Teaching Kids the Value for Money

Money is an essential part of life and it’s never too early to teach your children its value and the importance of saving. This will help them to understand the importance of spending money wisely and sensibly. Three and four-year-olds are starting to develop the cognitive skills necessary to understand basic monetary concepts, such as identifying coins, figuring out how to count change, and matching small amounts of money to items they want to buy. Learning the principles of responsible handling of money should give them many opportunities for advancement when they are older, which is why it is important that, even at a young age, children cultivate a respect for money. Here’s how you can teach them the value for money:

  • As your child learns to count, you can demonstrate the relationship between different values of coins. Also, children like to play games that involve fake currencies and saving and spending. Allow your kids try some of the online games that teach money skills. It’s a good way for them to learn the role of money
  • Get your child a piggy bank. This is a simple action that will teach your child the importance of saving and will instill a sense of responsibility towards handling money. Give them small goals to achieve in a particular time frame. Encourage them to earn the money towards fulfilling their goals
  • Encourage your child to make little money. Earning money is not only educational but empowering for kids. Kids can follow the pretty simple idea of earning pocket-money like, helping elders with their daily chores.
  • Encourage your kids to plan how to spend their savings. It will make them understand that with more savings they can have bigger goals fulfilled
  • Give your children their own allowances when you go shopping. Educate them on sensible spending and explain the priorities when shopping. Remind them that at the end the day, the most important thing is that they can buy what they want because they were able to save money in the piggy banks
  • Familiarize your kids to the bank and open savings accounts in their names. Let them talk to the teller and conduct their business themselves. Make sure they understand the terms and conditions of the account and suggest they commit to depositing regular amounts on a weekly or monthly basis. Having their own bank account will give your children a feeling of achievement which could even motivate them to save more
  • Lastly, kids tend to learn more from what they see around them. Being parents, your attitude toward money, the way you handle it, makes an impression on your children just as surely as your attitude toward other personal matters

We hope that these steps will help you to give your kids a quick understanding about the value and importance of money.

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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.

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!

Road Safety Tips for Kids

As a parent, you may not be aware of the safety concerns of your children on the road until one day when you go to school bus stops, neighbour’s house, or local shops. Suddenly you realise that a wave of vehicles rushing in at you and you are scared to even take the smallest step towards crossing the road. Imagine if you are so scared how your little one will cross that road!

You can’t be around your kids to ensure their safety. The best you can do is to teach them about road safety so that they can take care of themselves when you are not around. Here are few road safety tricks that you should teach your kids to ensure they are careful.

1. Stop and look around

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Tell them never to attempt to cross the road in haste. Crossing the road hastily can only harm them. Ask them to stop and look around for a green signal before crossing the road. Teach them to be cautious and keep checking their left and right until they feel completely safe before crossing the road.

2. Think before you leap

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Teach your kids to think carefully before crossing the road. It is always best to give them the idea about the different traffic signals and the road rules. Remind them not to hurry and must cross the road when the traffic is favourable.

3. Keep your ears open

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Being a good listener will never put you to trouble. Teach them to keep their ears open to vehicles honking. Tell your children to walk straight and also warn them not to listen to music while crossing the road.

4. No Running

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Children have a tendency to run and leave your hands while walking on the road. It is your duty to keep your child calm on the streets. Running while on the road can cause serious damage to your child.

5. Use Zebra Crossing

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A zebra crossing might look little dizzy but your kids should learn its importance. Teach your child to use the Zebra Crossing only while crossing the road. While crossing, you can tell your child to make eye contact with the drivers, to pay full attention to the road, and teach them the importance of doing such things.

6. Road is not a Play Zone

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While your child goes out for playing, always put some restriction. Tell your child not to play near the street or at the parking area. Teach your child not to chase balls and other play stuffs as mistakenly they could land themselves on a traffic stricken road. Instead, they should seek help from elders.

7. Traffic Signals

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The traffic signal is only about three colours – Red, Green and Yellow! These are some of the important colours that your child should be aware. Teach the significance of each colour – red means “stop”, green for “go”, and yellow for “move with caution”.

8. Wear bright colours

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Bright colours always catch attention. You should advise your child to wear bright coloured clothing, even when they go out for bicycling on the streets. Wearing bright garments catch driver’s attention quickly.

9. Use sidewalks

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Teach your child uses pedestrian roads only for walking. If you demonstrate the same to your child they will follow and make it a habit.

10. Think twice

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Tell your child to think twice before crossing the road. Remind them to cross the road when the traffic is favourable and by hurrying, things will only get worse. Think before you leap.

Children before 9 years of age should not be allowed to cross roads on their own because they lack the necessary peripheral vision, hearing and judgement capabilities.Children never hesitate to copy adults. Practice the safest method before your children, for them to learn and grow. By setting a good example, you can ensure your child’s safety outside the school transportation service circle. Be wise!