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Sibling Rivalry: Reasons and Consequences

Jealousy has always been a dominant trait of human nature. The thought of getting less attention than before automatically raises a feeling of insecurity especially among children. Sibling rivalry emerges from such insecurities. It is very common in families where there are more than one child and as a result it is quite common among siblings to fight even over little things. Sibling Rivalry starts since childhood and continues till one becomes mature enough to deal with these issues calmly and logically. These fights usually erupts when a child feels lack of attention or even feels unwanted. Often the older child tends to feel such when a younger one comes and tries to take away his/her place in the parents’ life. Reasons behind such issues: Almost every parent think that their little ones are mature enough since childhood and share every little thing with their sibling from toys to clothes, from food to television, from defending each other in times of need to sharing every minute details but all in vain. The reality is, children have different personalities and different temperaments which eventually causes fights and struggles among them. There can be ample reasons behind sibling rivalry such as: Different temperaments and needs of a child: As a child grow, their personalities as well as demands starts changing. A baby’s world solely revolves round his/her family and toys. She knows no more. When her sibling or another child tends to play with one of them or comes close to her favourite things, there automatically arises a feeling of jealousy which causes such sibling rivalries over such small issues. Her personality develops as she grows and she wants everyone to relate what he/she is going through. If her sibling fails to do so, her annoyance over her sibling’s behaviour causes struggles. In fact, sometimes it is seen that siblings fight for no reason. It is almost evident that in every house, siblings quarrel over which channel to be watched, almost daily. They don’t think rationally and wants to dominate over the other through such mere issues. Sometimes they argue over who beat whom, who pushed whom, who ate whose chocolates and this goes on. Teenagers are often given to task of teaching and taking care of their siblings which often becomes too much to handle and there erupts a feeling of mental pressure which automatically lets the older child resent the younger one and causes disputes among themselves. Also Read: How to deal with kids when they do back-talk?
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Your Practical Guide to Surviving the Long Distance Relationship

The pandemic in 2020 forced many of us to be in a long distance relationship. Sometimes, our significant others were stuck in another country or state, and couldn’t come back until the rules of the lockdown were relaxed, or you were simply not living together. The reason could be any, but this forced long distance love caused a lot of us to go through several ups & downs. Unfortunately, a lot of such relationships couldn’t survive. While this was a forced yet necessary separation, long distance love could also be a choice for many of us. What if one of you gets a good career opportunity in another state or country? What if one of you has to move to a different city to take care of your family? There could be any number of reasons for being in one but the fact remains that the long distance between two people certainly puts a lot of strain on the relationship. It is surely frustrating to not being able to meet your love frequently, or not being able to talk to them when you need them the most, or you/them missing out on some of the most important milestones of life – all of this could take a toll on the health of your relationship and bonding. All these reasons are good enough to break up and move on in your life. But nobody said that being in a relationship is easy; let alone being in a long distance relationship. If you are at your wit’s end but also want to make it work, I would advise you to try some of the following tips. How do I know if these tips would work? Well, due to the pandemic, my partner and I are have been living in different cities and have, somehow, managed to make it work. I hope that these relationship tips would be helpful to you too. How to make a long distance relationship work? I am sure that you are here for some good advice. So, I’ll start with some serious points which you both have to tackle right away. Then we move on to some fun ones, I promise. 1. Stop Excessive Communication
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Parenting DOs and DON’Ts to Ensure Online Internet Safety for Kids

Using internet every day has become an integral part of our lives. From using it to get the work done for office to use it for educational or entertainment purposes, the uses and the hours spent on our devices are endless. The kids growing up today is truly a digital generation. They are taught on smart-boards, and they use computers and laptops to create their projects or even attend their schools, especially in the times of corona, using the internet itself. Any school-going kid today is aware of the power of the internet and is at a stage of exploring its usage to connect further with the community. During the school-going age, the kids are naïve and impressionable and might come across content and people on the internet that might be emotionally, psychologically as well as physically dangerous to them. As a parent, it is of paramount importance that you create a plan for online internet safety for kids. Importance of Internet Safety for Kids Children might feel excited to explore the world of social networking and online shopping but these avenues are full of phishing scams and predators. An unsupervised kid can make mistakes with ever-lasting repercussions, which is why there must be a set of internet safety for kids to surf the internet. 1. Impressionable Content Children are inquisitive by nature and not having internet safety for kids in place can lead them to get exposed to content like pornography on the internet. This can leave them shocked and also feel embarrassed. With time, they might become overtly or generate sexual tendencies before time. 2. Cyber-bullying
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Follow These 8 Steps to Foster Health & Wellness during COVID-19

