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Seven Ways to break the TV Habits

Posted on August 3, 2016 at 11:25 am

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Seven Ways to break the TV Habits

Watching too much TV in toddlers / kids can have hazardous affects on their physical and mental development. Here are some tips to break the bad TV watching habits in toddlers / kids:

  1. Limit the amount of TV watching time in a day: Try to put an upper limit on time your child spends in front of TV each day. Watching TV for long periods of time is not good for brain development. It can also have an effect on the eyes resulting in need of glasses.
  1. Take kids out in the fresh air: Taking your children out of home in the fresh air is good for their health. Take them for a walk along the side of a canal; take along some food items like bread slices to feed the ducks. Kids love such activities and look forward to go out instead of sitting at home and watching TV.
  1. Create opportunities of interaction with other kids: Encourage your children to play and interact with other kids of their age to develop their social and communication skills. You can create such opportunities by taking them to playgrounds, children’s centres or simply visiting your friends.
  1. Share books with kids: Sharing books with children encourage early reading skills. Books are a wealth of knowledge and good reading skills will go a long way. Also, read stories to them. It will help building up their imagination in addition to increased vocabulary and good conversational and language skills.
  1. One-to-one play with kids: Play with your children on a one-to-one basis. Sit down with them on the floor to make floor puzzles. Build something with them using building blocks to develop imaginative play. Engage them in turn-taking games like rolling the ball etc.
  1. Encourage outdoor play and exercise: Encourage your children to go for outdoor play. It is very important for their physical development. They should run, jump and climb to develop their gross motor skills. Other outdoor play and activities include cycling, swimming etc.
  1. Assign little tasks and Reward: Assign them little tasks, like tidying up their own room, and reward them accordingly. This will help develop a sense of responsibility in your children. Rewarding them will reinforce this positive behaviour and they would be willing to take up new tasks.

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Is peer pressure killing your kid?

Posted on August 3, 2016 at 11:21 am

Is peer pressure killing your kid?

Peers play a large role in the social and emotional development of children and adolescents. Their influence begins at an early age and increases through the teenage years. It is natural, healthy and important for children to have and rely on friends as they grow and mature. Kids learn from each other, it’s human nature to listen and learn from other people.

Peers can have a positive and negative influence on each other. It’s common to find kids learning from peers in schools. Maybe another student in class has an easier way remember the planets in the solar system. Kids admire a friend who is always a good sport and try to be more like him or her. Maybe your kid got others excited about his new book, and now everyone’s reading it. Sometimes peers influence each other in negative ways as well. For example, a few kids in school might try to get you to miss class with them, or football friends may convince you to be mean to another player and never pass her the ball, or a kid in the neighbourhood might want you to shop lift with him.

Some kids give in to peer pressure because they want to be liked, to fit in, or because they worry that other kids might make fun of them if they don’t go along with the group. Some others kids go along because they are curious to try something new that peers are doing. The idea that “everyone’s doing it” can influence some kids to leave their better judgment, or their common sense, behind.

It is tough to be the only one who says “no” to peer pressure, but kids need to learn it. It’s important for parents to teach how paying attention to your own feelings and beliefs about what is right and wrong can help know the right thing. Inner strength and self-confidence can help children stand firm, walk away, and resist doing something. It can really help to have at least one more friend who is willing to say “no” too. This takes a lot of the power out of peer pressure and makes it much easier to resist. It’s great for kids to have friends with values similar to their own, who can back them up when they don’t want to do something.

Teaching kids “choose your friends wisely” is important. If your kid’s choose a friend who don’t have wrong habits, cut class, or lie to their parents, then your kid probably won’t do these things either. Also helping a friend who’s having trouble resisting peer pressure will go a long way. It can be powerful for one kid to join another by simply saying, “I’m with you — let’s go.” Help your child understand, even if he faces peer pressure while he is alone, there are still things he can do. He can simply stay away from peers who pressure him to do stuff he knows is wrong.

Handy tips to avoid your child from facing pressure

  • Parents should talk to kids often and keep themselves updates about what’s happening in school and also about peer behaviour. Knowing the situation well will help you better handle critical situations.
  • Parents can use story telling with helpful morals to teach correct actions and how to stand firm with your decision. It will also strengthen the parent child bond.
  • Parents can adopt ways to imbibe the strength of Indian culture and history. This will enable them to know how important it is to make right decision at right time.

