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Golden Tips for Your Teen’s Safe Online/Offline Activities

June 6, 2018

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You’ve to install a powerful parental app that could easily control your teen’s device including access and usage of online/offline websites, apps, and games. That’s the bottom line.

With the ever increasing technology, Hi-Fi techs, 3d games, and online access is now so easy to kids, teens, and youngsters that the need of Monitoring and Tracking is a must for almost every parent out there. Many threats could hinder your teen’s way,

Online and Offline Dangers for Kids

1. Inappropriate content online

2. Adult sites

3. Banned commercials and sites

4. Immoral and unethical things on the internet

5. Suicidal games and terrorist threats online

& Bullying, scams, Fraud and much other hazardous issues that could mislead, misguide and harm your kids and teens.

Smart Kids-how to monitor them?

It is a matter of grave danger that owing to the generation gap; parents are sometime unable to really have clarity in understanding what’s going on with their teens and kids. They can’t beat the technology and the cell phones and tablets these kids have- So, if a parent would want to check his or her kid, the smart kid can easily minimize the harmful website or close the app in the blink of a second. THEREFORE, the need for an app which can control your kid’s phone through your device is essential and vital for every parent to have.

There are many such apps in the market. We will discuss them one by one, their pros and cons.

Best parental Control Apps in the market


My top of the list is familyTime. I’d give it a 5 star as it has all the required features to monitor your kids. It has geo-fence to keep track of your kid’s location, daily screen time limit, family map, family pause and funtime and timebank features. You can control your kid’s device with a single tap.


This app has fewer advantages as compared to other apps. Too many bugs and lesser features make it an app to PASS. I would give it a 3 star.


Nortron is the oldest parental control app in the market. It is a good app with many nice features. However, some new apps have replaced it with new features and much more customized parental control app.

Parental-dash board on a parent’s device

It is like your control room. A web-based dashboard will be loaded once you install the app. You can control your kid’s app usage, see the location, restrict his timings, set screen time limit, daily time limit and have a sound sleep knowing that your teens are safe and happy.

How Natural Playgrounds Help in Children Growth

June 6, 2018

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In a world full of digital advancement, it’s a privilege to access natural beauty and make the most of it. Playground structures in the modern times are more inclined towards installing different types of outdoor playground equipment. They do benefit kids in terms of maintaining physical health, but they aren’t as beneficial as natural playgrounds.

The term natural playground implies structures that use natural materials and existing topology to design a play area that promotes open-ended play. The existing topology includes trees, rocks, logs, water, and other natural elements that can be utilized for children’s playing. The reason why I am emphasizing on natural playgrounds is they stimulate creativity among children. Below are some of the most effective reasons to consider.

1. They Help in Increasing Growth
The fresh air that penetrates through lungs creates a psychological impact on children’s mind. As a result, they want to spend more time than they do in commercial playgrounds. According to a research, the length of kids’ playtime increases up to double in natural playgrounds, which, in turn, increases their level of fitness up to twofold.

2. Promotes Imaginative Play
The natural playgrounds are more charming, welcoming, accessible, and reject the idea of discrimination. Children are bound to play certain games in the commercial playground and this is a practice that restricts their mental capabilities and curbs creativity. On the contrary, a natural playground promotes free play where children are motivated to utilize their imagination and enjoy free play. Kids do not like to be dictated; this is a natural phenomenon that exists in them.

3. Easily Accessible
Natural beauty is everywhere; it’s we who are unfortunate of not using them for good. Even if a natural playground isn’t near your home, you can create one in your home garden. You can install a swing on a tree or ask kids to use them for climbing. There can be a lot of ways of using natural beauty for kids’ play and they would love it a lot.

4. Enhance Social Skills
Since kids are not bound and dictated to play a certain game, they interact with peers for sharing and gathering different ideas. Sometimes, they need team building, too, which also boosts their social skills. Apart from that, playing in the group always includes negotiation and problem solving that help in developing their leadership skills.

