Showing posts with label Parenting. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Parenting. Show all posts

Tuesday, 3 November 2020

4 Secrets to Raise a Happy Child! - In Association with PiggyRide

Emotional Stability of a Child, Mental Health of a Child

We are the school, we are the activities,
We are tutors, we are their new friends,

But in this unlocked lockdown
Running round the clock, up and down

How quick you are to make the amends!!

Children can always be moody
But that's not always how it should be!!
Let us try these 4 secret sauces🐯
To get that diamond smile on their faces!!


4 Secret Ways to Raise a Happy Child

Happy Parenting!

Vibha Gupta

Friday, 2 October 2020

5 Lessons Kids Can Learn From Mahatma Gandhi


5 Lessons Kids Can Learn From Mahatma Gandhi wishes all readers and well-wishers a very Happy Gandhi Jayanthi!

This year, 2nd October is on Friday. It has been a thing of rejoice for schools, students as well as working staff owing to the lonnnnnnngggg weekend of Fri-Sat-Sun. 

Though the reason, primarily behind which we are having a 'holiday', is slowly losing its charm.

 Do our children have any significant knowledge of our 'Father of Nation'? 

No,  we cannot afford to make them mug up an entire history of Gandhiji and his role during the freedom struggle. But what best can we do is to imbibe the 5 important lessons taught by Mahatma Gandhi to the world.

 Especially in the present era of uncertainty, these lessons are what can keep us sane and poised.

What are those? Let's have a look!

#1 Swatchta (Cleanliness) 

"Sanitation is more important than Independence"

Gandhiji was keen on making people understand that the virtue of maintaining cleanliness is not just limited to our households but also to our surroundings. 
One should have no shame and is equally accountable to keep the surroundings clean and hygienic, leaving aside personal interests. 
He insisted that the habits of daily hygiene and cleanliness should be inculcated in kids right from a young age. 
Ironically, do we really need a pandemic to understand the importance of keeping our streets clean, not spitting on them, or washing our hands frequently? 

If not, let us teach our kids to be more responsibly clean and nurture sanitation. 

#2 Be the Change

"Be the Change You want to see in the World."

It all starts with you. Gandhiji taught us to be more resilient and poised in the constantly changing world. Through his own life experiences, he set the road to stay determined, true to self, and act in a way we want others to act towards us. 

Children need to learn right from an early age the importance of their speech, behavior, and outlook towards things. 
To command respect, give respect. To find everything positive, find the positives first inside self. 

Lessons like this will help children retain their emotional composure especially in a world of constant comparisons and hostility. 

#3 Difference between Need and Greed

"The world has enough for everyone's need, but not enough for everyone's greed."

One of the key lessons taught by Gandhiji is to shun materialism and embrace content in satisfaction of the basic needs of life. 

The simple but value-rich lifestyle of Gandhiji is an example to be followed by today's generation living in a world where the time clock is ticking a war of resources, luxuries, and ownerships. 

Let them learn content and happiness in limited means so that they are not vulnerable to an unprecedented shortage or deprivation now or in the future. 

What is their reason for happiness? You or luxuries? Help them find out.

#4 Power of Love and Non-Violence

"An eye for an eye will only make the world blind."

Hunger, imprisonment, lathi-charge, and whatnot. 'Baapu' suffered it all but didn't even raise his arm or a weapon to protest against the British.  In the world of hostility, communal sparks, and rampant allegations on the bank of democracy, children need to learn a great deal of self-control and patience. 

The main ideology is to handle every wrong-doing by raising voice in a way that is understood and not countered by the opponent blindly. Raise the voice, not the hand. 

Let your children stay away from destructive feelings of revenge and retaliation. 
Their upbringing should infuse the feeling of love, forgiveness rather than being reflexive and agitated in an unfavorable situation. 

# 5 Be True, Say NO

"Honest differences are often a healthy sign of progress."

Last, but not the least, Gandhiji inspired us to remain true to ourselves and not 'adulterate' our voice to please someone. 
In today's high-speed competitive world, it has been literally imposed on kids to be what they are not, just to stand out and seek attention. Is this their real happiness. 

Let them learn the art of saying 'no'. A clear-cut 'no' is a thousand times better than an unsure 'yes' which is leading to unhappiness. 

A 'true' smile on a child's face is worth it. 

Nothing is more important than being truthful, content, respectful, and calm. 

We sum up the life-changing lessons given by Gandhiji through this beautiful Gujarati poem 'Vaishno Jana to' composed by  Narsinh Mehta.

Vaishnav jan to tene kahiye je 
Peed paraayi jaane re 
Par-dukhkhe upkaar kare toye 
Man abhimaan na aane re (Vaishnava)

Sakal lok maan sahune vande 
Nindaa na kare keni re 
Vaach kaachh man nishchal raakhe 
Dhan-dhan janani teni re (Vaishnava)

Sam-drishti ne trishna tyaagi 
Par-stree jene maat re 
Jivha thaki asatya na bole 
Par-dhan nav jhaalee haath re (Vaishnava)

Moh-maaya vyaape nahi jene 
DriDh vairaagya jena man maan re 
Ram naam shoon taali laagi 
SakaL tirath tena tan maan re (Vaishnava)

VaN-lobhi ne kapat-rahit chhe 
Kaam-krodh nivaarya re 
BhaNe Narsaiyyo tenun darshan karta 
KuL ekoter taarya re (Vaishnava)


Saturday, 25 July 2020

Do we teach or simply preach!



