Things You Need To Know If Caught In a Flash Flood

With the irregular heavy rainfall, the possibility of a sudden flood is definitely not unimaginable. Such a sudden flood typically occurring due to heavy rains or is called a Flash Flood. Sometimes there is no warning of flash floods and that is why it is important to know what these are and be prepared before they happen.

Not just adults but children too should be aware of such calamities and understand few quick actions that they too, can take before, during and after a flash flood to stay safe and ensure other’s safety.

Here are a few things you should tell your kids and that can be really helpful during such a crisis:

Before the floods

  • Know about your local relief centres and evacuation routes
  • Keep emergency numbers and important information handy, as well as emergency supplies, kits, first aid items. These may include water, canned food, can opener, battery-operated radio, flashlight and protective clothing
  • Roll up and secure electrical appliances, Television, valuable documents, jewellery, etc
  • It is important to plant trees and shrubs in your compound if you stay in a lowland area. This can control erosion and cut down the speed of the flowing water
  • Keep a keen eye outside and on the weather report so that you can stay prepared
  • Do not step out in the rains. If you are already outside while it is raining it is advisable to get back home as quickly as possible

During floods

  • Flash floods occur in a short span of time. With the onset of a flash flood, be very quick, keep safe and ensure that children and elderly are safe by leaving the house to a higher ground
  • Turn off all electrical appliances and stay away from power points or broken power cables. Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet
  • Carry emergency supplies and first aid items. Remember to carry drinking water
  • Do not walk through moving water during flash floods. As little as 6 inches of moving water can make you fall

 

After floods

  • Keep electricity off until the house is cleaned up properly. Check every corners of the house to be sure that the house is free of any water borne insects or snakes
  • Flood water is highly contaminated. Clean and disinfect everything that got wet. Mud left from floodwater can contain sewage and chemicals
  • Stay out of any building if it is surrounded by floodwaters

 

Flash flood can disrupt livelihood. Many people and animals become homeless. But this will not ruin our love for monsoon and affect us in a bigger way if we are well aware and well prepared to tackle such a situation. While you train your little ones with some safety tips, here’s a beautiful nursery rhyme that will make their monsoon even merrier.

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The Wheels on the Bus Part- II (HD) – Nursery Rhymes | Popular Kids Songs | Shemaroo Kids

We present to you the story of a fun travel time with ‘Wheels on the Bus’, a classic rhyme created in a pop music style. Watch how the mommies, the daddies, the girls and the boys enjoy their bus journey. Learn the different gestures and behaviours made by the passengers.

A strong message is communicated – family time is always a fun time!

Be a part of this joy ride and sing along ‘The wheels on the bus go round, round, round … All through the town’.

Temper Tantrums

 

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Handling temper tantrums

 

What is Temper Tantrum?

Temper tantrums are unpleasant and disruptive behaviours or emotional outbursts, sometimes fierce and annoying and get over as quickly as it starts. Tantrums are extremely common in toddlers and preschoolers. One moment you and your child are enjoying a meal at a restaurant and the very next moment your child is whimpering, whining and soon screaming her lungs out! When your kid is going through a temper meltdown in response to an unexpressed frustration you could probably be thinking that you are failing as a parent and raising a tyrant.

Temper Tantrum in Toddlers…

Toddlers begin to understand a lot of words they hear yet their ability to express themselves is limited and when they cannot express their feelings frustration mounts. As a result, your toddler is screaming, whining, kicking, hitting, biting and throwing things around angrily. Kids throw tantrums especially when they are hungry, sleepy, tired, uncomfortable or when they don’t get to do something they want. With the development of their language skills, their tantrums tend to decrease.

Temper tantrum in little older kids…

Angry outbursts do not necessarily stop after toddler years. Older kids, too, at times, have troubles handling anger and frustrations! It is important to know what might cause such a temper tantrum in your child and how you can tackle such a situation!

Older kids often throw tantrums because they want independence and control over the surroundings. This often leads to power struggles as a child thinks “I can do it myself” or “I want it, give it to me” and the parents face an arrogant retaliation.

Tantrums should be handled differently depending on why your child is upset. Sometimes, you may need to provide comfort. At times, it’s best to ignore an outburst and distract your child with a new activity.

