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    Together at Home | COVID-19

    #QuarantineFunTime | Time to re-connect with your children & family!

    Together at Home | COVID-19

    #QuarantineFunTime | Time to re-connect with your children & family!

    Staying at home, working from home, trying to keep the kids engaged, wanting to spend some ME time, figuring out how best you can all spend some quality time together can all be a little overwhelming. But do not worry, we are here to support and give you ideas to keep your family engaged! Feel free to share your experiences and ideas too!

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    Team ParentCircle Sep 28 2020

    We have been thinking about bringing home a pup. My 5-year-old has been too keen about it. We also mutually agreed she will take part in specific chores related to the pup. Meanwhile, I tried using the pup as a reward to get her to become more independent. To give you a background, Im a working mom who only got weekend mornings with my daughter. The past 4.5 years she had everything done for her. I have been trying my best to foster independence in her during the lockdown since I work from home now. So far, I have managed to get her to eat by herself, if not all, some of her meals. Now the brushing battle, however, is the toughest for me. I take out the brush and she takes about 15 minutes to even touch the brush. We talk, I threaten, sing, tell a story and this goes on for an hour before she gets the brushing done. So, I told her, if she brushes her teeth by herself every morning, Ill get home the pup. It has been a week, and the struggle is still on. I told her we may not be able to bring home the pup with this behaviour continuing, she got terribly upset. What do I do?

    Team ParentCircle Sep 28 2020

    @Team ParentCircle Thats a conundrum. So obviously setting up a reward didnt work in changing her behaviour. Two things u need to think about - 1. Why is she not able to do the self-care tasks independently? Are you expecting too much of her? Has she been set up to believe that it is something you'll always help her with? or some other reason? and 2. if you do bring the pup home, will u task her with helping with the pup? and what happens when she doesnt? you'll end up doing it yourself?

    Let's discuss these points. You have said, the expectations relating to taking care of the pup are mutually discussed and clearly defined; much before you brought home the pup. You have therefore set clear expectations from your daughter and so, we can expect her to help you with the responsibilities.

    Now, coming to the brushing bit - if everything was done for her, and you want to change that now, the last thing that'll work is telling her to do it herself.

    You'll have to do hand-holding for the parts she's totally unable to do right now while giving her an opportunity to do the parts she willingly does

    Break down the morning routine into say 5 steps. For each step, think about what she is able to do herself and how much time it requires.

    Then for each part she is able to do herself, you'll have to stand at a distance and egg her on without nagging her- this requires time and patience but if you want her to be independent, you'll have to go through this even if she takes time

    If you break it down to 5 steps, initially you dont have to get her to do all 5 herself.

    Maybe get her the brush and tell her to brush, while telling a story. The story pauses if she pauses. No shouting, no nagging. You probably will get the brushing done in 10! You need to be patient and give her the message that you're there for her, but you wont do everything for her.

    P.S Start with a premise that you can tell only one or two stories based on your childs speed at which she can brush and agree on that beforehand.

    Stay strong and Parent on!

    Roopa M Sep 22 2020

    Team ParentCircle Aug 19 2020

    One of the important elements of a good home learning environment is parentchild interactions. Read on to know how you can create opportunities for your child to learn at home.

    Team ParentCircle Aug 19 2020

    In this tech-crazy world, we accept that our devices are ruining our happiness, yet we cant stop using them. Is there a way we can outsmart our smartphone? Tech consultant Dr. Tchiki Davis explains

    Roopa M Jun 11 2020

    Here is some interesting and useful information about hormones and happiness that I came across. Thought of sharing it here:

    Human's happiness -*
    1. *Endorphins,*
    2. *Dopamine,*
    3. *Serotonin,*
    and
    4. *Oxytocin.*
    It is important we *understand these hormones,*
    as we *need all four* of them *to stay happy.*

    Let's look at the *first hormone* the *Endorphins.*
    *When we exercise, the body releases Endorphins.*
    This hormone helps the body cope with the pain of exercising. We then *enjoy exercising* because these Endorphins will make us happy.
    *Laughter is* another good way of *generating Endorphins.*
    We need to spend *30 minutes exercising* every day, read or *watch funny stuff* to get our day's dose of Endorphins.

    *The second hormone is Dopamine.*
    In our journey of life, we accomplish many *little and big tasks, it releases* various levels of *Dopamine.*
    *When we get appreciated for our work at the office or at home,* we feel accomplished and good, that is *because it releases Dopamine.*
    This also explains *why* most *housewives* are *unhappy* since they *rarely* get *acknowledged* or appreciated *for their work.* Once, we join work, we *buy* a car, a house, the latest gadgets, a *new house* so forth. In each instance, it *releases Dopamine* and we become happy.
    Now, do we realize why we become happy when we shop?

    *The third hormone Serotonin* is released when we *act in a way that benefits others.*
    When we transcend ourselves and give back to others or *to nature or to the society, it releases Serotonin.* Even,
    providing useful information on the internet like *writing information* blogs, answering peoples questions on Quora or *Facebook groups will generate Serotonin.*
    That is *because* we will use our *precious time to help other* people via our answers or articles.

