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The Little Lilypad is a lifestyle blog mostly written by a mum to two beautiful, cheeky and entertaining daughters. It is sometimes written by the Man on the Pad or by one of our baby bloggers. Occasionally we accept guest posts too. There is frequently talk of shoes and clothing (we love fashion and savvy shopping), chocolate (who doesn't love chocolate) education and swimming (we love this too). It is hopefully helpful, sometimes funny and always honest.

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  1. 10 Tips on How to Celebrate Halloween While Social Distancing

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    The COVID-19 pandemic is bringing many changes to our daily lives. Some of the events we are used to celebrating during this time of year may have been postponed, canceled, or changed. But that doesn't mean we can't celebrate them together. Right now, we are practicing physical distancing to help slow the spread of coronavirus and we we may not be able to physically attend Pride festivities, graduation ceremonies, birthdays, weddings, various holidays, or all of the events that we usually celebrate in person.

    PIN - 10 Tips on How to Celebrate Halloween While Social Distancing

    So what about Halloween? Young and old people alike allow themselves to do what is typically forbidden: dressing up, walking in the dark, and bumping on the doors of unadulterated outsiders. However, in order for everything to be fun, you have to follow a few safety tips. To these is also added the COVID-19 factor. This year, we will have to be extra careful in many respects.

    1)     Host or participate in a virtual meeting (e.g., party, online video session, ceremony, etc.) with other social network members.

    2)     Go for makeup and face paint rather than a mask. Here it is about the traditional Halloween masks that cover the entire face. However, you can find a mask (this time, we are talking about the one now mandatory in indoor public places given the COVID-19) that will coordinate with the disguise, while leaving the eyes clear.

    3)     While makeup is recommended, if a child is keen on wearing a mask, make sure it is snug to not interfere with their vision and breathing.

    4)     For the aged ones who want to celebrate Halloween with friends, request them to tell you about the route they will take, give them a maximum time they will have to be back, and recommend that they stay in small groups of four to five people.

    5)     Treats stir up little foodies in disguise, but they can be extremely dangerous for young children or those with allergies.

    6)    If you accompany your child on his gourmet walk, you will be able to make him wait before tasting the treats that fall in the bag or, at the very least, checking the candies as they want to eat one. Once at home, take the time to examine your little ones' candy before they eat it.

    7)     Avoid treats without packaging.

    8)     Watch out for your children's allergies.

    9)   Watch out for soft candies, peanuts, or very hard sweets that could cause choking.

    10)  Given the COVID-19 pandemic, to avoid taking any unnecessary risks with sweets that come from different homes, leave them in quarantine for about 24 hours. Of course, a Halloween party without tasting the sweets is not a Halloween party. Plan ahead and get some sweets ready for your children. They can be enjoyed the same evening. We will avoid groupings at all costs, and ideally, we will pick up candy in our neighborhood, or even among people we know. It will probably be necessary to reduce the number of houses visited and celebrate more with the family rather than on the street.

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  2. Benefits of Homeschooling- How it could make kids smarter?

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    It is funny how quickly times change. It seems like not that long ago, homeschooling was a less-explored concept. Now, in the wake of the COVID -19 virus, a large proportion of children and parents have had no other options than homeschooling.

    How it could make kids smarter?

     

    Parents are taking full responsibility for their child’s homeschooling. It requires a lot of upskilling for parents to homeschool their children. Moreover, parents have to develop patience to bring up their children in a formal manner in a home environment. Previously homeschooling was prevalent in rural areas only however, many parents are switching over to homeschooling, due to rising discontentment over the school curriculum.

    Benefits Of Homeschooling

    Homeschooling has a number of benefits. Let us find out more about this facet of education.

    • The parents have complete control over the child’s learning mechanism. No one teaches the child the wrong thing, as intermingling is less rampant. It also helps the parents to constantly monitor the child’s progress unhindered. It may not be possible to do that in school.

    • The teaching timings are also flexible. A parent can choose the teaching timings based on the child’s interests and comfort level. The child may also be interested in extra-curricular activities. So, he or she can concentrate the efforts on both sectors. This way, the interest levels of the child also remain up to date.

    • It is also a great way to pass on the ideas and beliefs directly to the children. You, as a parent, can instill a lot of confidence in the child, sitting at home. That may not be possible, when the child is spending 4-5 hours in school and then coming home. He will not be in a mood to listen to the parent’s theories and beliefs at the end of a tiring day.

    • Homeschooling can also protect the child from a lot of negativity. In school, children learn lots of things that they are not supposed to learn. It can come from peers, other parents and seniors. However, as a parent you can protect your child from this kind of nuisance if you practice homeschooling.

    • At home, education can be a fun and learning environment. However, in school things are much more formalized. So, the child grows up in a formal environment and it may hamper the development of a certain category of children. Every child’s learning skills are not the same, so the education mode has to be fun-filled and exciting.

    • Parents can also identify the hidden talents of the child, through homeschooling. A teacher at school may be loving and mother-like. However, after paying attention to 20 odd children at school, it is not possible for the teacher to identify the talent of each and every child, individually. So, at certain times the talents remain unexplored. However, if you are homeschooling, things can get better. Parents can easily identify the talents of their children and nurture them, then and there.

    • If both parents are working, whether from home or from office, one can pay attention to the child’s well-being. They can take turns in nurturing the child from all angles.

