India’s Children – Akshaya Patra is helping them in the most effective way

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Just a few minutes remained for lunch break but Santosh could wait no longer. There are hardly any words to describe the eagerness in the 7th standard student’s eyes as he looked out of the window, waiting for his lesson to be over. As the clock struck noon, Santosh along with his friends, ran into the dining area, ready for piping hot food. It was their favorite Akshaya Patra’s rice and sambhar today.

Like thousands of children across India, Santosh works in the evening at a construction site for a mere pittance. Having lost his mother at a young age, he lives with his uncle, who also works as a mason at the same site. Because he lives with his guardians, he cannot say no when asked to go to work, but fortunately for him, his uncle and aunt do not force him. Santosh wants to become a police officer. He says -I will study whatever it may take to become one.-

Manjunath, his friend, also has a similar story to tell. His father, also a construction worker, puts constant pressure on him to go to work. But, the little boy’s aspiration to become an Engineer spurs him on to finish his education.

However, children like Santosh and Manjunath have many challenges to face their circumstances may force them to drop out of the education system long before they can hope to make their dreams come true. Nearly 13.5 million underprivileged children in India like Manjunath and Santosh are out of school and into child labour in order to earn a single meal in a day. What Akshaya Patra aims to do is give such children the boost they need to make the most of their lives. By providing freshly cooked mid-day meals to poor children, Akshaya Patra is helping them in the most effective way it is providing them with a healthy balanced meal, so they have the energy to pursue their dreams.

Akshaya Patra’s food for education school meal program addresses two major problems facing India’s poor children lack of food and lack of education. The mid-day meal provided by the Foundation on all school days acts not only nourishes them, but also acts as an incentive to bring them back to school.

We hope that with continued effort, children like Santosh and Manjunath, will not have to give up their dreams just to be able to earn a meal.

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children create a greener earth

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Knowledge is often created in spaces outside the boundaries of the four walled classrooms

and besides a subject like environmental education, which deal with how to beautify our

environment cannot be simply taught by sitting inside the class.

Field trips should be organized to the exotic nearby locations, which are key areas of grave

concern of the environmental degradation that is taking place. Subsequently, the matter

should be discussed by involving students in a debate that would generate interest amongst

the students to share their opinions, ideas and viewpoints regarding what they feel about a

particular on-going development project that is receiving negative publicity and protests from

the indigenous people of those areas. Only, when a child feels connected to an issue will there

be some kind of an interest that would be kindled to know more about that topic and also find

subsequent ways of overcoming the problem.

According to the historian Thomas Berry, -Teaching children about the natural world should

be seen as one of the most important events in their lives.- Nature has been one of the most

precious gifts of God to mankind, its beauty and serenity inspires every person to become a

self-proclaimed poet or poetess. Such is the magic of nature, for kids especially who are just

exploring the -Big Bad World- nature has a soothing effect and makes them realise that not

everything is bad, God is balancing bad with good.

A child who is born and brought up in an urban environment and has only seen villages in

their television set can never be able to know what kind of problems do they face. So in order

to develop that sense of relatability amongst kids, they could be taken on short one day trips

to nearby villages, where kids should be asked to get involved with the people and find put

the problems they are facing and then as a part of their assignment they could be asked to

come up with the various solutions that could put an end to all the problems that are taking

place in the lives of these indigenous people. Only when we make an effort do we derive

results, so it is a combined task for teachers as well as the students to make the subject which

generally acts as a sedative to most kids in class by putting them off to sleep, sound and

appear interesting, only then will they like to study it.

Give Your Child The Best Education

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A good education is the foundation of a good life and the overall development of a child is entirely dependent on the educational background of the child. An individual can achieve what he believes in if he has the right educational background and approach towards life. Play Schools In Indirapuram makes the role of a good primary school or preparatory school enormously significant in not only preparing the small children for the secondary school, but also in shaping their future right. As a parent, you cannot afford to go wrong when it comes to choose a primary school for your child. It is your prime duty to choose the best preparatory school to ensure a rock-hard foundation for your little child.

If your child is somewhere between three and a half years old and you are searching for a best preparatory school for him/her, you should first know what all facilities and features make a primary school the best in the category.

School In Indirapuram a best primary school is one which makes it a point to nurture a child’s potential to the full in all areas ranging from academics to art. The children are taught to be well-mannered besides being intrusive. They know the fact that a curious mind learns faster than an apathetic one, and so never discourage your child from being curious.

