Teach your Kids Hygiene Habits from Early

Having good hygiene habits involves more than just hand-washing. Teaching your kids to have a healthy hygiene routine when they’re young can create habits that last throughout their lives. Use this head-to-toenails guide, and teach your kids good hygiene habits .Here are  some  good hygiene habits you should teach your kids early.

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1. Oral Hygiene

Good oral hygiene practices should be a part of every child’s daily routine. In fact, parents should take proper care of Oral hygiene  from the moment the child grows their first tooth.By cleaning a child’s teeth and gums, you can help prevent a wide range of health issues, including bad breath, cavities and heart disease later in their life.

Once your child is old enough, you need to supervise the way he or she is practicing oral hygiene. You should make your child brush their teeth for at least 2 minutes twice per day. Also, encourage your child to clean their teeth after each meal to prevent the growth of bacteria and avoid tooth decay.Along with brushing, flossing and rinsing the mouth with a mouthwash is also important.

Proper brushing and flossing is a learned skill that can only be improved with practice. It is the duty of parents to instill this important hygiene habit in children at an early age.

At the same time, you must make sure your child is not eating sugary junk food in excess, which has a detrimental effect on the teeth.

If your child is not taking proper care of their teeth, bring the subject up for discussion. If needed, take him or her to a dentist. A dentist can help teach your child about the consequences of bad breath, symptoms of dental problems and how rotten teeth can jeopardize their appearance and career options in the future.

2. Nail Hygiene

Nails take a lot of care and pampering to stay healthy, so it’s important to teach your child how to care for them at an early age.

Developing healthy nail-care habits is a must, as nails are a breeding ground for harmful bacteria. These bacteria can easily transfer to your child’s eyes, nose and mouth, making him or her sick.For smaller kids, parents should ensure that the fingernails are clipped every week. Keeping the nails short is a good way to reduce the amount of germs present under the nails. Plus, short nails stay cleaner and break less often.

Once your child is comfortable enough to trim his or her own nails, teach them some basic rules, such as nails should be trimmed after taking a bath or shower because they are softer then, nails should be cut straight across to prevent ingrown nails, rough edges of nails should be smoothed down with a nail file or emery board, and teach them not to cut the cuticles as they protect the nail root.

You can even invest in a good nail brush and teach your child to scrub the dirt out from under their nails before bedtime.

If your child develops the habit of nail biting, discourage it immediately. Nail biting can transfer harmful bacteria to the mouth, which can then make their way to the digestive tract causing many problems.

3. Bathing Ritual

Your baby may love or hate to take a bath, but bathing is one personal hygiene habit that you should instill in your child at a tender age.

The skin is the body’s largest organ and it plays a major role in protecting the body from external elements, such as dirt, dust and countless bacteria. With regular bathing, you can keep the whole body clean.

Bathing or showering also helps get rid of dead skin cells, so as to make way for new skin cells. Parents should give younger children a bath, and never leave them alone in the bathroom. On days, when you cannot give them a bath, a sponge bath is another option.

Once your child is big enough to take a shower or bath on their own, supervise and teach them properly in the beginning.

Make your child take a shower twice a day, once in the morning and again before going to bed. While taking a shower, teach them how to clean the different parts of the body – the hands, armpits, legs, feet, groin, joints, back, belly button (navel), elbows and knees. Show them how to do it and then let them practice it.

Also, teach them to pat dry their body after bathing and then apply a light moisturizer to keep it hydrated. Make them change their underwear daily and wear clean clothes.

4. Hand Hygiene

When it comes to hand hygiene, hand washing is an integral part that parents should teach their children at a young age. Hand-washing is a simple activity that takes just a few seconds of time, but this habit can keep germs and infections away.

Washing the hands frequently can decrease illnesses in children, as it is often through the hands that harmful microbes enter the body. Improper hand hygiene is one of the main reasons behind diarrhea among children as well as adults.

For younger babies, wipe their hands with a clean washcloth at frequent intervals.

As your baby starts growing, teach him or her how to wash their hands thoroughly, and not just wet them under water.

Children should be taught to wash their hands with soap and water. After applying soap, make sure your child rubs his or her hands together to lather up for about 20 to 30 seconds, then rinse off the soap completely with clean water.

Hand-washing should be practiced before and after meals, after using the washroom, after playing in the dirt or with pets, after coughing or sneezing, and after being in contact with someone who’s sick.

5. Foot Hygiene

Just like hand and skin hygiene, it is important to teach your child about foot hygiene.

