Parenting

“Do not try to be a perfect parent, be a real one”. In the world of parenting, everything falls in the grey area; there’s no right or wrong and what works for one may yield just the opposite result for the other. The seemingly perfect child or perfect parent is just that – seeming. Birth of a child also brings along the birth of parent – with both the child and the parents in the same learning curve.

Needless to say, parenting is the toughest job in the world as we give the world its future citizens which shape its future along with their own. Numerous books, articles, blogs and posts throw at us parenting advice everywhere we turn. Some say expose the child to reality while some practice subtlety. Some parents dote; while for the rest of us, children are just another member in the family. Some give in to tantrums while some advocate strict discipline. So what is the right parenting technique? How does one raise perfect kids?

Firstly, parenting isn’t science to formulate techniques. It’s an art that comes from the heart. And the first step is – aim not for perfection but for principles, not for success but for ethics. A child is as much an individual as any adult – with his/her own interests, talents, abilities, likes & dislikes; each with its own limitations. The most overriding approach to parent a child is to lead by example as children learn not by words but by observing. Approaching a problem with anger inculcates the trait in the child too; harsh words, jealousy, hatred is all learnt from the environment the child is brought up predominantly in. If you want love, show love; if you want patience, be patient yourself; if you want the child to listen, learn to become a good conversationalist yourself.

One of the biggest mistakes most parents commit in the guise of being concerned about their future is comparison. There is a very thin line between motivation to do better and pushing beyond capabilities which could boomerang beyond a point. As parents, it becomes our responsibility to identify their capacities and limits and work on their talents and accept their shortcomings. Again, here the candid objective is to treat the child as how we would want to be treated ourselves; just like any individual. Every child is a distinct personality. Just as all investors do not become Warren Buffet, all software engineers do not become Bill Gates and all businessmen do not become Ambanis, similarly every child has its place in the world. The greatest parenting skill we can display is to push them to realize their maximum potential while simultaneously accepting and loving them for their imperfections.

If each of us could prioritize to inculcate better values and raise better human beings, success in life would duly follow. What the world needs more than good professionals is better human beings who would become good professionals.

Parents, Parenting And 21st Century

Parenting has changed completely from what it used to be in the past, most especially as more Parents are taking up time-consuming careers and going into business. This makes parenting in the 21st century much more challenging. Obviously, children are growing up in a world utterly different from the world we used to know and a world that is changing even more. But it is believed that our insecurities are not supposed to hold us down but should be a source of motivation to break through those strong holds. When we know better, we do better. In spite of what parents go through on their parenting journey they can rise up and bring up excellent humans, who will identify their gifts through our love and guidance to make their world a better place.

Parenting in the 21st century is much more challenging, particularly as the world is changing and we are walking a pathway that is new in many ways. It is needless to say that the decision to become a parent is much easier than the journey itself.

We know better not to allow our kids speak rudely to our domestic workers and people in general, but they watch us closely. They will do what we do, not only what we say. We know better to teach them the act of giving at an early age. We are not coming to raise perfect kids. There is no such thing as perfect human beings. We want kids who have empathy and a sense of responsibility in their lives and their environment. We want kids who will own their actions and be responsible for their decisions in life, people who understand consequences and benefits, people who have a balanced way of thinking. That parents should examine what kind of parents they were, which will help also in determining how they can relate with their children and confront difficulties they may exhibit, adding that parenting style also has a huge influence on how a child behaves or confronts different situations.

“We are here because of love. The world needs love. Despite the parental competition in the world, we are hoping to bring up balanced confident and loving people who will be faithful leaders of tomorrow, who will shine their lights in areas where there is darkness and kids who will learn how to forgive because they will need that on their interpersonal relationship journey now and in the future. We want to be better, we want to network with like minds to reach a common global goal of raising excellent examples in all aspects of life, now and in the future.”

Children are special gifts and each child has a talent and how it is harnessed is entirely dependent on the parent, whether the child is physically challenged or not.  There is a window of between 0-3 years and 3-6 years and that these periods were when the core values and foundations are built in children, as it is also the periods that are easiest to assist with any developmental challenges a child may have.

