Ways to Find Confidence in a Child

It takes confidence to be a kid. Whether going to a new school or stepping up to bat for the first time, kids face a lot of uncharted territory.Naturally, parents want to instill a can-do attitude in their kids so that they’ll bravely take on new challenges and, over time, believe in themselves. While each child is a little different, parents can follow some general guidelines to build kids’ confidence.

Self-confidence rises out of a sense of competence. In other words, kids develop confidence not because parents tell them they’re great, but because of their achievements, big and small. Sure, it’s good to hear encouraging words from mom and dad. But words of praise mean more when they refer to a child’s specific efforts or new abilities.

When kids achieve something, whether it’s brushing their own teeth or riding a bike, they get a sense of themselves as able and capable, and tap into that high-octane fuel of confidence.

Building self-confidence can begin very early. When babies learn to turn the pages of a book or toddlers learn to walk, they are getting the idea “I can do it!” With each new skill and milestone, kids can develop increasing confidence.

Parents can help by giving kids lots of opportunities to practice and master their skills, letting kids make mistakes and being there to boost their spirits so they keep trying. Respond with interest and excitement when kids show off a new skill, and reward them with praise when they achieve a goal or make a good effort.

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With plentiful opportunities, good instruction, and lots of patience from parents, kids can master basic skills — like tying their shoes and making the bed. Then, when other important challenges present themselves, kids can approach them knowing that they have already been successful in other areas.

Stay on the Sidelines

Of course, supervision is important to ensure that kids stay safe. But to help them really learn a new skill, it’s also important not to hover. Give kids the opportunity to try something new, make mistakes, and learn from them.

For instance, if your son wants to learn how to make a   sandwich, demonstrate, set up the ingredients, and let him give it a try. Will he make a bit of a mess? Almost certainly. But don’t swoop in the second some jelly hits the countertop. In fact, avoid any criticism that could discourage him from trying again. If you step in to finish the sandwich, your son will think, “Oh well, I guess I can’t make sandwiches.”

But if you have patience for the mess and the time it takes to learn, the payoff will be real. Someday soon he’ll be able to say, “I’m hungry for lunch, so I’m going to make my own sandwich.” You might even reply, “Great, can you make me one, too?” What a clear sign of your faith in his abilities!

Offer Encouragement and Praise

Sometimes, kids give up when frustrations arise. Help by encouraging persistence in the midst of setbacks. By trying again, kids learn that obstacles can be overcome.

Once kids reach a goal, you’ll want to praise not only the end result but also their willingness to stick with it. For instance, after your son has mastered making that peanut butter sandwich you might show your confidence by saying, “Next time, want to learn how to crack an egg?” Sandwich-fixing and egg-cracking or painting a window or  even making Sand castle might not seem like huge achievements, but they’re important steps in the right direction — toward your child’s independence.

Throughout childhood, parents have chances to prepare kids to take care of themselves. Sure, it’s great to feel needed, but as kids steadily gain confidence and independence, their relationship with you can be even richer. You can be bonded, not just by dependence, but by love and shared pride in all they’ve achieved.

 

‘ Kidpop’ announces gift to tiny tot

Around the longest night of the year, when Santa Claus is tip toeing to give gifts to all the lovely children.Kidpop have announced their own little gift to the early learning center, a world of their own, where they will learn, grow, explore, aspire and bloom into their full potential. Kidpop is situated at Manpada, in the heart of Thane. The launch was followed by a Christmas party for kids, where they could dance their heart out on their favorite songs. The school very creatively organized a fun-filled Djembe activity, wherein kids could learn stories while playing it.

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Kidpop is founded by Shri. Brunda Kathrani who has been working as early childcare education consultant, Preschool consultant and Preprimary Curriculum Developer. Kidpop caters to needs of kids between the age of 10 months to 2 years. The mission is to help young minds grow and learn in an amicable environment resulting in their all-round development. The primary focus is to provide the Kids with child-friendly curriculum done through, its distinct curriculum, well-certified instructors, creative lessons plans. It also housed organic garden, Kindergarten, Kidpop studio, Sand play.

Kidpop believes, that in today’s extreme demands of kids development parents should know how to match up with their kid’s needs. Keeping the same thing in mind Kidpop has developed activities like Latin, Belly dance, Zumba dance classes, French language and many activities for adults thus sowing the seed of holistic development in the coming generation.

Book a Boo-First of a kind Story Book Concept !

When your little kid leads the story, it’s a pure delight to see him/her fall in love with the book!

