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Activities for kids!Part 1

Mothers are always concerned about the activities of their kids. Especially during vacation times!300x255_teacup-front_rdax_651

Kids demand attention, they are never ready to just sit idle. We as mothers try our best to keep them occupied with so many things. Coloring, painting, craft work, Internet sites, reading, pretend play, visit to parks, etc are the various ways kids keep themselves busy. It’s a fact that whatever activity kids are involved in is helping them to develop some skills for themselves. Painting and art activities help in enhancing creativity, craft work helps building holding skills, pretend and play help in expressing themselves.

At times kids ask you for certain other activities as they can get bored of doing the same usual activities. Then we have to be innovative and patient too! While searching out for ways to keep my kid busy at home I came across various tips which I will love to share with my readers. As the list is big enough to share in one go, therefore I will keep the series on with every passing week-

1. MAKE ME POSTER- To recognize your child’s interests.

Markers, gum, large sheet, magazine pictures, snapshots, scissors

Go through different magazines and papers with your child. Find pictures of your child’s favorite things like what’s his favorite food, pets, clothes, .Cut the pictures down and paste them into large sheet of paper… Make big captions on the chart like “look at me when I was 1 years old!” or “My granny dear”.

This activity gives a special feeling to your child and says to him that you are special to us. This activity will definitely build self-confidence in your child!

2. WORD GAME

Paper, Marker, Small Box

Decorate a small box and keep it in your kid’s room. Every day post a new word in his room and discuss the meaning also. Then keep that word in the box. Review all words once a week. You can add different variations also to this game. Show different words to them and ask them to choose. Then attach all words card together to make a word train. You can make this game more dramatic to involve your kid into it fully.

Happy vacations!

Quotation of the week!

“No person is your friend (or kin) who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow and be perceived as fully blossomed as you were intended.”
Alice Malsenior Walker (born February 9, 1944) is an American author, self-declared feminist and womanist—the latter a term she herself coined to make special distinction for the experiences of women of color. She has written at length on issues of race and gender, and is most famous for the critically acclaimed novel The Color Purple, for which she won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

 

We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee. ~ Marian Wright Edelman  an American activist for the rights of children. She is president and founder of the Children’s Defense Fund

3 Best Weight Loss Sites I came across!

Weight loss is in every fem ale’s resolution list in today’s times.!fat-lady_k0973126

There are so many resources available around to make you aware about the right way to go about it. While net surfing I listed few Internet sites which I really think can be beneficial to my blog readers.

1.http://www.sparkpeople.com/-

This site is really an amazing site. The content of this site covers variety of topics and it has been declared as the best health website by Business Week for 2006, 2007, and 2008. The network of this site is amazing. It has different linked sites dealing with pregnancy, teens health, American health and many others.

2.http://yourtotalhealth.ivillage.com/diet-fitness

I have loved this site as the sections it deals with cover variety of topics. My favourite  section about walking(as walking is my favourite form of exercise). There is discussion panel, news centre which informs you about latest happening in health segment. Some women related articles are really informative.

3.http://www.prevention.com

This is also one very informative site. I liked the health tracker section , which helps you to maintain dairy for your diet and exercise schedule. Power food section is also informative.

Get techno and start your weight loss plan sticking to one of any site.Best of luck!

Quotation of the Week!

She has achieved success who has lived well; laughed often and loved much;… who has filled her niche and accomplished her task; … who has always looked for the best in others and given the best she had; whose life was an inspiration. ~ Mrs A. J. Stanley

Mrs A. J. Stanley is a writer

 

A woman is like a tea bag — only in hot water do you realize how strong she is. ~ Nancy Reagan

Nancy Davis Reagan (born Anne Frances Robbins on July 6, 1921) is the widow of formerUnited States President Ronald Reagan and served as an influential First Lady of the United States from 1981 to 1989.

 

Quotation of the week!

Remove those ‘I want you to like me’ stickers from your forehead
and, instead, place them where they truly will do the most good —
on your mirror!

