Breaking the monotony

Breaking the monotony

Summer vacations are presently on for most children in the city. Being the longest break in the academic year, the young ones always look forward to enjoying them to the fullest. Be it binge-watching their favourite cartoon or television shows, savouring their favourite food or simply visiting their cousins, kids of all ages like to keep these two months full of fun, enthusiasm and vigour.

This time, many parents in the city are also actively engaging themselves in making the holidays exciting and meaningful for their kids.

“These months are busier for children than when they are in school, and likewise, more expensive when it comes to parents,” says Katherine D’Cruz, mother of a teenage daughter. “Since kids are at home, their demands to indulge in different activities increase. However, it doesn’t matter much if they are engaging in something they love and which keeps them entertained,” she adds.

Katherine has got her daughter Simron enrolled for swimming and basketball classes which, she says, are helping her stay physically fit and active and also reducing her time with the television or the mobile phone.

“My daughter is very good with art and craft too, so she is also attending craft classes being conducted in the neighbourhood. These activities keep her busy throughout the week and she is having a lot of fun,” says Kathrine. Talking about her summer breaks as a child, Katherine recalls that it was more of street games and outdoor activities that children looked forward to during these long breaks, but today it is limited to mobile phones, tablets and television.

Seeing your kids at home, especially after a long day at work, is always a pleasure, feels Ayushmita Barua. 

The working mother of five-year-old Divyana, says, “The house is in a mess when my daughter is at home, but somehow, I feel relaxed seeing her enjoying herself and doing what she loves. She takes keen interest in colouring and activity books which are extremely engaging. I make sure to involve myself as much as I can and take up an activity or two like clay modelling with her,” says Ayushmita. Since both the husband and wife are working, they have put Divyana in a daycare. She says that her daughter loves going there as she gets to meet kids of her age. “We are planning a trip to Ooty in the last week of this month and are looking forward to having a great family time amidst nature,” adds Ayushmita.

Though summer vacations are a time for children to relax and enjoy, making sure that they undertake tasks which are stimulating is important. Aditi Arora, mother to four-year-old Avika, believes that watching television all day can block one’s mind. And that’s the reason she has limited her daughter’s time with the TV.

Avika is a cleanliness freak and her mother says that she loves to lend a helping hand with brooming and dusting the house. She takes interest in reading story books and also plays a lot of puzzle-based games.

“All these activities are keeping Avika engaged during this summer break. I also make it a point to take my daughter out to the play area where she can get some good physical activity. We even go for swimming almost everyday and she loves it,” says Aditi.

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