Positive Parenting: A Powerful Tool For Growing Healthy Kids

Positive Parenting: A Powerful Tool For Growing Healthy Kids

What is positive parenting? And why is it important? That fact that its message is reaching far and wide, makes it absolute imperative for parents to understand how to improve the quality of parenting. And hence, this blog!

More and more parents have, over the years, begun realising that a change must be made in their child-rearing practices. That no bookish knowledge can ever instil the right parenting skills in them. In the light of it, here’s a lowdown on the good, the bad and the ugly of positive parenting. First and foremost, what we, as parents, must understand is that every child is unique. How they behave, cannot be boxed under the categories of ‘Right’ or ‘Wrong’.

Children soak up behavioural patterns like a sponge, and therefore, what we do as individuals is of utmost importance when it comes to parenting. What our children observe is what they end up doing in their day to day lives. Whether you lie to someone, make fun of a friend or use harsh words – your child will inculcate it all.

That being said, there are no rules or formulas, but certain aspects you can use to guide yourself throughout this never-ending journey.

Narrow down the one area you wish to work on the most: One of the key problems most parents face is not knowing where to start. But this is actually quite simple. All you have to think about is that one thing that puts your child at a greater risk. Is your child hurting someone physically or mentally? Do they break things at home due to bad temper? Start here, and start small. Smaller steps create bigger ripples.

Pinpoint what you wish to change: If your child has a bad mouth and tends to use a lot of swear words, try and understand the root of the problem, and give them an alternative. For example, you could tell your child that the next time they get angry and wish to curse, they need to go inside their room for a few minutes till they feel better. Reprimanding them for the same will only worsen the situation. Whereas, your job is to smoothen the road for them.

Give them the reason to change: Telling your child to change something about themselves without explaining will only leave him/her confused. Even if they do alter something for your sake, the results will most likely be short-lived. If you wish for your child to change something for good, then always give them the reason in a nice, logical way. Shouting and yelling won’t work here.

Chalk out goals for you and your kid: Working together as a team always gets better results. Parenting is never one-sided; it is about you and your child. Tell your child that you hate punishing them for something as trivial, and that you wish to come up with a way where you both can be happy. This will make your child look at things in a more practical way, and kids love to be problem-solvers. With this adult-like approach, you fix the problem, while putting them in charge.

Encourage their special talents & skills: Your child’s hard-earned 50% is as good as a hard-earned 100%. With the amount of competition in our society, putting additional pressure on kids only makes them crumble. Whether it’s painting, dancing, cooking or fixing gadgets – your kid has a special talent, and it is your job to encourage that.

In a nutshell, positive parenting only requires a change in mindset. As a parent, you must be committed to approaching your kids with affection, empathy and patience.

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Importance of Doctors in Society

Prior to the discovery of modern medicine, life had been a fleeting motion for all of mankind. The environment was replete with unseen dangers in the form of diseases and unexplained medical conditions. With the passage of time and advanced technology, medical practice changed into an organized profession, and humans experienced a significant improvement in the quality of their lives. Even though, one might argue and say that technical advancement may have replaced these ‘angels on earth’, but the position of doctors in our society has not diminished, and till date, they remain indispensable.

Saving Lives

For people around the world, a doctor can at times mean the difference between life and death. Ask a soldier or a competitive athlete, and you would hear countless tales of how their fractured and wounded bodies found solace and healing through the hands of a skilled physician. A regular cough and cold is not where the job of a medical professional starts and stops.

Extending Life

Cancer survivors usually owe their endurance or survival to doctors, whose skills and dedication are crucial for their cure. Modern medical technology coupled with a doctor’s’ care can give patients diagnosed with terminal illnesses, the hope for living longer.

Being Human

Humanitarian work and doctors have been synonymous since time immemorial. Some public support groups related to health and wellness, such as cancer and diabetes, draw membership from the medical profession and help promulgate information about how to avoid certain illnesses through lifestyle changes. From volunteering, to working on missions that provide healthcare to disaster victims and the underprivileged, doctors play more than just one role in our world.

Conducting Extensive Research & Controlling Epidemics

SARS, Bird Flu, and Dengue were at some point of time diseases that led to inevitable death rates that could not be cured. In today’s day and age, when such fatal diseases outbreak or occur, information provided by doctors can help contain the epidemic. Doctors check the spread of such diseases by creating awareness amongest masses. They do so by alerting them about bad hygiene, and risky behaviors that lead to such ailments. Besides this, doctors also work alongside researchers to find new cures, and run tests on consenting patients in order to come up with the perfect medical concoctions.

