Questions to ask before selecting the school for your child.

Questions to ask before selecting the school for your child.

As a parent we have a lot of responsibilities to take and a lot of decisions to make. Our role in making decisions for our children define and decide their future in uncountable ways.

One such crucial decision to make is choosing the right school for your child. Whilst there are a dozen general guidelines for selecting the right school, it is a very personal decision as every family has different requirements and limitations.

What to consider

As parents, you need to think minutely about what will work best for your child. You must take into account your child’s personality, strengths, weaknesses and interests.

Here are some things you should take into account:

• Do you want your child to attend the same school that you went to or do you want a different experience?

• Do you want your child to have a religious education?

• Do you want your child to go to a boarding school?

• Are you interested in a particular teaching philosophy?

• Does the school offer extra curricular activities for your child?

• Has the school improved its academic results over the past few years? What about its performance in other areas like the arts, sport or community engagement?

• Which board is the school affiliated to? Whether it is CBSE, ICSE, IGCSE, IB or State board? And which board should you opt for?

• Practical considerations like location of the school, it’s distance from your house and travelling cost.

• The fee structure of the school and your affordability of the fee and other costs.

• What are the school’s admission procedures and entrance requirements?

• What languages and elective subjects does the school offer? How many subjects are available in the senior years?

• What extracurricular activities – sport, art, music, drama and so on – are available to suit your child’s interests? What are the time and costs associated with these?

Important factors based on personal beliefs

Class size

Small class size has a positive effect on a child’s learning. Whereas a large class size implicates more pressure on the child and parent. So you must check on the teacher student ratio maintained by the school before admitting your child.

Co-Educational or not

It’s up to you to choose whether single-sex education or co-education is best for your child, because there’s no conclusive evidence to say that one is better than the other.

Generally, whether a school is co-educational or single sex isn’t as important as the school’s quality of leadership, teaching quality and approach to teaching. Most families will have a personal view about this issue, which is linked to the personality of their child, the parents’ own schooling experience and their family values.

Teacher Quality

Teachers make enormous difference in a child’s life, a fact known by all. Check the school’s policy on the teacher quality, the education and specialisation of the teachers and how much does the school invest on teacher training.

School culture or philosophy

Schools have individual and distinct cultures and philosophies. For example, some have a strong sports ethic, some follow a religious affiliation, and others promote individuality, artistic pursuits, creative thinking or problem-solving.

It all depends on what’s important to you and your child. Are you looking for a school with a balanced sporting and academic approach, or one with strengths in artistic and musical areas, or in science and maths? An environment with a strong academic focus might be important to you, or perhaps one that teaches your child more about your religious views.

Most schools talk about their philosophies and approach in a document like a prospectus, handbook or charter. You might also find this information on the school website.

A good school is not limited to academics but lays emphasis on the holistic overall growth of a child.

Keep in mind the above mentioned questions and pointers before selecting the right school for your child.

Wish you all the best.

Handwriting 101 for parents

Handwriting 101 for parents

Key points

Handwriting is an important literacy skill for life.

Handwriting begins as early as toddlerhood with an introduction through chalk and crayon to formal writing skills at school.

Writing skills are co related to reading skills.

Importance of handwriting

In today’s world where everything is digital, keyboards and tablets have overtaken largely the writing part of adults and to some extent in schools as well.

But Handwriting still remains an important skill that every child must learn.

Children who able to write clearly and smoothly are high on confidence and they are able to express clearly as their flow of thoughts is better.

Children need to improve their writing skills as they have to complete their assignments and homework in a handwritten format.

A legible and smooth handwriting helps build confidence.

How to teach handwriting to children

How to deal with left handed children

Many children choose to write with their left hand, which is okay and experts claim that it is okay.

There are many reasons right from genetic disposition to sex, fetal environment, modelling parents to brain damage and adjustment from a hand injury.

Whatever the reason, it is absolutely okay to be left handed.

Toddlers handwriting 101

Toddlers love to scribble and are mostly excited to use writing instruments. All you need to do is give them the right guidance and equipment to improve their hand control and fine motor skills.

Provide them with crayons, chalk and blackboard so they can start their stroked early.

Teach them how to draw their favourite things like a fruit, sun, moon etc. This way they will learn to control their hand movement.

Do lot of fine motor skills activities with them to improve their grip.

Preschoolers handwriting 101

This is the time when they begin with writing straight lines, slanting lines, sleeping lines followed by curves. By starting the process stepwise, you can ensure that your child with easily form letters when he or she has to.

Formal handwriting 101

During the first two years at school, your child will learn to:

Form letters.