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Here comes one-of-its-kind ‘personalised books’ for your children that stimulate their imagination, enhances vocabulary and strengthen the child-parent bond

There is no greater feeling than seeing your kids losing themselves in the world of books. Ask any parent and you will find them all deeply wishing for their child to be a book lover, if not a bookworm! However, in this age of screen domination, it has become extremely challenging to make ‘the already tech-savvy’ kids not just read books but also enjoy them. Parents, today, are continuously looking for cool ways and new tricks to get their kids off screen and discover the pleasure of reading.

So how about giving your child a storybook where he/she plays the brave hero. A storybook that stimulates the imagination, boosts natural curiosity, increases attention span, expands vocabulary and fosters the love for reading!

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Through engaging illustrations powered by cutting-edge technology and good-old art of story-telling, the new age personalised story books by Bookaboo marks the “Return of Fun, Exciting and Delightful Days of Reading” with your kids. Creating more moments for intimacy and bonding, these books will help you rediscover the twinkle of wonder and curiosity in your kid’s eyes, once again!

First in the series of these carefully customised personal story books is ‘The Adventure of a little Girl/Boy’. Immaculately handcrafted, the book will take your kid on an exciting treasure hunt where he/she plays the lead of an adventurous explorer. The child meets various characters depending on the letters of the child’s name. Each character unfolds a fun-mini story, which actually offers bite-size knowledge about India. So your child not just reads but is also introduced to learning in a cool and quirky manner. The thrill and excitement of finding a treasure at the end of the story keeps him glued to the book — and that’s exactly what every parent wishes for, isn’t it?

The benefits of this unique way of reading go far beyond literacy. These customised books built around the letters of your child’s name encourage kids to turn one page after another – indulging in the unadulterated pleasure of reading. It tickles their imagination as well curiosity. It especially provides excellent training for kids under 9 years in developing and practising a habit of reading from an early stage.

There are many studies which show that children who grow up with more off-screen time and activities are more secure and assertive with better social relationships and positive attitude in life. One such study published in Perspectives on Psychological Science in January 2013 concluded that ‘reading to a child in an interactive style that raises his/her IQ by over 6 points.’

Researchers at Emory University in Atlanta, US, say the empathy we feel for characters wires our brains to have the same sensitivity towards real people. It has been discovered in various studies that when one gets lost in a book the brain lives through the characters at a neurological level and in this case the child being the hero in the book the core values are instilled at a deeper level. The child experiences core values like courage, kindness, love, respect and empathy. This also instils life skills such as confidence, quick thinking and self-reliance in the child.

What more? These first-of-its-kind personalised storybooks also make for a ‘perfect gift’ not just from parents to their little learners but also for today’s cool uncles and aunts who can have these packed to simply surprise their nieces and nephews with something that has got their name imprinted on it… forever!

 

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Mattel India launched Delhi edition of Mattel Scrabble Challenge, 2016

Mattel India brought the classic game of Scrabble to life for the city-kids across Delhi this December. Mattel India launched the Mattel Scrabble Challenge last month in an effort to get kids to step away from their online and video gaming habits with the all-time favorite vocabulary enhancing game, Scrabble.

Marketing Head, Mattel Toys – Lokesh Kataria said “Scrabble is a game that always spells F-U-N! and is one of the most widely played board games across the world.  It is also used as an educational tool. The game tests vocabulary and initiates wordplay, building on language and cognitive skills.” Mattel Toys took the board game to over 30 schools in Delhi. The program, which began with educating the students and getting them accustomed with the nuances of playing the classic board game, was followed by training them and finally culminated in a city-final which was held at the Thyagaraj Sports Complex in Delhi on the 22nd of this month.

School children from 6th to 10th standard across 30 Delhi schools participated in this championship. The winners of the championship were awarded by Mr Sunny Bhatia, winner of the National Scrabble Championship held in Pune.

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Enclosed below is the result for Mattel Scrabble Challenge, 2016:

Mattle Scrabble Challenge – 2016
6th Std
1 Prithu Menon Sanskriti School
2 Devi Sankhla Bluebells School International Kailash Colony
3 Anika Gupta Sanskriti School
7th Std
1 Asmi Malhotra Bal Bharti Public School, PP
2 Aditi Aravali International School
3 Naina Sehrawat Queens Valley School
8th Std
1 Priyanshu Jain Aravali International School
2 Shivain Ajay Iyer Sanskriti School
3 Arya Sunil Bharti Public School
9th Std
1 Ayesha Sood Bal Bharti Public School
2 Raghav Arya Bal Bharti Public School
3 Deepmala Kumari Aravali International School
10th Std
1 Vaishali Arora Manav Rachna International School
2 Pranjal Batra Queens Valley School
3 Ritik Garg Bal Bharti Public School

 

The parent of a participant said, “My son didn’t expect to enjoy the game, but I insisted since Scrabble was my favourite game growing up. 20 minutes into the event, he was a fan too! Scrabble is a game where you are always learning and building your vocabulary. As a mother, I was so glad that my son was learning while having fun.”

