Living in the Capital of our beloved country Czech Republic, we hear the languages of the world every day. Whether on a tram, a metro or in the park, a day doesn’t go by when we can’t hear neighbors chatting away in their native language. And we all wonder how we can speak different languages and also teach our kids. Teaching a non-native language can be hard for parents and kids, but there are ways to make the journey easy.
Petr Kuznetsov transformed his career in tennis for a university education while remaining a passionate student of the game. He has been a sports journalist and an active coach in Russia, Portugal and here in the Czech Republic. He moved to Prague, last year to continue his coaching work, this time working almost exclusively with kids. He had a chance to sit down with Little Panda and tell us why tennis is a great sport for kids and how it helps in a child’s mental and physical development.
Building a child’s character is a hard job. Especially if you are in the middle of a move or just relocating. Managing tantrums, sensitivity in kids and tiding over teenage need not be all so bad. Tatiana Mironova, Child Psychologist, spoke to us about this and gave us her tried and tested opinion.
Hear the word relocation and we all are into planning the nitty gritty and details right from immigration papers, packers, work handovers, school leaving letters and doctor certificates. And in between all the busy days of planning the move and settling into a new place, it’s easy to overlook or skip the feelings of anxiety as a family.
Most of us parents went to school in a regular form of the education system with a set curriculum and pattern. But today, choosing the form of education while picking a school for our own kids, has become hard for parents as we are spoilt for choice!
Globalisation has given us many gifts and along with it a basket of basic challenges. With a lot of people working and relocating across continents, language is one area that is always under the radar of parents while raising kids. Language challenges that we dealt with as adults when we moved out of our native countries are now faced by our children at a much younger age.
We all loved birthdays as kids – I mean the entire show with buntings, balloons, cake and gifts. And how we all dreamed of parties ripped off from fairy tales or with our favorite toy characters. Well, it’s only now, as parents that many of us understand the immeasurable amount of effort that goes into planning, creating and celebrating a special day.