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Why we built Lido

The world is moving towards increased personalization and interaction in every way. Education needs to follow suit. However, doing this in education, especially in India is challenging. 

In schools, the student to teacher ratio averages as 1:40, hence it is difficult for teachers to personalize learning for each student. Therefore, schools typically follow a one size fits all approach – standardizing explanations and assessments for all students. Due to the large class size, teachers typically follow a “show and tell” method to teach concepts. In such classes, students do not actively take part in the learning process. Thus, students leave school with theoretical knowledge gained through rote learning and very little knowledge that they can apply to “out of textbook” context.

The scenario in after-school tuition is slightly different, because the class size is smaller, allowing for more attention from the teacher. However, the core problems remain the same: the teacher demonstrates how to solve sums and makes homework and assessments that are the same for students across all batches. But most tutors do not have the tools or the bandwidth to offer tailored practice to students which they need in order to truly improve their weaker areas. 

In the last few years, E-learning apps have tried to fill this gap. These companies disaggregate the problem and attempt to fix parts – one replaces textbooks with videos, another focuses on doubt solving – but none offer the full stack experience for the student, and tracks the student throughout. The onus is on the student to be proactive for their learning, which is hard when most students would rather do anything but study! Furthermore in asynchronous apps, the human interaction between teacher and student and peer-to-peer learning is missing. This connection between student and teacher is critical to success in learning as teachers provide mentorship, coaching, and doubt solving.

What was missing was a solution that focused on giving students both the textbook (aka the content) and a tutor. Great learning outcomes only occur when you are able to control the entire experience. 

So that is why we decided to build Lido.

At Lido, we want to make sure that every single student learns from the perfect class, every single time. We do this by building best in class content to match your school curriculum, and delivering it in the most interactive and exciting format in our live classroom (think animated videos, games, live quizzes!). And we do this in a small group format of just six students so that students can ask doubts, get support, and build meaningful relationships with their expert Lido teachers. 

Learning on Lido is:

  • Holistic, best in class, adaptive learning: We have built the best content, best assessments, best practice problems through deep research. Once a student uses Lido, all the resources they need, and more, are all on the platform: no additional E-learning apps, question banks, practice tests, explanation videos. By tracking individual student learning we are able to customize homework, additional practice, remedial help, and challenges to target where each student needs help the most.
  • Live and interactive: The average classroom size in India is 55 students which means that students do not get the personalized attention that they need when it comes to doubt-solving, coaching, and mentoring. Our live classrooms are led by a qualified and well-trained teacher coach and a peer group of a similar achievement level. The max student to teacher ratio is 1:6 which means that students aren’t lost in the classroom left to navigate through the material on their own or be guided by an AI assistant.
  • Fun: The ugly truth is that most students hate studying, and why wouldn’t they? They are used to drab textbooks, boring formats, and one-directional learning. Not only does learning on Lido happen through immersive storylines, real-world examples, live quiz contests, but we also have a unique reward system that gamifies the platform so the more you learn, the more you earn! 
  • Quality assured: High-quality teachers are in short supply in India so traditional models are unable to scale for lack of teachers. At Lido, you can trust that every teacher has been carefully vetted and trained by our rigorous program but more importantly, they have been given the tools they need to deliver a perfect learning experience every single time. 
  • Affordable: Our goal is to democratize high-quality education: learning should not be limited to the major cities, and to those who can afford it. Through our content, tutors, and platform, we are able to bring best in class learning to every single student in the country at very affordable prices. Our online format makes it convenient to learn anytime, anywhere.

At Lido, we believe that every student is unique and every student has the potential to change the world. Not only do we teach students Math, Science, English, and Coding to succeed at school but we also provide mentorship from world leaders in business, technology and politics, career support, and leadership training. All in the hopes that our students can be the leaders of tomorrow. We believe that no dream is too big for Lido Learners!

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Dyscalculia – Does your child have it? Signs to look out for

Dyscalculia, dyslexia, dysgraphia, … there are so many terms floating around! How do you know if your child could have it? And what can one do if they do have it? 