Ways to handle tantrums…

Tantrums of kids of different age groups should be handled differently. For example kids between the age group of 0-2 years who have not developed their speech yet cannot express their needs and wants. So their tantrums should be handled differently. It is important to observe their behaviour and then divert their attention into something else. It is easy to distract them. So, when your toddler heads toward an unacceptable or dangerous play object, calmly say “No” and either remove your child from the area or distract him or her with an appropriate activity.

Do not raise your hand. Babies and toddlers are unlikely to be able to make any connection between their erratic behaviour and physical punishment. They will only feel the pain of the hit.

Little grown up kids need more understanding and their tantrums should be handled critically. While dealing with stubborn kids one must be authoritative and in full control of the situation. Help them calm down and explain to them how their behaviour is unacceptable. Let them know what consequences their actions would lead to.

House rules are important. As your child grows and begins to understand the connection between actions and consequences, explain to them what you expect of them before you punish them for certain behaviour. As parents, you must be consistent when it comes to disciplining your kids.

Be firm and authoritative in your voice and behaviour. Speak calmly, clearly, and firmly — not with anger, blame, harsh criticisms, threats, or putdowns. Demand an apology and this way your child will learn the bend down and say sorry.

What parents must do…

As parents try not to give in to your child’s tantrum because then they will believe that screaming and throwing a fit will fetch them unnecessary attention. While your patience could be just tested by ugly tantrums, try not to lose your cool. Remember, the key is to ‘keep calm’. Reacting to your kid’s meltdowns with yelling will only teach them to do the same. Staying calm will help you to see appropriate ways to handle the situation.

Don’t forget that kids learn by watching adults, particularly their parents. So avoid using any harsh languages in front of kids. No name-calling and maintain a healthy environment at home. Be a role model to your kids

Learning to deal with frustration is a skill that children gain over time, till then calm down and realise this is a very common trait among kids that should be dealt with patience and by staying firm.

 

Of course, all these are easier said than done. It’s important to teach your kids how to handle anger and frustration. Our beloved little ones test our nerves because they’re testing boundaries all around them, make them understand but do not give in to their desires. Tantrums generally stop on their own. As kids mature, they gain self-control and learn to cooperate, communicate, and cope with frustration.

 

Importance of Family Meal Time

 

Importance of Family Dinner Time

Family mealtime is when everyone at home sits down and enjoys a meal together. This can be at breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner. In today’s world with advanced technologies and fast paced life, how much do we get to bond with our families? How many meals do we have with our families? In our busy schedule, we tend to overlook those precious moments, those special bondings that can strengthen family ties. A great way to bond with family is to have at least one-time meal every day together.

Benefits of a family meal time have been widely talked about. We know that kids who have meals with their family, tend to do better in school getting higher grades, they tend to be more emotionally adjusted to have fewer depressive symptoms.

We know there are some really good associations with eating food with family because so much can be learned at a dining table. Your child learns manners and gratitude when you teach your child to use words like ‘please’ or ‘thank you’. Also, they learn to be generous as you ask them to give the large piece of cake to the guest.

Kids also learn a lot of words at family meal time, more than ten-times as many words they learn from being read to, at night. So kids learn a lot in the realm of social and emotional learning including linguistics.

Eating food together as a family provides the opportunity for conversation. This lets parents teach healthy communication without distractions from smartphones, television, computers, and mobile devices.Sitting together and eating food allows every family member to discuss his or her day and share any exciting news.Encourage your child to participate. Do not underestimate your child’s ability to hold a conversation.

By engaging your children in conversation, you teach them how to listen and provide them with a chance to express their own opinions. This allows your children to have an active voice within the family.

Eating dinner together as a family also encourages healthy eating habits. Studies show family dinners increase the intake of fruits and vegetables; families who eat food together tend to eat fewer fried foods and drink less soda; and family meal frequency is linked to the intake of protein, calcium, and some vitamins.Having a meal with your family ensures you are healthy and less likely to be obese or have any eating disorder.

No matter how busy you are, never skip a chance to have dinner with your family. A family meal time is like an informal get-together where you talk your heart out and bond for life. Make efforts to have at least 2-3 meals every week with family. One of life’s greatest pleasures is sharing good food with the ones you love. Life is too short to miss out on this simple joy and all the good things it can bring to your relationships. A family that eats together stays together!