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Upbringing a child in the modern urban setup is gradually getting tougher than giving birth. Most urban families are nuclear families and parents lack the family support for grooming their little ones from the very initial stages of life. Nowadays, most kids start going to playschools at the tender age of 2 or 3 years and so the challenges of life start at a very early stage. However, majority of the parents in urban areas are working full time and it further complicates the situation.

The intricacies of Parent-child relationship are infinite and one has to learn about them through the process of parenthood. Just putting your child in school and getting tutors for them at home doesn’t mean the end of responsibilities. Their primary school years demand more than this.

There are so many things that parents nowadays can do to help their children in developing better learning skills, developing concentration, attention, memory and managing behavioural issues. Even if you are a working parent, you can spend quality evening time with your kids.

The simplest things to start with are:

1. Taking your little ones out for evening walks or playtime where you can also participate as an active parent.

2. Talk to your child as much as possible so that a communication gap never sets in.

3. Taking them out to parks regularly, helps them to interact with other kids and people in the park. This boosts social skills in children.

4. Get along with other parents in your locality and arrange for activity sessions so that children get to learn about team spirit and they can also develop attention and concentration at the same time.

5. For little ones in the age group of 3 to 5 years, playing with dough is a great way to develop creative skills and improve their fine motor skills.

Most playschools include such activities but you need to continue these things at home as well. Letting your kids do painting and coloring is another effective way to boost their creativity so that they can be more expressive.

Parenting of primary school children is definitely not a cakewalk as many parents might think. This is the time when kids are learning new things and you need to monitor if they are learning the right things or not.

Arranging for nature walks and small workshops for children along with other parents can be of great help in bringing out the special talents that every kid has. This not only gives them the opportunity to interact with new people, it also takes away their inhibition towards interacting and expressing themselves freely. These small activities also help them to manage peer influence in later stages and engage them in learning better life skills.

Lastly, for your 4 to 8-year-olds, you can encourage them in their hobby areas such as swimming classes, gymnastics, dance, or football and similar sports-related classes where they will learn about developing focus and maintaining good health. Being a 21st century parent is not easy but with the right techniques, you can always get it right.

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