Beyond "I Hate You!"
It's not a child's play!
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1w ago
Misba and Mustafa are playing together with blocks and trucks. Suddenly, Mustafa yells, "You took my truck, I hate you!" Misba, startled, throws back, "You took my blocks, I don't want to play with you anymore!" What just happened? This is a scene many parents witness – a breakdown in communication. Misba and Mustafa are so caught up in their emotions (frustration, anger) that they can't express what they truly need. They need to learn a new way to talk – Nonviolent Communication (NVC)! What is NVC? NVC was developed by Marshall B. Rosenberg on the principles of non-violence by Mahatma Gand ..read more
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Thinking about thinking!
It's not a child's play!
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3w ago
Rohan is solving a math problem. He keeps getting the answer wrong and cannot understand why. Source: FamilyTutor What could help? Metacognition- Thinking about thinking. Metacognition helps you understand how your mind works, identify the error and then re-evaluate your thinking. Source: Brainscape How will metacognition help? Let's go back to Rohan, he can use metacognition to: Pause and Reflect: Instead of rechecking his answer multiple times, Rohan can take a step back and think: “What is the problem actually asking for?” Are there any keywords that give clues about the approach he s ..read more
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Building responsible children
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1M ago
Arun is playing with toys. After playing, he leaves them scattered on the ground, neglecting to return them to their place. His caregiver reminds him to tidy up after playtime, Arun agrees but fails to follow through. This pattern of behaviour persists across his other activities. What just happened? Arun is having trouble understanding why it's important to finish his tasks. He also needs to learn to keep his promises and take responsibility for his actions. But, why is being responsible important? Being responsible means you take charge of your tasks and do your part. It's like promisi ..read more
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Unleashing Creativity
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2M ago
10-year-old Raunak, 7-year-old Ameen, and 8-year-old Abhi were given a blank sheet .They're told to draw anything. Anything at all! The result? two mountains, a house, a lake. Three unique minds, drawing a strangely similar scene. What just happened? Standardization of creativity. Children are often taught what to think, not how to think. This limits their critical thinking and self-expression skills. Why do we standardise creativity? Teaching a standardized lesson to a class of 40 is easy compared to crafting unique lesson plans for every child. Schools and exams often take a standardized ..read more
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Some updates
It's not a child's play!
by It's not a child's play!
2y ago
Hi everyone, Wishing you a kind and happy new year! It's been a long time since I've written here. Here is an update from my side: I started pursuing my Masters in Psychology of Education at the University of Manchester in September 2021. Each day, my course strengthens my belief and vision for introducing social-emotional learning in the education system. My subjects range from understanding a child's brain to understanding the socio-cultural aspect that affects a child's life. Teachers, parents, school systems, and the administration all have a long-term impact on a child's mental health ..read more
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Self-care is important too.
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by It's not a child's play!
3y ago
Dear Readers, I have always prioritized mental health and taking a break once in a while. Unfortunately, I am not always following my own advice. So, I am (finally) taking a break. Thank you for interacting with me over the past year. Feel free to hit me up with any future article suggestions or random thoughts. See you next month! Gratitude and warmth, Aakanksha ..read more
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Respecting choice.
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3y ago
4-year-old Amisha is having lunch. Her caregiver adds another roti to her plate. Amisha says “I am full. I don’t want” Amisha’s caregiver says, “You have to eat it. I am telling you to eat it.” Amisha sulks and eats the additional roti. What just happened? This is a common example of a power struggle between a caregiver and a child. Amisha’s body signaled her that she was full. She heard it and chose not to eat more. Her caregiver might have felt otherwise and given her an ultimatum instead of listening to her. What can this lead to? When we do this with a child, we indirectly tell them “I d ..read more
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Shifting the "mental gear"
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3y ago
10-year-old Ritika is watching tv. She has a zoom class in 15 minutes. Her caregiver asks her to switch off the tv and sit for the class. Throughout the class, Ritika is fidgety and is unable to focus. What’s happening to Ritika? Ritika is struggling with shifting her focus. She needs to find a way to transition from one activity to another. In short, she needs to be able to “mentally switch gears”. What does “mentally shifting gears” mean? Just like a car needs to change gears every time it takes a break, our mind needs to learn the skill of “shifting gears”. We need to be able to disengage ..read more
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Managing fatigue
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by It's not a child's play!
3y ago
Anisha has been in bed all day. She loves her work but does not feel like working today. She feels low on energy and just wants to sleep. What’s happening to Anisha? Anisha is feeling fatigued. She is probably feeling emotionally exhausted too. She needs to find a way to balance her energy and rejuvenate herself. Why do we feel fatigued? Failing drained is the result of overworking our minds. It can be a result of stress, overthinking, or living the same schedule over and over again. How is it different from burnout and tiredness? Tiredness leads to fatigue. Fatigue leads to burnout. While a ..read more
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Being Vulnerable
It's not a child's play!
by It's not a child's play!
3y ago
I am going to be vulnerable today. Yes, you read that right. Why? Today’s article is about vulnerability. I believe that the best way to talk about why there is strength in vulnerability is by being vulnerable myself. A little bit about myself: I experience a range of emotions at any given point of the day. Sometimes anger, sometimes sadness, and sometimes extreme happiness. One of the ways I process these feelings is by reaching out and expressing how I am feeling. Do you feel scared to reveal too much about yourself? When you fracture a body part, do you hide it and feel like you are revea ..read more
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