Monday, 26 October 2015

Interesting ways to motivate your kids to do household chores—

Parents carry a plethora of responsibilities on their head—from expenses to familial commitments, to kids’ educations, planning for the future, etc. The least their kids can do to make everyday lives a bit easier for them is helping them in household chores. All over the world, it is one of the prime concerns of every parent to get their kids to do some chores. Well, here are some interesting ways you can motivate your kid to help you with chores—

1.       The WiFi password is your trump card
With technology ruling every heart these days, your kids are quite digitally enhanced and are always on their laptops, mobiles and tablets. One way to motivate them to do chores is by telling them that they will be rewarded with the WiFi password only after they are finished with their chores.

2.       Give and take business always works
If your kids scatter their toys or gadgets on the floor, the best thing to do is pick them up and confiscate them. Tell your kids that they won’t get their stuff back till they finish a chore properly. This way next time, they won’t leave anything scattered fearing their stuff getting confiscated by you.

source: sheknows

3.       Rewards for finishing the chore line
Create a chore pin for your kids’ bulletin board, which will be a kind of “to do list.” As soon as the finish each of the chores, they have to strike it off and paste it back on the bulletin board chore line. Reward them with a prize to boost their enthusiasm on completing chores.

4.       Use technology to your advantage

Kids love games and computers; use the “chore wars” website, which is primary focused on a competition to earn more XP and points for every chore one finishes. Give your kids a boost by playing a “kids vs. adults” concept on this website, and customize it according to your choice.

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Tips to write a good essay in exams

Essay writing can be tedious for many, especially for those who repel the thought of long form writing. But if you want to earn marks and score well in the subject, then you cannot run away from essay writing.

source: myeconoair

Here are five quick tips to help you write a good essay in your exams—

1.       Write what has been asked
Don’t divert from the topic and make sure that in the flow of writing, you don’t lose the focus from the topic. You can of course draw references and examples from other elements, but ensure that your prime focus throughout remains on what has been asked to you, especially in case of argumentative essays.

2.       Frame a good intro
You won’t really go and watch a movie if you don’t like its trailer. A trailer is somewhat an intro of a movie that captivates the audience and convinces them to watch the movie in the theatre. Similarly, the intro of an essay that is the first two paragraphs is crucial as they determine whether you have intrigued your reader enough to make him read further.

3.       Break the essay into parts
This doesn’t mean that you have to use bullet points, but break it into three parts, wherein the first part talks about the topic in general, the second talks about your views on it with logic and reasoning and the third gives a conclusion in not more than a paragraph about what is your final call on the agenda. This makes it easier for the reader to understand and even for you to analyse and pen down the information accordingly.

4.       Follow an essay plan
Before starting to draft the essay, process a plan in your mind about how you would go with the topic, what all you know about the topic and what all needs to be there on the paper. Not everything you know about the topic is going to be useful and hence, you need a plan to demarcate the necessary and the unnecessary in your mind before you start to write.

5.       Don’t exaggerate and write as much is needed

Don’t go on writing just to make it look like a real long form writing. Your examiner will get disappointed if you repeat points and don’t give something new to keep the flow of the write up. So unless you have something new to offer, don’t stretch and exaggerate the essay. Overdoing it will only hamper your grades.

Monday, 7 September 2015

Why is it so important to maintain a good sleeping pattern during exams?

Examinations are an evaluation of what you have learnt, understood and how well you can put it into words by manifesting your ideas properly. Though it is quite true that stress, restlessness, confusion become a part of your exam phase, with worries about marks, time management as well as peer pressure.

Eight hours of sleep are crucial and mandatory for a human body, in order to ensure that it functions well and operates on day to day tasks efficiently. During exams, when your mind is already stressed out, your sleeping pattern for every day becomes all the more crucial and needs to be well maintained.

source: cbc

Unhealthy sleep patterns mean weaker brain

Panic during exam time is pretty obvious, but many students mistake it grossly and think it is all right to spend nights before and during exams studying, learning those chunks of texts and reading more than what their brains can take. However, they need to understand that this act is more of a bad step, which does more harm than good.

With such rigorous study sessions and staying awake at night, your brain loses the tenacity to concentrate and focus on topics properly. You also in a way force your brain to indulge into activities, when all it needs is adequate rest to keep it functions smooth. This in return affects your mood, your learning and hence, your academic performance as well.