What is Dyscalculia? 

Let’s start with the definition, first. So, in simple terms, Dyscalculia is a condition that makes it hard to do math and tasks that involve math. While dyslexia relates to problems with reading and writing, dyscalculia is related to math and problems in understanding numbers. According to a study, around 3 to 7 percent of children and adults have dyscalculia. Though the introduction of match concepts early in their lives can help them improve math skills and manage the challenges, it’s advisable to look out for the signs. Here are a few signs that might help you to spot dyscalculia in your child and look for solutions to help them!

Grasping basic maths concepts is difficult for them

Do your children find it out to carry out basic math operations – addition, subtraction, multiplication and division? If their understanding of these basic operators is not up to the mark and they aren’t able to perform basic arithmetic calculations, it is an early sign of having dyscalculia. If children use their fingers for the calculation of the simplest of problems, it is time for you to look into it and assess the issue. Dyscalculia is as common as dyslexia but it is not very easy to understand problem signs of the former. That’s because people with dyscalculia have trouble with maths in different ways. Signs vary from person to person. 

Recognizing numbers is troublesome

Children may find it difficult to recognize numbers and number patterns. For example, if you ask them to hand over 3 lego blocks and they hand you a handful without counting them, then this could be a sign of dyscalculia. Also, if they use visual aids like fingers to count numbers when most children of the same age do so without any aids, it’s time for you to look for solutions that can help them overcome their problem with numbers.

They find it difficult to understand maths phrases

Another sign you can look out for is if children find it difficult to comprehend maths phrases. Do you notice them getting muddled between common phrases like ‘greater than’, ‘less than’ or ‘equal to’? This could be another sign of them being ‘dyscalculic’. If they frequently end up putting in the wrong operators or have problems in understanding math phrases, you should try to figure out why the problem is a recurring one.

Explaining math processes is a problem for them!

Do you notice children having trouble explaining the steps in a maths problem? Does it happen even for the simplest of math problems? It’s not unusual for children to have a hard time doing maths. But if they have problems with numbers and find it difficult to explain the most basic steps involved in solving a question, then this could be yet another sign of them having dyscalculia. If children find it hard to hold numbers in their head while doing even simple math problems,it might be time to dig deeper!

Problems in reconciling verbal or written cues and their math symbols

A very rare occurrence, but children might find it hard to reconcile a verbal or written cue (like the word ‘one’) and their respective math symbol ‘1’ in this case. They may find it difficult to interpret a verbal cue simply because their brain can’t find a relation between the cues and symbols. If it’s a perpetual habit they have while doing math, well, by now you know what the reason could be! A good example of this particular issue could be Ishan’s character from the movie ‘Taare Zameen Par.’!

Dyscalculia could be genetic too. Though there’s no definite cure for dyscalculia, it’s advisable to consult a learning specialist who can help your child with learning difficulties. Another way to help children is by speaking to your child’s teachers and getting them involved – to look for ways and means to overcome the problem. With repeated practice and review of maths concepts and getting familiar with numbers, parents can surely help their children overcome the problem.

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5 Books for Children who Hate Reading

“If you don’t love to read, you just haven’t found the right book.”

-Tim Green

Does this sound like your child? Do you happen to have a reluctant reader at home? The one who would rather watch a video than read? Take heart, dear parent, all is not lost! We just need to find the right book to ignite their love for the written word. And we have just the very thing for you. Here are our recommendations for 5 books for children that will help them fall in love with reading:

 1. Fox in Socks – Dr. Seuss

Here’s the note that comes with the book: This is a book you READ ALOUD to find out just how smart your tongue is. The first time you read it, don’t go fast! This Fox is a tricky fox. He’ll try to get your tongue in trouble.

This is a great book for you to read along to your young reluctant reader that will have them giggling away. Of course, it’s a great one to practice your pronunciations too! 

Why children love this book: Children love it when you read to them – and this a great way to encourage them to start reading as well. With fox in socks, Dr Seuss puts the fun and giggles back into reading and it doesn’t seem like a chore anymore! 