Recognise and spell frequently used words.

Put spaces between words.

Write letters and words in a similar size and line.

Handwriting Apps

You can find many apps that can help you with teaching handwriting in a fun way.

Some recommendations are

Cursive writing wizard

ABC tracing letters

MHC recommended toys and books

Click here to find some useful toys and books.

As parents it is a difficult task to teach handwriting to kids as they find it boring and many times it leads to tantrums.

All you need to do is make it a fun activity and get involved as it is a very crucial life skill for your child!

Wish you all the best.

The ultimate guide to travelling with a teenager

The ultimate guide to travelling with a teenager

You thought travelling with toddlers is difficult, ever travelled with a teeny whiny child ?

Those confused little grown ups who are angry all the time, get bored too easily and think that nothing about you is cool enough to please them.

Parenting a teenager includes getting offended and lowkey insulted every day. They are at their best form of rebel and they dislike things very easily.

So travelling with one grumpy, angry and disinterested teenager definitely requires a guide of it’s own and purely from personal experience, here it is!

Step 1: Involve in planning

By making them in charge of planning there is a good chance that you will have their interest throughout the trip.

Teenagers love to feel important and a sense of responsibility makes them feel grown up and validated.

So start off with involving them in planning the trip.

Whether it’s a road trip, train journey or air travel, family trips require a lot of planning and organising.

By following step 1, you have taught your child the following major life skills:

Checking availability of tickets

Reading a map ( In case of a road trip )

Comparing fares

How to look for deals on accommodation


Step 2: Packing

Packing is a tedious process and requires detailed planning. Forgetting to keep one small thing can affect the entire trip.

Let your teenager pack her stuff on her own.

Here is how you can guide her:

Start by taking a pen and paper.

Write down the dates, starting from the date of travel.

In front of each date, write down what exactly are you going to wear.

Once the clothes mapping is ready, write down all the essential items like toiletries, medicines, sanitary pads, shoes and accessories.

Provide them with plastic bags and ask them to iron and fold up the clothes neatly and put them up in plastic bags and mark it day wise.

By doing it this way, you can save up on the time while travelling, all your kid needs to do is take out the packet for the day and bam, they are ready to go!

Step 3: Entertainment

Entertaining your kid and keeping them engaged during travel is not so difficult when it comes to teenagers. They love being busy with themselves, chatting away with friends, reading, listening to music or social media shenanigans, they know their thing.

But guiding them to pack their stuff in the backpack, keeping all the chargers and power bank handy, keeping all devices safely and checking if they need any subscriptions is what you can help them with.

MHC recommends planning some interactive games that you can engage them in, that will keep them away from gadgets and help you bond better.

But remember, never to force. You are on a family holiday. Every one should get to enjoy it in whichever way they want.

Step 4: Meal planning.

Long journeys have a psychological hunger effect on people. We tend to eat more and more often. In these times, it is best if you pack your own food for the way, be it any mode of travel.

Include your teenager by discussing the meal plan with them. Take note of their preferences and choices.

A vacation is a time for everyone to enjoy and be happy, so consider the option of including junk food of their choice, let your kids have a say and value their input.

So hope these tips help you enjoy your family vacation and most of all, the main purpose of this post, that is to keep the teenager happy is solved to some extent!

Bon Voyage!



Be a Patakha, Explode your creativity, this Diwali!

Be a Patakha, Explode your creativity, this Diwali!

It’s Diwali time folks and while all of us are busy cleaning, decorating, shopping and preparing delicacies, our children should not feel left out or get bored for not having much to do.

Here are three things you can do to keep your children busy, and the best part is that it works for children of all ages!

Gift wrapping.

Let them wrap the gifts this time. When children are given responsibility they feel a sense of pride and importance.

Even if they don’t do it perfectly it’s all right. Tell everyone about it and just see them gleaming with happiness.

Pro Tip: Wrap your gifts using newspapers

That way your child can have as many trials and errors as they wish to, leading to a perfectly wrapped gift.

And you also end up teaching them about reuse and recycle, helping save the environment in a little way.

Flower Rangoli.

Flower rangoli is so so easy to make, your child can make it with minimal assistance.

The plan is to keep them engaged and make them feel very important. So you have to be ready to bear a few bloopers.

Pro Tip: Use different types of leaves and differed coloured flowers.

That way, your child can try multiple patterns.

Which means longer engagement time.

DIY decor

How i made this candle

All you need is

A Glass




Wax colour

Melt the wax in a pan with a thick base. Add colour to it.

Meanwhile line the glass with a little oil and lot of glitter.

