How to Raise a Grateful Child in today’s Materialistic World??? 109

In this materialistic world, it’s hard to teach children to be grateful, by buying the latest gadgets for your child you won’t be able to raise a better person, instead of by teaching them to be thankful and grateful for whatever things they have, will. There are many studies that prove, kids with a higher level of gratitude did well in studies, don’t suffer from depression and had a positive outlook towards life. Here are a few tips which will help you to make your child grateful:

  1. Skip Luxury for a Week

All parents wish to fulfil their kids need and desires, from packing their favorite lunch in tiffin to buying latest gadgets and to forget branded clothes and shoes, when kids get things easily they don’t value them and feel grateful. Thus, try going without luxury for a week, for example, try avoiding eating out, going without TV and Air conditioner for a week, this will make your child realize the value of things they have and be grateful.

  1. Thank Aloud

If you wish your kids to be grateful for what they have, then you should show them that you’re thankful for everything. A simple way of doing this is by thinking aloud. When out with kids thank everyone, you interact with, from the grocery man to your building’s watchman, show genuine gratitude towards the waiter who serves you at a restaurant, by this your child will learn that a small act of kindness can make someone happy.

  1. Ask the “What if’s?”

This is a powerful strategy to instil gratitude in your kid’s way of living, when you are out with your kid, at a restaurant or playing in a park. Ask your child the tough questions like, what if you don’t have a place to live? What if you couldn’t go to School? in this process make sure not to get too preachy. This question will make your child thankful for the good life they have.

  1. Be a Role-model

If you wish to raise a grateful kid, then try to help others in front of them. When you see an old man or women crossing try helping them to cross or help a pregnant woman by carrying her shopping bags. And teach your kid that they should always try to help others.

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This little girl is afraid of lights…. WHY?? Watch the video! 232

A couple of days back I and my daughter witnessed an accident of a man with his child driving on a bike. Lot many people gathered at the spot and some helped the victims. I and my daughter stopped and helped the child who did not have any major wounds but was scarred here and there and was bleeding a little. The man too, but his back was hit badly to the road divider. Probably, I am afraid the inside damage may take some time to be revealed, though I hope he will be healed fully. The public started judging that the father must have lost control. Either he was driving with high speed or was on the phone while driving.

The truth was none of these reasons and the father had no mistake. The mistake was the car that sped away which drove in front of him while they were on the road in opposite direction. The father was at normal speed but when the car took a left turn and the high beam light blinded the father and he could not open his eyes. This made him lose control as he was caught suddenly. The car driver did not realize what he did or how he became a reason for someone to fall and so he just drove away. Luckily the father and daughter did not have any much damage, but what if something serious happened? Who is responsible for it?

Dear people, most vehicles have an option to dimmer your headlights. While driving in city limits keep your headlights dim and when in a darker and outskirts place you can make it higher. Many do not realize this and drive without even bothering about it. Please, do not be a reason of someone’s death knowingly or unknowingly. Do not take away a child’s father or mother just because you were too ignorant to check your headlights while driving. Here is a beautiful video that explains what I am talking. Share with your family and friends and spread the awareness. Because like you many just do not realize and once they know, I am sure people will be careful.

“I Fear a Relapse”, Says Deepika Padukone. 1379

The trailer of the most awaited Padmavati movie was released making us wait on a tiptoe for the movie to be released soon which is actually on December 1st, 2017 (See the trailer here). While on-screen Rani Padmini fights for her honor, the actress who plays the role, Deepika Padukone is fighting altogether a different battle in her real life.

While shooting for the Happy New Year movie, Deepika was fighting her inner battle of depression. Although she did not realize it then. Her mother who came to visit felt there was something wrong and requested Anna Chandy, a psychiatrist from Bengaluru to talk to her daughter. Though Deepika ignored it for a period of time, she finally recognized her problem and took steps to cure it. However, in a recent event, while talking about the Jauhar scene of Rani Padmini in the movie Padmavati, she revealed that she lives in a constant fear of a relapse of depression. She said “ I don’t think, I am completely over it. There is always a fear of relapse as that phase when it happened is the worst experience in my life”.

Since her opening up about her condition in public, there are numerous articles written about depression and there are plenty of suggestion available for someone who is looking for help. But, the truth is a lot many of the population who are suffering from depression do not know that they have it and they need help. Most of them try to think it is nothing but stress, fatigue and they are over-worked.

Like Deepika said in one of her interviews earlier while talking about her feelings during the time, being sad and being depressed are two different things. When someone is sad, they look sad, but when someone is depressed, most of the times they hide it. They try to behave normally while the feeling of emptiness keeps nagging at them. You do not have to be poor or have to lose something in life to be depressed. Sometimes the feeling of depression has no reason.

How to recognize the signs?

When someone is depressed, you may notice certain changes in them. Such as,

  • Less interested in daily activities
  • Loss of appetite and weight changes (can lose or gain)
  • being angry and irritable most of the times
  • less energised
  • self-loathing
  • reckless behaviors
  • Change in sleeping patterns

These are some of the changes we notice in a depressed person, not for few days but on a regular basis. If you spot these in someone or if you are facing it yourself, get help. There is no age or gender who are affected by depression.

Recognizing and understanding the symptoms of depression is the first step to finding a solution. Once you know, meet a good psychiatrist and get help. There is no shame in finding help to cure a mental illness. We meet our doctors for physical illness. In the same way, sometimes our mind also need that extra help too.

Do not, I repeat do not ever be afraid to ask for help!!! Because you might be surprised that there are so many good people around you who really care and want to help you.