Hindu Mommy

October 8, 2006

Dora says “Eat more veggies”

Filed under: Food/Health Related,Kids,Parenting,Preschool — hindumommy @ 8:06 pm

In an earlier post about junk food ads, I had asked the following question

How about Sponge Bob talks about broccoli or celery for atleast a quarter of the time that he shills for sugary cereal

Talk about strange coincidences. Today I went grocery shopping and was pleasantly surprised to see Dora (not exactly SpongeBob – but close enough) on top of the produce section.

g_homenick.gifThis is courtesy of the first fall Educational campaign by Produce for Kids.

The mission of Produce for Kids is to bring the produce industry together to benefit kids in support of Children’s Miracle Network

Their website provides a fun, interactive way for children to learn why fruits and veggies are good. They also have excellent recipes, and tips for parents for getting children to eat more of the good stuff.

The Produce for Kids is currently sponsoring the Healthy Kids Club for kids aged 5-15.

Vamanos ! Go fast to your local grocery store or online to Produce for Kids 

You may soon be dancing the “We did it – We did it” dance when your kids eat healthy without putting up a fight ! – Yay!!
 

September 18, 2006

Pretend Soup

Filed under: Entertainment and Books,Parenting,Preschool,Recipes — hindumommy @ 10:22 pm

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My daughter is a very very picky eater ….so picky that even if it’s her favorite food she will not eat it if it doesn’t look right (like the pizza that just looked different because we ordered it from a different restaurant !)

As a last desperate attempt, I got this book and absolutely love it. It is a cook-book for preschoolers that they can “read” themselves. It’s got the same recipe with words for grown-ups and pictures for kids so they can “read’ and cook.

The concept of the book is that kids eat better when they are involved in the food preparation….Wasn’t too sure about my kids “helping” me but it turned out great and not too messy.

The recipes are mostly based on food found around the house and healthy and tasty.

My daughter ate broccoli for the first time when she ate the “bagel face” from the recipe found in this book….YAY !!

September 12, 2006

More math and reading for your toddler?

Filed under: Kids,Parenting,Preschool — hindumommy @ 2:45 pm

Parents of toddlers and preschoolers are increasingly turning to tutoring their kids to give them an extra edge in kindergarten(which according to the latest Newsweek is now the new first grade)

Detroit Press has an article on the ever increasing trend to give extra tutoring to kids who have not yet turned 3

In today’s wildly competitive world of child-rearing, tutoring draws a crowd fresh from naptime and the sandbox. 

Junior Kumon, launched in 2003, teaches about 21,000 preschoolers nationwide. Sylvan Learning Centers, which last year rolled out programs for kids as young as 4, reports tutoring about 4,000 preschoolers nationwide

It’s all very well for 3 and 4 yr olds to learn lower letters and capital letters but what about the more important things like fun and play? Isn’t learning how to play well with other kids equally important?

As a mother of twin 4 year old daughters, I am extremely worried about my kids future academic success but definitely not at the expense of their childhood. This is the time of their life when they are supposed to play and learn thru play.

They have enough time to grow up. I don’t want them to be fed up of flashcards and worksheets even before they officially start school.

September 8, 2006

Read children’s story books online

Filed under: Entertainment and Books,Kids,Parenting,Preschool — hindumommy @ 4:15 pm

While traditional storytime where I cuddle up with the kids and read books, is still the preferred method of storytime at our house, we have discovered a new way to do storytime. I don’t think online story sites should replace traditional storytelling, but it IS a good novelty and encourages the kids and me to try out different types of books Here are a couple of websites where you can read children’s books

http://www.magickeys.com/books/ 

http://www.netrover.com/~kingskid/108b.html

http://wiredforbooks.org/kids.htm – For Beatrix Potter Stories

http://www.the-office.com/bedtime-story/indexmain.htm

http://www.meddybemps.com/5.1.html

http://www.candlelightstories.com/DefaultNewMain.asp

http://www.storyplace.org/preschool/preschool.asp

http://www.storylineonline.net/storyline/ – – This site is cool because it reads stories for you.

www.robertmunsch.com – Robert Munsch stories

UPDATED TO ADD: http://www.icdlbooks.org/ – International Children’s Library of Books

July 23, 2006

Kids and travelling

Filed under: Kids,Parenting,Preschool — hindumommy @ 9:06 pm

Summer is the season of vacations. Here are some tips for more enjoyable travelling with kids…..