Ages: 2 Upward for reading aloud, 4 upward for assisted reading.

2. The Adventures of Captain Underpants – Dav Pilkey

The first in this series of books by American author-illustrator Dav Pilkey, it follows the life of Harold and George, a couple of elementary- schoolers who write, illustrate, distribute and sell homemade comic books called “The Amazing Captain Underpants”. 

Why children love this book: Children are drawn to the illustrations, the silly jokes and of course, sometimes hilarious misspellings that Harold and George make. They love that the book is at once relatable, and possibly frowned-upon by adults! 

Ages: 6 upward

3. Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse – Chris Riddell

Meet Ada Goth. She lives in Ghastly-Gorm hall with her father, Lord Goth, lots of servants and at least half a dozen ghosts. The book is beautifully illustrated. The jokes and the fast-moving pace of the book keeps everyone entertained right until the very end. 

Why children love this book: The story is unconventional, and it’s an illustrated book for older children – which is a rarity in itself. The language is simple and easy to read. And of course, the jokes are funny! 

Ages: 7 upward

4. The Name of this Book Is Secret (The Secret Series, Book 1) – Pseudonymous Bosch

Brave 11-year old heroes, Cass and Max-Ernest set out on the trail of a magician who has vanished under strange (and stinky) circumstances. The book is about the hair-raising adventures that follow and the nefarious villains they face. 

Why children love this book: Isn’t the title just amazing? It instantly draws children’s curiosity and the 11-year-old heroes, Cass and Max-Ernest solve a plot that full of puzzles that’ll get young minds ticking! the unconventional style it’s written in, further helps that reluctant reader along. 

Ages: 8 Upward

5. No Talking – Andrew Clements

No Talking is a 2007 children’s novel written by Andrew Clements. It is about the noisy fifth-grade boys of Laketon Elementary School, who challenge the equally loud fifth-grade girls to a “no talking” contest. This competition turns out to be really hard.

Why children love this book: The book is a light read – it talks about the natural boys vs girls rivalry that springs up around that age. It also looks at the rules made by adults from a children’s point of view, making it very relatable. 

Ages: 9 upwards

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Healthy Snacking Ideas for your Pre-Teen

In between school breaks, or office breaks, if there’s one thing we all do during these quick breaks, it is munching on ‘quick bites.’ I mean who doesn’t like snacking in between meals!? Adults love to snack as much as children love to! So how about we make snacking as healthy as the food we all should eat? Here are a few healthy snacking ideas you can look into to ensure your children get the ‘healthy’ in snacks as well!

Snack on fruits!

Well, it goes without saying that fruits are among the healthiest options out there. Not just for your children, but even for you! A rich source of nutrients, fruits will keep your body hydrated all throughout the day. Apart from being the healthiest option, they are the best ‘ready to eat’ foods you can munch on. Fruits are considered as ‘nature’s fast food,’ because of the ease with which they can be carried and prepared, isn’t it? Try replacing fruit juices with fruits. A fruit a day will keep diseases at bay! Snacking on fruits will not only keep you active but also ensure your children get the required nutrients.

Make snacking interesting

Your child eats healthy, but loves to gorge on pizzas and burgers in between meals? Well, how about preparing a snack that would satisfy their cravings and also keep a check on the ‘healthy snacking’ factor? If your child loves burgers, try and think of ways you can turn it into a healthier snack – put in more veggies, or maybe avoid the cheese slices (we’re sorry!). Just some of the ways we could think of. We’re sure you’ll be having many more alternatives at hand!

Keep a check on the portion size!

You love to snack, we all do! But don’t go overboard! Conscious snacking is the best way to keep a check on how much you eat between meals. It’s hard for us to track our daily eating habits. We tend to eat almost all of what we serve ourselves! By being aware of what we snack on and how much of it we are having, we can keep our eating worries aside! You don’t want to be overeating after an already hearty meal, right?

Have your children tried fox nuts yet?