Higher stress levels

Inadequate sleep, unhealthy and light sleeping patterns can cause a number of health issues in your body. For the starters, sleep deprivation increases the secretion of cortisol—which is the stress hormone in our body, and as you know stress is the root cause of a number of health hiccups, be it headache, nausea, or something as chronic as diabetes.

Therefore, it is wise as well as healthy to take proper breaks between study hours and give your body and mind the right amount of rest they deserve. Only then can you concentrate well on your subjects and your brain will be rejuvenated after a long sound sleep, to focus on topics better.

Monday, 10 August 2015

Childhood stress can trigger skin cancer

Childhood is that base on which the entire building called “life” stands. It is flexible. Whatever you inculcate in the mind of a child is there to stay for a long, long time, unless of course the child changes things for himself as he grows old through sense experience.

Every little thing in one’s childhood has a role to play in the future; interests, hobbies, dreams, fears, beliefs and health issues.  Recent studies have suggested that stress in childhood, be it in the form of a tragic event or neglect by parents can make a severe damage on the child’s future, by harnessing his immune system, making him more prone to skin cancer.

Source: naturallyhealthyskin

This study was conducted by the scientists of Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, and involved the study of Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC), which is a type of skin cancer tumor. It is generally considered to be nothing severe and is not malignant as scientists suggest that one’s immune system is capable enough to fight against such cancer types. However, things are way too different if your body’s immune system is weakened due to early exposure to stress and mental turbulences.

The studies also suggested that early life stress can not only trigger skin cancer in an individual’s later life, but also cause ovarian cancer—as it too is a result of immunogenic tumors.

It is thus very crucial for parents to prevent their children from being exposed to any form of stress and give them a happy and healthy childhood that they will fondly recall as they grow old. Spend as much time with your children as possible and always make them talk to you. Your child might be an introvert, but it is your responsibility to convince him that he can open up to you without any hesitation.

As it is rightly said, happiness is the key to solve every problem. 

Friday, 24 July 2015

English grammar—5 ways you can improve your grammar

If anything works the best when it comes to language, it’s a good accent and impeccable grammar. Quite often we end up making some petty mistakes with our grammar even though our fluency in the language maybe excellent.

source: timelydigest

Here are five quick tips on how you can improve your grammar and make your grip on English language more strong—

1.      Agree with the subject-verb agreement

The most common mistake one makes when it comes to grammar is not following the subject-verb agreement. It is crucial for making a meaningful sentence. If your subject is in singular form, ensure that your verb is in singular form as well. If subject is plural, then so will be the verb.

For example,

The girl sings well.

The girls sing well.

2.      Be aware of how to use homophones

There are many words in English that sound the same, and often, in hurry we end up using the wrong word in place of the right one. We must pay close attention to the meaning the word is making in a sentence, rather than jotting it down in a flow of hurry.

Examples of the common mistakes we make when it comes to homophones are with the use of “there” and “their” and also “its” and “it’s”

Some other examples include misuse of “weather” and “whether,” “then” and “than,” “you’re” and “your,” etc.

3.      Know the difference between adverbs and adjectives

For attaining the right grammar, one needs to understand the difference between an adjective and adverb. While an adjective defines a noun or a pronoun, adverbs are used to define a verb.
For example:

4.      Read as much as possible

The benefits of reading are multidimensional. You get to learn a list of new words and increase your vocabulary, improve your writing skills and also your grammar as regular reading lets you understand about proper sentence structures more and more and helps you polish your grammar.

5.       Try making proper use of technology

There is a list of mobile phone apps that help you correct your grammar and also learn new words. Additionally, you should always take help of MS word grammar checker to ensure whatever you write is grammatically correct.

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Growing up with imaginary friends—Should you be concerned?






Phew! The list of aspirations for a kid is always a never ending one. With ambitions, dream jobs and hobbies changing every day, every minute, there are a plethora of things that kids do. Some of which amuse us, some surprise us, while some worry us.

While it is only common for kids to have their own perceptions about things, which of course, change as they watch and learn, and grow up, some things, however, remain somewhat stagnant. One such thing is having imaginary friends.

source: millennialinflux

It differs from kid to kid how the imaginary character created by them or to an extent by the society blends in their lives.

How by the society, you may ask? Well, characters like Santa Claus and Tooth Fairy, which are definitely not real, but we raise our kids making them believe in these characters. No, it is not wrong to introduce them to these characters since they are an integral part of childhood, but we must know that children need to be aware about the difference between fictional characters and real ones.

