The most valuable thing you posses on the earth is time. Many people will try to be a master of your time. If you can not manage you time, if you do not struggle with spending time on things that you have planned in advance, other people will dispose of that time.
The people who say ‘time is money’ are right to a degree, but we will go a step further and say that ‘time is more precious than money.” You can always get more money – but there is no way to gain extra time; only extend the experience and perception of it.
Life skills are abilities for adaptive and positive behaviour that enable humans to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life in other words, psychosocial competency.
Without a willingness to learn, life will be an everyday struggle for your child. Children who are unwilling to learn shut down. They do not have the same social skills as their peers and generally become outcasts.
Kids Sports Activities is your online resource for fun, active things to do with kids of all ages. You'll find lots of great fitness ideas, summer sports camps, children's sports leagues, basic sports rules for popular individual and team sports, and high-energy games to keep your young ones healthy and moving!
E-learning theory describes the cognitive science principles of effective multimedia learning using electronic educational technology.Cognitive research and theory suggest that selection of appropriate concurrent multimedia modalities may enhance learning, as may application of several other principles.
Wildlife plays a significant role in maintaining the ecological equilibrium of nature. The presence of wildlife affects the character of its habitat by continually supporting the evolutionary adaptations of everything in its environment. The presence of wildlife is also an effective way to assess the quality of the environment.
In developing countries in Africa and Asia, wildlife serves as an abundant resource of food and livelihood. The various plant species in the wild are also essential components of traditional medicine. In progressive nations, the presence of wildlife opens the possibility of a thriving tourism industry.
35 Ways to Respect your children views and ways to know them in a better way
There is a common adage that says “respect must be earned.” But, how can a child earn respect, if they do not understand what it is? Respect is not an innate characteristic of a small child. Their parents play the most important role in teaching them what respect means.
Respecting children means speaking to them in a normal voice and showing genuine concern. Don’t talk down to them.
Astronomy is a natural science that studies celestial objects and phenomena. It applies mathematics, physics, and chemistry, in an effort to explain the origin of those objects and phenomena and their evolution. The objects of interest include planets, moons, stars, galaxies, and comets; while the phenomena include supernovae explosions, gamma ray bursts, and cosmic microwave background radiation
Top 5 BOARD games which children (and adults) enjoy
As a child if you have enjoyed playing board games with family and friends, you probably have had your fair share ofing board games with friends or family, correct?
Have you ever wondered what these board games can actually teach players? You would be surprised if you knew the kind of skills and learning that board games can build in you.
Most board games will teach you skills such as waiting for turns, communicating, sharing, bonding and even caring at times! (the way sometimes parents let the little ones have the big win!)
Board games stimulate the brain and while playing them one tends to
Analyze, critically reason and apply logic.
Learn from experience.
Statutory Warning: You end up having way too much FUN and board games are extremely addictive!
Concepts such as colour and number recognition, counting, hand-eye co-ordination, building vocabulary etc. are also some of the skills that board games helps one to pick up.
Plenty of board games are available in the market for different age groups. Here are some of the most popular ones-
Chess – A game in which the parameters are changed often and one needs to be alert and plan moves. The game is known to stimulate the brain. Some skills which are sharpened by playing this interesting board game are – problem solving skills, planning, memory. Don’t forget to wear your thinking cap while playing this one!
Monopoly- This game helps to teach money management skills. Players understand about diversifying their portfolio and also sharpen their negotiation skills. Perfect for your budding Warren Buffet!
Scrabble – Another fun game well enjoyed by players of all ages – Helps to hone language skills and build vocabulary.
Jenga-Anyone will be able to enjoy manipulating this tower of blocks! This popular game promotes hand-eye co-ordination, strategy and most importantly patience!
Boggle – A game which encourages children to pick up spellings and vocabulary. Play it…possibly you may find it mind boggling?!
There are also a host of other fun games for little ones to enjoy – chutes and ladders, Chinese checkers, Ludo etc. So keep that one or two hours a week free for playing these fun games and bonding with your child.
How you can make the little ones smile!
While playing with your children, remember you are also teaching them a lot of life skills – playing fairly, following rules, no cheating are some basic rules parents need to follow, in order to set an example to children. Also kids tend to put their heart and soul into the game and take it seriously. Make them understand the importance of participation and guide them and make them think of ways in which they can plan their win. For really small kids, go ahead and allow them to win a few times, the look of happiness on their face is priceless!
Parenting styles and beyond
If you have watched the movie “Parental Guidance”, you will remember how parenting styles can differ between adults and between generations too.
Try listening to conversations between children, you will often hear them discussing parents and their different parenting styles. (If parents can discuss children with their friends, do not forget that it can happen the other way round too. And possibly what you hear may not often be particularly flattering since children say it as they see it!)
If you google, you will probably find styles of parenting such as authoritative, permissive, uninvolved, authoritarian etc. As a parent, I often wonder -
Do parents always stick to a particular parenting style, based on their personality?
Is it really possible to classify parents into parenting style categories?
If any parent were to read up on a particular style and apply it, does it guarantee similar results?
What about the parenting style of the spouse? Is it of any significance?
If you have read upto this now, maybe the following will also make sense to you -
What about situations? Isn’t that a dynamic variable?
What about ‘the child’- the very focus of this entire written matter?
Oh yes, so the above two are basic variables in any parenting journey. Imagine the possible permutations and combinations with only these two variables!
I remember a parent who read up so much on parenting styles and trying to figure out what kind of parent she was, losing her peace of mind because she was unable to deal with her little one using any of the styles!
Now, consider this situation:
Scene : My friend’s twelve year old son Sanjay had come home a month back with a lot of ‘C’ grades in his report card. She confided about how she felt guilty about the situation and how her approach did not work. So what had she done?
She had immediately grounded him, put away all gadgets, prohibited playtime and tried to force him to study. The result? Sanjay became defiant and waited for opportunities to sneak out his gadgets from their hiding place.
Her spouse decided to try a different approach. He did restrict gadgets, playtime etc. but also made it a point to daily sit with Sanjay for at least half an hour and work on weak areas. He made him understand the importance of good education and hard work and also rewarded Sanjay’s good efforts. Most importantly eventually Sanjay confided in him about some troubles at school which he was unsure how to handle. My friend and her spouse realized that in their busy work schedules, they had almost neglected the emotional health of their only son.
By being more involved in their child’s life, they understood how to deal with the situation.
So in this case, the spouse’s approach worked better and so…there was peace at home!
Another friend of mine who is a parent of twins, always believes – the solution lies in tweaking the parenting style to situations and expected behavior of child.
Possibly the best way to know if your style is successful is…to check if both you and your child are happy with the solution and if the expected outcome from child is achieved.
So readers, imagine you are faced with the following situations, how would you deal with them? Do write your thoughts to us in the comments section.
You and your 5 year old son visit the supermarket and your son throws a temper tantrum to buy his favourite candy, toy and books for him and does not allow you to do your own shopping.
Your little girl, all of 8 years old wants to wear lipstick and nail polish, like the girls she sees in Advertisements and TV.