~ Susan Jeffers

Susan Jeffers, Ph.D. has helped millions of people throughout the world overcome their fears, heal their relationships, and move forward in life with confidence and love.

She is the author of many internationally renowned books including Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway, Feel the Fear. . .and Beyond, Feel the Fear Power Planner, End the Struggle and Dance With Life, Dare to Connect, Opening Our Hearts to Men, Losing a Love…Finding a Life, Thoughts Of Power and Love, The Little Book of Confidence, Embracing Uncertainty, Life is Huge! plus her “Fear-less Series” of affirmation books and tapes (Inner Talk for Peace of Mind, Inner Talk for a Confident Day, and Inner Talk For a Love That Works). Her latest book is The Feel the Fear Guide to Lasting Love, which was published in the UK in May 2005 and in the US and Canada by her own publishing company, Jeffers Press, in October 2005.

Your own words are the bricks and mortar
of the dreams you want to realize.
Your words are the greatest power you have.
The words you choose and their use establish the life you experience.

~ Sonia Croquette 

Sonia Choquette is an internationally acclaimed spiritual teacher, intuitive guide and masterful catalyst whose special gift is to energetically activate the highest vibration and free the authentic Spirit in everyone she meets. She releases people from the restriction and fear of the ego and guides them through the portals to joy, wholeness, and personal empowerment in every area of their life. She has also been a personal Intuitive advisor to such New Age Leaders as Louise Hay, Julia Cameron, Caroline Myss, Dr. Wayne Dyer, pop icon Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins rock band, and professional consultant to international business leaders such as Charlotte Beers, Fortune 500 Company CEO.

Techno face of Indian Govt!

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Government of India has developed an ‘Online Grievance Forum http://pgportal.gov.in/. Can you imagine this is happening in INDIA? Yes we are improving, may be with slow pace but definitely we are changing for the better!

The govt wants people to use this tool to highlight the problems they faced while dealing with Government officials or departments like Passport Office, Electricity board, BSNL/MTNL, Railways etc.
Many of us say that these things don’t work in India. Its common scene in group discussions, whether its a family discussion, or friends one, in fact the employee groups themselves discuss the laid back nature of the Indian government . There are so many things to complain about but nobody to listen to those complains. If somebody tries to reach the concerned authority for the grievance redress, he has to cross so many steps of formalities that in end his patience leaves him alone. 

Grievance redress site will connect the common man straight to the concerned authority and thus will consume less time in decision making from the part of government  The challenge is to create awareness regarding the presence of this site. Indian government should promote this site in much larger scale. 

 

The penetration of the internet among urban Indians stands at 9% now, assuming the total urban population at 336 million. The marketing  research http://www.marketingcharts.com/interactive/indias-internet-users-reach-30-million-637/    

reflects that Internet usage in India is growing with steady pace. But we can say that the population percentage who is using Internet is having basic education and thus can be concerned about the government actions regarding some areas in their surroundings.

The need of the hour is to take that first step. 

Indian womenfolk, what are you waiting for? You are not happy with the things happening around you. Damaged roads, limited supply of electricity, corrupt officials, red tap ism, their are so many things which upset you as it affects the quality of your family life. 

Take this liberty to question the government on various issues which are troubling you!
Couple of months back, the Faridabad Municipal Corporation laid new roads in his area and the residents were very happy about it. But 2 weeks later, BSNL dug up the newly laid roads to install new cables which annoyed all the residents. A resident used the above listed grievance forum to highlight his concern. To his surprise, BSNL and Municipal Corporation of Faridabad were served a show cause notice and the guy received a copy of the notice in one week. Government has asked the MC and BSNL about the goof up as it’s clear that both the government departments were not in sync at all.

So use this grievance forum and educate others who don’t know about this facility. This way we can at least raise our concerns instead of just talking about the ‘System’ in India.
Invite your friends to contribute for many such happenings.