The Foundation Stage is the first stage of the life with its focus on major learning areas – physical development, knowledge and understanding of the environment, innovative development, personal, social and emotional development, and development of communication, language and literacy. A good preparatory school gives strong prominence on the foundation stage for the children aged between three and five.

The best primary schools are very much aware that each child is different and so will experience different stages of development. As a result, their staff plans activities taking into account the distinctive needs of every child.

One of the best primary or Nursery School is Dawn Public School. It has an unbeatable record in preparing children for this competitive world. Educational visits or trips are arranged for the children quite frequently to ensure personality development. For more information about the primary school, please visit ().

What are Children and Family Reporters

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Children and Family Reporters are officers of the Child and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass). They work with families who have trouble deciding on arrangements for the care of the children. Their main interest is to protect the welfare of the children and they provide the family courts with advice on this subject. However, Children and Family Reporters are independent of the court. In addition, although they are trained in social work and have experience working with families and children, they are independent of social services, health and education authorities and all other similar authorities.

The family courts encourage families to decide for themselves the best and most suitable arrangements for the care of the children within the family. This can be done informally or through the use of family mediation which family lawyers can organise. If the families are unable to come to a practical and realistic agreement, they can apply to the family courts to make the decision instead. The family courts are able to make orders that determine how the children will be cared for, and before the family courts make those orders they may enlist the help of a Children and Family Reporter. The role of the Children and Family Reporter is to work with both parties to the dispute and attempt to reach an agreement without the involvement of the court.

If the parties are still unable to reach an agreement with the Children and Family Reporters help, there are a number of things that the Children and Family Reporter can recommend to the court. They can recommend that the court delay the proceedings so they continue to work with the family in order to reach an agreement, or so that they can write a full welfare report for the court.

A welfare report is a report that contains the Child and Family Reporters recommendation on what is best for the children. In order to write this report they will need to speak to the children in question and both parties involved. They are also able to speak to other people who can provide information on the situation, such as doctors, social workers and relatives. The process of writing a full welfare report can take up to ten weeks. For more information on this contact family lawyers.

The family court will carefully consider the opinion of the Children and Family Reporter and their full welfare report when making their decision.

Healthy Parents Equal Healthy Children

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If you want healthy kids then the very first thing that you must do is begin by taking care of yourself. Most parents think that they can tell their children what to do and how to be and think little about the type of example they are truly setting for their little ones. Children begin learning very early and this is why they can walk and talk so early on. They act as sponges for information from the time they are born and it is for this reason that it seems to take them a little while to begin speaking. They are just too busy absorbing everything.

When it comes to being a parent the road isn’t a simple one. Good health begins at birth and most parents really dont give things such as obesity even the slightest thought during the first few years. As a matter of fact, who doesnt love a cubby, little bundle of joy, or the chunky legs of a toddler just mastering walking? Right? Well, your children are learning your habits very early on and therefore you must realize that everything you do is becoming a factor in everything they do.

Those that take parenting seriously and have a greater level of understanding not only want to improve their habits and make them healthier in an attempt to be a better role model for their child but they also want to do so with the chance of being able to stay around for longer in the life of that child. Healthier habits lead to a more productive, happier, and longer life and this is just a fact.

If you are planning on having a child or you are just becoming a parent then it is important to understand that you need to make the changes in your life that will make you a better role model for your child. Living your life in one way but telling your child to do another is a method of parenting that does not tend to prove very successful in the long run.

Healthy parents do equal healthy kids and if you want your children to get proper amounts of rest, eat fruits and vegetables, and remain chemical free then you should live your life that way. In the long run a healthier lifestyle will be something that will benefit you all. So perhaps having children does help to extend your life?

Tennis Psychology And Tennis Parents Do You Expect Miracles

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Do you expect your tennis kid to always perform well or win? Do you have a hard time focusing on what your kids do well on the court instead of focusing on mistakes? I receive many questions from sports parents about their young athletes performance. One question parents ask me: Am I too hard on my young athlete? Yes, most parents are.

Just today, I received an email from a sports parent about his child. He stated, I am sometimes hard on my son and tend to see his weaknesses more then his positive qualities! As a tennis parent myself, I have to agree. I find myself focusing more on the mistakes my child makes in matches instead of the wonderful shots she makes.

I think one reason many tennis parents focus on mistakes and weaknesses is that they know what their kids are capable of in practice and matches. For example, one week your child might play flawlessly winning every match in the tournament. Naturally, our expectations as parents shoot up: My child should be able to perform like this all the time!