Source: http://www.thepontychadhafoundation.org/blog/health/importance-of-doctors-in-society/

Yoga- Restore. Rebalance. Rejuvenate

International Yoga Day.png International Yoga Day is just around the corner, and the enthusiasm around the globe is already visible. The fact that 72 students and teachers from the City Montessori School of Lucknow will be performing exercises at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on the occasion speaks volumes about the popularity of Yoga in the modern day world.

Our lifestyle is such where humans struggle with physical and physiological stress in their lives. This is where yoga comes as a rescue and alleviates stress, both physical and mental. Based on the holistic principles of harmony and unification within body and nature, Yoga’s simple postures leave a powerful impact. Yoga is not only a great solution to stay fit, but has also emerged as an alternative form of therapy. Solutions of many chronic ailments like asthma, diabetes, blood pressure, arthritis have been found in Yoga.

The great thing about yoga is that there are very few limitations. While colorful yoga pants, support blocks, and fancy mats are nice, you don’t necessarily need any of that to get started. Instead, a basic yoga routine which comprises of beginner poses will help your body and mood change for the better in no time.

There are a lot of health benefits one can expect from yoga. Some of those are:

1) Better Flexibility: Yoga helps in loosening the body, and in increasing flexibility.

2) Better Posture: Bad posture has been linked to backaches, neck pain, joint problems, and muscle fatigue. Yoga is one of the best ways to fix poor posture as each pose helps lengthen the spine, and gives a steady, balanced posture.

3) Increases Strength: Yoga naturally helps in strengthening the muscles & joints, and prevents injuries.

4) Better Sleep: A good way to relax the nervous system, yoga minimizes stress and improves the quality of sleep.

5) Boosts Metabolism & Immunity: Yoga naturally boosts the metabolism which assists in weight loss. Yoga also stimulates the four main physiological systems; circulatory, digestive, nervous and endocrine, which is directly connected to the immune system.

Health Camp: Mehrauli Village, Ghaziabad

Health Camp Mehrauli

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. -Mahatma Gandhi

Great pearls of wisdom by Gandhi ji inspire us all; but do we always live up to them?

Not everyone can help everyone, but everyone can help someone. With the aim to provide better health services to the underprivileged, The Ponty Chadha Foundation serves the underprivileged rural areas of Uttar Pradesh by organizing free health camps every month.

On 7th June, 2017, we organized the free health camp in Mehrauli, Ghaziabad.
From its total population of around 3600, 154 people attended the camp, which comprised of 53 minors, 30 adults and 71 women. The health camp proved to be a success and we appreciate the efforts of the specialists from Dr. Ram Saran Garg (Indo-German) Hospital, who identified gynaecological problems, skin issues, anaemia and ear-specific problems as the major health concerns in the village.

Health is a very important concern, which is majorly neglected in rural areas.
Financial or social barriers prevent people from reaching out to seek help at the right time, and the Ponty Chadha Foundation strives to break those very barriers by working to support and provide the best healthcare to the rurals.

We do our best to take our services to the masses, and our focus is to first reach the most disadvantaged sections of the society. At the health camp, we educate the rurals about maintaining sanitation, taking care of proper hygiene, cleanliness and other major issues that will help them live a healthier, happier and a more productive life.

Improving access to health services brings a range of benefits beyond good health, as it helps combat poverty and provides a better world for all.

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Relevance of Yoga in Today’s World

Benefits of Yoga in Daily Life

This year, the International Yoga Day is being celebrated with great aplomb throughout the globe. This fact itself speaks volumes about the popularity of Yoga in the modern day world. This event has united the world on a common platform. People have realized up to the therapeutic benefits of this life science and now are making it a part of their life.

The modern day lifestyle is as such where humans struggle with physical and physiological stress in their lives. This is where yoga comes as a rescue to alleviate the physical and mental stress. Based on the holistic principles of harmony and unification within body and nature, Yoga’s simple postures leave a powerful impact against busy lifestyle demands. It is not only a great solution to stay fit, but has also emerged as an alternative form of therapy. Many chronic ailments like asthma, diabetes, blood pressure, arthritis have found a great solution in Yoga.  All these facets convey the reason why this proactive discipline should be the part of our lives.

