Things to Look For in a Preschool

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To say that the preschool years of a child are crucial and the most formative, would be an understatement. It is their first interaction with the world outside their family. Children, for the first time, experience a classroom, interact with their peers, play kindergarten games, and, most importantly, learn to stay away from their home. To summarise, it will be fair to say that for a child, it is a crunch decision. Their parents, being the guardians, have to put in a lot of research and hard work to find that school where their child could study as well as experience the new environment.

Many studies have validated the fact that whatever a child experiences in his/her initial years goes a long way in shaping their future course of lifestyle. So parents have to be super sure and aware of all the factors which might or might not affect their child’s health and development. A study report by the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) indicates that a good-quality preschool education can position the children for academic success in the future. Picking a good preschool is what every parent wants but many of them don’t know what to look for while selecting a preschool for their child.

Here are five points that every parent must keep in mind when on a lookout for the best preschool for their child’s education:

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Cleanliness: Parents must ensure that the preschool has an inviting atmosphere. It should be neat and clean. It should be big enough for children to move around, explore, eat snacks, and even take naps! The toilets and sinks should be kid-sized. The preschool should also pass the smell test – no spoiled food or dirty toilets. If the parents aren’t comfortable, then their children certainly wouldn’t be.

 

 

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Toys and playthings: A preschool must have plenty of kindergarten games and books for children. While kindergarten games promote open-ended creativity and play, books can picked up and read anytime. It is very important to encourage children to participate in creative exercises and to read books. The sooner that happens, the better it is.

 

 

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Comprehensive curriculum: The daily schedule of a good preschool includes physical and group activities, story reading time, arts and crafts, socializing, and meal time. The curriculum should be updated and must provide creative freedom to the children. The daily schedule shouldn’t be too structured.

 

 

 

middleton-classroom-4Friendly staff: A preschool staff should be able to instill a strong philosophy of sharing, discipline, sleep and other issues in children. The staff should be caring and considerate. A good preschool is full of happy children playing games, talking (in their own way) and taking part in fun activities. Too much discipline limits their social activities and thinking capabilities. It’s the responsibility of the staff to ensure that the children are comfortable in their surroundings.

Good reputation: Even if everything about a preschool is great, hearing good things about it, does make a difference. When on a school visit, the parents should observe the children’s behaviour and how the teachers are handling them. Getting a positive feedback from other parents whose children are already in that preschool would help in making the right decision.

Eventually, the importance of preschool years has to be realised by parents and thus every effort has to be made to find the best preschool where their child can flourish. Under the guidance of a trained preschool teacher, a child’s emotional control, basic instincts, and inhibitions and fears can be controlled.

Finally, good luck!

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Post result stress management for parents

Stress management tips for parents

Parenting can be very stressful and the stress management can become elusively horrendous for many. I do not say this from a personal experience, rather by observing. It is said that the months of March and May are stressful for children. However, the stress level amongst parents during this period cannot be fathomed. It doesn’t matter if you are a single parent or whether you have one child or many; also the stress levels aren’t directly proportional to your child’s ability. In a world with ever changing performance parameters and increasing competition, children face an uphill task of outscoring their peers.

The annual CBSE class 12 exam, this year, witnessed a surge in the number of registrations with almost 11 lakh students appearing for the exam. Now compare it to the mediocre state of many of our higher education institutes and you could easily understand the emotions through which many parents go through. That said, what many parents forget is the fact that children should not be bound by their urgency to see their child become engineers or doctors. There are many different fields available for them to forge their careers in. If parents cannot effectively deal with their personal stress levels, it will be doubly more difficult for their children to look for positivity.

Stress management tips for Parents:

Find the right information

The first piece of advice for parents is not to panic – there are ample resources available to consult. For instance, our own portal – Global Educates – offers a plethora of information, like the courses offered to students, faculties, institutes, and much more. Also, parents can consult specialized CBSE helplines. Often, parents neglect the importance of consulting a career counsellor to discuss their child’s shortcomings and seek advice on future course of action. Parents can do a great deal when it comes to encouragement and sustenance. Always remember, stress management is the primary way of dealing with the various challenges posed by your child’s poor display at the annual class 12 results.

