Driving away fear from children

August 8, 2020 12:30 pm

In the eyes of a child, the world can be a scary place. Young children are afraid of many things, and parents have a difficult time identifying and addressing them. Reassuring children of their safety is often a challenge too. For that, parents need to understand their children better and also know the reason for their insecurities. Primary school-age children's common fears could be both real and imaginary. It is natural for them to be afraid of things they do not understand or cannot control. Often children are insecure because they are still learning to cope with their feelings, as early as two to three years of age. As children grow, factors that trigger their fear also change.

Worth of stories

July 20, 2020 16:49 pm

Once upon a time..." Just the sound of these words is enough for children and adults to get a special twinkle in their eyes. Suddenly we are heading into a fantasy world where anything can happen. The children’s' eyes are shining and their mouths are wide open. The magic has occurred. You are together in an entirely different world where time and place does not exist. You can let your mind wander and let your imagination run riot. Science shows that stories have a big influence on children's views on gender and cultural roles. The adventure and characters that children experience through stories are almost certain to have lifelong impact. Stories will convey values, beliefs, attitudes and social norms. It will affect children's perception of reality. Children will relate to the different characters, and learn how to behave, think and act, just by being inspired by the characters they meet in the stories. They learn determination and empathy from the character of the story. They dream to put themselves in that position and act as the character of the story.  They have seen some character of the story struggling a lot and failing in getting succeeded many times. That scene of the story will help them to build a confidence to try and the resilience to fail and try again till they get succeeded. Children’s imagination is a combination of what they see, think, observe, understand and perceive the things around their world. Children will also develop what is known as thought of mind. Essentially this is related to their ability and putting themselves in others shoes. It is essential that creativity and imagination that allows the children to thrive bring creativity choice and changeability into every story they read and as an observer the imagination of the children take in wide.

In his seminal book “Pedagogy of the Oppressed,” the famous Brazilian educator and philosopher Paulo Freire states that education should be a means to "the practice of freedom”, suggesting that those engaged in education—both educators and students—should find critical and creative ways to participate in the process of transformation of their society. Although published more than 50 years ago, Freire’s ideas on the role of education and educators are equally relevant at present.

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health problems in children and adolescents. Children and adolescents experience fear, nervousness, shyness and avoidance of places and activities that persist at times despite the helpful efforts of parents, caretakers and teachers. Anxiety likes to box us into all or nothing thinking, overgeneralizing and jumping to conclusions. Anxiety can make kids sound argumentative, illogical and angry. Children who suffer with an anxiety disorder typically have impairment in multiple domains of daily functioning.

Anger management in children

June 21, 2020 10:41 am

Anger is usually a response to danger. It is also a form of self-expression, and sometimes, a way for children to show their independence. For little children, it is also a cry for help. During the lockdown, schools are closed and children are at home. They are not able to go out and play or interact with their friends. This causes frustration in children, resulting in aggressive behavior. There are plenty of other reasons for young children to be angry about it.

Minister Gurung assured that the development of child-friendly spaces is one of the priorities of the government, and sincere efforts are being made to ensure that mental health and well-being of children living in quarantine centers is not compromised.

How women suffer during a pandemic

April 18, 2020 13:46 pm

The COVID-19 pandemic has not only affected the global health care system but has taken the lives of thousands of people. At this time of crisis, women and girls are highly affected. United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres has time and again emphasized that women and girls are the most vulnerable at times of pandemic and they face the highest risk of suffering and devastating loss in times of such health crisis. Pregnant, expecting mothers and the ones who have recently undergone postpartum struggle to get access to basic health care during the COVID-19 pandemic as per the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). World's already overburdened health care system has started to leave behind this group of women who need regular health check-ups for their and their children’s wellbeing.

Learning during lockdown

March 28, 2020 11:14 am

Due to the threat of coronavirus pandemic, all academic instructions, including schools, colleges, and universities have been shut down. This presents parents with the challenge of entertaining and educating their children during this forced break. I am sure not all children will be excited at the thought of learning during this time, but that situation is going to change soon. The euphoria of a break will soon wear off, and then children will feel pretty empty because the schools will remain closed for at least a few more weeks. Let us not think about more time than that at the moment.

The Younglings of...

February 17, 2020 13:05 pm

The younglings of tailor Grew-up in shorts With collage of patches The cobbler's in crepe Torn and yawning, The fisherman’s with saliva… Blue and salty.

