Raina Bajaj has worked in the education sector for many years now. She has worked with various leading schools in Delhi. Working with children in their formative years has given her insight into in understanding children’s needs, aspirations, desires and psychology. It is her belief that what we teach our children is not always important, but how we teach them makes a huge difference in shaping their overall personality.
Does the vacation time of your children become a testing time for your patience level? Do you find waking them in up in the morning tough? Is making them sit with their books and homework a task in itself? Do you really look forward to the re-opening of their schools? Do you keep thinking about how to engage them productively? Do you feel thaat vacation time makes them couch potatoes and addicted to the idiot box? Even if you answered ‘yes’ to most of these questions, stop worrying as you are not the only parent going through this! At the same time, if these concerns are not handled wisely, it may adversely affect the bond that you and your child share.
Vacation time is meant to break the monotony of routine and school. This is the time when you can have relaxed meals with your children, allow them to learn different skills, impart values and enjoy their time with you.
However, do ensure that your children spend their vacations productively, even as they have fun. As a parent, it is your duty to teach discipline to your little one. Following a regular time-table will ensure a balance between all the day’s activities. If you find that your child wakes up late every morning, the major reason behind it could be his sleeping late. During holidays, most parents allow children to stay up till late at night to watch TV or attend late night parties. Occasionally it could be acceptable, but do not let it be a regular feature. Remember the old saying, “Early to bed and early to rise, makes the man healthy, wealthy and wise.” It is important that you as a parent also get up early with your child and take him/her to a park. The times spent with your child walking and playing are not only beneficial health-wise, but will also help your child understand the benefits and the need of being fit. Do not forget to appreciate nature and thank God for the beautiful mornings. Follow it for a few days, and you’ll find that your child will never create a fuss to get up early.