For Parents: Happy Holiday tips

The following tips are for all the parents , who face some obstacles with their little ones’ eating habits. These tips will enhance peaceful and happy holidays together.

MEALTIME MADNESS

Mealtime! It can be the most pleasant time of day for a family. Unfortunately, for many families, mealtimes turn into unhappy times filled with squabbles & chaos that leave everybody upset. Kids fight with each other, fuss over their food, whine & complain. Parents yell, threaten & occasionally send misbehaving youngsters away from the table crying.

Let’s find out how parents can cope with mealtime misbehaviours & enjoy peaceful meals.

On Cleaning the Plate

Q: Do you believe in insisting that children eat everything that is on their plates at the table?

A: No. I believe the less fuss you make about what your children eat, the fewer problems you will have at mealtime.

(Editor: You could have each child decide on three foods which they like the least, & have an agreement that if one of these is served they could simply not take a helping of it & just eat the rest of the meal, but all other foods they would eat cheerfully.)

The role of parents is to make nutritious food available to their children for meals & snacks. Notice the difference between making food available & insisting that the kids eat all the food served in the amounts the parents feel are appropriate. It is not the role of the parent to force a child to eat everything that is served at every meal. In fact, such attempts to force a child to eat usually result in balky, picky eaters who hassle their parents at every meal.

Rotate your menus so that each person’s favourites appear eventually & that particular dislikes don’t appear continuously.

Eliminate snacks if you feel your kids don’t eat well at mealtime. There’s nothing like an empty stomach to convince a child to eat what’s served.

If your children consistently leave food on their plates, have you considered that perhaps you are giving them too much food?

Better yet, why not put the food on the table in large bowls & let the kids help themselves? Provide small serving utensils & small plates if the kids tend to take too much food.

 

Endless Eater Needs Limits

Q: My daughter, age seven, takes a full hour to eat dinner every night. Should I ignore her because some children are just naturally slow, or is there a way to make her eat faster?

A: I don’t think there is a trait called “naturally slow” that is passed along through genetic inheritance. Children often learn to eat slowly & to dawdle, however, as a way to gain special attention from parents or to engage parents in a power struggle.

Make a decision regarding how long dinner will remain on the table in your house. Thirty minutes should be enough time for any child to eat. Before the next meal, sit down with your children & explain that mealtimes are taking too long. Explain that from now on the table will be cleared at the end of thirty minutes, & no more food will be served until the next morning. In a calm, friendly voice explain that it is their decision how quickly or slowly to eat, & that you no longer will remind or nag them to finish.

At dinner that night, clear the table without a word at the end of thirty minutes. If there is still food on your daughter’s plate, give no postmortem lecture on why she should have eaten faster, & make no prediction about how hungry she’ll be later. Remember, silence is golden when a parent is taking appropriate action.

If your daughter comes to you later complaining of hunger, be friendly, acknowledge her feelings & let her know you’re looking forward to seeing her at breakfast. Do not engage in a long discussion about eating. Do not feel sorry for her; she will not starve by going to bed hungry. You need not feel like a terrible mother because your child is hungry; it was her choice to eat very slowly.

As soon as your daughter is allowed to experience the consequences of slow eating, she will learn to eat her dinner in the allotted time.

Make Peace with Picky Eater

Q: How can I get my child to stop being a picky eater?

A: You will lose, as long as mealtime is approached as a battle. Whether we like it or not, a child is in control of what goes into his mouth & what is swallowed! Yet there are ways to entice a child into wholesome eating habits.

One way is to give a child some choice of what is to be served. The scope of the choice depends upon the child’s age. A two-year-old can be given a choice between two or three different kinds of cereal in the morning. A nine-year-old can sit with a parent & help plan the weekly menus. Planning menus is the best time, by the way, for teaching a child about nutrition.

Another way to change a picky eater’s habits is for the parents to serve only healthful, nutritious foods for both meals & snacks, to let the child eat what he wishes, & not to be concerned if the child refuses to eat a certain food.