BIRTH TO TWO
Infants and toddlers can be good traveling companions because, for the most part, they’re content as long as they’re with you. But traveling with a child who is under two requires plenty of advance planning. Don’t assume that there will be a car seat, portable crib, stroller, or high chair at your destination. Separation anxiety is also common at various points during this stage in a toddler’s development, so it’s best not to plan the kind of vacation during which you will have to leave the child with sitters. 

Keep your toddler on his regular schedule.
Let him have his afternoon nap, his 5 p.m. dinner, and so on. The less disrupted he is, the happier everyone will be.

Try to plan major activities for the morning.
That way you’ll be back to the hotel or cabin in time for lunch and a nap. But if you can’t manage (or don’t want) to interrupt your fun, a nap in the stroller is better than no nap at all.

Have your infant’s or toddler’s ears checked before you depart.
This is very important if you’ll be flying, because a baby with an ear infection might be uncomfortable during takeoff and landing.

THREE AND FOUR
As your child approaches age three, her personality blossoms and her language skills take a huge leap. She also loves to do what Mommy and Daddy are doing. Still, she may become clingy when faced with new places and people, and she’ll likely react to new foods by firmly shutting her lips. Nor will she last long in museums, particularly the look-but-don’t-touch variety.

Keep your child informed beforehand about the vacation plans.
Then, when you leave, make sure she understands where she’s going. A preschool child who’s told only that she’s going on an airplane may mistakenly believe her destination is somewhere in the sky. If you can find a picture book that describes your vacation spot, read and discuss it with your child.

Help your kids get settled as soon as you arrive.
Children of this age thrive on a sense of order. “Let them know immediately where their new play area will be, where they’ll sleep, and where you’re putting their washcloth and toothbrush. So bring along some toys and trinkets from home.

Don’t plan day trips far from your hotel.
That way you can easily “go home” whenever your child gets tired. Beach resorts and cruise ships have the advantage of offering a lot of activity in a contained area, with the room never too far away. (Ask your travel agent about cruise lines and resorts that cater to small children.) And a short car trip to visit relatives or a nearby tourist attraction is appropriate for kids this age.

Whatever destination you choose, try to stick to your regular eating and sleeping routines. Vacation isn’t the time for a three-year-old to give up his nap, Dr. Medway adds.

FIVE AND SIX
As children get closer to age five, they become more curious about and appreciative of the outside world. They’ll probably play with other children in the hotel swimming pool, and they may even try new foods. They’ll also enjoy the kinds of children’s activities offered at family resorts, such as arts and crafts or nature hikes.

Here are some suggestions that work with somewhat older kids:

Take your child to places that will spark his imagination.
Your five- or six-year-old is increasingly interested in fantasy play. She suggests a visit to an air-and-space museum (where your child can pretend to be an astronaut), a ride on a steam train (on which he can play engineer), or a trip to a ranch (where he might fantasize he’s a cowboy).

Listen to your child’s fears and try to reassure her.
Kids this age may verbalize travel anxieties, such as a fear of airplane crashes.


Help your child get plenty of rest.
Children typically need more, not less, sleep on a vacation. Five- and six-year-olds, however, will probably refuse to stop whatever they’re doing and take a nap, observes Dorothy Jordon, the founder of Travel With Your Children, a family-travel resource center. If your plans include lots of walking, Jordon recommends taking along a stroller for any child under age eight, so they can get all the on-the-go rest they need.

Kids being what they are, even the most carefully thought-out vacations sometimes do not happen the way you planned. So it’s important to have realistic expectations and to remain as flexible as possible.

HAPPY TRAVELS !

July 17, 2006

Raising bi-lingual children

Filed under: Kids,Parenting,Preschool — hindumommy @ 3:22 pm

Being born and brought up in India means that kids automatically are multi-lingual. At the least, almost every Indian know 2 languages but usually it’s more than that.

