How Your Parenting Style Is Affecting Your Kids

10 Mar 2022
by Dhirendra

In the previous article, we talked about the four different parenting styles. Now, we'll share how those four different parenting styles affect the kids and shape their lives.

The way you treat your kids and control their lives plays a crucial role in forming their personality and their development. Each parenting style affects children differently. Let’s read how.



KIDS OF AUTHORITARIAN PARENTS

If you are an Authoritarian Parents, as mentioned in the previous article, are more controlling and aggressive in implementing rules in their child's life. A kid with authoritarian parents will always have a low esteem and low self-confidence because they would always be seeking approval from their strict parents. They will also connect approval with love and on being denied, would feel rejected by them. Since Authoritarian parents find it difficult to express their love because they see it as a leniency or weakness, their child would also find it difficult to express emotions such as love. They will have difficulty in forming social relationships and hence, will not have good communication skills or even leadership skills. Moreover, the child will try to break away from their parents by the only means they know, rebelling or misbehaving. The kids of authoritarian parents themselves end up being authoritarian parents.

KIDS OF UNINVOLVED PARENTS:

Children of uninvolved parents often have difficulty trusting people which is why they have problems making friends, socializing and later, with intimacy. Since their Uninvolved parents never fulfil their responsibilities as parents, they as kids are forced to deal with bigger issues at an early age. They are forced to grow up and take care of their own needs, and hence get deprived of little joys in life. They also have behavioural problems because they have known fewer to no boundaries and hence, are difficult to control.

KIDS OF PERMISSIVE PARENTS:

Kids of permissive parents receive a lot of warmth and love from their parents and hence, they always feel entitled. Since they have known no boundaries and are not restricted, they are really difficult to be disciplined. They also lack commitment, responsibility and self-discipline required to have social relationships. However, they turn out to be more creative and go into creative fields they have the freedom to.

KIDS OF AUTHORITATIVE PARENTS:

As mentioned in the previous article, Authoritative parenting style is the best and most optimal parenting style and hence, the kids who have Authoritative parents are confident and feel secure as well. They are responsibile, disciplined and have good communication skills because their parents are strict when they need to be and loving/expressive at other times. They have healthy relationships and lead a good normal life.

How your child turns out is your responsibility. Don’t neglect their needs and don’t use physical force to make them listen to you. It’s important to show your kids how much you love them and they are special. Most importantly, teach them that they need to work for things in life.

7 Ways To Improve Your Kid's Handwriting

10 Mar 2022
by Dhirendra

One of the most important things that always stays with a person and defines them is their handwriting. Writing is a task that we learn as kids and improve over time. Parents try to give thick crayons to their kids to make sure that they learn how to hold a pencil and then, have better handwriting. Cursive writing books stay with their kids for years to make sure their handwriting comes out as creative and tidy as it can but did you know that there are more than these two ways to improve your child's handwriting at an early age?

Now that everything is becoming digital, people are getting out of touch of having to write everything themselves using a pen and paper. However, institutions like schools and colleges are still sticking to the old fashioned way of writing i.e. using a pen/pencil and paper.



This article focuses on ways to improve your child's handwriting at an early age so that they never have a messy notebook.

1. The right age to start writing:

Most parents give less time to researching the right age for their kids to start using a pencil to start writing. The exact age to teach your child to hold a pencil and start writing is 4 to 6 because this is the age when children develop the dynamic tripod grasp i.e. using two fingers and a thumb to hold a pencil (as shown in the picture).

2. The right way to hold a pencil:

The above point brings us to our next step i.e. the right grip for holding a pencil. The grip determines how your handwriting is going to look and hold much stress your child will be putting on their fingers to write. While there are a lot of grips like dynamic quadrupod, lateral quadrupod, lateral tripod, etc, the most common and best way to hold a pencil is Dynamic tripod. If your child has a different grip, it is never too late to correct them.

3. Check the pressure:

If you see that the handwriting is getting imprinted on the next paper so that signifies the amount of pressure your child is putting on in writing. It is important that they relax their hand while writing so that their hand doesn't get tired too early while writing.

4. Fine Motor Skills:

The main reason why a child ends up having a bad handwriting for life is that they never got to work enough on their fine motor skills.

What are Fine Motor Skills?

