10 Ways To Raise A Child With A Creative Mind

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As a parent it’s only natural to want your child to reach their full intellectual and creative potential. While doing well in academics will without a doubt give your child a huge advantage all their lives–what’s more important is that they derive lifelong joy from learning, exploration and natural curiosity.

Raising a child with a creative bent of mind can be both challenging and fun for young parents. The first step is to understand that creativity is more skill than inborn talent, and one that you can help your kids develop through the years.

Here’s how you can start:–

  • Find answers together. As your child grows older, they will ask questions that you might not necessarily have the answers to. Rather than guessing the answer, a better response is, “I don’t know” and add, “Let’s find the correct answer.” Then you could do some research with your child in order to find the answer.
  • Teach them how to cook. Cooking, and especially baking, is an incredibly creative process. Once your kids learn the basics–making cookies or frying an omelet–let them experiment. Don’t correct them beforehand unless they are endangering themselves, others or your kitchen. By experimenting and seeing what happens, they will learn a valuable creative process.
  • Encourage them to make mistakes and fail. If your child is afraid of failure and judgment, it will curb their creative thoughts. Tell them about the mistakes you’ve made recently, so they get the idea that it’s okay to mess up. Laughing at yourself when you do is a happiness habit that will take your child a long way.
  • Encourage them to participate in the arts and read for pleasure. Limit their TV and other screen time in order to make room for creative activities like acting out a play, reading fiction, learning to sketch, crafting knick-knacks for the house, designing their own clothes, etc.
  • Provide them with resources that will help in creative expression. You can start off with having a basic inventory of art supplies at home–blank papers, crayons, oil paints, fresh markers, glue sticks, etc.
  • Designate a space for them to use–their study table for crafting/painting or a corner in the family room for their Lego, where they are free to make their creative mess.
  • Provide them with unstructured playtime. Instead of telling your child what activity you want them to do, let them take the lead. Your child needs the “white canvas” time in their day where it’s completely up to them to CREATE the activity they want to do.
  • Take them outside! There’s no greater source of inspiration than the great outdoors. Cut out the computer/TV/video-gaming time, by taking your child to the park, the zoo, or a heritage site on the weekends. Encourage them to use their visit as inspiration for their next project–a short story, drawing, poetry or skit.
  • Don’t correct immediately. Ask why instead. If your child pronounces a word wrong or uses bad manners at a dinner party, don’t immediately correct them. Ask them “why do you think that?” or “why did you do that?” instead. You will teach them how to question things this way, which is important for a creative mind.
  • Get creative yourself! No one understands your child’s personality and interests better than you. So, don’t hold back when encouraging them or gently nudging them towards intellectual and creative pursuits that are best suited for them.

With these fun steps you can raise a child who’s intellectually creative, excited about learning and curious on every level–for the long haul. 🙂

How to Help Your School Going Children Overcome Bullying

How to Help Your School Going Children Overcome Bullying

Bullying is one of the most prevalent social evils, and it leaves a lasting impact on the victims, especially children. In most cases, kids say that bullying takes place in school. Most cases bullying happens in school, tuitions, online or on the playground. Most of the time bullying is verbal, but sometimes it may lead to someone getting seriously hurt. If your child is being bullied, you need to find a way to put an end to it as soon as possible. There are many ways in which bullying takes place like teasing, hitting, cyber-bullying or mean gossip. It’s important to discuss bullying with your child so they are prepared if it ever happens. Let them know that they can come to you with their problems.

Identify Bullying

Being teased by a sibling or friends is not bullying, but games children play for fun. It’s not harmful if done playfully, and in a friendly and mutual way. It usually ends with both children laughing and forgetting about it very soon. When the teasing crosses a line and becomes hurtful and unkind, it turns into bullying, and needs to stop immediately. Bullying is intentionally hurting someone. It can be physical, verbal, or even psychological. Bullying needs to be taken seriously and not brushed aside as something children should deal with on their own. It’s known to have a serious effect on a child’s sense of security and self-worth. Name-calling, pushing, hitting, teasing, and, taking a child’s money are all acts of bullying. Children who are bullied are often ignored or shunned by other classmates as well.

Cyber Bullying

With the dawn of the Internet Age, bullying has moved into cyberspace now. Cyber bullying can happen anywhere, at home, email, via text, and social media websites throughout the day. For the victims, the effects can be lasting and devastating, leaving them feeling hurt, angry, humiliated, or depressed. Bullies target young, vulnerable children and taunt them to hurt their feelings. A lot of times this is done using anonymous profiles. These tips can help protect your child from cyber bullies:

  1. The first step would be that the parents should learn about the Internet and be abreast of social media & it’s use.
  2. Almost all websites have an minimum age requirement. Parents should pay special attention to this. Install parental control filtering software, it’s just as important for you to monitor your child’s computer.
  3. Talk to your child about cyber bullying and tell them it is harmful and unacceptable. Ask them not to reply to the bully and to come to you if any stranger contacts them online or if one of their friends is being rude.
  4. Ask them not to say anything online that they wouldn’t say to a person’s face.
  5. Ask them to save the evidence of the cyber bullying. Keep all the abusive texts or take a screenshot of the page, and report it to the school, parents or, the concerned authorities.
  6. Prevent any communication with the cyber bully. Block their email address, phone number, and delete them from all social media. Talk to them about appropriate internet behavior.
  7. You can even report them to their internet service provider (ISP) or to the websites they are using to bully.