At last let us share some Words of Wisdom Children at different ages are different, so there are some things that they should know and also not know at certain age, so that we should not  keep punishing them for what is not their fault. So know what your child is capable of at different stages of his/her development, so that in that way, we can help our child develop into whom he/she should be.

Compassion

sept_17_blog_c1

 

Putting someone else’s interest before our own is a value which must be taught to children. Being kind, helpful and, generally, a good human being is something children will learn only if people around them practice the same. In a world where popular culture celebrates egocentric thoughts and centres around becoming successful no matter what, we need to make children believe that compassion will take them places.

In a workplace, being sensitive to others’ problems, helping each other in times of crisis, sharing workload etc,  are important values in order to encourage teamwork, and create a trusted, secure, happy and satisfying work environment. Success is but natural in such compassionate and affectionate workplaces. Nobody in the world is successful on their own, they will always have someone who has helped them in some way or the other to climb the success ladder.

In fact, compassion is what makes us different from wild animals in the forest, it is what makes us human.

We live in a society and not in isolation, and so, we must remember that we will need people sometime in our lives and those relationships can be built only if you truly love and care for them.

Integrity-Become a Good human Being Before a Successful One

 

zeeschool-blog2

 

We live in a world where the destination is more important than the journey. In a bid to achieve success, we often forget honesty and morality. Dishonesty might help you today in a sales pitch but tomorrow if the customer /client isn’t satisfied, you will not only lose the customer but also get a bad name for your organisation. Children must be taught to value honesty and uphold ethical responsibility not only in their jobs but also in their life. Success when achieved fast, using immoral ways, will also leave you equally fast.

Simple things like owning up to one’s own mistakes, making genuine promises and not eluding people with exaggeration, being true to people and valuing their efforts, instead of taking advantage of them just to get your work done, appreciating other people’s work and not hogging the limelight for something you haven’t done. These values are very generic in nature and everyone knows their importance, but somewhere down the line power and success blinds them or they succumb to pressures and choose immoral means to succeed.

Integrity is not part of any book or curriculum, it is something children imbibe from family, school and friends.

The world will remember you not based on your success but the kind of human being you are, and values like integrity make you that human being.

Developing Right Attitudes to Prepare Children for the Corporate World

zeeschool-blog1

 

Apart from skills and education, what will get children to shine in this competitive world is the attitude. Two people with similar education but with different attitudes will approach work or life differently. And this difference makes one more successful than the other. Today, we shall look certain types of attitudes that will help children reach great heights in the corporate world.

Curiosity: As children, curiosity is abundant in them, but we must make sure to keep sustaining curiosity and stimulating higher levels of curiosity by introducing them to books, documentaries, and other educational media. Today,  technology keeps them abreast with the world happenings; adequate exposure to it will keep them aware and also push them to know more!

Value For Time & Money: Time and money are two factors which the world runs on. People who value time and money, value the world and the world will value them. A routine or discipline needs to be instilled in their everyday lives. This will make it easier for them to get accustomed to a fast-paced business world. When they learn to respect money, they will automatically learn to respect hard-work. Also, one must learn to handle personal finances,  only then one earns credibility.

Ambition: Employers are looking for ambitious people, hungry to learn and eager to achieve greater heights. Those who are passionate about their work and are willing to continuously hone their skills to fit into the market are priceless to companies. Of course, there must a balance between one’s personal ambitions and the company’s interests. The kind of value an employee attaches to the company can make him an asset or a liability, one must learn to look at the bigger picture, and not just personal success.

Solution-Driven & Open : When children are taught to be solution driven, it heightens their innovating capacity, pushes them to strive for excellence and makes them open to different perspectives and possibilities-all of which are necessary to develop leadership and team-building skills. Children with such skills and attitudes will be more resourceful to organizations, making them almost indispensable and of course successful!

Most of all, children need to be true to their work and their learning processes. They must be able to harness the learning at home and school,  to the best of their potential, to face a cutthroat yet exciting corporate life.

 

How do we prepare students to become leaders of the 21st Century!

zeeschool-blog2

 

Our world is rapidly changing. How can we help our children keep up?

