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6 QUICK & EASY DIYs TO DO WITH YOUR CHILD

With all of us staying indoors due to the pandemic, it’s natural for kids to get bored and fidgety. And mums know that there’s nothing children dislike more than boredom! To keep boredom at bay, we’ve curated a list of DIY (do-it-yourself) projects that will keep not just your children, but the entire family engaged! DIY projects instill confidence in children and help them learn valuable skills that are useful in real life. Doing these projects together with the family is a great way to bond with your kids and have fun at the same time. Here are 6 projects you and your child can do together:

  1. Marble Art

Materials Required: Nail paint, scrap paper, toothpicks/craft sticks

Method: Make sure you work in a well ventilated room as the fumes are strong. Pour room temperature water into a pan and ensure that there is enough water for the paper to be submerged in. Put on disposable gloves so that the nail paint won’t stain your hands.Choose nail paints that would go well together and mix easily. Quickly pour your colors into the water starting from lighter colors to darker colors.  Take a toothpick and quickly swirl the colors around and quickly dunk your paper into the water and pull it out.

  1. Stone Painting 

Materials: Poster colours, paint brushes, small sized stones, water for mixing paints

Method: In case you’ve some smooth pebbles from your old trips to beaches or river stones, paint them. Try painting flowers, ladybugs, smileys, whatever the heart desires! You can then use them to decorate your flower pots for create your very own rock garden.

  1. Recycled Tin Can Windsocks

Materials: Any clean recycled can, acrylic colours, paint brushes, glue, assorted ribbons, embellishments like glitter, sparkles, gemstones, sequins

Method: Start by painting the can. Be careful to make sure you’ve smoothened any sharp edges before letting your child take over. Let your child decide the colours. Stick  colorful ribbons to the bottom rim of the can, by using glue. Paste sequins all over the tin can. You can also attach a ribbon at the top to hang the can and watch the ribbons sway colourfully in the wind.These recycled can windsocks would make a great addition to your balcony!

  1. Button Art Tree

Materials: Colourful buttons, paints, paint brushes, bank canvas

Method: Paint a tree trunk on the canvas. Instead of painting leaves, start sticking buttons on top. Make sure that buttons are differently sized and coloured to make the tree look attractive. 

  1. DIY Slime

Materials: Contact-lens solution or borax, glue, shaving cream, foaming hand wash

Method: Mix a ratio of 2 parts glue to 1 part shaving cream together.

Add 10-12 pumps of foam hand soap and 2 spoons of your activator — a mixture of water and Borax or contact lens solution. Mix and knead the slime. Add more activator for a smoother and fluffier consistency. 

  1. Clay Necklace

Materials: Clay (different colors), thumb pin/ needle, ribbon/ coloured thread

Method: Start by making small balls of clay. Use differently colored colours to make the clay balls look vibrant. Use a thumb pin to make small holes in them. Gently, insert the ribbon through these holes. Once the clay is dried up, your necklace is ready!

These DIYs are sure to keep children busy and happy. Try them and watch how creative your children become!  

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6 REFRESHING DRINKS FOR CHILDREN TO BEAT THE HEAT

The sun is blazing and the temperatures are soaring. Staying hydrated is important, especially during summers. Fluid intake is vital to regulate body temperature, deliver nutrients to cells, and keep joints lubricated. Children need to up their hydration game during summers, to relieve fatigue and increase energy. When their water intake is optimum, not only do they feel more energised, they also sleep better and think better, as the body is free from toxins. 

But it can be tough to ensure that children are drinking adequate fluids, with just water. To make sure they’re drinking enough fluids, you could include a variety of summer drinks in their diets. We’ve got 6 nutritious summer drinks for you to try out in your kitchen. These fun recipes are easy enough to involve the children in the kitchen. 

1) THE CLASSIC LEMONADE 

No matter how many new drinks come up, nothing can beat the good old lemonade. This recipe takes all of ten minutes to prepare and can be stocked up in your fridge for a week. 

