As children, all of us have read and cherished those Panchatantras, Amar Chitra Kathas, Aesop’s Fables, Fairy tales, ‘Enid Blytons’, and so on. They opened a world so vibrant, fantastical and adventurous that we loved escaping to it.
Now, how about equipping our children to create their own colourful, exciting and imaginative worlds? Children are great at coming up with the most fascinating, funny and clever stories. However, a little prodding, patience and guidance can make them into delightful raconteurs and writers.
The art of creating, narrating and writing stories helps children to think freely and imaginatively and to communicate their thoughts and ideas in a confident, effective way. At the same time, this art is a healthy outlet for emotions.
For children four to seven years old - Story Telling
In this age, speaking skills are developing rapidly. This activity requires nothing other than your time on a quiet afternoon. All you do is grab your child’s favourite toys, dolls and some random things or props to begin with.
Step 1: Begin by reading aloud a short story to your child to give them a sneak peek into the upcoming activity. Let them be attentive to your voice and words. It is just to get them into the flow and focus. Moreover, every child loves to be read aloud to.
Step 2: Now let them choose two or three of their favourite toys or any interesting objects they find around. Next, ask them to come up with a story about their chosen toys. Give them a little time to think around their characters and build up a story, incident, or just a situation about them. Be patient and forthcoming with ideas to get them going. You will be surprised as to how just a hint of an idea gets their imagination rolling.
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HANDLING Fussy Eaters
Fussy eating is a part of normal childhood development — how we handle it will influence our children's future eating habits. Many mothers struggle with their children's eating habits. Some children are fussy eaters, while others are not as troublesome; so is fussy eating something to do with the child, or parents, or both? There is no one right answer, but there are things we can do so as to not fuel this problem further. Read on for some tips on dealing with your child's fussy eating.
DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES: 6 TO 16 YEARS
As parents, we eagerly look for the early milestones in our child's life - the first step, the first word. There are other equally important markers, rites of passage into independence, when our children are primary schoolers, adolescents or teens. What are these? When do these typically happen? What should a parent be watchful about? Read on. A child learns to ride a bicycle A teenager takes the local train by himself for parents, these milestones are as important as teaching opportunities as they are occasions to rejoice (with a sense of apprehension, of course). Let us examine some of these:
Cooking up stories together
Children and stories go together like birds and the open sky. Stories offer a place to soar uninhibited and unrestrained in their flights of imagination.
Releasing Your Teens From Internet Lockdown
The new normal demands a large chunk of time to be spent online. For teenagers, time spent in online classes, assignments, project work, homework, tests and exams - all these add up to many hours a day, glued to screens. Furthermore, the current generation's usage of social media and online gaming is increasing day by day. So is parental anxiety about their children's wellbeing. How do parents help their teens and themselves?
Helping Children Manage Big Emotions
Parenting is a roller-coaster ride filled with loads of fun as well as moments where we feel as if we are walking on eggshells. When our child has an outburst, we either make frantic attempts to soothe them or end up having a fit ourselves. Though it appears as if we are stumbling in the dark when it comes to understanding our child's emotions, there is still hope. When armed with information about how to help them deal with their emotional challenges, we will be able to sit back and enjoy this ride. Read on.
FATS & OILS
– the more you know, the better for you and your family
Managing the COMMON COLD
If your child catches the common cold this season, do see your doctor if your child is not better in three days.
Taking Care of EYE Sight
Your Child’s Eyesight
Organic Clothing FOR CHILDREN
With the market flooded with so many fabrics and materials, no one often gets confused with what is good and what is bad for our children and the environment. This article will help you, as a parent, to make decisions. Read on.
Healthy Children - PERSPECTIVES FOR THE NEW YEAR
An important part of nurturing children is to ensure their bodies and minds are healthy. With widely available junk foods, extended screen time and lack of physical activity because of the pandemic, the last year has been a particularly challenging one. Here are some perspectives from our expert authors to help you plan a wholesome year ahead, for your children.
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DON'T TRASH THAT CRASH!
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TAKEOFF WITH A 1 1/2 POSITIVE SNAP ROLL
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A TRIM, TIGHT TORSO IS THE STUFF OF LEGENDS … GET READY TO BE LEGENDARY. THESE EIGHT UNORTHODOX EXERCISES ARE JUST THE THING TO REACTIVATE YOUR MIDSECTION AND SOLIDIFY YOUR SIX-PACK.
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BUILT ON THE BEACH
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