It is beyond doubt that kids these days are more aware than kids of prior generations, thanks to rapid developments in technology and communications, but despite such progresses, there are many children who become prone to psychological identity disorders, as they grow up believing something and someone to be real, when they are not.

Sometimes, getting neglected by parents, avoided by peers, and harshly treated by people can have a grave impact on their minds, and they may end up finding solace in a friend, whose existence isn’t even real. What can be worse is its intensity may get magnified and as they grow older, they may end up getting diagnosed with identity disorders, jeopardizing their mental states.

While psychologists say that it is normal for kids to confide in their imaginary buddies or pets, as a part of growing up, they also suggest that parents need to step in when it gets too serious and continues after their kids have attained a certain age of maturity.

It is very important for parents to look out for such elements from their kids’ early childhood days. Share stories with them, introduce them to fictional characters, but make sure that they treat them as fiction and not reality.

Spend as much time with them as possible, and make sure they don’t feel neglected.

Keeping these simple points in mind can actually help them understand and appreciate life better, and remain as close to reality as possible, rather than finding solace in something that is only an illusion.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

How to protect your children flu season

“At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child's success is the positive involvement of parents”- Jane D. Hull

Never ceasing love

From the point of conceiving the journey of child care never ends, the love that you feel for your child is like none other. Your need to protect your child from every bad thing can be overwhelming at times. Many parents are going all out to protect their children. One dad in America got his baby girl a Pit bull puppy which grew up with her and went everywhere with her. That’s smart because no one would want to mess with anybody if they've got a Pit bull at their heels.
One thing that even a dog can’t protect is cold and the flu. The summer and monsoon are times when the flu bug is in the air. Your child can pick up the common cold to a fever and more from the air they breathe. This can happen especially if they share water and spoons when they eat each other’s food. There was a recent article that said that even through hugs the flu virus can transfer. There is always an answer or tips and ways you can protect your children from the flu and keep them happy and healthy.

Fight the flu this season

Some of these tips and tricks that you could use to better protect your child go like this:
·        Make sure your child gets this season's flu vaccine
·        Practice good cough etiquette and social distancing
·        Keep hands and shared objects/surfaces clean
·        Stay healthy
·        For kids with flu, treat the symptoms and keep them comfortable.  

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Stay tuned and keep coming back for interesting and informative topics every week! When it comes to schools, choose Lawrence.

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Seven must do creative things this summe

Kids might not spend much time at home but creativity does exist everywhere. Let your kids try these innovative #DIY room d├ęcor ideas this summer and have fun doing it. And meanwhile you can prepare some delicious food for them.

These ideas will surely bring your kids rooms to life and add character. Let your children explore their creativity by using these simple tips and tricks.

String lights decoration

Giving an extra glow to your room with some unused bottles and string lights will add to the charm of your room giving it a shimmering appearance.

Bed Canopy

Via DIY Ready

Using some hooks and lacy fabrics, make a beautiful shell around your bed to feel cozy and sleep deep with sweet dreams.

Bubbly Lava Lamps

Create a colorful bubbly lava lamp and place it on the most visible place to let it show off your style.

Fabric Quote Banner

Let your favorite quote talk for you. Customize it on a fabric and hang it on your wall.

Tape Picture Frame

Get some colorful tape and start sticking your awesome pictures, making collages near your study table.

Decorate Pillows

Comfort plus style both combined in a pillow. Make it stylish with beautiful, fluffy velvet covers.

Glitter jar & flower

Via The Knotty Bride

Deck those simple jars with some glitter, giving it a shimmering look that dazzles your sight.

Friday, 15 May 2015

Parental Pressure: Don’t Push It!

Kids of today
Children of this day and age are the recipients of information overload, but are being pushed to their limits by loving, if not misguided parents. There is increasing pressure on an individual’s status, pressure to prove their place in society. Adults are tested on a daily basis, as pertaining to their job resources. And children seem to be going the same way. Children enjoy learning, but there must be set guidelines as to how they are taught and the wealth of knowledge they acquire.