The program has reached out to over 36000 kids in Mumbai and Delhi put together. Apart from getting experts to design the content of the practice worksheets, the Scrabble Association of India has also participated in conducting and arbitrating the workshop and the City Finals where 120 kids from 30 Delhi schools squared off.

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Is your child safe online?

We all want the best for our child. Best education, best upbringing and the utmost safety possible. We go to lengths to ensure safety for our child, even if it means being with them 24/7. But how sure are you about their online safety? What do you know about their online behavior? What they are watching? Or who have they befriended on social media channels?

A teenager is likely to check his/her social media profile about 100 times a day according to a study. The next generation is all about social media, online interactions and online consumption of content. They are savvier than their parents when it comes to online activity. The kind of exposure that internet has the potential to offer is unparalleled but it also has a dark side.

15 percent of teens, according to a survey, have stated that they received inappropriate pictures online which are likely to elevate the stress level by 50%. About 43 percent of kids get bullied online and 1 out of 4 has admitted being bullied more than once. And only 1 in 10 reports any of such activities to their parents. Kids can easily fall victim to cyber bullying, identity theft, or cyber predators. A pedophile can conveniently brainwash a kid and can cause an irreversible harm.

Would you happen to know if your child has befriended a cyber bully or cyber criminal online? Parents usually have little or no knowledge about what their kid is doing online or who he is chatting with. Considering the facts, a parent’s control is ever more crucial when it comes to a child spending time on the web. Parents must prevent their kid from using a screen profile or rendering personal information to anyone they have met online.

Connect Broadband , market leader is broadband and fixed line in Punjab, associated with ‘F-Secure’, a Europe based cyber security company to bring virus protection software named ‘Connect Safe’ for desktops and mobile devices. With this software you never need to be worried about your child’s online safety as it renders complete protection against unwarranted elements. Moreover, you do not need to be worried about the registration of ‘Connect Safe’ either, as the process is very simple, all you need to do is to register this software once and you can use the same user ID and the password for multiple devices.

The ease and the protection that it offers are unmatched such as Malware and Spam Protection. With ‘Connect Safe’, you never need to be hounded by the thoughts of a cyber bully or cyber criminal intruding into your child’s safe ambiance as it efficiently blocks the interference of spam and malware viruses.

Filtering and blocking of inappropriate websites is another function that it performs effectively. Kids while in the school or elsewhere, learn about intriguing websites that can have scathing impact on their tender brains. With ‘Connect Safe’ a parent can keep a stringent control on their child’s online activities, as you can block websites that you deem inappropriate for your child.

Safe online banking is another possibility that is assured with ‘Connect Safe’ as it renders browsing protection, spam filtering, and complete banking protection by blocking hazardous banking Trojans. So you do not need to be worried about your child being misguided or mugged online.

Protection against Mobile theft is one stupendous feature that sets ‘Connect Safe’ apart.Connect safe’ provides protection against theft of your mobile device. All you need to do is to send an SMS along with the code provided to them at the time of registration and it will locate the missing mobile phone even if the old SIM of the phone has been replaced.

Talking about Connect Safe, Mr. Bali, CEO Connect Broadband and Videocon Telecom said, “Connect Safe’ can be the ultimate tool for the parents to protect their kids against unwarranted exposure to unethical websites or entities on the other end of the line. Connect Broadband, ingenuously devotes itself to invention and innovation to make a product and its protection easily and economically available for its customers. As Connect Broadband understands its social responsibilities and is perpetually committed to do its bit for its customers especially when it involves young kids.”creative

First 24 hrs of Becoming a MOMMY!

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Confusion starts , The moment the Baby is delivered and After Few hrs , Baby is handed over to new Mother … What to do ? What not do ? is the Question … People around , all give their advices on do’s and Donot’s … But the Person to rely on is your own Mother … She brought you in this world and She is right person to look forward to … Here are some tips which I experienced when my first was Born …

My questions to my Mother on becoming a Mother ? 

