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5 Easy Back-To-School Preparation Tips For Parents

By Angela Kidd 

Planning ahead is very important to preparing your child for the first day of school. It's not just about having their bag, books and lunch box ready, but it's crucial that children are also prepared mentally. When they feel encouragement, reassurance and support from their parents, they are more likely to feel more confident and competent during the first day.

Here are some easy back-to-school preparation tips for parents:

Talk to his teacher

Before school starts, it's ideal to pay his teacher, guidance counsellor or even the school principal a visit to let them know your interest in involvement and your good will. This is also the perfect time to give the teacher a heads up about any health or learning issue your child may have.

Another good thing to find out is whether your child has a friend, neighbour or relative in class. A buddy system will make transition easier as well as the rest of the school year.

Adjust his bedtime

Your little one may have been used to staying up later than his usual bedtime during vacation. At least a full week before school starts, it's important to adjust his body clock according to daily school schedule. Lights off should be earlier than usual to ensure he gets the right amount of sleep for a full day of learning. We all know how cranky one can get when we are tired!

Teach him about safety

Sit your little one down and talk about safety and how it should be his top priority. Discuss what to do in situations such as being lost or being bullied. Talk about physical safety and traffic safety. Remind him that he is surrounded by responsible adults to who he can run to should there be a problem.

Get them excited

While some children may be excited for the first day in school, others won't be because they might still be in vacation mode. To get them amped for returning, buy their clothing, snacks and supplies with them, giving them freedom to choose.

Spend quality time together

Once they're back studying, you won't get to spend as much time with them. Make it a point to just bond with your little one/s, have meaningful conversations and just be there for them. This will reassure them that they will come home to a loving place after a long day at school.

For a smoother school year ahead, follow these back-to-school preparation tips for parents!

Angela Kidd is an author and illustrator, a wife and a mother to 3 beautiful kids. In her spare time, she would personally create storybooks and coloring books for her children for fun and they loved it.. And so did she. Angela quit her job and created her own line of educational activity books for children of various ages, with the main goal of making learning fun! You can check out some of Angela's amazing books here.


MOMPRENEUR LAUNCHES EDUCATION AND LIFESTYLE BRAND FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN KIDS AGES 10 AND UNDER

Creating diversity in the animated early childhood development space and supplementing the curriculum taught in traditional schools.

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Elite Kids is an education and lifestyle brand for babies, tots, and kids ages 10 and under. The company stands out as one of the only brands for children that center around black and brown characters.

Elite Kids, however, is not only creating diversity in the animated early childhood development space, but it also supplements the curriculum taught in traditional schools. Their curriculum includes traditional academic content and life skills. All video content is free and hosted on YouTube. Products such as flashcards can be purchased on their website.

CEO, Kewanta Brooks, merged her experiences as a classroom teacher and parent to create Elite Kids. Mrs. Brooks, along with the Elite Kids crew, teach academic content and life skills such as phonics, reading, STEM, and history, as well as, how to read a map, how to apologize, and so much more.

"My experiences as a classroom teacher and parent merged to create Elite Kids," said Kewanta Brooks. "I wanted to create brilliant and kind kid characters that look like my children and my students. It is important for our children to see characters with varying shades of brown skin, that have coiled hair, and who are amazingly brilliant."

Their mission statement is to educate and empower, to be coworkers with parents and equip them with tools to educate children who are homeschooled and who are in traditional school settings, and to encourage and promote excellence, magic, and joy.

Learn more at https://www.elitekids.xyz


For a good cause

Elite Kids' mission to educate, empower, and promote excellence does not stop with their customers. As a company, they are dedicated to giving back to the community.

That's why a portion of every sale goes to support their Elite for Good projects and causes. Kewanta believes it is the company's responsibility to do their part to uplift and inspire the community.


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3 YOUNG HISTORY-MAKING BROTHERS HONOR THOSE WHO MADE BLACK HISTORY 

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14-year old Collin, 11-year old Ryan, and 9-year old Austin Gill made history in 2019 by being the first youth entrepreneurs accepted into The Workshop at Macy's program. The FB Candle Company (also known as Frères Branchiaux Candle Co) candles and linen sprays can be found on Macy's online as well as 50 plus boutiques, wineries, yoga studios, museum gift shops, and hospital gift shops nationally and internationally. They also secured exclusive partnerships with the Thompson DC Hotel and the iconic Mayflower Hotel. In addition to expanding their brand, the brothers were featured in the Washington Post, Good Morning America, and CBS Evening News.