Helping Your Child Cope

  1. Don’t let them blame themselves. Tell them it’s not their fault, and no matter what a bully says or does, they should not be ashamed of who they are.
  2. Help them look at bullies from a different perspective. Say the bullies are unhappy and frustrated people who want to feel good by hurting you.
  3. Tell them not to think about what the bully says or does.
  4. Ask them to talk to an adult they trust about bullies.
  5. Boost their self-confidence. Play games, exercise, crack jokes with your children.
  6. Let them focus on their hobbies or do things they enjoy to help them get over what the bully said to them.

Bullying can have a lasting effect on your child so don’t let it slide. No parent wants to see their child being bullied or being a bully, but a lot of children are involved – either as a perpetrator, victim or witness. Young children are particularly vulnerable. Work with your child and his teacher if your child is being bullied till the problem stops.

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Why Learning is the First Step to Achieving Anything

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It’s often said that knowledge is power, but in today’s world it has become a necessity.

In every economy across the globe, knowledge has become the most valuable commodity. People will get the best jobs if they are well educated no matter where they live or what they do. Every country is working towards developing their human resource and the foremost way to do that is by educating their population. It’s well understood that a flourishing career is more often backed by a rock-solid education. Our will to do well and make a name for ourselves is what makes us successful in life.

Now, let’s answer the question of why learning is a necessity:

  • Learning is needed for many things, but most importantly, it gives an individual the power to think rationally, question, reason, and see beyond what’s in front of them.
  • Humans are naturally curious and learning satisfies this curiosity.
  • Learning has broadened our horizon and has given us a better understanding of the world. It provides the base for a civilized and structured society that the world needs.
  • Education is the only thing that can reduce social and economic disparity, and allow real progress to happen. For developing countries, education is a means to alleviate poverty and achieve social change. Education is the first step to bring ourselves out of ignorance, poverty, oppression, and war.
  • Ignorance can also prove to be dangerous when it comes to our health. People need education on preventive methods that protect them from diseases. Educated people are more aware of the symptoms and take better care of themselves and their family.
  • Studies have shown that educated people have live longer because they tend to lead a healthier lifestyle. They understand the importance of making healthy choices for themselves.
  • Education makes us confident. Our lives can be better planned, and find a more definitive direction. It also improves our problem-solving skills and equips us to handle everyday decisions.
  • Education and learning are one of the main reasons for technical advancements in Science and Technology. It also helps us keep up with the latest technology.
  • Educated people contribute positively and constructively to society, and even towards the environment. They understand the consequences of their choices and actions better.
  • Studies show that children of educated parents have higher cognitive abilities as compared to children of uneducated parents.

History has, time and again, shown us that education has helped societies grow. Our lives are very different from what they were thousands of years ago. To realize the need for education we must study our past generations. It is important to understand the needs of the society and constantly strive to improve the education system for the future generations.

The sole purpose of learning is to empower our minds and soul, and to achieve the full potential of the human brain. Learning is very important, and is supported by imaginative thought. Learning makes us who we are. It helps us think, solve problems and come up with new ideas.

How Can Healthy Sleep Patterns Improve Your Child’s Learning

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A good night’s sleep is very important for all children. It helps your child stay healthy, happy, calm and ready for school or any other activity the next day. Getting ample rest is critical for brain development and it directly influences everyday functioning, performance in school, etc.

Good habits and a set routine will help children feel sleepy and ready for bed at the right time. A well rested child is likely to concentrate more in class and get better grades. It is very important for school going children to get a minimum of eight hours of sleep every day. Studies have shown that sleep is directly proportional to better grades. Children have shown signs of improvement in subjects like maths and science if they sleep on time at night.

Children suffer from restlessness, nightmares and disturbed sleep. Work towards getting your child relaxed before bedtime to reduce the chances of bad dreams and nightmares. In some cases, children may experience severe problems with sleep. Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) find it extremely difficult to sleep on time.