21st century skills are the new building blocks for learning. Our children will need to survive and thrive in an increasingly competitive world, and at the same time be able to collaborate with others. Creativity and innovation will be highly prized for solving challenges.

So how do we prepare our children for the jobs of the future?

What new skills will they need?

Our children will have to be equipped with a mixed skill set encompassing traditional academics, life skills such as collaboration, problem solving, creativity, and career skills such as innovation, technology, and global awareness.

While schools are beginning to make the shift toward 21st century standards, there’s a lot that you can do as a parent to foster these skills at home. It is always better to provide a good foundation at an early age.

Try these ideas as starters for supporting your child’s success.

  1. When children play together, offer them a collective set of play materials to encourage sharing, turn-taking, and social skills.
  2. Encourage out-of-the-box thinking by asking your child to come up with one or two new rules to a familiar game. This helps kids learn to evaluate their ideas, and solve problems in a group.
  3. Invite your child to help you solve common household problems by engineering new solutions. How can you get the back door not to stick? What’s a tidier way to bathe your new pooch?
  4. Encourage your child to participate in family decisions and problem solving, and then praise your child’s efforts to reason through different situations. If they seem hesitant, brainstorm together. Once your child understands that all ideas are welcome, they will feel more confident.

Together we shall prepare our kids to be the leaders of 21st Century!

Why should one value his/her own values?

zeeschool-blog1

Personal values are the essence of who we are. They represent the core aspects of our self.

We all have little nuances that make us who we are. Discovering your personal values involves discovering what you’re passionate about and finding what’s really important to you. The more we understand ourselves, the more self-aware we become, and the easier it is to live a successful life.

In reality, most people coast through life without any consideration for what is truly important to them. If you’ve ever felt really frustrated or angry about something, it’s likely you were experiencing a ‘values conflict’. Sometimes – just understanding why we feel frustrated, can help us move forward.

A values conflict is often common among family members. For example, as a child, you may end up picking your parents values instead of your own. You may be pushed into becoming a lawyer by your father because he may have secretly wanted to be one. Law may have been important to your father,  but it doesn’t mean it is to you. And you can never be happy when caught in the middle of a values conflict.

If you take the time to identify your values they will become your own personal framework for a successful life. Because, once you know what’s important to you, you’ll never waste another second on things that don’t matter.

 As Mahatma Gandhi said, "Your beliefs become your thoughts. Your thoughts become your words. Your words become your actions. Your actions become your habits. Your habits become your values. Your values become your destiny."

So here’s an exercise to help you discover your own values. Just grab a notebook. Give yourself quiet space, no distractions, and at least an hour to reflect on what your core values are.

 

5 Benefits of Yoga for Kids

 

zeeschool-blog5

 

The world celebrated the 3rd International Yoga Day, and like the previous years it was an unqualified success.

The ancient practice originated in India and the whole world was looking towards India to take the initiative to take make it popular across the world.

In keeping with the sentiment, our country presented a strong case to the United Nations to declare June 21 as International Yoga Day.

Top 5 things to do before the academic year starts!

zeeschool-blog1

 

 

 

The number one thing on the to-do list for every student is of course to get themselves reconciled with the fact that the summer vacations are coming to an end or have already done so in some cases.

All good things must come to an end and the summer holidays are no exception. We all had great fun and it is time to begin our academic journey all over again!

WHAT DID OUR PARENTS DO TO US??

zeeschool-blog4

 

 

 

ALAS!  Used clothes, used  toys, used cycles and used books of our older siblings!!

But......What did it teach us??

It’s not mine nor yours....it’s OURS !

We learnt to share & care..... That one chocolate from a friend’s B’day had to wait till the school ended to find its way to the two mouths! What else did it teach us??

WHAT ARE WE DOING TO OUR CHILDREN?

zeeschool-blog3
We were waiting for our food to be served in a restaurant when I noticed a toddler refusing to eat her food in our neighbouring table. Her parents addressed the issue immediately by handing over a mobile phone to her. The rest of the meal was taken care with the child happily watching the videos.
This is the scenario in many households today. Dora, the explorer and Doremon are the companions of our children on the dining tables. This habit formed at a young age continues through teenage and later, in our busy lives, we tend to multitask while we have our food. Various studies show that we need to be mindful while eating our food. Why is this so? What are we doing to our children?

