Is your child getting the required physical activity?

By Bhaven Shah,

There is no argument that academic excellence is highly valued in most schools and colleges across India. Most of the curriculum and academic calendars of schools are geared towards ensuring maximum pass out ratios or maximum number of students securing top spots in the state or national level examinations.  In order to meet their own expectations in this highly competitive academic context, parents often send their children for extra tuitions classes and other preparatory coaching institutes.

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But, are our children getting a well-rounded education? Are we building confident, balanced individuals for tomorrow, who seek out and achieve the limits of their excellence?

There are, of course, a few selected schools and parents who are able to provide a well-rounded exposure to their kids in terms of learning new life skills, hands-on camps or workshops, competitive sports and activities geared towards experiential learning. But, for the majority of other students, life is fairly one dimensional with not many mechanisms to develop their individual personality or even avenues to cope with academic stress. In addition, the combination of stress and lifestyle choices today could leave our children more prone to health issues than possibly their previous generation. Rapid urbanization, proliferation of Internet and increased used of transport have caused global changes in physical activity. A third of the people across the world do not even meet the minimum daily requirement of 30 minutes of moderate to intense physical activity.

Outdoor activities help kids stay fit and active which will benefit them in the long run. Besides, when they play with other kids outdoors, they learn to be more cordial and they try to work well in groups, which helps them develop qualities like leadership and co-operation. A simple change such as adding a 30-minute cycling or once a quarter trekking excursion can lead to positive impact on children. Such activities, along with a well-balanced nutrition diet, will assist in overall physical, emotional and social development in kids.

Every child and adult have their own view, and rightly so, of how they want to shape the future of today’s youth. No matter what their vision is, there is no denying that we all want our children to overcome challenges and achieve the pinnacle of their personal best. The best we can do to prepare our youth today is to make their body and mind fit to successfully run the marathon called life.

About the Author:

Bhaven is co-founder of Hundred Cubs, an outdoor lifestyle network. Hundred Cubs promotes physical activities in natural settings with focus on experiential learning and fitness. Hundred Cubs programs and online tools are geared towards personal development, team camaraderie and fitness focus. Prior to starting Hundred Cubs, Bhaven was a Deputy General Manager at WaterHealth International – India. In the past 15 years, Bhaven has held many management positions in the corporate sector primarily in the USA. He has an MBA from UC Berkeley and M.S. in Computer Science from Ball State University, Indiana. Bhaven can be reached at bhaven@hundredcubs.com.

About Learnhive: 

Learnhive is a leading provider of technology based learning solutions for K12 students, parents, and tutors. Our goal is to make curriculum based learning more effective and fun. We specialize in providing after school learning solutions for students and parents. Our flagship product, Personal Concept Tutor™ gives students the flexibility to learn concepts at their own pace using a wide variety of materials and resources suited for their individual needs. Our technology is compatible with multiple device formats such as desktops, laptops, tablets and smart phones to make learning more fun, interactive and available to students anywhere and at anytime. Signup for free to access the learning materials (lessons and exercises).

How can I give more freedom to my child?

By Ranjani Sastry,

How can I give more freedom to my child?

As parents, we expect our children to share their innermost feelings, their joys and their disappointments with us. But more often than not, as our children get into their teen years, we realize that they may not be upfront with what they are up to. They may want to share more with their friends than with you or they may get more introverted.

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Is it possible that they are behaving so because you haven’t given them enough freedom? Perhaps, they are afraid that you may disapprove of their choices or their friends. Perhaps they are hesitant of being judged by you. If so, it is time to change track in your parenting style.

Being a parent means walking a fine line between being your child’s best friend and confidante and at the same time gently guiding them towards making prudent decisions and following a righteous path.  We definitely want them to confide in us more than anything else, at the same, they should still look up to us as a parent and a role model.

Coming back to your point though…  Are your children not confiding in you completely? My answer to that is “let it be”. Even you do not share everything about yourself with them or with the world. Being a parent is an evolving role. A child needs a different kind of parent at every age. When she is a mere baby, she needs us to feed her, clothe her and soothe her when she needs to sleep. As she gets into toddler-hood and early childhood, she needs our fingers to hold on to as she learns to walk, she needs a shoulder to rest her head on when she is tired, to teach her right from wrong. As your child gets into her teenage years, though she may not ask for it openly, she needs our help as a parent to grow into a mature and confident individual.

First understand that textbook concepts do not work with parenting. You need to be spontaneous and go with the flow. There is no right or wrong style of parenting. You need to be attuned to your child’s verbal or non-verbal cues to gauge what your child needs from you.

Be open to forgiving your child for their missteps. Sometimes you will see your child making a mistake. You may advise them against it but they may not listen. Understand it and accept it that they need to make that mistake to learn a lesson that they will never forget. Let your child know that you will always love her and she can always come back to you. When your child was first learning to walk, she may have fallen and hurt herself several times till she got a hang of it. Just like you picked her up when she fell down, kissed her bruised knees and encouraged her to try one more time, you need to be there for her when she falters in her teen years.

Moral of the story: if you are happy and comfortable in your shoes, as a parent, your child will open up to you on her own.

About the Author:

Ranjani Sastry has done her graduation in Psychology and diploma in Counseling and skills. Currently, Ranjani is pursuing her Masters in Public administration. She is a co-founder and an active member of ‘Satori-let’s not yawn’*, a multilingual literary club based in Ahmedabad. She expresses her passion and compassion through reading, writing and involving herself in areas where she can contribute to personal growth. Her friends describe her as ‘if you meet her you will find someone who thinks out of the box and ideas galore’. Presently she is reading ‘I have a Dream’ by Ranshmi Bansal.

 About Learnhive: 

Learnhive is a leading provider of technology based learning solutions for K12 students, parents, and tutors. Our goal is to make curriculum based learning more effective and fun. We specialize in providing after school learning solutions for students and parents. Our flagship product, Personal Concept Tutor™ gives students the flexibility to learn concepts at their own pace using a wide variety of materials and resources suited for their individual needs. Our technology is compatible with multiple device formats such as desktops, laptops, tablets and smart phones to make learning more fun, interactive and available to students anywhere and at anytime. Signup for free to access the learning materials (lessons and exercises).