Ingredients: 1 cup white, granulated sugar (can reduce to 3/4 cup)

                    1 cup water (for the simple syrup)

                    1 cup lemon juice

                    2 to 3 cups cold water (to dilute)

Method: In a  saucepan, add the sugar along with one cup of water. Stir to dissolve the sugar completely and remove the saucepan from heat. Juice your lemons. Add the juice along with the sugar syrup to a pitcher. Pour 2- 3 cups of water to this and taste. Add more water if you want the lemonade to be more diluted. Adjust sugar levels, as per your taste. 

2) AGUA FRESCA 

This summer special is extremely versatile and can be made from a variety of fruits. 

Ingredients: 2 cups of cold pineapple chunks

                    2 cups of cold strawberries 

                    8 cups of water

                    ¼ cup of sugar blend

Method: Easiest recipe ever, pour all the ingredients into a blender and get mixing. Once the ingredients are blended, pour the juice into glasses. You can even sieve the juice to remove the foam. 

3) CHERRY LIME SODA

This is a hit with children and delivers high on taste. 

Ingredients: 2 oz of frozen cherries (thawed)

                    1 cup of fresh lime juice

                    1 cup of sugar (granulated) 

                    4 cups of water

Method: Blend cherries and the lime juice into a fine mix. Low boil the cherry- lime mixture with a cup of water and sugar in a medium saucepan. Stir constantly to avoid lumps. Strain it and refrigerate. Add three more cups of water and serve it over ice.

4) WATERMELON SMOOTHIE

Smoothies are the easiest way to include vegetables and fruits in your child’s diet. They’re quick to make and rich in nutrients. 

Ingredients: 3 cups of seedless watermelon, cut into cubes and frozen. 

                    1 cup milk

                    1/2 cup  yogurt

                    3 tablespoons maple syrup

                    2 sprigs mint, garnish

Method: Place 3 cups of frozen watermelon cubes in a blender. Top the fruit with milk, yogurt, and maple syrup. Blend until smooth. Garnish it with mint and serve chilled. 

5) STRAWBERRY MILKSHAKE

The ultimate indulgence that never goes out of fashion, strawberry milkshakes are here to stay in your kitchens. 

Ingredients: 1/2 pound fresh strawberries

                    1 tablespoon sugar

                    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

                    1 pint vanilla ice cream

                    1/2 cup milk

Method: Cut the tops off the strawberries and slice them into small pieces.In a medium bowl, combine the sliced strawberries, sugar, and vanilla extract and stir to combine well. Set aside and allow to sit for at least 20 minutes. Place the strawberries with ice cream, and milk in a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into large glasses and serve chilled. 

6) PEANUT BUTTER SMOOTHIE

Packed with protein, this peanut butter smoothie is sure to keep energy levels up.

            Ingredients:  2 bananas, broken into chunks

                                 2 cups milk ½ cup peanut butter

                                 2 tablespoons honey

                                 2 cups ice cubes

Method: Place bananas, milk, peanut butter, honey, and ice cubes in a blender; blend until smooth, about 30 seconds. Voila, your peanut butter smoothie is ready! 

Do you have any recipe ideas for summer? Let us know in the comments!

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5 WAYS TO COMMUNICATE EFFECTIVELY WITH YOUR PRE-TEEN

There are many hard things in life and one of them is talking to your pre-teen or adolescent.  Parents with pre-teens and teenagers at home will know exactly what I’m talking about. Hormonal changes are real and boy, do they affect the way pre-teens communicate with their parents. Sometimes, the most genuine questions asked in good interest trigger an explosive response from your child simply because of the way the particular question has been asked. Words matter a lot when communicating and in case of communicating with a pre-teen, they carry more value than you know! 

