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Apr 11 2020
@Team ParentCircle Watch the Panel Discussion here: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=412329613101641
During the Virtual Parent Meet-up 3.0, there were some questions unanswered during the meet-up. We have answered those questions here for you. Scroll down to take a look at them!
I work as a counsellor at a preschool. My school principal has asked me to convince parents to get their children to attend online classes. Can you tell me how to convince parents?
@Team ParentCircle This is one of the most challenging tasks for a school counsellor to convince parents of something when you know it is not in the best interest of their children. The key is to help your principal strike a delicate balance between the schools academic obligation and what is most appropriate for a preschoolers development.You could have a discussion with your principal to understand the other pressures the principal is having to cope with to justify the fees parents are paying, concern about children falling back in academics, meeting parents expectations, among many other things. This will help you step back and take a more practical approach to the situation. Do keep in mind the age of the preschoolers developmental needs, while you offer suggestions to the management. Perhaps you could all work out a programme that is more acceptable to the management, parents and beneficial to the children.
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A student of mine who has got into Instagram and befriended 2 boys and 1 girl is now forcing mother to send her out with them. She says she knows them past 4 months and they are the ones who understand her. Mother is dead against it...no no to it...father passed away a couple of years back...lot of frictions at home...both are not budging on anything.
@Team ParentCircle Dear Teacher, I can imagine how hard this must be for the mother, more so because she is shouldering the responsibility of raising her daughter single-handedly. There are other stresses that mother and daughter seem to be dealing with the loss of husband/father in the family as well as friction between themselves. All this could lead to a tense atmosphere at home. Coping with the loss of a loved one takes time, and support from family and friends, and from teachers too. Your student could be seeking comforting and support from her new friends she has made on Instagram. If she could get support from adults who care about her, she will become less dependent on the friends for support. As her teacher, you could reach out to her. Begin by greeting her every day, ask her how she is doing, what her interests are. As her trust in you grows, she will open up about deeper things that may be worrying or troubling her. All you need to do is be a good listener. Dont worry about not having solutions. By talking to you, your student will feel supported in expressing and facing her emotions anger and sadness about loss of her dad, fears about the future. Sharing her feelings with someone could help reduce the conflicts with her mother.You may also guide your student about online safety and the risks involved. You could work along with her mother, to talk to her daughter about the apps she uses, then download those apps and spend time learning the ins and outs to ensure that the mother has an idea of her daughters world. Ask her to read reviews of the apps online to further educate herself.While the mother educates herself, she could also talk to her daughter about stranger danger and making safe decisions online.
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How to make kids who are around age 3 study on this online platform? My daughter is 2.6yrs old. She doesn't even start her playschool. How to make her comfortable when it comes to an online class?
@Team ParentCircle Dear Parent, it must be tough handling a 2.6-year-old and engaging her in online classes. Developmentally, children this age, or toddlers, benefit most from learning that involves all their senses, i.e, when they touch and see the learning material and manipulate it with their own hands (bend, twist, join, build, pour, scoop, etc.). They learn by exploring new objects in their surroundings. They are able to follow simple instructions and directions. However, online learning is not recommended as a modality of learning for toddlers. Toddlers dont have the attention span to be able to sit and engage with a screen. Moreover, clinical guidelines (such as by the World Health Organisation) recommend a screen time of not more than 30 minutes to one hour for children between 1.5 and 3 years. Considering all these factors, we suggest that you avoid enrolling your child for online classes. If she hasnt even started her playschool, kindly refrain from enrolling her this year and look to engage her with simple activities at home. All the best!
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My daughter is 18 years old. From the time the lockdown started, she has been attending online classes during the day and working out with their friends in the evening. For the past few days, she has been asking us to send her out to shop since her friends are going to shops nearby. But we are scared to send her out as the COVID-19 cases are on the rise. How to handle this situation.
