Gardening is one of those activities that soon grow into a hobby. It keeps you busy, it makes you sensitive towards environment, it makes you appreciate nature and more than anything else, it cheers you up. Due to time and space constraints, you may not indulge into gardening but believe us it helps your kids too. How? We’d tell you.
With a bit of your participation, your pre-schooler can learn many things from helping in a garden. They learn to be responsible and patient while caring for a tiny seed as it grows into a plant. They discover self-satisfaction in raising something beautiful. The simple act of digging and planting also helps physical development, strengthening both gross and fine motor skills.
Beyond what your child will naturally learn from being outdoors, there are ways to make the gardening experience more educational for him. Help him to make a chart of his plants and teach him to predict how the flowers will change each week or month. Then, work on basic math concepts by measuring the plants together every Saturday. Talk to him about the principle of cause and effect as he waters the seeds and they later sprout. As the summer wears on, the cycle of life unfolds magically in front of him, from sowing seeds to growing plants to harvesting flowers and veggies.
But be assured to assign him a duty. Put him in charge of certain tasks, like watering the plants. Plant a “pizza garden” of tomatoes, peppers, and basil or a “rainbow garden” with flowers of each colour in the spectrum. You can go all out with your creative theme gardens. Most importantly, gardening is a great way to bond together in the great outdoors.
Eating habits of your child is an insight to his health in his later years. If candies, chocolates, wafers, cakes, burgers are his first and only choices, get on your toes mommies! It’s time to act! Though junk food looks attractive and tastes better, but it will increase the chances of obesity and droopiness in your child as he grows in an adult.
Learning House suggests these points to be followed religiously:
1. Include servings of fruit in his diet every day.
2. Your kid should have at least one meal of vegetables, chappatis and daal everyday. Ask your kid to eat small but sure portions of every food type.
3. Expose your kid to different types of food at a younger age- give him tofu, soy, dahi, salads, porridges. Variety will get him interested and give some more nutrients too.
If you find it tough to make them eat nutritious food, try it with a twist. Decorate your servings of vegetables; fry your daal with lots of veggies; cook some stuffed paranthas and serve it with chutney instead of ketchup; replace plain dull-looking dahi with tasty fruity smoothies. There’s no limit to letting out your creativity in your cooking skills. Make it presentable; make it look delicious and your kid will learn love all the healthy eating options he has.
The rains are here to stay for a while and so is the mood for hot, spicy snacks. Street food like pani-puri, bhel-puri and sandwiches may tempt you, but these are foods that you simply must stay away from in the monsoons.
Say No to Street Food
This is because monsoon is the time for germs and bacteria which thrive in the unhygienic roadside eateries. As a rule you should avoid eating raw foods during the rains, refrigerate leftovers immediately, wash the vegetables used to make salads thoroughly and clean leafy vegetables with care. Above all, try to keep eating out during the monsoons at an absolute minimal.
Instead enjoy roasted corn, homemade Pakoras or drink hot soups.
Roasted Corn is especially delicious when you add spices to the ear of corn after roasting it. The spices liven up the flavors and add an interesting spin on basic roasted corn. Nothing can beat hot cup of soup with crispy pakoras during rainy days 🙂
Let’s play yourself safe with following tips:
- Keep yourself hydrated
- Have a balanced diet
- Eat clean, fresh food
- Keep monsoon ailments at bay
- Avoid puddles
- Exercise and rest during monsoon
- Loose, cotton clothes are the best during monsoon.
- It is advisable to avoid jeans as they do not dry quickly.
- Wash all fruits and vegetables thoroughly, particularly leafy vegetables and cauliflower
“Keep your self and your loved ones healthy..”
Learning House brings a story for you to read out to your kids at bed-time. You must have heard of tooth-fairy, who replaces the first fallen-out tooth of a kid with some money. Yes, these are stories we heard of, and we narrated to our kids, to keep the faith alive. But, we thought of putting in a bit of humour here and there :
My five year old daughter was excited; she just lost her first tooth. It was loose for a week. She kept wiggling it, until it finally came out. What a scream! “My tooth came out. My tooth came out. I’ll look ugly for the rest of my life.”
“Oh darling you will not look ugly, a new better tooth will grow in to replace it.”
“Are you sure?”
“Can I stick the old one back in so I’ll be pretty until the new one grows in?”
“No that would be yucky”
“Then what am I going to do with it?”
“Put it under your pillow, of course.”
“Under my pillow?”
“Yes, under your pillow. Then, the Tooth Fairy will come and replace it with some money.”
“Oh goody, I like money. How much will she give me?”
“When I was a little girl, it was one rupee, now I’m not sure but I think it might be ten or more. Now put the tooth under your pillow and go to sleep. OK?”
“I thought she’d never fall asleep. Better get the money from your purse, for her tooth.” said a soft voice.
“Who are you? What are you doing in my purse? Help! Thief, get out of here before I call the cops.” reasonably freaked, I asked in panic.
“Take it easy lady, I’m the Tooth Fairy.”
“Right, and I’m the Easter Bunny. Now get out of here.”
“Seriously, I’m the Tooth Fairy.”
“If you’re the Tooth Fairy, what are you doing in my purse?”
“Collecting money, where do you think I get all that cash that I put under the kids pillows? It doesn’t grow on trees you know.”
“So you steal it? That doesn’t sound right to me. Isn’t there a fairy bank or something where you get money for the kids teeth, and by the way what do you do with all those teeth anyway.”
“Nope, I got to get the funds myself, now let me get to work. Here’s your purse. Where does your daughter sleep? I need those teeth to keep the pearly gates fresh.”
And as I stared at the tiny winged creature, she got off my purse and left ten rupees under my little daughter’s pillow.