Category: Parental Involvement

From the Heart of The Students’ Curious Mind

From the Heart of The Students’ Curious Mind
By Ahmad Amirali

While working on my assignment, I analysed my previous year student classwork task (I usually take snaps of my classroom activities and students’ performance to later show them to parents in PTMs). I found a student note in which he asked me a series of questions about the question I asked during the session on Crusades. I smile for a moment because suddenly, the whole school term just flashed into my eyes, reminding me how different and curious today’s generation is. I wonder, what makes them question the question or even question the reason?  Is it a student’s way to explore reasons for the reason, or is it just a time-killing strategy? Continue reading “From the Heart of The Students’ Curious Mind”

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

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

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 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 were under 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 their parent? Is overcontrolling a hazard to their mental and social growth? Continue reading “To Protect Children’s Future, Parents Should Stop Protecting Them from Failure”

Why Do Children Misbehave? – Reasons and Solutions

Why Do Children Misbehave? | Reasons and Solutions

There were times when parents 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 is a person who just stepped into 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, 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. Continue reading “Why Do Children Misbehave? – Reasons and Solutions”

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

Last week, I happened to engage in a conversation with one of my older students, who are now in high school, about why she still needs to maintain and follow the rules set by their parents at this age.  My student does not like following the rules, ‘simple, she wants to live her life free from such boundaries’. However, 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? Continue reading “Why Structure and Routine is Important for Children’s Mental and Social Development”

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

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

One of the parents, after school hours, came to me and shared that her child’s behaviour at home has changed since last year. Her satisfaction with everything, from dress codes to cuisine, changes rapidly. One moment she seems happy, but her mood shifts to anger in seconds. 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?

First of all, parents, children from the age of 10 start developing their thinking skills and behaviour. It seems they are grown-ups. However, it’s not always the case. While some will start looking and acting more mature, others will remain more child-like physically and emotionally. Remember that 10 to 14 years is the period of change for them. It is a transition that can offer challenges and delights as children start to embrace the approach of adolescence. Mood swings are one of the ‘developmental’ aspects of this change or transition. Continue reading “Why does Child’s Mood Start Swing after 10 years? Causes and Preventive Measures”