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Can you think of life without sleep? Sleep
is an essential part of everyone’s routine and an indispensable part of a
healthy lifestyle. Studies have shown that kids who regularly get an adequate
amount of sleep have improved attention, behavior, learning, memory, and
overall mental and physical health. Irregular sleeping pattern can lead to high
blood pressure, obesity and even depression.
The amount of sleep a child needs varies
depending on the individual and certain factors, including the age of the
child. Following are some general guidelines:
1 – 4
weeks old : 16 – 17 hours per day
Newborns typically sleep about 16 to 17
hours a day, but only in short periods of two to four hours. Premature babies
may sleep longer and colicky ones shorter.
month old : 16 – 14 hours per day
By 6 weeks of age your baby is beginning to
settle down a bit, and you may notice more regular sleep patterns emerging. The
longest periods of sleep run four to six hours and now tends to occur more
regularly in the evening. Day-night confusion ends.
– 1 year old : 14 – 15 hours per day
While up to 15 hours is ideal, most infants
up to 11 months old get only about 12 hours of sleep. Establishing healthy
sleep habits is a primary goal during this period, as your baby is now much
more social, and his sleep patterns are more adult-like.
years old : 12 – 14 hours per day
As your child moves past the first year
toward 18-21 months of age he will likely lose his morning and early evening
nap and nap only once a day. While toddlers need up to 14 hours a day of sleep,
they typically get only about 10.
years old : 10 – 12 hours per day
Preschool-age children usually need 10 to
12 hours of slumber per day. At age three, many kids are still napping, at age
four, some are still napping, but most give up the habit by age five.
7-12 years old: 10 – 11 hours per dayAt these ages, with social, school, and family activities, bedtimes gradually become later and later, with most 12-years-olds going to bed at about 9 p.m. There is still a wide range of bedtimes, from 7:30 to 10 p.m., as well as total sleep times from 9 to 12 hours.
To help your child to get the proper sleep,
develop a calming bedtime ritual that might include taking a bath, brushing
teeth, and reading a story. It’s also wise to stick with a consistent bedtime
for a good night’s sleep.
today’s world, with so much quick access to technology – phones, tabs, laptops
& television; it is observed hoe kids are often glued to screen &
outdoor playtime is ignored. The culture now is taking outdoor play away from toddlers
through excessive TV and computer use, busy and tired parents, educational
accountability and academic standards that push more and more developmentally
inappropriate academics into our early childhood programs, thus taking time
away from play. Though many of the developmental tasks that children must
achieve—exploring, risk-taking, fine and gross motor development and the
absorption of vast amounts of basic knowledge—can be most effectively learned
through outdoor play.
Benefits of Playing Outdoor Games for
1. Great Learning : Playing outdoor games can be a brilliant way to enhance
learning abilities in kids. They may learn important life lessons and skills,
develop a problem-solving attitude, get to explore nature, acquire new
information and an elementary understanding of science. Moreover, it is
learning done through play which can be the best form of learning.
2. Healthy Physical Development : Outdoor play keeps kids active and provides a means to
increase their physical stamina and fitness, strengthen their muscles and
bones, build immunity, and promote overall better health. Being in the fresh
air and sunshine can naturally provide them with the essential vitamin D.
3. Boosts Creativity : Indulging
in outdoor games can inspire kid’s creativity. Being in the open natural
surroundings can stimulate a child’s imagination and may stir up a lot of
artistic and inventive ideas in him.
4. Acquire Social Skills : Kids may learn to interact effectively with other kids
while playing outdoor games in contrast to kids who remain indoors and often
become isolated and withdrawn. They may be forced to give up their shells,
approach different children, make new friends, take turns to play without adult
supervision thereby acquiring social and communication skills in the
5. Positive Attitude : Children
who play outdoors tend to develop a positive attitude and have a calmer and
happier disposition. Also, outdoor play provides a great opportunity to
channelize kid’s natural energy in a meaningful way.
6. Personality Development : Outdoor
play aids in positively developing the personality of a kid. They learn to be
independent and self-reliant. They learn to deal with situations on their own,
handle emergencies, negotiate setbacks and unfamiliar conditions, sans adult
supervision which may instill confidence and make them better
equipped to tackle life situations later on. They also learn qualities like
discipline, sportsmanship, and team spirit.
