Month: December 2016

Let’s break the monotony of New Year Resolutions!

As we begin to roll towards January, we start to think and plan our coming year. With a new year come new opportunities, new ideas, and a new beginning to start afresh. Children are usually more excited for such events; New Year for them is a good party, some celebration and a list of goals to accomplish in the coming year. As parents, mentors and guides it’s our responsibility to make them stress free from the burden of the huge enlisted goals and the forthcoming disappointment from them. Why not make them start off with small things that they can do to not only improvise their lifestyle but also to keep them encouraged with instant success.

Here is something you can pen down to your child’s list of to do’s from New Year.

Add a little spirituality to their daily life

Create a new tradition for celebrating birthdays or anniversaries; make them visit the prayer room on regular basis. Teaching habits like saying a small prayer each morning, thanking God for the day and making them realise that they are lucky and fortunate to have such a life will not only positively modulate their lifestyle but will also build up their trust in the Almighty.

Teach them to be organized

They need to manage their things well, be it preparing for exams, last minute revisions, drafting a project or maintaining their wardrobe, they need to be organized. They should keep their things in place and should avoid last minute rush.

Teach them to be expressive

It’s too easy to forget to tell people that we care about them. This year, make it a special promise to yourself that you’ll tell at least one person, each week, that you love them and that you’re grateful to have them in your life.

Develop Nature love

Buy a plant for them and ask them to maintain it. Not only will they be creating better air quality for your home, but nurturing a plant can help them emotionally as well. They will get to know the importance of Mother Nature.

They should know how to manage money

Although, they are young and are not directly involved in much of financial things but still they should know the importance of managing funds. Monitor how they use their pocket money and try and develop some saving habits in them.

Spend time with your best friend

A one-hour lunch, a movie, a walk in the park, it doesn’t matter what you do together, as long as you spend time with each other. Not only will they get a sense of companionship and love, but they’ll be going a long way towards stress relief.

Health is Wealth

Develop habits like morning work, some exercise in the morning, some jogging etc for them to follow the path towards good health. They should know that staying fit and healthy is the biggest gift they can give to themselves, their family and friends.

Ask them to take a self-test

Tell them the best way to analyze their past year is by taking a self-test. Nobody can judge them better than they themselves; they should analyze their failures and success, their weakness and strengths. They will not only learn from their past mistakes but will also get the energy to strive better the next time.

Help your child to start their new year at a positive note, filled with enthusiasm. Don’t let them burden themselves with big goals and New Year resolutions let them start with smaller steps which will lead them to bigger achievements.
Happy New Year to All!

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Telling Your Child what Christmas is about

Christmas is a celebration! It’s a celebration of Lord Jesus Christ’s birthday. It’s why we say “Merry Christmas”

Although Jesus is the reason for the season, he’s often overlooked or merely mentioned along with Rudolph, Frosty the Snowman, Santa Claus, the Grinch, elves, and a long list of celebrated fictional characters. Christmas preparation involves a lot of activities – buying gifts, sending greeting cards, decorating our homes, putting up lights, cooking, attending parties, and cleaning up afterward, leaving little time to actually enjoy the meaning of Christmas.

Celebration is purpose behind Christmas! Even when we revisit the bible the angel’s opening statement to the shepherds of Bethlehem was – God has wonderful news for us that would cause us all to rejoice, celebrate, and throw a party: “I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.” Bible’s statement of Jesus’ explanation of why God sent him to earth was: “God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”

The true reason for Christmas is the love of God, God loves you so much that he came to earth as a human so you could get to know him and learn to trust him and love him back, Jesus was an Incarnation, through which God became one of us, a human being, so we could understand what he is really like.

God created human beings, the capacity to know him in ways animals can’t. He created us in his image, which includes the ability to enjoy a personal relationship with him, sending Jesus was an initiative so we could understand his love and our need for him.

Of course, we know a little about God by simply observing his creations. For instance, though nature we know that our Creator loves variety; he created an incredibly diverse universe. Think of the limitless array of plants, animals, rock formations, snowflakes, and people. No two human beings, even twins, are exactly alike. God doesn’t make clones or copies. Every one of us is original after you were born!

Many of us misunderstand the festivity spirit of Christmas, yes, it is indeed a time of celebration and the day to spread joy but we should also take into consideration the real value and learning of the festival. Usually, children consider this as a mere holiday, a time for Santa to visit homes for gifts but forget about the Lord Jesus Christ and his teachings.

Here are few ways which will help you make your child understand the Teachings of Christmas.

