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This Summer Vacation, Let’s do some Household chores!

Yes the summer holidays are here upon us and it’s time for some great family bonding. It’s also the time when summer vacation activities like camps, swimming sessions, painting, dancing, tennis and music classes take over your children’s lives. But you still find time hanging and your kids at a frantically bored loose end. And therefore if you are wondering what next for your
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Managing Screen Time for Kids in the Digital Era

Today’s world is extremely technology driven. And keeping pace with this explosive digital progression are its users who are steadily growing younger and younger. So much so that many of us think nothing of handing over a smart phone to an 18 month old toddler to keep the child quiet or occupied. In fact we are at times guilty of applauding our young children’s
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Parenting Tips – How to talk to your kids about Good Touch, Bad Touch?

Bad touch situations as is evident are not a rare happening nor are they something that sometimes happens elsewhere. Child sexual abuse or CSA can happen anywhere – in school, crowded shopping malls, playground, even your own home. But there is no cause to be overly alarmed. Good parenting is also all about how you keep your children safe. So your role as a
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Parenting Tips – Have you started reading about Good Touch, Bad Touch yet?

With the media in recent months constantly throwing up occasions of child sexual abuse (CSA) one would think that there is a sudden spurt in perverted behavior or that it is a horrifying new trend. Worrying though it is, that is not so. For unlike today, previously there was, for one thing, no social media and the news media, conservative at best, didn’t dwell
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Healthy Habits – Start Early for a Healthy Future

Are you often putting away toys that your two-year old has left lying about or cleaning up the mess your child has made after a meal? Not to worry. Even if your little one plays a tearfully angry tug- of- war over a favorite toy – all you need to do is distract the young one into helping you. If cleaning away is made
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Someone’s been eating my porridge? And other things you didn’t know about millets!

Porridge has been a staple part of the Indian breakfast table since time immemorial. While oat porridge is a western import, India too has a large repertoire of both sweet and savoury porridges each with their own regional twist. Like most things in life, diversity is the key to balance, and food grains are certainly no different. Many of these porridges are made with hardy millets and the recipes are intuitive, easy
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The Green Signal to Maternity Bill: Return to The Career Track

“This is my humble gift to women, a day after the world celebrated the International Women’s Day.” – Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya said as he introduced the Maternity Bill in Lok Sabha on 9th March 2017.   It is a gift indeed to all the women employees struggling to keep their feet in the job market, in the face of new motherhood challenges. Till
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FROM NAY TO YEAH: Disciplining toddlers and pre-schoolers

The scene was right out of a movie – the little child was rolling on the floor howling her guts out crying “I want that toy now”. The poor mother caught in the midst was pleading with the inconsolable child to get up, all the while silently praying for the earth to split open and take her in at that very moment, away from
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Return to the career track – Role of Corporate daycares in aiding women’s workforce participation

“I can’t give it all up now just to take care of the baby, but there’s no other choice…”. This is a lament often heard from a growing breed of women who, up until having a baby, have worked hard at their work place to carve a niche for themselves, but have to give it all up for child care. There’s a different group
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Are festivals helping us in giving life-lessons to our children?

The cacophony and ear-piercing sounds of firecrackers are almost integral to our conceptualization of Diwali. For years, propaganda around “say no to crackers” has been merely a primary school art activity, rather than a lifestyle philosophy. But with terrifying environmental degradation, shadows of child-labour in the hazardous fireworks industry and realization of the torment inflicted upon babies, animals, the elderly and people with respiratory
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Most Children are Happier to Give than Receive

It seems counterintuitive that most children are happier to give than receive. But that is what research is revealing. In a recent study by psychologists at the University of British Columbia, toddlers who were asked to give away their own treats, as well as extra treats, showed greater happiness about sharing their own possessions. Dr. J. Kiley Hamlin, assistant professor of developmental psychology, who
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Yes, Fruit Juice is Junk Food

I’m not writing this to be deliberately provocative; I am writing this because it is a fact that processed beverage companies would like us to ignore and our children will pay a heavy price if we continue to pump sugar into their bodies through foods marketed as healthy foods. Packaged fruit juices happen to fall in that category. Yes, Fruit juice is junk food.
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The Learning Myth: Why I’ll Never Tell My Son He’s Smart

Brain is like a muscle; the more you use it, the more it grows. Researchers have found that neural connections form and deepen most when we make mistakes doing difficult tasks rather than repeatedly having success with easy ones. Along these lines, Dr. Carol Dweck of Stanford University found that people with a fixed mindset tended to focus their effort on tasks where they
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Turning an Idea into a Business

Pooja from Intellitots was part of the TiE Conference recently, and spoke on the crucial topic of “Turning an idea into a business”. Here are the key insights from Pooja’s talk: • Entrepreneurship is highly personal: According to Pooja, entrepreneurship is an intensely personal affair. So, some soul-searching is important before one decides to embark on this journey. For instance, why start a business
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Mom of the Month – August 2014

We had the privilege of having an in-depth conversation with Dr. Alpana Das Sharma, who is not only a dermatologist but also a doting mother and a long time Intellitots Parent. Here are some excerpts from the conversation. Question: Tell us about yourself, your children and the relationship you share with your child. Answer: Hi, I am Alpna, a 34 yr old mother and a dermatologist
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New Hands On program launch @ Intellitots, Sector 57

Little Einsteins: 4 to 6 years Sector- 57 ( Wednesday: 4:30 to 5:30 pm) Essel Towers ( Thursday: 5:30 to 6:30 pm) Give your child a solid foundation for future learning through Little Einsteins. The program opens the world of learning to tots through play-based learning activities, encouraging them to be inquisitive, inventive, and creative. As they ask big questions, think big thoughts, and get engaging answers children build
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The Early Years Are Learning Years

Source: National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Why read a book to an infant who does not yet know the meaning of a word–or of words at all? Why sing to a toddler who cannot understand your song? Both of these activities help children make connections between words and meaning. They also help to create a warm, safe environment for children
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Choosing the right Preschool

Early childhood years set the stage for lifelong learning and are critical for developing confident and smart individuals. Play and learning go hand in hand, each building upon the other and together they help children develop socially, emotionally, physically, and academically. Learning happens when there is an emotionally safe climate and a rich, stimulating environment.  Think about choosing a preschool the same way you
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Cognitive Development in Early Years Part 3: Role of music and art

In an increasingly right-brained world, music and art seem to have misplaced its value in the educational system. But here’s some research and facts that reaffirm the importance of both music and art in cognitive success and in acquiring life-skills, esp. in early years. Art for Smart Research shows that important life-skills such as confidence, creativity, problem-solving, focus, and dedication can come through by
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Cognitive Development in Early Years Part 2: How to make your child into an effective learner?

Cognitive development is correlated to a child’s developmental stage. From birth to 2 years, a child experiences the world through touch, smell, movement, taste, sight and sound. Between 2-7 years, the child is engrossed in a magical world where reality and impossibility easily overlap. And between 7-12 years, the logical thinking starts to develop in children. Choosing age-specific language, resources, learning programs, and creating
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