International Women’s Day Celebration by SHINE-Fiesta in Singapore(II)

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“One is not born Woman, one becomes one.”
Indeed!
To celebrate this spirit of womanhood on the eve of International women’s day, event Fiesta was organized by SHINE – Self-Help International Network Enterprise. A Social Enterprise in Singapore. Their forte is in training Int’l Professional Speakers/Trainers & Social Entrepreneurs. They also organize charitable events & Outreach Programs for the community.

International Women’s day is one particular date in the whole year on which women is acknowledged for her achievements in different fields. Efforts are made globally, to work towards the improvement of women’s status in society and her empowerment.
Woman acts as a wife, mother, sister, daughter and maybe also a professional. Multi tasking all her jobs with credibility is in itself an achievement. As a professional she delivers all her responsibilities with diligence, as a family person she plays all roles with affection and perfection. Definitely she deserves admiration for her performance.
Womankind has always been known for her courage, determination, diligence, integrity, softness, confidence, charm and so many more attributes. Its time for her to enjoy all her attributes, enhance her knowledge regarding her advancement, pamper herself, and most importantly ENJOY! Celebrating womanhood…The ‘Fiesta’ gave a platform to womenfolk to do all they wanted and longed to do. Packaged with variety of workshops, dance performances, music performances, lucky draws, and stalls for health screening, makeovers, foot and shoulder massages, henna, painting, and lots more activities, Fiesta gave a reason to womenfolk to party, enhance knowledge, and appreciate their worth!
Opening of the event was done by keynote delivered by Dr Ramesh Nambiar Hon. PhD Founder of SHINE – Self-Help International Network Enterprise. It was followed by a programme Women Shining around the World, where ladies representing different countries attired in particular countries costume ramped around the stage. Dance performances Hip Hop by G30 Group, Indian Dance by Madhavi, Fusion Dance by Meenu and Belly Dance by Stephanie were appreciated a lot.
Celebrity Performance by” Live Your Dream” fame Alan Sandosham was a real crowd puller..dsc06077

Beauty, good health and a strong personality defines the essence of womanhood around. Keeping this in mind all workshops were designed to enhance their knowledge regarding these aspects. This will help them to become healthier, confident and beautiful. The first workshop Creating a Healthy You was remarkable in the sense as it talked about women menstrual issues, healthy diet tips & how to exercise effectively, even using a mop & pail. Speaker’s profiles reflect their expertise in their particular field- Ms Angela Lee – Health Specialist with many years experience in Holistic Health Management, Ms Ketki Vinayachandra – Head of Fertility Centre in Natural Therapies Centre, Singapore. Australian trained Naturopath, Herbalist Dave – Certified Physical Trainer & Instructor who conducts health & fitness classes for women, to exercise in the comfort of their home. Ladies were benefitted by the discussion about the health management.
Workshop on Creating a Beautiful You was carried by Mrs. Lena Lee who is the Beauty & Wellness personal Grooming & Make-up Specialist with many years of experience. .Ladies got a chance to learn exciting tips to DIY Anti-Aging, Skin-Care. Also Got Hands-on Make-up / Grooming ideas. Participants also got a chance to get on the spot make-over.
Creating an Avant-Garde You workshop was carried by Dr. Ramesh Nambiar Hon. PhD. – Int’l Professional Empowerment Coach with more than 25 years experience in Mind Energizing. The workshop was about discovering your passion to stand out in current scenario. The idea of the workshop was to motivate the audience to ponder about their dreams so that they can come out from their comfort zone and work hard in creating a niche for themselves.
The highlight of the event was dialogue session with 4 achieving Women who had inspiring success stories to share on their work/ business & personal lives. It was inspiring to listen to Ms Angela Lee, Spirit of Enterprise 2005 Award Winner, who shared on her 19 years business experience in the Property Industry, & how she pursued her dreams based on her “inner voice”. She is also a Socio-prenuer, creating awareness on women health issues.

