Monday, May 28, 2018

Why your kid must learn self defense techniques?

Have your child learned self-defense? Great, if you just said yes!

Enroll today if you still have not.

Are you wondering, with so many extra curricular activities to choose, why would any parent pick a self defense class for his/ her kid?

Self defense in any form is compulsory for kids

Well, most of the classes enhance the creative skills, improve academic performance, develop sports skill or simply helps the kids to stay occupied productively. However, self- defense is one such technique that provides an array of abilities and benefits that stay with your child for life. Want to know about the top benefits of self defense for your kids, then continue reading:

Instills self-confidence

Self-defense helps kids to learn entirely new skill, ranging from easy to difficult levels. The kids acquire enhanced abilities to deal with new people, new situations and adapt in new surroundings. The newly acquired skill instills great confidence in kids to face the world fearlessly.

Boosts self-discipline

Self-defense demands high discipline among the kids to follow the instructions of their instructor such as stand still, wait patiently or turn up for classes regularly on time. The skill helps the kids to improve their dedication and follow discipline.

Develops safety skills

The primary objective of self-defense classes is to enable the learners to defend themselves in diverse situations of danger such as how to escape an attack, bullying, how to utilize available resources for diffusing a kidnap attempt or an assault and so on. With such tools by their side, kids can travel on their own even during nights safeguarding themselves and their peers.

Teaches signs of danger

The kids learn to understand the signs of danger through their eye and ears. They understand the situation better and are in better position to reciprocate accordingly. The kids also learn the non-physical ways to deal with situation and protect themselves.

Promotes good health and stamina

Such classes improve overall health condition of kids such as stamina, coordination, balance, flexibility, mental strength and improved reflexes. The rigorous warm-up and exercises enhance endurance, body control and muscle toning. It not only helps in fighting back the attack but also transform the physically active kids to strong adults.

Strengthens social skills

Kids gain social skills and gain confidence.

The self defense classes are conducted in groups thereby providing opportunity to meet new people, learn together and become friends. In addition, people of different cultures participate in the classes which bring greater understanding for the people and develop tolerance towards each other. The classes teach the students to respect all and develop positive attitude.

Considering all these benefits, I along with my friends organized a self defense workshop under the banner- UJJAWAL BACHPAN, for our daughters and kids of society staff. The kids learned a lot on ways to defend themselves and the importance of being physically fit.

Here are some pics from the event:

self defense trainer teaching the trick to kids
Kids get hands-on experience to handle the attack

Girls participating enthusiastically in self defense workshop

For more details of our event-

Request you all to organize such workshops or enroll your children in self defense classes for their safe future. Hope this post benefits you, would love to listen your views and feedback.
Happy parenting!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Raising your daughter in her tween years

Daughters are the precious gift for parents especially dads. Raising daughters is filled with so much fun and laughter. However, tween times is a bit different. It takes much more than you think to develop a special bond with your daughter in tween years.
Raising daughters happily

Your once upon a sweet, little girl can be bitter, moody, drama-queen or self-centered at times.  Nevertheless, she will be an affectionate and mature daughter at other times, to your surprise. Your daughter may not be aware of her mood swings and changes in nature as all these are result of hormones and her newly-discovered status about herself. Despite of this, tween times of your daughter can be a memorable time to cherish for years to come.

It has been a pleasant journey with my daughter. She is very jovial and enthusiastic by nature, spreading laughter wherever she goes. However, it happens when she is not able to take certain things in her stride, gets angry at small issues or just wants to have her own way.

Friday, February 9, 2018

7 tips for parents of tweens and preteens

Raising kids in their initial years is quite different from when kids touch the double digit figure. You can experience the change in their behavior, moods, choices and gradual physical changes. Kids expect more independence and privacy. They think and react differently. They don't want to be treated like kids either.

Parenting the tweens and preteens

This transition phase from kid to tween and then in preteen, needs more attention. As the age progresses of your child, parenting approach needs to be adjusted too accordingly.

So, what can be done so that your tween/ preteen remains connected to you closely. How to handle this transition period and maintain strong relationship? 

Here we have few tips for parents of tweens and preteens for a smoother transition period:

One-to-one time with your tween

Spend some personal time with your son or daughter. Go for evening walk, playing, shopping or just chatting about anything. It can work like daily 15 minutes with Mom, weekly quality time with Dad or any other way which allows kids to open up with both parents individually. The more you listen and less you preach, keeps your communication channel open with your tween.

Participate in activities with them

Their interests are changing- more time on video games, action movies or sports channel. Be with them and participate. Play that video game with them, know what attracts them. Discuss the latest issues that interests them. That ways you will remain updated about their views and feelings.
Let them enjoy their 'me-time'

Let the tween enjoy some private time.
There was a time when your cute daughter would run up to you and shared her every little thing with you. However, in tweens or preteens, she may respond differently at times, demanding private time for herself. Accept that, let her be with herself. Avoid interpreting each situation and feeling offended when your child keeps things to herself.

Understand- Its their hormones to blame

Your tween may not be able to express himself in calm ways. There can be mood swings, tantrums and impulsive reactions which even they can't understand or explain. Distractions, attraction towards opposite sex and preoccupation are just so natural in this age, all of us have gone through this phase, isn't it? 

Give them time and space. Talk about the issues they are concerned about. Let them vent out their emotions, whether its anger, irritation, stress, frustration or helplessness, which is extremely important. Listen out everything. Assure them you understand their situation and your love is unconditional despite of their unpredictable behaviour. That ways you can have great connection with your kids in tween or preteen age.

Act, not over-react

Your son picked up a fight with kids in neighborhood and blame them for the mess. You instantly call the parents to keep a check on their kids.

Can you see something missing in this situation? Instead of  understanding what was the situation all about, you quickly jumped to conclusion and reacted accordingly. Such response to the situations does not help kids in tweens to learn to respond in a better way.

Discuss age-appropriate issues with your tween

Soon the kids will experience physical changes in them. They will be curious about such changes and may be embarrassed at times. Its high time to talk about puberty. Explain your daughter about change in her body shape and first periods. Similarly, your son in tween has some queries. Discuss with him honestly so that he is prepared for the changes beforehand.

Consider your response towards older kids

Parenting the elder kid and tween

The way you handle the matters related to your older kid, sets the way for siblings as well. Too much liberty or excessive supervision, in both cases, tweens get the clue what to expect from parents. Setting a good example of dealing with elder children certainly helps in raising the tween/ preteen in right direction.

Related post: Help your elder child to welcome the new one!

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