If your child continues to face peer pressure and you’re finding it difficult to handle, talk to someone you trust. Don’t feel guilty if you’ve made a mistake or two. Confronting things to teacher, or school counsellor can help your child feel much better and prepare him for the next time he faces peer pressure.

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Love Language of Kids

Posted on July 22, 2015 at 5:24 am

Love language of kids

 

 

Every kid is unique and so is their expression of love. While some can be more vocal towards expressing love for parents and other family members, some show cute little gestures, indicative of their pure feelings. Kids feel secure knowing you are there for them, and your availability is vital to their well-being.

 

Children are pure creatures with no fuss, no mind games. Their feelings are genuine and straight from the heart. Unlike adults they are unaware of impressing others.

 

At times, one may experience some of the strangest love gestures from kids, but some which most of the kids show are:

  • Throwing tantrums:

    Kids are smart these days and they will demonstrate tantrums to only those who can willingly or forcefully fulfil it. To a stranger, your kid will never show tantrums as he is aware that any of it will not affect stranger. Parents on the other hand succumb to the tantrums and fulfil demands. This way children tell parents: you belong to me and I should mean the world to you!

  • Cuddling and snuggling:

    Just when you low or tensed about something, your kid plops herself down on your lap, snuggles closely, and leans her head onto your shoulder. She looks up at you with a sparkle in her eye and a sweet smile. As much as kids do things to show their independence, they also need to refuel in the comfort of Mommy or Daddy’s arms. When your child cuddles with you, they showing that she/he knows you are always there to provide comfort. This is their active way of saying “I love you.” This confident display of love can be the best part of your day.

  • Carrying along transitional objects:

    Some kids have stuffed animal or blanket that goes where they go. Others take different objects each time they leave the house. These transitional objects (or loveys) represent you and your love, especially in your absence. Your child loves you so much that she wants to keep you close. These objects help your toddler feel safe, “A piece of you is with her. That gives her security.” These transitional objects help her be away from you while still keeping you close by.

 

  • Show off!:

    kids divulge in showing off very often, which may include showing new dress worn, new word learned, colouring new page or doing anything out of the routine. The show off is only with parents or extended families living together. It is purely out of “love” for elders that kids want to share their joy with. My son loves to tell his grandma what new word he is learning. Children take pride in the appreciation received and feel more confident and supported by elders.

 

  • Demanding quality time:

    Every one demands quality time of their loved ones, and kids specially need it more than anyone else. While elders may not be able to demand this time, kids surely know how to demand and make most of it. They may be with mommy whole day long but as soon as they see daddy, they demand personalised time without any disturbance. As soon as my husband gets back home from work, my son will drag him to his toys room to play for an hour. This kind of authority is shown by kids on their loved ones only and is a representation of their affection.

 

As much as kids love making new discoveries, they also love exuberantly sharing with you the joy as a way of showing their love and trust. In sharing such joys and pleasures with you, your child feels good about themselves because of a reminder that “Mommy and Daddy always love me!”. Make the most of this time as this will never come back.

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12 Qualities you would want your child to have…

Posted on July 16, 2015 at 5:16 am

Discover the 12 Qualities You Want Your Child to Have

 

1. CURIOUS and INQUISITIVE

 

2. DISCERNMENT

 

3. DETERMINATION and PERSEVERANCE

 

4. DISCIPLINE

 

5. INDEPENDENT

 

6. INTEGRITY

 

7. PATIENCE 

 

8. CLEAR COMMUNICATION

 

9. PRAGMATIC and RESOURCEFUL

 

10. EMPATHY (Emotional Intelligence)

 

11. FORGIVENESS

 

12. SELF-LOVE

 

Read complete story here –

 

 

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Kid having stomach ache?

Posted on June 25, 2015 at 6:24 am

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I have stomach ache Mom!

 

My stomach is paining Mummy…

 

I dont want to go to school :(

 

Can you pick me early from school??

 

Its just the time to go to school and my kid starts complaining of stomach ache. Does this happen with you too?

How do we figure out if its pain due to nervousness or pain due to stomach infection.

 

I follow theses steps –

 

1. Probably kid is nervous to leave you. So, Assure your child that its school where we have lot of fun and after the school is done, mummy will pick you up. Or some family member will pick you. Its all fine and you will be feel better when you get into the habit.

 

2. When kid is back home, talk about the school and activities done in school. How many times the child urinated and if he has any discomfort after passing urine. If yes, it could be a stomach infection.