''BOOKS ARE THE WINDOWS TO THE WORLD"

zeeschool-blog2

Really? Is it true? Yes, dear friends ... it is a truth indeed!

Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.

Tell me, how many of us have the secret desire to travel the whole world and see how big this world is? Yes, you are right. Most of us. Then start reading a book and see how it enlarges your world. You are never alone when you're reading a book. Have you ever felt it when you are reading your favorite book? When you are relaxing… sinking down in the sofa... slowly… just like a movie fade out... that your real world is evaporating and you are alone inside the world of the story of your book... living the life of the story? Isn't that our most favorite feeling?

Happiness is a state of mind

zeeschool-blog1

 

“Happiness is always a choice. I have to create my own good fortune. So look for the ways to be happy always”.

This is the quote I have written on the front page of my diary. When I wrote this, I wrote it to myself…. in my mind. What is the main aim in everyone’s life? What everyone wants? What everyone seeks for? What everyone longs for? What everyone have in themselves? What is the ultimate cause and effect of all our deeds?

H A P P I N E S S ……

Happiness comes from within

zeeschool-blog4

As days are changing people are getting busier day by day. A good home, a good career, good marks, good looks, to sum it up a “Good Life” is all that we need to be happy. Constantly we are struggling to find the best for ourselves and using it as a measure for Happiness. Parents are happy when a child get good marks but not with the effort a child takes to prepare for the exams. Getting admission to good schools/colleges gives us happiness but not the fact that how much our child is able to learn within those fancy buildings and luxurious rules.  A high end mobile handset brings us more happiness than the phone calls made to our loved ones.

Are we really happy with these materialistic objects or are these objects used to camouflage our insecurities, our shortcomings, our dreams which we were not able to fulfil?  Are these all we need to be happy.

As per the dictionary the meaning of Happiness is: joy, pleasure, contentment, satisfaction, gladness. If we take a moment to ponder and observe these words, then these are feelings which relates to our inner self. It’s a state of our mind which tells me that this is what you need and not what you want. Needs can be fulfilled but wants are endless. Happiness is nothing but acceptance of fulfillment, to look inside ourselves and say I am trying my best. The moment we stop comparing ourselves to others, using them as a yardstick to measure our lives, we become contend with what we have, in other words we are Happy. “I “should be a measure for myself.

No one is incharge of my happiness except me. It’s a feeling that comes from within. A voice which praises me for the endless hardships I faced to overcome my difficulties. Acknowledging that as a human I have my shortcoming and accepting that I am not perfect. It’s an encouragement that tells us to dream and let your dreams be your inspiration but don’t let your dreams be materialistic which can be concluded in two words “achieved” or “not achieved”. Dreams can never be achieved, it can be fulfilled and the sense of fulfillment brings happiness.

When we are at peace with ourselves that is the time we are happy, and this happiness is very infectious because this is positive happiness which has come from within ourselves and like the sweet fragrance of a flower it spreads across the garden of life.

  • Mrs. Sakhi Ghosh Dastidar

          Parent of Ayanika Ghosh Dastidar (Sr. KG)

          MLZS, HSR Branch

Inculcating the habit of eating hygienic & nutritious food!

zeeschool-blog2-1

 

 

 

 

 

Dealing with children is possibly one of the toughest jobs in the world as any parent or teacher would testify. Perhaps, a teacher’s job is even tougher considering they have to keep many of them under check at any given time.

 

Most children love to bend a rule a little bit if they are reasonably sure they can get away with it. After all, kids will be kids and a little bit of mischief  is even expected of them.

 

The right diet and hygiene are vital to a child’s all round development. Therefore, the task of ensuring the right standards of hygiene and nutrition in children’s diet poses a big challenge to parents and teachers at home and school respectively.

 

This calls for encouraging children to follow a set of guidelines at home and school. We will first look at the hygiene part and look at the points related to nutrition a little later.

