@Team ParentCircle This is a very informative article. I noticed that my children, primarily my younger one, are having a lot of rashes and blisters especially at this time of the year. Thank you so much for sharing this. One question though, my little one often comes back home from school with mouth sores. Once we give him antibiotics (prescribed by the doctor) it goes away, but reappears in a week's time. What can it be due to?
@Anonymous Dear parent, it is wonderful that you want to teach your child to be secular and tolerant from an early age. You are fortunate to be living in a city that offers exposure to different religions (research says that the earlier children are exposed to diversity, the better)--utilise this by talking to her about the different festivals that people of each religion celebrate and their significance. This will help her understand and appreciate diversity in how people pray and what they consider auspicious. Read her diversity-themes stories and books, such as 'Its okay to be different', 'Its a small world', and 'All kinds of families'. Look at your own surroundings- are you friends with people of diverse backgrounds? Help our child develop tolerance by talking about diverse cultures and different points of views. Talk about role models (heroes of different religions and backgrounds) who are inspiring and who we can learn from. Another way of encouraging your child to be secular is exposing her to other people by involving her in sports, after school activities, clubs, and camps. All of these serve to introduce children to people and ideas they haven't encountered before. Also, practice what you preach. If your child hears you talking about another religion negatively, she is likely to mimic you. Help your child embrace her own background (including her religion and culture)- when your child accepts who is she and feels positively about it, she is much less likely to view others who are different as a threat. All the best!
@Team ParentCircle I am already drooling over these recipes. Also, egg is such a versatile food item that you can experiment it and make fun things for the family. My little one hates boiled eggs, but loves it in the form of omelette, poached eggs or half-boiled. So I give her a half boiled egg every alternate day either with some mashed potatoes and vegetables gently tossed in oil.