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The current generation of kids are growing up on a staple dose of phones tablets and other internet- based devices.

One hour of screen time a day is associated with higher consumption of high fat and high sugar food. […]

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Environmentalist Foundation of India (E.F.I) is a wildlife conservation and habitat restoration group. A not for profit trust, E.F.I focuses on real-time and result oriented conservation efforts

E.F.I is known for its work in cleaning & scientific restoration of lakes & ponds in India for biodiversity. E.F.I has restored 107 water bodies in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Pondicherry and Gujarat in the last 12 years (2007 to 2019). […]

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Have you ever wondered about life outside Earth? If there are other beings like us roaming in some far away rock? Good news is that you are not alone in thinking so. Many intelligent minds have been asking these questions for many many years! Before we take a look outside let us take look at our very own ‘Blue Rock’ – The Earth. […]

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In our previous article we spoke about the beginning of everything; Everything started with the Big Bang. Now we ask ourselves what happened after and if it has an end. Our universe has been there for a very long time. About 13.8 billion years (that’s 9 zeros after 13!), so what happens now? Will our universe be there forever? With all the astronomy we have learned till now we will try to answer a few questions and in the process make new ones.

Let’s start by saying that our universe is like a big balloon with many dots. As we blow air into the balloon, the dots move further apart. Here we present our first case.
For understanding the next part, let’s do a thought experiment. Imagine you have hot water, a plate and a glass. You pour hot water onto both glass and plate. Which water will cool first?

One way to understand this at basic level is to know that more spread out something is, faster it cools. Now let’s come back to the universe. Our universe which is a balloon is getting big; our dots are moving apart. Therefore, things are spreading apart as our balloon universe is getting bigger and bigger. And from the thought experiment we know that this will make our universe colder and colder. And what happens when you cool things too much? They freeze. This end of universe is called Cold Death.

*Fun Experiment:*
Take a balloon. Draw some dots on the balloon. Now blow air into it. You will see that the dots move apart as you blow more and more air into it.
Treat this as an analogy to the Expanding Universe

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Why may your child be getting angry:

I am going to focus todays topic on children who have difficulty managing emotions such as anger. Neurotypical children and children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism, Tourettes typically tend to get angry at times.

Here are certain possible causes for what makes your child angry:

The child may not be getting what he or she wants
The child may be asked to do something that they don’t want to do
Some children may lack social skills such as kids with ADHD and maybe bullied at school
Some other kids may be so disorganised that they forget their homework, get called out in class and eventually get stressed.

I am going to give you certain tips that I use at my clinic to manage anger and help children regulate their emotions.

1. Get your Childs vestibular system working. When we invert our heads for short periods of time in the day like a few seconds we regulate and organise our nervous system. Hanging upside down from monkey bars, trees and a sofa is very calming on the nervous system and can help calm an angry child.

2. Take a magazine and cut out faces of people with different emotions such as anger, sadness, happy faces and calm face. Ask your child questions such as which one of these faces represent anger/ sadness/ joy. Identifying their own emotions helps children to label and identify their friends and other peoples emotions too. This is a good starting point for children to know when and how to approach another person when they express different emotions. It also helps a child recognise the point at which they get angry.

3. Ask the children what makes them angry or upset?
What do they do when they feel angry or upset?
How do they stop being angry or calm themselves down?

4. Practise mindfulness with your children everyday. Ask your child to take 5 deep in breaths every time they get angry. This can be started in children as young as three years of age.

5. Make two cards for your child. In one card write down, ‘When I am angry I can sing a song’, In another write down, ‘When I am angry I can remember a happy time, like the visit to the beach/ fun park’. Put these cards in their pocket everyday. Ask them to reach out to these cards and read them every time that they get angry.

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Long long ago a star was born in the milky way, a baby star. The baby star had a disk of things going around it. As the star grew older, the things going around started forming lumps called ‘Planets’, adding more members to the star’s family. The planets were a bit different from the star. There were 10 of them in the beginning. […]

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One of the reasons why your child may have picky eating problems is he/she has something called Sensory Processing Disorder. For ease of reading, let us call these kids as sensory kids. Kids who are picky eaters at a very young age tend to remain so as they grow up into adulthood. […]

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The first thing that would come to your mind while reading the title, would be a clock or a watch and the numbers on it. Have you ever wondered how these numbers and figures came to be? […]

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School can sometimes be too stressful for us. We are tested constantly, we have to memorise facts and some of us try to memorise study material one night before tests. At times, as teachers we feel overwhelmed too while dealing with kids that struggle to memorise things. We do not know how to best help the kids in our classroom.  Tests after tests it feels like when is this cramming of facts going to stop. […]

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In the middle of a concrete jungle in Sholinagnallur, Chennai, Jayanthi Prakash proudly displays her sprawling terrace garden, a result of her hard work and love. It’s beautiful to see more than 500 plants look so colourful, well-fed and happy. […]

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What causes restlessness

There is a certain system (sense) located in our muscles and joints which provides us with an ability to know where our body is in space. This is called proprioception. It also tells us how much force and pressure needs to be used to do various activities. In some of us little people the brain doesn’t talk to the joints and tell the joints how much force needs to be used, where is the body located in space and so on. In some of us this sense does not work very well. In such cases we tend to move a lot, we don’t like sitting in one place, we may choose to bump and crash to play, we may bite on pencil tips and chew on our shirt collars. […]

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A long long time ago everything we see and feel around us like gadgets, automobiles, houses, plants, our environment at large and even the Sun was no bigger than a tiny little seed. This seed was made of pure energy. One day this seed exploded. It was the brightest explosion ever, called the Big Bang. It was the beginning of our world and the beginning of time. This seed as it exploded got bigger and bigger like a balloon. As the balloon got bigger things started changing. For a period of time there was no light in our world and this period was called the dark ages. Then the first light from the explosion, lit up the world. […]

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A constellation is a group of stars making a recognisable pattern in the sky. There are 88 official constellations. Throughout the year Sun crosses 12 constellations, namely Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces. This is used in western Astrology and is commonly called as Zodiac signs. Zodiac sign of a period corresponds to position of Sun among these Zodiac- Constellations. For example, if it’s Scorpio Zodiac period then Sun is in Scorpius Constellation. Depending on the month and date of your birth, you can find out your Zodiac sign! Do you know yours? […]

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For a long time, the word “fitness” only meant long walks and some stretching for me. But then came along Padmananbhan aka Paddu, a fitness trainer and coach who completely changed my meaning of fitness. […]

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Homework and struggles with doing homework always comes up as a topic of discussion with me. Some of us forget to write down the homework topics at school, some of us are not organised, we don’t know where our homework books are, we don’t keep our writing tools in place to note down things in time. For some others amongst us we just don’t want to do it because it is boring, long and difficult. Here are some quick tips to solve your homework problems. […]

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