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Children should make productive use of summer vacation

During this summer vacation keep your children engaged in simple activities. As kids, being little balls of curiosity, get bored by performing same activities very quickly and are constantly looking for new challenges. This often leaves parents clueless about how to engage a child. Make them get involved in some sort of activities and that will pave way for their development to know in today’s competitive world.

Child can express his creativity by involving himself in painting and paper craft activities. One of the main advantages is that, by using old newspapers and books, you can teach your child about recycling.  Initially, you can simply use coloured papers and craft papers and later on teach about their recycling. Start by crafting small things like paper boats and paper planes and gradually introduce new ideas to the child. Paper craft activities consume lot of time and require patience. So, it’s a good idea to create something interesting yourself first and present it to your child. That will increase his/her curiosity and thus help him/her get started. However, care must be taken to ensure that the scissors used in cutting papers should not injure children in any way.

Young children love to sleep in the afternoon and they deserve rest after hectic activities in the day time. Early to bed and early to rise policy is applicable to children as well. As children grow, they love to learn both Maths and Science. Teach them usefully about numbers and how to add and subtract without using a calculator. Mental calculations will develop their minds to do greater things in their career. Science plays a pivotal role in our daily life. Start with a small experiment of teaching how the pressure in the water increases in a vessel when it goes down by having three outlets at different heights in that vessel and show how water pours at different levels because of pressure.

Children wish to view mobile phones, use computers and play games. Parents should ask children to reduce the habit of seeing the screen all the time. As a remedy you can convince your family child specialist to advice and get rid this habit once for all. But at the same time, inculcate the habit of making interesting videos, so that they can display the latent talent available in them on various subject of interest. Anything done within the limit will enable them to achieve various milestones in life.

Use your dinner and lunch time productively. Even bed time stories with real moral value will help the children mould to face different challenges in life. Making your children engaged in different activities helps them to develop and know the real value of life. Teach young buddies yoga and make them learn religious mantras. After all knowledge is power and learning more and more about various subjects prove to be a learning experience. Children should learn to live of their own and summer vacation is the right time to mould them to become responsible citizens of India. They are the backbone of future India and it is up to parents to make them come out with flying colours.

Jayanthy Subramaniam 

(The views expressed by the author in the article are his/her own.)

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