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By N. Lothungbeni Humtsoe
Retirement is definitely a well-deserved rest after a lifetime of working hard. Getting respite from a work routine and stress after years of repetition can spark a sense of relief and adventure. However, the feeling of respite soon fades for a majority of people as questions about their sense of identity and lifestyle start clouding their minds. Naturally, after years of following the same routine and doing the same work, a sudden and complete halt can feel strange and trigger emotions of uncertainty and loneliness.
As more families go nuclear, a majority of retirees live independently by choice or because their children work far away. While living alone allows a person space to find and further their individuality, it can also lead to feelings of being alone and alienated. This possibility has only worsened during the pandemic as the social restrictions have minimized whatever a small number of visitations filled the day of most retirees otherwise. A Retiree spend most of their days in leisure, and thus constant loneliness might not translate into the best for their physical and mental health. There is therefore a critical need for their children to take out time and meaningfully engage with them to make their retirement years happier.
Rahul Gupta, CEO, SeniorWorld and Deepu, COO, SeniorWorld together share ways to achieve how working children can be more involved in supporting Retired Parents:
- Help them keep pace with technology: By teaching your parents how to cope with the current technological advancements, children can help them maintain pace with the times. Learning the internet and its usage can help ease their day-to-day tasks and simultaneously keep them engaged as they start using mobile applications to order medicines, shop online, order groceries, stream movies, and play games with friends who are miles away. Children can also help their parents engage in meaningful virtual activities by helping them get on board with virtual tools such as Zoom, Google Meet, and Facebook Live, etc.
By teaching your parents how to cope with the current technological advancements, children can help them maintain pace with the times. | Photo by Bryan Pulgar on Unsplash
- Help them keep fit: Taking a morning/evening walk together with your parents can prove to be a good way to develop a meaningful connection. This is a wonderful way to bond while also keeping yourself and your parents fit. An additional perk is a fresh air that you get to take outdoors which can substantially boost your mood and energy levels.
Taking a morning/evening walk together with your parents can prove to be a good way to develop a meaningful connection. | Wikimedia Commons
- Help them find hobbies: A good way of keeping your parents engaged is to find a long-lost hobby or activity of theirs and rekindle their interest in it. One can also help their parents find and develop a new hobby altogether. While reigniting their interest in their old hobbies, it is critical to tweak the hobby to accommodate any current challenges they may have. For example, if your mother struggles with her eyesight, getting her larger crocheting hooks can prove to be helpful.
A good way of keeping your parents engaged is to find a long-lost hobby or activity of theirs and rekindle their interest in it. | Photo by Imani on Unsplash
- Travel with them: For a person who has spent their life in service, it is good to have a change of scene. Thus, taking your parents out on a trip might be a good idea to keep them engaged and happy. Open spaces and adventure might also do you good as your bond with your family over a trip.
Taking your parents out on a trip might be a good idea to keep them engaged and happy. | Photo by Hans Isaacson on Unsplash
- Learn things from them: Most retired people have lived a life full of intriguing experiences and have gained prominent knowledge over the years. They love to share their knowledge and recollect anecdotes and see it as a quality time with their family. You can give your parents this quality time by regularly reaching out to them for help with your daily tasks like cooking, gardening, etc, for seeking guidance on issues you are facing, or simply for a hearty chat.
Most retired people have lived a life full of intriguing experiences and have gained prominent knowledge over the years. | Photo by Rahul Vaidya on Unsplash
- Help them join a senior club: Joining a club can be a very good idea for retired people. This is because it allows them to meet like-minded people and form new connections. Some of these connections might become deep and significant as time passes and can even act as a strong support group for your parents as and when they need.
Joining a club can be a very good idea for retired people. | Photo by sq lim on Unsplash
- Take care of their safety: It is critical that you take care of your parents' safety at all times. One can do this easily in this day of technology, even while working tight schedules and from afar. You can use IoT-enabled security cameras, home security devices, and other technical devices to facilitate this. In case of any adversity, the systems would be quick to notify you so you can intervene timely. There are several options available in the market that have been built with the unique needs of seniors in mind. Children should keep researching and see which ones can help their parents' overall safety.
It is critical that you take care of your parents' safety at all times. | Photo by Mary Oakey on Unsplash
- Offer to host coffee dates for them - You can organize coffee dates for your parents and their friends as a way of showing your gratitude for all the play dates they arranged for you. This is a great way to help them refresh their energy and let them deepen their connections with the people they love.