Fine motor skills are responsible for your smaller movements using hands, fingers, feet and toes. Some of the examples of fine motor skills include picking up things using fingers (like a pencil), doing puzzles, using tools or instruments, eating, brushing teeth, tying shoelaces, etc.

Improving your child's fine motor skills improves their hand coordination (and hand-eye coordination) and they learn to have a better grip, make alphabets clearer, match the dots in their cursive handwriting books and therefore, have a better letter formation.

So, how to Improve your child's Fine Motor Skills?

Read this article on "20 Activities To Improve Your Child's Fine Motor Skills". The article mentions activities that your child can do at home to improve their fine motor skills.

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5. Be Patient & Encouraging

While teaching your child to improve their handwriting, you need to make sure to teach them one thing at a time. If they are making too many mistakes and you tell them all the mistakes at once, they will not be able to grasp that information and being poked every time after being told what they're doing wrong will only lead to low self-confidence and losing interest. Teach your kid one alphabet at a time.
Make sure you improve one mistake each day instead of teaching them 10 things at a time.

6. Give them an idea of proportion and size:

Sometimes a written note looks untidy because it has no uniformity in the spacing and sizing of alphabets. To make sure your child’s handwriting looks tidy, teach them about the proportions of alphabets, the difference between capital and small letters and spacing words.

7. Repeat Every day

Once you know how to work on improving your child’s handwriting, all you need to do is repeat the process.
Let us know what else you do to improve your kid’s handwriting or the things your parents did to improve your handwriting in the comment section below.

20 Fun Riddles To Ask Your Kids

10 Mar 2022
by Dhirendra

Who doesn’t like solving riddles and asking others once you know all the right answer, right? Refresh your own childhood memories with your family with these fun riddles. See if your kid can answer these and tease your other family members who fail to guess the answers. Common but not so easy to guess riddles are all you need to have a fun time with your family. Enjoy asking these simple yet tricky 20 riddles to your kids and other family members and see how many they can guess the answers of.


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Answer 2: A towel


Answer 3: Because the batteries died.


Answer 4: Post Office


Answer 5: An egg


Answer 6: Because he is still living.


Answer 7: A teapot


Answer 8: All the month


Answer 9: The letter ‘m’


Answer 10: Silence


Answer 11: A palm


Answer 12: There is no smoke. It’s an electric train.


Answer 13: Our age


Answer 14: A table


Answer 15: No one. There is no banana because it’s a coconut tree.


Answer 16: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow


Answer 17: ‘Incorrectly’


Answer 18: ‘Short’


Answer 19: It’s Mary


Answer 20. Because they are always stuffed

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8 Very Thoughtful Diwali Gift Ideas For Kids Of All Age Groups

10 Mar 2022
by Dhirendra
Diwali Gift Ideas For Kids Children

My kiddo loves anything that’s gift-wrapped and looking at that smile is so priceless! This innocence doesn’t understand the price of the gift or brand. All that matters to these lil’ ones are ‘GIFT’. Diwali is almost here and you must be already preparing a list for best Diwali gifts for kids. Chocolates are definitely the popular Diwali gift ideas but let’s think of something else that really useful for them. Hence we have prepared a list of Diwali gifting ideas for kids that are useful for both girls and boys. In fact, you can just buy Diwali gifts online sitting at home.



1. Piggy Bank

Piggy bank can be a great option as Diwali gifts for children as it will teach them to save money & patiently wait to reap its benefits. This is the best way to teach your lil one about finances. Make sure to pick something in a very cute print or you can even consider buying customized piggy banks. Put a checklist inside this gift about “How to save money”.

2. Diwali Gift Hampers

This festive season let’s shower some unique love for your much-deserved kiddie, cousins or siblings! While doing Diwali shopping is the easy way to enjoy, looking for the best Diwali gifts can be quite a task. This Diwali gift your kid a healthy option in a yummy way that they are sure to love. Give them Diwali gift hampers that contains chocolatey, savory and nutty surprises.

3. Xplorabox

Check the XPLORABOX Sept 2018 Unboxing & Review | Educational Subscription Box for kids Gift your Little Xplorer’s a Monthly Subscription Box for Kids in India that has many activities to help them explore and learn while they play in a fun way. This monthly Educational Activity box for kids contains many skill-enhancing activities that help in developing cognitive, motor & social skills of your lil one. Every month your child will receive a theme-based box containing exciting educational games, projects, a storybook and, DIY activities. The best gift idea for kids to keep them away from unhealthy TV/Mobile screens. Buy XploraBox Online for amazing Diwali offer. You can also Install XploraSmart Android APP for free and get over 400 useful worksheets.