Pre-teens struggle with a myriad of emotions and navigating through them is hard, with the dynamic changes the world brings today. A strong relationship with their parents provides them the much needed anchoring and support they need in their lives. The key lies in being around them without being overly assertive. Here are five ways in which you can make your everyday communication with your child better:

  • Steer clear of asking them how their day was. This turns them off especially when they’ve had a hard day. Moreover, this question is too predictable for them and they already know what answer to give you, which defeats the purpose of honest communication. Ask open-ended questions and keep the conversation centred around their interests. 
  • Don’t multitask. They hate it as much as we do when somebody is on their phone or isn’t wholeheartedly invested in the communication. 
  • Don’t give standard responses: Bullying and competition between peers gets way more vicious as teenage approaches. Pre-teens often hide such incidents from their parents fearing their involvement and retaliation. If your child comes to you with such instances, don’t give them the standard response of ‘don’t pick fights’ or ‘you should ask them to leave you alone.’ Instead, ask your child what they’d like to do and what kind of guidance they want from you and then offer advice and a safety plan to comfort them.  
  • Sarcasm is best avoided. Hormonal changes are massive in pre-teens and they have a hard time regulating their emotions. Don’t label your child as ‘difficult’ or ‘sensitive’ on the basis of their emotional outbursts. Respect where your child is coming from. Sarcasm and taunts don’t work; they only end up making children more defensive.   
  • Remind them about consequences: Pre-teens and teenagers are impulsive creatures. They often may not know the reasons behind their actions and prodding them with questions only makes it worse. If they make the wrong decision, gently point out the consequences of that decision and ask them what they would do next time.

If you know any other tips on effectively communicating with pre-teens and teenagers, do share them in the comments with our readers.

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How to Tackle Sibling Rivalry

Admit it, we’ve all had those moments where we’ve wanted to punch our siblings in the face or banish them to an island, where they can never come back from. If there’s anyone who can push our buttons and test our limits, it’s our siblings. But hey, remember the moments you stayed up late with them watching movies, sneaking in snacks from the kitchen, playing hide and seek, tickling them until it really hurt or just talking? When they covered up for you in front of your parents and hugged you until it felt better? Nothing can replace those moments either. 

Getting straight to the point, our siblings are people we love and detest in equal measure but we definitely cannot do without them. Building a healthy relationship with one’s siblings is absolutely necessary because they ground us, support us and their love keeps us going. A sibling surely is one of the first few friends you make and also a part of the life-long ones. 

It’s also important to remember that sibling rivalry is inevitable. There’s no way you can get rid of it completely because it’s impossible for two individuals to like each other all the time, especially when they live in the same house. As children grow and evolve, they develop mechanisms to decide what they like and don’t like. Disagreements with one’s siblings is one of the earliest signs of a child taking control and finding their identity. 

Things can get worrying if you find your children bickering a lot more than usual or if they can’t bear to be in the same room as each other. But there’s nothing some guidance and  change in attitude cannot solve. Here are some tips to make sure that your children are not at each other’s throats constantly-

  1. KEEP CALM & CARRY ON: Rule of thumb is that children tend to get more aggressive when they grow up in environments where there’s a lot of anger. As your children watch you deal with things patiently, they try to adopt the same pattern. When you’re asked to referee a fight, don’t lose your cool instantly. Instead, monitor the situation patiently at first and then give your inputs. 
  1. TREAT YOUR CHILDREN FAIRLY, NOT EQUALLY: Read on before you roll your eyes. Not all siblings have the same age gap or function the same way. Some siblings are separated from each by quite some years and expecting them to have the same level of maturity and understanding might not be right. Siblings also behave differently which often can lead to one sibling getting the unfair advantage. Try to help them understand each other and set rules accordingly. 
  1. DON’T ENTERTAIN COMPLAINTS: Unless, one of your children sets the kitchen on fire or does something really nasty to the other, don’t engage in hearing complaints. Teach your children to reach resolutions amiably by guiding them on what’s right and what not. If at all one of them ends up repeating the same pattern, then intervention is required. 
  1. CELEBRATE THEIR INDIVIDUALITY: No child is the same as another child. Instead of comparing your children to each other, acknowledge their individual qualities and celebrate their wins. If one likes reading and the other likes dancing, be happy for both of them and try to be a part of their activities. This teaches children a valuable lifelong lesson; co-existence.
  1. NON-NEGOTIABLE FAMILY TIME:  No matter how busy you get, try to squeeze in some minutes with your children together. This teaches them the importance of family. Family dinners, board-game nights and movie marathons are highly underrated but they end up being some of the precious memories your children have of each other and as a family together. 
  1. LISTEN: Listening can be the most therapeutic tools you offer your child. Next time they try to tell you about how something made them feel, tune into their words without judgement. This allows space for their emotions and avoids fights caused due to pent-up frustration. 