 

3. Talk about class and try to find out if anyone is bullying the child due to which he is getting anxious.

 

4. If the child is constipated, then also, he can get aches in stomach.

 

5. IF the child is fine at home with you and doesnt complain of stomach ache, then its clear that he is anxious staying away from you. So, you need to coach the child and assure him.

 

Talking to your child and spending time with him is very important. Develop self-confidence is part of it. Once the child gets over with the insecurity, the stomach ache will disappear.

 

Love, assurance and spending time with your child will help!

 

 

 

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Monsoon Accidents

Posted on June 20, 2015 at 12:56 pm

Thanks to my habit of moving and giving clothes and shoes a jerk before I use irrespective of the season :)  .

When I was small, I saw lizards hiding in clothes hung on the wall stand. Lizards would enter from behind when anyone sat on the floor. It was fun and scary too. I have found them in my clothes and my sibling’s too. So, from that time, I always moved and twitched my clothes before folding them.

 

Its pouring in Mumbai. My kid returned from school and used a raincoat to shield herself from rains. When home, I hung the raincoat outside in the passage. Today, out of habit, I gave a jerk to the raincoat before folding it and what I found was terrifying (inspite of seeing lizards falling in my childhood).

This hairy insect / worm jumped outside and moved on the floor.

 

 

I have heard stories of kids falling sick, getting bitten by such insects/worms unknowingly. I have also heard kids getting poisoned because of sheer negligence.

So, this monsoon, get little vigilant. When putting things, making your child wear clothes or footwear, move them, give a jerk and ensure nothing is inside them. Even if they were inside a closet, its always better to be cautious.

 

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15 small things

Posted on June 19, 2015 at 6:11 am

15 small things parents should do for their kids to make them feel loved!

15 small things

 

1. Turn off your smartphone.

2. Turn off the TV and all gadgets at mealtimes.

3. Make bedtime a precious moment.

4. Show physical affection.

5. Spend quality time with each child.

6. Discipline them with love and affection.

7. Leave funny and affectionate notes and messages.

8. Look into their eyes.

Read complete story here …

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/15-small-things-parents-should-their-children-every-day-make-them-feel-loved.html

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Top 10 places to visit in your city

Posted on June 9, 2015 at 7:55 am

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Not everyone and everytime we can plan a vacation for work or other reasons. But such reasons are not understood by kids and they want a joyous holiday roaming new places and doing something creative. Even summer camps have a stipulated time after which kids are all free.

 

Every city has lot of sightseeing options which can be a perfect getaway for your kids breaking the monotony and also a place to learn something.

  1. Science museums:-

Surely your kids has a lot to know here and satisfy his eagerness. Young kids have highly inquisitive mind and such places can provide proper food for thought. With a minimal entry charge, you can spend your day really well and learn something good. Places like national science museum, Indian air force museum, doll museum, train museum, planetariums are a must visit.

 

  1. National zoological parks:-

Every kids loves spotting his favourite animals and birds in zoological parks. Spread in huge green areas, perfect day trip away from maddening crowd.

 

Botanical gardens

  1. Botanical gardens:-

Few kids show interest in gardening and different flowers, leaves and trees. For them, botanical gardens are a must visit to learn unknown plants and herbs.

 

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  1. Amusement parks:-

There should be some fun along with learning. So take your kids to some water or games park and let them have a gala time.

 

  1. Religious places:-

 

There are a lot of temples, churches, gurudwaras, mosques in every city and most of them have some historic lineage. Take your kids to such places and teach them the stories related to them.

 

  1. Historical places:-

Every city has played an important role in history and it is evident by the number of historical landmarks(forts and palaces) the city has. These are good both for outing and learning that bit our rich history. Old fort, red fort, are some such places.

 

  1. Special landmark places:-

India gate in Delhi and Gateway of India in Mumbai have become landmarks for these cities. In other cities as well there are some such places you can instantly relate to. Also these landmarks have a place in history as well. So it can be learning-with –fun outing. Also there are boating options which every kid loves.

 

 

  1. Conventional market places:-

The trends of shopping malls have crept in last decade but before that, conventional market places used to serve the purpose. Take your kids to these places to show how they actually look like, how they function, how to bargain and how much fun it is to go shop hopping.

 

  1. Craft bazaars;-

Every state has its own speciality in terms of weaving and colours. There are some markets which specialise in such traditional and regional stuff. Though everything you find there may not be useful but it sure is attractive enough to grab your attention. Delhi haat is a perfect place for this.

 

  1. Shopping malls:-

If you have nothing to do, nowhere to go then malls are always few kms away. Shopping, gaming, and eating, all under one roof away from city heat.