4. Small Plant

Gift your lil one a small plant this Diwali. This will teach them to protect and care about a living thing. The surprising growth of a plant will definitely turn your child into a curious nature-lover. They will ask questions about these things which in turn will teach them to nurture and care of all the things around.

5. Clay Kits

Even adults love to play with clay and make clay toys. Playing with clay enhances your kid’s motor skills & hand-eye coordination. Give this versatile gift to your kid and let their creative juices flow. In addition, this can also be a great birthday return gift that helps them understand textures, colors, & shapes.

6. Personalized Gifts For Kids

My kiddo loves her name on anything be it a clock, bed sheet, toys, apparel, lunch box and much more. You too can Surprise your little stars with such personalized gifts for kids as per their Personal choice. You can also personalize these Diwali gifts with your child’s initials or name to make a unique gift for kids.

7. Board Games

Board games like Snakes and Ladders, Sequence, Ludo, Life, Scrabble, Monopoly, Cluedo, Jenga, and Chess are perfect Diwali gifts for children. Choose an ideal Diwali gift option from the huge collection of more than 500 board games according to their age & your budget. Such indoor games will teach your child to share, teamwork, learn about competition, maths, planning, coordination, counting, and patience. In addition, this is a great option for afternoons of Diwali vacation or rainy-indoor day.

8. Trolley Luggage Bags

Diwali vacation means going out! Even if it’s not for an exotic holiday a definite visit to grandparents. Gifting Trolley Bags for Kids of his/her own will definitely put a smile on their face. Plus it’s a great pleasure to watch them packing their own stuff in the bag.

I tried to narrow down many Diwali gifting options for kids and I’m sure now your Diwali shopping for kids won’t be a challenge!

Happy Diwali & Happy Gifting!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

JAYSHREE BHAGAT: A Businesswoman, Homemaker, Blogger, Freelance Writer and Mother of an adorable baby. I am a content creator who can write content in various categories such as Health, Beauty, Fashion, Parenting, Travel, Lifestyle, etc. I love doing this and thus, constantly crave to get information around. So, I thought, “Why not get paid for it, if I am good at something”!


5 Top Story Books For Your Kids To Teach Them Moral Lessons

10 Mar 2022
by Dhirendra

The best gift that parents give to their kids is the gift of learning. Teaching your kids moral lessons through stories and everyday situations is a difficult task because after a point, as a parent you run out of story ideas. No matter how creative we might be but when you have a kid who’s also asking to be entertained or recite a story, you WILL run out of them eventually. To get rid of your daily duty of reciting children stories, we have come up with a list of best books you can get your kids if they are 4 to 8-year-olds. Get your kid these storybooks and make reading and learning a hobby for them.



1. What Pet Should I Get? by Dr Seuss

What Pet Should I Get? Is a picture book is like a buried treasure because the never-before-seen rhyming romp of pictures keep the kids engaged in reading for a good amount while they learn about domestic pets or animals? The story revolves around a brother and sister who visit a pet shop but cannot decide which one to get.

LESSON:The book teaches the kid that sometimes in life, it is difficult to make choices even for kids but ultimately, you have to make those decisions yourself.

AGE: Children of all age group

2. It Could Always Be Worse by Margot Zemach

It Could Always Be Worse is a 1977 New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of the Year and Outstanding Book of the Year, and a 1978 Caldecott Honor Book. The story is about a poor man who lived with his mother, wife and six children in a single room hut and about how his life kept getting worse when he got tired of his life and took the advice of a Rabbi. The book portrays some lessons in a funnier way through the picture illustrations. Kids who enjoy folk tales and old style humour will have a great experience reading this book!

LESSON: The story teaches kids about being grateful for the things they have in their life, instead of complaining about the ones they don’t.

AGE: 3-6

3. Goodnight Moon, By Margaret Wise Brown

Goodnight Moon is a classic storybook about a little rabbit at bedtime. A perfect bedtime story that has lulled generations of kids to sleep. The cosy illustrations about how the little bunny is ready to sleep and is saying goodnight to all his family members is a perfect way to send your kids to bed.

