Care for Yourself this Monsoon.—You are Important

.   MONSOON—–

This is the time of the year we all wait for eagerly. The rains are a big relief after a hot and sometimes dry summer.Monsoon is an important part of our lives ….Remember …Water is Life….We all depend on the rains for our daily water supply , the plants need water to grow and the rain is important for cooling and cleaning of the earth.

Rains are fun time as well

We all know how we get rain .Its magical and the cycle of life.

On a rainy day stand with your eyes closed and listen to all the sounds you can hear

The pitter patter of the rain drops ,the sound of thunder and the splash of water.The sounds of the opening umbrella and the laughter of the children.

Remember —  “Water is a Precious Gift from God.Save every drop.

Today i am  not just going to tell you how important water is and how to save water. We will talk about something as important and that is You.

Rains are important but along with it comes things that make us anxious.Everything stays  damp and wet and often fungus tends to grow on food and our clothing.There is a smell of dampness and we begin to wait for sunny days.Sometimes the walls and ceiling of our homes begin to get wet and leak.When the rain water fills. up holes and water stagnats  the risk of diseases increases. We can be prone to colds,  fever, malaria and water borne diseases like typhoid.our digestive system becomes a little weak and we can get stomach upsets.

Children we can enjoy the rains but we need to be careful and take care of ourselves. Remember you are important.

Here are some dos and don’ts to follow during the monsoon:-

Always carry an umbrella or raincoat.When you are not using it  fold and keep them away .Make sure the umbrella or raincoat is dry  or else they will begin to smell.

If you get wet, dry yourself once you return home .

Change into dry clothes.Wash your hands and feet before touching anything.

Drink something hot and eat only home made hot food .Avoid outside food this will keep stomach upsets away.

When in school carry a set of dry clothes and a napkin.

You can have fun and splash in puddles sometimes but remember to move wet shoes and socks.

Take care not to splash on someone.When in a car ask the driver to go slow when there is a puddle –you need to care for others.

Keep your home free from mosquitoes —

Don’t take out food from a box with wet hands.

You can enjoy the rains—Go for trek with your friends.

Go to the beach and watch the tides but keep safe distance.

You can plan a monsoon party with the help of your mum and invite your friends…plan some interesting craft work,sing songs and watch a short kids movie.you can also enjoy cooking mabe bake a cake or biscuits with the help of mum.

Enjoy the rain kids but keep safe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy the monsoon but remember you are important ..so take care of yourself during the rains.

Peda

Peda is an Indian sweet and has a very simple recipe. It is made for almost all our festivals.

Things to remember before cooking:-

  1. Wash your hands.
  2. Wear simple clothes well pinned up and also put on an apron.
  3. Always have mum or an adult , never venture alone into the kitchen to avoid accidents.
  4. Tie and pin up your hair .
  5. Help to collect all the vessels needed to cook.
  6. Understand what you are going to cooking and then collect the ingredients.
  7. Strictly follow rules and make sure you are well organised.
  8. No wasting and last of all remember to clean up.

Here are the pictures of all the vessel needed :-

  Bowls with a spoon.

Measuring cup , spoon  or scale.

 

Shape trays and dish to put the ready pedas :-

    

Ingredients:-

. Mawa 250 gms. 

. Sugar to taste ..about 1 cup. sugar should be finely ground .

           

Dry fruits chopped :-

           

Method :-

  1. Mash the mawa into a smooth soft dough.
  2. Slowly mix the ground sugar. add to taste.
  3. Add the chopped dry fruits.
  4. Roll into round balls and flatten a little.To make different shapes use the shape trays….just like chocolate making.
  5. Put in the fridge for 10 minutes.

Here is a picture of the process of peda making——

To make pedas colourful add a little saffron :-

Add ground coconut to make coconut pedas.

Chocolate powder to make chocolate pedas .

    

For any festival  gift wrap the pedas in a box :-

Your pedas are ready.

Wash your hands.

Clean the kitchen table .

Wash the vessels .

Put back everything in the correct place .

Enjoy……care and share.

give to the less fortunate.

      

 

Diwali— The Festival of Lights

Diwali is one of our biggest festivals which is celebrated in all parts of India. Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile.

 Rangoli and Diya

All the houses are decorated with lights and flowers..Rangoli is made with colours and flowers,inside and outside the houses.We wear new clothes and pray to Goddess Lakshmi.Mummy cooks yummy Indian food and we celebrate with family and friends.

Fun Time :-

Diwali time is fun time .We get Diwali holidays…but before that we have a Diwali party in school and do lots of art and craft as well. We decorate our classes ,sometimes do a little cooking and invite our teachers to our class. Mum and Dad take us for shopping….we buy new clothes and presents for our relations. Diwali is a family festival so many a time uncles ,aunties.and cousins all celebrate together —–its a yearly family get together.

Our pearls of wisdom :-

. When we enjoy we must also be considerate towards others…..

. Be responsible–clear the mess after the party and help to put away things

. Respect and love all religions and people.We should make sure we don’t make too much noise and disturb others. We should appreciate and take care of any decorations others have made. We should pay our respects to all elders around us and seek their blessings.