 

Utilise your time in an organised way and make it a vacation to remember both in terms of fun and learning.

Also read other options to engage kids in summer vacations.

 

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Do It Yourself (DIY) kits for kids

Posted on June 3, 2015 at 7:29 am

DIY kit DIY

 

 

All kids are born with an inquisitive mind. Whereas some like fiddling with electrical equipments more and are curious to know about the science behind it, some want to repair every equipment on their own. Answering every query to an acceptable level of understanding of such curios minds can be tough task. To solve this problem, many do-it-yourself(DIY) kits are available in market which can help your child satisfy his eagerness of knowing the science and satisfaction of doing things on their own.

 

What are DIY kits?:

DIY means do it yourself. Simple kits with easy to put together parts are available which on assembly can create a final product, look alike(prototype) of bigger equipment or machine. These kits are good to teach science concepts in a fun way. They help child better understand and apply the basic fundamentals of the subject.

 

With plenty of kits available in market, it is important to know which kit is best suitable for your child’s current requirement. Some points which can help parents:

 

  • Basic concept done ?

    Check if your child has done the basic concept in school required for kit. It is always good to learn new things well in advance but a little knowledge about the topic always help.

 

  • What age group does it cater to.

 

  • Check if the kit has parts which can be harmful to kids: like chemical compositions

 

  • Check if the parts have sharp edges which can bruise your kids.

 

Be it a kids or a teenager, when it come to handling objects, they tend to be negligent and man handle the products, so to avoid injuries and accidents parents must maintain supervision and guide where ever necessary. When parents introduce these kits to kids, they may need to invest some time to teach how things actually work but eventually; as your child grows you can spend less time and just instruct how to proceed.

 

There are plenty of kits available in market, so I thought to differentiate them according to age

 

  • 4-8 years of age:

    Kids of this particular age are very inquisitive and want to know everything about how things work. But this is not an age where kids should actually be handling tools, so simple diy experiments at home with easily available product over the kitchen counter can really help children satiate their eagerness. Experiments like buoyancy magic, bleach action, precipitation basic, DIY tornado can be really helpful.

  • For older kids and early teens

    At this age, kids are introduced to easier concepts of science including physics and chemistry to buy something which can answer the queries which arises when your child is lost in imbibing the concept. Kits like testing conductivity, helping plants see light, bio battery, pin hole camera, basics in electricity, electromagnetism can be of great help.

  • Teens-

    The ability to handle both complex fundamentals and complex tools increases and hence its good to buy kits like burglar alarm kits, solar robot or solar water heater kits, robot kits, optical physics kits, DC motor making kits

 

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Cyber Bullying

Posted on May 27, 2015 at 4:47 am

 

Cyberbullying

Internet and mobile communication have made this world a very small place. These days most of us spend significant amount of time on social networking websites like Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp and what not.

The other day I was watching the movie, “Chef” where a ten year old intelligently uses Twitter to market his dad’s food truck and gains business. The movie also wonderfully portrayed the chef(his dad), who is ignorant about using twitter and how he is challenged because of it.

Cyberbullying, cyberSecurity are the buzz words everywhere today. Cyberbullying is increasing affecting teens and tweens every year. There are so many cases of suicide and depression amongst kids because of cyberbullying. It affects them so badly given the enthusiastic, curious and immature time of their lives.

 

So lets understand “What is Cyberbullying”

 

Cyberbullying is the use of communication devices like mobiles, computers, tablets to embarrass, threaten or harass someone. It could happen using texts messages, chats, social media websites or any other websites.

 

Why Cyberbullying is different and more harmful?

 

As opposed to traditional bullying, cyberbullying can happen anytime during the day or night. While traditional bullying can happen only between two people or in a smaller crowd, cyber bullying can spread very quickly to a very large audience. Sometimes it is even very difficult to delete all the traces of this information from the internet. Messages can be posted anonymously making it difficult to trace the culprit.

 

These days thefts have taken a new shape and definition. There are so many cases of password thefts and identity thefts which can further make it worse.

 

Cyberbullying can also happen accidentally. The impersonal nature of text messages, IMs, and emails make it very hard to detect the sender’s tone — one person’s joke could sound like an  insult for another. Nevertheless, a repeated pattern of emails, texts, and online posts is rarely accidental.