The other Achieving woman in the Dialogue session was Ms Azeeza Jalaludeen, Co-Founder of SHINE. She’s a Full-time Home-maker, turned Professional Speaker & Trainer. She touched on how she derives her inspiration from within, & the women around her, including from her mother.
Ms Moon Loh and Ms Murshidah were the other speakers. Ms Moon Loh introduced the audience to interesting word Mompreneur. Mompreneur is moms who establish businesses at home while also acting as the parent of their children. In Canada, they define Mompreneur as “A woman started the business because she’s been inspired by being a mother”. This information was quite new and inspiring to ladies. Doing business from home sounds good to all mothers. Ms Moon shares tips on her blog how to enhance business by internet marketing.
Ms Murshidah is related to Accelerated Learning Centre for people passionate in enhancing education and training systems. She has been doing lots of corporate and public workshops now in areas of personal enhancement. She shared her experiences with the audience to how to overcome your fears and obstacles and come out a winner. The Message of the Fiesta was “Lady, You Are Doing The Best You Can; I appreciate You for your efforts!”
If nobody’s telling you this, its time you stop & tell yourself & feel the essence of worthiness in yourself, accept it, enjoy it & grow stronger with this feeling!”

The Chairperson of the Fiesta Organizing Committee, Ms Azeeza Jalaludeen was very appreciative of the efforts of the volunteer team of ladies made up of multi-ethnic group in Singapore.

First of its kind in Singapore, this Fiesta is going to be a yearly event. Hats off to Organizing Team!

International Women’s Day Celebration Activities in Singapore-I

International Women’s Day celebrations started with spark in Singapore by launching of GRACE pro gram me by People’s n537947636_1464755_3276138Association Women’s Integration Network (WIN) council, an umbrella body for the grassroots Women’s Executive Committees. GRACE has 52 women mentors in their 20s to their 50s from fields as diverse as advertising, engineering, and teaching. They will play mentor for at least two years to 20 girls from families with monthly incomes of $18, 00 or less.

“Under GRACE, THE GIRLS GET TUTORING, ARE ENROLLED IN ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES AND IF NEEDED GIVEN UPTO $500 A YEAR. In 1967, when WECs were first formed, many females were home-makers. WECs therefore provided opportunities for women in the heartlands to learn life-skills, such as sewing and cooking. Besides giving them basic employment skills, the WECs also engaged them in meaningful social activities that allowed them to form bonds outside of their families as well as increased their self-confidence. 10But times and the profile of women have changed. Currently, under the charge of the Women’s Integration n537947636_1464753_2888030Network (WIN) Council, there are 104 WECs with more than 2,000 executive members and nearly 5,000 WEC Associates. Some 36% of Women Executive Members are Professionals, Managers, Executives and Technicians, up from 27% a decade ago. 11To cater to changing needs and interests, the diverse activities and programmes organized by the WECs now range from seminars on career and financial planning, to classes on holistic spa therapy and hip hop dance. Last year alone, the WECs collectively organized nearly 7,000 programmes that attracted close to 700,000 participants. WECs have kept in pace to remain relevant for today’s women from all walks of life. 12WECs are also increasingly becoming a focal point to galvanize women into action for a range of social issues which include community bonding, nurturing the young and helping the less fortunate. 13One example of this is Admiral Garden WEC, who not only collaborate with schools and community organizations to raise funds for the School Pocket Money Fund, but also organize health screenings like mobile mammograms and pap smears, which they bring to the women in their constituency. They also organize talks on financial management to empower women, especially those from poorer families to better manage their households.”

I felt so motivated while observing all these facts when mentioned in the event! Committee work from the grassroots level can help a lot when women themselves are involved. Many stalls were set up from different organizations like Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation, Heart Foundation of Singapore, Healthy Times Magazine and others. Breast Cancer Foundation created awareness regarding how to do self test at home to locate the lump.

Its time to outreach to society. Every Independent woman should come out to outreach the needy in society for the benefit of womenfolk only!