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The Benefits of Eating Apple for Your Body

An apple a day keeps the doctors away. At least, that is how the saying goes. But why is it so? Today, on the National Eat a Red Apple Day in the United States, we will explore why eating apples is good for our body.

Before we laid down the benefit of eating apples, some people prefer to peel the skin of their apples. This is not a problem, but if you eat the apple with the skin, you can have at least 4.4 grams of fiber and addition in vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin A, energy, and carbs. We would recommend that you eat your apples with the skin, but if you really dislike it, it is okay to get rid of them!

1. Improve the health of your brain

 A study conducted in 2004 by researchers from Cornell University found that there is a very powerful antioxidant in apples called quercetin. This antioxidant abundant in the apple’s skin is believed to block free radicals that could cause damage to your brain.

Another study conducted by the University of Massachusetts Lowell found that by consuming an apple, we are increasing the production of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter inside the brain. One of acetylcholine’s tasks is to change and build new structures in the brain.

The higher your acetylcholine is, the better your memories will be. In fact, one way to treat Alzheimer’s disease is by increasing the amount of acetylcholine to help slow down patients’ mental decline.

2. It strengthens your immune system

 Gregory Freund, a professor in the University of Illinois’ College of Medicine said that soluble fibers found in apples could change the personality of immune cells. Soluble fibers will make angry and pro-inflammatory cells into healing and anti-inflammatory cells that will help in recovery from infection.

From the study published in 2010, they held an experiment using laboratory mice served either soluble or insoluble fibers. The result was mice fed with soluble fibers recovered 50% sooner than the other.

3. They can make your skin better

If you want your skin to look better, then eating apples might be one among many solutions you could do. Apples are rich in vitamin C that could help your body create collage, a protein and a crucial component that could be found abundantly in your skin.

The collagen and elastic in the apples are also useful in keeping your skin youthful. It will help lighten the colour of your skin and brighten them up. Apples will also get rid of the pathogens and excess oils on your skin to make it soother.

4. It can reduce the risk of stroke, heart disease, and cancer

 A study conducted by The Florida State University found that eating apples could give you a benefit that extends beyond the fiber content. From the study published in 2011, it is known that eating apples for 6 months could decrease LDL or bad cholesterol by 23% which in turn helps to reduce the risk of getting heart disease and stroke.

Usually, a patient suffering from high-cholesterol would have to decrease their cholesterol level by taking medication. While the medication could lower the LDL cholesterol level by 18 to 50%, it also brings many devastating side effects. Apple, meanwhile, could decrease it by 23% without bad side effects.

However, it does not stop there. Another study in Hawaii found that there is a correlation between the risk of lung cancer and the consumption of apples. The higher your apple consumption level is, the lower the risk of getting lung cancer. The risk would decrease to 40-50%.

5. It helps your diet

Previously, we mentioned that apples have a high soluble fiber that could strengthen your immune systems. However, it is not the only benefit of soluble fiber. They are also recommended for people who want to lose weight, as the fiber attracts water and creates a gel that slows down digestion, which in turn makes you feel fuller for a longer amount of time.

From a previous study by the Florida State University, Dr. Bahram H. Arjmandi also found that dried apples could reduce weight in women up to 3.3 lbs. on average despite having 240 extra calories each day.

 

The saying of how eating apples could keep the doctors away might be old. However, that saying stays true even now with how many benefits an apple could give to your body; to the extent that some scientists dubbed them as a “miracle fruit”. So what are you waiting for? Head to the nearest market and buy some apples as snack!

 


ACTIVITIES


APPLE PUZZLES

This time, our activity could be a good idea to have fun, introduce, and let your kids enjoy the freshness of apples. What we are going to do is to carve out a few shapes out of apples, and let the kids assemble the pieces back to the apples.

In order to do this activity, you would need:

  • Apples
  • Knives

The steps you need to do are:

  1. Prepare a few apples
  2. Create puzzle pieces by cutting some shapes into the apple
  3. Mix the puzzle pieces together
  4. Serve it to your kids

There are a few things you could do to maximize your kids’ learning:

  •  If your kids are learning about certain shapes, make sure the puzzle pieces you create are the same shape, only differ in size.
  • If you want to increase difficulties, add the number of apples
  • You can add apples with different colors to make it more fun

After your kids finished assembling the puzzle, you can eat the apples together with them!

 

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Visiting Bandung? Don’t Forget to Stop By These 5 Places!

 

For a long time, Bandung has always been one of the most popular holiday destinations. With the school holidays coming up, we will help you with some recommendations of places to visit if you plan on having a nice holiday in Bandung.