With all of us staying indoors, we hope that these tips will be helpful for you in navigating some silly fights and lots of witty banter. 

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HOW TO CELEBRATE MOTHER’S DAY MEANINGFULLY

Mother’s Day is special for a variety of reasons; the most important one being that we get to celebrate the most important woman in our lives. Though I’m a firm believer in celebrating people special to us everyday, Mother’s Day is a day exclusively dedicated to cherishing moms, which makes it unique. Given the current circumstances, all of us have become acutely aware of our privileges and blessings; one of the greatest ones being around our mothers. For those of us who’re not around our mothers at this point of time, I know it’s hard but we can always make her feel special even when we’re not around. 

Over the years, Mother’s Day celebrations have changed drastically. Before the internet took over our lives, we’d dutifully make cards for our mommies. The nicer ones of us went an extra mile and even baked a cake. Then, happened the rise of Facebook , Instagram and eventually, Snapchat and our physical gestures took a backseat. Mother’s Day became an online event with many of us creating posts specially dedicated to our mothers, telling the world how much we love and appreciate our mothers.

We’re creatures driven by capitalism and that became evident in our celebrations as well. Archie’s cards and gifts became the standard way of telling someone how much they mean to us. Gone were handmade cards and cakes and the small gestures that made Mother’s Day what it was. A meaningful holiday was hijacked by modern corporatisation.

The sentiment behind Mother’s Day lost its real value.  While everyone likes a little indulgence, it’s a universally known fact that giving someone your time and undivided attention is everyone’s favourite love language. Specially when it comes to Indian mothers, nothing makes them happier than their children saving money.

We must pause and reflect on how and why Mother’s Day originated and it’s significant impact on highlighting reproductive labour and community care. Anna Jarvis can be credited for campaigning for celebrating motherhood. Jarvis started this in 1905 after the death of her own mother, an activist and community leader who cared for wounded soldiers during the U.S. Civil War. Jarvis constantly strived for US to recognise Mother’s Day as a national holiday to provide dignity to the labour undertaken by caretakers, which were primarily mothers.

The real idea behind Mother’s day is dignifying the effort and labour that a mother puts into taking care of her children and her home, instead of dismissing it as her ‘duty‘.

Here are some ways in which you can actually create a difference in your mother’s life:

  1. SPEND TIME TOGETHER: It’s easy to get carried away by life and the innumerable responsibilities it brings us but we must consciously make an effort to put a stop to the madness at times, take a step back and simply go back to where we came from. Spend time with your mother, ask her how her day was, listen to her and tell her something about your life. Conversations like these count the most not just on Mother’s Day but everyday. 
  1. PREPARE MEALS FOR HER: Though one can never beat their mom’s cooking, our mothers love a break from their kitchen and own cooking. With the lockdown turning many of us into chefs in our own right, prepare a meal that you think she’d love. Try something different; something that she doesn’t know how to cook or makes on the regular. Make this a weekly activity. 
  1. HAVE A  VIRTUAL GAME NIGHTS RITUAL: Yes, yes, we know that you’d kill if you had to spend an extra hour on Zoom. But for those who are away from their mothers this is a perfect idea. Rope in your family members and play a quiz on ‘Who- Knows-Mom-the-Best’ this Mother’s Day. To keep things fun, you can switch the games every week.  Mothers sure will love the attention and get a bit teary-eyed even on how much we remember about her in detail. For those of you who are with their mothers currently, bring out the good old board games and have a family night. 
  1. TAKE AN ONLINE COOKING CLASS: With a virtual cooking class, the entire family can pitch in for her Mother’s Day brunch or dinner. If your mother enjoys these, take these classes every once in a while, so that both of you can learn something new. 
  1. MAKE HER TRY SOMETHING NEW: Chances are your mom has always wanted to do something but is probably too shy to try it out or has put it off for for the longest while due to work and responsibilities. It might be dance, music, an art form, cooking or something else. Help her get over that shyness and embrace learning. 
  1. BE HER TECH GURU: Mothers get lonelier as we get more and more involved in our lives. Don’t lose patience with them as they struggle with their phones and figuring out the internet. Just as we maintain most of our connections through the virtual world, our parents also seek comfort through technology. 
  1. TELL HER HOW MUCH YOU LOVE HER: Expressing emotions can be a battle for a lot of us. Even though we love people, we find it hard to just say it. But this Mother’s Day, break this pattern. Go hug your mom and actually tell her how much she means to you. It might get awkward, it will also lead to a few tears surely but it’ll be worth it. 