Think through your decisions

The other common mistake which parents make while dealing with their child’s poor results is rushing into making decisions. It is obvious for a parent to get annoyed at an apparent lack of effort or preparation. That said, don’t undermine the hard work put in by your child; appreciate it and encourage them to achieve more. No child studies to score low marks, however, certain situations make it horribly difficult for children to overcome. Instead, focus on encouraging your child to look at the positives and work to better their weaknesses. It is one of the most important components of stress management for parents.

A gap year

A gap year spent travelling or pursuing a field of interest can add a great deal to your child’s CV. Sometimes your child’s inability to seek admission after class 12 is more about the competition than their ability. Work experience, especially if it shows that your child can work in a team, is always appreciated and will tackle anything. Click here to read about how a gap year might be the ‘next’ stress management tool for you.


The key to stress management is to build a never say die attitude in your child. Don’t robotically assume that college is your child’s first choice, and remember if they are unsuccessful in getting admission this time, they might find that a year at college has been more beneficial, especially since that can offer more hand-holding than university, which is what some students need. Remember, rather than negativity and constant bickering, what your child needs the most is support during such testing times.

Stress management isn’t difficult, especially dealing with stress of your child’s poor score in class 12 results, however, inactions of parents and their reluctance to deal with the stress is worrisome.

Summer Vacations

It is the time of the year, to which every child looks up to. No more early morning wake up calls, no more classroom deadlines, no more walking up to the bus stop; all these can be replaced with two words – summer vacations. Every family is travelling – or planning to travel and go ‘somewhere’; the annual rejuvenation. For children, summer vacation is a period, for which they meticulously plan for. As soon as they are done with the annual exams in March, all they look up to is the “summer vacations”. Though summer vacations aren’t just for children, but recommended for adults too.

So have you planned your vacations?

Well if you haven’t, then you should.

The summer vacations, because of the fact that how long window they offer, are the best time for you to head out with family and friends and be part of some gorgeous commemorations. They offer the perfect opportunity to relax, revitalize, and bond – that meal shared over a fine bone-fire night or that dip in the gorgeous beaches of Goa can create a long lasting dent of positivity and togetherness. Summer vacations sound like dreams, and just like dreams, they are easy to foresee, however, awfully difficult to materialize; especially when you are planning to travel with kids.

Many exasperated parents complain that there is “something” erroneous in their child’s behaviour, ever since they got back from holidays. In most cases, parents observe that their children are grouchy and fatigued; refusing to get back to routine. The stress levels, in many parents, are alarmingly high, and many rue why in first place they planned the vacation. Can anything be sadder than the fact that something that is meant to be fun and forge strong bonds turns sour like this, just because of one reason – poor planning. A getaway with kids is completely different than the one with adults and therefore both have to be planned considering this. Children enjoy the most when they are allowed to be themselves, in the company of their parents and loved ones. All they demand is undivided attention for a few hours in a day. They have fun when they are allowed to take on challenges that they think they can handle and given time to experiment new tricks. For instance, children will feel lethargic on hectic vacations, carted from one place to the other and forced to do things that do not appeal to them. Also, the other thing which a child hates most are – rushed mornings; this is the reason most children hate going to schools. They do not have fun when they have to travel during unearthly hours, on crammed itineraries.

Some tips while travelling with children during summer vacations:

  • Plan Meticulously

Those off season discounts can be tempting, however, it could also mean that, in the scorching heat, you are in a place where you shouldn’t be with a child. Also, choosing a place, for instance, a hill station, during the summers could mean that you will end up in a crowded place, bustling for peace and calm. This could be more exhaustive and catastrophic. Therefore, choose a place that is off the beaten track and bask in the company of your family.

  • Take Precautions

While indulging in various activities, always keep an eye on your kids, ensure they take every precaution before indulging in any activity. For instance, don’t allow them to dip in the pool unchecked and without proper supervision or play on slides and swings without proper safety gears. However, remember too many rules can also spoil the party, a right amount of liberty coupled with some precautions is the suggestion. For children, unlimited time to play, is all that they want.

