Self-Motivation

Self-motivation is a strong aspect of emotional intelligence. It is about building personal competencies or skills. As parents and teachers we should try and build self-motivation in our children from their young age by encouraging them to identify their goals, however small or big there goals may be and then achieve them through commitment and[…]

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Discipline

Quoting on discipline: George Washington, the first president of the United States of America – Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak, and esteem to all. Without discipline, this  world is chaotic. For that reason a disciplinarian stays focused on his/her goals and doesn’t give[…]

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Ability to Work Under Pressure

Quite a few  children crumble under stress. In an exam hall, with only 15 minutes left but many questions still pending, it is more likely that they’ll submit the wrong answers. As kids grow up, the pressure only increases. We often wonder, what stress do kids have anyway? But, in their own age, they have[…]

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Teamwork

One thing that can benefit kids their entire life – is the ability to work with others as a team to achieve a common goal. Teamwork is the reality of the world that they will inherit. Social skills that develop with teamwork are cooperation, collaboration and communication along with resilience and negotiation. First of all,[…]

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Conflict Resolution

Children often get into a conflict on the playground or at home. This is perfectly normal as they communicate with others or learn to negotiate. Conflict resolution is an important skill that children must be taught as it develops their social-emotional understanding. First step to teach them would be to learn to listen to understand[…]

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Retreat

We need to teach our children a practical reality – Retreat. Retreating from a fight is not cowardice. Isn’t life too short to spend entirely in arguments? No matter how much we try to out-stand, we cannot win every battle, and usually, it is JUST our ego that asks us to win. Winning over someone[…]

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Fake News

Nothing spreads like fake news. It can take epidemic proportions in no time at all. Some of it is deliberately released. People are easily misled by the information rolling around on the internet, which seems to be authentic, but may not be. Whenever a fake news gets viral, it becomes tough to combat the damage[…]

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Pointing Fingers

It is easy to point fingers at our children for their misdemeanor or for a wrong decision. How about pointing fingers towards self, instead? We often find ourselves saying ‘I told you so’, despite not playing a role or participating in their decision making. We might blame them for a huge mistake, even though we[…]

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Decision Making

As parents we sometimes tend to struggle with how to teach our children decision making. Many times, in our desire to be good parents we swing from one end of the spectrum to the other ending up confusing our children and not to mention our own selves. Should a 3-year-old be allowed to decide about[…]

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Expanding the Square

Raising a child has several sides to it. For simplification, all sides can be accomodated in either of these four – Social Skills, Academics, Sports and Participation. We can look at this as a square and consider expanding the square of parenting. What if our child scores the first rank, but has no friends in[…]

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