Establish rapport
Too little, and it is useless. Too much, and it causes stress and mental breakdowns. The writer of this article is acquainted with a school teacher, who has reported that during the time of parent-teacher meetings, parents are often complaining of their child’s performance. However, said children are high scorers, who have unfortunately lost a few marks in their examination. But their parents want full grades. That isn’t always possible, and the child is utilising his/her resources to the best of their knowledge. And it is worrying to note that the parents have full time jobs, that don’t allow them to tutor their ward (s) as often as should be done. There is an obvious difference between a paid tutor and a parent; children are naturally closer to their parents, whereas a tutor is just an outsider. Children need a level of rapport to incorporate new knowledge into their heads, and repeatedly. Homework does the trick, if only the adult in charge and the child in question are in tune with each other.

Each child is unique
But do remember, each child is unique and unwraps their packages at different times. And pressurising a little one may stunt their mental and emotional growth, so accept them and guide them patiently and lovingly. Never withdraw affection if the child has performed badly, as this may result in him/her repeating the results, due to lack of confidence. And we don’t want that to happen now, do we?

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Peer pressure

Should I or shouldn’t I
Every one of us has our own cliques, people we go out and spend our time with. Peer groups in school can direct the way your child behaves in school and outside. Peer pressure is a very real thing that plagues your children, no matter what age group they belong to. When your child’s  alone they might not do certain things but when there’s a crowd it’s a whole different story.

Padma’s story
Padma was a young girl who behaved well and listened to everything her parents or teachers told her. When she got to high school though things started to change. The famous saying ‘rules are meant to be broken’ became her motto. What was the root cause? The peer group she chose to spend her time with the school’s naughty ones. They skipped classes and went out and did things they shouldn’t be. Even though she hung out with them, she didn’t do many things that they did. She wouldn’t miss classes but outside class hours she would spend all her time with them and do things her folks wouldn't be too proud about . This over a period earned her a reputation that wasn’t very pleasing. Many people thought that just because she was with them, she acted and did the same things.

The reality of peer pressure
Peer groups can alter many things and change the course of your life. Padma had planned many things but ended up doing it differently only because she was pressured into it. Peer pressure is a very real thing. Here’s an interesting article about how you can help your child deal with this pressing issue faced by all our children today

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Here’s Why Your Children Should Read Harry Potter as They Grow Up

With over 450 million copies sold, Harry Potter is one of the bestselling book series of all time. Apart from this, why should your children read harry potter? The answer is simple. These stories expose an adoration of virtue, a conventional outlook of evil, a brave view of self-sacrificial death, and a representation of the splendour and power of love. Courage, faithfulness, self-sacrifice, empathy; these are all depicted as central traits to be sought after by each character. The characters are flawed, they do make mistakes, but we always see them rise greater, learning from their mistakes and suffering for their errors. Rowling emphasizes on the importance of good over evil, and the weakness of evil in the face of goodness. Therefore, inculcating a belief that evil cannot even comprehend the great strength of love, and is eventually is destructed by it.
 Rowling’s works understand that love is the strongest magic of all and evil disintegrates  before it. We see that self-sacrifice out of love is what resonates within the story. And it is this sacrificial love that ultimately beats death and evil. In the story, although death is a complicated and tricky reality, it is not represented as something to fear. There are worse things than death, such as the destruction of one’s soul through surrender to evil; this is a strong theme in last two books. However, Rowling portrays giving up your life to save those you love as an invincible magic of immeasurable power. In the end, evil is dominated by an act of final sacrifice. Love and death are intricately associated, but love is stronger than death and Rowling uses her series to reveal this.

A research group, at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia in Italy, conducted a study on the influence of Harry Potter on young readers. The research studied the effect of Harry Potter on children in terms of negating prejudices towards immigrants and it found that children who read harry potter became more open towards immigrants.  The series on the whole is one that is highly beneficial to the growth of children and therefore, is a must-read for young children across the globe as it brings nothing but positivity to one’s nature.

Monday, 6 April 2015

Read with Your Child and See Inspiration Run Wild

Kids develop a love for the resonance of language previous to noticing the reality of printed writing on paper. Reading stories out loud to your kids expands their imagination and creativity, while increasing their comprehension of the world around them. It also assists the development of their language and listening skills and preps them to grasp the written word. When the tone and rhythm of language becomes an element of a child’s everyday life, the ability to read will be as innate as learning to talk and walk.

Bond as a family:

Encourage your children while taking turns during reading; with story lines that inculcate excitement and intonation, its enormous fun for the entire family to perform their favoured scenes. Reading together is also a good way to institute routine; put aside time each day for family reading.

You might go through a stage when your kid prefers one story and wants it read every night. It is not strange for children to prefer one story over others, and this can be dull for you. However, that story may touch upon your child's comfort or emotional requirements. Be enduring. Maintain exposure to a range of other books and sooner or later they will be prepared for more stories.