7. Improves Attention Span : Playing
outdoor games helps to improve the mental faculties of kids. It aids in expanding
their attention span & improves their concentration and focus.
8. Attain Motor Skills : Engaging
in outdoor games can help kids develop their gross and fine motor skills. They
achieve better agility, coordination, and balance by playing outdoor games.
9. Love for Nature : Kids
who spend considerable time outdoors may be more inclined to establish a
lifelong bond with nature. They may become conscious of the environmental
issues like global warming, deforestation, animal conservation and take steps
for preserving the nature.
10. Healthier Lifestyles : Kids who productively involve in outdoor games are more
likely to lead a well- balanced and healthy lifestyle later in their adulthood.
They have good decision-making abilities. They learn to challenge themselves
and push their limitations thus becoming better at risk assessment.
build upon kid’s curiosity, the teachers at these preschool place several items
about the play yard to encourage exploration. Teachers understand children’s
developmental needs and recognize their curiosities, they offer many
opportunities for children to learn about themselves, each other, and their
environment. Their curriculum includes planned activities, as well as let ideas
emerge from interactions that occur while outside.
Summer is the best time for families to reconnect. Parents and grandparents strive to create memories with the youngest generation. If you are newbie parent and you love to travel, get over all your worries and plan a holiday with your little munchkin, because babies are some of the best travel buddies.
Here’s a list of 10 cool destinations to go for holidays with kids this summer.
1. McLeodganj The Land of His Holiness- Dalai Lama, make McLeodganj your favorite retreat in the summers. McLeodganj is most famous for its cozy cafes and monasteries. Located near upper Dharamshala, this town offers the most scenic landscapes of the Dhauladhar Ranges. Places to visit: Bhagsu Falls, Triund Trek, Namgyal Monastery, Have momos at one of the Tibetan Cafes .
Places to visit: Bhagsu Falls, Triund Trek, Namgyal Monastery, Have momos at one of the Tibetan Cafes How to reach? By Air: Kangra Airport, 30 km away By Rail: Pathankot, 90 km away
2. Manali Manali is among the most beautiful places to visit in India in summer. It is mercerizing with scenery, lush greenery, and miraculous flora and fauna.
Places to visit: Solang Valley, Rohtang, Migratory birds sanctuary, Kullu How to Reach? By Rail: Head is in Chandigarh, 291 Kms away from Manali
3. Gangtok Gangtok is a home to various species of wildlife which you can see in the zoological park. The capital city of Sikkim is snuggled in the clouds and enclosed by the lush vegetation, profound valleys and picturesque backdrop of Khangchendzonga.
Places to visit: Nathu La Pass, Rumtek Monastery, The Tsongmo Lake, How to Reach? By Air: Delhi Bagdogra 124 Kms away By Rail: New Jalpaiguri in Siliguri, 148 Kms away
4. Leh -Laddakh Ladakh is the ultimate getaway with a myriad of interesting best places to visit. The mighty mountain peaks, the breath-taking views, the stunning lakes, and the perfect weather makes it a perfect vacation destination.
Places to visit: Zanskar Valley, Pangong Tso Lake, Khardung-La Pass, Spituk Gompa, and Hemis National Park How to reach? By Air: Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, Leh By Rail: Jammu Tawi Railway Station (700 km from Ladakh); hire a cab or board a JKSRTC bus to Ladakh
5. Srinagar Srinagar is the best among the places to visit in Kashmir & popular for its Shikara rides, floating gardens, and serene beauty, and much more.At the moment, it is one of the most loved tourist places in India in summer.
Places to visit: Dal Lake, Nishat Bagh, Shalimar Bagh, Tomb of Zin-ul-Abidin, Jama Masjid, Shankaracharya Hill How to reach? By Air: Srinagar Airport By Rail: Udhampur Railway Station(229 km from Srinagar); Srinagar Railway Station is under construction
6. Nainital Nainital is one of the prime summer holiday destinations in India. The Naini Lake and the Naina Devi Surely, you cannot think of summer vacation in India without Nainital.
