7 Ways To Help Your Child Develop Self-Discipline

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Self-control is the first step to self-discipline. It’s important for those who want to become successful in life. Children need to be taught the value of self-discipline from an early age. Every time your child accepts a limit that set by you, they are practicing self-control.

Developing self-control can be a lifelong process for some. By learning self-control at a young age, children can respond to stressful situations in ways that yield positive outcomes. To help your child develop self-control, follow these 7 steps:

1. Practice what you preach. Managing your emotions in front of your children is very important. Remember that your actions send a clear message to your children about how to deal with various situations in life. If you are calm during stressful situations your child will also learn to be calm. Compassion is another thing children learn from their parents.

2. The foundation of any relationship is trust. Parents need to be responsive to their children’s needs to foster trust. When a baby is fed it understands that food will come. Soothing your child will help him regulate his emotions. You will also teach him how to soothe himself, and give him a feeling of safety and acceptance.

3. Developing the brain is an important step. Children cannot resist grabbing whatever comes in front of them. They also have very little idea about what is good or bad. Parents have to develop that understanding in them. This is a long process that takes a lot of practice. The brain’s development takes place in many ways. Reading a wide variety of books, sports, art, etc. are excellent ways to develop a child’s mind.

4. Keep practicing. A child needs to understand how to prioritize. They will want one thing, but there will be another thing that they want more. They need to understand that they cannot always get what they want. Giving them a choice between two things will help them understand the importance of making decisions. They will be able to associate it with self-discipline. Remember that it has to be the child’s decision. When they are forced to give something up, they are not practicing self-discipline. If they are not given the chance to choose between two alternatives, they cannot practice controlling themselves.

5. Punishment doesn’t encourage self-discipline. The right kind of limits give children practice in self-discipline. If the child isn’t choosing to stop what they were doing; they are being forced. In this case the child doesn’t feel the need to stop himself. The point is to motivate them to discipline themselves, and not punishing them.

6. Patience is an essential step. Patience is a virtue, and most find it very difficult to be patient in difficult situations. Every time we exercise self-control, we build our ability to draw on it to meet our goals. You cannot expect your child to be patient when he is young. It’s something that they develop gradually. If you’re asking them to be patient, then make sure that the amount of time they have to wait coincides with their ability to wait patiently or they would resort to screaming to get what they want instead of learning self-control. Don’t be impatient, and yell at your child to wait. They will see it as punishment.

7. Children learn self-control on their own too. Do not underestimate your child. They can develop self-control when they’re motivated by something important to them. Playing with other children requires them to manage their emotions. Cooking or baking teaches them to wait till the food is ready and not put it in their mouth when it is hot. Playing their favorite game helps them understand that they need to practice in order to get good at it.

Every time children have to manage themselves, they learn a strategy that helps them in the future. Teaching children self-control is about teaching them to regulate their emotions, which allows them to regulate their thoughts and behaviour.

How To Make A Career In Market Research

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Research has always been an integral part of Marketing-it helps companies stay competitive and avoid the high costs of poor decisions based on unsound information.

There are many different roles that you can assume within the field of Market Research. To secure a job, you must have knowledge or experience in the field, and know how to demonstrate that knowledge to employers. As a market researcher, you gather information about the competition or the market and then analyze it to find the best ways to gain an advantage over the competitors.

Remember that a job in Market Research involves a lot of fieldwork. So, be prepared for the run-around. Here are some tips that will help you prepare for a career in Market Research:

1. The main task of a market researcher is to gather and analyse the market so take all the Marketing courses you can.

2. Take courses in Statistics and Quantitative Methods.

3. Acquire internet and computer skills. Knowledge of programming languages is an added asset.

4. Take courses in Psychology and Consumer Behaviour.

5. Acquire effective written and verbal communications skills.

6. Learn to think creatively.

7. You can get a job in Market Research with a Bachelor’s degree, like BBA. You don’t always need an MBA, but many employers prefer it.

8. The most common entry-level position is of an Operational Supervisor or a Junior Research Analyst.

9. There is a lot of scope to learn on-the-job. The field requires a lot of people from a variety of backgrounds.

10. Technical posts like statisticians require a strong background in statistics.

11. Some of the positions available include Vice President of Marketing Research, Research Director, Assistant Director of Research, Project Manager, Statistician, Data Processing Specialist, Analysts, Fieldwork Director, etc.

12. Some research jobs require you to study the effects of a product’s package or advertisements on consumers. Or you may have to analyse market statistics or even asked to develop completely new products.

