5 Magical Ways To Be Your Kid’s Best Friend!

Now, we all have heard the phrase of becoming your kid’s best friend. Everybody tells you its importance. But no one tells you how to be one. Well, not to worry anymore, because we are here just for that. We understand how crucial it is to be involved with your kid’s life. So, we have pointed out few ideal ways for you to enhance your relationship with your kid that might help you become his or her best friend in the process. So, let’s get to know them.

Share More, Question Less

We see a lot of parents enquiring about their child’s day in school – about their friends, studies, homework, among others. But sometimes, instead of just interrogating them about their life, reveal more about yourself.

This may include talking about your friends, your childhood, your hobbies or even your work (in as simple manner as you can). This will make it more like a dialogue instead of an interrogation.

Respect Their Space

As parents, we always feel the necessity to watch over our kids 24*7. And although it is extremely important in today’s vicious unsafe world, it also goes without saying that giving them their space to breathe is important for their personal growth.

Giving them their space will also help them feel that their parents aren’t clawing down their throats always.

Maintain Quality Game Time

In an age where our entertainment mostly comes from a virtual space, be it the movies or video games, it is sad how underrated playtime has become. Not only it helps in physical and mental growth, but it also serves as great bonding platform.Whether your kid is interested in indoor or outdoor games, make sure you maintain a quality game time with them at frequent regular time intervals. Even enrolling your kid in a sports class (the one that he or she likes) can work wonders here.

Appreciate Their Efforts

Kids love the feeling of achievement. It helps them feel confident and also prepares them to be smart and adaptive in life. So, whenever your kid cooks something for you or makes the bed for you or water the plants or paints a beautiful portrait that they have learnt from their art class or does any other job, don’t forget to appreciate their efforts.

You are allowed to pick the mistakes, but be sure that your picking off the mistakes don’t overwhelm your praises for them.

Let Them Know You Love Them

One of the underlying aspects of childhood is that young people seek the approval and acceptance of those in power. For a child, it starts with his or her parents. So, never shy away from letting your child know that you love them.

This doesn’t only mean saying “I love you” to them. It can include anything from spending a relaxed time with them to treating them with their favourite dish or taking them to a place they love. However, just a warning – Saying “I love you” too much can be irritating. So, keep a tab!

Conclusion

A transparent relationship is a healthy relationship. And what is more transparent than friendship. So, ensuring that you build a friendship with your kid is very important. After all, he or she should feel close enough with you to not shy away from sharing his or her inner thoughts.


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Which are some of the best books to inculcate reading habit in kids?

Inculcating a love of reading in children appears to be a tough task, but with the right techniques, you can easily turn your unwilling child into a little bookworm. Nurturing reading habit in kids is very important for their growth and development. Reading is the pillar of education. Today’s kids have so many reading resources available to them, but the challenge lies in encouraging them to read.

Here are a few books that can help in this process:

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

This book is a timeless classic and one of Dahl’s most loved novels. It was published in 1964. The story follows an 11-year-old Charlie Bucket and his adventure inside Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. In the factory, he comes across many of Wonka’s helpers and magical treats. This book combines everything children love—funny characters, chocolates, and a moral ending. It is a great book for children to read.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by Wanda Gag

This book was a 19th-century German fairy tale published by the Brothers Grimm. But it got its best illustration in 1938 by Wanda Gag. The story follows a young princess known as Snow White as she tries to escape from the clutches of her evil stepmother. She is assisted by seven dwarfs. Romantic, adventurous, cute, and filled with twists, this story will capture the imagination of your child.

The Malgudi Days by R. K. Narayan

The Malgudi Days is a short story collection that can be enjoyed by young and old alike. It consists of 32 short stories that narrate the lives of the people of Malgudi, a small South Indian town. The short stories can be read in any given order. Each story has a different theme, making the reading experience interesting. This book can be picked up again and again and read by your child when they grow older and gain a better understanding of words and sentences.