Place the wick

Pour the wax in the glass.

Sprinkle a layer of glitter.

Repeat 2 more times with different colours.

Pro tip: If you don’t have time to get the material,

Just call for the plain candles, melt them up and use their wick. Simple!

That’s what i did 😉

Bangle Tea light holder

This one is super simple.

Just take different coloured candles and glue them together. Your child will love doing it and it also improves hand eye coordination.

Once you have them glued together, cut out a cardboard and place it on an origami sheet.

Using glue stick the candle on the cardboard.

Draw different patterns on the sheet, stick mirrors and embellishments and a beautiful decor item is ready!

Hope you like these ideas and if you happen to try them out, do share them with me here.

Wish you all a very Happy Diwali ✨



Human behavior is very complicated but at the same time it is a whole body of science in itself. Having said that, human behavior has a systematic pattern and structure that can be understood through observation and experiment.

It can also be altered and improved through right knowledge and application.

Childhood in the same context is a very impressionable age. That is why, it is also very easy to change unwanted habits and behaviors into more positive and desirable forms in childhood.




According to Piaget and his theory of child development, there are four stages of child development.

But we have roughly divided the behavior patterns according to five stages of development.

Now that the problem has been discussed, it is time to talk about the solution.

Whatever the age, a parent’s response to the behavior is where the solution lies.

As parents you need to understand foremost that the behavior is not the problem. And consistency in your reaction to a behavior is important because behaving differently to the same behavior confuses the child!

Here are the three choices you have as a parent,

  • If the behavior is appropriate to the child’s age, then it is not a problem.
  • Attempt to stop the behavior by attending to it. If it doesn’t improve, then ignore it. And if it gets worse, stop it by using a mild form of punishment.
  • Introduce a new behavior alternative and reinforce it by rewarding your child every time the desired behavior is shown.

The saying “ignorance is bliss” must have been a parent’s discovery.

One of the biggest challenge parents face is the defiant behavior. It starts at an early age and can be a horror story for many years to come.

For parents at their wit’s end, behavioral therapy techniques can provide a roadmap to calmer and more consistent ways to manage problem behaviors and also offers a chance to children to regulate their own behavior.

By being an informed parent, you can bring in so much peace at home!

9 Days 9 Affirmations.

9 Days 9 Affirmations.

The word ‘Navratri’ is made up of two words. ‘Nav’ meaning nine and ‘ratri’ meaning night. Hence it literally means nine nights.

Nine forms of ‘shakti’ are worshiped in these nine days.

According to a Hindu tradition, it is believed that there are three major forms in which Goddess Durga manifested herself, namely, Mahasaraswati, Mahalakshami and Mahakaali who are the active energies (Shakti) of Brahma, Vishnu and Rudra respectively. Without these Goddesses, the Gods would loose their power!

These three forms manifested further in three more forms each and thus emerged the nine forms of Durga, which are collectively called Navdurga or nine durgas.

What learning does it have for children

Apart from the Ramleela plays that our children get to enjoy in schools and in neighborhood, and the ‘Kanya bhoj’ that they look forward to, there is a lot of learning for our kids through this important festival.

As the old saying goes “Lead by example”, this Navratri lead by example and teach your children the various virtues of life!

This year in particular, with government guidelines and curtailed celebrations, there won’t be many Pandals, Garba, Kanya bhoj or Ramleela, teach them to look inwards. For years our festivals have been about community, relatives, friends, big celebrations and fervor.

This year is a chance for you to teach your child to look inwards. Because that too is big part of learning through these festivals, often forgotten in the grandeur and glimmer of life.

So here are the daily affirmations for nine days. Practice them with your children and teach them the way to look inwards and find peace and happiness within their own selves!

These affirmations have been based on the colors associated with each day. Each color has a meaning, hence it will give more meaning and purpose to our affirmations!










So hope these affirmations will help and empower you and your child.

MHC also recommends creating a Zen corner which can be your temple or somewhere in the garden.

Just make sure while starting your day with affirmations to sit in a quiet, calm place and focus all your energy on your meditation.

Make it serious activity, so that your child takes it seriously too!



If only parents could get a visual of their child’s brain making connections every second, they would know the importance of early years’ brain development.

Your innocent little child’s subconscious brain is a nasty little fellow. The neurons are crazy little athletes and even though it may appear that this little dependent creature wouldn’t know if you yelled or were distracted while playing with him, or were on your phone while laying out every fancy toy you could buy, you are sadly mistaken. They know and understand everything.

Apologies for digressing, this post is actually about me telling you the 3 best games that you can play with your child that actually help in the brain development (yours included)

But I also want to emphasize on why you should play these games, hence I digressed.