It's frequently a fine idea to discuss a story you're reading, but you shouldn't feel compelled to discuss every story you read. Good stories will support an affinity for reading, with or without discussion. And occasionally children need to think about stories they've read for a while before being able to discuss it. So, don't be flabbergasted if your ward makes a reference to something from a tale you've read together.

Benefits of Reading to Children:

· Reading to your child creates an attachment with him, and helps build up a feeling of intimacy and welfare. This sense of closeness, being treasured, and getting notice will helps him grow smarter. A study published in 2013 states that reading to your child can raise his IQ by a good 6 points or more.

· The familiarity of reading to your child is an enjoyable practice to her that will help develop a positive approach towards reading as she grows.

· It soothes your child, especially when he is anxious and fidgety.

· It promotes improved communication between you and your child.

· It helps provide a better attention span, which is a vital skill for your child as it helps with concentration.

Reading together is a fantastic way for your family unit to take a break from the daily stressful schedule and bond. So go ahead, bond as a family as you indulge in the pleasure of reading a colourful tale.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Beat the Summer Brain Drain

The Summer Brain Drain is a real thing. It’s the weakening in skills that occurs in children over the summer and, despite the fact that it’s widespread, it’s neither unavoidable nor unalterable. This knowledge loss is more expected to take place with mathematics skills than with any of the other subjects, particularly calculation skills. That’s your child’s ability to understand and assess math problems. Spelling is the next area of brain drain. The loss of math over spelling could because neighborhood and home surroundings give children more opportunities to exercise reading over math. 

Children who refrain from summer learning lose the about two months’ worth of math and reading skills. Being in touch with learning doesn't require solving math problems and memorizing vocabulary.

Here are a few activities to help you plan out your child’s summer:

1. Support and encourage reading habits: Make a visit to the local library or buy books for your child. Encourage bed reading even if it is past bedtime.

2. Go on educational family vacations: Pick a place and be sure to visit any historical sites that are in the area of your vacation.

3. Think about a summer camp: Most summer camps not only supply socialization for children, but also provide the chance for children to keep their brains running as they engage in problem solving.

4. Make a trip to a planetarium, science museum, or zoo: A visit to any of these institutions in addition to fun can be a great learning experience.

5. Build it or bake it: When you assist your children bake a cake or build a bird feeder, they become skilled at measuring and understanding directions. They’ll also have the happiness of accomplishing a wonderful finished product.

6. Build a tree house or a doghouse: Merge fun in the sun with creation by indulging in backyard construction. This can be a great do-it-yourself experience that will be highly educational.

7. Plant a garden: Children who indulge in gardening will be aware about dirt, seeds and seedlings, stem cutting, where food comes from and more. They will learn to care for plants and trees and develop a regard for the environment.

The summer is a great time for children to imbibe knowledge that isn't constrained within the walls of a classroom. So go ahead and make an attempt to keep your child’s brain occupied during the summer holidays by providing educational experiences.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Higher education or experience

Work or higher studies

Academics were something that Miriam just couldn't grasp; maths and second language were her worst subjects. Passing these two papers would take a miracle! She’s never passed maths or second language from the start.
As the years went by though, Miriam through a lot of hard work and perseverance managed to get a high first class in her 10th board exams. Then just like the rest of the lot, she started college and took the ARTS field. No maths no language. Her three years in college were the best! Making new friends, getting to know the teachers and also found lifelong friend there. Both, after college decided to start work, they decided that they would take a break from the books. Both got jobs as writers and they realized that learning from the school of life gives you a whole different level of knowledge and experience.

Pros and cons of studying more or working

Many people say that getting a higher education like at least a Masters is essential. But is it really? You’d be learning from a book and hearing about other peoples’ experience in the ‘real world.’ When you work though, you get first-hand experience of everything your text book tells you.
So it stands to reason, should you or your child pursue a higher education or start work and learn from the book of life? This article will make your decision a lot easier

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Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Dyslexia a non issue

“I had to train myself to focus my attention. I became very visual and learned how to create mental images in order to comprehend what I read. ”- Tom Cruise

It’s not an issue
Shweta was born with a wild imagination and came up with stories that went interstellar that took her characters outer space or deep in the jungle or even living a city life. Her characters travelled this world and others. All these stories were told verbally to her family or anybody who would listen, she wouldn’t write them down even when told repeatedly that it’ll be a good idea to have her stories written on paper but Shweta refused that.
As the years went by her parents noticed that she just couldn’t grasp languages or when she wrote her spellings were not at the level it should be, she wasn’t at par with her fellow students when it came to that. She was a voracious reader but still she got confused especially with the vowels. She’d constantly be misplacing the “I” and “E” in words that have both these alphabets. She couldn’t get through Math and her second language which was Kannada... finally when she made it to high school and her spellings hadn’t improved her parents decided that enough was enough and tested her mental ability. The tests were conclusive and proved that she had dyslexia.