               Recently the nation was latched on to the board exam results, both for 10th and 12th.  Yes, probably they were results of an external examination conducted by the central board, mistaken to be an examination of life. Going by that, some passed, some just managed to hook on and some failed. We definitely can't ignore the repercussions of the numbers, but the question arises, are our efforts worth seeking those numbers? Is the double-digit percentile enough to stamp us with the label of 'educated'? 

Are the students ready for facing real-time challenges? Do we teach or simply preach?

It's high time, we need to revamp the ongoing school education parameters and structure right from the foundation level. Examinations should not symbolize a test of a student's memory or his ability to keep in sync with notes and formulas. So where are the areas of concern? 

It is a long long story!

Image Courtesy: Wikihow

Lengthy and wordy chapters characterize the textbooks in schools. Despite being illustrated with pictures, bold italicized headings, often the content in the chapters fail to connect with students. It looks more of a study material dumped in front to rote and keep it in store till required. For example, an average chapter in history ranges from some 10 to 15 pages. Loaded with information, but is it effective to generate interest of a student in history? Won't it be wonderful if we have snapshots where ever possible to make students focus on the concept rather than text in bulk? 

 We need to understand that not everyone is a reader.

Observational Comprehension

One of the good things about primary and middle school is more emphasis on 'reading comprehension' activity as a part of the Language & Literature syllabus. The purpose of this activity is to train the student in becoming a good reader who can interpret the text and come to a meaningful conclusion of the text and the purpose. Addressing the fast-paced changes in the present times, let observational comprehension also, be given its due importance as compared to the mere dissection of text. No wonder, field trips are conducted 'once' in an academic year in schools followed by a report preparation task. 

Observational comprehension becomes a point of concern especially when all A to Z answers to any curiosity bubbling in mind, is easily available through the google genie search bar, so eventually what will prompt a student to make an effort to observe things in real life and learn? 

"Wrote 15 pages on Chowmahalla Palace for History Project and an impressive Bibliography.....Google hai na!!!"

One Night Stand with Q & Answers

Are we not turning our students into some living dump trucks? 'Yaha se uthao, aur waha daalon?' The night before the examination, students turn on their active digestion cycle to process as much as 'Q & Answers, True or False, Multiple Choice Questions, Fill in the Blanks......' and hold it till the next D-day to vomit it out on sheets and score their rote memorization? Now some may argue that if it is digestion, then there has to be some absorption too! But what seems to be as 'absorbed knowledge' can just be a memory! 

'Read and forget, is simply fidelity with the concept!"

Practial implications & monetization aspects

Schools can play a pivotal role in shaping the learning attitude of students right from the foundation years. Why wait for years to imbibe real-life implications of the knowledge gained from grade 1 to grade 12?  Whatever they are learning with schools can be way more meaningful. Search anything on the internet, and we are catered with options like All, Images, Videos, News, Maps ...and more. How beneficial it can be if we broaden our teachings the same way?  For example, a study on 'life cells' in  Grade 9 Biology chapter is incomplete without knowing that what are the practical applications of life cells in the medical world. How are we commercializing and what can be the future monetary impact of development in this field?  

Can school education sow seeds of entrepreneurship in young minds?

Syllabus mein hai kya???

The all famous tag line and a million-dollar question perhaps in the mind of every student. 

Last but not the least, our role as an educator. Are we here only to guide students about what all will come in exams? What chapter can be optional? What is the weightage of long answers, multiple-choice? Smart memes and tactics to remember dates and sequences? 

Let us honor natural instincts, question banks, and the quest for knowledge. Let classrooms turn into live interactions and not a pressure dome to complete the syllabus for the nightmarish exams. the same time, it won't be wrong to say that educators have to simply teach or better preach what they are asked to in a 40 min class with the sole target of unit tests and periodic assessments. 

A few changes in the education delivery system can go a long way in making school education more meaningful. We can avoid the illegitimate panic that every examination brings in the life of a student as well as parents. 

