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Parenting in times of pandemic

Posted on November 19, 2020 at 6:30 AM




Hello #kipsfamily!


We thought it has been a long time we have not posted anything about parenting, so here we are. We have found ourselves in the middle of a pandemic all of a sudden and it has surely taken longer than expected. So we are stuck with this situation and we have to get adopted to it. At least we have the weather getting nicer everyday in Qatar and we have surely learned the way to live our lives protecting ourselves and loved ones. 

Living in Qatar, we are all lucky that we have enough open space to share, many places to enjoy with being socially distance. On top of this, we have some recommendations for you to have these difficult times pass as smooth as possible. 

Don't worry, don't stress yourself. 

Please don't worry if your child is feeling stuck in this situation. As long as we are okay, they are okay. Children take the clue from you, whatever the situation is. We will make this experience a good one for them and make them feel nothing is actually wrong.

Be honest

Always be honest to your children, as this is what they expect from you. Don't hesitate to talk to your child about these times, be open and loving. Give your child a chance to understand the things going on and that these masks will not be a part of our lives forever. You can tell them that this situation is taking longer than expected, but it will be over. You can explain that the virus is going around from one person to another, but we have to be careful until it leaves. And it will leave, we will just wait.

Enjoy your times together

Always try to find a way to enjoy your life the best way you can with your child. Keep an eye on the activities we do and talk about them, do similar themed activities at home, read to your child regularly and spend quality time when you are together. Find some spots that you can enjoy outside, with a chance of social distancing.

Please don't hesitate to talk to us or ask any issue about parenting, we will do our best to help you out. We are all together in this and we support each other the best way we can!

Stay safe and blessed!

DIY Play Dough

Posted on November 16, 2020 at 6:40 AM

We are aware that we all are struggling for a long long time with uncertain lifestyle, and we have been carrying a lot on our shoulders for a long time. We are sure you have been trying to find ways to spend some quality time with your little ones. This week, we have made Play-Dough at school and we thought its the perfect opportunity to share a recipe with you, that you can make together at home. You can even ask your child to teach you how to do it, providing the necessary ingredients.


 

Get creative and make your child's favorite color dough, making pasta, pizza, cupcakes and many more things....

 

You will need,

8 tbsp plain flour

2 tbsp table salt

60ml warm water

Food colouring

1 tbsp vegetable oil

The method:

 

1. Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl mix together the water, a few drops of food colouring and the oil.

2. Pour the coloured water into the flour mix and bring together with a spoon.

3. Dust a work surface with a little flour and turn out the dough. Knead together for a few minutes to form a smooth, pliable dough. If you want a more intense colour you can work in a few extra drops of food colouring.

4. Store in a plastic sandwich bag (squeeze out the air) in the fridge to keep it fresh. You can make a batch of colours and give away as kids’ party bag favours or hold a playdough party for your child’s next birthday.


 

A Book About Kindness, #Kind #WordKindnessDay

Posted on November 12, 2020 at 9:40 AM

This week, we have selected a book that is so on point, as the World Kindness Day is approaching... Today we are celebrating the World Kindness Day in KIPS, which actually is on 13 November 2020, Saturday. So we have selected the book "Kind" for you, a book that tells our children that a world full of kindness and good manners is possible, and it makes everyone happy.

 

This book is written by the author Alison Green and illustrated by 38 illustrators from all over the world, in the leadership of Alex Scheffler. It also has a foreword by Alex Scheffler. This book's each page is illustrated by different illustrators, each of them has been introduced with their own pictures in the first pages of the book.

 

This book has another beautiful meaning, that it's £1 from the sale of each printed copy will go to the Three Peas charity, which gives vital help to refugees from war-torn countries.

 

You will enjoy reading this book to your loved one, and talk about a world where everyone is kind to each other.

 

#worldkindnessday


A classic, Owl Babies

Posted on September 6, 2020 at 10:40 AM

This week's library choice is Owl Babies. A heartwarming story of three owls, waiting for their mommy.

Owl Babies is a 1992 book by Martin Waddell and illustrated by Patrick Benson. It is about three owlets that wake up one night to find their mother gone, worry about her absence, but are then elated when she inevitably returns from her night flight.

 

This book is teaching our kids that no matter what, our mommy is always there for us and we do not have to worry... Three siblings are discussing where their mother might be. They are trying to soothe each other about their mother, while they are all worried. But their mother comes back flying and they all understand that there is no need to worry, that their mommy is always there for them, and will always come back.

 

Here is the story with the original illustration from the book, animated so nicely.


Choosing the Right Book

Posted on August 12, 2020 at 10:50 AM

Reading books to children brings an enormous amount of benefits, from emotional bonds between adults and children, to language learning, to expanding children’s imagination and to fostering the love of books.

 

You do not have to wait the bedtime to read a book to your child. You can have some reading time during the day, and enjoy being with your child, spending some quality time, and get lost in the imaginary worlds that the books provide. Your child needs to listen to your voice, see your mimics and reactions to the stories taking place in the books... The more he enjoys reading the books with you, it will soon become a good habit and you will see your child blossoming into this bookworm that loves to discover new worlds...


 

But how do we choose a good children’s book?

 

 

 

 

A good book should have nice and eye catching, peaceful illustrations to start with. Checking the book's pictures, one thing you can see is how the illustrations look. Do they look peaceful? Do they look spooky? Observe the pictures and you will should a clue what the story is all about. Make sure to choose books with bigger artworks that catch children’s attention and memory. You do not have to stick with the text of the book, you can always look at the pictures and talk about the images in the background, and relate them with the story.

 

A good book contains characters who leave a good imprint in our children’s minds. What traits or characteristics do we like our children to acquire from the characters of the books we are reading to them? This is an important point that parents must consider.

 

 

Imagination Enhancement

 

The more you reward your child with new stories, they will have the idea of the real world and imagination. This will enable your child to be able to make imaginary games and boost their imagination. Seeing unicorns, dinosaurs, princesses and many more story characters that are not realistic will expand their imagination more and more as you read...

 

 

Vocabulary Enrichment

 

Books with rhyming words, repetitive sounds, and sound patterns make it easy for children to remember words. You can make up some funny games with the rhymes, you can even create your own song to the book. Your child may not be able to understand every word you have said during the first readings, but children love to repeat what they enjoy with their parents. The more you read, the more your child will understand the wording and the expressions.

 

Lesson of the Story

 

What lesson do we like our children to learn? Good manners, love, embracing diversity, helping others, respecting elders, friendship, name it. If you do not have time to pre-read the book to understand the moral of the story, you can always make a quick research in Google and find out what the book is all about.

Trouble choosing the right book?

If you have to choose your books online, we advise you to check out the story from internet first. You can find a good publisher or a writer & illustrator duo that you trust and get their books if you feel like you are stuck.

 

Making sure the books are fine...

 

Please make sure that you point out the importance of treating our books nicely to your children, to be able to read them in the future... You can kindly say "No, ripping the pages and painting the books is not good", and later when everything is settled you can tell about how important books are for our lives. You can always repair the books with your child if they are damaged.

 



 


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