13. Getting some related skills and experience will help you stand out in interviews. Try and get an internship that helps you learn about the field.

For the best preparation for a career in Marketing Research refer to “Careers in Marketing Research by Naresh K Malhotra and Satyabhushan Dash”: bit.ly/1Cf5QD6.

This book helps to master skills related to Marketing Research, from assessing information needs to providing the company with relevant, accurate, reliable and current information, and assisting marketing decision-making in a very effective way. The research process discussed in the book is not limited to just marketing, but applies to any area of management.

Raising Entrepreneurial Kids for Tomorrow

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All parents dream that their children, one day, will be successful in what they do. In this pursuit, they send them to the best schools and colleges, so they can secure good jobs. Most parents tend to look at a stable job as the best career option for their children, therefore overlooking the importance of encouraging their child’s entrepreneurial tendencies.

Our children are the future, and we can help them become tomorrow’s leaders by nurturing their entrepreneurial spirit from a young age. So, what makes someone an entrepreneur, and what can you do to help your child become one? You can begin by honing these skills and qualities in your child early on in their lives:

1. Confidence: Children who are confident often stand out in the crowd. Give them challenging tasks, and drop hints that will help them if they get stuck. The feeling that they were able to finish something difficult will give their confidence the boost it needs.

2. Passion: Entrepreneurs are passionate about what they do. Encourage your children to do what they love. Teach them to follow their dreams.

3. Creativity: It is said that a child’s imagination is bigger than the universe. Children are extremely creative. Parents must nurture that creativity, and channel their energy in the right direction.

4. Communication Skills: Teach them all types of communication. It will help them share their vision with others. Learning different languages will help your child in many fields.

5. Risk taking: Children need to be taught how to take calculated, well-informed risks. They need to be comfortable with the idea of risk taking from the beginning. Don’t try to over shelter your children. Teach them that any failure is a learning opportunity to do better in the future.

6. Perseverance and hard work: “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” Everyone works hard, but it is important not to give up when you fail. Boost your child’s problem-solving skills. If they face any problem help them by brainstorming with them.

7. Optimism: Teach your children that failure is just a part of life, and that they should not fear it. They should learn to look forward to their future. It is important to have a positive attitude toward failure. When they fail, ask them to think about how they could have done things differently.

8. Initiative: Teach your children to be go-getters. Let your children be independent and take their own decisions sometimes like what to have for dinner or what to wear for a picnic. As they grow older you can trust them with bigger decisions.

9. Leadership: Your children can be leaders from the beginning. A good leader not only thinks big, but also motivates others to do so. Teach your child good interpersonal skills.

10. Planning: A great way to help your child is to teach them the importance of planning. If they face any problem ask them not to jump on it, but to think about it and make a plan. Don’t give them a solution. Let them figure it out themselves.

11. Exploring: Let your children explore through books, games and the internet. Closely monitor what they do. The internet offers many tools like prezi.com, weebly.com or canva.com that can help children learn new skills like designing, editing, even making their own websites.

Encourage your children to be curious, and let them know that no idea is a bad idea. As a parent, you can inspire entrepreneurial skills in your child by letting them be themselves and leading by example. Teaching your children these skills will help them solve problems, lead others, ask questions, learn from mistakes, and more importantly it will remind them to never give up, be creative, save money, ask for help and find solutions instead of problems. 🙂

How To Make Maths Fun For Your Child

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Maths! You either love it or you hate it, but you can’t live without it. Most children, like their parents when they were kids, see Maths as their enemy. Maths is the one subject that evokes emotions ranging from dislike, to fear in children. The fear of the subject has been one of the major causes of anxiety in students, and it stops them from studying tougher subjects that involve maths.Unfortunately, a bad score in mathematics affects the rest of the subject grades too. Child psychologists have determined that a child’s confidence level fall if they’re not getting good grades in maths. Thus, their overall score starts falling.

Maths anxiety is a type of fear; a fear that isn’t impossible to be conquered. So, how can parents help their children with a subject that still gives them nightmares? Here are a few steps that will help your child face his fear of numbers:–

1. Ignore mathematical myths. There is no such thing as a mathematical brain. It’s true that there are different brain types, but that simply means we all have different approaches to problem-solving. Everyone has a different way to deal with problems, but that doesn’t mean your child’s way is wrong. Give them time.

2. Motivate them. Your child may come to you one day and say “I will never be able to understand Maths”. Don’t let them believe that. Simply encouraging them to think positively can help improve Maths scores.