Through word of mouth, live vending events, and retail exposure, the Gills have built their home fragrance brand to a six figure family business. While the business may have started as a fund for extra toy and video game money, it has transformed into a mission to help prevent homelessness across the nation. The brothers donate 10% of their net profits to homeless shelters -- totaling close to $15,000 in donations. Because of their philanthropic efforts, they were awarded the 2019 DC Chamber of Commerce Youth Entrepreneur of the Year award, Role Model Award, Best of DC, Youth who Make a Difference Award, and Excel Youth Mentoring Youth Entrepreneur of the Year finalist.

Inspired by African American STEM trailblazers, the brothers decided to create a set of limited edition candles honoring innovators in Black History: inventor Dr. Lonnie Johnson, robotics engineer Silas Adekunle, rocket scientist Annie Easley, and NASA pioneer Dr. Christine Darden. These candles highlight the efforts of these STEM pioneers to encourage and inspire youth to explore STEM careers.

As the Gill brothers become expert candle scientists, they have also become youth STEM trailblazers aiming to show other youth that success is possible at any age. The limited edition STEM candles can be found on their website at www.fbcandle.com.

To find out more about Collin, Ryan, and Austin Gill of FB Candle Company, visit their website above and on Instagram @FreresBranchiaux.


4 Healthy Lunch Box Recipes For School Kids

By Angela Kidd

Running out of ideas about what to pack in your little one's lunch box? Sandwiches are always a great option, but nobody wants to eat the same thing over and over each day. This is your chance to add a little more nutrition to your kid's meals, too. Make his lunch colorful with a variety of tastes and textures and you won't have to worry about him not finishing his lunch!

Try these 4 healthy lunch box recipes for school kids:

Bite-sized food on sticks

Kids love any type of food they can eat off of a stick (and even better if dipped in their favorite sauce) - hotdogs, sausages, chicken satays, beef skewers and the like. Prepare the meat in lunchbox-sized portions and use flat, blunt-edged bamboo sticks to make it safer, especially for younger kids.

Pack these yummy food on sticks with your kid's favorite dip, a serving of rice, some sliced cucumbers and sliced ripe mangoes. Yogurt-covered pretzels would be a great addition, too!

Cheesy Quesadillas

Children just love cheese, whether they're on a pizza, a sandwich or in a tortilla! Instead of packing grilled cheese, take it a notch higher and prepare a delicious cheesy quesadilla. Use wheat tortilla as a healthier option. These quesadillas don't need to be hot to be delicious.

Pack them with some wheat tortilla chips, avocado slices, jicama sticks and pineapple chunks!

Rolled up meals

Think fresh spring rolls! You can use either rice paper wrappers or large lettuce leaves to make these delicious rolls that are super fun to eat. You can ask your little one what she wants inside - pork, shrimp, tofu and some sliced veggies are great choices.

Pack these delicious rolls with cubed cheese, sliced bell peppers, fresh berries and a square or two of chocolate!

Quinoa Salad

Something fresh and new - all you have to do is combine cooked plain quinoa with your little one's favorite cheeses, meats and veggies. You can season it with a dressing of your choice or go with the classic vinaigrette. Makes a light but filling meal children will love.

Pack the quinoa salad with some pear slices, tomato slices with mozzarella, popcorn and a small square of brownie.

Kids will look forward to lunch time even more when their food is both appetizing and delicious. Add more colors, too - the more colorful, the better! Try these healthy lunch box recipes for school kids!

Angela Kidd is an author and illustrator, a wife and a mother to 3 beautiful kids. In her spare time, she would personally create storybooks and coloring books for her children for fun and they loved it.. And so did she. Angela quit her job and created her own line of educational activity books for children of various ages, with the main goal of making learning fun! You can check out some of Angela's amazing books here.