Places to visit: Raj Bhavan, Naini Lake, Bhimtal, Tiffin Top, Nainital Zoo, and Naina Devi Temple How to reach? By Air: Pantnagar Airport (65 km from Nainital) By Rail: Kathgodam Railway Station (34 km from Nainital)
7. Dharamshala Dharamshala is famous for temples and monasteries are famous places to visit in Himachal Pradesh. The town is best known internationally as the home of Dalai Lama of Tibet.
Places to visit: Kangra Fort, Bhagsunath Temple, Bhagsu Falls, Namgyal Monastery, Dalai Lama Temple complex, HPCA Stadium, and tea plantations of Kangra valley How to reach? By Air: Gaggal Airport (13 km from Dharamshala) By Rail: Pathankot Railway Station (85 km from Dharamshala)
8. Munnar The hill station from God’s Own Country – Kerala – is an ultimate peaceful and rejuvenating place. It is famous for its salubrious climate, lush hills, and the vast expanse of tea plantations.
Places to visit: Kundala Lake, Echo Point, Elephant Lake, Anamudi Peak, Tata Tea Museum, Chithirapuram, Devikulam, and Chinnakanal How to reach? By Air: Cochin International Airport (125 km from Munnar) By Rail: Aluva Railway Station (110 km from Munnar)
9. Kodaikanal Meadows, grasslands, waterfalls, valleys, forests, and lakes of the quaint make it one of the most popular summer holiday destinations to go with kids.
Places to visit: Kodaikanal Lake, Bryant Park,
Coaker’s Walk, Pillar Rocks, Dolphin’s Nose rock, Shembaganur Museum of Natural
History, and Bear Shola Falls
How to reach?
By Air: Madurai Airport (120 km from Kodaikanal)
By Rail: Palani Railway Station (66 km from Kodaikanal)
A destination in Tamil Nadu located in the Nilgiri Blue Mountains hills, the
hill station is often called the Queen of Hills. The famous toy train takes you
through the nearby lush hills.
Places to visit: Doddabetta Peak, Ooty Lake, Emerald
Lake, tribal Toda huts, Deer Park, Upper Bhawani Lake, Avalanche Lake, St
Stephen’s Church, and Kalhatty Waterfalls
How to reach?
By Air: Coimbatore (105 km from Ooty)
By Rail: Mettupalayam (47 km from Ooty); toy train connects Ooty
Preschool is a “big step” forward
for you and your little one! Stepping into preschool for the first time; it
will be filled with lots of wonderful new experiences for your child, it could
be scary also for few of the kids as it is new. Parents play a very important
role to prepare their child for this new experience; it is never too early to
start providing the kinds of experiences that will help your child to be ready
for preschool. Here are few important points that you can refer for smooth
transition to preschool:
Make few visits before school begins: Take advantage of “front bench day” at preschool and let your child be familiar with new environment, meet & talk to the teacher. So that at an extent child will be familiar to the new place.
Read stories about going to preschool: Read some exciting stories which talks about a child going to school like “Amelia Bedelia’s First Day of School” by Herman Parish. Give them a hint what to expect in class.
Set a routine & plan a day before: Try getting into a routine at least a week ahead from the big day. Kids need time to adjust to new morning and bedtime routines. Don’t rush in morning; prepare bag & dress in advance to have smoother start.
Talk about school with enthusiasm & go for shopping together: Talk about positive aspects, asking open ended questions and engaging in conversations is also a great way to make them comfortable. Go for shopping of bags, lunchbox to kick start the first day at school. Pick color or cartoon character that gravitates your child.
Plan a short goodbye: Children have a harder time with loner goodbyes, so try to keep it personal, positive, and short. Let you child know that you will come back soon to pick him/her.
With the tips listed
above take some small steps that can help children to
start fostering independence before the start of school like putting toys at
proper place, preparing bag etc. Starting school is an important milestone and
keeping an upbeat attitude will help your child look forward to making new
friends, learning new concepts, and growing into right direction.