With the advent of this global pandemic, we all have been doing our part to stop the spread by wearing masks, sanitizing our hands frantically almost every passing minute, staying inside the home and keeping to ourselves. But is there any healthy lifestyle to prevent COVID-19? Are there extra steps that can help us stay health and wellness through our mind, body and soul? Read on to find out. 1. Eating Healthy Diet We are all aware that eating healthy diet is the gateway to a long and healthy life. Being amidst this pandemic has made it all the more essential for us to take care of our health and wellness during COVID-19. The scientists claim that there is no miracle diet chart available that can prevent the spread of coronavirus or stop you from getting infected. But eating a well balanced diet can supply your body with all the required nutrients which can boost your immunity and energy levels and help in warding off the infection. Include citrus fruits in your diet chart to get Vitamin C. Eat dairy products like milk, yoghurt, cheese to make sure your body is meeting the requirements of Vitamin D as well. 2. Include Health Supplements Even though we might believe that we are eating a well balanced diet, sometimes, our body is unable to squeeze in the required amount of nutrients from the food that we are eating. This is exactly why you must start taking multivitamin supplements every day.
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Advice for New Parents: 7 Nuggets of Wisdom Every Parent Must Know

When you go out to find out the best ways to take care of your baby, you will find plenty of advice out there. In fact, you won’t even have to ask someone, and there would be many mommies and daddies who would offer their own two cents on this topic. If you are going to be or have recently had a baby, here is my list of advice for new parents. 7 Tips for New Mom and Dad 1. Trust Your Gut Okay, this is the first and foremost nugget of wisdom that I would like to pass on to you. You and only you are the expert about your baby, no one else. You spend the maximum amount of time with your newborn, and one of the tips for new moms that I would like to pass on is that you would know your baby’s ways, and you would be the first to know if something isn’t right. Go ahead and always trust your mommy instinct when you are taking care of a baby. If you are feeling like a rookie, let me assure you that no one is ready for it, nobody. We all learn along the way. And this is one of the easiest parts, the sticky parts will come later on when they enter their teen years, ask any parent and they would agree. When starting out, just stick to the basics: milk, love, touch, singing and of course, patience. 2. Be Kind To Yourself Many new parents start feeling guilty when they are unable to take care of their newborn or for wanting some rest. But like I said, no one is an expert on parenting. Many of us might not have even held a newborn until we had our own, then how can you think that you would be an expert when you haven’t even held one all your life, right? So, stop being so hard on yourself and ask any judgey voice you have in your mind to take a hike. And if you would take another advice for new parents, ask anyone who says that you are not good at parenting, well; they can take a hike too. Each one of us has our own uniqueness, our own experiences and our own perspectives. We all are different in our own ways and lead different lives. Then how can you expect two different sets of parents to have the same kind of parenting style?
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Indoor Activities for Kids at Home to Engage them during COVID Lockdown

Pandemic has truly changed the way the world lived. Nature truly took over during the complete lockdowns during 2020. With the second wave sending a surge in the number of coronavirus cases, the government has imposed complete lockdowns in several states in India. This has been particularly harsh on children who are forced to stay inside their homes without being able to meet their extended family members or go on playdates with their friends. Being a parent, I am sure that we all are aware of the energy levels that children have and how tiring it can be to keep up with them. Apart from that, I am sure that to manage your children, it is essential to find out new and creative indoor activities for kids at home to keep them engaged. Well, to help my fellow mommies and daddies out, I have created a list of family activities that you can enjoy with your kids while staying safe and indoors. 1.Involve them into Baking and Cooking I am sure that you might think that they would create a mess in the kitchen rather than helping, but I am sure you can utilize this time to help them learn this basic life skill. You can give them duties while you make breakfast, lunch or dinner and encourage them to be independent. Instead of giving them any chores that involve any sharp objects or electrical appliances, give them duties like assembling salads, taking out cookies for snack time, helping you prepare a dip to go with their snacks or learning how to make the easiest of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches! They can learn so many recipes with bread that does not involve any cooking or usage of electrical equipment. Also Read: How Google is helping kids during corona quarantine 2. Have a Movie Marathon
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