Set the examples by eating all foods served yourself. A child who constantly hears Mom & Dad refusing various foods will assume that he has the same prerogative.

Spillers Sponge the Spills

Q: My kids are very clumsy at the table. They spill food as they take it from the serving bowls. They frequently knock over juice or milk glasses. I’m tired of cleaning up their messes!

A: Good. I’m glad you’re tired of cleaning up their messes. You can stop doing that today. The people who should be cleaning up the messes are the people who make them.

Kids can clean up spills from serving bowls with sponges or paper towels. You can avoid some of their messes by paying careful attention to the type of serving utensils you use. Ladles & plastic measuring cups with long handles used in place of spoons make it easier to scoop food without spilling.

Raw Vegetables. Some youngsters complain of being hungry an hour before dinner is served & beg for snacks. For anyone who just can’t wait, accommodate this by having a bowl of raw veggies ready. Include any combination of carrot & celery sticks, cherry tomatoes, cauliflower & broccoli heads, cucumber slices & so forth. The snack itself is so light & healthful that it won’t matter if the kids eat their fill.

Clearing the Table. Everybody eats, so everybody should help clear the table. Any child old enough to sit on a regular chair at the table with the family is old enough to carry his or her own dishes from the table, scrape them & stack them appropriately. Adults are old enough too. If you clear your own dishes after eating, the kids will follow your example.

Kids Cooking. Teach each child in the family to prepare certain “specialties” for the family to enjoy. It cuts down on the parents’ work & it increases the child’s self-esteem. Give each child his own small metal box in which to file recipes. Children feel good as they watch their files expand.

Points to Remember:

* Recognise the power struggles that occur when a parent says, “Eat this,” & the child, by his stalling or picky behaviour, says, “You can’t make me.”

* The more attention a parent gives in coaxing or forcing a child to eat something, the more payoff the child gets by refusing.

* Serve only healthful, nutritious foods, for both meals & snacks. Then if your kids choose not to eat a particular food, they can have a nutritious meal by eating everything else.

* Involve the kids in planning, cooking & serving meals.

Excerpts from the article :  LINDA ALBERT’S ADVICE FOR COPING WITH KIDS–By Linda Albert

 

 

 

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Graduation Day 2014

Congratulations to all our children for a year completed with much progress. The performance on Graduation Day gave insight to and made all the parents proud of what their little ones had mastered during the past year. Pictures display the following:

Brachiation : ( Movement in which the suspended body swings by the arms from one hold to another) in which the early                                           cortex is functional and  brachiation stimulates coordination

rolling in a disciplined manner : a part of the fundamental active balance program

“Bridge” : a part of the fundamental active balance program and a ‘primer’ for the eventual backward somersault

Sunbird Early Learning Centre philosophy is that a big part of early learning is early mobility. This stimulates the brain and will enhance other early learning skills, such as reading, maths, creativity, etc.

Creative story telling is another emphasised activity in Sunbird. There are already some young ones, picking up on the skill and narrating their own stories in front of an audience.

Reading comes natural to children, if they are introduced into it early. Reading a book at four years old isn’t that much of a challenge after all.

The ‘wheels’ on the bus is an all time favorite in the school. The youngsters performed three dances and action songs. Since they are well associated with movement, doing such things is a piece of cake!

 

Every student received a certificate for their outstanding qualities or completion of a class. The Graduation Day ended with a grand finale of all the parents inviting everyone to a sumptous potluck lunch. Thank you

 

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Outdoor

In March, we started to go to Sunbird Play, a play area for zero to six years at Play Arena, sports complex. Sunbird children will have special weekly sessions outdoor to enhance their gross motor skills with obstacle races, coordination games, trampoline, etc. This place is also set up to hold parties for small ones in a safe environment, and  day care students also will be able to use it.