Activities are something that ignites your preschool child’s imagination and love of learning & reading. Children till the age of 5 have rapid mental development and different activities into their daily life that will help develop their skills. These activities enhance your child’s cognitive, learning, creative, and motor areas. Most of the leading preschools like Amelio, Cosmikids, CDC Kids, KLAY, IPSAA, Cosmikids, Maple Bear, Safari Kids, Aptech Montana, Mindseed have planned their activities in such a way so that the child gets benefit on their necessary early childhood skills. Below are few of the activities :
Art and Craft Activities
Painting with Forks: A few plastic forks, paint & drawing papers. Dip the fork in the paint and create different patterns. Your child can experiment with the colours.
Art on Foils: You need silver foil and a toothpick. Make your child draw patterns across the foil. When you turn the foil around, you’ll see a work of art.
Sensory Developmental Activities
Play Dough: With help of dough make
different shapes & experiment with it. You can get the colourful dough to
make it more exciting for your kids.
Guess the Sounds: Download different sounds of animals,
transport, rain, and thunder. Then, play the sounds and make your child guess
which sound it is.
Educational and Learning Activities
The Alphabet Game: Teach your child the
alphabets and make him/her identify them from a book or alphabet blocks.
Around the World: Tell your child about
history, attire, food, culture etc of different countries. You can also explain
geography for kids to understand.
Puzzles: You can either make a simple puzzle or buy from store. It helps the problem solving skill power of child.
Building blocks: We all love lego or building blocks. Your child will enjoy building his/her buildings & you will be amazed by watching him build his world.
Building Sand Castles Build a small
sandpit in your backyard or take your child to the beach. You can buy sand
castle making tools for your child. It will boost child’s creativity.
Dancing/ Swimming/Cycling/ Plant
a tree as per your child’s interest you can choose any of the outdoor activity
for your child.
Quiet Time Activities
Reading books, Cooking without fire, Dress up like your favorite character are some of the activities you child will definitely love.
Children demand love and attention at all
times. Your child is an innocent soul, like a little sponge, which absorb many
learnings in conscious or subconscious manner.
Without being aware of it, we act as a role
model parents and transmit a lot of information to children. Many a times we
confuse them and put them in to an emotional burden.
While parents are also dealing with stress,
guilt and many other responsibilities which they cannot avoid. As parents, for
doing so much we sometimes deprive children from some basic attention and
needs. But in any kind of circumstances, a few things are a big no-no in front
of the innocent child.
Do not Curse or use abusive language
You may think they are too small to understand the actual words, but
they do pick up on tone and your anxiety. But, they do not have the emotional
maturity to understand and may bring few situations embarrassing.
Do not Litter
Be a responsible citizen so that your child has a good example to match
and learn from.
Do not lie
Try to not lie in front of your child. They
are more observant then you think. They will loose the meaning of trusting with
Do not Undermine your partner
Appreciate each other as family, making an
effort to boost morale of each other is belief behind successful families. Avoid
asking your child to keep secrets from your partner as this demonstrates that
it is OK to lie and undermine.
Do not Have too much screen time
Reduce the mobile during pick and drop to
school. Spend good time outdoors and not to the gadgets screens staring all the
time, put down your digital devices when your child is around. Be active
yourself, and your child will follow.
Do not Smoke and drink
Parents should never drink or smoke in
front of children because they will assume it is okay to do so and they will
start experimenting as well. Health wise think again!
Do not Ignore your child
Respond and communication, listen to them.
The more you communicate with them and respond to their cues, this builds their
self-esteem. Open conversations lead to more bonding.
Mocking your child in front of
Making a little mock of innocence or
laughing may seem funny but it can have some serious negative impact on the
child during his formative years. It reduces their self-confidence to a great
Getting violent and aggressive on your child
Your child needs your love and care, not
your anger. Do not loose temper. They will stop sharing things with you and
will be alone from inside.
Do not stick around when you drop the child
Trust your instincts, Make your children more confident and
independent right from start. They will learn to stay happy with teachers and
support staffs in the school or daycare.
1. What will the child benefit from going to a preschool and when should it start ?
A good preschool will provide your child with an interactive environment which help with their physical, mental, social, emotional, cognitive and holistic development. This in turn will make them better prepared for kindergarten when the time comes.
2. What is the educational philosophy of the preschool?
Many preschools follow a particular
philosophy like Montessori, Reggio Emilia, and Waldorf. Some follow playway or
based on experience of the teacher who runs the centre. It is important to know
what philosophy the preschool follows.
