Why spending family time is important for kids?

September 16, 2022

Family is the key aspect of any child’s life. Having a loving, caring, and understanding family can help one evolve and be their best self. Regardless of the species, a family is a natural occurrence. No matter the heights we reach or places we go, our family always holds a special place. There is only one way to cherish the ultimate essence of a family, and that is to make the best of our time together.

Togetherness stimulates feelings of mutual trust, safety, and warmth. These emotions are essential for any child to achieve developmental milestones. The tallest trees grow to great heights only because they have strong and deep roots. Plants and trees with short roots that don’t run deep can be easily plucked and withered. The bond that a family carries acts like these roots, the stronger the bond, the greater the capacity of growth the child can reach and achieve.

What is family time?

Nowadays with a sharp rise in digitalization, even when we are in the presence of our loved ones, we are still away from them. Such time spent barely counts as it is merely out of duty and routine. Just like every month we take out time to plan and buy groceries to meet our needs, we must try to take out time and plan different ways to spend time with our family, to meet our emotional needs which are often neglected.

In corporate meetings, we discuss ways to enhance and improve facilities to perform better and ensure that employees’ needs are met. Evolving is an essential part of life at every stage and so is it for the family structure as well. Just as we give in our all to analyze different perspectives in these meetings, this is one practice that we must add to family values as well. Family time does involve fun and vacations, but it is not limited to that, a family needs to grow intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually.

Let us look at ways we can constructively spend time with our family and make it memorable.

Once a lady was narrating a memory of her childhood where her father made it a point to take the kids to the beach, and he would ask them to find shells. The kids always left with their hands full of shells and hearts full of happiness, but it was only now that she realized that it was her father who used to secretly collect and bury the shells not very deep, so the kids could collect them.

This effort that the man put consistently was just for the pure happiness of his kids. When the family believes that a child can achieve anything, it is only through the faith and confidence instilled in them that they put effort and succeed with great results.

• No phone zone: If not once a day, at least once a week the entire family must sit down together and shut down all devices and gadgets. This allows presence of mind and builds a sense of calm. It also teaches the value of respecting a person’s presence.

• Koffee with kids: Well, we often complain about not knowing what our kids are up to. The only way to get through this issue is through communication. The more time you give your kids the better you understand them, and this has to be done patiently without judgments or harsh corrections, giving them a safe space to open up about anything and everything.

• Be a mirror: It’s their time to explore and learn, so instead of forcing things onto them you can join them in activities they like doing and figure out what skills are easy for them. Be a mirror and do what they like for a change, get onto the field, and follow their instructions as well. You will be stunned at the leadership skills they present when you start working hand in hand.

• Fun and frolic: Family time is incomplete without fun activities. Explore places you can visit together and play games that are enjoyed by all. Living in the moment is what brings happiness and live these moments with your family. You kids will follow the same when they grow up and hold on to these bonds with every generation.

Kara4Kids, a leading Preschool for kids in Bangalore is a family that loves being a part of every child’s growth. If you are looking for a Preschool in Bangalore that keeps learning alive, contact us.

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GERALDINE DMELLO

 Curriculum Head

Geraldine Dmello is the Curriculum Head and Consultant at Kara 4 Kids.
She has attained her MS ( diploma) in Special Education and a certification in Adult Supervision in Early Childhood Education from the UCLA University.
Her past experiences involves over 30 years of experience in private schools both international and in India.
She has authored poems, conceived books, speaks and consults on the topics related to the whole child development making teaching in the Early Childhood space a reciprocal experience, filled with a vibrancy that creates a powerful sustained shared thinking.
While in the conceptualizing of the curriculum she keeps in mind the importance of honoring a child. Her core belief is in the saying that ” A berry ripens in its own good time and so does a child’s readiness.”

Sandeep U

CFO

Spearheading the finance, Sandeep is a qualified member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and has close to 10 years of experience in handling finance for various organizations. Having spent his career life in a CA firm, venture capitalist firm, real estate and in the garment industry, Sandeep is keen on implementing his knowledge and expertise at 315WA to fuel the growth that we envision. He’s the true follower of the saying that “None of us are stronger than all of us” which has enabled him in achieving the 315WA’s goal to build a most strong and consistent team. He was a part of setting up and implementing a complex business processes committee across multiple industries/sectors. In his journey at 315WA he made sure that every ₹ spent on each square foot will have a direct and huge impact in every organization’s growth as even the biggest cloud is a large collection of very tiny droplets of water. He is a strong believer of money saved is money earned and is looking forward to starting this fast-paced ship.

