What Kids Can Do For The Summer Vacation

Every parent dreads the arrival of Summer – it’s vacation time for kids and a big ordeal for parents to keep them occupied. The sound of the school bus horn never sounded better!

 

A few parents find summer workshops nearby or ones that arrange transport, to engage their kids in a wide range of activities like painting, dancing, swimming, music, sculpture, pottery, sports etc. These keep them occupied for a few hours each day. Of course the mobile phone, TV serials and social media keep them occupied for the rest of the time.

 

 

Three aspects of a child’s personality should be groomed during the vacation.

 

Discipline : Kids tend to lose this sense that was in place due to exact school timings and all activities being time bound post the school too. So parents should enroll children in programs or join them in the morning for sessions of exercise, yoga and/or games to ensure that the discipline of waking up early (preferably between 5 and 6 AM) and keeping the body fit and supple continues. Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskar) are the best all round exercises to ensure this. 

 

Enthusiasm : If you notice, a 2 year old smiles about 400 times a day and it comes down to 18 times a day by the time they become a teenager. How can one keep up this enthusiasm and energy as one grows up? Interestingly, there is a connecting between breath and emotions. You notice that when one is happy, the breath is deep and calm and when one is sulking or frowning or angry it is hot and short. So by controlling the breath, one can control emotions. Children should learn Pranayama and practice them regularly to keep their emotions stable and their energy levels and enthusiasm high. The Art of Living conducts such Pranayama programs regularly all over the country during the summer vacations.

 

Compassion : In this rat race, it is very easy to get consumed by commercialization and always want more and more. Eventually one realizes that it does not give true happiness and can even lead to depression. Spending a few hours in social service can blossom their personality and make them truly useful citizens. There are many initiatives like ‘The Ugly Indian’ which are working towards making India a clean place. Many kids have gotten together and cleaned up walls and footpaths as a ‘Spot Fix’ and won accolades from society. See if you can get such opportunities for your kids to be truly useful and nurture their innate compassion for life.

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The Author Shri Muralidhar Koteshwar

Shri Muralidhar Koteshwar is an engineering professional who is equally passionate about education. He has over twenty five years of experience after a B-Tech from IIT-Madras, India in a career that spans a complete product life cycle. A part of the team that built India’s first Supercomputer the PARAM at CDAC, he subsequently held leadership positions in multinational organisations like Tektronix (color printing division that was taken over by Xerox), Tata Elxsi, Celstream, Trilogy and SONIM. He is currently the Managing Director of Avankia, a SAAS product company and heads Indian operations of Mentor Cloud & Onya Digital – a web portal and mobile apps development company. He is a visiting faculty at IIIT-B and National College for post graduate students. He is equally passionate about education and as a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Art of Living’s Educational Trust was responsible for establishing over 100 educational institutes in India. He was one of the founding members of the Advanced Computing Society and has conducted workshops, lectures and professionals in the Industry in topics ranging from Software Engineering, User Experience Design, Software Estimation, Technical Leadership, Data Visualization, Requirements Management, Product Management, Information Architecture, Mobile UX design, Project Management, Transitioning from Developer to Lead and Design for Excellence. He travels worldwide speaking at International Seminars and training thousands of teachers and professionals in schools, homes and organisations. Recently he enabled an agreement between IAHV and UNESCO to organise a global series of Media and Education Conferences. He was a keynote speaker at the HT Annual Education Summit and has been felicitated by various institutions including the Government of Taiwan for service to society. He appears on relevant TV shows and debates to further the cause of value education.