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Asha Ha! This takes me back to school days! Coming from a girls convent school, culturals and fests taking place in other schools were somethings, me and my friends have always looked forward to! During one such Music performance, where I was the lead singer from my school, one guy in the audience stood there right in front of me and put out this big smile that took away all my fear and stage fright within seconds! That was my first performance in front of a huge audience and that smile from a complete stranger was such a great help. Abhinav, with whom I gained the courage to post my performance to go out and thank, is my best friend now!
SIMRAN This question was useful to me too though my daughter is not in middle school. Thanks to the Counsellors response, it helped me too. I want to say something to Simran.. Simran, this is the time when girls usually start their periods or already have started and this might have some effect on their mood and behavior sometimes to some extent. Generally I notice some girls are more relaxed if they feel like their energy level is not as usual. Sometimes they are open to communication and sometimes not , though they are energetic and fine. So basically we see a lot of changes as they are growing up due to so many factors. Also make sure she eats her meals on time. Sometimes their mood is affected if they havent eaten a proper meal. Also, make sure she gets 7-8 hrs of sleep. Another question that might help you..Ask your daughter what her career goals are? or What does she want to be when she grows up? If she is working towards a goal (say she wants become a cop, or a interior designer or a doctor or what ever..) she will be more focused and self motivated. She might work hard then to score high and get into the right course/college. Reward system also helps. For instance, in lower grades the teacher used to give a star or sticker to encourage the child to study better. So every time she scores well or does something well, celebrate or get her a little treat with a note. Todays kids lack nothing and many times rewards dont feel special. So take care to make efforts to make sure she feels special when rewarded. Sometimes praising the child in front of others, elders and friends feels like a reward to them and feels better than any tangible gift. Try to see what works. If I can think of more ideas Ill write more.. Hope this helps:-)
Team Dear Parent, the innocence of children can sometimes leave us feeling very confused. Your little girl seems to have formed an opinion about love between a boy and a girl, probably based on what she sees around her - her parents, movies and serials, pictures of couples etc. While this is natural, you can also help her understand that love occurs in many different kinds of relationships - parent-child; siblings, grandparents-grandchildren; friendships, other family relationships. Because love is an abstract word, you can help her understand it through actions - how we take care of people whom we love, share with them, remember them fondly, miss them when they are not around, spend time talking, playing with them, being kind and helpful to them. Do explain all this with examples in real-time, including how she loves her favourite people and toys. With time your daughter will begin to get a better understanding of what love in human relationships is all about.
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