1. Kota Mini

Image taken from @kota_mini

Kota Mini is located in Lembang, West Bandung. Lembang itself is already famous for its beauty because it is located in a mountain, around 1.312 and 2.084 meters above the sea level. To access this location, you would need around 1 hour drive from Alun-Alun Kota Bandung.

Kota Mini was first opened in 24th of July 2017 with the combined concept between entertainment and education, and created a Europe-like city in which children can learn about various occupations while playing.

Image taken from @kota_mini

There are a total of 12 “houses” to visit such as police station, hospital, salon, market, cat house, fruits house, outdoor restaurant, and many others.

The entrance fee for Kota Mini is cheap, only Rp 25.000. However, if you would like to enter those houses so your kids can play, there is an additional Rp 25.000 fee per house. There is also 5-houses package for Rp 80.000 /person, or a 10-houses package for Rp 150.000 /person.

If you go to Kota Mini, you can make sure your holiday in Bandung with your kids is not only fun, but also educational!

2. Chinatown Bandung

Image taken from @chinatownbandung

Located near the largest Chinese Temple in Bandung, Satya Budhi Temple, Chinatown Bandung is a must visit if you are going on a culinary Holiday in Bandung. This place is only a 12 minute drive from Bandung Train Station.

Inside of Chinatown is a collection of small shops and food outlets offering many choices of food and items with a Chinese theme. However, if you aren’t into Chinese food, they also have many choices of authentic Sundanese food.

Image taken from @chinatownbandung

There is an entrance fee of Rp 30.000 /person, but that fee is worth the price if you can fill your social media feed with beautiful pictures you can take there, isn’t it?

3. Goldstar360, Cave Dining Experience

Image taken from @goldstar360

Are you a fan of Flintstones and wanted to have an experience of eating in a cave? Don’t worry, now you can do just that in a cave called Goldstar 360. Located on the third floor of Goldstar Sport Resto, this dining place inspired by the cave walls on Greece awaits.

There are a few areas inside this dining, such as Megas Lakkos, a private area with blue light, Korydallos, a secluded area with the theme of prison, and a few others such as Mykonos, Stravomyti, and Petralona which are the middle sections complete with a giant windows made of glass.

Image taken from @goldstar360

You can also find some drawings on the wall that depicts ancient sketches to better draw you into the atmosphere of an ancient cave.

Image taken from @goldstar360

But it’s not only the cave. Once you are finished eating your dinner and taking beautiful photos of the cave, you can go to the 5th floor to view the landscape of Bandung in its entirety.

4. Kidzoo Paris van Java

Image taken from @pvj.kidzoo

Paris van Java is a unique mall in Bandung, and once you’ve done shopping there you should try going to the rooftop to find this hidden gem. Kidzoo has 2 separate attractions to educate young children on how to care for animals: Lactasari Mini Farm, and Bird Park.

As its name suggests, Bird Park houses many unique and beautiful birds. The Bird Park also has some of the rare birds from Indonesia such as the Hornbills from Borneo and the Parrots from Nusa Tenggara.

Image taken from @pvj.kidzoo

On the opposite side, there is the Lactasari Mini Farm. Lactasari is a small farm that has 5 species of animals: goat, sheep, cows, rabbits, and Siberian Huskies. Here, your kids can try feeding those animals. Before they start feeding the animals, however, they will be given aprons, a bottle of milk, and a bucket of vegetables to feed the animals.

5. Pinisi Resto

Image taken from @z_e_d_d_y

Is there a better way to end your holiday in Bandung than dining aboard an actual pirate ship? Because that’s what Pinisi Resto located in Ciwidey is. Not only do they offer a unique dining experience, they also provide a wonderful mountain views from the top of the deck.

With BBQ feast as their number 1 menu, Pinisi Resto will be one of the most unforgettable dining experience for your kids. They can walk around the ship, take photos on the starboard or port, or play with the steering wheel!

 

For now, those are some of our recommendations if you are planning to have your holiday in Bandung. Obviously, there are still many other unique places in Bandung that we still haven’t covered yet, but there will always be another time!

Have a happy holiday!

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Before You Make a Holiday Plan for Your Family, Read These Tips!

 

Are you creating a holiday plan to travel somewhere with your family? There are many experiences you can get from traveling, since it teaches you a lot about places, people, and life you might not see in your usual city.

Creating a holiday plan might sound like a hassle, and that’s why today we are going to give you some tips to help you plan for that travel.

1. Make it fun!

The most important thing while creating a holiday plan is obviously to make it fun. However, the fun part you are having can also be filled with some education.

Maybe you can try to find an interesting museum in the place you are going to travel to so your child can learn about history, or you can visit a zoo or sea world to let them learn more about animals. It can be anything! However, it’s important to note that the learning process should also be fun for the kids.