As we grow and become older, life takes over and we slowly get lost in the great scheme of things. But, we mustn’t forget that for our mothers and even for our children, we’re the most important people. Celebrating and cherishing these relationships is not just necessary but a lot of fun, as we discover something new each time, not just in them but also in us. 

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Are You Raising Your Child In A Sexist Household?

We spot various forms of sexism in our everyday lives. We’re quick to roll our eyes at the prejudiced comments made by politicians on national television or by well-meaning relatives and friends at social gatherings. We blame the government for pink tax and express our concern over the rising cases of domestic violence and sexual assault against women. We complain how men dominate professional spaces and the pay disparity between men and women. Sexism makes its presence clearly visible in the way society perceives females. They’re labelled as the weaker sex, who are in constant need of protection and this protection comes at the cost of submission.

But, have we taken a moment to reflect on where sexism begins? Where are roles and responsibilities for men and women demarcated? Where are we taught what is okay for a boy or for a girl? And, who ever decided what was masculine and feminine? The answer is simple; at home. 

What are we teaching them?

From the very beginning of our lives, right from childhood, we experience sexism through the manner in which we’re raised. A girl and a boy might have the same set of parents, but the treatment they receive from those parents can drastically differ from each other. From restrictions on clothing to different curfews, it is evident that what is okay for a boy can never be okay for a girl. Sexism plants its roots through the most subtle manner; we’re taught to use gender as an insult.

Restrictions are set on our emotional outlets because it’s not fine to ‘cry like a girl’ or ‘be rowdy like a boy’. Sexism decides which activities one can enjoy – girls cannot play cricket or football like boys to reduce the risks of injuries or getting tanned under the sun. And, boys definitely cannot enjoy cooking or dancing or playing dress-up! If the boys miss a shot, the standard rebuke is to ‘not play like a girl’. Girls are taught to smile because they’ll look prettier. An while boys get away with anger, they’re are not allowed to show empathy and sensitivity. 

Also read: Quick Breakfast Recipes you can make with your Child

We decide the clothes, books and movies children should enjoy.  Right from the start, boys and girls are taught that the worst thing they can do is act like the gender opposite to them. This begets the toxic cycle of disrespect and contempt for the other gender. 

Children learn best through examples and they’re quick to adapt to the pattern around them. A boy who is raised in a household where only the mother manages all the chores will assume that it is normal for households to function solely on a woman’s effort. A girl might worry that this could be the future she’s in store for. Similarly, a household where the needs of the patriarch are prioritised might indicate to children that the needs of a man are more important than the needs of a woman. Even the ways in which parents interact at home sets the tone for future relationships that their children build. 

What can parents do?  
  • Communication is key to change. Having frank, open communication will lead to your children unlearning stereotypes and will feel comfortable enough to share their views with you. It’s always a good idea to learn something new.  
  • Encourage your children to follow their passion, whether or not it fits the boundaries of gender. Join them in activities that bring them fun. This will lead to a stronger bond between you and your children. 
  • Set an example. If it’s possible, try dividing the workload between you and your spouse to show your child that household chores are not just a woman’s job. 
  • Do not engage in regressive content on social media or on television. Stop laughing at sexist jokes. These things have a significant impression on the child’s mind. 

In our attempt to raise our children in the norms that are acceptable by society, we stifle the growth of our children. Allow them to explore beyond the stereotypical gender preferences that are set for them. Our role as parents is to inspire and encourage children to be who they want to be. It may take a lot of time to unlearn the narrative that has been fed to us over and over, but through simple changes, the society can be made a safer space for women. We can create a future where it is okay for individuals to be who they want to be without the fear of crossing the boundaries of being masculine and feminine. 

