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How to engage children effectively

Jaya Bhateja
3 to 7 years

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How to engage children effectively

Engaging children at home or with the family in meaningful activities is very important for their holistic development. It teaches them like skills such as confidence, emotional stability, and trusting relationships. Here are some ideas on how you can engage your child so that he spends more time with you


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manni bhasin

| May 29, 2017

thanks for useful tips..

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Kiranmai

| Aug 12, 2016

really this is a good topic to work on, it's really helpful to me.. thank you..

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Alpana Deshpande

| Aug 12, 2016

Beautiful presentation of ideas...

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priti garg

| Aug 12, 2016

very nice ideas

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Manisha Arora

| Aug 11, 2016

Very nice ...... I am going to adopt the tips

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Hemadri Saxena

| Aug 11, 2016

nice write up

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DrNidhi Gupta

| Aug 11, 2016

v nice article

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P T

| Apr 11, 2016

My child is 6yrs old n he has become very much aggressive n shouts a lot. He even scolds like adult if you don't listen to him. Nor does he eat properly. I m pregnant n m worried how to cool down him before the second baby comes.

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meghajaanu

| Apr 11, 2016

I hv two girl kids one is 4 years old another is 2 years..... Both wants me to spend time with them... its very difficult to handle both at a time..... Plz help me out with sm tips

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drsheenoosharma

| Feb 09, 2016

Iam a working mom and my health diesnt allow me to actively spend quality time with my 5 yr old daughter. plzsuggest sm age appropriate activity that ican encourage my kid to pursue wjen at home. she is already doing drawing but v reluctant and disinterested in learning any new activity although she suddenly gets interested when a friend talks bt a new activity. like we got her roller skates but she hardly touches them unless sm other kid says he is learning skating.

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Jaya Bhateja

| Jan 02, 2016

Hi Vidhi, Both the parents have a special role to play in a child's life. While mother can nurture and teach the good value to the child, a father's existence brings a lot of moral and emotional support to the child. It makes them feel protected and guided. Based on little context you have shared, below are my two advices for you: 1. Being a single parent has double responsibility of making sure you to speak to the child and spend quality time to make sure they get room to express and discuss their thoughts. In the absence of this space they start seeking this outside somewhere in any form possible without realising the consequences. Its very natural. Hence it is important that you find a window with your child when they get to speak their mind ,this window is a space free of interruptions,judgement,instructions and full of only listening. Needless to say building of relationship and expectations that go a long way in their life and help them form their value system,thought process and decision making capabilities. Do remember, every human being, specially a child has the strong need to "be required" in their enviornment and for that children go to any extend to fulfil that need. 2. Being a single parent is tough as you have your own emotions at bay lot of times. When you feel alone,it is difficult to accompany and support the child. I strongly suggest single parents to reach out to professional counsellors,therapists or coaches who can help you balance out the journey in a very non-judgemental and positive way. They are your listening partners and advisors which helps single parent to manage the journey much more effectively and positively. I have seen several examples where parenting has become much more easy and effective with the help of professionals. In today's time when you have the privilege of such support available, one must leverage. Hope this helps ! You can reach out with more questions, i would be very happy to support. Regards Jaya

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Varsha Pednekar

| Jan 02, 2016

Nice article... good suggestions....

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Shruti Srivastava

| Dec 30, 2015

Its a very interesting, effective & eye opener article. Thanx dear

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Vidhi Agroyee

| Dec 11, 2015

Hi Jaya . Thanks for very nice article . I am a single parent and working also . I always feel afraid that since I don't spend time with my son , he is getting away from me . Also whether not having the father will impact him , when he grow up . Pls help

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Jaya Bhateja

| Dec 10, 2015

Rani,thanks for your question. I want to highlight that irrespective of age we human like talking and listening. So talk to your daughter as much as you can. Don't think she can't understand,young children are blessed with lot of powers that we loose when we grow up. Speak to her how is your day going, talk about your achievements, what you like eating, who all are your friends. At times you might feel that you are talking to yourself because she might not be able to respond but don't worry, it is going into her sub-conscious mind. You also have to take care that you do not do negative talking with the child like complaining about your relationships,friends or anyone because that will impact her. Understand every thing is energy like a smile can brighten you up, complaining drains our energy without us knowing about it. Positive talk creates positive thoughts so do as much as possible. You should also involve her into simple games like give her harmless stuff like dough,carrots,spoons and bowl etc. from home or kitchen to see,explore and learn even if that means she is messing with it and creating noise. You can also sit and color with her, coloring helps children express and release any negative thoughts that might have entered their sub-conscious without any body intentionally inducing it. Colouring also helps in channelizing the energy of the child. Crux is while she is young, treat her like adult and involve her in everything you do. Take her to vegetable shopping and speak to her as if you are talking to an adult. Ask her should we buy their or not? Ask her do you need anything? Such approach builds decision making in children. I hope this helps ! Take care

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Jhuma Rani

| Dec 09, 2015

Hello,my daughter is 2. 3yr old. Could you plz suggest some activities for her... i do keep her with me while cooking,or after washing cloths while drying she love to pick cloths from bucket n give me,spend time in park, building blocks,playing together. What else i can include as she is a toddler... plz suggest some more. Thanks

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Jaya Bhateja

| Nov 30, 2015

Hi Archana, Thanks for your compliments. When it comes to a complex life it is important to look for simple solutions. The complex life gives us the opportunity to pick things that are important to us. Couple of perspectives here. 1. Outsource what others can do for you i am sure parenting is not among that 2. One of the reason you are working is to give a comfortable life to your children however if children do not get your time then comforts are of no use. 3. Parents are like role models for children, if today you are struggling and running round in front of your children with no time for them, your children learn the same for themselves, ask yourself if this is what you want to teach them. 4. Young children are like sensitive plant, they might grow and look healthy however it is equally important for them to be emotionally nutritious, after all once they grow up they have their own battles to deal with,all that they need from you is your time, attention and love and that too for few years. Your time,attention and love becomes their inner strength when they grow up. I hope this helps, rest all is upto us to create choices in our life, when we want to take out solutions that works for us, we do.

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archana j

| Nov 30, 2015

this is really an eye opener post. even tough i knew most of them but still it is always a learning when it comes to children. here my query is that the activities for time spending with children are mention which even i love to do but the main problem is that im working mom. so it happens that by the time i reach i have to do all the evening chores as i have to pay attention to the cooking and cleaning part for their better health. and also my entire sunday goes in pending work. i really wish to spend quality time but HOW??? the big unsolved question in my life ..i have lovely 7 yrs old daughter she is such an intelligent and understnading girl. but i think that due to my lack of patience and tolerance i m loosing her ...can u help me in that

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ARChaya Devi

| Nov 07, 2015

Yes very interesting and useful tips for parents. Thank you so much for sharing.

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Narsannagari JanardhanReddy

| Nov 06, 2015

Very Nice tips for parents

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vandanaic4ster

| Oct 23, 2015

Good tips which the parents should keep in mind...

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