5. Develop Motor Skills
One of the greatest benefits children get from natural playgrounds is the development of their motor skills. They get the same benefits from commercial playgrounds, too, but not up to the extent to which they get while playing in a natural playground. The natural settings boost their senses of feeling and touching through the textures and natural sounds.

A natural playground is the one that promotes playing through natural settings. The benefits available in a natural setting can’t be found in a conventional setup. Allow your kids to be more creative by exposing them to natural setups. Don’t dictate them what and what not to play, but do take safety measures for them.

5 Parenting Goals for Parents

June 6, 2018

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Being a mom or dad is one of the essential and fulfilling roles that you will ever play in your life. There is no vacation or weekend when you are a parent, it is a full-time job. Besides all the responsibilities and the initial infant stages, one thing is sure that you will enjoy being a parent a lot. So it’s important for parents to set the parenting goal to help in the nourishment and development of the growing little ones.
Let’s discuss these parenting goals one by one.

1. Two-way communication
In this era when both parents are working or busy performing other household chores. It is very important for them to talk to their kiddiewinks and build a healthy relationship with them by being honest with each other. You should not restrict your kids from sharing things with you. Rather, your focus should be on building a relationship with your little ones where they are comfortable discussing anything and everything with you. This is how you will help your kid to open up their inner feelings and thoughts to you. All this behavior will enable an effective two-way communication with your little ones.

2. Stimulating Independence
Letting your children go slightly out of your sight is one of the most difficult things for the parents to do. But, when you teach your little ones about doing things without being dependent on anyone then this is how you will make them learn how to survive on their own, especially when you are not around. You can inculcate independence in your juniors by asking them to set goals for themselves wherein they target on finding the new skill that they like and further focus on developing them. This will not only be helpful for the little ones in testing their self-sufficiency but it will also prove beneficial in bringing your kids out of their productive shell. They will develop their self-esteem in a major way by following their skill.

3. Teaching mannerism and social skills
Manners reflect an individual’s way of conduct and their attitude towards life. In today’s world education is important, but learning good manners is equally important. So leading here by example would be a great way for your kids to learn and inculcate in them the good manners. Manners also include teaching your children not to discriminate people based on color, caste, and creed. As a parent, it is also important for you to teach your children how to behave in public and gatherings, as it is a by-product of manners.

4. Developing cordial relationship with the tutor
When the little ones start going to school, they end up spending more time interacting with their teachers. Parents should try to reach out to their educators so that they can get the right feedback regarding their little one’s performance in the class and overall conduct. This will help parents in establishing a cordial relationship with the teachers. All this will help in not only knowing your kids well but how they are in the class with their teacher and other students. This insight will help you in guiding your kids and shaping the personality of your juniors for the future.

5. Taking care of the health
There is a saying, “The greatest wealth is health.” Teach your kids the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle. What you teach your kids in their childhood will help them shape up their adulthood. You can teach them by first adopting yourself the healthy way of life which includes walking instead of going through lift or elevators, taking some time out from the technology and going out on a walk for fresh air, by sleeping on time, spending quality time with the family, eating healthy, and so on. This way the kids will slowly and gradually adopt these in their lives without even realizing.

In case you were confused about where to start, I hope I was able to give you an idea. So start making your own goals this year and feel free to share your thoughts on this one.

Best of luck with your parenting goals.

Top 10 Tips for Choosing the Right School for Your Child

June 6, 2018

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These days parents are very much conscious about their children’s education. And a right school will make a huge difference. The good news is that there are many different options available and one can easily choose the best private school within their locality. Similarly, with abundant options, the parents get confused not knowing what to choose. But the main motto is to make the children receive professional educational standards that build their career.

The ten tips provided here will surely help the parents to choose the right school for their children.