I call this the peak performance dilemma. Some athletes judge every performance based on their best performance! They think, If I can play great one time, I should do it all the time. I think tennis parents adopt this same attitude. When our kids dont perform up to their potential, its easier to focus on the mistakes and what they are doing wrong (compared to their best performances).

Whats the solution to this dilemma? First, you want to be careful not to compare every match your athlete plays to his best match. Second, you have force yourself to focus on what your child is doing well in each match, especially after the match on the car ride home. Dont pick apart every mistake your young athlete made in the last match. I suggest to parents that you compliment your player for one or two things she might have done well in the match, before saying anything else.

When you think your child under-performed during a match, giving complements is very hard to do (trust me I know this personally). Try to focus on your players positive qualities. Your kids know what mistakes they made and dont want to be reminded after the match!

Why Go With European Baby Clothes And European Childrens Clothes

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Today’s fashions are as diverse as the people that embrace them, wear them and share them. But to a certain extent, many of the baby clothing and children clothing found in the USA follows one or two specific trends. After a while, it can be tiresome to see the same cuts, styles, colors, patterns and materials over and over. As a mother myself, I often strive to find less popular clothing styles, and stores that aren’t mainstream, in the hopes of being exposed to new designs, colors and styles that I haven’t encountered before. I enjoy dressing my children in high quality clothing that stands out from the crowd, and is unique while still be stylish, tasteful and acceptable.

One idea for thinking out of the box with baby clothing and children’s clothing is to look towards European clothing. European children’s clothes and European baby clothes. Estella-NYC is one option for finding these beautiful, inspiring baby and children clothes. They carry extensive lines of European children’s clothes and European baby clothes. In fact, the clothes that they carry are so inspiring that clothing designers, including Isaac Mizrahi (you may recognize his name as one of the designers for the exclusive line of clothing at Target, often browse their store just to find their own inspiration.

Estella has been in operation for six years, and is located in the Greenwich Village area of Manhattan, New York City. A husband and wife team (Chike Chukwulozie and Jean Polsky) run the company, and their fresh ideas for unique clothing has been a big success. They are known nationwide and even worldwide for their innovative designs and colors for European children’s clothes and European baby clothes.

The available European baby clothes include newborn gifts and first birthday gifts, baby blankets, onesies, and the standard array of clothing: outfits, dresses, shirts, pants, shoes, outdoor wear, swimsuits and other essentials. These European baby clothes are also available in organic and eco-friendly varieties.

The line of European children’s clothes is just as impressive. Cotton shirts, hoodies and sweatshirts, plain and button down tops, bottoms, shoes, hats, swimsuits and gifts bring plenty of European fashion right to you.

Dressing your children in the European fashion is a great way to make a statement that is stylish and tasteful, while being anything but ordinary. European childrens clothes and European baby clothes can go a long way in making your children stand out from the crowd.

How To Get Your Children To Listen

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Is there a lot of stress and strain in your life because your children just dont listen?

Do you spend the majority of your waking moments chasing after your children because they are not listening to you, and you feel like you have to micro-manage?

Do you have no energy because all your energy is spent being frustrated and blocked by your childrens apparent inability to follow orders?

Well, the good news is you may be able to get back your time and energy and a balanced family life simply by understanding what the communication block is between you and your children.

Of course, every child is unique. Some children need their freedom more than others. Some children enjoy structure, and some do not. But what they all do have is one, two, three or four communication modalities or communication modes in common.

What is a communication modality or mode?

As Dr. Robby, Director of the LMC Relationship Centre, Developer of the Better Parents, Better Kids Program, and co-author of our e-book, Better Parents, Better Kids, explains:

“Communication is the result you get. Different people are on different channels. We learn, we express love and communicate through different modes or combinations of modes. It is important to know who you are playing with and what channel they are playing on, or else your communication will not be very effective. We basically all want to get what we want. If you cannot get your message through of what your needs, wants, dreams, goals and visions are, you will be very frustrated and stressed. So an understanding of communication modes is a basic skill for relationship success, whether that is a relationship with a partner, your children, friends, family or coworkers.”

The following is a very basic definition of the communication modes. You can be primarily one mode or a mixture of up to all four.

Visual people communicate by seeing and doing. They like activities and they like gifts. They notice people, places and things with just the slightest glance. They feel and share love by doing things with or for other people. They take things at face value and do not look deeper into things. They learn by seeing and doing.

