Nov 14, 2009

Children's Day (India)

Children in India are not likely to forget their country’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, nor his birthday, November 14, 1889, for on this day they are honored in Children’s Day celebrations.

Schoolchildren from kindergarten through high school received treats and have a holiday. The poor children are remembered, too. Kind people go to their homes and distribute candy and food. The crippled, blind, and deaf children also receive special attention on this day.

Newspapers publish articles about the needs of children for food, education, medical treatment, and love. Magazines publish stories about people who help children. For one day everyone is interested in children, and then it seems they are more or less forgotten.

150 Ways to Show Kids You Care. (by Search Institute
1. Notice them.
2. Smile a lot.
3. Acknowledge them.
4. Learn their names.
5. Seek them out.
6. Remember their birthdays.
7. Ask them about themselves.
8. Look in their eyes when you talk to them.
9. Listen to them.
10. Play with them.
11. Read aloud together.
12. Giggle together.
13. Be nice.
14. Say yes a lot.
15. Tell them their feelings are okay.
16. Set boundaries that keep them safe.
17. Be honest.
18. Be yourself.
19. Listen to their stories.
20. Hug them.
21. Forget your worries sometimes and concentrate only on them.
22. Notice when they’re acting differently.
23. Present options when they seek your consent.
24. Play outside together.
25. Surprise them.
26. Stay with them when they afraid.
27. Invite them over for juice.
28. Suggest better behaviors when they act out.
29. Feed them when they’re hungry.
30. Delight in their discoveries.
31. Share their excitement.
32. Send them a letter or postcard.
33. Follow them when they lead.
34. Notice when they’re absent.
35. Call them to say hello.
36. Hide surprises for them to find.
37. Give them space when they need it.
38. Contribute to their collections.
39. Discuss the dreams and nightmares.
40. Laugh at their jokes.
41. Be relaxed.
42. Kneel, squat, or sit so you’re at their eye level.
43. Answer their questions.
44. Tell them how terrific they are.
45. Create a tradition with them and keep it.
46. Learn what they have to teach.
47. Use your ears more than your mouth.
48. Make yourself available.
49. Show up at their concerts, games, and events.
50. Find a common interest.
51. Hold hands during a walk.
52. Apologize when you’ve done something wrong.
53. Listen to their favorite music with them.
54. Keep the promises you make.
55. Wave and smile when you part.
56. Display their artwork in your home.
57. Thank them.
58. Point out what you like them.
59. Clip magazine pictures or articles that interest them.
60. Give them lots of compliments.
61. Catch them doing something right.
62. Encourage win-win solutions.
63. Give them your undivided attentions.
64. Ask for their opinions.
65. Have fun together.
66. Be curious with them.
67. Introduce them to your friends and family.
68. Tell them how much you like being with them.
69. Let them solve most of their own problems.
70. Meet their friends.
71. Meet their parents.
72. Let them tell you how they feel.
73. Help them become an expert at something.
74. Be excited when you see them.
75. Tell them about yourself.
76. Let them act their age.
77. Praise more, criticize less.
78. Be consistent.
79. Admit when you make a mistake.
80. Enjoy your time together.
81. Give them a special nickname.
82. Marvel at what they can do.
83. Tell them how proud you are of them.
84. Pamper them.
85. Unwind together.
86. Be happy.
87. Ask them to help you.
88. Support them.
89. Applaud their success.
90. Deal with problems and conflicts while they’re still small.
91. Chaperone a dance.
92. Tell them stories in which they are the hero.
93. Believe in them.
94. Nurture them with good food, good words, and good fun.
95. Be flexible.
96. Delight in their uniqueness.
97. Let them make mistakes.
98. Notice when they grow.
99. Wave and honk when you drive by them.
100. Give them immediate feedback.
101. Include them in conversation.
102. Respect them.
103. Join in their adventure.
104. Visit their school.
105. Help them learn something new.
106. Be understanding when they have a difficult day.
107. Give them good choices.
108. Respect the choices they make.
109. Be silly together.
110. Hang out together.
111. Make tine to be with them.
112. Inspire their creativity.
113. Accept them as they are.
114. Become their advocate.
115. Appreciate their individuality.
116. Talk openly with them.
117. Tolerate their interruptions.
118. Trust them.
119. Share a secret.
120. Write a chalk message on their sidewalk.
121. Create a safe, open environment.
122. Be available.
123. Cheer their accomplishments.
124. Encourage them to help others.
125. Tackle new tasks together.
126. Believe what they say.
127. Help them take a stand and stand with them.
128. Daydream with them.
129. Do what they like to do.
130. Make decisions together.
131. Magnify their magnificence.
132. Build something together.
133. Encourage them to think big.
134. Celebrate their first and last, such as the first school day.
135. Go places together.
136. Welcome their suggestions.
137. Visit them when their sick.
138. Tape records a massage for them.
139. Help them learn from mistakes.
140. Be sincere.
141. Introduce them to people of excellence.
142. Tell them what you expect of them.
143. Give them your phone number.
144. Introduce them to new experiences.
145. Share a meal together.
146. Talk directly together.
147. Be spontaneous.
148. Expect their best; don’t expect perfections.
149. Empower them to help and be themselves.
150. Love them, no matter what.

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