3. What is the background and experience of the teachers and staff?
A good preschool will have teachers who have done the early childhood education from reputed colleges. They should have complete knowledge of a child’s developmental stages and should also be caring and warm towards children.
4. Are meals and snacks provided?
All preschools are different.
Many preschools provide snacks for the children while there are many which do
not. You can choose a preschool based on your requirement, nutrition value and
5. What if the child is sick during school hours and needs medication?
All preschools have a first
aid kit with the basic medicines for children well stocked and in case of
illness the parents are immediately informed. The preschool should also
maintain a record of children’s allergies and illnesses if any.
6. Is potty training required?
Potty training is not
necessary for preschool. Children can take their time becoming potty trained
and preschool can also help in the process of them becoming more independent
and potty trained.
7. What are the safety measures followed for safety of the child ?
There should be
appropriate security measures like a guard at the entrance of day care, gate
height not accessible to child, visitors should not be allowed without
permission and handover of the child should only be given to registered
8. How much parental involvement does the preschool want ?
You need to be aware
whether the preschool requires parent involvement only when it comes to parent
teacher meetings or if they have interactive activities for children and
9. Is there emphasise given to converse in English with the child ?
Some preschools only
converse in English and some also encourage children to speak in their mother
tongue. You need to be aware of what is the first language of the preschool
used to interact which children to make an informed decision.
10. How much free play time will the child get?
Every preschool has a
different approach to free play. Some may be more academically inclined and
others have more free play. Choose a preschool which fits your child rearing
Mango, “The king of fruits” is loved by all
& favorite among kids. The juicy mango is the best retreat from the hot summers
for adults and kids alike. This fruit not only hydrates the body but its rich
taste has the power to soothe the taste buds. Also, the health benefits
associated with mangoes can’t be ignored. Whether you eat it or gulp down in
the form of mango shake, either way, it tastes delicious.
of Mango for Children-
Mango boasts of an abundance of nutrients,
such as antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, and other vital nutrients, that are
beneficial for kids. Here are some prominent health benefits of mangoes for
Improved Vision: Just one cup of mango
slices comprises 25% of daily recommended intake of vitamin A of kids. Vitamin
A is highly beneficial for good eyesight.
Promotes Digestion: Mangoes are known to
be a rich source of digestive enzymes that, in turn, help in breaking down of
proteins. This boosted process further leads to better digestion in kids. Also,
as an added benefit, mangoes thwart acidity or other digestive disorders that
occur commonly in kids.
Memory Booster: Mangoes are rich in
Glutamine acid which acts as a memory booster.
Prevents Cancer: Mangoes are rich in
pectin, a soluble dietary fiber that helps minimize the risk of development of
cancer of gastrointestinal tract in your kids.
Treats Anemia: High iron content in the
mangoes helps cure anemia in kids.
Promotes Weight Gain: A moderate intake
of mangoes is one of the simplest ways to enhance your kid’s weight
Below are some lip smacking & easy mango
recipes for kids :
Ingredients: Finely cut fresh mango, Sugar,
A glass of milk, Ice cubes
Method: Mix finely cut mango, sugar, and
milk in a big bowl. Use a blender to mix it well. Keep it blending until it
turns into a complete liquid. Add ice cubes if needed and serve it chilled to
2. Mango Popsicles: This
is the easiest. You need mango pulp, fresh cream or yogurt and sugar on an
optional basis. Mix all the ingredients above and put them into Kulfi moulds.
Allow them to freeze for 1 hour. Take out the moulds and insert a stick inside.
Further allow it to freeze for 3 to 4 hours. While you serve take it out of the
freezer and unmold after few minutes.
Ingredients: 2-3 fresh and peeled mangoes, A lemon, Salt, Pinch of cayenne pepper, Chilli powder (optional)
Method: Peel and chop the mangoes and place
them in a deep bowl. Mix salt, pepper, chilli powder, and lemon in another
bowl. Now mix the prepared mixture with the mangoes and serve it to your kid.