2. Don’t make an excessive plan for a day!

By making an excessive plan, you will have to rush through them all. If you have to rush through many plans at once, your child might feel overwhelmed and unable to enjoy the travel.

Take it easy!

3. Do your research!

When you do your travel with kids, it’s very important to do your research before you create a holiday plan. Take your time to know your destination before you head there, and see whether or not there are family-friendly activities you could do there.

Nowadays, you can find many information about holiday attraction on the internet, so there is no excuse to not do your research!

4. Be practical!

It’s important to consider practicality on your plan. Know how long you will be there, what can you do during your time there, and the distance to get there. It’s also important to know if your kids would like it to go there.

5. Be mindful of health and safety!

Just because you are on a holiday, doesn’t mean you can go wild with the holiday plan. Stick to the normal routine your kids has. If they need to take a nap, make sure to accommodate that into the plan.

If your kids need any kind of medication, you should also make sure you have enough before you depart.

 

Those are some tips for you to create a holiday plan with your family. Remember, at the end of the day, the most important thing is for you to have fun with your family. Happy holiday!

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Fun Thanksgiving Activities You Can Do with Your Kids

 

With Thanksgiving’s vibe still in the air, it might be a good idea to try doing some fun Thanksgiving activities with your kids. Even though there is no history of Thanksgiving in Indonesia, doing these activities once in a while will feel refreshing.

This time, we have 4 fun Thanksgiving activities you and your kids can enjoy, and those are:

1. Playing with finger puppets

With finger puppets, you and your kids can make up many stories about the life of the puppets. If you don’t have any idea what kind of puppets you want to create, TheAlisonShow.com partnered up with Caravan Shoppe to make some printable finger puppets. The one from Alison has 6 animals: a purple rabbit, green hippopotamus, blue elephant, orange fox, gray raccoon, and brown deer.

You can create a lot of situations with the characters that can sharpen your kids’ empathy, tolerance, or even their thinking ability by creating a puzzle story.

2. Make turkey origami

Another fun Thanksgiving activities you can do with your kids is to create a turkey origami! While there are a few ways to create a turkey origami, this time we will use the tutorial made by Origami Resource Center because it’s one of the simpler ones.

To create this turkey origami, you would need two square paper (preferably colored). Below are the steps to make the turkey:

  • Place the first paper like a diamond and fold in the left half and the right half so it looks like a kite.
  • Then, fold it again to create a thinner kite.
  • Turn the origami around and fold it horizontally, so the top meets the bottom.
  • Fold the top point up, around ¼ of it. This will be the head of the turkey.
  • Fold the model in half, and bring the top point up to create the neck. Don’t forget to flip a small portion of the head to create the “beak”.
  • Fold the back part of the turkey (the triangle part) and cut a small slit, then unfold.
  • Get the second paper and pleat it like an accordion.
  • Put the second paper inside the slit made previously, and fan it open to create the tail.

Below are the steps in picture, courtesy of Origami Resource Center. You can also find many other origami trips on their site.

3. Thanksgiving coloring pages

KidsActivities.com has 3 Thanksgiving coloring pages that could be another fun Thanksgiving activities you can do with your kids. As its name suggests, it’s a coloring page with Thanksgiving theme, which means you would need to get autumn colors.

If your kids usually do their coloring with crayons, maybe it’s a good time to try some other way to colors. Teaching them to use watercolor paints is a good idea, or you can also experiment a bit by using oil paint.

While we say you would need to prepare your autumn colors, you can actually let your kids go wild with this coloring pages. If your kids want to color the pumpkin blue, you can let them do that. However, you should also told them the real color of pumpkin so they don’t get confused.

4. Create a thank-you notes

Image taken from Children’s Ministry Deals.

At its core, Thanksgiving is a day about being thankful, and there is no better way to be thankful than saying that expressing the feeling of thankfulness. If you think saying thank you cannot be a fun Thanksgiving activities, you are incorrect.

In order to make it fun, you can give your kids a total creative freedom while making their thank-you notes. They can make it the way they want to. It doesn’t have to be a traditional notes. They want to express their thanks with pictures? Let them draw. They want to express it with poems? Let them write.

The key is letting your kids to do what they want, and only that way can you feel their most sincere thanks. So have a great thanksgiving!

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Here are Some Unique Thanksgiving Tradition We Can Apply During Our Holiday

 

It’s the week of Thanksgiving, a beloved holiday for people in the United States; a holiday where family gathers and be thankful for many things. While we do not celebrate the holiday, we think it might be a good idea to take some unusual and unique Thanksgiving tradition and apply it on our holiday. We can also celebrate the meaning of thanksgiving during big religious holidays such as Christmas or Eid al-Fitr.