  • Budget: Before starting it is necessary to analyze the schools that fit the budget. For this one has to shortlist the schools that fit the budget before looking at other details.
  • Understand your child: Examine the child and understand what they require. And while selecting a particular school it gives an idea to focus on particular things.
  • Emotional guidance: It is important to meet every child’s emotional needs and proceed according to the Behaviour management strategies. In fact, this is the key to choose the right school for the child.
  • Diversity: Make sure to consider a diversity of the schools as the experts say that the parents should ensure that the teachers and staff are sensitive to cultural issues. And then the child will build up awareness and respectful of different values.
  • Know the approach: The next important it is to understand the child’s learning needs. This can be examined by assisting the approach of the teaching staff and how they teach.
  • Location: Imagine driving a couple of hours to school is a restless job. So if the school is within the locality, then the children may feel rejuvenated.
  • Safety: As safety is the first priority the parents look for Schools because they are completely safe for their children.
  • Size of the school: The size of the School has a very strong impact on the individuals. Even if it is a small school with a more personal attitude or a big one with more opportunities. The parents should choose the environment of the school that suits their child.
  • Academic progress offered: Each and every parent should understand the academic background of the school. The Best CBSE School takes the primary step to building a strong foundation for the children.
  • Extracurricular activities: It is vital for the students to get involved in extracurricular activities. The activities are also a part of the study that will boost up their immune system and keep them sharp and fresh minded.

The 4 Unique Ways That Playing a Musical Instrument Can Modify Your Child’s Brain For Success

June 6, 2018

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Recent studies at various universities have shown learning to play an instrument accelerates the growth and development of children’s brains. The four main changes are: development in the hearing center, strengthening the bridge between the two brain hemispheres, an increase in new connections between nerve cells in the brain’s learning center, and stimulation of the areas of the brain responsible for spatial reasoning.

The hearing center rapidly develops in children who play musical instruments in order to learn to distinguish between small changes in pitch and rhythm. A University of Southern California study used EEG, which tracks electrical signals in the brain, to determine that children who played musical instruments for 2 years had much more stimulation in the hearing region. This correlated with their ability to tell the differences between melodies much more frequently than students who did not play musical instruments. The advanced abilities to distinguish between tones and rhythm patterns have been shown to be beneficial in Language Arts, Speech, and Foreign Language learning.

The corpus callosum is a thick bundle of nerves that connect the two hemispheres of the brain. Music awareness, imagination, creativity, and intuition are controlled by the left side of the brain. Logic, math, science, language, and reasoning are controlled by the right side of the brain. A University of Pittsburgh Medical Center study showed that children who played musical instruments developed stronger connections between the left and right sides of the brain via the corpus callosum, than those children who did not play instruments. The stronger nerve fiber bridge has been shown to be responsible for increased learning, better memory, and better cognitive (thinking) skills.

Brown University conducted a study which showed that learning music helped build grey matter in the brain. Grey matter retrieves information, processes it, and is responsible for creating new connections between the nerve cells (neurons) in the brain. The many new networks formed between these neurons also increases the volume of the brain. All of these changes improve the following skills: math, spelling, reading comprehension, listening, and the coordination of motor skills.

The Brown University study also showed more electrical activity in the area of the brain responsible for spatial reasoning. This area is responsible for pattern recognition, discerning how pieces are put together (puzzles, assembling parts, etc.), organizational skills, and the process of problem solving.

Another study conducted jointly between the University of Wisconsin and the University of California demonstrated 34% better academic performance when students were given piano lessons for 6 months, than those who did not receive piano lessons. This shows how significantly the brain changes discussed above can help children.

Since music is also a form of expression, learning to play an instrument can be a fun and natural way to help your child learn faster, and form successful habits and skills. Experts suggest stimulating infants and toddlers with different types of music, to get them engaged and to enjoy it. There is no set composer or type of music that is more beneficial than another. Let your children seek out what they enjoy. When they are ready to take music lessons, let them choose the instrument to pursue. Experts recommend beginning with 1 hour a week and practice. If your child is serious about playing this instrument, increase to two hours of lessons a week, with more regular practice. This can be part of school band or orchestra, private lessons, or both. As they grow to enjoy it, playing a musical instrument can be both fun, and the key to success.

