Make The Best Investment This Festive Season - Invest In Your Child!
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The holiday season is upon us, and the festivities of Navratri and Diwali are just around the corner. As October kicks off, everyone immerses themselves in a festive mood, especially the children, who enjoy continuous holidays. It becomes essential to reschedule kids' time and involve them in activities that not only captivate their attention but also nurture their skills and creativity.
Change is a natural part of life, and children, like us grown-ups, need change too. Introducing them to new activities is a fantastic way to channel their enthusiasm positively.
In this blog post, I’ll share a few effective strategies for diverting children from screens and engaging them in meaningful activities.
- Invest in Potential, Not Screens
Instead of mindlessly recharging TVs or handing over smartphones, consider investing that money in STEM-based toys or kits. We experimented by stopping to recharge the TV! Sounds cruel? We didn’t do it all of a sudden. We introduced a replacement! And we ensured that they are transitioning gradually to this new phase!
By eliminating excessive screen time, we noticed a significant reduction in tantrums and anger issues. However, it’s essential to introduce interesting activities that they eagerly look forward to after school, creating a peaceful home environment. These engaging activities not only captivate their interest but also enhance problem-solving skills and ignite creativity. Watch as your child delves into the world of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, all while having fun and learning.
- Let The Music Flow!
Enrolling them in a Garba class is a fantastic way to engage their minds and bodies this season. Dance isn’t just about movement; it’s a powerful tool for boosting brainpower. Through dance, children develop logical left and right brain associations, enhancing their cognitive abilities while enjoying the rhythm of the season.
Enroll them in music classes, dance sessions, karate lessons, or any activity that piques their interest. However, it’s crucial not to force them into activities merely for our convenience.
For instance, my son Agastya initially wanted to join a dance class, but he didn't enjoy it once he attended. Instead of pushing him, I explored options aligned with his interests. Now he is a Karate Boy, showing off his moves to his younger brother. They have one-hour post karate class sessions, where my elder one teaches Karate terms and moves to his 3-year-old brother! And I am definitely not complaining!
This approach ensures they eagerly anticipate each session, fostering genuine skill development and creating new friendships outside their usual circles.
- Dress Up & Show Up!
This festive season, dress them up in cute little outfits from The Mom Store and teach them the importance of self-care and grooming!
Choosing outfits together becomes an activity, teaching them about colours, styles, and personal preferences. They learn the importance of looking after themselves, boosting their confidence and self-esteem. Plus, The Mom Store's range ensures comfort, allowing them to move, play, and explore the world freely.
So, while you invest in their skills and activities, don’t forget the transformative power of a well-chosen outfit. It’s not just about dressing up; it’s about instilling a sense of pride and self-worth in your child, making this festive season truly memorable.
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- Responsibility Cultivates Character
Empowering children with responsibilities is a valuable life lesson. Assign them tasks like watering a plant or organizing their shelves. Engaging them in cleaning activities at home might seem mundane, but it’s an excellent way to teach them responsibility and organizational skills. Allowing them to arrange their shelves, books, and wardrobes, even in their messy state, teaches them the importance of order. We have a print-out stuck in our house that says, ”A place for everything, everything at its place” Now who would forget that?
- Practical Learning: Beyond the Classroom
Encourage them to interact with the world outside their usual circle. Asking them to buy groceries (under your supervision) and counting change not only sharpens their math skills but also builds confidence. Such practical tasks instill real-world knowledge, making learning a part of their daily lives.
- Sensory Skills and Creativity Made Easy
Involve them in festive preparations, allowing them to mix sweets or assist in the kitchen under your supervision. This sensory experience enhances their tactile skills and creates cherished memories. Similarly, engaging them in cleaning activities, such as organizing their books or arranging their toys, develops their organizational skills and instils a sense of responsibility.
- It’s Playtime
Encourage outdoor playtime. Physical activities not only keep them healthy but also enhance their social skills. Interacting with other children teaches cooperation, empathy, and teamwork—qualities that are invaluable in the real world.
- From Chores To Learning Opportunities
Involve them in household chores. Let them arrange their shelves, books, and wardrobe, even if it appears messy. Allowing them to participate in these tasks enhances their organizational skills and teaches them the importance of responsibility and order.
In conclusion, this holiday season offers a unique opportunity for growth and transformation. By embracing change, encouraging responsibility, and providing diverse avenues for learning, we can shape our children’s futures while creating a harmonious atmosphere at home. So, let’s invest not just in gifts, but in the incredible potential of our children. Watch them bloom into wise, creative, and compassionate individuals, all while creating cherished memories that will last a lifetime.
Waiting to hear from you all about what you are going to add this festive season to your child’s routine!
About The Author:
Dhanya calls herself an impatient inquisitive seeker, content writer and blogger. Dhanya, through her blogs aims to help moms who are raised in nuclear families, aspiring, ambitious, well educated but feel stuck when it comes to parenting!