Compassion

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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

 

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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

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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.

 

Why should one value his/her own values?

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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

 

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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!

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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??

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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?

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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?

Values are invaluable Assets

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A young boy once asked his teacher, “Teacher, which career path should I choose when I grow up and where I don’t have to compete with anyone?” The teacher smiled and replied “My dear, choose to become a great human being, and this is the only path where is there is no competition, but there is co-operation, compassion and contentment”.

Well, this is absolutely true; in today’s world success is measured in terms of name, fame or money one has earned in his/her life rather than the values one has inculcated. It is the values that make a human, a society or a country great. I would like to share two incidents which depict how the values within us make this world so wonderful.
Once a chirpy, cheerful child returned home after playing and started narrating to her mother how her team won two throw ball matches. The mother however didn’t pay much attention at the beginning as the child had such stories to narrate almost every day! But the child was highly delighted to share her success story. “Do you know mamma, I played two matches, in the first match, my team had members who kind of knew how to play throw ball, and the opponent team had members who didn’t know how to play, except for the captain. The mother reluctantly said, “What is so great in that, it is obvious that your team has won because you had experts in your team”.
The child replied “wait mamma, let me complete, the opponent captain got angry and said I won because I had a good team, and she told me to exchange the team members. I said fine and we exchanged the members. Now I was leading a team which is new to the game”. Now the mother was curious to know the outcome of the game and asked, “So, did you lose this time”? The child with her sparkling eyes proudly said, “No, we won this time too. Want to know how?” The child continued “Every time the ball came near my team members, I screamed, “catch it, you can do it, you are the best!”. They got inspired by my words and were able to play nicely”. The mother said “that’s interesting, didn’t your opponent captain do that?” The child replied “ No, whenever the ball came near her team members, she shouted “leave, you can’t do it, let me handle”, eventually no one was able to catch the ball, they just dashed each other and the ball was on the ground, She simply didn’t trust her team in both the matches”.
Now it was mother’s turn to feel proud. She kept on musing “when did my child learn these values like trust, teamwork etc.”
A few days later, the mother was browsing through the Facebook pages, and saw a post on one of her child’s teachers in the school’s Facebook page. The child too joined the mother to read about her favourite teacher. After reading, the mother started writing a comment on the post, “you are the best teacher, and I wish all teacher were like you” The child immediately stopped her mother from hitting the post button and said “Mamma, please edit your comments, and please delete the 2nd part of the comment, it gives a feeling that we don’t like other teachers. I love all my teachers and all teachers love me. My teachers never judge me, then why should I judge them”.
The mother was surprised how an eleven year child can think in such a matured manner.
In both the above incidents, the child has exhibited the values deep rooted within her. I am so happy to share that the child is a student of Samsidh MLZS and she is my daughter. We owe a lot to the school for inculcating such priceless values in our children.
We as parents, focus a lot on the marks/grades obtained, awards and accolades won by our children, but pay less attention to the mind-set with which our children are growing. Our children need to develop a co-operative attitude rather than a competitive mind-set. It is better to win over others rather than defeat others. The values such as honesty, humility, compassion and love for the world around make a person happy, guilt free and successful in the journey of life. The happy and contented people in turn make a happy society, and a peaceful world. What can be more valuable than happiness and peace of mind?
It is time we value the values, for they are invaluable assets.

Usha Ramesh
Mother of Shruti Hegde (Grade 6)
MLZS, HSR Branch

Inculcating the habit of eating hygienic & nutritious food!

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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

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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.

 

Value Education and Parenting - Importance of Inculcating Right Values in Children

We often find ourselves vulnerable to enticements and temptations. The true test of our integrity is dependent on how our core set of values inculcated by our parents and nurtured by our teachers can withstand the challenges posed by our environment.

For example, most of us are law-abiding citizens. But, many of us will admit to driving down a one-way street in a moment of weakness only to end up running into a police officer.

Oh, the ignominy!

Moral of the story is, our core set of values are non-negotiable and we must remain true to ourselves regardless of the circumstances.

Our education begins from the day we are born. We continue to learn all our life, with parents and educators sharing the great responsibility of shaping our future.

The world around us is changing rapidly with the advancement in technology and we must adapt ourselves to our new environment. However, it is equally important to preserve our core value system. Teachers and parents need to work together to shape the youth of today into responsible citizens of tomorrow.

Incorporating value education in schools and greater involvement from parents could provide the answers to the issues like social alienation and antisocial behaviour faced by our society.

School environment is ideal for developing traits like growth mindset in children. Let's see what other values children can develop in school with the help of their teachers:

  • Creativity: Encouraging children to be creative boosts their sense of self-worth.

 

  • Collaboration: Teamwork is the ability to work across barriers and is a highly valued quality in the 21st century work culture.

 

  • Growth mindset: A ‘fixed’ mindset makes children believe their talent is a fixed trait, whereas a growth mindset encourages them to further develop that talent.

Home environment provides a natural space for parents to inculcate values like compassion in children. Let's see how it can benefit a child's growth:

  • Family Values: Spending more time with children is a great way to teach them the importance of family life.
  • Compassion: Teaching children to have concern for all living things goes a long way in making the world a better place.
  • Sharing: Teaching children the joy of sharing with the less fortunate is a great way to get them to place others’ interests before their own.

 

Finally, children may not always be forthcoming with their problems. For this reason, it is important to create a support system based on value education and responsible parenting to help them deal effectively with their anxieties and concerns.

Festivals Food and Family

Most parents have two preoccupations: the first is to keep their children out of mischief; and the second is to ensure the children eat well and eat right.

Children typically have short attention spans. Keeping them interested in any activity for long periods of time is an art and requires ingenuity and patience on the parents' part. And keeping children away from unhealthy food and persuading them to eat right requires a miracle!

Celebration of festivals is a family affair in India and food plays an important role in the festivities, and Navratri is no exception.

Navaratri ('nine nights' in Sanskrit) is a festival dedicated to the Hindu deity Durga, and celebrated over nine nights, during which the goddess is worshipped in nine forms. The tenth day is referred to as Vijayadashami or "Dussehra."

So why not combine the two goals this season to keep your kids engaged? First, let us look at some simple recipes for you to try out with your children. It is important for you to supervise your kids’ activities in the kitchen at all times.

Since our main objective is to involve children to help us around the kitchen, let’s keep our recipes simple. (Source: http://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/)

  1. Banana Milkshake: Simple, yet delicious and healthful. Blend bananas, vanilla and coconut milk in the blender. Add sugar (optional) and sprinkle cardamom powder on top.
  2. Sweet Lime (Mosambi) Juice: Slightly labour-intensive, but useful to get the children to help you peel and remove the seeds from the fruit. Blend the fruit in a juicer, add honey or sugar, add ice cubes and serve.
  3. Cucumber Raita: Chop or grate the cucumber, add it to the beaten curd, and garnish the mixture with coriander or mint leaves.

The essence of celebrating festivals is to strengthen family bonds. Festivals are also a great time to teach our children the importance of money and the joy of lending a helping hand in household chores.

Grocery shopping with your children is a great way to teach them about the value of money. Getting them to help you around the kitchen will help them to learn about the importance of teamwork.

Finally, children expect their parents to spend quality time with them and they consider parental attention as the greatest gift they could ever hope to receive.

Mount Litera Zee school wishes you a happy Navratri. May you be blessed with a life full of happiness and good fortune.