. Care and share with the less fortunate. We can give our old toys, books, stationary and clothes to those who work for us…. but remember these things must be in good condition or else we would be insulting them.Another way is to visit an orphanage and enjoy Diwali with those children. With mum’s help and prior permission we can plan an outing with them along with our friends.

First of all we must enjoy the festival…..and then also remember  to keep the environment clean and pollution free.—–Yes it’s no to crackers….but when you are small you can play with a sparkler or two. This way your curiosity will be over and you will understand what pollution does to us.

Enjoy eating the yummies mum makes…..

Remember:

. Wash your hands before eating.

. Sit in one place and eat. Bite your food , eat slowly and close your mouth and chew.

. Take only how much you can eat…you can always take a second helping.Its not good to waste food.You are the lucky one who can choose and eat what you like ..so many children don’t know when they  will get their next meal.

. Wait for your turn and learn to share.

. Wash your hands and mouth after you finish.

. Always help to clean up.

Spend time with your grandparents and ask them to tell you about Diwali celebrations when they were young–you will understand how strong our Indian traditions are.

 

 

Happiness

“Children still need a childhood with dirt, mud, puddles, trees, sticks and tadpoles.”

  • Happy Grandma Club

I think this is one of the nicest things I have read about bringing up children.It’s difficult and needs to be controlled and guided –You can’t imagine the fun your little one will have….We grew up like this.

Something i always tell my son….a day in the garden or outside…letting your toddler explore in one day is as much ,if not more than a week in school.

So dear parents ,give it a try …..and share with us your experience…your toddler’s experience.

      

Behavioural Pattern 5—–Disciplining

Should you discipline  children ?

Children are individuals in their own right. They grow fast during their first five years and are eager to experiment and explore things around them.They learn by observing and imitating .They are small and everything is new to them and so they need our guidance to understand wrong and right.They need to be gently instructed to follow a particular way of behaviour.They need  guidelines to differentiate  right from wrong. They need guidance to learn acceptable social behaviour and build morals and a value system to develop self discipline throughout their lives. This could be defined as disciplining a child.

Believe me, children like to be disciplined. Often when things become too much for them to handle they get confused and get out of control.It is then that they need our help. We should remember –  we don’t train children….that’s for puppies.We need to give them full attention and caring for their needs. We should be there for them to understand somethings are not correct. Disciplining does not mean punishing or ridiculing a child.He /she needs to be gently explained why an action is not acceptable .

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aPicture 1 : What can happen if you don’t exercise discipline. Patience is the way to make kids understand -it takes time and consistence effort.Needless to say, the reward is phenomenal. Like I always say ,there is no magic formula…you have to test and find out what works best for you in different situations.

Some ways that can be used to discipline :-

  1. At all times we should be aware of the child’s needs and pay attention to them.Remember the child is experiencing new things,many times things for the first time – we have to help them to make choices , eg : How to use a book ,to put away things like .toys and not to destroy them……..
  2. Limits can be set on what is acceptable behaviour and should be followed not to confuse the child.One must be gentle yet firm at all times: – eg. Eating food sitting in one place….cleaning up after play….. TV watching only at a given time….
  3. Never ridicule a child in front of others.This can lower his / her self esteem and sometimes kids may react, and turn out to be more aggressive and bold to hide their embarassment.
  4. Don’t give into tantrums .If you do, kids will know how to get what they want at all times .
  5. Be gentle yet firm telling them you mean business.Try to use encouraging words .
  6. Last but not the least ,  set an example. like don’t waste food….. sit and eat ,chew your food…clean up….

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Don’t respond to tantrums …….reason out—-

For a more effective way to discipline children ,they  must understand that if an action  is not acceptable , they will have to face the outcome 0r the  consequences.

Natural Cnsequences:- The child learns by his own deeds. He /she will have to be monitored –or else the child could get a ” I don’t care “attitude.some examples :- Forgetting lunch box …goes hungry so he /she will remember to take his tiffin.

Sleeps till late…. misses school bus..

Leaves or destroys his toys…. won’t have toys to play…

Here the child may be too young so he has to be reasoned with.

Logical Consequences :- The child is explained  that every time he does an action which not acceptable –  he will have to face the result….example

Wasting food….. no favourite dish next time………Toys not put away ……cannot go out to play with friends……

Other ways of disciplining :-

Distracting the child from the activity eg…If he /she is standing  on his /her toys one can give  balls  to throw  and so engage the child in another activity…….If the child is throwing a tantrum one can  start singing a fun song….”5 liitle monkeys”…..

it is important to remember that children get easily distracted so instead of yelling or scolding ,one can change the focus to another activity.

Instead of always being negative with no and don’t –we can  say ‘lets see if this works ” in a voice that the child feels confident about.

It is important to remember that everything that happens to a child from the time he is born leaves an impression on him /her.Every experience plays a part in forming the child’s character.As adults it is  our duty to guide the child and discipline him /her so that he /she grows up with a good value system.

One has to find a way that suits one and is most effective.

Punishing is a NO, NO

Reward is nice but should not become a habit or the child will do things only for the reward.

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