 

1. Take time for yourself before you spend time with the family

 

While being with family is an important part of modern Thanksgiving, sometimes it can be exhausting and overwhelming to always be around so many members of the family. That is why some people have a Thanksgiving tradition to take a little time for themselves before meeting up with the main family.

One thing you can do during this time is to take a morning walk with your partner and kids and enjoy the wonderful morning breeze. Or maybe, you can simply make a hot cup of tea or coffee and relax for a while. After you feel like you had enough me time, then you can join the rest of the family for a dinner together.

 

2. Write a list of things you are thankful for

 

The first Thanksgiving was a ceremony of thankfulness, where a group of immigrant celebrate the bountiful harvest they had that year. That is why, to embody the spirit of Thanksgiving, nothing is better than writing down things that you are thankful for during the whole year. It does not have to be something so big and wonderful; you can be thankful for the joy of simplicity of everyday life.

While being thankful is not so unusual, sometimes we took our happiness for granted and forget to be thankful about it. For that reason, this tradition can also serve as a way to do some introspection to not take things for granted.

 

3. Let the kids serve the dessert

 

While the adults usually prepare foods during a big religious holidays, the kids usually also want in on the fun. That is why some people have a Thanksgiving tradition to let kids be the one serving the dessert. This will give the kids a sense of accomplishment because they helped out and it will also raise their confidence in themselves.

However, if you want to let the kids help out in the kitchen, you should try to keep them away from using knives or using an open fire. You can check out a few recipes we had that your kids totally can help you out with.

 

4. Do fun activities with your kids

 

When the big family gathers, there might be times when the kids feel bored because they are not close with the other relatives. When that moment comes, it might be a good idea to do something fun with them to make them feel better.

As for the activities, it does not have to be outdoor activities; you can prepare a board game (traditional or digital) and play with them. However, if you want that fun activities not only about playing games, we have a list of some fun thanksgiving activities you can do together with your kids that you can check out here.

 

5. Stay connected with family members that live far away

 

Sometimes, there will be moments when you or other family members can’t come for the family meeting. However, with the advancement of technology, distance is no longer relevant. You can start up any conference application with your phone and you can connect with your family with ease.

It might be a good tradition to prepare a conference call before dinner. That way, you can create an atmosphere that feels like the whole family is all together in one table.

 

Those are some unique Thanksgiving tradition that we can try to imitate during our big religious holiday. While the idea is to connect with the big family, there should also be a feeling of inclusion for our kids while at the same time not ignoring our own self-love.

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The History of Thanksgiving and Creative Activities to Do With Your Kids

 

Around this week, the United States will be celebrating one of their most beloved holidays: Thanksgiving. But what is Thanksgiving? Essentially, it is a holiday in which family gathers together and be thankful for many things.

While we in Indonesia has no history of celebrating Thanksgiving in any ways, it is a good idea to learn the spirit and history of Thanksgiving; to be reminded of what we are thankful for, be it the small things to the big things.

The Story Behind Thanksgiving

The history of Thanksgiving dates back far to 1621. Back then, a group of pilgrims from England was sharing a feast with the people Wampanoag, a Native American tribe in Massachusetts to celebrate the result of a bountiful harvest. This first “Thanksgiving” was held in October for three days long. However, 2 years earlier, the same ceremonies were said to also be held somewhere in Virginia.

When the first Thanksgiving was held, it was supposed to be a festival done by the pilgrims. It began with some of them going out fowling for turkeys, ducks, or geese. They managed to hunt so many, it was said they could serve the whole pilgrims for a week. Suddenly, around 90 people of Wampanoag appeared on the settlement’s gate, startling the 50 or so pilgrims.

While it surprised the pilgrims, the appearance of Wampanoag people actually contributed a very big part in the history of Thanksgiving. They were the one that brought fish, stews, vegetables, and many other sea produces. Since then, the relationship between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag was peaceful, at least until a war broke out in 1675 to 1676.

Thanksgiving was never a national holiday until the 3rd of October 1863, when Lincoln proclaimed that November 26 should be a national day of thanksgiving. Thereafter, the holiday is annually proclaimed by almost every president. This changed when Franklin D. Roosevelt became the president. He issued a proclamation to make the fourth Thursday in November to be the day of Thanksgiving.

What Should You Do on Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving has since become a moment for family to gather, especially with how busy the modern world is. In the late 1800, Thanksgiving was celebrated with a parade of costumed revelers. In 1924, the Macy’s parade in New York City was held with giant balloons.

In 1876 when football is still in its early days, Yale and Princeton played a game on Thanksgiving. This tradition is then continued later with thousands of football games taking place every year on the same day, making football games as another inseparable part of Thanksgiving.

