How to inspire children through play with STEM toys – Self Improvement Article

STEM toys and STEM education are very popular in today’s competitive world and help encourage kids to develop skills in the core disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Playtime is not what it used to be. Let’s face it, most kids would rather watch a movie or play a video game than dig in a sandbox, color a picture, or play with “old-fashioned” toys. And while there are definite advantages to screen time (though this shouldn’t be unlimited), these…

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Finding Zen at the dentist’s office – A parent’s guide to zapping your child’s fear of dental visits – Self Improvement Article

Ever heard of white coat syndrome? It is the fear of visiting doctors (and of course, dental visits). Or just about anyone wearing a white coat. Now most adults are terrified of dental visits—so let us not even talk about kids. To prepare them for their first, second or subsequent dental visit, parents can take measures beforehand and vanquish that fear for good. After all, oral care is important and dental visits are unavoidable—so why not make it a happy…

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Qigong Walking Mediation for Kids (and Grownups) #AtoZChallenge – Self Improvement Article

Qigong walking meditation is a great way to help kids–and grownups–find calm and joy. During my school days, our home would be bustling with activity. Since I grew up at my Grandmother’s place, we had lots of house guests over, visiting for the summer vacation. Every day was a festival—food, people, outings, lots of cousins in a range of age groups. Those were the days! And guess which part of our “population” needed managing? The kids. There were as many…

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Little Travel Bug #BookReview | Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles

Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before. – Dalai Lama   Travel broadens the mind—there’s no doubt about it. As a child of the ’60s, I was fortunate to enjoy summer holidays that were earmarked for travel. The planning would begin months in advance, itineraries drawn around events we had to attend—marriages invariably took place during these months to facilitate maximum attendance. We’d travel in large groups that included children in various age-groups and this meant getting concession…

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Teach Your Child Five Simple Ways To Practice Self-Care

To become a well-rounded and self-sufficient adult, it is imperative that we become comfortable managing stress and taking care of ourselves first. But why should this notion be merely limited to adulthood? In fact, it can be argued that self-care is valued more during childhood and adolescence. While self-care can be learned throughout life, it is vital that we introduce and encourage healthy practices to our kids as early as possible. I hardly need say that the easiest way to…

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Why breakfast is the most important meal of the day

Let’s talk about why breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and why it is crucial to start your day right with a nourishing breakfast. We’ve grown up learning that breakfast is the one meal that should not be skipped. Why? The reasons are endless. Besides fueling us with the energy to get through our morning and kick-start the day, it boosts our metabolism and helps in maintaining a healthy weight. It helps us focus at work and…

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