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Time flies with wings and kids become big. Before we as parents feel that somewhere we have left something undone to make them learn, some points are important to be kept in mind.
Kids learn from whatever they see in their homes and school as well. In the early stage of their life its important for parents to be their role models and give them such an environment, so that their attitude should be positive and they should become independent.
From 1-2 years – This time period of kids’ life is defined by milestones. This time they learn to eat on their own, to walk, to hold things. Their likes and dislikes also change rapidly at this time. Kids should know about their body parts. Start with the elements of the face.
Tell them about eyes, nose, ear, tongue and teeth. At this time coordination between movements of hands and direction of eyes starts. Kids take interest in activities like clay modeling, hand & finger painting and they learn to make new things. These activities develop motor skills in kids, that helps them to practice writing and drawing later. Parents should make them learn to speak words like thank you, sorry & please.
Repetition of these words help kids learn general etiquette. Set the time table for kids and remind kids according to the time table. At the beginning of 2 years, kids should learn good habits like to wash hands before eating food, daily brushing teeth, daily taking bath, eating breakfast and dinner on time.
From 2- 3 years – At this age kids can learn to understand things and facts. This is the right time when parents should make their kids learn to respect the feelings of others, to be cooperative with others, to share things with others. These habits can also be taught while playing with kids like, while playing waiting for your turn, giving toys to other kids coming home to play, and to talk with respect with elders.
Parents should make their kids learn to eat with cleanliness, not to spoil the table while eating food or snacks, not to speak while eating food, not to snatch food or any other eatables from others, not to pick others’ things without asking them. They should learn to respect instead of being scared and hesitant. Make the kids learn to draw straight and zig zag lines by pencil, to fill colors in small figures, this will develop hand muscles.
From 3-4 years – At this age parents should make kids learn to understand positive and negative emotions like what to do when angry and to train them to control feelings like jealousy, fear, tension, hesitation, anxiety. Kids should learn to understand the difference between needs and desires. Like…if they are waiting for their favorite pizza , but school uniform, winter dresses, shoes etc are things needed, they should be purchased first. Parents should make kids learn the difference between good and bad touch. They should not allow strangers to touch them.
From 4- 5 years – At this age kids learn to use computer, ipad very nicely and can also make friends in schools and localities. Parents should make kids understand that winning and losing is a part of the game, and not to cry or fight with friends when they lose the game. We have to make them learn to be part of a group instead of being alone, teach them to be responsible, to put books in bags, clean their room, their study cupboard, watering the plants, helping while doing work in kitchen.
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I huffed, puffed and panted up the hill, taking many rest breaks along the way. My calf muscles pained, my heart protested, and my breathing became heavy at one stage.
“Let’s turn back,” my husband remarked. We stood at the foot of Shravanbelagola – one of the most revered Jain pilgrimage centres. “We will not climb the hill,” he continued.
My husband and I were vacationing in Karnataka. It was the month of May, and even at the early hour of 8 am in the morning, the sun scorched our backs. After visiting Bangalore and Mysore, we had made a planned stop at this holy site in the Southern part of the state en route to Hosur. Even while planning our vacation, my husband was very excited at the prospect of visiting this place and the 18 m high statue of Lord Gometeshwara, considered one of the world’s tallest free-standing monolithic statues.
What we hadn’t bargained for was there would be 1001 granite steps that needed to be climbed to have a close-up view of this colossal magic three thousand feet above sea level on a hilltop. It would be an understatement to term it as an arduous climb.
Why is the Social Media trend of young mothers of boys captioning their parenting video “Dear future Daughter-in-Law, you are welcome” deeply problematic and disturbing to me as a young mother of a girl?
I have recently come across a trend on social media started by young mothers of boys who share videos where they teach their sons to be sensitive and understanding and also make them actively participate in household chores.
However, the problematic part of this trend is that such reels or videos are almost always captioned, “To my future daughter-in-law, you are welcome.” I know your intentions are positive, but I would like to point out how you are failing the very purpose you wanted to accomplish by captioning the videos like this.
I know you are hurt—perhaps by a domestic household that lacks empathy, by a partner who either is emotionally unavailable, is a man-child adding to your burden of parenting instead of sharing it, or who is simply backed by overprotective and abusive in-laws who do not understand the tiring journey of a working woman left without any rest as doing the household chores timely is her responsibility only.
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