    *The final hormone is Oxytocin,*
    is released *when* we become *close to other human* beings.
    When we *hug our friends* or family *Oxytocin is released.*
    The *"Jadoo Ki Jhappi"* from Munnabhai *does really work.*
    Similarly, when we *shake hands* or put our *arms around* someone's shoulders, various amounts of *Oxytocin is released.*

    So, it is simple, we have to *exercise every day* to get *Endorphins,*
    we have to *accomplish* little *goals* and get *Dopamine,*
    we *need to* be *nice* to others to *get Serotonin* and
    finally *hug our kids,*
    friends, and families to *get Oxytocin* and we will *be happy.*
    *When we are happy, we can deal* with our challenges and *problems better.*

    Now, we can understand *why we need to hug a child who has a bad mood.*

    So to.
    *make your child* happier day by day ...

    1.*Motivate him to play* on the ground
    *-Endorphins*

    2. *Appreciate your child* for his small big achievements
    *-Dopamine*

    3. *inculcate sharing* habit through you to your child
    *-Serotonin*

    4. *Hug* your child
    *-Oxytocin*

    *Have a Happy Life*.

    Roopa M Jun 11 2020

    @Roopa M Thanks for sharing such a informative write-up on happiness. Worth reading it!

    Team ParentCircle May 18 2020

    Birthday cakes are the most important part of a child's birthday party. So, why not bake one for your child on his birthday. Here's a special recipe that you and your child are bound to enjoy!

    Team ParentCircle May 13 2020

    Tired of the, I feel so bored! that comes often from your child? Well, boredom does have its benefits. So, allow your child to feel bored every now and then.

    Team ParentCircle May 13 2020

    Making others happy is a wonderful thing to do. Let your child feel the joy and fulfillment of spreading smiles. We help you get started, with this list of thoughtful gestures for your kids to try!

    Team ParentCircle May 6 2020

    Physical activity in any form is more important than no activity. Getting your child to move more is a good way to introduce fitness in her life. How do you do that?

    Team ParentCircle May 6 2020

    Forced to keep your little ones at home because of the sweltering heat? Are they bored doing the same activities? Heres what you can do to ensure they have maximum fun inside the four walls

    Team ParentCircle May 6 2020

    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.

    Team ParentCircle Apr 24 2020

    Doing yoga has several health benefits. Learn about the importance and benefits of yoga asanas for children. Also see a list of easy-to-do yoga poses for kids that you and your child can do together.

    Team ParentCircle Apr 21 2020

    Keeping small children out of troubles way can be challenging indoors. Here are some easy ways to keep your preschooler occupied, with little or no expenditure, while also having fun

    Team ParentCircle Apr 17 2020

    Gardening is a great way to bond and share life lessons with your child. Here are some home gardening tips to help your kids to learn about planting and maintenance of their very own garden!

    Team ParentCircle Apr 17 2020

    Science if taught in the right manner can be a fascinating subject! Introduce your little one to the exciting world of science by teaching fun scientific concepts through simple experiments at home.

    Team ParentCircle Apr 17 2020

    Playing video games and collecting stamps as hobbies for kids are passe. Instead of common hobbies, try unique ones such as plane spotting, candle making, comic book art and so much more. Explore!

    Team ParentCircle Apr 9 2020

    They are entertaining, informative, and screen-free! Podcasts for children can be your new best friend, whether its before bedtime, during long road trips or anytime your child is bored.

    Roopa M Apr 7 2020

    Team ParentCircle Apr 2 2020

    Art from waste is an interesting way to recycle and reuse items that end up in a bin. Here are some ideas on how to make art and craft pieces from waste material lying around at home!

    Team ParentCircle Mar 27 2020

    Wondering how to keep your little ones entertained during 'corona' lockdown? Well, youve got to read this. Here are 60 fun activity ideas to liven your family time!

    Team ParentCircle Mar 23 2020

    @Team ParentCircle Ha! Certainly! This is the scene at home for the last one week of Quarantine! Its just that its not limited to just TV remote, it is the ipad, toys, books, snacks, chocolates and everything! We're all becoming kids too during this phase and just indulging.

    Team ParentCircle Mar 23 2020

    Keeping small children out of troubles way can be challenging indoors. Here are some easy ways to keep your preschooler occupied, with little or no expenditure, while also having fun

    Team ParentCircle Mar 19 2020

    A childs world is full of imagination. All you need to do is to just fuel and nurture it.

    Team ParentCircle Mar 20 2020

    @Team ParentCircle A lovely read and surecto follow it .what best time to bring out the creativity in all of us.

    Team ParentCircle Mar 19 2020

    Getting your children involved in household chores can be a challenge. Here are some great tips and a list of age-appropriate tasks, to encourage your child to participate and become responsible.

    Team ParentCircle Mar 20 2020

    @Team ParentCircle A totally engaging activity which teaches and also kills boring time .

    Team ParentCircle Mar 20 2020

    @Team ParentCircle It's something which is actually new and exciting .The whole family is together and the best is all household chores are now shared . New recipes learnt ,hobbies recollected and some new learnt and mostly bonding time. Catching up on sleep and watching favourite movies is really fun

    Team ParentCircle Mar 20 2020

    @Team ParentCircle Sounds exciting! Everybody loves stories! Since children are home, this would be great for them and the entire family to get entertained online and enjoy their time together. Looking forward to joining this event.