3. Ignore the myths. It’s believed that good mathematical ability means higher levels of intelligence. In reality, Maths isn’t only for the brightest students and there’s no one gender that’s better at the subject. We need to get past these timeworn ideas.

4. Don’t transfer your fear/anxiety to your child. Some parents unintentionally put their own personal fear of Maths in their children. Focus on using positive language when talking about the subject with your child.

5. Make it entertaining. There are many ways to get your child excited about Maths. You could get him/her Maths related computer games or introduce them to educational TV shows that teach basic Maths. There are many books, video games, and websites that can help your child learn in an engaging way.

6. Incorporate it in their day-to-day lives. Ask your child to help you with the house budget. Ask for their help when shopping. Integrate Maths in activities your child enjoys. If your child likes candy then use that to teach them arithmetic.

7. Make it a game. Play games with your children that require Maths. There are many digital or non-digital games that use Maths. Monopoly, Snakes and Ladders, Lego, Blocks etc. are fun games you can play with the family. Challenge them. Ask them how quickly they can calculate something. When they start doing easy sums fast, increase the level of difficulty. For e.g. Ask them to calculate the amount of time to reach a particular destination at a certain speed. Sudoku is probably the most effective game to play to improve mathematical ability.

8. Practice. It cannot be stressed enough. Maths requires a lot of practice. Make them spend a minimum of 30 minutes on the subject daily. Use exercise books that have fun logic questions.

9. Get help if they need it. If your child is struggling a lot, get them a tuition teacher. The extra help will always come in handy. Make sure the teacher is making your child comfortable with the subject.

It’s important that your child doesn’t give up on Maths. Tell them about the many applications of Maths in various careers, and how it will help them no matter what path they choose in life. To help students with Maths, we at Pearson Schools make use of a special program called the ‘Maths Navigator’. The ‘Maths Navigator’ helps improve the conceptual understanding of the subject by means of commonly available material around us, providing students a better understanding of the subject through unique techniques. We have noted that this leads to improved interest and participation in the learning process.

Your child just needs a little push from you, but don’t put too much pressure on them. Following the aforementioned steps for a hands-on learning experience propels kids to think divergently as well as understand and solve mathematical problems from an early age. Positive reinforcement is very important to encourage them. And before you know it, they’ll soon get over their fear of Mathematics! 🙂

How To Improve Your Child’s Vocabulary

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“Communication – the human connection – is the key to personal and career success.”

– Paul J. Meyer

From the moment they utter their first word, parents experience the unmatched joy of watching the incredible growth in their child’s expression of themselves. Vocabulary is the most helpful tool for communication. This is why one of the greatest gifts you can give to your child is to help them build their vocabulary. The key is a commitment to regularly learning new words.

You can help your child cultivate a good vocabulary at a young age. Here’s how:
1. Children start developing a vocabulary during infancy. They imitate words that they hear from adults, and associate those words with objects or actions. Talk to them, but remember to remove empty fillers from your speech by reducing the use of word’s like “um” and “ah.”

2. No matter how difficult, parents should work on giving up baby talk, while asking friends and family to do the same. Baby-talk confuses children. Talk to them the way that you’d speak to anybody else.

3. When the child is young, and can’t read, parents should read aloud to them.

4. Try and play word games with them. For example, play a game called “word of the day”, in which you teach them a new word every day. If they remember the seven new words at the end of the week, take them to their favourite place or give them something they like. Games like Scrabble, Word Search, Word Jumble have been designed to help children improve their vocabulary.

5. When they are able to memorise seven words easily start upping the ante. Try teaching them 10 words next week.

6. The way you teach your child is also critical to your child’s ability to learn. Show them books with pictures and words to help them learn through association. Use words that might interest or fascinate them while talking to them–they’ll ask you for the meaning themselves!

7. Teach your child to look up words they don’t recognize. As your child grows up, it’ll become easier for you to help them build their vocabulary. Encourage them to ask questions, use a dictionary every time they don’t understand a word and pick up a thesaurus when they are working on writing assignments such as essays.

8. Reading is imperative to improving language skills. It’s typically easier for children to learn more words when they are growing up. Children who make reading a habit, tend to learn more words than those who do not. This is true for all languages.

9. Comic books are a great way to learn new words and develop an early interest in reading. Ask them to articulate and share their opinion about their current reads.

10. Get them a library membership or urge them to bring home new books from the school library. Encourage them to listen to podcasts like NPR.

11. Once the child starts reading and writing they learn more words, ask them to start a journal or write letters. It’s a great practice, and it will also help them be more organized.