Auditory people communicate through talking. They have the natural gift of the gab, are designed to be able to talk for long periods of time. They enjoy talking and listening to other people talk. They feel loved when they are talked to, and like to hear the words “I love you.” They learn by hearing.

Digital people communicate through connection and understanding. They find the deeper meaning in everything they think, see and do. Understanding is very important to them. They feel loved when they share connections with others and are understood. They learn by understanding.

Kinesthetic people communicate through their bodies. They move, feel and express through their bodies. Kinesthetics love to touch, feel, do physical activities and hug. They feel loved when they are touched. They learn through touch and through experience.

Why Parents Need To Check For Unhealthy Habits In Teens

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Teenage is an immature phase in which kids knowingly or unknowingly get attracted towards various unhealthy habits like substance abuse. As a parent, it is your responsibility to keep a track on the habits that can degenerate their well-being. Here are some reasons why you should check for unhealthy habits in your teens.

Substance abuse is illegal:
Teens are easily prone to illicit drug abuse due to various risk factors. They also try to experiment with drugs out of curiosity. However, substance abuse is illegal. Not only usage, holding, sharing, purchasing and selling illicit drugs is forbidden. Your kids may face many legal issues if caught with illicit drug usage. Also, teens exposed to substance abuse are often suspended from schools. Therefore, it is very important to keep an eye on your kids’ drug usage.

Unhealthy habits promote health issues:
Unhealthy habits like alcohol and drug abuse are associated with short-term and long-term health effects. Some of the short-term consequences are watery eyes, increased heart rate, dizziness, etc. These unhealthy habits can lead to serious health risks like heart stroke, cancer, respiratory dysfunction, etc.

Even the memory, learning skills, behavior control and others are affected by illegal drug use. When taken in excessive amounts, illicit drugs may also cause sudden death. Also, driving under the influence of illicit drugs and alcohol impairs judgment, concentration and other driving skills, and can lead to fatal accidents. Drug abusing teens are also found to develop problematic behavior which disturbs their family and social life.

To maintain social and self-respect:
Teens habituated to substance abuse are often associated with fights and meaningless disputes with their peers at school. They also become aggressive and involve in criminal activities at school, home or society.

In order to maintain a respectable position in the society, you have to check for the unhealthy behavior of your kids. Explain them with certain examples showing how drug abuse leads to embarrassing events, damages self-respect and destroys important personal, professional and social relationships.

To educate the importance of healthy living:
It is necessary for you to educate your kids about the importance of healthy living which promotes both physical and mental health. As part of practicing healthy habits, you should tell them the importance of staying away from unhealthy habits like substance abuse. You can also take help from professional doctors to make your kid aware of the healthy and unhealthy lifestyle and their respective consequences.

Parents should be aware of the importance of checking the unhealthy in kids. Constant monitoring and early detection of unhealthy habits will protect them from harmful consequences.

Child Care Cribs Checklist for Child Care Centers

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As a child care center owner or manager, part of your job is to reassure parents that their children are safe in your care. One component of this is making sure that your child care cribs are safe for children to use. Follow this checklist when you inspect your child care cribs.

1.Crib slat width: The space between crib slats must be no greater than 2 3/8 inches apart. This prevents infants from getting their head stuck between the slats.

2.Crib slat integrity: To avoid injury, ensure that there are no slats are missing, loose or cracked.

3.Mattress quality: Child care cribs must have mattresses that fit snugly within the crib. No more than two finger-widths should remain between the edge of the mattress and the crib side. In addition, mattress support should be securely attached to the headboard and footboard.

4.Crib top rails: The top rails of crib sides, in their raised position, should be at least 26 inches above the top of the mattress support at its lowest position.

5.Hardware: Check your child care cribs to make sure that there arent any missing, loose, broken, or improperly installed screws, brackets or other hardware on the crib or mattress support.

6.Headboard and footboard: No cutouts should be in the headboard or footboard to ensure a babys head cant get trapped.

7.Corner posts: Corner posts of your child care cribs should be no higher than 1/16 inch so that a babys clothes cant catch.

8.Remove all toys: When the child is sleeping, make sure to remove all crib toys, which includes any mobiles that the baby could grab.

9.Crib placement: Do not place the crib next to a window, or close to curtains and drapery cords. In addition, dont place the crib next to furniture that could help the child crawl or climb out of the crib.

In addition to this checklist, make sure that your crib is assembled correctly and that screws and bolts are always tight. The safe assembly and upkeep of your child care cribs can ensure that children at your child care center are always safe. In addition, safe cribs can help keep your child care center in business.