How to Hire and Retain Household Help

 Whether you are hiring a full time help or nanny to care for your young children, a part-timer to maintain your bungalow/flat, or a senior care provider to tend to an elderly parent, you are entrusting your help to take care of what you hold most precious – your loved ones, your property and your privacy.

But, there are many concerns and considerations involved with hiring a domestic employee in India – as most of these domestic workers constitute the unorganized/migrant labour population who enter households for their own financial or personal reasons.

 

Below we have compiled a hiring checklist to ensure that you employ the best help for work at home, allowing you a manageable balance between work and life. → Read More

Tips for Parents – On Making New Routines Stick


It is no mystery that children thrive on structure.

 

And now that the revitalizing summer break is over – even the most free-spirited, independent kids do best when they are given clear limits, and understand what is expected of them.

 

This is where routines come in.

 

Family routines and meaningful rituals guides the child’s behaviour and are straightforward, dependable ways of handling day-to-day family life – and its predictable consistency.

 

Here are few simple strategies on how parents can help ease the transition of getting kids-back-to-school-mode. → Read More

How a ‘Participative Approach’ can help maintain your Neighborhood

Every residential colony or society has something unique about its architecture and layout but ultimately it is the people who make it special by building a community around it….

 

While most urban people today live in housing societies or colonies which tend to offer benefits such as – common facilities like security, security, a garden or park, club house, swimming pools, and in many cases service providers (plumbers, electricians etc.), we understand that to enjoy these facilities, proper maintenance of infrastructure is imperative.

 

For smooth functioning of the same, the teams responsible for ensuring this (whether they’re builders or RWAs or apartment complex management) often face various kinds of challenges. At times though, damage control measures applied in some critical situations prove futile because of ineffectual planning or working in silos that result in stress, delays or even hazardous situations. → Read More

Neighborhood Watch – Keeping the Neighborhood Safe

It has been said in one of the holy books that “Far better a neighbor that is near than a brother far off.”

 

How true!

 

In today’s world, though technology makes it possible to have thousands of “friends”, but how many of them actually come to help when needed?

 

The families that make up our neighborhood are possibly one of our best social networks; for when there’s an emergency, it’s more likely that our neighbors are the first ones who step in before even our closest friends or relatives can possibly arrive.

 

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The Benefits of a ‘Connected Neighborhood’

Nikhil recently got a promotion and was being transferred from a small city to a metro. The family, though thrilled about the substantial hike in salary and perks were a little apprehensive. (ahh..Settling down in a new and big city can be quite daunting)…

 

They had heard that people in big cities, sometimes didn’t even know their immediate neighbors. But, when the family actually moved, they were pleasantly surprised.

 

Settling-in issues simply faded away once Nikhil and family became part of their new connected neighborhood. → Read More

Developing Self-Motivation: Ways to get your Child Going

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“My child simply isn’t motivated enough to excel at anything. I must do something about it”. Kareena often envied her friend Komal whose son did well in whatever he took up. Parents of non-achievers sometimes have a misplaced belief that until they don’t use arm twisting techniques, their kids will always lack self-motivation and remain as they are.

 

However, some children are achievers because they are naturally gifted while others achieve success because they love what they’re doing. When children like what they’re doing, they go faster and farther. Parents then don’t need to use bribes and threats to make them do what is required of them.

 

Here are a few useful tips to help develop self-motivation in children. → Read More

How to Teach Kids to Open up and Be Friendly

Ankita is someone who welcomes new experiences and new people. She looks forward to any opportunity to socialize and is the first one to jump into a conversation easily. She has plenty of friends. For her, being friendly and outgoing is natural, energizing and fun. And it doesn’t take much effort at all.

 

Other children are more like Ankita’s friend Rohan. Ever since kindergarten, Rohan has been kind of standoffish, hesitant and shy. He prefers to warm slowly to new people or situations.

 

One of the most challenging things to handle as a parent is how to teach your child to open up, particularly when it comes to making new friends or getting along in his/her peer circle. But if you start early, you can provide your child with the tools and the confidence to become friendlier. → Read More

How to Improve Focus and Concentration in Children

Hello, are you still with me?”. This is a question parents often find themselves asking their children.

 

Young minds are on the front burner of multitasking these days — from surfing the net, to texting, app games, messaging and listening to their ipods – all are grappling for their attention.