 

Sameer Hinduja, Ph.D and Justin W Patchin, Ph.D, who are experts in this area, have put up in simple terms the warning signs of kids subject to cyberbullying or kids who are involved in cyberbullying others. They have written many books, including “Words Wound: Delete Cyberbullying and Make Kindness Go Viral” which helps empower teens to be the solution to online cruelty. Here are some useful tips from their research:

 

Cyberbullying impacts at least one out of every five middle and high schools students. Many of those who experience it don’t tell anyone.If a child displays any of these signs, he or she might be involved. However, not all youth who are cyberbullied or who cyberbully others will display these signs, and some who do show these signs may have other problems in their lives that should be addressed. Take the time to investigate further if you see any of these red flags among the youth you care for.

 

A Child May Be a Target of Cyberbullying If He or She:

 

-unexpectedly stops using their device(s)

-appears nervous or jumpy when using their device(s)

-appears uneasy about going to school or outside in general

-appears to be angry, depressed, or frustrated after going online (including gaming)

-is oversleeping or not sleeping enough

-becomes abnormally withdrawn from usual friends and family members

-shows increase or decrease in eating

-seems regularly depressed

-makes passing statements about suicide or the meaninglessness of life

-loses interest in the things that mattered most to them

-avoids discussions about what they are doing online

-frequently calls or texts from school requesting to go home ill

-desires to spend much more time with parents rather than peers

-becomes unusually secretive, especially when it comes to online activities

 

A Child May Be Cyberbullying Others If He or She:

 

-quickly switches screens or hides their device when you are close by

-uses their device(s) at all hours of the night

-gets unusually upset if they can’t use their device(s)

-laughs excessively while using their device(s) and

-won’t show you what is so funny

-avoids discussions about what they are doing online

-seems to be using multiple online accounts or an account that is not their own

-is dealing with increased behavioral issues or disciplinary actions at school (or elsewhere)

-appears overly concerned with popularity or continued presence in a particular social circle or status

-demonstrates increasing insensitivity or callousness towards other teens

-starts to hang out with the “wrong” crowd

-demonstrates violent tendencies

-appears overly conceited as to their technological skills and abilities

-is increasingly withdrawn or isolated from the family

 

What Can Be Done When You Find Your Child is Cyberbullied

 

1. Make sure your child is (and feels) safe.

The safety and well-being of your child should always be the foremost priority. Convey unconditional support. Parents must demonstrate to their children through words and actions that they both desire the same end result: stopping the cyberbullying.

 

2. Talk with and listen to your child. Engage your child in conversation about what is going on. Refrain from freaking out. Take the time to learn exactly what happened, and the nuanced context in which it occurred. Also, don’t minimize the situation or make excuses for the aggressor.

 

3. Collect evidence. Print out or make screenshots of conversations, messages, pictures, and any other items which can serve as clear proof that your child is being cyberbullied. Keep a record of any and all incidents to assist in the investigative process. Also, keep notes on relevant details like location, frequency, severity of harm, third-party involvement or witnesses, and the backstory.

 

4. Work with the school. All schools in the U.S. have a bullying policy, and most cover cyberbullying. Seek the help of administrators if the target and aggressor go to the same school. Your child has the right to feel safe at school, and educators are responsible to ensure this through an investigation and appropriate response.

 

5. Refrain from contacting the parents of the bully. Some parents confronted with accusations that their child is engaging in cyberbullying may become defensive and therefore may not be receptive to your thoughts. Be judicious in your approach to avoid additional drama and possible retaliation.

 

6. Contact the content provider. Cyberbullying violates the Terms of Service of all legitimate service providers (websites, apps, Internet or cell companies). Regardless of whether your child can identify who is harassing them, contact the relevant provider.

 

7. Contact the police when physical threats are involved.

 

8. If necessary, seek counseling. Your child may benefit from speaking with a mental health professional. Children may prefer to dialogue with a third party who may be perceived as more objective.

 

9. Implement measures to prevent it from reoccurring. If your child is being bullied through social media (Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, etc.), set up privacy controls within each platform to block the bully from contacting them. Also encourage them to keep talking to you before small issues flare up into major situations.

 

To educate kids on being safe on Internet refer to the post: http://schoolcircuit.in/blog/educating-kids-to-be-safe-on-internet/

References taken from : http://cyberbullying.us

More resources:

https://www.callersmart.com/guides/49/What-Is-Cyberbullying-and-How-to-Stop-It

 

This blog is written by Priti Siddamsettiwar, a parent, a techie and a beautiful blogger. She has written more useful articles here –  http://pritisexpressions.blogspot.com

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