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Early Childhood Development
Bringing up a child is a very rewarding experience. But it is a challenging job, one that has tremendous responsibilities. It is a complex task and a lot of patience and understanding is required to give a good upbringing to the child.
Early childhood is an important phase in the life of human beings. It may prove to be a troublesome time for the parents of toddlers since they have to be extremely conscious about the child’s physical care. The biological and brain development of children during the first few years of their lives depend entirely on the quality of stimulation that is evoked by their environment – at all the three levels of family, community, as well as the society.
Early childhood development is actually an umbrella term encompassing a child’s social, emotional, language, literacy, physical, creative, and cognitive development. All these child development stages are inter-related. They collectively contribute to the all-round development of the child. However, children develop their milestones at their own pace. Therefore, it is imperative for parents to give special attention to the needs of their children. Early child development is thus a lifelong determinant of well-being, health, and learning skills of the child in the future.
Here are some important aspects of early childhood development that parents need to be aware of:
The first six years of life are extremely crucial for the growth and development in children. By 8 months, a baby’s brain has about 1,000 trillion nerve connections. By the age of 10, that number is reduced to about 500 trillion or less. As the brain operates on a ‘use it or lose it’ basis, early experiences are the defining factor affecting the rate of reduction in nerve connections. The ways to preserve these connections are by providing adequate attention, love and affection, mental stimulation, and encouragement. It is during this phase that parental responsibilities towards the growing child become most important.
Early childhood is an exploratory age when kids begin to discover their surroundings. It is an imitative age as well. Kids start picking up the mannerisms, speech, and actions of elders around them. Parents therefore should be appropriate in their behavior in front of children. Critical areas in early childhood development are vision, logical thinking, language, music, and emotion. These are considered as "windows of opportunity", and should be considered as important aspects of their development.
In early childhood, behavior problems seem to be more troublesome and frequent as compared to problems related to the physical care of children. If their actions are unsupervised, they might grow up to be disobedient, obstinate, antagonistic, and stubborn. Parents should pay extra attention to the needs of their children. The social behavior of individuals at a grown up stage is determined by the way they have been nurtured by parents during their early childhood years. Therefore, it is extremely crucial to ensure that children are not only provided with proper nutrition and education, but also protected from abuse, harm, and discrimination.
Healthy Food for Snack Box
Healthy nutritious snacks helps children develop healthy eating habits
School time snacks are important in a preschooler’s total caloric intake. Snacks should be healthy & nutritious. Children should be introduced to a wide range of nutritious choices in order to adopt a long-term healthy eating habits & lifestyle.
It can be quite a challenge to keep snacks fun so that child gobble it up and you can be one satisfied parent seeing their empty tiffn box, to keep the variety going, make it easy for you and of course ensure that it is healthy for your child as well—fun, easy and healthy! Yes, all packed in one tiffin box.
Here are some broad guidelines for your help:
Typically give them a combination of protein, complex carbohydrates and foods with natural sugar (example, fruits). Basically give foods that are nutritious, that give energy to keep these energizer bunnies going and foods that they can digest fast in time for a hearty lunch. For example, cheese sandwich and some fruit or carrot or cucumber sticks, mini idlis with carrot sticks, biscuits with some nuts and fruit.
Get them to have a variety of grains for optimal and balanced nutrition. Wheat and rice are common but try other grain items as well – ragi flour in dosas or parathas, oat biscuits etc.
The staple snack should be healthy but some harmless junk food once in a while can keep the variety and fun going and prevent boredom in food. So treats like Kurkure, Maggi noodles, potato chips once in a while as a special treat are fine if they really make your little ones happy.
Here are a few options
Modern Indian parents have a wide variety to choose from - from the vast diversity of Indian foods to western staples like pasta etc. Some are novel and some are twists to everyday items.
1.
Idli : You can make normal idli or get the mini idli mould to make it look interesting. You could add some boiled vegetable puree (carrots, spinach, coriander) etc. for color, variety and nutrition as well from time to time.
2.
Corn : You can use either boiled corn or Popcorn
3.
Sandwiches (With whole Wheat Bread) : Vegetable, Cheese, Paneer, Peanut Butter or Club. Cut the sandwiches into different shapes.
4.
Parathas : You can send Paratha & jam roll or make stuffed Paratha with any vegetable or daal. Experiment with different shapes - square or triangles.
5.
Boiled chickpeas (White or black Chana) or Boiled Kidney Beans : You can boil it plain with salt or make chat by adding chopped tomatoes, onion, lemon juice & chaat Masala.
6.
Pasta : Plain boiled pasta with grated cheese or Pasta in tomato sauce.
7.
Nuts & Dry Fruits – Peanut, Almonds, Cashewnuts, Walnuts, Raisins etc.
8.
Packaged Cereals – Chococ, Muesli & Wheat Flakes.
9.
Upma
10.
Poha
11.
Dosa
12.
Seasonal Fruits
13.
Sprouts
14.
Vegetable Dalia
15.
Whole Grain Biscutt.
Some other tips and tricks
Do not overload the tiffin box. Find out how long their snack break is. Get them in the habit of finishing or almost finishing and not wasting food.
Get a dual compartment tiffin box so that the dry stuff does not get soggy with the damp foods like fruits.
Have a rough plan of the snack schedule so that you can ensure the ingredients and make sure that you are not running helter skelter at the last minute. Plan the snack the night before.
If you are really busy (working or rushed in the mornings), you could have a schedule for each week. Stick it on the fridge. For example, mini idlis for Monday, paratha for Tuesday and so on. Of course, be spontaneous, your child might ask for something different, but having a plan will prevent you from racking your brain when you are really busy. And if you have a maid, then you do not have to brief every time, only when there is a change to the schedule.
The quantity would depend on how substantial their breakfast is and their lunch timing. But ensure that they have enough to keep them going but not too much that it interferes with their lunch. And of course, if they have a heavy snack, then adjust lunch accordingly.
Keep it simple. The snack does not have to be complex. Even some everyday ingredients can be used for snack. For example, boiled white gram or chickpeas or channa or a variation with these (chickpea salad or chickpea chaat).
Ask your kids for ideas and what their classmates get.
 
   
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