 

With so many potential interruptions in this exciting world we live in, trying to do anything that requires concentration often brings intense frustration, anxiety, and demoralization. Yet, helping children to develop concentration skills at an early age, with effective focus strategies can be a basis for long-term success because they cannot describe what they are experiencing and don’t know how to ask for help.

 

Here are some practical and useful tips to help your children get better focused – → Read More

How to Start, Plan and Manage Neighborhood Classes

 

Across our immediate quarters, community projects and classes abound. They can be a great way for people (say, an artist or a homemaker) with skills to earn extra. It can also help strengthen the community and provide positive activities for kids to do after school.

 

What’s more, a good community class if planned and managed is able to reach out to a wide variety of community members. Here’s a list of considerations for you to help make them happen in your own neighborhood. → Read More

6 Good Reasons to Visit your Neighborhood Park

Children need time and love. And they need ‘space’ too.

 

As our cities become more congested with endless suburban development, and many of the vacant lots of our youth having disappeared, do we truly appreciate its full impact on children.

 

In most Delhi/NCR area communities, or even across the country it is becoming rarer to find neighborhood parks that offer unstructured play opportunities for children, passive recreation for all age-groups, and are within walking distance of their homes. Here are 6 good reasons why visiting your local parks can be good for you — → Read More

Childproofing your House

How should you go about childproofing your house? For starters, get on your hands and knees and crawl around the house! Yes, it may sound weird, but it is crucial to check out the critical areas in the house from a child’s perspective. There are many places that may cause accidents as your kid explores his everyday environment.

 

To eliminate the risk of choking, drowning, falling, and getting burned or poisoned, it is very important to childproof your house with safety measures which may seem overwhelming. The bathroom, stairways, kitchen, nursery and common passages top the checklist of areas to cover as the toddler starts crawling or climbing. → Read More

Getting Bugged? The Dos and Don’ts of Pest Control

In spite of the easy availability of ‘baits and sprays’ that aid your home efforts in eradicating pests, it sometimes becomes crucial to seek professional advice on pest control.

Well-equipped with proper training, tools and knowledge, along with a wide range of non-chemical measures to control structural and household pests, professional experts help in preventing deteriorating situations from getting completely out of control. Here are some FAQs on everything you need to know about pest control: → Read More

Going Green and Reducing your Electricity Bill

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As we catch up with congested times, phrases such as “Go green! “Conserve energy” and “Reduce your Carbon Footprint” have begun to have a special significance. Mother Earth faces rising concerns about depleting natural resources and increased costs of energy usage, and without doubt, here is a crucial need for recycling and conservation.

 

There are many things we can do to help. Adults and children in every household should make it a habit to unplug unused appliances, use energy-saving bulbs, and switch off the lights in unoccupied rooms. Here are some more ways to save energy: → Read More

Saying No to Negativity in Your Workplace

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Often referred to as an insidious, cancerous infiltration that silently pervades the work environment – ‘negativity’ is a contagious disease which often leads to episodes of backbiting, bullying, gossips, Positivitycomplaining and hostile feeding of the grapevine. It not only affects co-workers and colleagues at psychological, emotional and physical levels, but is also detrimental to the overall health of the organization.

 

Sue Patton Theole correctly opined in her book ‘The Women’s Book of Courage’ that, “It is easier to avoid the effects of others’ negativity when we question an action or attitude that is appropriately directed at us. If it isn’t, we can choose to sidestep it and let it pass.”

 

Negative energy, like a bad virus, spreads unbelievably fast and destroys the productivity and morale of the entire team. But you do not have to be a manager or leader in order to curb this outbreak. Every employee, no matter what level they’re at, can lead the way in making the workplace more positive. Here are some easily implemented ideas: → Read More

Top 5 Questions Parents should Ask while Choosing a Kindergarten

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Experts suggest that 90% of all brain development occurs by the age of five. If we don’t begin thinking about education in the early years, our children are at risk of falling behind by the time they start Kindergarten.
Robert. L. Ehrlich 

 

It’s not surprising to be ‘anxious’ for parents who are preparing to send their tiny-tots to their first “big school”.

