“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.
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 time
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 enough
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.
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- Eating excessive junk food
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 enough
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.
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.
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