You can organize coffee dates for your parents and their friends as a way of showing your gratitude for all the play dates they arranged for you. | Photo by Carli Jeen on Unsplash
-Find them a volunteering cause - Helping your parents find and volunteer for a cause they believe in can help them to find a new sense of identity and purpose in their life and can help beat any existential questions they might be having. There are plenty of charities that heartedly welcome additional helping hands, and thus you can easily find one suitable for your parents.
Helping your parents find and volunteer for a cause they believe in can help them to find a new sense of identity and purpose in their life. | Photo by Rémi Walle on Unsplash
Give your parents the gift of time today to see a happier and healthier version of them every day!
(Article originally published on IANSlife) (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Working, children, parents, retired, time, hobby, volunteer, help, support
By Nikhila Natarajan
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday announced that his company will have a new name, Meta. Somewhat predictably, Zuckerberg downplayed that this rebranding, the first in Facebook's 17 years of existence, is to divert a barrage of bad PR. "We are a company that builds technology to connect," Zuckerberg said. "Together, we can finally put people at the centre of our technology to reflect who we are and what we hope to build."
The name "Facebook" doesn't fully encompass everything the company does now, and is still closely linked to one product, he added. "But over time, I hope we are seen as a metaverse company." "The names of the apps that we build -- Facebook, Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp - will remain the same," the company's verified handle, @facebook, tweeted.
"Announcing @Meta - the Facebook company's new name. Meta is helping to build the metaverse, a place where we'll play and connect in 3D. Welcome to the next chapter of social connection," it said, attaching a short video on the four apps and the meta logo. @meta tweets remained protected as of this writing and meta.com redirected to a welcome page that outlines the branding change.
The Verge argued that a rebrand is part of Zuckerberg's efforts to shift gears away from Facebook being known as just a social media company into plans for building the metaverse. Zuckerberg wrote a blog on Thursday that the company's corporate structure would not be changing, but how it reports financial results will. "Starting with our results for the fourth quarter of 2021, we plan to report on two operating segments: Family of Apps and Reality Labs," he said. "We also intend to start trading under the new stock ticker we have reserved, MVRS, on December 1. Today's announcement does not affect how we use or share data."
Zuckerberg wrote a blog on Thursday that the company's corporate structure would not be changing, but how it reports financial results will. | Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash
On Monday, multiple news outlets published details of internal Facebook documents disclosed to the Securities and Exchange Commission and provided to Congress in redacted form. They showed deep concerns that the Facebook user base was aging, and the platform was losing traction among younger generations.
The documents also showed that Facebook had prioritised key countries who would receive enhanced protections around elections. To Zuckerberg's baiters, Meta was a copycat of Google's playbook when, in 2015, a larger holding company called Alphabet came into being. In his first interview as CEO of Meta, Zuckerberg made it clear that unlike the founders of Google who stepped aside coinciding with the birth of Alphabet, he has no plans to give up the top job.
Instead, the change is about recognising a shift inside the company that's already taken place, he argued. Zuckerberg has been pouring billions of dollars -- $10 billion this year alone, into building the metaverse -- an expansive, immersive vision of the internet taken from the pages of sci-fi novels like Snow Crash and Ready Player One. "I think we're basically moving from being Facebook first as a company to being metaverse first," he told interviewer Alex Heath in an interview recorded a day before the actual announcement.
It seems that Zuckerberg formally kicked off the project just over six months ago. The small handful of employees involved had to sign separate non-disclosure agreements. Zuckerberg refused to tell Heath the name. "He said he had been thinking about rebranding the company ever since he bought Instagram and WhatsApp in 2012 and 2014, but earlier this year he realized that it was time to make the change," Heath reported. "I think that there was just a lot of confusion and awkwardness about having the company brand be also the brand of one of the social media apps," Zuckerberg said.
It seems that Zuckerberg formally kicked off the project just over six months ago. | Pixabay
"I think it's helpful for people to have a relationship with a company that is different from the relationship with any specific one of the products, that can kind of supersede all of that." The current cycle of bad news "had nothing to bear on this. Even though I think some people might want to make that connection, I think that's sort of a ridiculous thing. If anything, I think that this is not the environment that you would want to introduce a new brand in," Zuckerberg countered.