 

  • Hand hygiene: Encourage children to always keep their fingernails trimmed and wash their hands thoroughly before eating food.
  • Refrigerated food: Encourage children to always eat freshly prepared food and avoid refrigerated food as it may develop harmful mold or fungi if there is a power failure.
  • Clean water: Encourage kids to always drink clean water and from known sources. This protects them from the risk of contracting waterborne diseases like Cholera.

 

A balanced diet is essential for physical and development of your child. Encourage your children to avoid eating the following food items:

 

  • Junk Food: Provides zero nutritional value, and also contains excess salt.
  • Aerated Drinks: Colas and sodas contain excess sugar.
  • Chocolates & icecreams: Result in bad teeth and excess body weight. (Moderate consumption is fine)

 

So how can we ensure our children get a balanced diet that meets their nutritional needs and the prescribed hygiene standards?

 

Sticking to home-cooked food with plenty of fruits and green vegetables and prepared as per the hygiene practices discussed above ensures your child is healthy and active at all times. In addition, the following guidelines should be followed by adults:

 

  • Food handling: Food handlers at home and in school should use spoons, ladles and  protective gloves.
  • Pesticide-free food items: Wash fruits and vegetables with clean water before use to make them free of pesticides.
  • Single-use of cooking oil: Discard cooking oil after a single use as recycled oil may develop cancer-causing free radicals.

 

Children are aware about these issues and are easily convinced once it is explained to them. Our motto should be: Eat healthy and live healthy.

Harmful Impact of Excessive Usage of Gadgets

zeeschool-blog

 

Gadgets can be classified as labour-saving or amusement devices. Useful as they are, gadgets are increasingly being regarded as instruments of large-scale change in modern society--changes that may not necessarily be regarded as good or desirable.

In the olden days, women had to walk long distances to fetch potable water from a distant water source; now they use municipal water supplied through pipelines. We washed our clothes by hand; now we use the washing machine. We used to climb stairs; now we use the lift. We used to walk, now we depend on mechanised transport. As a message circulating on a popular messaging service put it recently, 'these days, people drive down to the gym to ride the bicycle.'

Today's children are amazed when their parents tell them that they did not have a television until they were in their late teens or doing a school project meant going to the library and doing hours of research by referring to as many book as the librarian would permit. The kids are even more impressed when they are told calling your aunt in the neighboring town required 'booking a call' and waiting for the network to be ‘free’ for the call to go through. The younger generation just cannot imagine a world without the internet or that one cannot perform a task without a gadget!

As you can see, gadgets have helped hardworking women to save on time and provided them with ready access to clean water. On the other hand, overuse of gadgets has rendered us physically inactive. A logical consequence of the gadget-induced inertia is poor health and stunted growth--both physical and mental--in children. And this is worrying.

Well, like everything else in life, there are two aspects to the use of gadgets--their use is a necessity to live in a modern society, and their misuse is a real concern. The internet, ironically, is awash with articles, blogs and films depicting the havoc electronic gadgets are wreaking on young minds. As parents, we could not agree more. Let us list out some of the ill-effects of gadget over-indulgence both on children and grown-ups:

Health Concerns: The physical inactivity is the primary factor responsible for increased instances of hypertension and diabetes even in young children.

Social Concerns: Human interaction is conducted virtually, eliminating the need for face-to-face meeting. The fallout is social awkwardness and isolation among children.

Developmental Concerns: The ability to think clearly and coherently is what sets humans apart from others. Overuse of gadgets stifles creativity in children.

To summarize, use of gadgets is not the problem, but their overuse or misuse is. Parents need to encourage their children to walk more, watch TV less, use mobile phones sparingly, read more books, take up a hobby such as gardening, play outdoor games when they feel the need for recreation and entertainment. And finally, we adults must set our children an example by following the same rules that we have set for them.

 

Importance of Traditions & Culture for Kids

Kids today are torn between tradition and modernity. Educators and parents are faced with an important question: how to strike a perfect balance between trying to reinforce traditional values, but not be seen as offering resistance to the only constant thing in life--change.

 

Change can be defined as an opportunity offered by nature for course correction. Is all change good and, by extension, do all traditional things qualify to be termed as good by default?

 

The answer to this query does not provide for an unambiguous answer either in affirmative or otherwise--there are multiple shades of grey.