 

How to go about picking the right kindergarten school? → Read More

Detoxifying Kids to make them ‘Media Healthy’

With the youth adopting technology and media at unfathomable rates, a large section of today’s children are connected to the internet, watch reality shows, have a presence on various social media platforms or own personal laptops, tablets, cell phones, iPods and MP3 devices.

 

Young children are particularly vulnerable to being influenced and are unable to demarcate reality from the make-believe. Inundated with media that is heavy on a dose of wealth and materialism, these children get the message early and presume that the way to distinguish themselves is with money, or with fame. → Read More

The 5 Characteristics of Successful People

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Success. Our mind can sometimes get ourselves stuck in the way we think of our own dreams.

 

Why?

 

For it has the ability to convince us that something is impossible long before we give it our best effort. A mental surrender that can say, “I cannot do this”. “I cannot make it for sure”. “It is just not possible”.

 

So before anything else, we need to reinforce our own mind so that it doesn’t get in the way of dreams – our dreams of becoming successful in whatever we choose to pursue. With this state of mind and the following characteristics, we overcome the challenging route to discipline one’s self to accomplish monumental goals ahead of us. → Read More

Let Them Go off the Hook: Bringing up Smart and Independent Kids

Sometimes as parents we tend to block the way to our child’s independence by satisfying their needs with a ready to serve platter – ready to eat, ready to wear; even ready to read or do more for your child (some of us do their homework as well).

 

But is this healthy?

 

Most of us don’t think so! But inadvertently it is often stymied by well-intentioned, but misguided parents. → Read More

Information Sharing as a ‘Form of Giving’

Sharing is not new, it’s Human Nature. We share things when it’s relevant, and enriches the lives of people around us.

 

In daily lives, several times you have a question but do not know who to ask. For instance, you may need trusted advice from a doctor when your child is feeling unwell or need to locate the best places around to buy stuff or eat out.  At other times you may be looking for summer classes for kids, or simply tips on staying healthy. All this becomes easy when you are connected to real people and communities around you – and to those who can help you find a good experience, and save you from a bad one. → Read More

Mom Squad: Ways to make your Fussy Eater try New, Healthy foods

“If you make me eat cabbage, I will die!” my 6-year-old daughter wailed when I mixed cabbage with peas at my lunch table. The ultimate horror! But then, she’s hardly the only child to declare mortal danger from cabbage. Others eat only white food, won’t go near nutritious veggies like spinach or beans, and even make ‘yucky faces’ on occasions of having to eat salads or curd along with their meal.

 

In fact, there is an increasing recognition of eating disorders within the multicultural Indian population according to a study in Indian Academy of Paediatrics. Though most fusspots among children are common, and tend to lessen with age, you probably still feel that you should do something if your child is living off Domino’s Pizzas and MacD burgers every other day. Here are some tips to tackle pickiness and encourage healthy food choices for your child – → Read More

3 Amazing DIY Crafts for 4-6 year Olds

It is no secret that craft projects not only teach children added skills, but also encourages them to think creatively.

  wow         An intriguing study reveals that ‘the most successful of all scientists, Nobel laureates, and thinkers have one unsuspecting but common secret: multiple avocations/hobbies of art and craft’ as a child.

 

Indeed imaginative craft activities tend to use the widest range of mental tools, and teach kids to bring their own imaginations to life.

Here are some amazing, easy DIY craft projects to suit your 5 year olds time and agenda – → Read More

Who Killed India’s Growth Machine?

A poem by Mr. Nadir Godrej, Advisory Board Member – LocalCircles 

 

Our economy was very bright

And everything was going right.

Why double digits were in sight

But suddenly we had a blight.

Now five percent seems like a stretch.

The hero has become a wretch.

Indeed there are suspects galore

And I don’t think we can be sure

Who did it but we can guess

What the origin is of this mess.

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Top Ways: How to Remain in Touch with Children while Travelling

 “My travel schedule kicks back into high gear this week.”

 

“Dad needs to leave this Saturday, without me. To work. To do good. I understand – though.”

 

As an involved parent, when business trips take you away from home – sometimes it is hard to respond to the sad emotions of your child, lest making them go away.

 

We may not understand the intensity of a child’s feelings, but can do plenty of things to support our children while being absent. With a little more thought and planning, here are few ideas you can adapt to suit your child’s age and family situation. → Read More