Parenting with Positivism : Issue 5

As you get all set for the warmth of your home with a piece of raisin cake, sit your little champions down, and tell them the Santa story.Talk about Christmas as the time of giving and sharing. If you could, read up and tell your kids about St.Nicholas,who turned Christmas into a gift-giving season. Have fun, dress up as Santa, and let your kids be Santa’s little elves! Sing some Christmas Carols!

We found a nice website which talks about the story and the traditions: http://www.whychristmas.com/

For New Year, this is a brilliant opportunity to explain months, years and passing of time to your children. For the slightly older ones, perhaps New Years’ resolution-making could be put in place. Celebrate the old and welcome the new as your child gets ready for another year of their awesome life!

Gifting ideas for Christmas and New Year

Celebrate the spirit of giving, caring and sharing with your kids this end of the year.

  • Help them make some utility item from waste and make ‘Best out of waste’
  • Help them make candles, masks, wreaths and other small decorative items for gifting.
  • You can even help them bake some Christmas cakes and cookies for their friends.
  • Help them even dress up as Santa with a red gown, mask and big belly and distribute the gifts to their dear and near ones and also the needy.

Spirit of giving

Please engage your children to do some service activity, to inculcate a sense of social service. Let your kids collect items for donating from neighborhood, and send them to old age homes, orphanage, etc where they do some service activity. When children start caring for people from a very small age, they become better persons.

Warm winters for homeless

Let your child think of homeless in the street. Talk to them about the difficulties they face in winters without a proper shelter or home without proper clothing or proper food. Let your child realize how fortunate they are to have a close knit family, home and all the basic amenities as well as luxuries needed in life. Think of ways you and your child can arrange for blankets and food for the needy! Perhaps they could be kept busy by making greeting cards for one and all too!

Vacation ideas

Spending quality time during vacation

Winter is knocking at the door and it is time to snuggle up with a good book in front of a fireplace and enjoy a hot cup of tea or coffee in bed every morning.

Winter is also a good time to go on a vacation with your family and friends.

Where ?- Some winter holiday destinations in India

  • Rajasthan: Royal State
  • Kerala : God’s own country
  • Kashmir: Paradise on Earth
  • Auli – Uttrakhand
  • Goa – Pearl of the Orient
  • Andaman Island
  • Dharamsala andMcleodganj – Himachal Pradesh
  • Corbett National Park – Uttarkhand

Pack for travel

Food is one of the major concern when it comes to travel. To stay healthy and avoid eating from unhygienic places it’s advisable to carry homemade eatables.

  • Prepare homemade snacks like – mathri, kachori, sevnamkeen, thepla. These savory snacks can not only last longer but are also filling enough. Bake a cake and cut into pieces and pack it in an airtight container.
  • Carry packed snacks like biscuits, crackers and cookies. Do not carry chips etc. as they might crush and be spoiled. You can also carry small packs of juices and yoghurt if you have space for a cooler.
  • At the start of the travel day make sandwiches, pooris, paranthas and pack them in clear clings or food packs. The rolls are very easy to eat!
  • Carry paper napkins, paper plates and disposable spoons and glasses.
  • Also, don’t forget to carry couple of garbage bags. Collect the things to throw in the bag and whenever you see a garbage bin, dispose it off.

Food: Healthy Soup for winters

Carrot soup served with a sprinkle of sesame seeds and crispy fried spinach.

Preparation Time: 16-20 minutes Cooking time: 26-30 minutes
  • Main Ingredients
  • Carrots grated 5 medium
  • Fresh spinach leaves (palak) shredded
  • 2 cups Sesame seeds (til) toasted
  • 4 teaspoons Butter
  • 1 tablespoon Cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic chopped
  • 4 cloves Ginger chopped 1 inch piece
  • Vegetable stock 4 cups
  • Potato boiled and mashed 1
  • Black peppercorns crushed 2 teaspoons
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil to deep fry

Method

Heat the butter in a pan, add cumin seeds and when they begin to change colour add garlic, ginger and carrots.Add one cup stock and cook till the carrots are soft. Remove from heat, cool and puree. Pour the puree into a pan and add the mashed potato, remaining stock, crushed peppercorns and salt.Cook, stirring continuously, till soup comes to a boil and is well blended. Pass the soup through a strainer. For crisp spinach, heat sufficient oil in a wok, add the spinach and deep fry till crisp. Drain on absorbent paper.Pour the soup into individual bowls, garnish with crisp spinach and sprinkle sesame seeds. Serve immediately.

Plan a staycation if not a vacation

Although visiting someplace new can be fun, so can putting away all of your phones and tablets and other electronic devices, and just spending time with your kids. If you have the vacation time but you can’t plan a trip to travel, stay home. Let each person in your family designate a specific day for their favorite activity. For instance, if your youngest child likes games, Monday can be game day. Tuesday can be Zoo Day, Wednesday can be park day, and so on. At the end of your vacation, your kids will feel closer to you, and they will see that you are prioritizing their interests, even if you never leave your city.

Whatever you choose, if you plan carefully and choose something family friendly, you will be off to a good start.
Have a great year and enjoy the holidays.

We wish you a Merry Christmas
We wish you a Merry Christmas
We wish you a Merry Christmas
and a Happy New Year