Follow these steps to help your child maintain healthy sleeping patterns:

  1. Make sure your child sleeps early. He needs about 10 – 11 hours of sleep every night. Children are usually tired after school or play time or homework and their bedtime can be early.
  2. Maintain a bedtime routine to help them wind down. Get them ready for bed at the same time daily, and do not disrupt this routine. An hour before sleeping make them turn the television off or pause all computer games and engage in quiet activities.
  3. Reading to your child is a lot of fun. Make them read to you when they grow older.
  4. Talk to them calmly about their day so they sleep stress-free.
  5. Wake them up at the same time daily. Even during holidays.
  6. Most children have frequent nightmares. When it happens, go to your child as soon as possible. Reassure your child that nothing will happen. Talk calmly and gently and stay with them till they fall asleep again. If your child has woken up scared you might have to distract them with another activity or make them imagine an alternative to the nightmare.
  7. Talk to your child about his routine. See if something is bothering him/her that could be causing the nightmares.
  8. Make sure your child gets enough exercise. This is very important for his general health as well.
  9. They should listen to relaxing music to help them wind down. Remove all noisy things from your child’s room, and ensure there are no loud sounds when they sleep.
  10. If your child continues to have disturbed sleep speak to a health professional or a children’s counsellor.

As the saying goes “Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”  A good night’s sleep will keep your child healthy, active and happy throughout the day. Learning is made easy if the child is well rested, and he has a happier and more fruitful day in school. Remember to follow these steps and your child will wake up fresh and ready for action every day. 🙂

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Teaching Your Child The Importance of Sharing

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Children have a difficult time sharing their things, especially when they are young. Learning how to share is a very important part of the growing process. Children need to learn how good it feels to give and that it’s fun to share with friends and family.

Don’t scold your child if they don’t immediately know that they need to share. Children have a tendency to get attached to things and people. Teaching them to share can be a difficult task, and it requires a lot of patience. You need to try and understand why your child might not want to share and take it from there.

Here are a few tips to help your child learn the importance of sharing:

1. Don’t force a child to share: To you the toys don’t mean much, but to a child they are his prized possessions. Instead of insisting that they share all their things try and create an environment that encourages your child to share.

2. Take them or invite their friends for play dates: Let them plan ahead and choose some of their favorite things to share before the other children arrive.

3. Teach them how to take turns: Tell them that they can play with a toy for a while, but they will have to give it to someone else after some time. Take the children to a park with swings.

4. Be firm with them: Tell them that they will not get what they want if they don’t learn how to share.

5. Sharing requires empathy: Children find it difficult to show true empathy under the age of six. So don’t be harsh if they do not learn immediately. Be kind and generous yourself, and the child will eventually learn.

6. There are some things the child will never want to share: There is always a blanket or a toy that a child is extremely attached to. Don’t expect them to share that.

7. Let them learn themselves: If a child is does not share his things with other children or grabs a lot then children won’t want to play with him. He will automatically start sharing so he can make friends.

8. Play games: Incorporate rules that require the child to share or take turns when playing with them. Children remember what they have learned through play than what they learn through lectures.

9. Teach by example: When you are giving something to someone make it a teachable moment. For e.g. While returning something to your partner say “Mom is sharing this with dad.” or “Look, dad and mom are sharing this popcorn while we watch a movie.”

10. Be the bystander: Sometimes what they learn on their own has a more lasting impact than what you try to teach them. Give children space to work it out amongst themselves. Don’t go running to stop every fight your child gets into.

A child gives as he is given to. Teach your child to communicate his needs to his friends. If the child is fighting with his sibling, don’t take sides. Just take away the thing causing the argument so no one wins. The child may sulk at first, but will forget about it soon.

Learn to respect the attachment the child has with his things. At the same time teach them that sharing is very important. Show them how happy the other person becomes when they share. They will start sharing just to see a smile on the other person’s face. 🙂

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.

Pearson’s Rules of Safety – Always Be Careful!

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When it comes to providing preliminary education to our children we always know which school to contact or where we want to send our child for the best education possible. Often in the process of doing this we tend to miss on an important part called safety and security in Schools. Most of the time we focus on the school’s learning outcome, overall school result and the brand name of the school.

But with all the recent incidents happening in schools, it is a growing concern. Many schools have taken serious steps to spruce up the security and safety measures in their schools but still a lot more needs to be done.

With Pearson School’s Rules of Safety and Always Be Careful Program, we have introduced many innovative and new methods of safety measures in the school premise. Safety measures like fire evacuation drill, evacuation plan, awareness of fire exits and emergency assembly signs, first aiders helps the child to take the first step towards safety precautions.

Pearson Health and Safety Committee keep a constant check on the health and safety aspects of teachers and students in school. The school is under CCTV surveillance which records all the movement of a student in and outside the classroom with security sentry at all gates. An Identity card is provided to every student, parents and staffs of school which they will have to show at the gate before entering the premise. The School does not allow any unsupervised interactions between visitor and children.

Safety in the bus is specified with specified speed governors with fire extinguishers and a first aid box where the children are looked after by trained lady attendants. The buses also have the provision for GPS tracking and SMS updates (for parents).

At Pearson Schools, the safety and security of children comes to a utmost need and importance as they believe in the old saying of precaution is better than cure and a child needs a lot of safety and security in school to help them built a better future for them.