A Thanksgiving Note!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Instilling a sense of gratitude in kids is very important. Gratitude goes beyond good manners. It is a mindset and a lifestyle. What better way to show gratitude than by saying a simple ‘Thank You”! Studies shows that kids who are grateful towards the smallest of things, reap concrete benefits, including greater life satisfaction and better attitude about school.

Toddlers and preschoolers are by nature self-centered. It is important and tricky to teach them gratitude. Here’s how you can teach your kids to be grateful and find happiness in the smallest of things

  • Kids learn from what they see around them. Be a grateful parent. It goes without saying that we love our kids, and that we’re thankful beyond words for their love, their smiles, their hugs and so much more. It is an invaluable exercise to tell your kids how grateful you are to have them
  • Set a good example by saying “thank you” sincerely and often. The values our kids embrace as they get older aren’t those we nag them into learning, but the ones they see us living out. There are countless opportunities every day for us to model gratitude for our kids — for example, thanking the waitress who serves your food, etc. When our kids see us expressing sincere thanks all the time, they’ll be more inclined to do so as well
  • Most religious traditions emphasize the practice of gratitude through acknowledging blessings and through serving others. Attending regular religious services is one way for kids to gain a sense of gratitude as part of a community. Spirituality and gratitude go hand in hand
  • Keep your eyes open for situations that eloquently illustrate the act of thankfulness. When kids can connect the concept of gratitude to a real-life situation, the lesson we’re teaching will be much more likely to stick
  • When kids complain or gripe, it can be helpful to try to find a response that looks on the brighter side. This instills a positive perspective in your kids and helps them find the silver lining
  • Insist on politeness and respect all around. When we teach our children to treat others with dignity and respect, they’ll be more likely to appreciate the ways in which those folks contribute to and improve their lives. We need to model for our kids the importance of treating everyone with respect
  • Encourage your kids to experience the “joy of giving”! The old saying “it’s better to give than to receive” has stuck around for a reason. It really does feel great to help someone else out
  • Have a moment of thanks each day when everyone shares something they’re thankful for. Whether the list includes a favorite toy, a lesson, or a meeting new people, this daily tradition can help develop a positive frame of mind

Now that we have given you few simple and quick ways to teach your kids to be thankful and see the brighter and positive side of life, as adults it is also our responsibility to show gratitude towards life and people. This thanksgiving be thankful for every breath you take, every food you eat, every new day you wake upto…

A thank you to all our wonderful readers!

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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.

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (HD) – Nursery Rhymes | Popular Kids Songs | Shemaroo Kids

Enjoy the soothing lullaby ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’. The mother soothes her child to sleep singing the timeless melodious rhyme. She tells her son how the twinkling stars amuse them all the time. The radiance of the star brightens the sky just as a diamond does.

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star is a classic nursery rhyme. It is the first ever rhyme every kid is taught.

London Bridge – (HD) – Nursery Rhymes | Popular Kids Songs | Shemaroo Kids

Enjoy the timeless classic rhyme ‘London Bridge’ in a new Pop Rock style of music. Time travel with this rhyme and find out what the famous London Bridge is made of. Children learn the appropriate materials that are used for constructing a bridge.

The workers keep on trying with different materials till the time the perfect bridge is erected. The rhyme ends with a perfect metaphor with the usage of ‘gold and silver’ which implies that immense wealth and hard work was contributed in constructing the London Bridge.

 

Incy Wincy Spider (HD) – – Nursery Rhymes | Popular Kids Songs | Shemaroo Kids

Incy Wincy spider is here to teach the kids something good in life in a pop rock musical style.
Incy Wincy tried to climb the waterspout but the heavy rain washed him out. Once the rain had stopped the Sun dried him up. He made up his mind to try again and never give up. He made another attempt to climb the spout but the rain fails him again. Finally he found a smart way out and with little hard work he reached the top!
A very strong message is communicated here – Keep trying newer ways till you succeed!

Humpty Dumpty Sat on a Wall (HD) – Nursery Rhymes | Popular Kids Songs | Shemaroo

The classic rhyme Humpty Dumpty is created in an Orchestral 6/8 MARCH style of music, which neatly embeds with the royal construct, animation, and the basic theme of rhyme along with the pulsating voice of the famous singer Drew Dawson Davis.

Humpty Dumpty lived a royal life in his palace with his kinsman. One day he went for a stroll with his men. He sat on a wall and he fell down. Humpty Dumpty was badly injured. Everyone tried to put Humpty Dumpty together but failed. Finally, the children of the kingdom came with a brush and glue and thus Humpty Dumpty recovered!

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’.