But I’ll share a fun fact before we begin.

Scientists claim that the major ingredient in the developmental process of a child’s brain is the “serve and return” relationship between children and their parents/significant caregivers.

The absence of healthy affection and positive attention can lead to disparities in learning and behavior.

Funny enough?

Now that you know how important it is to spend quality time with your little one, lets talk about the five best brain activating games to play with your child.


Age: 3+

Players : 2

Goal: To be the first player to win all 52 cards.


The deck is divided evenly with each player receiving 26 cards dealt one at a time, face down. Anyone may deal first. Each player places their stack of cards face down, in front of them.


Each player turns up a card at the same time and the player with the higher card takes both cards and puts them, face down on the bottom of his stack.

If the cards are the same rank, it is war. Each player turns up one card face down and card face up. The player with the higher cards takes both piles (six cards). If the turned up cards are the same rank again, each player places another card face down and one face up. The player with the higher card takes all 10 cards, and so on.

This game of war is a good mental stimuli and helps promote brain health.


Age: 4+

Players: 2-4

Goal: To move all four of the pieces completely around the board, counterclockwise, before your opponent does.


Strategy, Tactics, Counting, Probability.


The playing order is decided by each player throwing the cowries. The player with the highest score starts. It is played counterclockwise around the board.

Find out how to play with different variations.

This game is proven to improve memory, counting skills and hone one’s strategy


Age: 4+

Players: Multiple. Can also be played in teams.

Goal: Learn names of new places.


Memory building, General awareness, Thinking skills.


It is ideal for the whole family to play this game together. Works best on long drives or road trips.

The game begins by spelling out the word ‘A-T-L-A-S’, one letter per player. Whoever gets to say ‘s’ of Atlas begins the game.

The beginner picks a letter of the Alphabet say ‘A’ and names a place that begins with ‘A’. The next person also names another place beginning with ‘A’. Like this the rest of the group does the same, until the group feels it has exhausted all the places beginning with ‘A’.

Then the group starts the next round with another letter say ‘D’. In this manner the game goes on with the other letters of the Alphabet.

The parent keeps track of the number of places that each group has been able to recall from each alphabet. The group which is able to recall the most number of places is the winner.

Some more important benefits of playing with your child, (even if it is for half an hour every day or 15 minutes every alternate day) are increased bonding, Improved attention span, learning how to lose, building patience levels and reduces stress.

So don’t wait, fix up a routine and find out which game your child loves playing the most!

Happy brain boosting!

Make this Grandparents Day special and meaningful!

Make this Grandparents Day special and meaningful!

Grandparents Day is celebrated each year in September. Grandparents are a source of emanating boundless and unconditional love towards their children and grandchildren.This special day is not a commercial day that helps people sell flowers and cards. It has a history, meaning and purpose.

It was initiated at the grassroots level by West Virginian Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade, with the behind-the-scenes support of her husband Joseph L. McQuade. They had 15 children, 43 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. After being married for over 60 years, Mr. McQuade passed away in 2001. Mrs. McQuade passed away in 2008.

There are three purposes to celebrate Grandparents Day:

  1. To honor grandparents.
  2. To give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children’s children.
  3. To help children become aware of the strength, information and guidance older people can offer.

Grandparents are the backbone of a every family. They are a living legacy of a family’s history.

So make them feel special and loved on a day dedicated to them.

How to make this Grandparents Day special

Plant a tree.

Instead of gifting them flowers, plant a tree and give it their name. Put a name tag on the tree guard and mention the date and occasion.

This gift will remain forever and in fact as it will grow, it will remind them of their Grandchild’s love!

And as a bonus you will contribute to the environment and pass on a very important message to your child.

Cook a special meal.

Near or far, grandparents are going to love the fact that their grandchild cooked something for them. So bake a cake or make a traditional dish of your family with your child, lots of love and blessings from the grandparents are guaranteed!

Make a Scrapbook.

Reliving memories is what Grandparents love to do. And if they come in a physical form of a scrapbook, be sure that they will be overwhelmed with love and joy!

So make a scrap book with your child, note down all the songs they used to sing, stories they used to tell and put up all the special photos.

A little effort will make them cherish their gift for all their life!

Record a song.

Find out their favourite song and make your child sing it. Dress him/her up according to the song, if possible.

Do a proper recording and send it to them. And if you live together, arrange for a proper screening where everyone sits together and watches it.

Trust me, they are going to love it!

Offer community service.

Feed the poor, spend time at an old age home, provide some essentials. There are so many people in need and so much to do when it comes to community service.