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6 TRADITIONAL INDIAN FOODS THAT ARE PACKED OF NUTRITION

In the recent years, traditional Indian foods have taken a backseat with fast foods, fad diets and fusion cuisines. However, Indian food is not just rich in diversity but also in nutrition.  With a wide variety of grains, oils, vegetables , spices and nuts, Indian foods are a powerhouse of essential nutrients that support immunity, brain function, gut health and reduce inflammation.It’s important for children to imbibe the values of eating local and seasonal and appreciate one of the key extensions of their culture i.e. food.

Include these six traditional Indian foods in your child’s diet to make their meals a lot more nutritious, wholesome and healthy-

  1. Buttermilk: There is a popular misconception that buttermilk is high in fat but buttermilk is actually very low in calories. Buttermilk prevents dehydration, reduces acidity and prevents indigestion. It is rich in calcium and reduces blood pressure. 
  1. Idli: Easily one of the healthiest Indian snacks at just 39 calories per piece, idli contains no saturated fats or cholesterol. Being a fermented food, it supports gut health. It will also help your child stay full for longer as it is rich in fibre and protein. 
  1. Cheelas (Savoury Indian pancakes):  Mad out of chickpea flour and various lentils, cheelas gluten free and a good source of protein. An excellent source of complex carbohydrates accompanied with a low glycemic index, these savoury pancakes help in maintaining a healthy metabolism. 
  1. Khichdi: Made with rice and lentils, this traditional Indian dish is packed with dietary fibre, antioxidants and protein. It’s gluten free and easy on the digestive system.
  1. Poha: An Indian breakfast favourite, poha makes for a gluten-free meal option. Loaded with iron and fibre, it is low in calories and regulates blood sugar levels. 
  1. Upma: Prepared using semolina (sooji), a  bowl of upma has fiber, vitamins, and healthy fats. It is low in cholesterol and calories, while being high in iron. 

It’s time we bid goodbye to myths suggesting Indian food is only limited to deep fried, fattening food and appreciate the innumerable healthy options our cuisine offers us by introducing them in our daily meals. 

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5 WAYS TO SUPPORT YOUR CHILD WITH AUTISM

Today marks the fourteenth annual World Autism Awareness Day, that is April 2, 2021.

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication.It is estimated that worldwide one in 160 children has an autism spectrum disorder. 

Recognized internationally, the World Autism Day began as a movement to spread awareness about the autism spectrum disorder. Autism-Friendly events and educational activities take place throughout April, aiming to increase understanding of autism.

While there is still a great need to inform people about autism, the focus has shifted away from simply making people aware that the disorder exists  towards the world coming together to offer love, acceptance, support and inclusivity to children and adults with autism.  A day alone isn’t enough to extend our compassion and support. 

Here are five ways in which you can support your child with autism and make their life easier:

  1. RECOGNIZING THE SIGNS:  early detection and intervention with treatment and services are essential to improve a child’s development and functionality for a lifetime. This can be done with the help of identifying common signs and symptoms of Autism, which include:
  • Persistent repetition of words or actions
  • Difficulty in social interaction
  • Low attention span 
  • Poor eye contact 
  • Delayed speech  
  • Intense interest in a limited number of things 
  • Not responding to their name

It is also important to remember that autism does not present itself in the same manner in every child. 

  1. COMMUNICATION IS KEY: Children with autism tend to communicate differently as they often get fixated on certain phrases and keep repeating them. Gently redirecting them to the next topic might work. They also avoid eye contact.  Patience is a must to build a bond. Talking about things they like can help the conversation move along smoothly. Children with autism can also be quite literal when expressing their needs. These need to be addressed politely. 
  1. BEING AWARE OF THE CHALLENGES:  Children with ASD are highly sensitive to touch, sound, light, taste, and smell. Steering clear of noise and bright colours can help create a soothing environment for them  and avoid sensory overload. They are also not comfortable with the concept of physical affection and like to maintain personal boundaries. Creating healthy space and distance while communicating with a child with autism can help create a positive environment.
  1. CELEBRATING YOUR CHILD’S STRENGTHS: Celebrating the strengths of your children can instill confidence in them and help them face their challenges without feeling low. These may include exceptional honesty, punctuality, attention to detail, ability to remember things in a precise manner. Some children may excel in academics and be able to learn through visual memory. 
  1. DIFFERENTIATED LEARNING: Children with autism possess an excellent memory and respond better to visual learning aids rather than plain text. It is important to include a lot of pictures while helping them learn. It is also important to find an environment or school that is best suited for your child’s needs. Look for a school that is inclusive and has the required support staff to help your child thrive. 