I’m dyslexic... so what?
Dyslexia isn’t the end of the world, Shweta graduated with a degree in ARTS and with the help of spell check and the dictionary (which has become her best friend) she now writes down her stories and has been told more than once that her creativity and imagination was incomparable...
Don’t fret if you’re seeing these signs in your children. It really isn’t a learning disability because children with dyslexia are proven to be very successful in a more creative and out-of-the-box manner. Instead celebrate their difference and encourage the creativity that overflows from them... here’s an interesting read about dyslexia and how it’s a non issue

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We believe that children with dyslexia have a great potential and we recognize that they are gifted in other areas that non dyslexic children have. We help them have a holistic and well rounded education irrespective of the fact that they are dyslexic. We help them achieve and rise in the fields they are good at

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Debate on education

Power of education

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” –Nelson Mandela.
That is why another famous quote is “the pen is mightier than the sword”, both these statements ring true. That is precisely why in May 1933 the Nazi regime burnt many books published, only because people were reading more and learning about the world around them and about their rights and safety.

My right to education

Being able to read and write is a basic human right that every individual irrespective of their age, gender or status in life should and must have. In our country even to this year, 2015 the ratio of illiterate to literate is still on the raise. We are striving for free primary education for all children. But sadly we are lagging behind on this front especially when it comes to girls being educated. Many still agree that a woman’s place is in the kitchen and to raise a family. Times are changing though and our country is coming together as one to stand united for this cause. Education must not be ignored and be a basic human right.

It is a known fact that @aamir_khan is a strong believer in education for all. He’s a big part of the #TeachForIndia initiative and this is what he says about education in our country

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Tuesday, 3 March 2015

How to make your mom feel special

Mom you’re very special

“Mom will you stop calling? It’s only 8:30 I’ll be home before 10:30 I promise.” Every evening 8:30 on the dot either Jane’s mom or dad will call and remind her about her curfew that she keeps pushing. It was a routine; soon after school Jane would go over to her friend’s house and hang out there for a while. Every evening Jane would push her curfew and be out doing everything a rebellious teen girl would do. Her mom Pam was a teenage girl once and knew exactly what she did at that age. So obviously she worried a lot about her Jane.
There was always an argument that broke out at home whenever Jane came in past her curfew. This wasn’t a nice thing to come home to and Jane wanted it to change. She also wondered how she could show her mom how much she means to her. Every time she tried to tell her mom, she would just say “actions speak louder than words, Jane.” After much thinking and talking to her friends, Jane decided to change her routine and be home early instead. She started spending more time with her mom, helping her out with household chores and what not. Her mom wondered about the change but she didn’t question it, instead she invited it.

Show your mom you love, cherish and respect her

Those were but a few ways that Jane showed her mom that she loves and cares for her. Here are more ways that you could use to treat your mom and get her to feel special and loved

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Its three days before all the women in the world are celebrated. We at Lawrence would like to take this opportunity to wish all the women a very happy International Women’s Day! May all your dreams come true.
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Monday, 23 February 2015

Listen to what your child says

Story of many girls

Nancy was an only child to Mark and Pooja, they spoiled her rotten and she was the apple of not only her parent’s but her extended family’s eye. They all adored her and wanted only the very best for her. Nancy’s birthdays from her first was always very special, her parents went all out to throw her the best parties, inviting the family and neighbours. She was the youngest among her first cousins and hence was spoiled even more. Her older male cousins saw her as somebody they should protect and a few even vowed to ‘really hurt’ a person if they ever hurt her.
Mark and Pooja took every precaution to educate Nancy on the evils that surrounds her once she goes out into the world. They taught her about #StrangerDanger and more. But they weren’t prepared for when a neighbour would take advantage of her. It started off innocent with her neighbour; let’s call him Prani. He started spending more time with her. Teaching her how to play Trump card games and various sports. He taught her to play basketball, football and cricket. Then after a couple of months of these innocent games, Prani started doing more, touching her in places that he shouldn’t be. Nancy knew this was wrong but every time she tried to talk to her parents about it, they shrugged it off saying “he would never do anything to hurt you, honey.” And this abuse went on for six months until word spread and people were wondering why this older boy was taking her to dark and lonely places after nightfall... it was a shock when her parents found out and they are still wondering how this happened. If only they listened her sooner.

