The Diverse Harvest Festivals in India – a closer look

 

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The Diverse Harvest Festivals in India – a closer look

With the harvest festivals like Makar Sankranti, Bihu, Lohri and Pongal right around the corner, we are all excited to see what this harvest season has in store for us. We were taught that these harvest festivals are one of the most fun-filled but equally important festivals for the farmers across India.

Therefore, it is our duty to educate our kids about these harvest festivals and their significance in India. This will be a fun-filled opportunity for them to see how these festivals are celebrated and why they are important.

Here are some ways that people celebrate these harvest festivals across India:

Pongal O Pongal!

Pongal is one of the most celebrated festivals in the state of Tamil Nadu. It is a 4 day long festival during the season when rice, turmeric, sugar-cane and other cereals are harvested. Typically, the celebrations consists of boiling rice in an earthen pot and making a sweet dish out of it, in the process allowing the rice to boil out of the pot while the people shout ‘Pongal O Pongal’.

The word Pongal means ‘to boil’ in Tamil. The first day is celebrated as Bhogi where useless house articles are thrown in the pyre and burnt.

The second day is when the rice is boiled in a pot outside of the house accompanied by sugarcane and other sweets for consumption. [Read more…]

6 things that parents can do to ensure a brighter 2017 for their children

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There are many things that we plan for our children but in the everyday rush of doing our daily chores, sometimes those things just remain at the back of our mind. This 2017, let your kids learn something new and experiment with various things in this world.

Here are some things that parents can do to help their kids have an amazing year ahead:

  • Encourage them to participate in extra-curricular activities at school

Encourage your kids to register for as many extra-curricular activities as possible in school. Let them explore and see what suits them and what does not. Extra-curricular activities will help in developing the all-round personality of your kids. They will learn to interact with new people and they will also know as to how they can socialize once they step out into the competitive world.

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This Christmas – Let your children experience the satisfaction of giving

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What with all the festival mood around, there’s no bigger present than the satisfaction of giving. Teaching your kids to give is one of the biggest learnings that you can inculcate in them during their childhood.
Here are some ideas that you can utilize this holiday season to involve your children in the activity of giving:

– Involve them along with you in your giving activities

Whenever you are doing a good deed, make sure to talk about it with your kids. Your kids will always idealize you as their role models and hence, your actions will always have a direct impact on them.

Make sure that you share with them, your experiences of giving in the past and stories that can motivate them to donate. Choose a cause and let your children know as to why you are passionate about that cause and what have you done to contribute towards it. [Read more…]

Studying and Playing – how to strike the balance in your kid’s life

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All work and no play makes jack a dull boy – very true indeed. We need our kids to have the perfect balance of studies and play time but these days, with the intervention of technology, balance is a far cry from the truth.

As parents, we need to understand that both playing and studying are an essential part of our children’s lives. Playing develops a sense of social and emotional well-being in them whereas studying develops a sense of confidence and intelligence in them.

Even though it might be a little difficult to achieve a perfect balance between the two, here and some tips and tricks that you could follow to reach as close to that balance as possible: [Read more…]

Nurture the ‘ability to achieve’ in your kids by giving them your quality time

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Is your child falling behind in his school these days? Do you think he is unable to achieve his full potential? If you are worried about your children’s progress and want them to achieve more, one of the easiest solutions would be to give them your quality time.

In today’s world, where every parent has their own set of chores, be it inside or outside the house, the kind of time that you spend with your children has a direct impact on their achievements. Parents can help nurture their children’s talents by utilising the time spent with them in an effective way. [Read more…]

Sow, Grow, Learn – A Fun Activity for you and Your Kids

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If you observe you will notice that kids love to play in the dirt. Mums will know after all those days of washing muddy clothes. How about you channelize this liking of theirs into something creative and fun?

Get out those gardening tools, put on your gloves, roll up your sleeves and get some dirt into those nails for it’s gardening time! This is a fun way to engage your children in learning about nature, nurturing and nutrition in the most fun way possible.

Here are a few gardening activities for your kids. [Read more…]

How Much is Too Much – Television and Media

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We often stop our children from slouching in front of the infamous idiot box. But is it really that bad?

Maybe spending short periods of time either in front of the television or the computer screen is good. Let’s find out how.  

A research study on the said subject shows that media like everything else has its good side and bad side when it comes to development and is inevitable considering the modern world we live in. It’s all about having and maintaining balance.

Moving on to rules for young children. [Read more…]

Yoga, Patience and A Child’s Development

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Planning for a big family vacation, are we? Actually achieving the rest and recreation you need is not that easy to achieve while you take off and touch down at your destination. Traffic jams, flight delays and waiting at the baggage claim sure does drain out all the energy from you and your family.

It is quite easy for us adults to cope with such fatigue through our checklists and stress relieving items that we pack along with our essentials. It is very difficult for a child to have any sort of control over themselves or their surroundings. In such situations yoga comes to the rescue. Here are five poses that can help your child relax. [Read more…]

Autonomy in the Tween and Teen Years – Explained

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It has been observed that a child expresses a desire to autonomous at two stages of his life – when he is a toddler and when he enters his years of adolescence. In this article we are going to talk about what autonomy seems like from the tween to the teen years, and how this is in fact a healthy stage which most parents would fear.

It is quite important for a child to learn to be autonomous at the right stages in life so that they go on to lead successful autonomous and individual lives.   [Read more…]

Let’s Have a Green Diwali This Year!

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It is that time of the year where all the houses are brightly lit and the aroma of delicious sweets and savouries waft through the streets! Yes, Diwali – the festival of lights is finally here, bringing into your homes heaps of love, peace, hope and unity. Being considered as an auspicious day to start anything new, there are a couple of rituals associated with this festival. While most of them add to the beauty of the festival there are few others that lead to various kind of pollution and inconveniences. Bursting of crackers is one such inevitable ritual. Although it is feast to the eyes with all the various colours and patterns lighting up the sky, it does cause a lot irreversible damage to the atmosphere with all the smoke that it ends up in. [Read more…]