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Links 1 through 10 of 99 by Just Mohit tagged kids

My mom had seen too many parents devote everything they had to their children, with their only joys coming from their kids’ successes. She had seen some of those kids grow up into anxious and guilt-ridden adults, who were continually haunted by a sense that their mothers and fathers (more often their mothers) had given up so damned much for them. There are few burdens more awful, she felt, than having to live a life that justifies all of your parent’s sacrifices!
...my mother’s greatest feminist lesson was this: she made it clear that we could not expect women to drop everything for us. Relationships mattered, families mattered, love mattered — but personal happiness mattered too! My mother knew that someday her sons would be in relationships with women, and she knew enough to know that how she met our needs as small boys would be reflected in many of our choices when we became boyfriends, lovers, and husbands. So she showed us two things:
1. She loved us very, very much and always would
2. Her happiness was not solely contingent upon us
...it’s perfectly possible to shower your children with love and give them a sense of security while simultaneously making it clear to them from an early age that your happiness does not hinge on what they do!

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Pennac examines three fundamental issues: how much small children love hearing stories

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Through reading, then, a young person can try out the prospect of illicit freedom—disobedience, overindulgence, parentlessness—but can ultimately make a willing return to home sweet home.
When fairy tales flirt with trouble, but avoid real consequences, they really work. And yet the possibility of straying too far—the Lindbergh scenario—haunts Sendak's work. "Certainly," Sendak told the Caldecott audience, "we want to protect our children from new and painful experiences that are beyond their emotional comprehension and intensify anxiety." The child must return home safely for the story to have ameliorative power

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(3 digital anecdotes)
I take two lessons from the mouth of babes: if something is not interactive, with mouse or gestures, it is broken. And, the internet is not about computers or devices; it is something mythic, something much larger; it is about humanity.

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“Sssshhhh, “Hussshh” or “Kisi se yeh batane ki zaroorat nahi” are some of the most common ways in which Child Sexual Abuse has traditionally been dealt with in India. Not only India is a country with one of the highest child abuse cases, rather 53% of children in India have faced some or other form of sexual abuse in their lives! The impact and after effects are many – from insecurity to depression, from being conscious towards your own body to hating the natural growth, from being weak to being scared, from physical woes to psychological traumas…and if not discussed or addressed properly at the right time, such abuse can actually leave a life time scar on the victim’s mind. So, do not try to keep it under wraps just because you are scared of confronting the abuser, make your kids and other kids around you aware of right & wrong and empower them to express their feelings freely to you. Educate them to deal with it and support them to overcome it.

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Child sexual abuse has life long repercussions. It is not just something that you read in the newspaper, something that happens to someone else’s child. It happens right in our homes under our noses because in most cases, it involves people known and trusted by the family. Don’t be one of those foolish people who think only girls are affected. Boys are equally at risk and affected just as much.

The answer begins with staying aware and vigilant at all times. So please all of you, go through the survivor stories, tips on how you can help an abused child, how you can recognize if abuse is happening and other means of increasing awareness at the CSAA blog here. Also take a look at this report, Study on Child Sexual Abuse 2007 (a downloadable pdf file).

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Education Secretary Michael Gove says that children aged 11 should be reading 50 books a year to improve literacy standards.
We asked three of Britain's leading children's authors and two of our in-house book experts to each pick 10 books, suitable for Year 7 students.
The authors chose books that have brought them huge joy, while expressing their outrage at the "great big contradiction" of Mr Gove's claim to wish to improve literacy while closing libraries across the country.

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Many people deal with kids in a way that they think they do not understand money…This is very funny and sad. Let us run a checklist on what your kids are learning:
- Do your kids realize that everything costs money?
-Do they know that you go off every morning to work your butt out to fill up the ATM so that it has money to give you whenever you need it?
Do they see cash at all…or do they only see you swiping and signing? Handling cash surely helps in learning about cash management.
Does your kid have a piggy bank? It works!
Do you yourself delay some gratification or you are the ‘Can afford it, Must have it’ types. Teaching delayed gratification is a very important lesson for your kids. Later on in life if you want to see them behave responsibly towards money it will be absolutely necessary to teach them this aspect of life.

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Get Your Children to Talk about Character.
Use dilemma discussions. Children love to give their opinions. It makes them feel you value them.
7. Pretend a bully lives next door to you. He calls you names, puts you down in front of other kids and punches you. What will you say? What will you do? Why?
8. Pretend you earned a bad report card. You don’t want to show to your parents. What will you do? Why?
9. Pretend your friends are outdoors playing your favorite game. You’re supposed to finish your chores before you play. Your parents might not notice if you play before you work. What will you do? Why?
Dilemmas like those are easy for children to discuss.
Praise them for their good solutions. When the real dilemmas test their characters, they’ll remember their own good advice. Your discussions will help them do the right thing.
One more thing, don’t easily jump in with your opinion or tell them they’re wrong.

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Reading to your kids is one of the all-time best things you can do with them, and for them. I love reading to my kids, and they love reading with me. It is some of the best quality time ever, and sharing a good book with a child is just a wonderful feeling.
I’ve compiled a list of my all-time favorite children’s books — a list that can start any child’s library. It’s a starting point, to be sure — I’m sure you can think of many more to be included. But these are books I truly love (and my kids do too) and I think most kids and parents will love them. These are mostly time-tested classics, so there might not be too many surprises here, but sometimes it’s useful to be reminded of books we’ve forgotten about.

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