Emotional Damage to Obese Children

June 6, 2018

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Aside from the physical health risks posed to obese children, the emotional risks are obvious. Anyone who thinks that it is the responsibility of other children to become more tolerant is probably morally correct, though living in an unachievable fantasy.

Children cannot help but say what they see, whether said with malicious intent or not, if they notice a child in their class who is overweight, it will at some stage be mentioned.

Of course we can argue that a better and easier solution to the childhood obesity epidemic is to emotionally resource the obese child so that they have self esteem and confidence to such high levels, their emotional resilience cannot be fractured by the taunts of their peers.

The greatest challenge with this particular strategy is that it creates such a huge expectation upon the obese child. We are asking them to behave calmly when faced with teasing, to continue to love themselves when others point out their physical stature and above all, we are asking them to be comfortable about always being, in someway, separate to others.

If you remember being a child and having the experience of being the different one or the odd one out, you’ll probably remember at as a lonely time.

As well as the physical health implications caused by childhood obesity, these children are teased and they are likely to be lonely.

Even for those who go onto develop resilience, or even grow stronger from this experience, the memories will always remain. Hoping that they will become thicker skinned adults is a risky business. They might not. They might end up damaged for life.

I implore any parent or guardian who is reading this article to abandon any previous notion that they had in which they told themselves and their obese child that they are fine “just as they are.” That others should be more tolerant or that their child has a right to make their own (unhealthy) choices. I urge you to dismiss all excuses about their, or your own inability to exercise.

As a nation we have accepted that hitting your child is an unnecessary an largely unsuccessful form of punishment, that smoking in their presence is harmful and that telling them they are useless or stupid is disempowering. What if we began to view the implications to their emotional development when obese, as having the same consequences as these things? Being obese is unnecessary, harmful and disempowering.

If what I am saying is true, then the very important question that follows, is “What are we going to do about it?”

If we leave the responsibility of change with disempowered obese children we will likely not get far. If we leave the responsibility with parents who feel ill equipped to enforce healthier choices for their child we will also, most probably fail. Surely this indicates that this problem cannot be solved within the confines of the family home without strategic and proven intervention from an outside source.

8 Games for Youth Leadership Training

June 6, 2018

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Are you looking for an innovative approach to teach youth leadership skills and principles? In addition to being a great option, educational games engage and inspire. This article recommends eight strong potentials for in-school programs and youth seminars.


· Everyday Leadership Cards

Everyday Leadership Cards pack a punch! Each card contains either a writing or discussion prompt. For example, participants might be asked to explain how they would respond to a scenario applying critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills. At the same time, students are challenged to explore values and increase their vocabulary; the definition of a term is placed on each card.

So, what makes this card game unique? In addition to providing you with a unique teaching tool, it can be used in a variety of ways. One is to combine the cards with another lesson. Another is to use the prompts for essays or journal writing. Third, the cards could be topics for group projects.

· Thinkpak

Like the former, Thinkpak comprises a deck of cards. These, however, covers questions and application of Michael Michalko’s techniques. Who is Michael Michalko? And how did this game develop? A former officer in the United States Army, he assembled the top experts in academics and intelligence around the world to research and apply all creative ways to solve social, political, and military problems. This game became an outgrowth of his work.

By brainstorming and thinking outside the box, Michalko invites students to oppose his theories. The deck of cards might also be used as prompts for writing or research. Students could work individually or in groups

· Leadership Lessons in a Jar

Is your jar half empty or half-full? Well leadership lessons in a jar brims with 101 wisdom cards. The lessons teach values, morality, human relations, and more. Ask students to share their reaction and/or interpretation. You’ll initiate lively discussions or essays. Think of unique ways to integrate them into group projects.

· Leadership Word Cloud

Mix things up with a jigsaw puzzle. However, instead of buying one, invest in 4 or five. Then, you can divide the class in small groups. Nevertheless, take a piece from each puzzle. Watch to see how the groups respond. How long does it take for students to realize that a piece is missing? Do they look outside of the group for answers? The Leadership Word Cloud contains 30 pieces with terms. It supplies a novel way to teach vocabulary also.