KATHMANDU, Feb 4: UNICEF Germany patron Elke Budenbender, who is currently on a visit to Nepal, has apprised herself of the status of children here and of the steps taken by UNICEF for the long-term solution to the challenges facing Nepal's children.

Cold wave hits children hard in Banke

December 28, 2019 14:45 pm

NEPALGUNJ, Dec 28: With mercury dipping, the children from the economically backward community have been hit hard. The children staying in various brick kilns with their parents are suffering from common cold, pneumonia and so on due to cold wave in recent days.

Brad Pitt will be spending the day with 13-year-old Shiloh and 11-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne whom he shares with ex-wife Angelina Jolie, the outlet quoted a source.

Leaving no one behind

October 22, 2019 01:00 am

Nepal’s social protection schemes have contributed to addressing vulnerabilities associated with different stages of life but access to social protection remains uneven and uncoordinated

Ever since Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh made their relationship official by getting hitched, people have time and again questioned them about their plans on starting a family together.

HARARE, Aug 11:  It is only a few hours since Zimbabwe’s schools closed for month-long August holidays, and 13-year-old Tanyaradzwa is already milling outside a bar “doing business,” he says.

It is clear that there are many benefits to living in the ‘digital age’. Yet it is also important to remember that children should also enjoy the world beyond their screens and can benefit from less screen time.

Wilson Cruz, a co-star in the new Hulu animated children’s series “The Bravest Knight,” describes the show’s dad couple this way: “We’re not explaining homosexuality, or same-gender sexuality. We’re talking about the love of a family.

UNITED NATIONS, July 27:  A Saudi Arabia-led military coalition fighting in Yemen killed or injured 729 children during 2018, accounting for nearly half the total child casualties, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a report to the Security Council on Friday that blacklisted the coalition for a third year.

LAHAN, July 21: Five people including three children died in separate incidents that took place in the district on Saturday. Five-year-old Sandhya Kumari Shah, the daughter of Pramod Kumar Shah of Siraha municipality-12, died after being bitten by a poisonous snake. She was playing in front of her house when she was bitten by the snake.

DAMAK, July 17: In Jhapa, children are at the highest risk of being harmed by floods and landslides. Ravaging floods have already (until Monday) killed three children in the district.

DOLAKHA, July 16: In our culture, we have always been taught to regard our parents as god. However, some children are found abandoning and neglecting their parents during their old age, when they need support the most.

Siblings drown in brick kiln pond

July 2, 2019 18:15 pm

MYAGDI, July 2: Two children drowned today in a brick kiln pond at Jamune of Myagde rural municipality-1 in Tanahu.

KATHMANDU, June 29: Female children are more vulnerable than male children to going missing, according to the Children Search Coordination Center (CSCC) unit of Nepal Police. The CSCC says a total of 3,204 children - 2,226 females and 978 males - have been reported missing till mid-June of the current fiscal year. Of these children, only 440 male children and 1,012 female children who had gone missing under various circumstances could be rescued, says Inspector Mohan Bikram Dahal at the CSCC .

KATHMANDU, June 26: The Fourth Walkathon will be organized coming Saturday in Kathmandu, to symbolically draw the attention of concerned authorities to the plight facing rural school children who around bound to walk for hours to get to education.

Why teachers are important

June 22, 2019 01:05 am

A teacher’s importance is very well represented by the above doha.  If both God and teacher were standing together, who would you respect first? It asks. Giving due respect to the teacher Kabir says, ‘I would respect the teacher first, who would then show me the way to reach God’. It is a very simple thought, but a very heavy one at that. You might be thinking ‘who are you to tell us about a teacher?’  I agree with you.  It is beyond me to explain the complexities of a guru/ teacher, still this week I felt like writing about the importance of being a teacher.  Now that I have decided to write, I better tell you why teachers are important in our life.

DHANGADHI, June 16: It has been more than a week since Santoshi Dhami, a 10th grader at Sharada Secondary School, Jugeda, has not been able to go to school as the ravaging storm on June 6 blew her books, notebooks and school uniform.

TIKAPUR, June 13: The poor financial condition of most of the people of Sonaha community living in Geruwa Rural Municipality of Bardiya has compelled their children to assist their families instead of going to schools.

NEW YORK, June 12: “At least 19 children have reportedly been killed in Sudan and another 49 have been injured since June 3. I am gravely concerned at the impact of the continuing violence and unrest in the country on children and young people, especially the reported use of excessive force against peaceful protestors.