AGE:Up to 2


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4. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble earned Steig the 1970 Caldecott Medal, his first of many Caldecott and Newbery Medal honours. The book was nominated for the 1970 National Book Award for Young People's Literature and won the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1978. This storybook is about Sylvester, a donkey who collects pebbles of various shapes and colours. One day he comes upon a pebble that grants him wishes and how he accidentally turns himself into a rock on being scared by a lion. The rest of the story features Sylvester's personal attempt to change back into his true self and his parents' search for their only son.

AGE:2-5

5. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

This storybook is about a boy who learns about the act of giving but by the time he does, it is too late for realization.

LESSON:The story teaches kids about the gift of giving, being generous and appreciating generosity.

AGE:1-8

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Are you doing these 10 things as a parent?

10 Mar 2022
by Dhirendra

Being a parent comes with millions of responsibilities on your shoulder. One has to be always on their toes to ensure correct parenting is being given to their child. With different sorts of concerns in mind, sometimes it becomes very tough for a parent to stay calm and composed at the same time. At the end of the day, a parent always thinks that whether they have done enough for their child or are still lacking in giving them a good environment for a better upbringing. Keeping all these points and concerns in mind, we have come up with this article that will serve as a guide list to parents to check the things they might be missing out on as a parent.



10 things that must be done for good parenting:

We have narrowed down top ten essential things that you should be doing as a parent.

1. Model and encourage good relationships

As a kid, your child world revolves around you and their immediate family and as a responsible parent, you should encourage and make sure that your child understands the value of each and every relationship around them. Though it is a little hard to execute, still it holds the value of making your child a good person. It also helps to improve the communication skills of your child as they will be more engaged in knowing and interacting with different people around them.

2.Praise them in a prompt manner

During their childhood years, your child needs your immense support in everything they do. this builds confidence and self- reliability in them. As a parent, it is essential for you to keep supporting and encouraging your child in a prompt manner. Make them understand the consequences of their actions and let them cultivate good habits. You must interact with them often to build that understanding and trust level and use appreciating words that can boost their inner confidence and help them get prepared for the challenges they will face as they grow up.

3.Support them in becoming resilient

No doubt, as a parent you always want to protect your child from the struggles and challenges of life. But to make sure that your child is capable of handling the downs of their life too, your duty is to make them resistant. This trait will help to shape their character in a better and progressive way. Incorporate the attitude to deal with their fears, shortcomings and make them capable of coming up with the best possible solution for problems. This could be done by ensuring them at every stage of life that no matter what happens with them, you will always have their back. Talk to your child, discuss the various possibilities and make them understand that you are always there with them.


4.Be patient

The best genuine gift as a parent that you can gift to your child is patience. Like everyone else, they will also make a lot of mistakes. Make sure, they learn from their mistakes rather than ignoring them. This could be possible only if you deal with their problems with a calm mindset and patience instead of yelling at them. As a good parent, you can help them understand where they went wrong and how they can rectify it. This will ensure that your child will never hesitate in discussing their problems with you and will always confide in you. Make it a habit to start a healthy conversation with a moral lesson with your child and try to be precise when it comes to answering any of their questions. This will help them express themselves in a better way.

5. Give the right opportunities

If you wish to make your child responsible in their life, their guidance starts from you. As a parent, are you giving your child enough opportunities to explore their capabilities? If not, then it is the right time to offer them the right opportunities in both personal as well as professional life to ensure that they become the best version of themselves. You can also teach your child different skills as per their talent.


6. Provide freedom with an eye

In their growing age, your child needs a good amount of freedom to explore their life in their own way. As a dutiful parent, you should respect their decisions and make them explore the outer world. A precise amount of freedom with an eye on their actions will serve the purpose of maintaining their privacy, respecting their decisions along with checking their actions at the same time.

7. Show respect

Many of us as parents fail in giving the child respect It is one of the important aspects as a parent that should be always kept in mind while ensuring good parenting for your child. It is your responsibility as a parent to make your child understand how to behave in a dignified and respectful manner.

8. Develop social skills

We live in a society where every individual’s presence matters. In many of the cases, the child often fails to address the society in a right manner. As a responsible parent, encourage your child to develop social skills and stay connected with the people around them. Encourage them to have conversations and connect with people so that they can improve their communication skills and become confident to express their views in front of the world.


