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Helping your child deal with peer pressure and bullying

Friends can influence a child’s attitudes and behaviors in ways that matter across multiple domains of mental and physical health and well-being. Consider two scenarios. First, your kid wants a certain kind of school bag. Second, when he doesn’t want to go to school without that school bag as his fellow classmates and peers make fun of him for not having it. The former is the case of peer pressure [1] and the latter is of bullying [2]. In such cases of peer pressure and bullying, your child goes through psychological stress and suffer from issues like anxiety, emotional breakdown, depression as well. In both the cases the child is put under psychological stress and mental pressure. Peer pressure and bullying is a serious problem among school-age children and adolescents. They lead to anxiety, low self-esteem and in worst case mental illness. Mental health issues have always existed but, in…

Reading and writing milestones for school going children

Reference to children in the age group of 6-12 years The beginning of proper formal schooling also marks the beginning of the identity formative years of your child. During these few years (Ages 6- 13), your child is constantly going through cognitive development and learning. This learning is interpreted as milestones of child development; especially reading and writing milestones. Your child accomplishes a certain set of tasks at a certain age. Milestones of child development are those certain tasks that your child is able to accomplish. However, it is not necessary that the reading and writing milestones have to be achieved. Some children might have delayed learning or learning disabilities which can be a deviation from a normal developmental path. According to the Annual Status of Education Report (2016), around 48% of students have difficulty reading in textbooks meant for their grade. The main reason for this is due to…

10 signals of helicopter parents and how to stop being one

A Helicopter, what!!! As a parent, it is natural to want what is best for your child. And that also, while keeping them out of harm’s way. And sometimes this “act of love and support” goes overboard and ends up harming your child more. Helicopter parents are constantly involved in every part of their child’s life. The constant feeling of  “hovering around” by over focused parents is the origin of the term. A helicopter parent tries to monitor everything that their child does, from school, play time, as well as leisure time. While it starts as being a supportive and attentive parent, it can easily cross over the line. And you can become an overprotective helicopter parent. This kind of parent-child relationship can easily influence the social development of your child. As a parent, raising responsible kids is our duty. However, parents want to raise a better version of themselves…

Popular Spell Bee competitions for class 1-5

Spell Bee is a popular form of English language competition and is gaining huge popularity in India. The participants have to guess the correct spelling of the word given to them, if guessed correctly then they move on to the next round. The difficulty of the word increases at every stage. The child can ask the pronouncer the meaning of the word or to use it in a sentence. The speller who spells correctly till the end is the winner. Spell Bee or English Olympiads: Which is the difference? English Olympiads are pen and paper tests where your child has to choose the answer from the given options. The focus of English olympiads is more on language ability, grammar, and knowledge of the English language. Spell bee test your children on their word bank and the main objective is to increase your child’s knowledge and spellings of different words. What…

National level competitive Exams for school students

As a parent, we want our kids to have various achievements because that will result in their success. Competitive exams and activities are required platform for your child because they give the perfect opportunity to use and enhance their knowledge. Exams such as Olympiads, Spell Bee, NSTSE, etc. help your child in developing an external and rational outlook which is beyond the classroom. Your child uses their knowledge into olympiads and other exams which helps them achieve excellence. What is an Olympiad? Is it important for your child? Olympiads are competitive exams which are done at the school level. They are often based on the syllabus of the particular subject taught in the schools. Olympiads helps your child by exposing them to such exams and preparing them for the future. Through olympiads, you can assess your child’s strengths and capabilities. They can also help in knowing where your child lacks…