“Mumma, Ma-Door gets pocket money every week.” Hama said sitting on his bunk bed.
“Hmm.” Mumma replied as she continued to pick up his toys. “But why do you need pocket money? We are there when you need something.”
“But…Mumma…Ma-Door…” Hama scratched his head. What his mother had just said was true. He didn’t really need the pocket money. And yet, it would have been good if he did. Read more…
“Digits of pi is a number that measures the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. It doesn’t have an ending. So it is an irrational number.” Mumma said as she fluffed up the cushions on the sofas.
“No mum I don’t understand pi. And I don’t know irra…tion..al.” Hama-Guri was completely not amused at his mother’s interest at explaining what pi was. She had been trying for the past half an hour and he had understood nothing. Oh god! Why did she sometimes forget that he was just six? “I just know pie. And all your pi talk makes me want to eat your yummy berry pie.”
“We can do that too.” Mumma said. “But can we do something with that?”
“No we can’t!” Hama screamed. “All I will do is to eat it.”
Mumma shook her head and went into the kitchen. Maybe he was right. Explaining digits of pi to a six year old had probably been stupidity. So, instead, she got herself busy with lunch. And preparing that berry pie for the little one who had tried to understand 3.14 and why it was a never ending number!
“Good morning Mumma!” Hama said as he sleepily walked down from the stairs.
“Good morning kiddo. Get down here quick. We are going to get ourselves really dirty today.”
“Huh?” Hama let out a startled sound. “Dirty?”
Mumma laughed. “Do you know what day today is?”
The little one shook his head.
“Today is plant a flower day. And thankfully it’s a Sunday. So let’s do some planting flowers and plants today and have some fun!” Read more…
“Mumma Cleo said he is fasting for Lent. What is Lent? ” Hama said keeping his bag on the table and sitting down on one of the kitchen chairs. “He refused to have ice cream with us at school today.”
Cleo was a few years senior to Hama, a fourth grader. But a very good friend at school. He was a tall lanky fellow and a very good basketball player. Common interest in the sport had brought them close.
“Hama you remember buying an Easter egg last year?” Mumma said as she set the table for lunch.
“Well, these days before Easter is called Lent. And during this time Christians, like Cleo, fast.”
I am a mother and I still believe in fairy tales and fairy tale characters. The way I believe has changed over the years though. Initially it was an innate belief in fairies, beasts and frogs turning into princes and now its a belief that ultimately the good wins. However, I seem to be coming across many parents who feel that fairy tales are not for kids. It made me think. Read more…
“Mumma I am not eating this jam and bread again today.” Hama-Guri whined. “You promised me yummy food today.”
Now how would Mumma tell him that she overslept because of the medicines and so didn’t have time to make his favorite pancakes. It rarely happened but today was just one of those days. She had been feeling it for the past few days and she had been right. The weather change had finally made her get the fever. Read more…
“What happened?” Hama-Guri came and sat beside a new face who sat looking at the blue sky. He had seen him sitting like that for more than ten days now. Every day he used to think that he would come and ask but break time used to get over so quickly that he never got the chance. And he was not in his section so Hama never saw him otherwise.
For a child to tell a story he needs to know words. And many of them. For it is words that make up a story. As a parent we should strive to improve and increase kids’ vocabulary continuously. Other than making him study English Here are some activities for kids and fun tips that will help your child learn new words.
Inculcate the habit of going to the library. If he is a toddler, go along with him. Even if he can’t read or does not understand all words, read to him. And together with that get into the habit of teaching him at least two news words every time you visit.
While making him study English, also play a game with your child of finding words that mean the same thing. Thinking of interesting activities for kids always help. For this you will also need to do a lot of reading yourself so that you have the answers ready when he can’t think of any. The more ways that he is able to express the same thing, the better he will become in the art of talking and writing.
“What are you doing Mumma? Why are you keeping those potted plants under the water pipe?”
“Because then the water that comes out of this pipe will water these plants and we won’t have to water them separately.”
Hama-Guri remained silent. He wondered why his Mumma would want to do that. Why couldn’t she use the watering pipe from the garden?
“What happened Hama? Why are you sitting there on the garden bench with a frown on your face?” Mumma asked.
“Because I don’t know why you are doing what you are doing.”
Research has shown that effective communication leads to happy families. However, communication is not restricted to only discussion of issues but also a lot of positive talking. One such way is to tell them stories about yourself and stories about the family as well. This brings out a lot of positivity and also tell children about how the family overcame various challenges and hardships.
Know the Roots
In today’s world, with the extended family spread across the globe, the sense of belonging within children is minimal as is their knowledge about their culture and heritage. Kids who listen not only to children stories but also to stories about the family often have a higher self confidence and a better understanding of people’s emotions. It stems from the fact that the knowledge of family history builds in them stronger roots and self identities.