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2020


5 Reasons Why Kids Need To Spend Time In Nature and The Outdoors

By Daniel J. Smith

Have you noticed why most children just love playing outside or get really excited at the prospect of camping, visiting a nature site or exploring the forest? This is because we are all naturally drawn to the outdoors. Spending time in wide open spaces with fresh air does a lot to the mind, body and soul.

Here are some important reasons why kids need to spend time in nature and the outdoors:

It offers a different type of stimulation

Being out in nature is a multi-sensory experience. It activates all senses - you can see, hear and touch the environment which can enrich human experience like no other. Children can learn things from their natural surroundings that they can't learn at home or inside their classrooms.

It sparks creativity and imagination

Spending time in the wilderness allows for unstructured style of play - the little ones are free to interact with their surroundings however they want, compared to say, playing a video game. Playing in nature enhances their creativity, imagination and independence because they can design their own activities, think more freely and approach play and learning in ways that are inventive.

It enhances confidence levels

Compared to indoor play, outdoors play allows your child to choose his own actions because there are countless ways of interacting with the environment. He can try and learn many things on his own and each achievement builds up his confidence, whether it's as simple as finding an item from a treasure hunt list or learning to climb a tree.

It's good for the health

When you spend time in nature regularly, both the mind and the body is benefited. The quiet and peaceful vibe of nature effectively reduces stress and fatigue. The Attention Restoration Theory, humans practice soft fascination, an effortless type of attention that creates feelings of pleasure. As for the physical aspect, being outdoors gets you moving - a good break from our usual sedimentary lifestyle.

It teaches responsibility

Kids are very curious beings and they question everything, including how plants and trees grow. When a child is familiar with natural environments, he is more likely to know the importance of taking care of living things like animals and plants.

So plan a family outdoor trip with the children (involve them in the planning process!), get your bags packed and remember these reasons why kids need to spend time in nature and the outdoors.

Daniel J. Smith is a survival expert. Having lived the outdoor life since he was very young, he loves sharing his expertise about camping, hiking, traveling, RV living and many more. He has also started his own company called OutBright, which will soon be selling products that cater to campers, hikers, travelers and all outdoor-loving adventurers.



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Parenting Tip - Facilitate Children to Manage Their Stress

By Rupal Jain

Facilitate children to manage their stress:-

"Don't handicap your children by making their lives easy"- Robert Heinlein.

We sometime think that kids are so lucky since they don't have to worry about managing household chores, paying bills, handling tough bosses, dealing with peer pressure/ office politics or work performance. But trust me, being a child is not a child's job. On contrary they have to face immense apprehension about their performance in school/college, sports, curricular, co-curricular and extracurricular activities; they too face peer, social, homework pressure; and challenges like dealing with bullies or sexual abuse. Alas, even relaxing activities like sports, art and drawing, dancing, swimming, aerobics, hiking, jumping, cycling, biking, running has become more about performance than enjoyment. All these dynamics lead to unhelpful thoughts and self-criticism which affects their health, mental/emotional stability or even overall well being. Failing in a math test or under performing in cricket match won't make them criminals. Failure and denunciation are part of everyone's life.

The most common question after reading all this is- Can we manage their stress? My answer is NO! But we can surely teach them to manage their stress. I can understand that different child copes with pressure in a different way. Some also face major nerve-racking conditions like the divorce of their parents, death of a parent, parent abuse, drug/alcohol addict parent, living with a single parent or step-parent. Over busy or over free child also faces multiple stress. These are a few proven ways:-

• Push them to face the situation rather than avoiding/ running away /procrastinating it.

• Make sure they have proper sleep pattern and take adequate rest for minimum 8-10 hours in a day.

• They can take a power nap of 30 minutes during the day to feel fresh.

• Don't cut their emotions. When they are fretful allow them to state their feelings. As an alternative of saying, 'No, you don't look scared at all', say 'you do look little nervous. Is there any problem?' then you can help them, to find solutions to the problem. Accepting the problem so as to solve it is crucial.

• Don't say 'Stop getting nervous' None of us would love to or do it with purpose. Instead, help them to effectively handle the stressful situation.

• If your child is in anxiety driven state, don't pass negative comments, criticize them or scold them. Teach them some stress relieving techniques like yoga, meditation prayers, tai chi, qigong or simple deep breathing exercises.

