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Just what the doc ordered! Parenting tips to keep toddlers stress-free in a pandemic

Dr. Shiva Khurana, whose son Nihit studies in pre-nursery at Apeejay Rhythms Kinderworld, shares insights for fellow parents

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Choosing the school in her first visit itself, a paediatrician, Dr. Shiva Khurana is impressed with the Montessori education based on self-directed activity, hands-on learning and collaborative play, imparted at Apeejay Rhythms Kinderworld in Greater Kailash-II. At present, she is eager to send her son to the school as the pandemic subsides, and has found online learning at school very helpful for her son. In an interview, she shares handy tips on how parents can help their child attain holistic nutrition and development at home. Read on.

Provide your child a balanced diet

Nutrition needs for children between 2-5 years are crucial. It is imperative that we think about what we are feeding them on an everyday basis. So, try to give them everything they choose to eat, along with a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. Their meals should be frequent but in small quantities. In between breakfast and lunch, make them healthy foods and between lunch and dinner, introduce some evening snacks. Even before breakfast, make milk a habit.

Manage their screen-time

For a parent, it is difficult to keep the attention of their child at all times. Mostly, we tend to give them a tablet or mobile device to keep them busy throughout the day. But, it is necessary to monitor their screen-time at home and even more so during online classes that they may be engaging in. 

Keep them busy with interactive activities

To boost their productivity, you can indulge them in music, dancing, and light exercises. Colours, shapes, interactive objects and toys excite children so get them to weave stories and talk to them throughout their activities. Once a child reaches 2-3 years, these become crucial for the development of their brain.  

Maintain harmony at home

Don’t force your little one for anything. A home atmosphere for them should be comfortable and harmonious. Avoid any form of conflict in front of them, so that they do not pick on any unpleasant memory or experiences that may have a potential to hamper their growth.

Plan vaccination cycles

It is important to plan and schedule all the vaccinations that are necessary for children. So, find time to take them to a paediatrician and plan their nutritional and medical needs in advance.

Teach them gratitude

I want to share an interesting anecdote, when my son once came to me, and said, ‘Thank you Mumma.’ I asked him, ‘why?’, and he said, ‘aise hi’ (just like that). I was really touched and I realised that this is something he has picked up from his online classes at school. I recall his teacher, Ms. Komal Luthra, telling him to display love and gratitude towards at home. Lastly, that becomes essential for children so that they do not complain about nitty-gritties.

Mrini Devnani is Senior Correspondent (Newsroom). She covers student achievements, interviews and contributions for the website. She was a former Correspondent covering Edutech for the India Today Group, and has a passion for Social Media and Digital Marketing. You can reach her at [email protected]

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