 

Today we live in a multicultural society, which is a byproduct of globalization. Therefore, teaching children about tradition and culture in the modern context calls for a fresh perspective -- one that takes into consideration the modern sensibilities and the environment we live in.

 

While all change may not be good, it may also be argued that there are certain traditions and cultural aspects that are worth preserving and fighting for. But it is great to have an open mind too. Let us take a look at some of the values that are relevant at all times:

 

Importance of Family Life: This is the most important factor responsible for inculcating moral and ethical values in children. We must therefore impress upon the younger generation why family is so important and how it acts as a support system they can rely upon at all times.

 

Respect for elders: India is one of the only few countries in the world where we are taught to respect our elders--in fact, it is ingrained in us. We must continue to uphold this tradition, for, elders enforce a sense of order and discipline in families and in the community.

 

Celebrating Festivals: They are great for learning about our traditions and culture. One must be proud of their heritage but at the same time learn to respect others’ ways and viewpoints too. This is very important in the multicultural environment we live in today.

 

Festivals like Diwali, Id, and Christmas are no longer celebrated only by the respective community, but celebrated as national festivals cutting across all divisions lends credence to the fact that the future of a nation as diverse as ours is in good hands.

Importance of Practical Knowledge for Kids

 

 

Importance of Practical Knowledge for Kids!

It is very important that at a young age, children are oriented towards practical knowledge rather than relying completely over their bookish knowledge. Practical knowledge helps in contributing to the holistic development of a child. Here are some benefits of practical knowledge for kids:

 

Develops a thorough understanding of the subject

Practical experiments help one develop a thorough understanding of the subject. Theoretical matter will help the kids know about a concept but the actual learning comes from practical knowledge.

Kids might be able to understand a concept much better if demonstrated practically to them. When they visualize something happening, they can understand the intricate how to’s of the subject.

 

Practical knowledge requires practice

Theory is all about reading a given set of materials and understanding what the materials want to convey. Whereas to gain practical knowledge, you need to explore various options and see what works the best.

Unlike just reading theory and mugging up things, to get practical knowledge, you need to practice repeatedly and inculcate the habit of letting them go deep to the root to understand the concept holistically.

 

Knowledge is retained in the child’s brain

We tend to retain visual memory for longer than we retain our hearing memory. Similarly, something that the kids experience practically will always have a profound effect on them over what they read or have been taught in the class lectures.

Knowledge gained through practical experiments is retained in the body for a longer time as the kids have understood the concept and know how exactly something is working. Also, kids tend to get bored while the regular lectures or while reading the concepts in a textbook. Instead, the practical experiments are interesting to them and they are able to retain that set of information for a longer period in their brain.

 

Easy to relate to the practical knowledge and easy to understand

For kids, it is always easier if you show them how something happens rather than explaining the process to them. Children are always curious and tend to ask many questions on how things work. If we show the practical implementation of things to them, they can easily obtain the answers for their questions and satisfy their curiosity.

One of the most important learnings from practical experiments is that, children can explain a specific process in their own words when needed. Theoretical information requires them to learn and write answers in a specific way without knowing what it means whereas visualizing it practically can help them develop their own sense of ease while describing it.

 

Cultivates the habit of teamwork

Practical experiments promote group work. Since practical experiments cannot be performed by an individual child, he or she might seek the help of his/her teammates and therefore build a bond with them. Team work is always an enriching experience for children as it teaches them to socialize with other kids and work in a team.

 

Practical knowledge is associated with a sense of outdoor activity for the kids and hence, it not only interests them but also helps them gain deeper knowledge indirectly.

5 Good Habits That Need to be Inculcated in Kids!

zeeschool-blog2

Every parent wants to inculcate good habits in their kids and they want them to grow up and become better people. Though every parent has a list of things that they want to teach their kids, in their daily rush, they may not be able to take time and remember these things.

Here are some habits that can help your kids become better people

Stay Hygienic, Stay Healthy:

Hygiene is one of the most essential things that one should be taught in their childhood. As the kids grow, they continue implementing these habits that they have been taught since their childhood.