• It's necessary to schedule their day or help them in scheduling their day (in case they are adult) which includes few or at least one relaxing activity.

• Eating a well-balanced diet which includes vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean protein at regular interval also helps to control mood swing.

• Reward their bravery. If they optimistically dealt with complicated circumstances recompense them. By prize I don't mean any expensive gifts, it can be just a few good words of appreciation, a kiss, a hug or a small gift/ treat.

• Allow them to face an age-appropriate stressful situation. Don't overprotect them. Moderate stress is necessary for helping a child to cope with stressful situations. In actual fact, help them to identify the signs of stress, except that they are in the state of stress and find a suitable solution to overcome their fretfulness.

There are many corporal and mental symptoms of stress. Corporeal signs include-

• increase in blood pressure, heartbeat
• decrease/increase in appetite
• headache
• stomach upset
• nightmares
• stammering
• sleep disorder
• bedwetting

Whereas, psychological indicators are-

• crying without reasons
• droning, stubbornness or lack of concentration
• throwing tantrums
• constant worry, fear, anger or nervousness
• clinginess
• unable to control emotions
• the unvarying feeling of fatigue
• childhood habits like teeth grinding or finger biting (yes, seen even in a growing/adult child)

If you can't handle their stress, seek help from teachers, coaches, counselors or therapist. Finally, it all begins with you. If you show them how positively you deal with your unease or hassle provoking situation they will follow your foot-step as today's angst-free child is healthy youth of the future.


How to Inculcate Reading Habit Naturally Among Children?

By S. Verma 

As I have mentioned in my earlier articles that I am an avid reader and love reading.

This article is not about giving tips to anybody or recommending any expensive books or techniques that will transform your child into a Super child. This article is about inculcating reading habit naturally into any child by introducing books of child's interest.

This article is about my journey with my son who is 7 years old and how he has got a natural bent for reading. My son completely enjoys reading a variety of books. I am sharing this with all you Kind and Nice people so you may connect with my experience.

I believe that the roots of learning lies in the good habits and quality time you spend with your kids.

You do not need to buy the most expensive books to read to your child. There are many good reads available at nominal prices on e-commerce sites like Amazon, Flipkart, Firstcry or you can just walk up to your nearest book store and pick anything as per your child's age. You can buy used books from Amazon or used book sellers. I do not mind buying second-hand books from book sellers dealing in used books.

I started reading books to my son when he was 7 months old.

I brought the initial books from a Gift card amount 1000 Rs that I have received in my office. Some of his initial books are used books shared by cousins. Even now, he does not mind reading books given with love by relatives and friends.

I brought his initial books from Landmark Store using the gift card. I have brought two beautiful books one of which has beautiful nursery rhymes and another one has an alphabet with beautiful pictures. Later on, I added a few more books in his collection which I have brought from a bookstall exhibited in my office. I spent approx 200 Rupees to buy 3 books which were priced between 50 to 90 Rupees.

Initial Books of My Son

When my son turned almost 3 years old, I purchased a pack of Be Good Stories by Dreamland Publications from Amazon which was priced approx 500 under Amazon lightning deals and started reading a story to him every day. After that, he received a few used books from his cousins. When he turned 4 years, I added a few books in his library which I brought from the International Book Fair at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. One book that he could recite completely was Hulk to the Rescue by Marvel. I was amazed to see how he could narrate the story in exact words as in the book. A few of his favorites are:

  • Grandma's bag of Stories by Sudha Murty
  • The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales
  • Geronimo Stilton Books by Scholastic
  • Tigers for Dinner by Ruskin Bond
  • 151 Akbar Birbal Stories
  • 5-Minute STAR WARS Stories by Disney
  • Stink and the Ultimate Thumb-Wrestling by Megan McDonald
  • Vikram & Betaal
  • Books by Marvel Studio
  • Books From My Son's Collection
  • Books From My Niece's Collection

He has a collection of amazing books procured from multiple sources. He also exchanges and shares his books with his friends. This habit gives him and his friends access to more books at no additional cost.

This was my journey with my son and books. I will love to know about the favorite book of your kid. Please do mention a few favorites of your little angels in the comment section below.

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