Now as I try to raise my kids in the US, I am realizing how hard it is to get them to speak an Indian language at home. Peer pressure in school means they want to speak only in English at school and home even as parents struggle to teach the kids their native tongue.

I found this great website Multi-Lingual children which gives 10 Tips for Boosting the Minority Language

•  Other kids

•  Books

•  The right stuff

•  Sing and dance.

•  Tap into their interests

•  Be creative

•  Outside the box

•  Baby sitter

•  Visits

•  Enthusiasm

and it also gives Tips on transitioning into multilingualism

First, explain what you want to do and why. Even relatively small children understand a great deal, even if they can’t articulate it themselves. Don’t make any drastic changes, however. That will only be frustrating for everyone. Let your little one get used to the idea.

  • Switch to speaking only the minority language yourself, but with frequent translations when you notice she doesn’t understand. Accept replies in the majority language for now.
  • If your child answers back in the majority language, say “Yes,” and then repeat the sentence in the minority language.
  • When you know your child is able to say a particular word but is struggling to remember it, jog her memory by providing the first syllable.
  • Be careful not to dampen her enthusiasm. If she wants a glass of milk, you can require that she asks for it in the minority language. But if she’s excited about telling you what happened at the circus, let her tell you in the majority language, and then repeat it back in the minority language. That way, you provide her the missing vocabulary in a positive way.
  • And as always: praise, praise, praise! Even if you had to provide the translation. And, don’t correct the errors outright until after the age of three, that is the earliest she’ll be able to understand the correction or explanation anyhow. Instead, just repeat the words correctly, also known as modeling. Alternatively, you can make a joke and say, “Oops, that came out wrong!” Laugh and provide the right way of saying it.

July 7, 2006

10 ways to increase your preschooler’s self-esteem

Filed under: Parenting,Preschool — hindumommy @ 1:42 pm

 How to increase your preschooler’s self-esteem by Sarah Henry

Nurturing your preschooler’s self-esteem may seem like a hefty responsibility. After all, a feeling of self-worth lays the foundation for your preschooler’s future as he sets out to try new things on his own. “Self-esteem comes from having a sense of belonging, believing that we’re capable, and knowing our contributions are valued and worthwhile,” says California family therapist Jane Nelsen”As any parent knows, self-esteem is a fleeting experience,” says Nelsen. “Sometimes we feel good about ourselves and sometimes we don’t. What we’re really trying to teach our kids are life skills like resiliency.” Your goal as a person is to ensure that your child develops pride and self-respect — in himself and in his cultural roots — as well as faith in his ability to handle life’s challenges (for a preschooler that may mean copying capital letters accurately). Here are ten simple strategies to help boost your child’s self-esteem:

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June 19, 2006

Kids and computers and painting

Filed under: Kids,Parenting,Preschool — hindumommy @ 11:19 pm

My kids have been home all summer …(I know , I know – it’s only been a couple of weeks but it is  **ALL** summer) and of course, want to spend time on the computer as I do

They love all kinds of painting so made them to try MS Paint. Paint though fun is definitely not the most kid friendly software so went browsing and found this software

It’s specifically designed for young kids, has a simple, easy to use interface and fun sound effects, has this cool cartoon character who guides the kids around  – very easy to install for me and best of all – it’s free !!!!!

My kids love it and they are hard to please – so here is the link to the “bestest” drawing program for kids

http://www.newbreedsoftware.com/tuxpaint/

If you try it, please let me know how you like it at hindumommy@yahoo.com

June 14, 2006

Ganesha prayers (slokas) for Hindu children

Filed under: Hinduism,Kids,Parenting,Preschool,Slokas — hindumommy @ 10:49 pm

Some easy to learn and say Ganesha slokas (Hindu religious prayers) for mothers to teach their kids

Ganesha – Elephant God

Ganesha (Ganapati, Vinayakadu) is the Lord of Good Fortune. Most Hindus pray to Ganesha before a major task. He is also always invoked before most bhajans or at the beginning of prayer sessions (more…)

June 13, 2006

Craft idea from Crayola website – Indian sari paper dolls

Filed under: Hinduism,India,Kids,Preschool — hindumommy @ 11:14 pm

Indian Sari Paper Dolls

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