Minute hygiene habits like washings hands before and after eating, washing their feet after entering home etc. can help them lead a healthy and good quality of life as they grow up. Hygiene will help them lead a germ free life and disease free.

Sleep well to Stay Energized:

When children are young, they generally tend to run around a lot and exhaust their energy. Appropriate sleep should compensate for rejuvenation the next day. Also, it is very essential that we build the habit of getting 8 hours of sleep every day from their childhood.

As children grow up, they become involved in multiple activities and need to maintain their concentration even while multitasking. Appropriate sleep and rest will help them focus and work towards their goal efficiently.

Litter belongs only in the Dustbin:

One of the most important practices that should be inculcated in kids from early childhood is to keep the house and the earth clean. A cleaner earth and a greener earth is what we should drive our future generations too.

We should teach them the importance of a clean environment and encourage cleanliness at home and outside. Small habits like using the dustbin while you are outside, cleaning their room once in a while will help them understand the importance of cleanliness and they will automatically make a habit out of it.

Family time is Important:

In the era of millennium, it is a growing trend to establish nuclear families. Children are not interested to stay with their parents because from an early childhood, they have not experienced life with their parents.

It is essential that children learn the importance of family and make an effort to bond with them. Always have a small family event now and then which will help everyone mingle and enjoy with each other. Also, encourage family meals every day and try to spend a few minutes every day sitting together and talking about your day, experiences etc.

Being Humble is of utmost Importance:

The most important lesson in life is to stay humble. Teach your children to be polite and empathetic to everyone. Some small examples could be, to teach to greet everyone they meet, teach them to enter with a smile, teach them not to shout in situations which are difficult etc.

Being humble is one of the best qualities and habits that one can have and it can only be developed over time starting from one’s childhood.

 

Good habits are not a one-time thing to teach your children. It should be developed slowly over a period of time so that they can understand for themselves as to why these habits are helpful to them.

5 New Year Resolutions your kid can have in 2017

zeeschool-blog1

 

 

Kids are like molten wax, you can shape them however you want in their early childhood. But more than parents and teachers shaping them, it is important for them to realize certain things and be able to make a choice.

Here are some of the New Year resolutions that your kids can have for themselves:

  • Save electricity and Go Green

With so many ecosystem issues coming to light of late, it is very important to teach our kids the significance of making friends with nature. It is essential that they learn to protect and respect our nurture. Kids can take a resolution to make efforts to save the environment and fall in love with it. They can start by saving electricity, switch off the electric products not in use and try to learn to use alternate sources of energy. They can also decide to go green by walking to the next store instead of taking a bus or cultivating a small garden in their balcony.

  • Read more learn more

Reading more books will always help the kids learn more. These days, kids have a lot of exposure to social media and hence, they don’t prefer to read the hard copy materials. It is essential to educate them to read more books. Kids can resolve to read at least a particular number of books throughout the year and as parents, you can motivate and encourage their resolution to do so.

 

  • Learn the art of financial management

These days, the world is very business oriented, hence, it’s important that our kids understand the value of money. They should know as to how money plays an important role in everyone’s lives and how it should be controlled. Kids can resolve to understand the various ways money can be saved. Parents can buy a small piggy bank and encourage them to put a share of their money in the piggy bank to learn the art of saving money.

 

  • Excel in a sport of choice

Sports not only give stamina and energy to the kids but through sports, kids learn a lot of new things. Sports can drive a kid’s motivation and encourage him to reach greater heights. Kids can resolve to excel in a sport of their choice. By excel, it means they should be highly dedicated towards it and make sure that they give their 100% during the process of learning it and practicing it. They should resolve to go to all the practices and learn as much as they can. You can give them temporary goals like coming 1st in class in that sport, bagging a national level medal etc. depending upon the kids’ knowledge level in that particular sport.

 

  • Learn a new hobby/craft

Learning something new always opens your mind to new avenues. You can encourage your kids to take up a new hobby or learn a new craft of their preference which will help them explore and find out new things in the world.

It is important for us to understand that kids need their own space and time. Whatever they decide, let them do it on their own liberty. Give them the freedom to be able to decide and act upon their decision. This will not only help you but it will also help them in the long term.