  • Hydrate Properly

To ensure that kids drink water frequently, carry enough drinking water – it is summer after all.

  • Eat Properly

During summer vacations, ensure that kids eat healthy food so as to keep their energy levels up. For instance, carry some cereals which can be consumed during travel is all that a child needs. As summer vacations can be very exhaustive for kids, therefore ensure that their diet includes the desired amount to vitamins, minerals, and proteins.

  • Relax

Relaxing time is equally important once you get back from your trip. If you are planning to come back on the last day of the vacation, then beware – it is the most common mistake which many make. Always keep a day or two for yourself and plan accordingly. Your body needs to be distressed and rejuvenated after an exhaustive summer vacation.

Relax – let go of the stress – ramp up the fun – don’t aim at accomplishing anything.

Have fun!

Dealing with Adolescents

There is a famous saying, which goes like this, “A lot of parents will do anything for their kids, except letting them be themselves”. Parents, on a whole, cannot resist themselves from instructing kids the difference between right and wrong, however, they forget the meek fact that life can only be understood when it is experienced. Letting kids experience and understand the simple truths of life themselves is always good; yet, some words of caution are always helpful to avoid them from messing up things.

Dealing with Adolescents, in general, and teenagers, in particular, is definitely a challenge and parents have to prepare their own set of tactics to handle them. When it comes to the lessons that need to be taught during the childhood, the list goes long. Some of the tips of dealing with adolescents are as below.

  1. Importance of Education: Right education is a person’s key to success, it instils confidence in a child to lead their own life, at their own terms, notwithstanding challenges they are faced with. A desired amount of attention to education will always lead to great morals and correct ethical values in a child. These values are the key to the holistic growth of the child. Teenagers should be taught the importance of studying because education, more than attaining a degree; is about achieving the desired arrogance towards life – an important fact which parents ignore while dealing with adolescents.
  1. Importance of Friends: Teach your children to be cautious and vigilant while making friends, as a person’s character is defined by the company they keep. Adolescences are subtle and it takes time for them to realise this fact. Help them choose the right kind of friends – those who offer unbiased and truthful advice. Normally, friendships forged during teenage eventually grow and may place a great level of emotional influence on the kids.
  1. Social media should be a no go: In the present scenario, film stars and models are the most striking and obvious role models for any adolescent. Parents need to help children choose their ambitions in life and realize the hard reality behind it. They need to be made aware about the absurdity of external looks and physical features, as ultimately it is their character which defines them through thick and thin. Another important step while dealing with adolescents.
  1. Sex Education: The digital media, in today’s context, rules the thought process of adolescents. The adrenaline rush, common in adolescents, poses a great hurdle in front of the children; many face difficulty in dealing with mid age blues and make hazardous decisions. This is the time when parents play a greater role in their child’s life and befriend them; for instance, spending more time with children is a perfect example of how to have an effective relationship with adolescents. When it comes to girl-child, a mother is the right person to teach them the importance of dealing the bodily changes, menstruation, and the risks behind teen pregnancies and unsafe sex. The correct approach to dealing with adolescents during puberty is to teach them what not to become, before you teach them what to achieve.
  1. Show Faith: Foremost, a child needs to understand the importance of responsibility before you can demand discipline from them. Involve them in small household chores like purchasing grocery or paying bills. When they are given an opportunity to spend money on their own, only then a child would realise the value of it. This helps indoctrinate an intelligent habit of taking up responsibility and understanding finances as two different things.

Adolescence is the time when teenagers cultivate opinions and stick to them; thus, you need to develop an intelligent strategy whereby you effectively communicate with them without impacting their sensitive feelings. The most important lesson is to stay flexible and committed to principles in life; to negotiate and compromise sometimes, on certain things so as to keep up the relationships in life. Eventually, life is better understood only when it is experienced. And dealing with adolescents can be easy if parents take a positive approach.