Homework is a chore not just for children, but also for parents, especially in the Indian context of education. In the emerging nuclear and double income family set-up, with multiple things vying for attention, the challenges of finding time for the children's homework and project work are even more. While earlier, in a joint family there would always be some uncle, aunt or cousin in the family who was proficient enough in science, math or languages to pitch in with your kids, now we have to find time to do it ourselves or arrange for tuition. In fact there are some children who go to tuition only to deal with their homework! This is actually counterproductive because the purpose of homework is lost.
A "helicopter parent" is a common term used to describe a parent who pays extremely close attention to a child's or children's experiences and problems. Like helicopters, they hover overhead!" The helicopter parent's involvement can extend to their children's academics, extra-curricular activities, the kind of friends they have, sports and every other activity in their lives.
Managing your finances is such an important life skill, however, no school teaches children how to do that. Pocket money or allowance can be a great way to teach children money management skills. By managing their pocket money your child can learn how to make decisions, deal with limited resources, and understand the benefits of saving and donating.
A child misbehaving in public may lead parents to overreact and feel frustrated. After all, kids of good parents are supposed to behave themselves. A public incident is very embarrassing for parents as it attracts a lot of attention. A little planning can help parents deal with children misbehaving in public.
Weekday mornings are not something we look forward to. Most of us will be familiar with the perennial problems of rousing dawdling kids who can test the patience of a saint! The morning rush of showering, making breakfast, fixing lunch boxes, squeezing in your own morning cup of coffee, making sure homework is done and bags are packed, getting them on the school bus in time and ensuring you are ready as well, can leave anyone drained by 8 am! No wonder that by the time you get to office, you feel like you have been put through the wringer.
Spending time and playing with friends is an important way for children to learn social skills. Kids need to be encouraged by parents to make friends when they are 3 or 4 years old, as at that time social interaction increases. Contact with the peer group makes the child more confident and facilitates learning rules like sharing, taking turns, exploring their own feelings and those of others.
Shyness in children is quite natural but it shouldn't become an impediment in their personality development. Here are some ways in which parents can help their children overcome shyness and develop into confident and balanced individuals.
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