How your Child can be Happier? The Art of Happiness!

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For parents, raising happy kid is the holy grail of parenting success. But too often, we think happiness is about those short-lived moments of getting what you want. Lasting happiness is actually much more difficult, but much more pleasing. And yes, you can vividly increase your child’s chances of being happy, just by the way you raise him or her.

What makes a happy child who raises into a happy adult? Since happiness is a by-product of emotional health, this article is about helping you grow a happy child, from meeting your baby’s need to be calmed, to helping your toddler develop optimism. But let’s talk precisely about what makes humans happy.

How can you help your child to develop the ways that lead to happiness?

Teach your child positive habits to manage his mind and thoughts to create happiness:
Handling our moods, positive self-talk, celebrating life, cultivating optimism, practicing gratitude, and growing our connected-ness to each other and the whole universe. Build these into your life collectively so you model them regularly, talk about using them, and your child will replicate you.

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Teach your child the self-management habits that make happiness:
Healthy eating, regular exercise and meditation are all linked with happiness levels. But you and your child may have your own, more personal approaches. For ex: many people use music as an instant mood lifter, for others a long walk, surround with greenery/nature always works.

Positive self-talk:
We all need a supporter to help us over life’s hard times. Who says we can’t be our own? In fact, who better? Research shows that happy people give themselves ongoing assurance, acknowledgment, admiration and pep talks.

Help your child find joy in everyday little things:
Research says, people who find the small miracles of daily life, and allow themselves to be touched by them, are the most happier persons. Like, the joy of finding your favourite an old book at the library. A letter from Grandpa. The first rain of Monsoon. The warmth of connection with the man at the stall who knows you and your child.

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Help your child develop thankfulness:
Many people think they can’t be thankful until they’re happy, meaning until they have something to be grateful for. But look carefully and you’ll find that it’s the opposite: people are glad because they are grateful. People who describe themselves as knowingly cultivating gratefulness are regarded as happier by those who know them, as well as by themselves.

Help your kid learn the joy of contribution:
Study shows that the pride of contributing to the improvement of society makes us happier, and it will make our kids happier too. Our job as parents is to find ways for them to make a positive difference in the world so they can relish and learn from this experience.

Lastly and importantly, Do more of what makes you happy!!

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How To Be A Good Role Model For Your Child?

Do you want to teach values in your child but do not know how to get started? Do you know a child’s behaviour is an image of that of his parent? Yes, you read it right! While you may protect your child from the negative impacts of the big bad world outside, your temperamental behaviour may encourage your child to turn a bully!

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Being a good parent means being a good role model. Parents are the main positive role models for children. They influence his behaviour, personality, thinking, actions, reactions, values, fitness, lifestyle, etc. Are you keen to become the subject of your child’s inspiration and admiration? These simple steps to turn a perfect role model for kids! Want to know more? Read on!

Steps To Be A Good Role Model For Your Child:

1. Involvement:

Find out ways to connect with your child. Do activities together like playing a sport, discussing a television show, or preparing a meal. These activities will give you a chance to spend some quality time with your children. You may face difficulty in finding time from your busy schedule. However, you need to invest time to make a bond that will last you a lifetime. Include your children in family discussions. Ask them to share their opinion about the family’s rules, decisions and expectations.

2. Practice What You Preach:

Try to practice what you preach. Children, particularly teenagers, notice when you don’t follow home rules. You may teach your child, not to hit others and yet give him a spanking as a punishment. By doing so, you may end up giving mixed signals and confusing your child.

3. Healthy Habits:

Teach healthy lifestyle habits in your child by eating well and regularly exercising. Do not make negative comments about your body and appearance in front of your children. Encourage them to be physically active so that they enjoy good health as they grow up.

4. Respect:

Show respect and kindness to other people, be it young or old. Parents who disrespect others in front of their children are in a way teaching their children that other people are not important. If you want your child to respect you and others, then respect your child first. Teach all the members of the family to treat each other with respect.

5. Admit Your Mistake:

Role models are also humans. Do not lose heart if you see yourself making mistakes. Admit your mistake, learn from it and strive to better yourself. Do not blame anything or anyone. Getting upset or angry will encourage your child to respond to his problems, in the same way.

6. Display Strong Values:

Understand that children experience various problems related to their personality, genetics, peers, upbringing, school, community, etc. The ethical and empathetic behaviour of parents can inculcate values that can counteract all the negative influences of press, media, and internet on children.