9.Introduce educational activities in their lives

Every parent wishes to make their child perform better in their academics. Nowadays there are many of the activities that help a child to learn new educational concepts in a more innovative manner. For example, Xplorabox is one of the efficient educational toolboxes that helps your child to discover new concepts of science in an innovative and fun way.

10. Spend time with your child and follow the 3 “F”s

In their growing age, your child needs your presence. It is substantial to spend a good quality time with your child and listen to their doubts, concerns and ideas about the surroundings. this encourages them to be a better person. You need to follow the three “F”s precisely as a good parent. You should sound firm, fair and at the same time friendly with your child to make sure he understands your point of view and values it.

Consequences of a good parenting lie in building a good and bright future for your child. By simply following the above-discussed parenting skills, you could lead a good parenting to your child.

Image source: Pixabay


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Saniya Virani is a writer and a digital marketing enthusiast from Mumbai. She recently started to write after completing her college.


10 Lifestyle DIYs You Can Make For Your Kid

10 Mar 2022
by Dhirendra

Ever feel like making something for your kid that they can have in their room all the time, something that shows them that how much you love and care about them. Perhaps a photo frame that doesn’t take too much time to make but looks absolutely adorable, colourful matching bracelets for you and your child or be it anything that falls in the category of lifestyle DIYs.

There isn’t a better feeling than having someone you love, gift you something that they made on their own because of the time and efforts that it must have taken them to make it.


If you do, then we have the perfect lifestyle decor DIYs for you. Become your child’s best friend, a close companion and a perfect parent by making these Lifestyle DIYs for your child that are not even time consuming but look so trendy when finally made, and make your bond stronger than ever.






















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10 Origami DIYs You Can Make With Your Kids

10 Mar 2022
by Dhirendra

There isn’t a better feeling than seeing your kid do something you’ve taught them. Be it a small “Hello” or “Namaste”, opening the door, riding a bicycle or making something creative together.

Creativity brings people together so it works like magic when it comes to bonding with children. Kids are always excited to try something new so here we have a list of simple DIYs you can try with your kids and see how well you guys bond over these playful activities.











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10 Parenting Tips You Wish You Had Read Before

10 Mar 2022
by Dhirendra

We know parenting is a tough job. It’s actually one of the toughest jobs. As parents, we’re burdened with so many responsibilities of running a house and keeping our family safe and happy so that we or our kids don’t lack anything.

While we may read several books about how to physically take care of our child, make sure our house is safe for a kid and germ-free, remember to buy the best baby products and get them into good schools so they get the best education possible, we as parents still miss out on one thing and that is, the emotional health of a child.



It is not our fault because there is so much one can do. No matter how many lists we make, it is only human to miss out on something. Children’s emotional and mental development depends greatly on the environment around them. If they experience too much violence, they will always have issues forming good relations with others when they grow up or if they are pressurized too much, they might feel alone or would never be able to open up to their parents.

To make sure you remember the little things parents might miss out on, we have these 10 tips from experts that every parent should know about.











If you want to make sure your child enhances their developmental skills, then do check out Xplorabox. Xplorabox is a monthly subscription-based activity box for kids containing skill-enhancing offline activities and games, which help in developing motor, cognitive, and social skills in children.

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10 Parenting Tips Every Parent Should Know

10 Mar 2022
by Dhirendra

There’s nothing more terrifying than doing a job you haven’t been trained for; parenting is one of them. While we may read several books about how to physically take care of our child, make sure our house is safe for a kid and germ-free, remember to buy the best baby products and get them into good schools so they get the best education possible, we as parents still miss out on one thing and that is, the emotional health of a child.



It is not our fault because there is so much one can do. No matter how many lists we make, it is only human to miss out on something. Children’s emotional and mental development depends greatly on the environment around them. If they experience too much violence, they will always have issues forming good relations with others when they grow up or if they are pressurized too much, they might feel alone or would never be able to open up to their parents.

To make sure you remember the little things parents might miss out on, we have these 10 tips from experts that every parent should know about.











If you want to make sure your child enhances their developmental skills, then do check out Xplorabox. Xplorabox is a monthly subscription-based activity box for kids containing skill-enhancing offline activities and games, which help in developing motor, cognitive, and social skills in children.

If you liked this article, do share it with your family and friends.

Thank you!