Little Red Riding Hood by the Brothers Grimm

The most popular versions of this story were published in the late 19th century by the Brothers Grimm. The story revolves around a little girl who is called Little Red Riding Hood—because of a red cloak she always wears. She goes through the woods in the hopes of delivering some treats to her grandmother. But she is followed by a hungry wolf. This story makes a great show-and-tell entertainer for kids.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson

Originally published as a magazine series in 1911, this book has become a must-read in schools. It tells the story of Mary Lennox, a 10-year-old girl, who is rude toward her adoptive family. She is told the story of a secret garden near the house. Mary gets interested and starts searching for this garden, learning things that change her into a better person. The story is entertaining because of its mysterious plot and lessons on good habits.

Reading with children since they are young is the key to inculcating reading habits in them. By reading along with you, your kids will experience the joys of reading, which will give them the motivation to read as they grow up.

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A Guide to Choosing the Apt Age for Kids to Start Their Schooling

One of the biggest concerns that toddler parents face these days is when would be the right time to enroll their loved ones in school. And with the advancement of playschools, this decision has only become more difficult. But worry not! Because we are here to help you decide and understand what age would be apt for your kid to start his or her schooling. So, what are you waiting for? Read on.

Playschool vs Kindergarten

First of all, you, as a parent have to take the decision of whether you want to enroll your kid into playschool or directly to kindergarten.

Now, many opine that playschool help children prepare better for their future school journey. Thus, we see, kids as young as 18-months-old in playschools. Well, what we fail to understand is that even to go to the playschool, the child has to prepare himself or herself.

Although it is extremely subjective, it can’t be denied that preparing a child at home in most cases is ideal. No matter how playful it is, letting your kid go to a playschool when he or she has just barely learned how to walk and talk isn’t appropriate.

Depending on the maturity of your child, you can skip the playschool part and directly enroll him or her in kindergarten if you want to. There is no hard and first rule to this.

Working Out the School Requirements

A multi-ethnic group of babies is playing with toys together at daycare.

Usually, schools are pretty strict regarding the age requirements of its students. Some playschools enroll only 18-month-old babies, while other can relax the time bracket to 2 years.

For those whose birthdays fall later in the year, they are generally given the option to wait an extra year. So, talk well in advance with your neighbourhood school in order to understand their functionality and criteria.

Never Undermining You Child’s Maturity

Young mother help her son with drawing

Please keep in mind the maturity level of your kid. Kids at this age are heavily dependent on their parents. But, if he or she is exceptionally attached to the parents, then probably selecting a gentle separation program might be better. This means a homeschool version of the playschool.

What is most needed is for your kid to form a bond with you and communicate well with you before he or she can start with strangers. But, as with everything else, exceptions are always there.

Remember that sending your ward to school/playschool just for the sake of sending never works. You don’t have to send your ward to school immediately if you see that your neighbour is also doing the same. This is because every kid is different and their reactions and maturity level also significantly differ.

A Positive First Experience for Your Child

The first experience of your kid into the outer world always must be safe and happy. After all, dealing with the outside world’s prejudices and toughness is difficult for us, let alone for our toddlers. So, never shy away from taking your time.

You can always start with a special swimming or art class for your kid depending on his or her interest. This helps in your kid being involved and growing in an environment which he might feel comfortable in.

Deciding on the Magical Number

If you have decided to start your kid’s journey with a playschool, it is recommended that he or she does so at 2 years of age rather than at 18 months of age. One year of playschool is pretty enough and starting at this age is ideal since your kid is comparatively more independent than he or she was 6 months ago.

You can then let your kid start his nursery school when he or she is 3-years-old. And by the age of 4, he or she can start his pre-kindergarten and kindergarten days. This will be followed by the first grade, which at the age of 6 seems pretty good.

Your kid needs you. You don’t have to always be all over him 24*7, but you also can’t put away him soon because this might traumatize him or her. Love and affection are what all kids seek.

Conclusion

We hope this has helped you have a better understanding of the right age that you can send your kids school to. So, choose wisely! And follow this space to know more about how you can create the best decisions for your little-loved ones.

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