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Discover your Child through Encouragement

I met Amrit Ramnath, then 11 years old, nearly three years ago when I had gone to visit his family in Chennai. During the course of our conversation, Amrit showed me some of his sketches and cartoons. Then he showed me his camera – an expensive Nikon handed down to him by his father. Not an aim and shoot but a ‘proper’ professional one!

Then Amrit took me to their terrace and he showed me Cheshire Home, housed in the neighbouring building. It was a home for differently abled children.  Apparently Amrit often went there to play with the kids.

“Why not have a party there for the kids?” I asked. That led to a plan that Amrit & I created. What you read below is an article Amrit wrote about what he did there. He shot some nice pictures too.

Here is my favourite one: Cheshire Home

“My Visit To Cheshire Home

By Amrit, 16 th, April, 2011

On 15th April, Sridhar uncle sent me a bag with with about a dozen buckets of playdoh, and a bag full of bubble blowers. I was preparing for a project with Cheshire home, an orphanage.

I went on a Saturday. He had asked me to go and give the children of Cheshire Home a bucket or two, and ask them to make whatever they wanted to make, and then I could take pictures of it. They took around 15 mins to do this. These are some of the pictures I took of the children at work:

Boy making cup

A boy making a cup

A sunflower

A sunflower

After they made whatever they wanted to, we gave them a bubble blower each, and they had fun blowing the bubbles and looking through it etc… One boy started fighting with the bubble!! There was a bubble frenzy. To give you the idea, here are a few pics:

 Bubbles blowing 2

Bubble blowing 3

That was a lot of fun.

After that, we gave them juice and some chocolates. Then I took some solo pics of their creations. Here are some of them:

 Blue man


This was a wonderful experience for me to interact with children with special abilities. I thoroughly enjoyed this experience, and at the end of it, I knew the children enjoyed too.

I thank Cheshire Home, and Mr. Mari Muthu, the head of Cheshire Home, to let me do this. And I greatly thank Sridhar uncle to give me this opportunity.”

PS: Why not encourage your child to experiment with something and see what happens?

Tip: Leave them alone, don’t load them with ‘do’s and don’ts’!


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Sridhar Ramanathan is the Founder of IDEASRS, where he is also a Strategic Innovation Coach. Sridhar’s mission in life is “to help those who want to do things better and differently”. His work involves conducting creative problem solving workshops for clients, and buidling competencies in creativity and innovation. He also blogs at www.ideasrs.com.

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2 thoughts on “Discover your Child through Encouragement

  1. Kritika Srinivasan

    It is amazing isn’t it, what children can do when you just spark an idea within them and then leave them free to take it forward? Great post Sridhar and so nice to see how you are inspiring young people to be better, without the lecturing and talking, but by simply sparking their creativity and sensitivity.

  2. v.kanchana

    In this world of selfishness this will take us far beyond to think about it. Its really great for a child of 11 year to come forward and show his interest towards all these activity where we are living in a world of distractions of internet games and T.V. Great job done by Amrit Ramnath and Sridhar Ramnathan


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