Parenting – Key to being a Patient Parent

Patience is probably the key skill that a parent needs to master when it comes to dealing with kids. It always seems so simple and easy to lose patience, and yet so difficult and sometimes almost impossible to find more of it. Here’s some help…

Communicate: Poor communication sabotages any relationship. Talk, explain, report, and discuss your day-to-day happenings, just as you expect them to. Communicate to them in a language they can comprehend. Communicate to them in a language they can learn life’s wise sayings.

Have Foresight: Reduce your pace so as to keep up with your toddlers. Find workarounds which allows you to have it their way as well as yours. If your kid insists on tying his own shoe laces, and in the morning rush hours you have no time for this insistence, ask your child to continue tying the laces while you drive him to school.

Stay Cool and Calm: Well, we are talking about patience, so staying cool and calm comes without saying. The key to staying cool and calm is not to react in the moment, if you tend to react in the moment, you can easily be carried away by frustration. Back off, think through the

Winning The Losers

Ever since we’re born, we’re expected to excel. Babies are pressurized to start talking, eating, walking, etc., as fast as possible. Once they reach the toddler stage, they are expected to learn their alphabets and numbers quickly. And the pressure to excel begins! We as a society are obsessed with winning: be it a simple game of soccer in the backyard, a debate competition at school, a local election, or a real war, winning is all that matters!

I remember the lyrics of an ABBA song that summarized it aptly: ‘The winner takes it all..the loser standing small’. We are raised to compete in a vulpine world. Competition is the buzz word and complacency is regarded to be sin. We as a generation are raised on these competitive paradigms – of winning vs. losing. It’s all about coming ‘first’ in every arena of life. Consciously and sub-consciously, it’s drilled into our minds, that if we’re not winners, we’re losers. How sad!

It’s natural for us as parents to want our children to be winners. We compare them with other kids, and in some cases, parents even compare them to their siblings. The under-achievers are at times treated with disdain, loved

Advantages of the Traditional Nuclear Family

In such a family structure, the father’s role includes providing for the family, protecting it, and being the family’s disciplinary role model. A mother’s role consists of household work, raising the kids, and taking care of the family.

What are the Advantages

In recent decades, such a family structure has undergone major changes with increasing rates of divorce leading to single-parent families and remarriages which result in extended families. These trends and the resulting problems that they cause, especially for the children, has brought the advantages of traditional nuclear families back into focus.

A Stable Environment
Children raised in a family with married, heterosexual parents during their growing years have a higher likelihood of having stability in their current and future relationships and emotional bonding. Children who grow up in a single-parent household have higher chances of feeling a sense of loss regarding the absent parent, and miss out on the advantages of emotional support and dual insights that both parents can provide.

Behavioral Stability
With both parents, children get a better sense of what is acceptable and unacceptable, as far as behavior is concerned, especially when both the parents look after their nurturing. When both parents agree on the kind of

Family Feud: Living With Members of the Opposite Party

Though political ideals tend to run in families, there are cases such as my own in which one’s views just don’t match with those of their family. Though this won’t tear a family apart in most cases, it can cause tension at family gatherings or at the dinner table. Here are a few tips I’ve discovered from my personal experiences as a flaming liberal atheist in a hardcore conservative Christian family.

1. Make your opinions clear but don’t try to change theirs: You don’t expect them to change your feelings about the matter, do you? This makes it highly unlikely that you’ll change their minds either. State your feelings on a topic and move on, rather than pushing your beliefs on them.

2. Avoid religion: If your religious views are different, the best thing you can do is to avoid the topic altogether. In my case, when we gather around to pray before dinner, I bow my head but I don’t actually pray, because that’s not my belief. Respect the beliefs of your family, but do NOT attempt conversion. That can only end in an emotional mess.

3. Respect their opinions and ideals: Everyone feels a little differently when it comes

Art Activities for Young Children

Art activities help children enhance their creativity and give them some change from their daily routine. The willingness to learn is very high in kids, as they are very excited to see new and interesting things. Many schools have made the participation in these activities compulsory and grades are given as per their performance. Here’s a look into some interesting ones that they can engage in.

Painting and Sketching
Painting and sketching are the best art activities for your little ones. There are many kids who are exceptionally brilliant in them. They can never be forgotten once learned with sincerity and interest. You need not spend a huge amount of money to learn them. Children should take part in inter-school competitions and also other major competitions to get a platform to display their unique skills. They should try to win the competition by doing their job with full spirit and high level of energy. Parents of talented artists and painters should consider the idea of organizing an exhibition, to encourage the child to take up the profession more sincerely and also to earn some money from the sold paintings. Sculpting is one of the most unique kid crafts which

Memory Games for Children

Engaging children in games and activities where they get to improve their memory skills and concentration is a wonderful and positive action towards their future. These games are full of fun and perfect not only for the children, but for adults as well. They can be a perfect recreation activity that has a little bit of educational undertone. You can use playing cards, puzzles, or toys for playing such games.

Fun Games for Children

Some of the most common games include memory test, concentration, Chinese whispers, word associations, mismatches, and communication; and that’s what we will do here today. For the purpose of this article, we have compiled some interesting and thought-provoking games for everyone to take part in.

Concentrate, Like There’s No Tomorrow
You can play the concentration game using a deck of 52 playing cards. Match up the pairs by memorizing the location of each card.

Let’s Test Your Memory
The memory test can be played with a single child or a group of kids using a pen and a paper. Arrange a tray with a selection of 5 – 20 common objects, such as pencil, key, spoon, button, coin, etc. Cover this tray with a cloth before you bring