KATHMANDU, June 7: Nepal is one of the top 10 countries worldwide that has a prevalence of child marriage among boys, the United Nations Children's Fund said on Friday.

JANAKPUR, June 4: On May 24, Nine-year-old Karan Sah of Pragatinagar was abducted from near house where he was playing.

TAPLEJUNG,  May 30: Stating that eyesight problem is getting prevalent among children, ophthalmologists in the district have warned parents to take precautionary measures ‘before it is too late’. Excess exposure to cell phones, laptop and computers, among other digital devices, have taken a severe toll on children’s eye health, they claimed.

Actor Madhuri Dixit says her children are often amused to learn that she can pull off any dance style. The actor believes she has a "natural affinity" towards dance since the age of three. "My children love to see me dance. But I think they know more from friends, that 'your mom is a good dancer' than actually knowing it firsthand!

GENEVA, May 25: The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Friday warned here that in Afghanistan, the nutritional situation of children is alarming, with 2 million children under the age of five years suffering from acute malnutrition, among them 600,000 suffering from severe acute malnutrition.

MYAGDI, May 21: After failing to provide two square meals to his children, Ambar Bahadur Ramjali of Annapurna Rural Municipality-1 committed suicide two years ago. He earned his living as a laborer. Extreme poverty compelled him to hang himself from a tree in a local community forest.

KATHMANADU, May 4: Nepal Police has rescued 20 underage boys and girls from various club and dance bars in Thamel.

UNITED NATIONS, April 30: The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said Monday that at least 327,000 children from Venezuela are living as migrants and refugees in Colombia, warning that their health, education, protection, and well-being will be in jeopardy without increased support.

Video games are good

April 27, 2019 00:25 am

Just reading the title parents may be thinking: ‘You must be crazy.  How can video games be good?’ It’s hard to believe, but it’s true.  Actually, several studies support my statement.  I know after so many years of cautioning your children not to spend time playing ‘good for nothing’ video games it may be hard for you to accept it as being good.

There is no doubt that social media is crucial for modern communication and socialization in this age of globalization. But at the same time, it has plunged a huge number of youngsters into addiction.  In the past few years, resulting from a strong internet access, children are also using online platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Such users are likely to fall into cyber offense like Virtual comparison, online bullying, online fraud, and scam which are considered as major causes of mental health problems among youngsters.

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KATHMANDU, April 19: The two-day Vitamin ‘A’ capsule and de-worming tablet administration programme to children up to five years of age kicked off today.

UNITED NATIONS, April 19: Around 500,000 children are estimated to be affected by violence across western Libya, said UN officials Thursday, as fighting intensifies in the capital Tripoli.

JUMLA, April 9: Patarasi Rural Municipality of Jumla has launched a campaign to prevent school students from going to the highlands to pick Yarsagumba, a prized medicinal herb.

Where do you draw the line?

April 5, 2019 08:09 am

No one likes a nag and no one like being a nag. But where children come into the picture, concern, mostly a lot of it, inevitably turns parents into a nag. There’s no guide to parenting. Everyone does what they believe is best for their child. And it’s no simple feat; that much is true. It’s perhaps the trickiest of skills there is, one that really can’t ever be mastered.

KATHMANDU, April 4: The Ministry of Home Affairs has issued a circular to all 77 District Administration Offices (DAOs) in the country to issue citizenship by descent to the children of those who were given citizenship by birth through a special one-time decision some 12 years ago.

WASHINGTON D.C, March 28: Parents who have five or more children may face a higher risk of heart disease than those who have only one or two, a recent study suggests.

JUMLA, March 27: Students of Ganga Devi Elementary School located near the district headquarters Khalanga have started attending classes regularly following the availability of water at the school.

MILAN, March 21: Italian police on Wednesday rescued 51 children taken hostage by their school bus driver, who doused the vehicle in petrol and set it alight apparently in protest at migrant deaths in the Mediterranean.

DANG, March 21: Wearing a huge Madal (Nepali hand drum) around her neck, Ganga Gandarva starts singing while her twin sister Jamuna accompanies her with the beat.

KABUL/BALKH, March 20: After fighting forced Mohammad Khan, a villager from the northern Afghanistan province of Sar-e Pul, to move his family to the more secure province of Balkh last year, they quickly fell on harder times.

COX’S BAZAR, March 18: Sixteen-year-old Kefayat Ullah walked to his school in southern Bangladesh in late January, as he had done most days for the previous six years, to find that - despite being one of the top students in his class - he had been expelled.