Given the prevalence and complexity of autism, it’s important to be aware of ways you can support children that are dealing with the condition; to help them overcome obstacles. Don’t be shy about seeking the right kind of support for your child – and yourself. It is important to understand that although autistic children may have a different way of perceiving the world, the more we accept the differences, the easier it is for them to integrate into society. 

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

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5 Simple Changes for a Sustainable Future

Today, over half a billion children live in extremely high flood & drought occurrence zones. Research has shown that climate change will increase the frequency of droughts, floods and severe weather events. Severe weather events can disrupt infrastructure critical to children’s well-being, including schools, health facilities and transport. Droughts and flooding destroy crops, disrupt water systems and contaminate water reserves.

Despite having gained substantial importance over the recent years, the concept of sustainability isn’t as widely implemented as it is discussed. Sustainable living is nothing but reducing one’s use of Earth’s natural resources to maintain ecological balance. It advocates not creating excessive waste and prioritizing the use of natural resources.  Sustainable living is crucial to our future generations so that they can live comfortably without being subjected to ecological and economic problems. If we do not limit our consumption patterns, our children might face increased pollution levels and remain bereft of a healthy standard of living. 

Change starts at home, no matter how small it is. Our children are the future and to make the world a healthier, happier place to live in, we must educate our children on the significance of sustainable living. Here are five easy ways in which you and your children can start your journey to a sustainable future:

Reusable over Disposable

Instead of buying plastic water bottles or using paper cups every time you travel or go out for a movie, ask your children to carry their own metallic water bottles or sippers. This greatly reduces their consumption of plastic and paper. What’s more, you won’t have to constantly keep worrying about water hygiene. Being sustainable in this case also turns out to be far more economical.

Every drop counts

Encourage your children to switch off the tap while brushing their teeth or washing their hands. Have them switch to using a bucket for having a bath, or, if using a shower, time yourself, so you’re not spending too much time under it. Reuse the water from your RO filters for mopping the floor or watering your plants or washing your clothes. Water scarcity is going to be a very real problem that our children might face in the not-too-distant future.

Waste not, want not.

Serve small portions of food on plates. This helps children gauge if they’re truly hungry before serving themselves a second portion, and we can avoid food wastage. This is also a wonderful way to introduce our children to where we source our food from, and the many advantages of going local. A sustainable future is one were we try and reduce our carbon footprint!

Conserving Energy

Right from an early age, instil the habit of switching off the lights and fans when not in use. Open the blinds in your own room to let natural light in the morning instead of switching on electric lights. Your children will follow suit. Look up sustainable and renewable sources of energy to switch to, where you can. 

Grow a green thumb

Children love watching things grow and the sense of accomplishment they feel when they’re the reason behind it is unbeatable! If you have the space to maintain a small vegetable garden, why don’t you give it a go? It also works as a fun activity to bond with your children while caring for the environment

Less is more

This one can be slightly tricky as who doesn’t want everything? But, encouraging your children to use resources that they have judiciously is the way to be. Have them use their art supplies, stationery and clothes responsibly. We can set examples ourselves by buying the things that we truly need, rather than those we truly want. Even small changes, like waiting until an occasion, or until your old phone breaks down to buy that new gadget you’ve been eyeing, will make a positive difference. Teaching your children about delayed gratification has proven to have many benefits as well. 

With minor lifestyle changes, we can create a major difference in the health of our planet and the quality of lives of our future generations. Are there any changes that you’ve made to your lifestyle that we can all incorporate? Tell us in the comments below!