7. Problem Solving Skills:

As a child grows, he needs guidance on a variety of issues. Parents can share their personal experiences and decision-making skills with their children. Use problem-solving skills to deal with the conflicts in a productive way. By addressing problems in your life, you can encourage your child to address his concerns and conflicts confidently and independently.

You need to be watchful of your words and actions with your children around. Think, act and talk in a positive way.

We hope these tips help you become the perfect role model for kids.

Please share your advice with us!!

Sources: http://www.momjunction.com/articles/steps-to-turn-into-a-perfect-role-model-for-your-child_00326829/
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Myths About Boarding Schools!

Sending children to Boarding schools are a custom that many families in India tend to follow. However, actual knowledge about boarding school always tends to be covered and some parents tend to use it as a threat for children who are naughty or performing poorly academically.

Here is a list of common myths about boarding schools:

1. Boarding schools are only for naughty kids

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Most troubled children get threatened with being sent to boarding school. Boarding schools are actually populated with children whose parents have jobs that require them to move a lot or parents who feel like their children are mature enough to handle the rigours of boarding school. A boarding school is like any other school, except the students who tend to study there also live on the school premises itself.

2. Dormitories are like prisons

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Most certainly not. Most dormitories are welcoming places populated with children and bed and their various Knick knacks. Yes, children do have study hours and have to go to sleep at a certain time but the only places that tend to be locked are the doors which lead into the dormitory.

3. Students in boarding school do not have fun

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Students in boarding school do have fun. And sometimes, they have more fun than day scholars do because there is no chance of them being alone, not when they stay with their friends and in some cases, even room with them. In fact, when day scholars and boarding school students study together, it is the day scholars who need to work harder to fit in to boarding school culture, sometimes even feeling left out because they do not have the opportunities that residential students do.

4. It’s all about studying and you won’t fit in

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Boarding school children study just as much as the average day scholar does. In fact the children in a boarding school are no different from children in a normal school. The portrayal of boarding schools in media tends to be skewed. Before you join a boarding school, or want to enroll your child in one, visit the campus of the school. You will be surprised by how warm and welcoming the place is.

5. There is lot of homework and it is difficult

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While a boarding school will follow a certain curriculum, it does have a curriculum that extends beyond the one that traditional day schools follow. Boarding schools not only focus on studies, but on sports, extracurricular activities, holistic development etc. A student’s day is not only filled with classes, but also with sports, field trips, excursion etc. Students are given homework in accordance to the curriculum the school follows.

6. Diversity is rare at boarding schools

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Wrong. Boarding schools are melting pots of diversity. Of course, you will find that the majority of students might be from the same state or country the boarding school is situated in, but students come from far and wide to join boarding schools. It is not unusual to have several multinational students within a boarding school.

7. It will be hard to keep in touch with the family.

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Boarding school students and their families are privileged in that with the advances in communications, it’s much easier than ever to stay connected. Most of the boarding schools these days have a weeks’ vacation every three months so that the children do not get homesick.

Do you think we’ve missed out on something? Give your response in the comments section!

Source: http://theteachersdigest.com/8-myths-about-boarding-schools-busted/

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Most Popular Boarding Schools In India

The decision to send your child to a boarding school can be a hard one. But the long term benefits of it are sure to make a deep impact on his career and life. Children basically learn to be disciplined and focused by studying in a boarding school. They learn to take responsibility and away from the home environment, they can focus on academics. In a boarding school, stress is laid on the all-round development of the child. He is taught to be a good team player and get ready to take on the challenges of life. Children that pass out from boarding schools are better at adjusting to all kinds of situations.

Let’s take a look at some of the most famous boarding schools in India:

The Doon School, Dehradun, Uttarakhand

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A boy’s only boarding school that needs very little introduction. With a student child ratio of 1:10 admission to this prestigious school is a tightrope for even the brightest children in this country

Mayo College, Ajmer, Rajasthan

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Again a boy’s only boarding school that offers facilities’ like museums to armory sections to social development skills. You name it they have it

Bishop Cotton School, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

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It is one of the oldest boarding schools in all of Asia. It is a premier institution in North India. There are programs for rock climbing and mountaineering on offer too.

Rishi Valley School, Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh

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A co-education school that lays extra stress on learning and academics. Located in a prime location, the school has a long list of celebrities who passed put from here.

St. John’s International Residential School, Chennai

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A modern age co-education school that offers air conditioned hostels and top-notch facilities to all its students.