More than a discipline to stay fit and healthy, Yoga acts as a link between an individual and his true inner self. This ancient science has brought time-tested ways to treat stress and ailments gifted by the modern lifestyle. This is the main reason why people across the globe are resorting to yoga asanas, mudras and pranayama. This 5,000 year old Indian life science is still relevant in serving the modern day world.

It is a great achievement for India that an art form of Indian origin is bringing together different continents, communities, nations and beliefs under a holistic belief. Be it a child or adult, young or old, everybody is practising the postures and improving their way of life. It has sort of become a movement that will pick up more in years to come.

All these facets justify why we need an International Yoga Day celebration to prepare the mankind face the modern day challenges and stress in a healthy way. The day chosen for the celebrations, i.e. June 21st, 2015 also holds special significance in many parts of the world.  This is the longest day of the year in Northern Hemisphere. So, time-wise, the day gives people across the world a perfect chance to practice Yoga in their space comfortably.

Many countries again will echo the promising benefits of Yoga on this day. We, at The Wave Group, are also celebrating this special occasion at ‘Wave Smart Jiyo’ in Noida on the ‘International Yoga Day’. Thousands will participate in this health-smart initiative and practice Sahaja Yoga meditation techniques and laughter yoga.

Besides, other exciting health activities like Zumba, Archery, Cricket, Cycling, Golf, Soccer, Skating, Volleyball, Fitness Drills and Boot Camps will give this healthy Sunday morning a perfect kick-start. An exciting way to begin a fruitful Sunday morning, indeed!

No to Tobacco. Yes to Life!

 

“Smoking kills”. “Consumption of tobacco is injurious to health” – A statutory warning we see everywhere. Every time we go to watch a movie in the cinemas we have to sulkingly sit through ads before the movie starts and even during the interval on quitting tobacco and the ill effects it has on one’s health and that of his near and dear ones.  The fate of one patient being treated for oral cancer in the nation’s leading cancer institute is repeatedly depicted to death.

No to Tobacco

But are these warnings making the desired impact? The smokers continue to smoke, the pan and tobacco chewers continue to colour the cities red.

In spite of continuous efforts to check this harmful addiction, it continues to end millions of human lives every year. Tobacco consumption is a serious health issue, which is neither new nor unknown and the requirement for it to be addressed on an urgent basis need not be stated.

India is a young nation, with 50% of the population aged less than 25 years and 65% below 35. With around 55% of the teenagers below 18 years of age addicted to tobacco, it is pertinent that efforts should be directed at prevention and education in the youth if we want a better and healthy future for our country. It’s time we made ourselves accountable for every life that is lost. We need to get personally involved in addressing this issue not just for our health and well-being, but also for the sake of our future generations

Today, more than 95% chronic diseases are caused by food choices but tobacco use is one of the major preventable causes of death. Tobacco use and addiction usually begins in adolescence. A number of factors influence the use of tobacco by children and teenagers. Some of these are the family history of tobacco use by elders, peer influence, experimentation, easy access to such products, personality factors, underlying emotional and psychological problems, accompanied risk-taking behaviors and the aggressive marketing strategies of the tobacco industry. Despite thousands of programs and campaigns to reduce the use of tobacco among youths, the use of these deadly products continues to bring devastating consequences in every family. Tobacco alone is responsible for killing 2.5 million people annually in our country.

Remembering the old saying PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE, its high time we should combat this evil with positive results.

Firstly, Efforts should be made to educate children at a young age about the ill effects of tobacco by making it mandatory in the school curriculum. Secondly, there should be government control over the sale of tobacco and stern action should be taken on companies selling tobacco illegally in the rural areas. Strict penal action must also be taken to reinforce the already existing ban on sale of tobacco products near educational institutions.

Thirdly, there should be a regular check on the disease like oral cancer, bronchitis etc. at an early stage and also educate the masses as to how to detect early signs and symptoms and report to the hospital at once in the case they occur.

Further, with the advent of Social Media especially amongst the younger generation, it should be aggressively used for campaigns and drives against tobacco. Celebrities, sportspersons and prominent public figures should be roped in to strengthen the campaigning as they can have a huge positive influence on the youth and the population in general

This is just a primary outline and we as a nation can responsibly work around this to build a strong framework to fight the menace of tobacco addiction and carve a better future of the nation. This should be a wake-up call for smokers to stub that cigarette butt forever.

As famously quoted by Pope Francis- “Let’s say yes to life and no to Death”

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