Teaching Kids Holiday Manners

Teaching Kids Holiday Manners by Geo Beats

Teaching Kids Holiday Manners - as part of the expert series by GeoBeats. No matter what religious holiday you are celebrating, it is certainly important that your children have nice manners. So here are a few tips to help you and your children this holiday season. First of all, it is important to explain to your children the true meaning of whichever religious holiday you are celebrating so that they understand why it is important to you and your family. Encourage your children to help out. So whether it is buying gifts or wrapping gifts or cooking, do things together as a family and make this holiday truly enjoyable and special. Also when children are given a gift you want to encourage them to show their gratitude, to look people in the eye and smile and say 'thank you' and not just have them focus on exactly what it is they are given but the spirit in which it was given. Also, it is a nice time to teach your children some table manners and brush up on the things they might not know especially if they are going to be visiting other people's houses for the holiday. So, remind them some simple things. So, for example, sit down properly in their chair, put their napkin on their lap, keep their elbows off the table, hold their fork properly, keep their mouths closed while they are eating, and to sit and enjoy everyone's company. And then lastly, it is also going to be a really nice holiday season if everyone is present and they are not in another room on the computer or watching T.V. or texting their friends. So, encourage people to be together and put away their cell phones. I hope these few tips will help you and your family enjoy the holidays.

10 Things You Can Do to Raise a Reader

By: Reading Rockets

Parents are a child's first teacher, and there are many simple things you can do every day to share the joy of reading while strengthening your child's literacy skills.

Read from day one. Start a reading routine in those very first days with a newborn. Even very young babies respond to the warmth of a lap and the soothing sound of a book being read aloud.
Share books every day. Read with your child every day, even after he becomes an independent reader.
Reread favorites. Most children love to hear their favorite stories over and over again. Rereading books provides an opportunity to hear or see something that may have been missed the first time, and provides another chance to hear a favorite part.
Send positive messages about the joys of literacy. Your own interest and excitement about books will be contagious!
Visit the library early and often. Public libraries are great resources for books, helpful advice about authors and illustrators, story times, and more. Make visiting the library part of your family's routine.
Find the reading and writing in everyday things. Take the time to show your child ways that adults use reading and writing every day. Grocery lists, notes to the teacher, maps, and cooking all involve important reading and writing skills.
Give your reader something to think and talk about. There are many different types of books available to readers. Vary the types of books you check out from the library, and seek out new subjects that give you and your reader something to think and talk about.
Talk, talk, talk. A child's vocabulary grows through rich conversations with others. No matter your child's age, narrate what you're doing, talk in full sentences, and sprinkle your conversations with interesting words.
Know your stuff. Parents don't need to be reading specialists, but it is important to understand the basics about learning to read.
Speak up if something doesn't feel right. Parents are often the first ones to recognize a problem. If you have concerns about your child's development, speak with your child's teacher and your pediatrician. It's never too early to check in with an expert.

Look for new books and authors that your child may enjoy.
Organize an area dedicated to reading and writing tools.
Visit the library for story time and book recommendations.
Encourage your child to talk about what he's read.

Talk to your child, and sprinkle interesting words into your conversation.
Offer a variety of books to read.

Read with your child every day.
Expand your home library to include magazines and nonfiction.
Ask questions if you're concerned about your child's development.
Decide to raise a reader!

The Burden of Study

Education plays a major role in moulding the young. As such, there is need to make education more precise and the school syllabus less tedious.

However, with the explosion of the knowledge in the modern world baffling to great proportions and the rat race in career-building, children are subjected to such mental strain that they cannot withstand it. As a result, they develop psychological problems that warp their minds. A recent survey, conducted by a non-governmental organization (NGO), Sahayog, found that 57% of adolescents suffered from depression.

The main cause of depression was found to be the pressure of schoolwork and failing to cope with studies. Children carrying big schoolbags is a common sight. The excuse for inflicting such burden on them is that acquiring a holistic knowledge in modern times requires the study of various subjects. 3 or 4 decades ago, children carried 2 or 3 textbooks and notebooks to school, usually in hand.

For a growing child, it is essential to have knowledge on development in various fields. For this, the children should cultivate the habit of reading rather than cramming all subjects under the sun. Unfortunately, the young ones find little time to read anything other than textbooks.

The second reason for depression among children is the lack of family support. The Sahyog survey showed that 44% of students had no support from home in their studies.

The parents want their children to be showpieces of excellence and those who don't make the grade are snubbed. Everyone wants his child to be first in the class or get above 90% marks. Such an attitude will lead the average child to depression.

Education has to be well planned to be wholesome and, to some extent, enjoyable for the child.

Excerpt from Woman's Era
April (Second) 2004

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A must read for all parents "Thoughts on raising our children well" by Jane Maro. Please refer to page 8 of The Guardian, Tuesday, January 24, 2006 page 8.