Rukmini Padakadla

HR

 Meet Rukmini P, our esteemed Head of Human Resources, bringing in over 15 years of progressive experience in the field. As a seasoned leader, she has demonstrated her prowess in various aspects of Human Resources, including workforce management, recruitment, payroll, and policies/procedures development. Her exceptional expertise lies in sourcing and hiring top-notch talent, ensuring that our team comprises the industry’s best and brightest minds.

With a background in Science and a PG degree in English literature, along with a PG Diploma in Human Resources and Marketing, Rukmini exemplifies a highly skilled professional. Her unwavering commitment to driving our organization’s success through effective HR strategies and practices, particularly focusing on workforce management, sets her apart as a true asset to our team.



Sapna

Strategic Operations – Head

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do” – Steve Jobs

It is this belief that inspired Ms. Sapna Erappa to follow her passion, after a decade’s career in banking and finance. Her journey in Early Childhood Education began in 2010 and ever since she has worked with renowned preschools in Bangalore in various leadership roles over a span of 15 years. She holds a degree in Finance & Marketing and has wide exposure in Early Years Education. She has participated in a number of Early Childhood Conferences and IB workshops. 

In her current role as the Strategic Operations – Head at Kara4Kids, she has worked towards building a strong team, motivating them to ensure top-notch standards are maintained in the schools. She believes that a loving and happy environment not only helps children to learn while having fun but also brings the best out of the teachers. Ultimately, the aim is to ensure plenty of learning opportunities are offered to children to bring out their innate potential. Her goal is to create a balanced learning ecosystem where every stakeholder in the school community takes responsibility for the child’s learning journey. She firmly believes and hopes that the education system of today helps children to develop empathy, compassion, and resilience along with academic excellence.

MANAS MEHROTRA

CHIEF MENTOR

Manas Mehrotra is a qualified member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Bachelors of Law, MBA (Entrepreneurship) from Babson College (USA). The Founder of NestaVera Group of companies, Manas has his vision rooted in the core belief that the only thing constant in this dynamic business era is Change. He believes that the ongoing process of Brainstorming, Innovation, and Adaptation to change should always be the heart of any organisation that seeks economic and social success. He drives his workforce with a strong emphasis on inculcating faith and building long term strategic relationships with both clients and employees.

Manas has also played a pivotal role in the success of Greenwood High Schools. The institution has grown many folds with more than 9 National level Awards to its name in last 3 years under his leadership. Under his stewardship & unique approach to education, Greenwood High Schools have unparalleled achievements to their name in moulding the young minds of tomorrow. He believes in combining quality education with a proper blend of traditional values and the best that modern-day technology has to offer.

KHUSHROO RUSTUMJI

CHAIRMAN-EMERITUS

Khushroo Rustumji, an alumnus of IIT is the founder of Kara. Having been the Chairman of two companies listed on the BSE, a subsidiary of a Company listed on the London Stock Exchange and a Consultant to numerous national and international organizations, his tenure of work before establishing Kara spans a myriad of corporate experiences.

With a strong belief in how a good Preschool is the vital ingredient in building a Child’s Foundation, Rustumji and his wife envisioned Kara. Upon returning to India after having spent 21 years in the UK, they decided to establish the first pre-school with international standards in Bangalore, much to the delight of discerning parents here. This is how the tale of kara unravelled years ago under the stewardship of Rustumji.

PRACHI MEHROTRA

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Backed by their sheer hard work and talent, women entrepreneurs worldwide are changing the landscape across every industry. One such visionary in the field of early education is Prachi Mehrotra- Executive Director at Kara4kids. She is also the Director at NestaVera Group of Companies.

 After completing her formal education at a boarding school in Mussorie, Prachi moved to the UK to pursue her degree in Management studies at the University of Nottingham post which she returned to India to pursue her MBA in Finance & Marketing. Her enriching experience, exposure, and learning in these pivotal years taught her the art of adapting to different scenarios, pertaining to education, demographics, and cultures.She strongly believes in developing a culture of trust and transparency at the workplace, which will in turn facilitate the construction of an efficient, effective, productive, and valuable organization.

As an achiever of excellence in both academic and extra co- curricular fields, she reckons that curiosity to learn is the spark that should be the driving force of every organization. As a millenial mother to three children herself, she strongly beleives that early learning is where the root of knowledge begins to get founded for an individual, therefore it is imperative that equal importance be showered upon these nascent founding years of our children’s lives. She passionately envisions to create dynamic,explorative, nurturing – learning and childcare spaces where children fall in love with the joy of learning every day.
 As an Executive Director of Kara4Kids, she handles a multi- faceted role across various domains i.e. Operations, Marketing, Teaching Pedagogy, Expansion, Implementation of teaching interventions, and Management of all the preschool and child care centers. Her ever-dynamic approach and exuberance make her an exemplary leader.