A smart and healthy snacking option for children, fox nuts ( or more popularly known as makhanas) are low in cholesterol and fat, making them a great snack on-the-go. Get rid of the fried snacks your children have regularly and introduce them to Makhanas! They love their ‘movies and their popcorn time’ at home. Why not make it a ‘movies and makhana’ time for your children? We’re sure they’ll love the Indianised popcorns!

Try Protein Bars!

Rather than snacking on instant noodles or processed foods, make sure your child has more protein bars. These on-the-go protein bars are a great source of, well, protein, of course! There are many variants of protein bars readily available at the market. This gives your child many options to choose from while at the same time, keep a check on their food! In the age of adolescence, when children are always on the go, a quick and healthy snack can keep them going!

As much as it is important to be active, it’s equally important to keep a check on your child’s food habits – especially the ones they in between meals! Simply following a healthy eating routine (with healthy snacking of course!) will do wonders!

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Teaching Children Discipline in a Joint Family

With so many generations living together in joint families, young children in these families are often the most pampered ones! Well, not a very conducive environment to ensure discipline, right!? But by following a few simple rules and inculcating the right attitude among children, maintaining discipline shouldn’t be that big of a challenge. So here are some ways you can ensure that your children are disciplined enough to get pampered!

Communicate with other family members!

First and foremost, convey to the other members of your family what you expect from your child. If others in the family are aware of your expectations from children, the task of inculcating discipline will eventually fall in place! Have you set a few ground rules for your children? Let others know about them too. Parenting becomes easier in a joint family when others are there to support you. Parents too should discuss with their elders to decide what is wrong and what is not for their children. After all, we were also in our children’s shoes long back!

Unanimity in house rules

Children should be aware of the fact that the other family members have a set routine that they follow. This is something that they need to respect – others’ time and privacy. Say if the child’s uncle returns from work late at night, you don’t want your child to be creating a mess in the living room! Making children follow a simple routine can help in keeping them occupied and at the same time, teach them the importance of discipline. Children will think twice before doing anything when they are aware of certain ground rules that are set by the elder members!

Closed-door discussions

There are times when you might end up having conflicts with other members of the family which can turn into serious conflicts if not resolved early! Always have these discussions when children are not around. Remember, children are very observant and can sense when something is not right. Respecting others’ privacy is something children should learn from an early age. Even if you have had a tiff with a family member, ensure it doesn’t affect your child in any way. 

Practice what you preach!

Do you have a habit of oversleeping or are always glued to the television screen? Well, don’t blame your child if he ends up doing the same! Children will learn through the examples you set. Firstly, make sure to follow a disciplined routine yourself! This way you will have to worry less about children! Involve children in meaningful activities and get them to help with household chores. There’s no better way to teach responsibility and discipline by involving them in the chores you do! Remember, learning begins at home and the best way to make children learn is by setting an example for them.

You might be in a nuclear or a joint family. At the end of the day what matters is that children grow up to be responsible and disciplined. The values they learn come from the things they are taught in their families.

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Tips to Raise an Environment Loving Child

Childhood is that time when parents can help in moulding the future of their children. With gaming and technology enveloping the lives of children these days, how can parents raise a more environmentally conscious child who shows responsibility towards the environment. Read on more to know how you can do that!

Encourage the 3 R’s

Teaching children the importance of reducing waste, reusing resources and recycling whatever they can will help them respect the environment. Do you have a stack of old newspapers around? Or maybe worn-out clothes? If the answer is yes, it’s time to teach our young ones how these materials can be reused whenever possible. Tell them the importance of conserving resources like water! Does your child leave the tap on while brushing their teeth? Before you turn it off, explain to them why water should be used sparingly and how it can be done. With simple everyday examples of implementing the 3 R’s in our lives, children can surely become more responsible towards the environment.

Promote activities like gardening

Children need to be aware of the ways they can help in contributing to the environment. Encourage them to plant more trees – a great way to teach the same is by involving them in gardening. While they water the plants, speak to them about how plants and trees contribute to a clean environment. Gardening will teach children to love and respect nature and living beings. Plan to go on nature walks with your family as much as you can. Remember, children learn faster through fun activities

Be energy conscious at home!