  • What will breastfeeding be like?
  • What will baby’s behaviours be like?
  •  what will baby’s poo be like, and is it normal? Yes, you’re about to become more acquainted with poo than you ever have been in your life. Baby Poo gives you the insight of Baby’s Health in first 24 -48 hrs …

The First 24 Hours – Day 1 Your Breasts: Your breasts will still feel soft at this stage. Your Milk: You will be producing colostrum, which is thick and may be clear or yellow in colour. It will be small in volume, but high in calories and protein for your baby. The average amount a baby receives in the first 24-48 hours is 5-15 ml per feed. It is perfectly suited to meet baby’s needs. Your Baby: After the birth, skin to skin contact with your baby is very important. Your baby will usually look for a feed within an hour of birth. Baby is initially alert and likely to feed well and then may have a long sleep. Some babies are sleepy and may only want a few feeds in the first 24 hours – others are more wakeful and want to feed frequently. Baby may feed for a short time, from around 5-10 minutes or even 20-30 minutes on one or both sides.

Baby’s Nappy: Within the first 24 hours expect one or two wet nappies. You may need to pull disposable nappies apart to check that they are wet, because disposable nappies pull the urine away from the baby’s skin and lock it away in crystals. Your baby will also pass meconium – a thick, sticky black/green stool. This will happen at least once in 24 hours but may be more.

 Feeding Your Baby: Correct positioning and attachment are very important. Check the shape of your nipples each time the baby comes off the breast. Your nipples should look round and should not look squashed, pinched, flattened, ridged or distorted in shape. If this occurs, ask for assistance with your next feed. Remember – breastfeeding is a natural thing to do – but it is a learned skill and you and your baby are learning together. See some video clips on how to latch a baby. Advice For Mamma: Do not feel anxious or embarrassed to ask for advice and assistance with attachment, or for help to get you and your baby feeling comfortable. The more help you have initially, the sooner you will gain confidence. Best Help you can get is Your Mom / Mom in law or Experienced Mothers or Good trained Midwife ..

24-48 Hours After Birth – Day 2 Your Breasts: They will probably feel soft and comfortable at this point, but may begin to feel fuller and heavier towards 48 hours after birth. Your Nipples: Some discomfort (pulling or stretching) is common when baby first attaches to the breast, as your nipple and breast tissue are drawn to the back of baby’s mouth. This settles after a few minutes and should not be painful.

Your Milk: You are still producing colostrum, with the volume increasing a little. It is still perfect for your baby’s needs. Your Baby: Baby is waking up and becoming more alert. Her or she may seem quite unsettled and need to feed more frequently, for up to 30 minutes on each breast. Your baby may need 10-12 feeds in 24 hours, day and night, but should have at least six feeds in 24 hours. Your baby’s sucking should be deep and rhythmic. Baby may need lots of cuddling time between feeds while he/she gets used to life outside your uterus. Baby’s Nappy: There should be one or more wet nappies in this 24-hour period. Again, you may need to tear the nappy open and check the inside. There will still be some meconium; at least one dirty nappy and perhaps more. It may be less thick and becoming brown in colour.

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Check your nipple shape after feeds. Ask for help whenever you need it for feeding or with settling your baby. You might be very tired today, rest when your baby rests to help you cope with sleep disturbances at night. 48-72 Hours After Birth – Day 3 Your Breasts: Your breasts may still be soft or beginning to feel heavier and fuller. They also be warmer to touch. Your Nipples: Some women experience increased sensitivity in their nipples over the first 72 hours. It settles down once milk volume increases.

Your Milk: Colostrum changes to transitional milk; it looks thinner and yellow to creamy white. Volume is increasing slowly, responding to baby’s needs. Your Baby: Your baby is ‘programmed’ to know what he or she needs to do to ‘bring milk in’. Your baby may want to feed very frequently, for example, a cluster of 4-5 or more feeds close together and then may settle for a little longer. This is normal as long as the attachment and positioning is correct and he or she is sucking correctly. Cluster feeding doesn’t mean you don’t have enough milk, it’s a normal pattern to help increase your breastmilk. It can be helpful to make yourself familiar with the three reliable signs that you have enough breastmilk. Your baby likes to stay in your arms and will often settle better when being cuddled. You may also notice your baby studying your face. Your baby’s eyes can focus best on objects about 50-60cm away. This is about the distance between your face and your baby’s when feeding. Your baby has been hearing you talk to him/her for a few months and now wants to get to know the person who has been making all those sweet noises.

Baby’s Nappy: Output increases as milk flow increases, so you can expect two to three nappies in this 24 hours. Stools are brown to khaki green in colour.

  You may feel tired and emotional, so make sure you sleep or rest when baby rests. It is recommended to keep visitors to a minimum on day 2 and 3, to allow you and your partner to get the chance to rest – and to get to know your new baby!