Welham Girls School, Dehradun, Uttarakhand

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You have to register your child at birth in order to get a fair chance at admission in this prestigious school. Students who pass out from this all-girls school have been known to have achieved great fame and laurels in life.

The Scindia School, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh

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The high end IT facilities of this school are world class. With 12 massive hostels on the campus the school has along standing unmatched reputation

The Daly College, Indore, Madhya Pradesh

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This co-ed school has built a solid reputation for itself in the last decade or so. Children who pass out from this school are confident to take on all that might come their way

St. Paul’s School, Darjeeling, West Bengal

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Darjeeling is world famous for its boarding schools for both boys and girls. An all boy’s school that has set a benchmark in high standards in education.

Sarala Birla Academy, Bangalore, Karnataka

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One of the top schools in Karnataka, that even houses a 18 bed hospital on its campus. Admissions are made on the basis of an entrance test that is followed by an interview.

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Top international schools around the world

Top International Schools the world over have a reputation; great exam results, excellent extra-curricular facilities, a cosmopolitan student body, and of course, high fees.  This list comprises the ten international schools that offer the best balance of the above, though there are many other excellent schools that only just missed out.

As no official league tables or exam results tables are published on international schools, this list takes into consideration their most recent exam results compared against the relative cost of attendance (of which there is a surprisingly large margin) and to a lesser extent extra-curricular, sporting, musical and theatrical facilities.  That is not to say these aren’t important, just that there is relatively little to separate the following on those counts!

  1. Tanglin Trust School: Singapore

The Tanglin Trust School is a private fee-paying school with an open admissions policy and for 86 years it has provided the UK national curriculum to Expats based in Singapore.  The Tanglin Trust school tops the list not only for it’s excellent new facilities and fantastic academic track record (this year 98% of pupils got into their first choice university).

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2. Garden International School: Kuala Lumpur

Garden International School is the largest private, co-educational, international school in Malaysia. Established in 1951, GIS provides a British-style education to the expatriate and local community in Kuala Lumpur.

The school hosts over 2000 students from over fifty countries. Facilities include purpose-built Drama, Music, Art, DT and Languages suites, a 25m, 8-lane Swimming pool, synthetic turf field, tennis courts, basketball courts, indoor sports facilities and specialist teaching rooms that support a high level of IT integration, all with the lowest tuition fees on the list.

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3. Dulwich College: Beijing

Dulwich College Beijing is part of the umbrella Dulwich college group, which run schools across the world from London to Seoul to Beijing. Based on the original Dulwich college London the Beijing School has four houses which students are assigned to, to create an atmosphere of friendly competition and a sense of identity. As it is based on a traditional English public school there are similar adherences to uniforms, house systems and head boys/girls. This also means that the school mainly follows the British national curriculum, though the IB is taken at sixth form rather than A-Levels. In terms of academic performance Dulwich college is the highest out of any in the list with a very impressive average IB points of 36, well above the global average of 29. However due to the relative cost, it only ranks third.

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4. St Christopher’s: Bahrain

Another British style school, St Christophers in Bahrain achieved a very strong set of exam results despite the heat conditions! Like Dulwich college St Christopher’s has a house system and is largely based on the English public school system. Though the exam results are not quite as impressive as some places below it in the list, the relatively low fee cost nets it fourth place.

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5. British School of Paris

Based in the heart of Paris, the British School Of Paris boasts possibly the most enviable location for any international school. The close availability and depth of local history, art and culture mean that students enjoy as rich an education outside the classroom as inside. A-Level results are very impressive and it would place higher if it were not for the fact that the fee system works out as the second most expensive of any on the list. But, the students will always have Paris…

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6. Sir James Henderson School: Milan

Like the British School of Paris, Sir James Henderson School is another school strongly based on the British national curriculum set in the heart of a bustling European city.  A very close fifth, but even the relatively affordable fees were not enough to push it above the stronger academic performance of the other schools.

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Sourceshttp://www.prycewarner.com/blog/2011/07/top-ten-international-schools/
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10 Top Reasons to Go to Boarding School

When presented with the idea of international boarding school, parents are likely to baulk at the prospect of emptying their bank accounts to send their darlings to live a life permeated by blackboards, bunk beds and Bovril. Children, conversely, will either share their parents’ fear of being sent to fend for themselves or feel overjoyed at the prospect of signing up for a- literally- fantastic life at Hogwarts. Such misconceptions neatly miss the point of international boarding education, sidestepping its capacity to lay solid foundations for students’ academic and professional success in today’s increasingly global society.
Parents, understandably, require justification for investing a considerable amount of money in their offspring’s education. Their offspring, on the other hand, should be made aware of the huge number of opportunities provided by boarding school life. A recent ISC Global report predicts growth in student enrolment of 8.4% per annum, meaning that there will be 7.26 million students studying at English-medium international schools by 2024; clearly, boarding establishments must be doing something right.