Be Animated

Kids love story time, except when it’s evident that the story-teller is tired and not really there in story-land. So try to make a habit of hopping into character, even when you are bone tired, or become loud, silly and cartoonish. How cool is it that three wise men follow a huge star to find Jesus! Kids tend to remember a story when it’s exciting. The moment you become boring, the crickets chirp and suddenly you will hear an exhausted voice yawn, “Can I play Super Mario?” or “Can I see TV?”

Be Intentional

Focus on the moral of the story once you are done. When talking about Jesus, make sure it’s clear exactly who He is—how He came, lived and is coming back! This paints the picture well in their eyes and helps them understand—even on their level. “Jesus is the son of God who came to earth because God loves us sooo much.” and this simple language and easy words make them believe your story. The more intentional you are about sharing the gospel with your children, the more interested they become in learning more.

The truth about Santa

Children are captivated by the rosy cheeks and red suit, but they could be even more excited to learn about a baby who came to love and save them. It is how you portray and teach them, Santa is not real but Christmas is still a festival to celebrate and spread the joy and this is what you need to teach your children.

Get them involved

This helps teach them how to be loving and giving, that the holidays are not only about receiving gifts but sharing the joy. You need to make them involve in small activities and celebrations so that they get to know the real meaning of Christmas.

Give Christmas cards, videos and drawings

Children love to colour, it’s a sweet idea to work on a gift for a loved one, teach your child that it’s not about spending money and buying expensive gifts. Tell them how personal gestures and caring towards loved once is important. This would truly brighten up someone’s day and teach them how to be giving.

These small teachings will help your child understand the true meaning of Christmas celebration. These young minds and vibrant personalities love to celebrate but they should also be aware of the fact that’s not just the Christmas Eve and Santa Claus but the birth of Jesus Christ and his teachings.

Christmas can be a season of great joy; it is a time of God showing his great love for us. It can be a time of healing and renewed strength. You see, Christmas is when we celebrate the birth of the Christ child. God sent his Son, Jesus, into the world to be born. His birth brought great joy to the world. Shepherds, wise men, and angels all shared in the excitement of knowing about this great event. They knew this was no ordinary baby. The prophets had told of His coming hundreds of years before. The star stopped over Bethlehem just to mark the way for those who were looking for this special child.

 

Think from a Student’s mind!

How students behave in a classroom affects how much and how well they learn. Each student has a different mindset and a different approach towards things. Some are too sensitive while the others are too curious; some think why is the earth round and the others think why is their Monday after each Sunday. A school needs to answer each of these questions, as every child’s requirement is different so is the manner in which they need to be dealt with. The student-teacher bonds play a very crucial role and help the best of a student get acknowledged.

Behaviour

Children learn behaviour by watching and imitating others. Many types of behaviour detract from learning. These include talking out of turn, being out of the seat without permission, not paying attention and disrupting other students by making noise or touching them. The teacher needs to identify the problem, figure out how to change the behaviour, find a way to encourage students to follow a pattern of desired behaviour and use this pattern consistently so that all the students are focused on the lesson being taught. Only a good school which understands the need of character building of the students will pay heat to such issues and will work on it.

Rewards

Some students respond to receiving rewards for good behaviour, such as prizes, extra recess or stickers on a chart. Students learn they will get something they want if they behave in a certain way, but they don’t always learn that behaving in a certain way is its own reward. This can prevent students from consistently using the desired behaviour that promotes learning.

Punishment

Some students respond to punishment. They stop using unacceptable behaviour if they know they’ll face consequences for breaking the rules. Students who are verbally corrected, assigned extra work, miss recess or are sent to the principal’s office as punishment often learn to lie or cheat to avoid punishment. Therefore, you need to be extra careful as to how you can make them known their mistake and yet keep them away from the habit of lying and cheating.

Responsibility

Acceptable classroom behaviour should be reinforced by making consequences closer to those of real life. The world doesn’t always punish or reward people who behave in a particular manner. Students need to learn that there are natural rewards and certain consequences that come from certain types of behaviour. This will not only make them more practical but will also make them more acceptable for the forthcoming challenges in future.

Considerations

Schools have sets of rules, and many have school improvement teams that study behaviour’s effect on learning and adjust rules accordingly. It’s helpful to gain support from parents, colleagues and community members to identify problem behaviour, set a good example and teach students to practice proper behaviour.

Children have a varied understanding of things, their perception, and beliefs vary and so are their talents and capabilities. It’s the responsibility of a school to understand their requirements and make their queries resolve and their questions answered. A good school, an understanding teacher, a comfortable learning environment is the best surrounding for a student to develop, learn and excel.