Summer vacations can be a challenging time for both parents and children who are out of school. If parents fails in planning time well then children can lose their way and quickly become bored and of control . Here are some simple parenting mantra
Summer vacation is a long break from the monotonous life revolving around classrooms, books, papers, exams and homework, etc. As vacations are approaching joy and happiness can be easily recognized among school going kids as they feel like celebrating its arrival.
Oversleeping, late night movies, watching TV non-stop, constant chit-chats, trip to native place, playing cards late into the night - there are many more things a child can do in summer holidays. However parents must understand that this is the right age and time where every activity has to be constructive and aids the learning experience.
In vacation time children need to have a new focus in life in terms of summer classes, family trips and the school projects. Summer vacations give an opportunity for kids to expand their general knowledge by making children indulge in different extra-curricular activities which would not only boost up their confidence and knowledge level but will also help them in their future professional lives.
Parenting Mantra During Vacations
- Always be there for your children and try to live their childhood by enjoying with them.
- Play with children; watch TV together.
- Share their success and failure with enthusiasm.
- Never discourage your children in public.
- Always be positive in your approach and criticise constructively.
- Make sure not to put them under any unachievable pressure.
- Help kids in completing their holiday projects by making it more interactive.
- Make children to attend summer classes, to cultivate their hobbies whether it is dancing, singing, piano, violin, casio, guitar, swimming, aerobics, judo, taekwondo, skating, etc.
- Give them enough privacy.
- Lend a patient ear to all that your children have to say.
- Have at least one meal with your children.
- Be unruffled and calm when they show difficult behavior. “Difficult behavior does not denote a difficult child”.
- Make them feel special by giving them big bear hugs, kisses and pats.
- Love your children for what they are and not for what you want them to be.
Dr. Jitendra Nagpal, Consultant, Psychiatry, Child Development and Adolescent Health Centre (CDAHC), Moolchand Medcity, New Delhi
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