Don’t waste time. Talk now!

It is a taboo topic, child sexual abuse. But there is so much of that happening in and around us, we have to talk to our kids about it from early on. We might want to shield our kids but the outside world doesn’t shield them. It’s a horrible topic to bring up with your child but trust us, precaution is better than cure. So spend some time with your children talking to them and educating them on sexual abuse. It is hard but must be done. Don’t lose time but talk to your kids now!

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We have trained counsellors who have dealt with this issue and more. They know how to broach this topic and how to deal with it. They also teach parents about the tell tale signs that your child will show if they have been abused. Like aloofness, wanting to be alone, loss of appetite and mood swings. Know your child.
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Thursday, 19 February 2015

Teach your kids how to spend their time wisely

There’s not enough time

“Tracy you’re late again! Can you be anywhere on time? Gosh it’s like tardiness runs in your family. Everyone knows the Williams are always late.” Rubiana frowned at Tracy, turned around and walked inside the house. They were supposed to meet an hour earlier. Tracy followed her inside and closed the door behind her. She sat on the couch and let out a sigh. “I know I’m always late, I don’t know what to say. You’re right it does run in the family. I’m telling you Tracy I was ready to leave and then Arnav called and had a tempting offer. So I went and spent some time with him. I’m so sorry. How do you do it? You’re brilliant. You do well in school and you’re amazingly talented. You cook; bake, paint and you’re never late. I want to be more like you.” “You can. Just stop wasting time. I don’t waste time. I do all my work early, so I’m free to chill later.”   
It was always the same with Tracy or any of her family, they were always late and people knew it. Her friends have waited for hours because she couldn’t say no to someone else who’d call her, instead she tries to squeeze everything and everyone in. She’s lost a few relationships because of this. She’s late to class and practically everywhere else. Time management is something Tracy couldn’t get a handle on. If she had to be somewhere post 10 AM then she’d wake up by seven or eight to leave enough buffer time but she’ll still inevitably be late.

How to help your teen manage their time

Many times she’s wondered how in the world she manages to be late everywhere! That’s a skill she thought to herself sarcastically. The next thing Tracy did was go online and find tips she could inculcate into her life to manage her time wisely and not waste it. She read this blog by Vanessa Van Petten a fellow teen with tips on how teens can actually change and be more responsible. Be on time and spend it wisely. If you want to read the blog; here it is

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We at Lawrence know that there are many teens and preteens who don’t know how to manage their time productively. Our staff is well trained and know exactly how to tackle this issue. Your child will get an all round holistic education at our school and will learn to manage his/her time efficiently

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

How to help your teenager with a broken heart

The two most important people in your child’s life... you and your partner

What parents might not know is that their kids really yearn to talk to you and want to have an open dialogue. Your kids deep down know that you are the only two people who will be there for them through thick and thin. The times your kids might want to talk are believe it or not, when their in love or have just gotten their heart broken. They see you and your partner as examples of a relationship that withstood the test of time and would want to know where they went wrong.

Mom and dad, I need you

There are obvious tell tale signs that your child is in love; she/he might talk about one particular person a lot, they will be on the phone a lot and will constantly be in a good mood smiling all the time. But just like these tell all signs, there are signs that your child has gotten their heart broken. Loss of appetite, mood swings from happy to sad, choice of music changes (that’s a sure sign when their playlist changes to songs revolving around an ex). Keep a track of their Facebook you’ll know by what they post. They will spend extra time sleeping, in their room and may want to be left alone.
You might think leaving them alone is a good thing but actually your child just wants to be loved and hugged and shown that someone cares for them. They are vulnerable and crave some tender loving care. If you see these signs in your child and don’t know how to approach this topic, here are some tips from other parents that may shed some light and help you move forward with your relationship with your child

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Our staff is prepared and can deal with this situation as well. If you don’t know how to start this conversation our staff counsellors are always available to help you cross this bridge with your child. To know more about us