Developing family values during the formative years will help greatly at this stage. Parenting is the most difficult job in the world and one that most parents give so little thought to.
As children grow up they also grow apart from their parents. This is a usual phenomenon. At this stage we parents tend to enjoy the freedom that we get from our children no longer being so dependent of us. Some parents push their children further to being independent. This is a stage in a child’s life that needs to be handled with most caution. If we cling to our children and not give them space they pull away. If we push towards independence they fly the roost and lose the family bo
nds. It is a very precarious balance that needs to be exercised. There is no common rule because each child is a unique individual with their own characteristics.
Developing family values during the formative years will help greatly at this stage. Parenting is the most difficult job in the world and one that most parents give so little thought to. Some parents tend to suddenly wake up when they realise their child is off-course or mixing with inappropriate company. This is the stage that parent
s try and reach out to their children. Every parent should know that it is never too late and however impossible the situation looks you can make a difference to your child’s life. Never give up on your child, believe in them and make sure you tell them that.
Hopefully most parents do not have to get to that stage and are able to somehow get some sort of balance in child raising. The Indian culture of family values and the mother’s focus on her children and their upbringing is what keeps our families together. The career woman still tries to do her best when it comes to her family and children.
As parents we need to watch our words and actions, that is what our children will follow throughout their life as a model sample. This is tough and sometimes changes the very person that you are.
Can you truly understand what a child is thinking and the way they see things? Usually not and most of the time we give it little thought. However this is something that every parent needs to understand. A child has as complex a nature like an adult because their way of thinking is not conformed. We can teach children right from wrong and how th
ey should behave and react in general. These are just broad guidelines within which our children develop and grow.
What does a child think?
The thought process of a child is very simple. They take things as they are in the literal sense. They do not complicate matters with assumptions as adults do. An adult will see a situation and assume a million things about it, which just makes their perception of the matter very complicated. This is where children differ. A horse galloping is a horse galloping – at the most they may ask where the horse may be going. They are not flooded with other thoughts like whose horse is it, has it run away, where has it come from, why it is running the way it is, has it been tortured and hurt by its master, is it looking for its master and a million other thoughts will flow through the mind of an adult while watching the horse run.
In the mean while the child has enjoyed the scene of watching the grace with which the horse gallops, the way it moves and captured the scene the way it is without being distracted by frivolous thoughts.
Allow children to develop and grow
Just because children don’t give in to needless frivolous thoughts it doesn’t mean they are not capable of judging a situation. Every child has their own opinion and an view of every situation. It is important to allow a child to develop as an individual without being moulded into the limited personality acceptable by society. No one is perfect and neither are our children.
We need to loosen the noose and give our children space to become the person they were born to be. Let us not curtail them from doing what they desire to do. Giving children the opportunity to travel
on school tours and see different places will help them grow as individuals.
Thankfully we live in a culture where education is a compulsion. What is the most effective way to teach a child about something? This goes for not just for very young children but older teens too.
The answer is simple: The best way to teach a child about something is to show it to them and they will learn much better and retain it longer. This is the concept behind educational tours. We believe in taking students to different countries and showing them the history, geography, economics, literature, culture traditions and many more things. Does any parent feel that their child will return from a trip to London or Paris and not be more educated or wiser in anyway?
The learning saga
On our educational tours we ensure that we cover all the different aspects of the place and country. This is the reason we have teachers accompanying the group. The teachers prepare for this trip by updating themselves on what they are about to see during the tour and make it a wholesome experience for the students.
How do we do it
We select places that have a rich cultural heritage and one that has a significant influence on the world like England, Thailand, Egypt, South Africa, France, and others. We also ensure that these are not troubled areas. We do not venture into danger zones. We are responsible for your children while they are with us and we do not take and risks. Safety is our first priority. We are know for our safe and secure tours.
Shakespeare is an essential part of the education and English literature in Indian schools would be incomplete without a Shakespearean play. Visiting England allows students to see where Shakespeare worked and lived, the Globe theater where his plays were performed and learn about his life in the original surroundings.
