games. Go for other options like crosswords or brain teasers, board games, or card games
- Make sure you eat healthy snacks and drink lot of water.
- Schedule a bedtime and go to bed on time every night.
- If there is subject you are weak in, try and work on that weakness. You will be more confident when you come back to school.
Moms & Dads, this is for you :
- Motivate your children to learn new skills such as culinary, stitching, reading books of interest and writing.
- Let them learn a new sport or musical instrument.
- Have your kids help you in the garden.
- Plan for a weekly cleaning day where your kids help you with chores around the house.
- Have them plan, shop, and prepare for a family dinner each week.
- Let them have outdoor fun:- tree climbing, jumping rope, camping in the backyard, playing with pets or running through the sprinkler.
- Don't get swayed in by other parents' activity schedule for their child or another family's five star holiday plans.
- Let your child bond with the grandparents.
- Chill parents! Children have to do a marathon academic year and they need this pause.
I look forward to receiving children at school on the 9th of July, 2018. The school is nothing without the hustle-bustle and noise of the students.
Personal safety and self defense is always a priority. When it comes to self-defense, fitness, strength, and conditioning count. The better conditioned you are, the better your odds of surviving a hostile threat.
I'm really passionate about children learning self-defense. Though I certainly wish these situations won't arise, yet it's always desirable to be prepared for any adverse situation, just in case. Follow these simple rules to ensure your safety and respond to an unexpected situation.
- Keep alert and aware of your surroundings anytime you step outside your home or school.
- Learn the best routes between your residence and your school. Take the safest route, not the fastest route. At night try to walk in well-lit, regularly travelled pathways.
- Share your schedule with friends and family and walk in groups of two or more. When you go out, let someone know where you are going and when you plan to be back.
- Avoid walking, jogging and running alone with ear phones or talking on your cell phone. Do not check emails or messages while walking.
- Try to stay away from overgrown shrubs or trees. Be cautious and look behind you from time to time.
- Avoid displaying large amount of cash or other tempting targets such as expensive gadgets or jewellery.
- Never stay at a party when your friend leaves. It is not worth the risk to stay - no matter how nice everyone seems there.
- List your important emergency contact numbers and information in your phone or planner, if you carry one.
- Never accept things from strangers specially eatables or drinks and don't leave your drink unattended even for a few minutes.
- Never leave school with a stranger. If a stranger offers you a ride, say "No!"
- Do not share personal details like phone numbers, address, email ids or pictures with strangers
- Do not use items that display your name so that a stranger may read and use it to talk to you.
- Tell a trusted adult if a stranger is hanging around the school, playground, or home.
- If you arrive home alone, call your mother/ father, or other trusted adult to let them know you are home and all right. Keep the door locked, don't open the door for strangers, and don't tell strangers that you are home alone.
- Learn about good touch and bad touch. Don't allow anyone to touch you otherwise immediately shout for help and alert people around.
- Don't be afraid to communicate your boundaries when people get too close in your personal space if it makes you feel uncomfortable. Use a powerful tone and tell someone to back off or get out of your space.
- Consider carrying pepper spray or a whistle.
- Learn martial arts or situation-specific self-defense techniques. Even by learning the basics of self-defense, you can prepare yourself for dangerous and unforeseen circumstances.
Discover your warrior's edge and be responsible for your safety.
As more and more of our lives are spent online, it's important that we understand how to protect both our devices and our information from malicious elements online. The recent proliferation of devices, from smart phones and tablets to Internet-connected appliances, has opened us up to even greater risks. With hacks, scams, malware and more, the Internet can be a dangerous place these days. But by taking just a small handful of security measures, you can greatly reduce an exposure to all these threats and stop yourself from becoming a target online.
- Do not post any personal information online like your address, email address or mobile number.
- Think carefully before posting pictures or videos. Once you've put a picture of yourself online, many people can see it and download it, it's not just yours anymore.
- Keep your privacy settings as high as possible. Make sure you're old enough to join social networking sites. Use the strongest privacy setting when you set up your profile. This way, only your friends will be able to view your information.
- Create Complex Password for all your accounts. It is really the best way to keep your personal and financial information safe. Never share your passwords
- Be a Selective Sharer. Just be cautious about what you share, particularly when it comes to your identity information. This can potentially be used to impersonate you, or guess your passwords and logins.