 

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Quotes

To reach real peace in the world we will have to begin with the children.    Mahatma Gandhi

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Seminar

In February, we held an interesting seminar titled: The Art of communication with children. The core theme consisted of ten key points which were love, sense of timing, patience,respect, honesty, sensitivity and tact, wisdom, confidentiality and trust, sense of humor, clarity, regularity in communication. The seminar was very interactive, and parents enacted various scenes, of how to handle difficult situations. Here are some impressions from the Seminar, written by parents:
Handling children of different ages is a challenge. This seminar helped me to handle situations with love and patience and also to put myself int the child’s place. (Linda)

Very interesting seminar. Some basic and fundamental issues regarding communication were introduced appropriately with relevant examples. Very useful to parents.(Swetha)

I am really glad to attend this seminar. It helped me to understand the importance of proper communication and skills to be developed within me to improve the mental development of my child. Thank you. ( Neethu)

“Child upbringing” it’s a big responsibility. Happy to be a part of the seminar. Not merely informative, but has given light into a lot of things which may appear small but very vital they the kids grow up to an adult. Because it build their personality. Very Enlightening presentation. Thanks so much. (Latha)]

It was definitely a learning especially how to go about the situation by saying a “yes” and not “no. Looking forward to the next one. (Srinivas)

It was a great experience for me to be part of my kid’s personality and communication. ( Shruti)

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Exciting Excursions

Thanks to a dear friend, our action loving children got to visit the Bangalore Football Stadium. They were royally instructed by the trainers and then had a game of footsie with the young football players. Everyone loved it.

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quotes

The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to the age of six.       Maria Montessori

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Admission 2014-2015

Dear parents and friends

Welcome to the new year 2014.  Sunbird announces admissions open for 2014 – 2015 for two years up. If you wish to have your child grow up in a homey, safe and hygienic surrounding, where the teacher/parent ratio is excellent, then Sunbird is the right place to enroll. Let us add that the after care option has a fun and learn based curriculum, where teachers rather than helpers keep up the same standard, to provide optimal input into your child. Please visit us for a detailed structured after care program.

For all the art / gymnastics enthusiasts outside the Sunbird family, there are still a few seats open for our special art and gymnastics classes, open to children 4 – 12 years. ( two classes a week each subject)

Whatever you choose, hurry, as we keep only limited seats for optimal input.

Looking forward to seeing you here sooooon!!!

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Parent support

At Sunbird, we strongly believe in parent / teacher relationship. Thankfully we have enthusiastic parents, who enjoy participating in activities, which is something we appreciate and welcome. Recently two parents initiated something for the children. One was making pasta with the kids and another one was inspired story-teller. As you see, there are already budding young story-tellers among us as well.

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quotes

Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man.  

 Rabindranath Tagore

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In December, Nohra and Ethan celebrated their third birthdays with their little friends in school. Growing fast!!

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Christmas with Sunbird 2013

As a little tradition, the theme of  ‘giving ‘ in December at Sunbird is very popular with both students, parents, teachers and audience alike. Even the most reticent ones enjoyed dancing to  the catchy Christmas tunes and the applauding audience. Stage performance enhances the pupil’s self-confidence in a facile and enjoyable way. Please allow us a moment of taking you  through  the highlights of this year’s  performances at Sandhya Kiran, Shanti Nagar  (old people’s care) and Blue Bell school Bommenahalli (slum school)….

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HAPPY NEW YEAR

Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.
Charles R. Swindoll

Sunbird wishes all its readers a Happy New Year. We wish the parents prosperity in instilling lasting skills for their lives, which take time, effort and patience. But then so does everything that brings wealth.

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Exciting Excursions

This year, Sunbird fine tunes the favorite event for the month: Excursions. The young students didn’t mind the slightly longer car rides to some new exploring spots: the Aquarium and the butterfly park. The themes of ocean, insects and birds got the little ones very interested and richly rewarded with the grand finale of finally seeing the beautiful creatures live.

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Parent support

Between August and October this year our parents volunteered to tell everyone about their home states.Thank you parents for two fun learning mornings to educate Sunbird children about the diverse culture, traditions, culinary delicacies and linguistic riches of their respective states. Well done and well appreciated.

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