At home, we tend to forget to switch off the lights when not in use! And that eventually becomes a habit! We need to consciously ensure that we conserve energy whenever and wherever we can. The same needs to be taught to children. Ask them to switch off appliances when not in use and at the same time explain why they are doing it. Children will follow what you say when they are aware of the ‘why’s’ and ‘how’s of doing things. Next time you see them overcharging their phones, you know what to do!

Turn on Discovery and Nat Geo!

While watching movies is a great source of entertainment for children, it’s important that they also watch educational programmes on television. Learning through visuals is a great way children learn. Shows like ‘Planet Earth’ on Discovery or ‘Climate Change’ on National Geographic are a great source of spreading awareness – especially among children! Get children into the habit of watching these programmes apart from the usual movies they watch! Surely a great way to learn, isn’t it? Do check out this list of educational programmes children could binge-watch!

Set an example

Remember that learning begins at home and children will follow in your footsteps. So the next time you are munching chips in the car, remember not to fling the packet out of the window. Or maybe switch off the lights at home yourself when not in use. We all learn through others, don’t we? Children will follow what you do. Conserve resources whenever possible, avoid environmental pollution and make children learn the same. As parents, it’s important to lead by example!

Today’s children are the future of tomorrow! So, parents need to consciously educate their children about the ill-effects of environmental pollution and the dangers associated with it. A responsible and environment loving child can surely make a difference in the coming years on a global level, we never know!

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How to Make Sure Your Children are getting the Right Nutrition

‘You are what you eat.’ That’s right! Who doesn’t love eating? Teaching children to eat right, however, is a challenge for parents! Children are choosy, very choosy when it comes to eating healthy. The same nutrients that our body needs as adults are also needed by children but in smaller proportions. Discussing the benefits of a healthy eating routine with children will benefit them and promote a habit of doing the same. Here are a couple of simple ways you can ensure that children get the right nutrition!

Don’t make eating a necessity. Make it a routine!

Making children follow a routine – for anything, actually works. Ensuring that children get into a habit of eating right is the best way to do the same. Try involving them when you go out to buy groceries and vegetables. Older children can even help you with the cooking. Children will be more aware of what they are eating and will begin to enjoy the entire process of meal preparation. Choose vegetables and fruits that are nutrient-rich. Tell your children about the importance of eating healthy. That doesn’t mean children can’t enjoy their favourite foods. Of course, they can! Just ensure they aren’t consuming junk food regularly.

Have regular ‘food talks’ with children

Educating children about foods they should eat more and consume less is an important step towards eating right. Talk about why having 10 glasses of water a day is important or how eating fresh fruits and vegetables will help them to build immunity. Tell them the importance of ‘nutrient-rich foods’ and what they should include in their meals. Discuss the cons of consuming too much junk. Children are at a stage where they need to know about things that are good and bad for them and their health. The conversations you have with them should not just be limited to food, but also a healthy lifestyle.

A well-balanced meal works best!

All parents worry about whether their children are getting all nutrients in the right proportions. To make this happen, you first need to be aware of what constitutes a balanced meal. Do your research on foods that are rich in proteins, calcium and minerals, more importantly, the proportion for each of these nutrients. Chalk out a diet plan that you think is best for your child. Giving children a variety of healthy food options will help you understand their tastes and plan accordingly. Who knows, you could be surprised by your children’s healthy food choices!

Teach them what ‘eating right’ looks like

Children will observe and follow you and your actions. Setting a good example through healthy food habits will make children follow in your footsteps. If you encourage them to have salads but never eat them yourself, you might need to re-check your own diet! So the next time you’re having a healthy snack, remember that you are being watched! A healthy eating routine goes a long way in keeping you and your children away from illnesses and weight gain. This is something even children should be aware of. Focus more on what children eat, rather than how much they eat.