- Do not befriend people you don't know. Don't meet up with people you've met online. Speak to your parents about people if they ask you to meet.
- Keep your guard up. Always be cautious about what you do online, which sites you visit, and what you share. Use comprehensive security software, and make sure to backup your data on a regular basis in case something goes wrong. By taking preventative measures, you can save yourself from troubles later on. Remember that not everyone online is who they say they are.
- Do not respond to messages from strangers, and only download apps from official app stores after reading other users' reviews first. Make sure that your security software is enabled on your mobile, just like your computers and other devices. Think carefully before you post something online.
- Respect other people's views, even if you don't agree with someone else's views. Disagreement doesn't mean you need to be rude.
- If you see something online that makes you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or worried: leave the website, turn off your computer and tell a trusted adult immediately.
Ultimately Internet safety is every one's responsibility. It's all about being able to have fun online - to be able to chat with friends, to post a video or to share a song that you've written, to be free to find out more about information you're interested in and check out the latest trends - without being bullied, annoyed or scammed, or having ideas stolen.
Remember, a better internet starts with YOU. It starts with an open and honest dialogue. It starts with a balanced approach. It starts with a family agreement because nothing replaces parental supervision and education for kids about cyber safety.
As your children get their final results this month, for some there will be reason to rejoice, for others it is perhaps a disappointing day. There might even be those who are feeling like complete failures due to the marks they have secured. However, a bad mark sheet, or any failure for that matter, does not mean that a person is destined to be a failure for the rest of his life.
A little disappointment can actually benefit your child -- as long as you teach him how to bounce back from it and cope with failure. Undoubtedly, grades open a few doors. They give your children a few more choices. However, they do not map out their future. They do not guarantee their success in life. If they get, what they expected, compliment them.
God Forbid..... If your children miss out on their desired results. Help them to have a more relaxed attitude towards failing.
Let me state the obvious here...When your child fails, he already feels miserable. Even before you say something to criticize or offer "helpful" hints, your son or daughter is already passing through a tough time! He/she may be embarrassed, ashamed, frustrated, discouraged, sad and struggling with feelings of worthlessness. Before you decide to get angry at them and tell them how much of an embarrassment they are to you, STOP & THINK! How is what you're about to say going to help them? How will it make them feel better about themselves? How will it motivate them to improve? More important, how will it help them manage the pain that they are already experiencing?
Do not overtly or covertly show your displeasure with their failing, Do not criticize or put them down for not living up to your expectations. Defeat sucks but Life does not end with bad results, it's not the end of the world. Motivate them to take it for the lesson - either that's not for you, or you didn't try hard enough.
Respond with empathy, not anger - Step inside their shoes for an instant and feel the pain that they're feeling. Respond with compassion, not shame inducing harsh comments or behaviour. Try to stay calm and relaxed when interacting with your child after that bad performance. 'Be loving', is your most important move to reflect your unconditionally love. Do not link your love and their lovability with their performance. Instead, reassure them both verbally and non-verbally that you love them no matter what happens in their performance! Remember, our kids need our love more when the going gets rough.
'Not everyone can be a topper' - this cliched line holds much worth if you simply believe in it. May be, the neighbour's son is indeed excellent but not yours. Accept and own the true skill set of your child and be proud of it. The 'C' of comparison is the worst devil.
Do not let an exam or its result make them feel that their future is doomed. Don't let exam results define their life. Grades do matter - although they are not a real measure of success.
Be a supportive parent and watch your child excel !
Exam season is here again...
It's not just students preparing for exams. Parents are on a roller coaster ride too. it's natural to share some of your child's anxieties as they go through this busy and often stressful period. If you're so much worried about your child's exams and the marks they might get, imagine how traumatic it might be for them.
As a parent, there are several things that you can help your children cope better with stress during exams in order to ease anxiety. Here are just a few ideas to make exam time that bit more bearable and take the pressure off.
Discuss effective revision techniques with your child
We are all unique, including the ways we learn information. So sit down with your child before they start studying and find out what you can do to help them to learn things more effectively, in a way that works for them. This simple step could involve helping them to make topic related colourful notes and even simply chatting about what the child has learnt and getting them to recall verbally. This will help them to go on to feel better and perform better on exam day itself.
Help them to study
Make sure your child has comfortable place to study. Ask them how you can best support them with their revision. Help them to come up with practical ideas that will help them revise, such as drawing up a revision schedule or getting hold of past papers for practice.