· Chill Skills in a Jar

This game introduces coping skills for anger. What an appropriate topic especially with all the violence occurring in our communities and schools. Youth need to understand anger, learn positive ways to handle it, and maintain healthy relationships. This jar has 101 cards that you can combine with an anger management tips for teens book.

· Conflict Resolution Thumball

Conflict is a fact of life, and students need to develop skills to resolve them. Toss the ball and the receiver responds to the prompt or question under his or her thumb. The conflict resolution thumball can serve as an icebreaker or activity to summarize key points.

· Choices in a Jar

Choices in a Jar provokes critical thinking and making good decisions. The jar holds 101 cards with interesting situations. Each dilemma reinforces the connection between choices and consequences.

Why Are Play Schools Necessary for Children?

June 6, 2018

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Not every parent is settled with the idea of sending their little ones to play school, but this can be a development step! It is extremely vital to send your children to play schools as there are several activities they will do throughout the timespan. Other than this, here are a few reasons we think pre schools are a must for your kids.

1) Learning – You cannot give your child all the attention and sit down to make them learn new things. If you are a working parent or quite busy with household activities, you may miss out on a lot of development skills. Through play schools, they will recognize little things and also adjust to the entire school type routine.

2) Socializing – Kindergarten are the best way for children to make friends and pick up on good habits too. They will socialize with other kids, and eventually, have less nervousness around new faces. Some children who dislike being around unknown people can benefit a lot in play schools.

3) Free play – Children are not forced to do specific activities and given plenty of toys that are fun-filled along with educating. They will get to play with children of their age group, try new games and have a joyful time instead of just being at home. They don’t just get to play, but they have a specific time to rest or sleep and eat too. This brings in them a proper routine, which will prepare them for school, tuition and more.

4) Separation anxiety – Parents and children both go through this phase. It is must to get your child over separation anxiety and as a parent; you too should be comfortable with leaving your child with someone else. With the play school routine and habits, they will eventually get used to the separation for a few hours that will make school easy for them. There are several cases of kids’ avoiding school or crying during their first day at school.

5) Parents socializing – Along with kids, parents too get a chance to meet other parents. You may end up having a mutual liking for the parent of your child’s good friend in class. This means more play dates and increasing the comfort level of your child with other people.

6) Vocabulary – Pre School are advanced these days, and they have specific teachers to educate children on some easy words. They will be well-versed in English and have a good enough vocabulary before they are ready for school. This also enhances dialect of your child as well as their understanding of newer words.

7) Behaviour – The discipline in play schools, schedule and picking up good habits from other children will shape their behaviour in a positive manner. No parent sits in front of their kids every day to give them a lesson on mannerism, which is why it is best to put them in play schools.

The concept of play schools has been around for ages, and it is a brilliant way for the overall development of your little ones.

Science Experiments and Stem Activities for Kids

June 6, 2018

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Science is an integral part of STEM learning that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematic. STEM learning aims to promote a better understanding of these four disciplines in a more ‘Whole’-istic way. In fact, a simple task like using a wagon to move something from one place to another involves number of principles of science, mathematics, engineering and technology. The children can be benefited by STEM learning especially if it is organized in form of science camps etc.

STEM learning aims to make science fun, enlightening and easy for kids. There are numerous hands on activities that can be done in the science camp that would follow the basic principles of STEM to make the learning impactful and long lasting. Researchers have proved that practicality helps learn faster. Going by that, STEM activities done in a science camp would be easily remembered and the principle behind those activities would be understood without difficulty.

As STEM activities are project based activities, it becomes easy for children to comprehend the principles of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in an easy going manner, especially if it is done under the guidance of teachers or facilitators of a science camp. There are many activities that can be done to create a base for understanding key concepts that would be required later on in life as well. Such as:

Heavy And Light
In a science camp, kids would be able to learn basic concept of heavy and light through STEM activities. As STEM requires everyday item, using glass, water and couple of oranges the concept of floating could be explained. Why heavy things go down the bottom of the glass and why light things float can also be explained.