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The time has come for parents and students alike to banish their notions of St. Trinians and Severus Snape and discover the unique, intellectually challenging experiences offered by international boarding schools worldwide.
  1. Achieve academically

Pupils enrolled at international boarding establishments are able to reap the benefits of an educational system with a global perspective, which celebrates diversity and promotes the understanding and assimilation of a broad spectrum of languages. The combination of extensive, modern facilities and, often, stunning surroundings, provides a peerless learning environment.
International boarding schools’ high standards tend to be driven, in part, by their exemplary global reputations, meaning that that their criteria for suitable teaching staff are extremely demanding. Consequently, staff bodies are populated by experienced individuals who are dedicated to their profession and able to provide students with stimulating, informed academic instruction.
  1. Gain confidence- but not arrogance

Yet another popular misconception which shrouds boarding institutions centres on such establishments’ encouragement of superiority and snobbery.  Times have changed.  Gone are the days in which boarding school education was reserved for the children of the landed gentry; today, there are increasing numbers of both national and global outreach programmes, which seek to make boarding school education accessible and appealing to students of all backgrounds and origins.
Far from training students to become supercilious and unpleasant, the rigorous education and countless new experiences available at boarding school enable each individual to become accustomed to facing and overcoming new challenges. Confidence is fundamental to students’ success and progression, not only through boarding school but also through employment and later life; intensive academic tuition, testing extra-curricular activities and, quite simply, the act of living away from home all contribute to its development.
In an interview with the Telegraph, the headmaster of the holistically-minded Aiglon College, Richard MacDonald, stated that he baulked at the idea of his school being deemed elite, or his pupils spoilt or over-privileged, and said that humility and community service form part of the school’s guiding principles.
Confidence and arrogance are categorically different traits. The former is encouraged and developed at boarding school; the latter, in modern educational models, is no longer welcome.
  1. Become independent

Flying the nest, a process dreaded by parents and, often misguidedly, longed for by children, is seldom easy. No matter how desperately parents may wish to keep their ‘babies’ under their protective wings, it cannot be denied that the sooner young people develop independence and self-sufficiency, the better.
Boarding school life not only inspires students to apply themselves academically, but also requires them to take responsibility for their own time management, belongings and personal wellbeing. From being able to get out of bed and make it to lessons on time to managing workload and maintaining emotional stability, boarding allows young adults to hone invaluable skills which are fundamental not only to their day to day existence but also to their employability following graduation.
Elizabeth Cunningham, Head of English at the Chorister School, Durham, the city’s Cathedral boarding school, comments that “students are encouraged to take responsibility for themselves- not only for their studies, but also for their own actions, organisation and health. Staff and elder pupils are always willing to help students who are worried or unsure, meaning that they are free to develop into assured, independent individuals at their own pace.”
  1. Kick-start a prolific career

Few means of paving the way to a successful international career compare to boarding school education. Not only are employers attracted to applicants who have developed independence and self-sufficiency at an early age; the high standards maintained by such establishments are recognised by businesses in virtually every discipline across the world.

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English-speaking establishments enable students to immerse themselves completely in the country’s influential language and culture. English remains the ‘language of business’, and has been adopted by corporations around the world as their principle language. Among the leading global companies who have made English their official language are Audi and Lenovo.
  1. Form lasting, global friendships

Living, learning and adapting to life at boarding school in the company of peers allows students to form bonds of friendship stronger than could ever be possible at a day school. Students are brought together virtually 24/7 though lessons, extra-curricular activities and social excursions, which results in the formation of cohesive, familial communities.
Mr. McDonald, from Aiglon College, believes that boarding “allows international pupils to form long-lasting friendships and engenders intercultural understanding within the student community.”
Admittedly, the cost of international boarding can be significant. However, given the promise of academic excellence, globally-orientated education and improved career prospects, there can be little doubt that the results achieved by boarding establishments more than outweigh the cost.

Source– https://asiancorrespondent.com/top-10-best-international-boarding-schools-in-the-world/