Encourage them to switch off
Once a week, let your children pick something that they wish to eat for dinner, or if funds allow, take them and the whole family out for a meal. Generating some fun around exam time, can go a long way, helping them to switch off and relax, taking their mind off exam stress which is just as important as studying.
Be flexible during exams
Be flexible around exam time. When your child is revising all day, don't worry about household jobs that are left undone. Remember, exams don't last forever. There will be plenty of time to catch up on housework and chores once exam time is over.
Feed your child well
Make sure children do not skip breakfast in the mornings before school - they can't concentrate on an empty stomach. Avoid junk food, especially food and drinks with high sugar content because these cause blood sugar levels to crash, resulting in jittery nerves. Try to provide good, nutritious food at regular intervals. Encourage your child to join family meals, even if it's a busy revision day.
Keep them hydrated
Evidence from Harvard Medical School shows that dehydration can actually shrink the brain, and this can cause poor moods and memory. To ensure your child is hydrated enough, make sure they're drinking plenty of water throughout the day.
Encourage exercise during exams
Exercise can help boost energy levels, clear the mind and relieve stress. It doesn't matter what it is - walking, cycling, swimming, football and dancing, all are effective. Activities that involve other people can be particularly helpful. A brisk walk around the block can also help clear the mind before the next revision session.
Help your child get enough sleep
Good sleep will improve thinking and concentration. Cramming all night before an exam is usually a bad idea. Ensure your kids get enough sleep and time to relax - they need to be well-rested and alert during the exam period.
Talk about exam nerves
Remind your child that feeling anxious is normal. The key is to put these nerves to positive use. Talk about exam stress. Remind them of their hard work to date to build confidence. Reassure them of your love and support no matter the outcome of exams. Help your child to face their fears and see this time through rather than escape or avoid them.
Encourage them to practice meditation
Introducing meditation is one of the best, natural ways to help children to cope effectively. Encouraging children to practice this when they start feeling stressed can help them to ease the stress level. Soft music tones accompanied with meditation has proved to be effective. Ask your child to take breaks in between study periods.
Be there to help them
Some parents are capable of solving doubts and difficulties of their children. Be there for them and try to solve their queries well. If you are not able to, owing to the level of difficulty, then please guide them about how they can solve the doubts. Speaking to the teacher or finding out from good educational websites might work. Do not adopt an authoritarian style of parenting.
Do not give vent to anger
Your child may cave in to pressure and become negative in the days preceding the exams. It is for you to boost him or her and keep the atmosphere of the home as positive as possible. Do not give vent to negative remarks. However, do not make the child overconfident. Exempt meal times from discussion about studies.
Keep family problems at bay
The best way to support your child during the stress of revision and exams is to make home life as calm and pleasant as possible. Do not discuss family problems in your child's hearing now and if possible, never. Unknowingly you may be adding to his or her stress levels. In fact agree not to disagree with your spouse or other family members during this time as even a normal argument can be distracting. Keep a happy environment in your home.
Don't overhype the importance of any examination
Make it clear to your kids that your love and regard for them is in no way dependent on how they perform in the Exam. This affirmation is the best gift you can give them on the eve of their exams.
Be a supportive parent and watch your child excel !
Wishing you all a very Happy and Prosperous New Year - 2018.
We are committed to the safety of children both inside and outside school. The safety of all children is our primary concern. Drop-off and pick up time is a very hectic time of the day and we appreciate your cooperation in helping us keep our children safe. To reinforce safe driving around schools, we urge you to adhere to simple parking regulations.
- Park your vehicles as far as you can from the school gate to avoid traffic jam.
- Do not park your vehicle adjoining already parked vehicle beyond white line. It will create traffic congestion.
- If you are getting out of your car and walking with your children, please do not park and leave your car in 'No Parking Zone'.
- Kindly co-operate and listen to the security guards and teachers on duty.
- Be patient during inclement weather conditions i.e. extreme cold, foggy or rainy days, as the time for drop off and pick up increases. Please allow yourself extra time to get to work or your next destination safely. Make an attempt to get your children to school early, as this will decrease traffic around the school.
- Be considerate of others while dropping off and picking children. Do not be in a rush and put your own or other children at risk.
- Be a good role model by being travel smart, reducing car use and using environment-friendly modes of transport such as walking, cycling, car pooling and public transport.