At the end of the day, it’s all about having a healthy lifestyle – of which food habits are an integral part. Let them enjoy the occasional pizzas, burgers and sodas- we all need our share of indulgence!  As long as it isn’t a regular habit, and in child-sized portions. A healthy eating habit benefits us for a lifetime and keeps the family in top shape to ward off illness and disease.  

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Simple, Everyday Ways to Improve Your Child’s Math Skills

Math is a part of our everyday lives. Without realising it, we use concepts and skills learnt in maths to function normally. Math skills also nurture your communication and cognitive skills. Research shows that children who know maths can recruit certain parts of the brain more reliably and have more grey matter in those regions!

But most children shy away from honing their maths skills. Children struggle with more complex math problems in high school simply because they are unsure of their basics. And poor performance results in further lack of interest! So, how do we get them to improve their math skills without it seeming like more drudgery? Thankfully, because maths in part of our everyday lives, these everyday tasks can help! 

Helping with cooking and baking

Cooking and baking start with sorting of ingredients, weighing them our, checking and adjusting for proportions – and a whole host of other things that involves math skills! You can even teach your younger ones to tell the time, so you know when to switch off the over for that perfectly baked cake! Once they are able to see the application of an abstract subject, it suddenly becomes far more interesting. 

Helping you shop

You can ask your children to help you with grocery shopping. Start by making a list. Put quantities against each of it and let them help you pick out the items. There’s a lot of math skills being put to use when you realise that some cereals don’t come in the 2-kilogram packs that you needed, but in packs of 500 grams instead. Or that perhaps buying packs of 1 kilogram may be cheaper than buying packs of 500 grams. Handling over the right amount to the cashier and getting the right change back – that’s more math skills, along with a healthy dose of economic planning thrown in! You get the picture – helping you and learning maths in the process. Its a win-win!

Playing family games

You don’t need to convince your children to do this one – they’ll love it! Your weekly session of family board games can encourage your child to home their math skills. If you’re the scorekeeper for any game, your addition is being polished. If you’re the banker in monopoly, mental math skills come to the fore. Even memory games help children test their skill with zero resistance and maximum fun!

Books and videos that include math

There are a whole range of books available that incorporate maths an logic in their storyline. This is a fantastic way to sneak in some maths love into their lives. There are even programmes on the web that help explain concepts in a visual form with a gripping storyline. Helping your child see maths as a part of everything encourages them to remove any mental blocks they might have. 

Know that your child is currently doing

Knowing and familiarizing yourself with the topics that your child is currently covering might help your child with brushing up on their math

skills. If, for example, it is the addition of big numbers that week, talk about cricket scores. Fractions? Ask them to divide a cake equally amongst all members of the family. 

Once children see that they are able to do these tasks that involve maths, they will realise that there is nothing to be apprehensive about. Children learn best during play. Looking at maths in a fun way can open up a whole new world of possibilities for them! 

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5 Things That Will Help your Child with their Coding Skills

If you think this post is about coding skills – you’re wrong. Well, at least partially. This isn’t just about coding. This is about helping your child develop the ‘coder’s attitude’. You see, coding isn’t just about learning to code. A good coder encompasses a whole lot of other skill which are essential to being able to write a good programme. Here are 5 skills that your child can develop to help her along:

1. Patience and perseverance

A good code isn’t just written once. It’s is written again and again – you account for little tweaks, eliminate the bugs. And just when you think it’s great, it possibly needs a bit more. Needless to say, the entire process can be quite vexing. And that’s where we need to teach our children not give up half-way through. Bugged by something that’s making you lose your cool? Take a break. But get back to it and keep at it. If you can’t get it right the first time, it’s not the end of the world!

2. Learning empathy

Coding finds a solution to a problem. But if you can’t figure out the problem, you won’t arrive at the right answer. So a good coder needs to first and foremost listen, understand and empathise!  

Help your children observe the world around them. Guide them in understanding that compassion and caring for others is as important as the ability to score top marks in class. And most of all, let them start with a bit of empathy for themselves. Caring for themselves is an absolute must!

