Every Parent’s Duty : To save your kids from falling prey to these habits

by Ashish Gupta, March 5, 2017

“Chains of habits are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken” – Warren Buffett.

Habits are a fixed pattern of behaving, thinking or feeling. Any action becomes a habit when it is repeated over and over again without any conscious effort to do so. In fact, research has shown that your habits have an imprint on your neural pathways, meaning, that traces of these habits can be seen in your memory and brain. Good habits have never been a problem but, forming good habits is a demanding task. On the other hand, bad habits are easy to retain but altering them can be a back-breaking mission. As the saying goes, ‘Prevention is better than cure’, here are some habits that your child should avoid.

  • Staring at a computer screen for long hours.habitsblog_1

In recent years, technology has entered our lives and enriched them in many ways. Most of us have jobs which require us to stare at a screen for a long time. However, even children are exposed to such stimuli through their excessive use of computers, TVs, Video games, Tablets, etc. Such an exposure has shown to have adverse effects on children. Children are at risk for early Myopia and Computer Vision Syndrome.

 

  • Not having enough play timehabitsblog_2

We live in a competitive world where everybody is striving to be the best. Children’s play time has significantly decreased in the last decade. This has drastically affected their social skills, confidence and made them feel more isolated, low on energy, anxious and depressed.

 

  • Not reading enoughhabitsblog_3

Gone are the days when children read novels, comic books and fairy tales. Nowadays, children watch movies and cartoons as a substitute. Most of them do not have the time to read or find it boring. Reading has shown to improve a child’s imagination, verbal skills, command over language, creativity and it also has academic benefits.

Click here to know more about the benefits reading holds for kids.

 

  • Eating excessive junk foodhabitsblog_4

We have always heard how we become what we eat. Physical fitness is closely related to mental health and intelligence. With childhood obesity on the rise, it is important to take into consideration the repercussions of unhealthy eating habits. Children are more prone to Asthma, chronic diseases, low energy which in turn, can affect their self-image and result in low self-confidence.

 

  • Not questioning enoughhabitsblog_5

Children are trained in classrooms to never ask enough questions. In fact, most of them dislike studies and equate it with boredom and distress. Asking frequent doubts in class is seen as embarrassing. However, instilling the value of critical doubt in them will only help them become better as future researchers and inventors.

Click here to know how it affects their Cognitive development.

 

We at ScienceUtsav work towards giving this freedom to children where they are provided with a non-judgmental environment to explore their ideas, doubts freely and look at the fun side of science.

 

Was this blog helpful?

What methods have you implemented to ensure your kids avoid these habits mentioned?

Is there an ill-habit to be avoided that we missed out?

Do let us know in the comments section below

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1 Comment


    • Alka
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    • March 5, 2017

    Yes... Definitely it is quite helpful provided v work on these. I think v have to become first of all friend of our kids so tag they share each and every thing with us without any hesitation. I have told this to my daughter and she tells every small thing so whenever she comes across any abusive word she comes and asks me. Sometimes I have notices even she has started using those words so then and there I do the rectification. Another thing I have set the screen time in a day for her. See exposure to the gazers is necessary in today's world but limitations should be from our side only. Reading is boring for her then I have asked her to read the newspaper rather I m forcing her to read the newspaper so that interest will develop and I have subscribed robinage newspaper for her to make reading interesting for her. Parents should take out time for their kids. That is utmost important and need. Spending time with the kid is the greatest investment I think.

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