What once started as a holiday for the English pilgrims and the people of Wampanoag to be thankful of their bountiful harvest, has now turned into a symbol of intercultural peace. It is now also a day to appreciate the family we have and be thankful for everything.

Experiencing Thanksgiving at Home

While Indonesia has no historical connection with Thanksgiving, we can still honor the history of Thanksgiving by doing fun activities with kids. One of the easiest things to do is to create a thank you tree.

To do this, you would need:

  • A very big window to create the tree
  • Brown paper
  • Origami or colored papers
  • Scissors
  • Pens
  • Tape

Thank you tree image from cofeecupsandcrayons.com

The first step is to tear the brown paper and scrunch them up. Roll them together until they look like the trunk of a tree. Create a few more rolls and use them as branches.

Once you are done with the tree, tape it into the window glass. Then, create leaves out from origami or colored papers, and tape it around the branches.

When you are finished, ask the kids to write down one thing they are thankful for or they would like to say thanks to.

By doing this activity with your kids, you are not only honoring the history of Thanksgiving, but also teaching your child to express their gratitude. And after doing a tiring activity such as this, there is no better way to end Thanksgiving by eating the dishes you have prepared beforehand together with the whole family.

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Should You Let Your Kids Watch TV? Here Are What the Experts Said!

 

With the emergence of NETFLIX and other streaming service, nowadays you do not have to sit in front of the TV. You can simply use your phone to watch TV, which brings again the debates of whether or not you should let your kids watch TV.

This is not a new debate. Many people seem to really dislike TV, claiming that it’s bad to let your child watch TV for any period of time. However, it is also important to note that the amount of TV shows that tries to inform, inspire, and educate your kid is also growing together with the technology of TV.

This has always been the case ever since TV was first invented. Even today, the experts can’t really seem to agree with whether or not you should let kids watch TV. For this reason, we will list some positive and negative effects of TV made by the experts, and you can decide for yourself whether to let your child watch TV or not.

The Good/ the positive??

  •  If you let your child watch educational and non-violent programme, studies show that your child will do better in reading and mathematics.
  • TV could be more effective compared to books or audiotapes if you want to teach about something that needs process (how seed grows into a tree, how to bake a cake, etc)
  • If your child is sick, studies made by scientists from the University of Siena found that watching cartoons can make child experience a soothing and pain killing effect.
  • By letting your child watch informative and educational shows, they will continue to watch even more of the same type of show when they get older.
  • If you have preschoolers and let your child watch TV, studies from 2001 told that they tend to have higher grades and are less aggressive.
  • Entertainment programme could potentially expose children to the diversity of culture, humanistic values, and the worldviews of other people.
  • Watching drama programme could give your child an idea of the complexity of life and moral dilemmas.
  • If you let your child watch TV, you can make them learn a lot of words. However, you need to watch what words they learn.

 

The Bad/ the negative??

  • TV offers little to no educational value for children under 2 years old.
  • The result of 20 years of research by Dr. Sally Ward shows that kids bombarded by background TV noise in their house will have trouble paying attention when they hear background noise.
  • If you don’t watch your kids closely, TV can expose your kids to negative influences such as alcohol and violence.
  • A study by Millennium Cohort Study in 2013 said that there is a higher possibility for kids to have emotional symptoms and relationship problems when they reach 7 years old if they watch more than 3 hours of TV a day.
  • Visual stimulation from TV is very fast-paced. It might cause an attention-span trouble in traditional class.

 

Those are some opinions from the experts regarding whether or not you should let your kids watch TV. At the end of the day, television, like any other technologies, are tools. Eventually, it’s up to the user of those tools to use them.

In order to help you balance things out, The American Academy of Pediatrics created a list of screen-time for your kids and you can check them out below:

Age Maximum Screen time
Toddlers (1-2 years old) Little to no screen time

This is because kids at this stage needs more physical interaction with people.

Preschoolers (3-4 years old) Maximum 1 hours per day

Parents should plan their screen time in advance.

Elementary Schoolers (5-10 years old) Between 1 to 1.5 hours a day.

Make sure your kids still get their creative time.

Middle Schoolers (11-13 years old) Maximum of 2 hours a day

Teenagers can take charge of their screen time. However, make sure you help them see the trade-offs.

 

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Make the Best Out of Your Children’s Screen Time!

 

With the rise of digital media, the danger of having too much screen time is much more apparent than ever. What classify as digital media are televisions, the internet, and your child’s smart device. Especially with a small-sized smart devices, it will be even harder to limit the screen time of children.

While some programs are educational, the amount of digital media consumed by children are too much. Many of those can show behaviors you wouldn’t want your child to imitate, or even cause fear in your child. As a parent, what you can do is to set up good habits regarding the screen time of children and decrease the negative effects. And this time, we will give you some tips on how to do that.

