Sunday, June 24, 2007

Make the Kids Listen and Children Talk Like You are two topics covered up in my book 'Guardian of Angels' Conversation, in part, is self expression. All at its best, conversation means pooling of information, the sharing of interests, the bringing together of ideas. Many children shy away from conversation. They find trouble starting a topic for conversation or either fail to keep the conversation going. The real trouble-shooting spot is children need to be talked to. Parents or teachers need to take time off to make the kids listen to them and they too, listen to what children wish to express.

Seven ways can help the child or an adult to be a good conversationalist:

1. Interest: Make the child form interest in what's going on, what's being talked about, about activities and what they are doing.

2. The Friendly attitude: Conversation withers if a friendly approach is missing. The critical approach to the other person may flaunder speech and expression shows that you don't think much of the person.

3. Cheerful and good humour : Smile makes a difference. The kids should need to keep smiling, make it an interesting, friendly smile. Show the good feelings in the way you say things.

4. Gestures : You're alive, so your face and gestures show off. Be calm, relax. Good conversation means keeping your calm without any strained efforts.

5. Be flexible : Topics change and so do a good conversationlist change with topics. The children should be taught to not be stubborn or rigid over any change. Even your interest wanes, keep the talk going.

6. Using Tact : Use tact and think before you speak. Think first, not afterwards as words spoken without thoughtfulness end up as you being not liked. Words may play it's role as you reflect your thoughts in a conversation.

7. Be courteous : Sweet and short. Good conversation is presentation for good manners.

The first thing to do is, practice exercises for conversation. Rehearse the telling of a story i.e. narrating. Practice at home with parents. Talk on movies, television program or a fav book or character. Talk on events, news or any interesting talk while at dinner or in study room; before sleeping hours too. Practice with strangers - at social places or the like. Be a good listener and an interesting talker. Seeking conversation leads to situations in which conversation will develop. It is required to cultivate a healthy, positive attitude toward meeting friends and strangers. Each opportunity to talk and as you talk, you improve, you know more and more the relaxed conversation takes place. Thereby, the fluency follows - quite naturally!

- ilaxi patel
Editor, (Net newspaper for kids with resources for parents & teachers)
Author : Guardian of Angels

Thursday, June 21, 2007

There is a concern for kids using mobiles. Mobile bullying is on a rise all over the world. You can read further on Bullying: A menace in my Book "Guardian of Angels." I feel, the need of the hour is to provide proper guidance before use of such gadgets and let the child know about the consequences of its negative use. Bullying is a sin when you harm someone and getting bullied and keeping quiet is a crime you allow to tear you apart - It's need to get educated and be aware to prevent Bully, either way!

According to a research of by NCH and Tesco Mobile, one in five young people have been bullied or threatened by mobile phone or computer (through text messages, emails, photos, etc). However, 56% parents aren't worried over this except a few teachers are aware of the problems. In UK, 51% teachers reported of Mobile text bullying and 67% teachers reported on such issues with their primary level students. Here is the site by NCH and you can download the 10 tips Stop Text Bully Poster from here and clip it on your School Board. I have taken a special class on this as Indian Mobile scenario is fast changing and we have the best mobiles available here.

Being the World Music Day, You can find here the best music download sites & NIEHS Sing along musicals & Free Kids music too. Enjoy!

- ilaxi patel
Author: Guardian of Angels

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Happy Father's Day to all Dads!

Check in the Kidsfreesouls 9 ways that help Dads to stand by Moms in bringing up kids gracefully and help them manage their workplace with positive rewarding experiences.

A Dad is the King of the Palace and what he says is always Right - The same statement changes with the tech times, "A Mom is the Queen of the Kitchen and always stand by the Dad to help him do what is always right. Well, whatever - Parenting is always experiencing a Teamwork. A father's involvement always changes through all the seasons of parenting. From childhood to teenage freedom, boredom or career selections, a parental guidance is most required. Even for selecting a life partner!

Those who have read the article 'New Parental Concern:Dad a Role Model' in the first chapter of my book Guardian of Angels find the useful tips on how a Dad can stand by moms and pose to be a Role Model. If you have not yet picked my book, grab a copy NOW! Enjoy!

- ilaxi patel
Editor, - Net newspaper for kids with Resources for Parents & Teachers
Author : Guardian of Angels

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Recently I read about Robert Fulghum's best seller “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.” He mentions of Life lessons to learn from the start which were:

Wash your hands before you eat.
Take a nap every afternoon.
Don’t take things that aren’t yours.
Clean up your own mess.

Simple words of wisdom you call or call them manners. However, today Kindergarten is no longer the same but more a process of professionalism. The kids need to cope up with the curriculum set by the academicians. Many parents want their children to study academics instead of playing. On kindergarten, the National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in State Departments of Education Collaborative website has some teacher tested ways of learning.

Check on my Book Chapters and find on Childhood Development - Maybe this is all what parents need to know on Developmental schedules with the EQ, IQ and SQ.

- ilaxi patel
Author of Guardian of Angels: A practical guide to Joyful Parenting

Friday, June 08, 2007

Aesops Fables is the most widely read choice of kids and who does not remember the Fox and the Grapes, The Tortoise and the Hare and such tales that teach moral values to children. Aesop was born on 4th June, a fantastic story-teller who lived in Greece. Aesop was a slave who lived mid-sixth century BC, in Ancient Greece.


The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse and The Dog in the Manger has been the favorite reads of the children at the Swagat Library. They are too fond of writing the book reviews of these Aesops fables as well as the Panchtantra. However, Amar Chitra Katha is read, most of the time, writing a review is skipped here. Well, if you are fond of the Aesops tales, sure you can find many more on the web on Kidsfreesouls fairyland Page - the tales are exclusive widgets by Laura Gibbs. You can find more on Aesop in the Wiki and the Pacific Link is widely surfed for the Aesops. You can listen to the audios here on this link too.

Enjoy the ageless and timeless wisdom of Aesop's fables - Get into the ocean of knowledge and dig in the hidden pearls and gems - Enjoy!

- ilaxi

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Sunday, June 03, 2007

The most beloved Belgian comic strip hero Tintin is to come alive on screen as Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson are to join forces to direct and produce a series of three films based on the character Tintin. The Entertainment journal Daily Variety reported in it's recent edition that the legendary film makers would direct at least one of the films each and serve as producers on all three. Tintin had been a long time pet project of Steven Spielberg who finally secured the film rights to the comic series in the past months. Spielberg said that the computer animation technology used for the films would be unlike anything ever seen. The characters would be made to look real and photorealistic. The three stories are chosen from the 23 Tintin books published between 1929 and 1976.

Wow, there goes the News! Tintin has ever been my fav reads and so is Archie, Betty, Veronica and Jughead! Tintin however, is ever popular and Herge, the creator of Tintin gets tons of mails from India. Tintin enjoys a huge fan flow from Calcutta in India. In Cigars of Pharaoh, there is the snake charmers, fakirs and sacred cows. Tintin dressed in turban and shervani is thoughtful. Tintin in Tibet is also another feel of India influence. Captain Haddock bumps into a porter who yells at him in Hindi.

As Herge's Birth centenary is celebrated this year, Tintin creation is dear to millions of hearts and now we can cross our fingers and wait for Spielberg to do the magic!

- ilaxi patel
Author of Guardian of Angels
Editor, Net newspaper for kids with resources for parents and teachers