Saturday, 20 June 2020

Seeds of Globalization

Seeds of Globalisation🌼

June 12,2020.Hyderabad,India

It was a bright sunny day. I was the 11th in the queue. It was for buying vegetables from the Saturday veggie truck in our township. Things changed so much in this Pandemic phase. Buying veggies was like a herculean task. Owing to social distancing the queue stretched more than two adjacent blocks. It became like an every Saturday affair to stand in that queue and study people covered with masks. Finally after a wait of 40 mins or so, I was the second  now in the line. The lady standing ahead of me went to the truck to  buy. What intrigued me was the way she was explaining the vendor the quantity of veggies. She asked the vendor to fill the weighing pan with tomatoes till full. Then she asked to slash the half quantity. ('aadha kilo').  I understood that she is not knowing the Local and Hindi language. The vendor is not knowing English. So this is leading to use of sign language (our ultimate communicator) to buy vegetables. But problem happened when she wanted to buy little coriander from a  huge bunch of coriander. The vendor was now irritated after slashing lady finger, tomato, potato, brinjals and even green chillies. I moved ahead and helped her out. Her eyes told me she has a beautiful smile and she is saying Thank You.  I asked her from where she was? She said, "I m from Philippines." "Nice to meet you!", I said. I was about to leave when I paused and called her, 'Hey, Happy Independence Day!' She stood mum, took her moment, and said in a faint but excited voice, " You know it!! No one wished me today. You just made my day! Thank You!".

Her moist eyes said it all. She later told me that she is a teacher in one of the International Schools nearby.  She invited me that evening to her flat in the adjacent block in our township. I finished my veggie shopping and came home. It was not even 2 seconds I kept the vegetable bag and washed my hands, my son came to me and said in his as usual excited tone, " you know in Japan there is a robot restaurant! Cool na!". He looked at the bananas and continued. 'Oh, you brought the bananas! Arigato gozaimasu." I smiled and hugged him. 

That very morning, my son had told me that it was Independence Day for Philippines. This was not just one thing, but I guess, one of the hundred informative statements I listen from my son daily. Since the age of 7, he is kind of obsessed on reading and knowing about countries, the global events like World War I & II, Geopolitical tensions between countries, their culture as well, geographical features and also emerging global problems like forest fires, extinction of species as well as climate change. These days he has been learning 'Japanese' on his own watching YouTube Videos. No wonder, his knowledge sharing made me connect to a wonderful person from Philippines, Vangie. 

I told my son about Vangie and he was so excited to meet her.  Before going to Vengie's place he must have rehearsed almost 10-15 times in front of mirror a few greetings in Filipino. I think more than me, it was him who was prepared to talk on a variety of topics with Vangie. He definitely took over in real when we reached there. I, the illiterate :) chose to sit in a corner and let them talk on world affairs, countries and history and what not! In the middle of the conversation, Vengie asked him, "So what you want to become when you grow up?" My son told, " Well...a zoo keeper." Vengie couldn't help smiling and asked, " A zoo keeper! But why?" He paused for a moment and said, " Have you heard about bush fire in Australia? It killed so many koala bears and kangaroos and other animals. We humans are not caring about them. So I wanted to make a big zoo to keep all animals safe."  Vangie didn't speak. 

The world is indeed a small place. If not for us, then at least for the present generation of kids born in 20s. Their thinking has much broader scope and they are challenging the  boundaries of their school curriculum which will only focus on states and capitals and the famous tourist attractions. Water cycle will be limited to a concept and a cardboard project. It may teach them about religion, four types of weather, freedom struggle. But is that all we need? We think they are too small for their age to grasp what's going on in the world? Its not just about understanding the freedom struggle, but its about understanding what factors instigate a revolution? What made people fight for freedom? 

This is the era we are facing some major global problems posing a threat to our survival. Pandemic is the latest one to join in. And to fight against these global problems we need global solutions. The solutions can be worked out only with a mindset that is adapted to thinking globally. This is where. we sow...."SEEDS OF GLOBALISATION" in young minds who are set to become the torch bearers in future. It will only happen when we do not restrict their scope of knowledge to a particular section. If we provide the right exposure to a limitless source of information in a channelised manner, very soon the boundaries will dissolve and produce global citizens who are prepared to handle global problems, relations and differences as well as diversity. 

If not schools, then let there be some external source of knowledge that keeps them updated about world events, culture, languages and much more. The onus of educating them in real sense lies with the parents. Let us entertain their curiosities, tell them stories of global personalities and celebrate international days in minimum possible ways at home. 

"Mom! Where are you? See this. Vengie bought this from Africa. Nice na..." I woke up from my thoughts and came back to the cosy dim lit dainty living hall. Vangie and my son were having good time talking. May be that's why this talk allowed me to take my own time and think, what if these kids take the whole world in their stride. Let it be one big family resonating empathy and kindness...

The evening dusked and it was time for me to return back home. Before going back, we clicked some photos. Divyansh was all smiles. He said, " maganda ang pagkikita mo (it was nice meeting you)". Vangie was very happy to meet someone, who knows so much about her place.

Thank you Vangie. I didn't feel like I am meeting a person from other country. The seeds of globalisation nurturing in Divyansh simply made you my next door neighbour. Hope to see you soon!



After Notes

  •  I thank channels like Nas Daily and  Drew Binsky  on YouTube for creating engaging and easy to follow videos. These short videos are very informative and kid friendly. Wanna know about the world? Follow these channels. 
  • Let your kid ask you questions about the world. You may feel irritated, but encourage them to research and fulfill their quest.
  • Arigato gozaimasu - 'Thank You' in Japanese. Now you know☺️. It is fun to use multilingual words on daily basis. Try it☺️.

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