Ingredients: 1 cup diced mango, 1 cup plain
non-fat yogurt, 1/2 cup milk, 2 tablespoons sugar, Dash of cinnamon (optional)
Method: Add all of the ingredients to the bowl of a
blender. Puree until smooth. Serve immediately!
Mango Banana Cupcakes:
Ingredients: 1/2 cups self raising flour, 125 g softened
butter, 3 eggs; light whisked, 1/4 cup milk, 1/4 cup honey, 2 mashed bananas, 1
finely sliced mango cheek
Method: Pre-heat oven to 180 C/350 F. Sift
the flour into a bowl. Add the remaining ingredients except the mango. Beat on
medium speed for 2 – 3 minutes. Fill mini pastry cases 3/4 full. Top with a
slice of mango and an extra drizzle of honey if you like. Bake for 15 minutes.
Child Readiness for Preschool – 10 point checklist
the simple answer is that there is no ‘Perfect Age’ to begin school. All kids
are SCHOOL READY at their own pace. So to say, some kids are ready for play
school at as early as 18 months while some need to wait till as long as 24 – 30
months. Here is a checklist for you to assess your child’s readiness.
If the kid
Is toilet trained up to
some extent. Which means if the kid can at least ask for a diaper change
(through words or actions) post pooping or if the diaper feels wet and heavy?
Displays confidence to
do activities independently or with some help of a supervisor.
Is not in acute phase of
separation or stranger anxiety and is able to be away from family for few
Able to communicate his
/her needs like higher, thirst, pain etc
Enjoys stories, rhymes,
Shows interest in
exploring new environment and outdoors.
Shows interest in going
to school looking at other kids his / her age.
Shows improvement in
immunity and catches infections less often as compared to the first year of
Is highly energetic and
you are unable to channelize the energy in productive ways
Is regular with sleep
and eating habits
If most of the above mentioned criteria are met, parents should try by starting with lesser duration to let kids settle well in school. Sometimes few kids take longer than others to settle in school. They experience stranger anxiety, separation anxiety, difficulty in pooping or peeing in a new environment, loss in appetite, frequent stomach bugs, bouts of cough and cold etc. Usually all these issues settle down within a week or two, but if not, parents should be more patient and push play-school few months away by either a few more weeks of joint sessions through Parent Toddler programs or letting the kid be at home and doing home activities / interventions to build more confidence of the child. Below is a chart that you can refer to check kindergarten readiness of your child.
Basic Kindergarten Readiness Scale
Motor Skills and Self-Care
Knows their ABCs or recognizes
Has small motor coordination – can
manipulate small objects
Has general large motor coordination
Can take care of their own basic
needs, e.g., go to the bathroom on own
Are you planning to put your kiddo in a daycare centre? No
matter how much you love your job or your daycare center, saying
farewell to your little one every morning is never easy. But moms don’t sneak
away, there are several benefits from going to a daycare centre and this holds
true for babies and toddlers from 6 months to 4 years of age and it is scientifically
proven. Here are some advantages of a daycare centre for children:
1. Kids learn to socialize
At daycare kids to meet other kids, some of the kids may be of the same age
and other may be younger or older there kids interacting with them on a day to
day basis, which may help him to master his socializing skills & learn to
make new friends too.
2. Learn to follow schedule
The various activities that are planned for the children are executed in a
structured manner make kids to learn how to do things as per the schedule and
this is amongst one of the many benefits of daycare for toddlers.
3. Kids begin learning at an early age
Daycare centres not only take care of your child but also they also plan
various activities for your kids to help them to learn various educational concepts
at a young age. Many daycares adopt play and learn the concept thus,
the importance of daycare in child development cannot be ignored.
4. Help in smoother transition to formal schooling
Kids who start going to daycare centres may find it easier to adjust to the
formal schooling atmosphere. This is because by the time they have already
experienced the routine of school, saying goodbye to parents, follow a schedule
and other such things that may make the transition easier for them.
5. Learn to take care of themselves & make them self confident
They learn to identify their belongings like their own bag, tiffin, napkin
and water bottle. These are the real treasures of the children of this age.6. Children
get toilet trained. Learn to communicate well to other in absence of their
Sending your kid to a daycare centre can be a tough call for the parents to take. However, there are many good options available too. You may speak to our counsellor to get best advice on choosing a daycare.