Just imagine how Shakespearean plays were enacted in open theaters with no microphones and the audience literally sitting right up to the performance platform
The historical heritage of England is rich and there is a lot of castles and palaces to see. Westminster Abbey where Price William and Catherine got married a few years ago. The location in London where all grand events take place. The Buckinham Palace and the changing of the Guards, a famous event witnessed by thousands everyday. Big Ben one of the Seven Wonder in World is a grand pice of architecture.
A boat ride on the river Thames and going under the London Bridge, while watching the Tower of London, the British Parliament and many other places along the banks. There is so much to to take back from a trip to England.
Most children enjoy painting. If you gave a child a paper and asked them to paint the sky – I can bet you that you wont get even one paper back that is blue. Most children will make the sky a hue of colour.
As an adult we see this as the child’s lack of having understood the assignment. Have you ever thought of the other side – what goes on in a child’s mind.
We train a child with “the sky is blue” – when in reality we know that it isn’t actually blue but just appears that way to us. Have we even taken note of the other colours in the sky. Rarely.
We under estimate the perception of children and their ability to see those things that we just take for granted. When a child visits a new place they are eager to look around and see things. Have you ever bothered to notice what exactly they are focused on – it certainly is not infrastructure. They see reality the way it is. Travel is s great learning experience for children and its not fair for us to curb them. We never can tell how much a school tour as a young teen will influence their whole life.
Children who have been given the freedom to create their own images in their mind have a greater advantage over those who have been controlled and told what to think. The ones who will go on to do great things and achieve great success and reach far heights are the ones who have been allowed to grow in all spheres.
I believe that travelling with peers to places like London and South Africa or even Egypt or Thailand will have such a great influence in shaping a child’s future and ability for success in life. We need to give our child small opportunities to spread their wings for short school trips. Most of all they learn to be self reliant and take responsibility for themselves
Most of the time we are so busy that we forget to praise our children, especially as they get older. We focus on their few shortcoming and overlook their many good characteristics.
We think we are doing the best for our children but we overlook the things that will really benefit them in the long run. The things that will prepare them for life. The experience that will carry them through many of the challenges.
All the fancy expensive toys and indulging them in unhealthy foods is what many parents think is showing love. Just ponder for a moment: 10 years down the line will it show any benefit in their life.
The one thing that really helps children grow in their awareness and learning is travelling. We underestimate the capacity of learning that our children have. Going on a school trip will teach them experience that will serve them well through life. Over protecting our children from the realities of life is only going to result in a setback when they are old enough to set out on their own. Who are we doing a favor when we say no going on the school excursion? Is it really a matter of cost when we go all length for the toys and electronics??
We deny them the opportunity to learn and shelter them from becoming self reliant and allowing them to go out on a school trip by themselves. Lets get real if our children grow up with fewer expensive gadgets but richer in experience who does it benefit in the long run? Not just your child but it will make you proud too! Lets become proud parents. Let us do things for our children that really make a difference to their lives like appreciate and praise them for their good and thoughtful deeds.
Usually when we think of the word craving we instantly relate it to food. But hey people can crave other things too.
Some people travel just to eat the variety of cuisine served in the place they intend to visit. Travel and food are synonymous. Did anyone ever say I am going for a holiday to another country but I intend to eat only Indian food while I’m there – well I’ve never heard that.
Adults are all into eating new types of cuisines especially in another country. Children on the other hand are not so much into food. If its tasty and suits their taste buds they’ll eat it. As children get older they begin to appreciate the different tastes and variety that the world has to offer. When travelling especially on educational school trips it is good to encourage children to try different cuisine. Food can tell you a lot about a culture and a country.
On our International school tours we always encourage the children to taste the local food. They are of course not compelled to eat it if they do not like it. Indian restaurants, burgers and pizzas are always available where ever we go on our school trips for children.