Archive for July, 2010

Togetherness matters!

Don’t we all think of our childhood vacations,  rather fondly? Probably because those were the times we spent together, as a family.
No matter where we go, the mere fact that we are together, matters  to our children. It is something we owe  them – togetherness. And little outings always reinforces our love for our little ‘unes.
When I was young, my family had means only to fund one annual holiday in summer to our native place. But we always looked forward to it and made the most of it. Even if it meant taking a train in the hot summer months, in second-class sleeper coaches. Those days were cherished the most, simply because I got to see both my parents together for those days, all day long!
We lead accelerated lives, with little and sometimes no time to spare for our tots. That’s why it is even more imperative to manage little getaways to make up for the lost time with them. It doesn’t matter where you go. What matters is that you do it, and do it together. It could even be a little drive away from the city for a day, or maybe even a day-trip,  a picnic, or a dip in the pool.
Who doesn’t like a holiday? But with the mere mention of the word, we start thinking about affordability, leave, nannies, bosses, unfinished pitches, important conference calls and a zillion other things. We think of everything but the holiday itself.  The much discussed ‘holiday’ simply ends  in an arm-chair travel adventure, with you thinking about it wistfully.
Look at it this way- if you can squeeze in that important meeting with your client on a saturday, you can also squeeze in a little holiday with your mini dino-loving kid over the weekend. If you can afford to buy that purple top and red bag  in a spur-of-the-moment, you certainly can  afford to take an unscripted holiday!  Besides, all holidays don’t have to be a visit to the Queen in London, you know. Sometimes,  just a drive down to a destination in the outskirts of your city, can turn out to be an ideal break and ‘ just what all of you needed’.
Mark those long-weekends on your calendar, plan or do an impromptu trip, and  spend some priceless time with your baby perched on your shoulder and your partner, by your side!
Remember, the family that holidays together, stays together!
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Come on, be a sport!

This is perhaps the best time to instill the ‘sporty spirit’ in your children. The FIFA fever is at a crazy high and there  can’t be a better time to tell how important sports can be in the life of a  child. Yes, the physical benefits will lure the moms to send their tots out to the fields, but the other ‘fringe’ benefits that come with sports are far too many to be ignored. Simply put,  sports teaches you leadership skills, discipline, grit, determination, fair-play, team spirit, how to handle a win, and in the same breath how to handle a defeat. In short, sports is all about LIFE.

Be it a game of tennis, badminton or Lagori, we cannot ignore, how many friendships were formed while playing. Fair-play cannot be taught better than while playing a sport. I also think being passionate about a particular sport also promotes a healthy mind and conditions one to  pursue interests in life, with equal zeal.

It might be a good idea for parents to explore options for their child in their early  years itself– choose what kind of sports they might enjoy and eventually be good at.  Do remember, kids have a mind of their own and might sometimes out right reject playing a particular game. You might give up thinking he/she shouldn’t be forced into doing something. While it is fair to believe that a child shouldn’t be forced, do remember that a child is not fully capable of understanding and knowing  what might be best for him. So keep encouraging your little champ to give it a try.

Tennis classes, cricket / soccer coaching, basket ball or swimming lessons-  whatever be it, always give your child the thumbs up to play with friends in the field, for everyone can do with some fresh air and exercize!  And the next time you plan a family outing, remember to pack your cricket kit or what ever your family fancies.

BTW, are you having a FIFA finals party at home? I think it’s a fun idea. 🙂  Involve your children in it and cheer for your favourite team. (Spain, please?)

Contributed by The Ketchup Girl

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