3. Being a problem solver

The ability to think creatively for out-of-the-box solutions is something that can be developed. And this can be built in a host of ways – from playing creative games to expanding your mind with varied interests. Another great way is to let your child’s mind wander with ‘what if’ scenarios. This might lead to absolute flights of fancy – or the sudden urge for your child to research a particular topic. Both are perfectly fine, and both help her build her problem- solving ability and coding skills!

4. Learning to work collaboratively

Coding might seem like lonely work, but actually, it’s all about collective work. Coders learn from each other – and the more you collaborate, the faster you learn. Learning to work in groups and sharing your learnings are important to be able to work on your coding skills efficiently. Group work also gives rise to new ideas and often, a fresh pair of eyes are able to spot an issue that you might have missed. Let’s learn to share, collaborate and cooperate.

5. Resilience

Not everything you do will be successful – and not every code you write will be fruitful. But it is important to know that this does not mean that you or your work is pointless. Learning to bounce back from failure is vital to your child’s well being. And sure, it may be disappointing when things don’t go according to plan. But sometimes, that’s how things go. At work, a project that you spent months on may suddenly be shelved – only to be picked up years later and developed. That’s the nature of work sometimes – across the board. Your child needs to learn that her worth isn’t tied to a particular project or outcome. She is much more than that! 

These life skills are something that your child can’t grasp from textbooks – they can only be taught by experience and example, guided by an adult that they trust. Coding skills will come with practice. But to master these skills is to be able to handle anything life throws at them – whatever they choose to be.

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Is your child getting enough sleep?

After a long day at work for you or school for children, the one thing we all look forward to is a good night’s sleep! Does your child wake up grumpy? Does he come home from school looking overtired? If yes, then it’s probably due to lack of sleep. As much as studying and playing are important in a child’s life, sleep is the most important of them all! Adults generally need about 7-8 hours of sleep as compared to at least 9-11 hours for school-going children

A sleepy child is an underperforming child

Everyone needs a good sleep to start the day afresh, particularly children, who are still growing and developing. The reason why your child is dozing off in class could be because of inadequate rest or a disrupted sleep pattern. This further reduces their ability to focus while in school and the cycle goes on! Not only does this affect your child’s retention power, but also leads to poor memory and a host of other negative effects. While other children are busy pursuing their favourite hobbies after school, your child could be too tired or sleepy to do so. The Body repairs itself when we’re asleep and for children, the growth hormone is secreted the most during deep sleep. 

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An altered sleep pattern also demotivates children to exercise and be active – eventually leading to weight gain, over eating to keep the brain alert and many other unhealthy habits

The effect of sleep on our moods

Sleep-deprivation leads to an overworked brain which in turn leads to mood swings, shorter attention spans and severely affects children both physically and mentally. Apart from nutrition and exercise, a good night’s rest is one of the pillars of good health and immunity. Why does the doctor usually advise you to take rest? Simply because your body gets charged and builds immunity when you rest. Sound sleep improves brain function which is linked to better memory, problem-solving skills and well-being. This is not just important for adults, but more so, for children who are still growing up. Asking someone to sleep isn’t something we would do regularly, right? Because ‘everyone sleeps’ is the mindset we have. Yet, it is one of the most important aspects of one’s health and state of mind.

Encouraging your children to sleep well

As parents, there are a lot of things you can do to keep a check on your child’s sleep pattern. First and foremost – make it a priority for them! Set a daily sleeping schedule for them. Maybe start the bedtime routine a bit earlier – if they usually go to bed at 10:00 pm, encourage them to make their beds an hour earlier. Discourage the use of electronics a couple of hours before children go to bed. Make sure their room is calm and quiet. Try to keep the room dimly lit – figure out what works in helping them fall asleep faster. Avoid giving them caffeinated drinks like tea or even juices with high sugar content late in the day – you definitely don’t want a child with a sugar rush on your hands when you’re trying to put them to bed. 

Be active during the day

The key to a night of good sleep is also ensuring that children remain active during the day – let them pick up a sport they love! Ensure they get plenty of physical activity – even if it is through adequate playtime. An active day in the society park will help children in falling asleep way quicker than you could have imagined. Over the weekends, pick an outdoor activity you can do together as a family – like cycling, swimming or even just long walks or treks. 