Natural Phenomenon
Kids are curious and everything fascinates them. There are number of natural phenomenon that can be practically explained to them through STEM activities in a science camp.

Rain can also be demonstrated through some shaving foam, water and colour. This activity would fascinate children and would also be a great learning experience for them. they can in fact learn the concept of how rain is formed, how clouds are formed and so much more, which is very fascinating.

Building From Scratch
As STEM activities require the kids to use concepts of all four disciplines, such activities in a science camp would be of extreme importance. Child would do measurements, procure things of which a particular thing can be constructed, and brain storm to decide about the size etc. all this would require considerable amount of knowledge of STEM concepts. Activities such as building a bridge from sticks or Lego blocks or straws or designing a race track would come under this.

Science Of Water
Water is kids’ favorite. Period. There are number of activities designed around water, to make them understand various concepts of science.

E.g. States of Water through science experiments kids’ would understand all three forms of water i.e. gas, liquid and solid. How much temperature is required for it to turn into solid or gas, what are its properties etc. can be clarified through the experiments in a science camp.

Concept of Density can also be explained to them by using various liquids as plain water, dishwashing liquid, sugar syrup etc. This will make them learn a complex concept in a more comprehensive and understandable way.

Science can be made fun and educational for kids by using STEM learning. There are a lot of things a child learns in a science camp that would propel them towards practical understanding of concepts.

5 Tips to Encourage Self-Motivation in Your Little One

June 6, 2018

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Do you find your little one less enthusiastic about playing with her friends? Does she seem aloof to you about everything else? Do you find that she is deteriorating in her studies as well? If you nodded in affirmation, then there are high chances that your little one lacks self-motivation. Print off a simple will for a single person at Free Wills to Print – tell your family what they need to know.

Self-motivation is the key that leaves a great impression on how your little one is pacing in her daily life. From performing well in the curriculum to building some good habits, a self-motivated child can do wonders with her life. Motivation comes naturally until the age of seven, but up till reaching this age group a kid is observing her surroundings and always learning something new. However, after the age of seven, she must be able to motivate herself.

Although self-motivation is an inside process and varies from kid to kid, as a parent, you can always motivate and push your child to nurture her ability to do better and better. Here’s how you can do that:

1. Stay Positive

Even if she is failing at something, always dwell on the efforts she is putting in rather than nagging about the things she is not good at. If there is a problem, try to be compassionate and come up with a solution. You will soon see this positive outlook and behavior being reflected in your little princess.

2. Appreciate Efforts

Rather than just saying ‘good job’ for everything, take some time to rethink how you want to appreciate all the good things that she is doing. For example, if she shares her toys with her friends, you can acknowledge her good behavior by complementing, “Your friend must have enjoyed and felt immensely good when you shared your toys with her”. This will motivate your charming daughter to always behave well and do good in other aspects of her life.

3. Tackle Failures

Tell your little bundle of joy that it is okay to lose sometimes. What is important is the attempt and what she learns from failing at it in the first go. This trait of gracefully accepting the defeat and moving on from setbacks will prove immensely beneficial later in her life.

4. Adopt Learning Style

When a certain subject is hard to learn for your kid, then you can encourage the learning through fostering her interests. Suppose if she likes baking, you can teach her the measuring concepts by teaching her how to measure the ingredients. This will teach her about size, volume, and density without even making it appear like a burdensome math lesson.

5. Build Self-Esteem

When she believes in herself, any difficult mountain can be moved with ease. Building a positive self-esteem will open the ways towards building self-esteem. Help your little one to build self-esteem and believe in herself, then there won’t be even a single thing that she would think of as unattainable. You can always try to look out what she enjoys doing the most and how she interprets the right from the wrong.

Final Word

Like any other parent in the world, you would also want your little one to be successful in school and later in her life as an adult. Set your little one on the path of success by inculcating self-motivation. Always encourage your pretty princess to go beyond the boundaries and achieve big. It is a vital skill that is needed for whatever she chooses to do in her life!