  • Never turn on your TV randomly. Always give your child programs for them to watch. You can give your child a few choices you have prepared before and let them pick one.
  • If you think the program that is aired is something your child shouldn’t see, you should turn off the TV instead.
  • You should limit the screen time of children that is above 2 years old to 1 or 2 hours per day. If your child is below 2 years old, it is not recommended to give them any screen time at all.
  •  Always give educational shows as choices for your kids.
  • During the screen time of children, be with them as much as possible. Talk about what happened during the screen time, and talk about the good and bad about it. It would be very good if you can talk about the difference between reality and what they saw on the screen.
  • Not all cartoons is suitable for kids. Make sure to research about said cartoons before suggesting it to your kids.
  • Never let your kids to watch soap operas or talks show during their screen time.
  • Make a rule to ban the usage of smart devices during meals.
  • Be a good role model for your child. You can do this by limiting your screen time and do other activities such as reading or exercising.
  • Don’t put any TV, computer, or smart devices in your kids’ bedrooms.

Those are some tips you can do to limit the screen time of children. In addition to that, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) also has a few guidelines regarding your children’s consumption of media:

  • Babies under 18 months old shouldn’t have any screen time at all. An exception to this is a video-chat to families.
  • Toddlers between 18 to 24 months old should have some screen time with their parents or their caregiver. It’s not explained in the details of how much screen time they should have, but preferably below 1 hour.
  • Preschooler shouldn’t have more than 1 hour of educational programming. During the screen time of children, it’s necessary to have a parent or caregiver to help them understand the programme they are watching.
  • Kids between 5 to 18 years old should have a consistent limit regarding screen time. This includes restriction on TV, social media, and video games. The consumption of media should not make children lose their sleep.

 

TV, internet, and smart devices are just tools made by people. And just like other tools, it’s up to us on how we should use it. While it’s good that we limit the screen time of children, it’s also important to note that if used carefully they could provide another fun way for our child to study.

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Celebrate World TV Day With This List of Movies to Watch with Kids!

 

Not everyone knows that today, 21st of November is the World Television Day. To celebrate it, there is nothing better to do than to watch movies with your kids!

However, you should be careful because there are many movies that claim to be a “family movie” yet they have many scenes depicting violence that is not suitable for kids. If you are not careful, you might let your kids watch something you don’t want them to yet.

That’s why for today we will give you a list of movies to watch with kids, handpicked by us!

1. The Jungle Book (1967)

The Jungle Book takes place in India. It tells the story of Mowgli, a human child who was found deep in the jungles by Bagheera, a black panther. Mowgli was then brought to and raised by a pack of wolves, until ten years later he is acquainted with the jungle life.

This movie will not only teach your kids about the various jungle animals, it will also teach your kids about Indian culture since Mowgli is a kid from India. It also has the message of family—even though it is unlike a normal concept of family—between Mowgli, Bagheera, and the pack of wolves he lived with.

2. Toy Story (1995)

In their first feature film, Pixar uses the nostalgia of both Baby Boomer and Generation X to their advantage and created a world in which toys would come to life. In Toy Story, you will be treated to a film about a cowboy doll and a space ranger action figure as they struggle and help each other.

Not only that, this movie also tells the story about the bond created by kids with their toys and playthings. Kids will take care of the toys—especially their favourite toys—and will often give life to them by using their imagination.

3. Up (2009)

Up tells the story of Carl, a grumpy and old balloon salesman that has a goal of lifting his house and fly away. However, one day he met Russell, a boy scout that comes to his house and becomes a stowaway on Carl’s new house that floats in the sky?

Not only this movie is fun for the kids, parents can also enjoy this flick. For the parents, there is the depth of Carl as a character and why he tries so hard to achieve his dream. All and all, Up definitely deserves its spot on the list of movies to watch with kids.

4. Inside Out (2015)

Inside Out is one of Pixar’s most creative storylines in the modern era. It tells the story of Riley, a young girl that got a sudden news about how her family is going to move from Minnesota to San Francisco. While that sounds like your usual adolescent and coming of age movie, what’s unique in this movie is that we are shown what is happening inside Riley’s heart.

The movie brought to life 5 basic emotions that lives inside Riley’s head: Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust. These emotions will play a big role in controlling Riley’s feelings. With this movie, you can also teach your kids to speak up about their emotions and what they feel.

5. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial always consistently made it into many list of movies to watch with kids and for a reason. When E.T. came out, there was a trend of portraying aliens as evil beasts that only exists to kill humans. However, E.T. brings something different to the table.