12. Do the crossword with your children. Help them at first, and eventually you would find that they would be doing it themselves.

13. Keep a vocabulary notepad for extremely difficult words.

14. Remember that they should practice putting your new words into their writing and speaking. It’s very difficult to retain a word if we are not using it regularly.

Speak to your child about your day. Tell them about the things you did and the people you encountered. Don’t miss any funny details. This will help them understand storytelling outside the realms of a book. Ask them to do the same and tell you about their day using the new words they’ve learnt. A good vocabulary will help your children at all stages in life. We use language to express ourselves every day. It may be difficult to memorize large words daily, but there are many ways to make it fun. You’ll start enjoying watching your child grow one word at a time. 🙂

Does class rank matter?

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“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”

– John Dewey

Marks and grades are important, but they are not the only determinants of a child’s future. A child should not be labelled as “slow” if he doesn’t get a good score in math or science. Chances are his/her marks will not determine his/her success in life.

Grades have always played a very important role in a child and his parent’s life. They become the apparatus we use to judge our children. They also have a major psychological effect on a child. Good grades can boost his/her confidence while poor grades can cause self-esteem issues. It is important that the child believes that he is smart.

Education is about better knowing yourself, getting to know the world around you, and trying to figure out your place in the world. Even if he got a B or a C on an exam, he is better overall for having taken the class.

Parents become frustrated when their children do not get a good rank, and worry about their chances of getting into a good college. Some students don’t do well because they are disorganized, have difficulty communicating, or need help studying. Others may be not have these issues, but they just take a little more time. Don’t panic; instead, consult their teachers for ideas that can assist with building your child’s educational development.

Talking to the individual subject teachers of your child is also very important. A child may be good at English, but having trouble with math or science may cause his overall grades to slip.

Furthermore, parents should make sure they truly understand the grading system because different schools have different parameters to grade students.

Although only achieving high grades should not come in the way of learning life skills like making friends, developing passions, or general character building, scoring well in exams is extremely important in some cases like college admission or getting a good job.

If your child is having trouble understanding something make sure he gets all the extra help he needs, but don’t overburden him. Don’t judge your child based on the scores of one test, encourage and help them perform better in their future exams. Take help from your child’s teacher and analyse your child’s exam performance; identify their strengths and areas in which they need to put in more effort.

The focus of education should be learning, and not just getting good grades. Once the child has fully grasped what is being taught he will automatically score better. Struggling to get a higher grade shouldn’t be the aim. If the child is able to understand the concept it will help him in the long run. For e.g. The Pythagoras Theorem is very difficult to memorize, but if the child understands the logic behind it he will be able to remember it for a longer time.

Though the grading system is important, the race to get better grades takes away the essence of education. Learning for the sake of learning has become imperative these days, where the students tend to study easy topics so they can score better instead of challenging themselves, which is why Pearson Schools follows a strong assessment and evaluation techniques with an effective grading system which ensures that the scholastic requirements at each level are met with, and prior learning is in consensus with the future learning of the student.

The School does not put any pressure of examinations on the young minds. Day-to-day progress is the criteria for assessing the performance of the child.
The schools offer Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE), and regular feedback is provided to the parents.

The schools also offer assessment programmes like – National Talent Search Examination (NTSE); Assessment of Scholastic Skills Through Educational Testing (ASSET); Olympiad & many more for the holistic development of students.

To Know More, Visit – www.pearsonschools.in

Pearson Schools Ranked 1st & 2nd amongst Top Schools In India

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In a recent survey, conducted by EducationWorld, 8 of our Pearson Schools were ranked 1st and 2nd in various cities across India. EducationWorld has been publishing the “Annual EducationWorld India School Rankings” with C fore (the well-known Delhi-based market research and opinion polls agency) for six years.

Schools were judged on academic reputation, faculty competence, leadership quality, sports education, etc. Our schools ranked high in not one, but each of these parameters!

Pearson Schools were ranked out of 1000 of India’s most high-profile schools, on 14 parameters- academic reputation, faculty competence, leadership quality, sports education, etc. Our schools ranked high in each of these parameters. We are a young family that has already left a mark on the country. This survey has also helped us improve the quality of education.

Pearson in India brings a wide range of leading products and services to the Indian education system and has changed the way we see education in the country. We are committed to bring enabled learning in India.

Pearson Schools seek to provide the best of academic standards with international teaching methodology, qualified and trained teaching staff and multimedia-based interactive content, creating a learning environment that is innovative, challenging and enterprising.

Here’s a detailed look at the rankings:
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