Wash your baby’s feet at least twice a day, and make sure to dry in between the toes completely. The water accumulated between the toes is one of the reasons behind foot fungus. Do not make your child wear footwear all day, especially without socks.

Once your child grows old enough to take care of his or her feet on their own, teach them some basic tips. These tips include:

  • Washing their feet at least twice a day. To clean the feet properly, teach them to scrub with soap between the toes, the soles of the feet and under the toenails.
  • Teach them to use a clean cloth to wipe their feet dry, especially in between the toes. Then, apply some moisturizer to keep the feet hydrated.
  • Encourage them to keep their shoes clean and dry.

Being a parent, always buy socks made of or lined with cotton, instead of synthetic fibers. When it comes to shoes, leather and canvas shoes are the best as they allow the feet to breathe.

6. Toileting Hygiene

Once your young child becomes toilet-trained, you as a parent need to focus on the habits that your child needs to learn to keep their little parts clean.

Teach your child to wipe thoroughly from front to back with toilet paper after using the washroom. Teach them to continue wiping with fresh toilet paper until it comes out clean. They should also be taught how to flush the toilet and use the bidet, if you have one.

If needed, put a sign on the bathroom wall under the toilet paper roll to remind your child what he or she needs to do after using the washroom.

Also, make children wash their hands each time they use the washroom. These healthy habits will help minimize irritation and keep infections at bay.

Have patience while teaching your child about toileting hygiene, as a lot of children have trouble mastering these habits.

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“Koco Kids- Imagine. Discover. Learn”

After successfully completing 15 years – Shri Balaji International School Trust (SBIS)(ICSE, Malad( west), announced that that they are foraying further into the field of education across locations to provide quality early education to little children. Their new project is called ‘Koco Kids- Imagine. Discover. Learn’ a Preschool and Play Area opening at Santacruz (West). The trust has upheld its long-standing principle of strengthening and encouraging childhood development on an emotional, intellectual, social and physical level through a unique partnership between its trained facilitators and parents.

Koco Kids is focused on providing a loving and enriching atmosphere to help your child achieve their maximum potential. This would be the first of its kind Preschool & Play Area with the largest indoor and outdoor play area. At Koco Kids, you will discover tailored programs that have been thoughtfully designed for your child’s precious early years. Working closely with parents through a happy, fun and unhurried atmosphere, we help develop an interest in learning with fun.

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Koco Kids promises a one of its kind concept which combines constructive outdoor play with a state of the art soft play and indoor play area. A place where kids of all age groups can climb, jump swing and run under one roof. Along with that there will be extra-curricular activities which will be open to all, for the complete growth of the child.

The outdoor play area is a kid’s paradise with plenty of developmental benefits. Talking about the activities and amenities in detail, the space has a sand table, a water table, a tree house, a gardening pit, swings, kinetic sand. They also have a kid sized hammock which makes it easier for kids to get in by themselves and stay in without the fear of falling. The sand and water table has been designed in such a way that kids will get the developmental benefits of playing with sand and water without getting dirty, or without the worry of hygiene especially with water. The space also has a beautiful turf and is surrounded with greenery so children have space to run, jump and play in a lustrous green environment without getting hurt.

The indoor play area is equally enriching and interesting. It is filled with elements for physical development and fun like the trampoline, ball pool and a zip line. Considering the safety of kids, all edges are rounded and sharp surfaces are foam padded, all windows are grilled and doors have child-locks to prevent lock-ins while maintaining safety. The premises have CCTV camera coverage. All toys and play equipment have safe, child friendly, non-toxic paint that is safe even if put in the mouth. Special care has been taken while designing to ensure there are no small objects. It is a one of its kind play gym that ensures not just complete safety and development of a child but also does not compromise on quality for your child just like their own homes.

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The Cafeteria is a quaint little space for our parents to grab a cup of coffee and feast on some healthy snacks while their little ones are busy exploring Koco Kids. We have a wide array of options to satisfy your little one’s hunger pangs as well.

The trust’s (SBIS) mandate is to provide early learning skills, appropriate social skills with play structures that encourage active mind and bodies.  Each child can explore, play and be as creative as they want to be in a safe, loving environment to help them reach their maximum potential.

Sharing their mission and vision, the owners added, “It is important to allow each child to be his or her unique self and to respect that they grow at their own pace. One must allow the body and mind to grow as nature intended. We aim to create a safe and loving environment that creates opportunities to learn and develop with the help of trained facilitators. We like to take it easy allowing natural progression and to inculcate a sense of discovery and curiosity rather than the instantaneous rote route that is followed by many

 

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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