    Today, more and more parents are switching to homeschooling. It can actually make kids a lot smarter. It is possible that parents do homeschooling for a few years and then send their wards to school. It can be an extremely nourishing experience. So, by the time board examinations knock on the door, children are ready to take on the world.

    Benefits of Homeschooling

  3. Simple ways to find and develop your child’s leadership voice

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    The UK lockdown has made many of us unlikely teacher figures and it has been interesting to see the children develop and work through these times. This is both from an education and emotional perspective and its important to consider the development of any child and building qualities like leadership and analytical skills. It is very crucial to identify the voice of a leader that all children possess and develop them. 

    PIN - Simple ways to find and develop your child’s leadership voice

    1. Encourage in extra-curricular activities 

    It is very important to engage a child in various extra-curricular activities. This will give him or her the much-needed edge to go with life. They will be able to shirk off the shakiness related to public speaking and expression of opinions. This will broaden their horizon and help them in thinking clearly. Extra-curricular activities play a pivotal role in the development of a  child’s mental set up. They are able to explore their passion and calling. They are exposed to a host of activities to try their hands on and finally decide upon the skill they want to enhance in the future.

    2. Make reading a regular habit 

    No matter how much technology upgrades to provide customized and well-curated education, reading is an indispensable tool for the growth and development of the psyche of a child. Reading is a habit that largely builds the thinking patterns in children and helps them in building a good knowledge base. Needless to say reading also helps in developing an amazing vocabulary which is crucial to develop leadership skills. This is because leadership demands a clear expression of opinions. So reading must be an integral part of growing up for any child. This is because it is an important building block for a better future.

    3. Develop listening skills

    In order to prosper in any field, it is quintessential to develop good listening skills. This is an integral part of development, particularly of children. They must be taught from a tender age to listen when they are taught something or are in a class or in any situation where they are being mentored. This is a soft skill that must be cultivated from a tender age so as to reap its benefits later on in the future. This is a crucial step towards being a good leader. This is because while managing a team one must focus on listening then analyzing the opinions and grievances of the fellow mates.

    4. Having a good mentor

    Mentorship is one of the most underrated and least discussed aspects that is crucial towards the building of leadership skills. This is basically an important aspect of the practice of learning by doing. One must make an effort to learn from an individual with whom he or she shares a match of mental wavelengths. As for a child, proper mentorship should ideally start with the parents and the teachers. This is a very crucial part of developing good leadership skills. The child must be in touch with the mentor who can rightly guide the kid towards a path of success with contentment. This doesn't always have to be a professional but more often than not a family friend or someone they admire.

    5. Encourage in thought-provoking activities 

    A very useful and less discussed way to develop good leadership skills is exposure to thought-provoking activities. A child must be encouraged towards activities like puzzle solving, sudoku, quizzing, and such similar playful ways. This will continuously help in the expansion of their minds and thinking range. This is a requisite for leadership skills because every leader needs to draw up new ideas to perform better and enhance team performance.

    Nothing can be better than these playful ways to develop this skill from a young age in every child. So given the fast-paced and changing world, it is very important to develop these skills in a child from a young age. 

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  4. How to camp at home

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    If you are an avid camper, the restrictions of movement because of the pandemic must be a real pain. You miss the sun, the wild abandon of fellow campers, the fresh breeze in the forests, the excitement of taking a road trip, and the anticipation of the beautiful sceneries that await you.

    LLP - Camping

    That does not mean you cannot have some fun in your home. With just a little imagination, you can camp at home, in your living room or your backyard, and re-live some of your camping experiences.

    Gather your gear

    What kind of gear would you normally have with you if you went camping in the wild?

    Prepare cooking gear, entertainment kits, and other survival kits. The best way to integrate some important parts of the house (such as toilet) into the camping adventure would be to ward off areas that you do not need. You can use strings or ropes to create some sort of a perimeter around your camping 'site'.

    No tent? No problem!

    You would need a tent when you go camping in the wild but you can improvise if you are camping at home. Your bed sheets or blankets can work just fine here. You do not even need poles or pegs to prop them up. Just tie the ends to bits of furniture for support and create your fort within minutes. Then start decorating to give it a personal touch.

    Go electronic free

    To make it seem more realistic, you will need to switch off your devices. The idea here is to mimic normal camping in the wild. For entertainment, focus on creative stuff such as board games or card games. This would also be a great time to bond with your kids over good stories.

    Encourage them to be creative and innovative in their entertainment options. A good book would also come in handy depending on how long you want to spend camping. Bring a lantern with you and switch off electric power inside the room.

    Pack on the snacks

    A camping escapade would not be complete without good food and snacks, especially if you are doing it with your kids. Use a gas stove to roast marshmallows outside your 'tent'. Download good camping recipes and try them out.

    An excuse to try out new gear

    If you are a beginner camper, it's advisable to try out your new gear at home first. This could save you a lot of time and stress at the actual camping ground. If you have a large backyard, this would be the best place to set up camp.

    No campfire? No problem!

    Due to safety reasons, you might not be able to make a campfire in your living room. You can improvise though. There are many ways to do it, depending on what is available to you. If you have a chimney, you can run a fire directly on the wood stove using dry wood. Coal, charcoal, and briquette can also work great. And you can roast some marshmallows right on top of them!

    How to camp at home