Choose this special day and make grandparents feel proud of you!

Make this day as special as you can. Our future generations depend on us for values and morals. It is what we teach them today, will come back to us tomorrow.

So the best investment that we can make is in imparting the right values!

Happy Grandparents Day!



Keeping toddlers busy at home is a challenge most parents face, nowadays more than ever!

It is a daunting task and their interest and attraction shifts from one activity to another in a matter of minutes.

So here is a DIY Busy board that you can make at home with basic supplies available at home.

This busy board is super easy to assemble and will surely keep your toddler busy and happy!

And it will be a bonus if you could involve your toddler in making it. Then it will be his/her prized possession.

Material required:

A canvas board

Construction paper

Toilet paper rolls

Fevicol or a glue gun

An old zipper

A paint palette and brush

Sticky notes

Paper tape

A string

Any other material that you can fit in like sequinned fabric or a box

Paper clips



Step 1.

You can splash the canvas with paint or paste colourful paper on it. I have put a gold and white print paper in the centre and left the sides.

Step 2.

Cover the toilet paper roll with construction paper.

Step 3.

Assemble the rolls in a straight line. This creates a tunnel. Your child can pass a ping pong ball or small objects like pencils, erasers etc.

Step 4.

Stick the colour palette with fevicol or glue gun. But make sure you use a strong adhesive because we don’t want things breaking soon.

Step 5.

Just below the palette, assemble sticky notes.

Now your child can use these paints to her hearts desire without messing up anything.

Step 5.

Cut out a zipper from an old bag or you can get a new zipper from the market.

Paste it on the other side of the canvas.

Step 6.

You can put some paper clips on the canvas.

Step 7.

Assemble anything else that you want, use items such as a lock and key, switch board etc.

But don’t over load the board with unnecessary things.

Step 8.

If you have stickers or any embellishments, use them in the spaces left out.

And Voila! Your DIY busy board is ready!!

Benefits of a busy board

Other than keeping your child busy for hours at end, busy boards have many other benefits as well.

1. Improves concentration.

2. Improves fine motor skills.

3. Improves Eye-hand coordination.

4. Improves thinking skills.

5. Improves cognition.

So what are you waiting for?

Make your own busy board and have lots of fun in bargain!!

A child’s mind is the best work of God! It experiences wonders in small things, it stays busy with simple ideas and the best part is that it is always learning and growing!

So when you are out of ideas or short of smiles, think like a child!

Ismat Sameer Ismail
Celebrating the biggest asset of a nation- Teachers!

Celebrating the biggest asset of a nation- Teachers!

Teachers have three loves: love of learning, love of learners, and the love of bringing the first two loves together.

Scott Hayden

If a student is the lamp, teachers are the oil that keeps the fire burning. The most important things that have stayed with me have been taught by my teachers.

Sometimes other relationships too play an important role of a teacher, be it your parents or friends.

At every age our teachers continue to influence our lives.

This teachers Day, i want to tell all the teachers all over the world that how important they are in shaping and building the people of a nation. So they must know the paramount responsibility that comes with their jobs.

Here are 5 interesting facts about teachers.

Everything that you say remains with the child, sometimes forever.

Yes, that’s true. Research shows that what teachers say to their students, positive or negative tends to stay with them for most of their lives.

So we should always choose to be motivating. Sometimes the daily hustle and workload gets on your nerves, but remember that the ones you are working for should never be your punching bag.

There are more than 7 million teachers in India

Figures released by the Indian government in 2011 show that there were 5,816,673 elementary school teachers in India. As of March 2012 there were 2,127,000 secondary school teachers in India.

That sounds like a majority, doesn’t it!

A vast majority of teachers are women.

This may not be that surprising. But what is commendable is the fact that there is one profession in which women have left men behind, at least in terms of numbers.

Teachers work more than you know!

Taking classes, preparing for lectures, checking the work done by students, preparing worksheets and assessments, doing research, the list goes on.

And to top this, all the house work that is never counted.

Learning when not teaching.

A teacher is always learning. They are always thorough with the topic they are teaching about.

And unlike in a corporate world, they have to do it at their expense and put in extra hours apart from their work hours.

Teachers build Teachers

We deserve a little more than a teacher’s day message and card. Or flowers. Or a pen.

A gift is what we seldom want, what we want and need is a strong supporting community.

So let’s build each other up. If you know a teacher who inspires you or has motivated you, tag her and share this article for her.

Let’s show each other how much we respect and admire each other.


Share, tag and spread the love!

Wish you all a very happy teachers day!