This movie tells the story of Elliott who saved a tiny and timid alien that was stranded on Earth and then gives the alien a shelter in his house. During its stay in Elliott’s house, the alien bonded not only with Elliott, but also his siblings. However, the alien falls ill, and Elliott and his family needs to find a way to get E.T. back to his home planet.

6. The Iron Giant (1999)

This movie is an adaptation from a story written by Ted Hughes about a giant alien robot that crashes near a small town in 1957. A kid called Hogarth was the one that discovers the robot, and before long the two became friends. Problem surfaces as a government agent is determined to destroy Hogarth’s new robot friend at any cost.

Despite having a robot in the movie, The Iron Giant is ultimately a movie about friendship. Your kids will be treated to an exciting story full of emotion about a friendship between a boy and a giant machinery from another planet. For the parents, they can also see a portion of how Cold War paranoia shaped the America of that time.

7. Finding Nemo (2003)

Finding Nemo is one of many movies to watch with kids that talk about how strong a parental bond can be. It tells the story of Marlin, a clown fish that had his wife and everything taken away from him, leaving only one of his children: Nemo. Because of that tragedy, Marlin becomes overprotective of Nemo, but despite all that, Nemo is caught by a fisherman and moved to Australia.

And thus, begins Marlin’s adventure to save Nemo. On the way, Marlin has the help of Dory, a forgetful blue fish, and several allies he never thought would help him. Will Marlin be able to overcome all the odds and be reunited with Nemo again?

 

Those are the list of handpicked movies to watch with kids during your time off! While we try to keep the movies safe for children, there might be some concept that is too complex for your kids, so make sure you are beside them when you watch these movies! Enjoy the movies and don’t forget the popcorn! ?

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With This 4 Strategies, You Can Support Your Kid’s Passion!

 

As a parent, it’s only natural that we want the best for our kids. We might get them into an art course, language course, or even sport course that we think could bring the best out of them. However, this should not be the case according to Ki Hadjar Dewantara, a pioneer of Indonesian education.

According to Ki Hadjar, a child will grow according to their own path. He believes that as the child grows older, they will gather enough knowledge and will show an interest in a certain subject. Once a child has reached this stage, your duty as a parent is to support your kid’s passion wholeheartedly.

This time, we will give 4 strategies that you as a parent could use to show your support for your kid’s passion, and those are:

1. Try to think outside the box

Usually, when it comes to passion, parents tend to think of enrolling their kids for enrichment classes. However, this should not be the case. Your kids might be passionate in sports, writing, reading, or even cooking. All those things can be done from your home.

Let your child discover what gives them the most fun.

2. Don’t judge!

Sometimes parents tend to judge their child’s passion. Maybe they never meant to do so, but when they did, it actually hurts the child’s self-esteem! Usually this tends to happen when the parents’ passion doesn’t line up with the child’s.

It’s very important to detach what we find fun with what our children think is fun. After all, you are 2 different human beings. If what makes your kids passionate is not fun for you, at the very least you can support your kid’s passion. The important part is that you should not antagonize them for taking a different path from you.

3. Know what interest them

Sometimes your child might also take the same interest as their peers. It might be the same sport, or art activities, or music instrument. During that time, the competition for your child to succeed is really fierce and might cause anxiety for your child in the process.

When this happens, one way you can support your kid’s passion is by taking the time to know what it is that your child is really interested in. You can observe them as they do their activities and listen to what they aspire to be regarding their passion.

4. Nurture their optimism

When it comes to competition, your child might be feeling a great amount of pressure to perform better than anyone else. However, when they fail to present their best effort, they will feel dejected. When this happens, what you can do to support your kid’s passion is by nurturing optimism in them.

Let them know that setbacks happen, and it is up to your kids to see the setbacks as a stopping point or as a stepping stone so they can do better next time.

 

At the end of the day, your kid’s passion might be totally different from yours. And that’s okay! You don’t need to suddenly be the best on what your kid is interested in. Sometimes, what they need isn’t an expert, because most of the time all they need is parents that support them and stand by their side.

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Your Kids’ Passion is Yours to Find With These 5 Tips!

 

Working while following your passion will always be an interesting topic to talk about whenever we talk about a job. But what is passion? By definition, it is a powerful or compelling emotion of feelings. It is a longing for something that you will always find enjoyable. Once people find their passion, some will pursue them wholeheartedly. 

The same thing goes for kids. 

With your children’s growth, they will learn new things. They will also start finding new things that will interest them but it might be unfamiliar to you. What they find interesting might change, but one particular subject will remain the same and usually, that thing is their passion.

As a parent, it is your duty to help your kids find their passion. And today, we will help you by giving some tips that could help you find your kids’ passion.

Read them stories!