Lead by example

Setting a good example as a parent is something you can do to encourage your child to sleep early! Remember, children follow actions more than they do words. So make sleep a priority for yourself! Sleep is that ‘reset button’ in our daily lives that boosts our energy levels for the next day. An active life, a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle all contribute to a good night’s sleep! Remember, a good sleep today will bring about a better tomorrow. So on a lighter note, ‘never give up on your dreams, keep sleeping!’

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Things I Look Forward to in the New Year – A Parents’ List!

I’m usually quite sad to see a year go by – it flits by so quickly! It feels like you’ve just recovered from the rash New Year resolutions you made on January first and before you know it, the end of the year comes galloping along. Not this year. This year seemed to drag on. I can’t wait to see the back of the year that seemed to bring a new horror every month. So, optimist that I am, I’ve made a list of the things I’m looking forward to next year!

Some alone time

I have become a believer in the adage ‘Absence makes the heart grow fonder’. There’s only so many art-and-craft activities and lip-sync videos you can do with the kids. Besides, asking you for a snack every 30 minutes isn’t endearing them to me either. Don’t even get me started on the fights over the TV remote – and now, the gaming console! I sometimes find myself hiding in the bathroom just so I can browse the phone without a tiny person crying out for attention. So, once this whole pandemic-induced family-bonding is finally over, all I want is to send the kids packing to school, the husband off to work and have the house to myself. Ah! The blissful sound of silence. 

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Dressing up

I am not a dressy person. I am more of a throw-jeans-on-with-anything kind of person. But thanks to the pandemic, I’m just waiting for an opportunity to get dressed and go out! Even if that means getting dressed to go to the nearest mall. Or even the local Kirana Shop. I shall be there, bargaining over the fresh produce, liner-lined eyes flashing at the opportunity to grab a bargain on the coriander. And I promise never to make fun of the dressy aunties I see stepping into these places. I feel you, dressy aunties. I am dressy aunties. 

Greeting people with hugs

Imagine meeting people you know without having to do the six-feet-apart with masks on ‘hi’! Or imagine them being finally able to see you smile, not just think that you are, beneath your mask. Now imagine giving them warm hugs and telling them you miss them, or chatting with them face-to-face rather than on Zoom calls. We seem to take these things for granted, and it’s only when it’s been prohibited, do we realise their importance to feel more connected. Humans are social animals, and never do we feel that more than when we are forced to practice social distancing!

Gorging on street food

If there’s one thing I missed the most, it was this! I don’t think I have ever gone this long without visiting the local paani-puri vendor. I sometimes dream of the tantalising aroma of hot vada-pavs that our street corner chap used to sell. And no, whatever you say, when you make these at home, it doesn’t quite taste the same. It’s not just the food – the whole idea of standing at the stall, and soaking in the scene is something I miss. The shy new couple sharing a sandwich, the hungry little boys returning from their schools, the elderly ladies discussing the latest soap they were watching… it’s the city showing you glimpses of its heart. I want to see my city’s heart beating again. 

Watching movies on the big screen

I’m old-school when it comes to the movie-watching experience. Of course, I love the wonderful convenience of the OTT platforms, but nothing comes close to the thrill of watching the movie in theatres. Complete with popcorn and drinks. The teens swooning and whistling as the hero makes the entry, the little children jumping out and dancing in the aisles when a hit song comes on, it is magical. I can’t wait to experience that in the flesh once more.

The pandemic isn’t over – although there is hope on the horizon with the vaccine. And that really the one thing I look forward to the most in the New Year, being able to go back to some semblance of normalcy with our life. I realise that I am one of the fortunate ones to be able to tide through the pandemic without too many major disruptions in my life. But clearly, that isn’t the case with many others. So here’s my wish for all of them – may the New Year bring happier tidings, and see them in a far better place than they were this year! May this be the year that brings you peace, joy and many happy memories with your loved ones!

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