To Protect Children’s Future, Parents Should Stop Protecting Them from Failure

To Protect Children’s Future, Parents Should Stop Protecting Them from Failure
BY Ahmad Amirali

I remember my childhood when my mom always reminded me that failure was not an option in my exams. This philosophy is still running in many homes, but now the competition is now getting much fiercer than before. Now, the race is not against the pass or fail but of achieving higher grades and test scores. Nowadays, students are in more pressure than students twenty years ago. Moreover, this parental desire to see their kids shine leaves little room for children to make their own mistakes and learn from them. The question is, what would be the lifelong threats for a child who is overprotected by his/her parent? Is overcontrolling a hazard to their mental and social growth? Read More …

Why Do Children Misbehave? – Reasons and Solutions

Why Do Children Misbehave? | Reasons and Solutions
By Ahmad Amirali

There were times when parents use to consider every bad behaviour of their child as ‘Misbehaviour’ or disrespectful. The situation is most likely the same nowadays when parents usually ask me ‘I don’t know why my kids’ behaviour is like this or should I consult any doctor or child specialist’. These concerns made me think, why a person who just stepped in this world unable to comprehend their parents. There are many ways to read your child’s behaviour; Books, videos, counselling or, most importantly, talking to your child’s school teacher. However, above every possible way, you, parents are the most likely source where children feel secure and comfortable. Talk to them, try to understand why they behave in a particular way for a specific situation. Read More …

Why Structure and Routine is Important for Children’s Mental and Social Development

Why Structure and Routine is Important for Children’s Mental and Social Development
By Ahmad Amirali

Last week, I happened to engage in a conversation with one of my older students, who is now in high school, about why she still needs to maintain and follow the rules set by their parents at this age.  According to my student, she does not like follow the rules, ‘simple she wants to live her life free from such boundaries’. Although the conversation ended on a peaceful note about the importance of time table and schedule. However, the question just popped in my mind that ‘what makes my student think that routine and structure are hindrances to her freedom? Read More …

Why does Child’s Mood Start Swing after 10 years? Causes and Preventive Measures

Why does Child’s Mood Start Swing after 10 years? Causes and Preventive Measures
By Ahmad Amirali

One of the parents, after school hours, came to me and shared that her child’s behaviour at home is changing since last year. Her level of satisfaction with everything; from dress-codes to cuisine changes rapidly. One moment she seems happy and in a matter of seconds her mood shifts to anger. Overall, her behaviour is getting weird and strange day by day. Is it because of her social group (friend-circle) or is it something else? Read More …

8 Educational Websites for Parents

8 Educational Websites for Parents
By Ahmad Amirali

In my last parent-teacher meeting, I received a complaint from one of the parents, and I must say she had a reason. First, she appreciates me about myreadables and shares some thoughtful reviews with me. However, she humbly asked me:
‘Urdu: آپ ہم والدین کیلۓ کیوں کوئ ریسورس نہیں ڈالتے؟’  ‘English: Why don’t you upload some resources for us, parents, as well?’. So, Parents here is the first instalment of the top 8 websites that help you to engage your child in different activities to practice their reading and math skills.  The resources on these websites are FREE; however, in some sites, you need to make an account. That’s it. I hope you will find these websites helpful in making your child’s reading skills fresh in the upcoming summer break. Read More …

Parental involvement, The Key that Leads to Students’ Success?

Parental involvement, The Key that Leads to Students’ Success?
By Ahmad Amirali

Let me tell you about some myths which I always heard in my childhood ‘your success is based on how much your teacher is investing on you’, ‘if you want success in your exams, follow your teacher’. Why are these assumptions myths? Let’s assume if these are myths, then what factors should be involved in students’ academic success? Is it students’ socioeconomic profile, or the profile of the school in which student is learning. I believe, the most important factor that leads to student success is the extent to which families encourage learning at home and involve themselves in their child’s education. Read More …