Reading to your kids will always be important. However, if you read to them all the time, you might want to start seeing how they react to certain stories. You can ask them how they feel after you read them stories, and whether or not they enjoy those kind of stories. If they do, you can find stories with the same vibe and topics.

It’s not unusual for kids to find their passion through characters inside stories. You might read them a story about a crane that likes to cook, and suddenly your kid asks complex questions about cooking. Or if you read them a story about a rabbit that likes to run in a marathon, and they start asking questions about sports.

Let them feel bored

It’s not rare for us to hear how our kids complain that they feel bored. Rather than giving them something to play, it is completely normal for kids to feel bored! One study done by Sandi Mann and Rebekah Cadman concludes that boredom actually forces people to be much more creative and find ways to be entertained.

During their creative moment when they are bored, you should try to watch your kids closely. It is very possible that this boredom could be the key for them to find their passion in life. Maybe during that time, you will see them drawing, writing, or even reading books.

Take them to your workplace

If the place you work allows you to take children with you, try to schedule one day to do just that. They might not say it, but kids actually love to see what their parents do at work all day. At the office, they might not do much or they might just be sitting on your office watching you, but that’s okay!

By watching you work, they might develop the desire to do the same line of work as you do. Or, maybe they will instead realize they don’t want to do what you did. Either way, it is important to always support your kids in finding out what they are passionate about. 

Sign them up for activities

One choice that might help them find what they are passionate about is sport. It doesn’t matter what they actually choose; it might be soccer, basketball, softball, dance, or even gymnastic, sign them up. Participating in sports have many benefits for the kids, and it might give them new friends that could encourage them to follow their dreams.

Or, if sports is not for them, it’s also a good idea to let your kids dip their toes into the world of art. Maybe you can let them learn how to play musical instruments, or maybe they actually enjoy writing or performing.

Share your passion

There is a possibility that your kids already know what their passion is, but simply don’t realize it. That is why sharing your passion with your kids might allow them to find out about their skills and about their interests.

After all, some passion might be born from the desire to follow in the footsteps of people your kids admire and love!

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Did You Know the Study Style of Your Kids?

 

Just like how everyone is different, every child is also different. They will have their own unique taste, their own favourite sport, and most importantly is their own style to study. Once parents could figure out the study style of their children, it will be easier for those children to reach their fullest potential.

There are a total of 4 study style for your kids: Visual, Kinesthetic, Auditory, and Reading/Writing. For many children, they usually use a combination of the four. However, there will always be a certain style or combination that suits them the best.

Now, let’s try to find out which style would fit your kids!

 1. Visual Learner

A visual learner child will usually excels the best when they could see images or graphs. Below are some of the signs that your child is a visual learner.

  • They excel at visual activities such as arts.
  • They enjoy books with illustrations such as pictures, encyclopedia, or even maps.
  • They shine the best when they are given an example for the task they are working on
  • They are very good at recalling animals, people, worlds, or places
  • They have a very keen interest in the world and the objects around them

If this is your child’s studying style, it might help to create mind maps, charts, or diagrams to help them on their study. It would also be very helpful if you help them creating study notes filled with different colors.

2. Kinesthetic Learner

Children with this study style tends to be more active, and will learn better if they can get a hands-on knowledge. To know whether or not your child is a kinesthetic learner, you can look below.

  • They excels at activities that need physical movement such as sports
  • They really enjoy hands-on activities
  • They can’t sit still while they were studying
  • They love to jump right into the task
  •  They are very eager to do learning activities such as study games, coloring, or science experiments

If this is your child’s studying style, it would be very helpful to accommodate him by giving them practice sheets as they study. Alternatively, parents can also turn the study session into a fun game.

3. Auditory Learner

With an auditory learner, usually they do very well when knowledge is transferred verbally. Your child might be an auditory learner if they checks the signs below:

  • They are really capable when it comes to auditory activities like music
  • Before working on a task, usually they listen to the instructions carefully
  • During the activities, they might be asking a lot of questions
  • When doing schoolwork, they tend to hum, sing, or talk
  • They love talking with other people

Children that identifies as auditory learner would feel it helpful if parents recite their study notes loudly or if parents could help them when they struggle with a certain subject or area of study.

4. Reading/Writing Learner

Children with this study style always take notes whenever they see someone explains something. Below are some signs that might mean your child is a reading/writing learner:

  • They loves writing stories or reading books
  • They excel when they work alone without disturbance
  • When there is an instruction for a task, they tend to write it down
  • They are really good at remembering what they have read

For this type of learner, it’s best to let them write down what they have read into notes. It would also help them to create a checklist for their study.

Those are all 4 study style that children might have. It is important to note that sometimes, your child might combine a few style of learning. When that happens, parents could combine the tips of each learning style. Happy learning!