@Team ParentCircle Dear Parent, your fear is totally understandable. In these uncertain times, it is difficult to be sure about our decisions, especially those involving our children. As you are aware, peers take on greater importance during adolescence, so it is understandable that your daughter wants to go out with her friends. We suggest that instead of stopping her, have conversations with her about safety practices and how it is better to err on the side of caution. Discuss that if she does go out, and if some of her peers are not following the hygienic practices (such as wearing masks) and following social distancing, what are some of the things she could do. Talk to her about peer pressure- what is okay to give into and what isnt. This way, you will be more confident in sending her out. Meanwhile, look at ways she can engage with her friends online. Could she have virtual get-togethers with her friends? Could she form online groups around her interests- for example, could she join an online book club if shes interested in reading or a virtual baking group, if baking happens to be her passion? Blogging, making online videos, creating ones own YouTube channel...there are so many ways she can engage herself and at the same time, fulfil her social needs. All the best!
During the Virtual Parent Meet-up 2.0, due to time restrictions, we could not address some of the questions that came up during our conversation. We have answered those questions here for you. Scroll down to take a look at them!
How can learning and screen usage be balanced at the time of lockdown?
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As a teacher working from home, I find it difficult to spend time with my children and help them in completing their assignments. Your suggestions?
@Team ParentCircle With Corona forcing families to stay indoors, work from home seems to be the option for most parents. Find out the challenges and effective ways of balancing both home and work.
Sometimes children are adamant with what they want to do. At times what is the most important thing we can follow to reduce their adamant?
@Team ParentCircle Some children want to have everything their way. As a parent, do you know how to deal with a strong-willed child who isn't ready to listen to reason?
@Team ParentCircle Is your child strong-willed by nature? Wondering how to mould him? ParentCircle brings you expert tips on this.
How to manage boys aged 11 and 9? Pls suggest
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My son is in lower primary. Not ready to spend time in studies even for half an hour. Very difficult to handle him compared to the elder one. He wants to watch TV or play on mobiles. If not, he starts crying but not ready to read. What can be done?
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@Team ParentCircle During these times of uncertainty, its important to encourage and support your childs play. Here are 10 ways to provide open-ended and inviting play environments for your child during the lockdown.
My child who is around 3 is beating everybody.. be it elders or even his own peers he finds pleasure in pushing or beating them.. I have spoken with him for hours and told him, he says okay still does the same.. he doesn't want others to beat him but he keeps bullying others as a manner... As a mother, I feel offended when other mother's or even at school they complain.. so I have to keep him alone. How to stop this?
@Team ParentCircle Many toddlers develop the habit of hitting others. Most indulge in it when they are upset, but some do it even when they are happy. No matter what, parents should nip this habit in the bud.
Elder kids are spending lots of screentime. How to avoid with working parents and of nuclear family and with lockdown no movement outside home seeing and interacting with people all being lost..this makes their bedtime untime..goodtime all changed..any suggestions?
Elder children are getting irritated when we ask them to do their assignments. What can be done for them in this situation?
What about sharing, caring, learning from others, how to help others, and emotional skills and peer learning as a parent and also how parents can help in hands-on activities?
@Team ParentCircle Learning to share is a very important life skill to teach a child. But preschoolers are known for not parting with their belongings. So how do we teach our little ones to share?
@Team ParentCircle Are you troubled that your child speaks unkind words or doesnt care about causing hurt to others? Do you think he lacks a sense of empathy? Heres how to help him be caring and compassionate.
*ParentCircle Virtual Parent Meet-up 2.0 | Register NOW!*We are excited to invite you for our next *Virtual Parent Meet-Up*. Join our Parent-led Conversation! Through this session, we wish to see more parents come together - to meet, share, learn, grow and support each other! *Date:* 30th April 2020 (Thursday) *Time:* 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM*Location:* From the comfort of your home! (We will be sharing the link to join the session to those who register)*Register Now >>>* https://bit.ly/2S1KOErFor further details, feel free to contact - 8754414666Warm Regards, Team ParentCircle
What a wonderful session it was! Thank you to all those who took out your Saturday morning to spend time with us, discussing and sharing our parenting concerns and journeys! We hope youall had your own learnings and takeaways from the session.We had ours too!
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