Your Milk: Milk becomes thinner and whiter in colour and more plentiful, often known as the milk ‘coming in’. Your Baby: Your baby may continue to be wakeful and feed frequently. It is still normal to have 6-12 feeds in a 24-hour period. You should be able to hear baby swallowing after each suck. Feeds may not take as long now. Allow unrestricted time at the first breast, then, when baby finishes one breast and is feeling comfortable, offer the second breast. Sometimes baby will take it and sometimes he/she won’t.  Your Nipples: Any tenderness or sensitivity of the previous days should be reduced. If nipples are tender or painful throughout the feed take baby off the breast and reattach, and/or ask for help.

Baby’s Nappy: Expect more frequent wet nappies (4-6 in 24 hours) and paler coloured urine. Stools usually become a yellow/mustard colour, often quite loose with small lumps. Advice For Mum: Each breastfeed has a three stage sucking pattern as follows. First stage: A burst of short sucking to draw the nipple back to the soft palate and to release the milk. This shallow non-nutritive sucking may last for a few seconds or a few minutes, until milk is released or ‘let-down’. Second stage: A pause in sucking then long, strong deep sucking with short pauses. Swallowing can be heard. Mostly one suck per swallow ratio. Third stage: Dreamy phase with long pauses and shorter bursts of deep sucking before coming off the breast. Days 4-6 After Birth Your Breasts: You will still be full before feed, but noticeably less full after feeds. You may notice your other breast leaking while you are feeding. You may need to express a little milk before a feed (only if your breasts are very full) to make attachment easier. It is important that you are shown how to do this before going home.

 

FUNSKOOL LAUNCHES AN EXCITING DECEMBER COMBO FOR YOUR KIDS!

Celebrate the joy of Christmas and the dawn of the New Year with the latest set of toys and board games from Funskool India

Funskool India Ltd., India’s leading toy company has launched a fun-filled range of toys and puzzles to entertain the little ones during the winter break.

The children can welcome the New Year on a culinary note, by whipping up their favourite dish with the Fundoh Kitchen, as they cook a variety of scrumptious and delicious dishes using the attractive cookery moulds and a colourful oven. The set comes along with five recipes and a cutlery set that is sure to make your child the next Junior MasterChef!

Designed with vibrant colours and indigenous forms, the infant & toddler range Giggles, has launched Animal squeakers for unlimited squeaking fun to amuse new borns. The products consist of exciting animal shaped squeakers such as cow, elephant, sheep, panda etc, available in a 2 & 4 pack! Toddlers above 6 months of age can engage in a fun travel ride with Stack a boat and Stack a car by stacking shapes with different colours to build your own vehicle.

Kids can get an early start on numbers through Leapfrog’s interactive toys, which will let you groove and learn numbers with the Musical Learning Mat, Scout’s Count &Colors Band and Fridge Numbers Magnetic set. Through methods of identifying matching tiles, singing and dancing, these toys will enhance the motor skills of a child and teach them how to count.

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Alas! Football fanatics can now rejoice and cheer their favourite team FC Barcelona, with the ultimate FC Barcelona puzzle that comes in two variations; Campions and Força Barça. Children can solve the puzzles and witness the football legends come to life by framing the solved masterpiece at their homes.

Lastly, kids can engage in a memory duel with their friends by challenging them to a fun memory game by matching picture cards of the beloved characters; Motlu and Patlu from the King of Kings movie!

The latest series of games and toys will guarantee a fun filled time for one and all and is sure to keep your children busy during their holidays!

PRICING DETAILS:

Fun Doh Kitchen ·         Rs. 599/-
Leapfrog- Musical Learning Mat ·         Rs. 2649 /-
Leapfrog-Scout’s Count &Colors Band ·         Rs. 1699 /-
Leapfrog-Fridge Numbers Magnetic Set ·         Rs.1799 /-
FC Barcelona – Campions ·         Rs.349 /-
FC Barcelona – Forca Barca ·         Rs. 349 /-
Stack a Boat & Stack a Car ·         Rs.499 / each
Animal Squeakers -4 pack ·         Rs.225 /-
Squeaker Pals- 2 pack ·         Rs.125 /-

Funskool India Ltd. hopes to provide the best entertaining and learning experience to all.  For more information, log on to http://funskoolindia.com/

 About Funskool India Limited:

Funskool is India’s leading toy manufacturing company promoted by MRF group. Funskool started its commercial operations in the year 1988 and has state of the art manufacturing facilities at Goa sprawling an area of 70,000 sq.ft and 50,000 sq. ft factory at Ranipet. Funskool has been pioneering the concept of quality and safe toys in India and raised the standard of the toy quality in the Indian Market. The company’s mission is to influence the parents to spend on toys that enable every Indian child to grow with quality toys that contributes to their mental development. Funskool has one of the largest ranges of toys in India.