In the next decade, he thinks most people will be spending time in a fully immersive, 3D version of the internet that spans not just Meta's hardware such as the Quest, but devices made by others. Zuckerberg is pushing his teams to build technology that could one day let you show up in a virtual space as a full-bodied avatar, or appear as a hologram of yourself in the real-world living room of your friend who lives across the planet.
Zuckerberg is pushing his teams to build technology that could one day let you show up in a virtual space. | Wikimedia Commons
"At a high level, we did this segment reporting change on Monday as part of earnings. So we're now looking at our business as two different segments. One for the social apps and one for future platforms basically. And the idea is that the metaverse work that we're doing is not about any one of those segments. It's not like Reality Labs is doing the work building the metaverse. It goes across all of this. The metaverse is going to be both future platforms and social experiences," he said. Star whistleblower Frances Haugen has not reacted on the name change yet.
The former program manager's charter features right up on her timeline: "To start, we must demand: 1) Privacy-conscious mandatory transparency from Facebook, 2) A reckoning with the dangers of engagement-based ranking, 3) Non-content-based solutions to these problems -- we need tools other than censorship to keep the world safe." (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: facebook, whatsapp, instagram, zuckerberg, meta, rebranding, name, parent, metaverse
BY PUJA GUPTA
Bedtime stories for toddlers are no less of a golden opportunity to build and nurture your relationship with your child. This becomes further crucial for working parents who do not get the entire day to spend with their kids.
According to psychologists, while bedtime stories help forming a very good bond between kids and their parents, it also benefits the child in numerous ways like enhanced imagination and creative thinking, wider scope of knowledge, fun learning, better communication and problem-solving skills.
However, many parents, especially the new ones, struggle to understand as to how to fabricate bedtime stories more engaging, fruitful and magical for their young ones. Author Apurva Bhuta suggests five ways you can use to reap better results:
Interact with your kids: When you are away from your kid the entire day, the first thing you should do during their bedtime is interact with him/her. As a parent, you should make it a habit to discuss with them about how their school and overall day was, what new things they learned today etc. Basically, build a process where they are heard. This will help you understand your child better. It also will assist them to open up to you. Ask them what kind of stories they would want to hear and then narrate the ones they like..
Get into the characters: If you really want your child to enjoy bedtime stories, you must get into the characters of the story. Merely reading makes the activity of storytelling monotonous and boring. If you take the efforts of getting into the characters, your child will take more interest in listening and paying attention, as a result they will start to enjoy your narrations, enabling them to have a vivid imagination.
Become their friend: If you want to build a healthy relationship with your kid, it is important to gel with them. Transform yourself and become a kid like them. Act like a friend they could relate with so that they can actually enjoy the story before falling asleep.
Talk post narration: Your bedtime story should not end as the story ends in the story book. The real benefit of bed stories could be reaped only if you hold a discussion with them about the story. Talk to them about the story, what they learnt out of it. The purpose of the bedtime story is to inculcate good values in your kids such as honestly, humbleness, kindness. The best way to do so is to teach them the difference between right and wrong in a story format.
Put emphasis on education: Lastly, teach them the importance of education. Through the examples in the stories, show them how important it is to acquire knowledge and to educate oneself through the habit of reading. You must highlight the traits of an intellectual who is wise enough to face any situation which life has to throw forth. (IANS)
In order to raise better and more successful human beings, positive parenting is the key as children are the reflection of their parents, experts said here on Friday.
The way parents deal with their children is the key factor to determine the approach children will take towards problem solving, decision making, goal pursuance, handling stress, understanding and managing their emotions, dealing with success and failures and so on, they noted during the ‘Positive Parenting Seminar’ here.
“The worldviews, beliefs and values of a child are implicitly developed and influenced by those of parents,” said Sanjeev P Sahni, Behavioural Scientist and Principal Director of the Jindal School of Behavioural Sciences (JIBS), a value-based research Institute of OP Jindal Global University.
According to Sahni, parents play a very important role in supporting the development of their child during the crucial period of 0-7 years.
These years of child development are crucial to the health, wellbeing and overall trajectory of the lives of the children in a variety of ways.
“Fortunately, there are many things that parents can do to help their children develop and grow,” he said. Sahni also emphasised on the behaviour patterns of parents and consequent influence on children.
These behaviours can be both consistent and inconsistent. There is an adverse effect of parents’ inconsistent behaviour on children and how their behaviours are modeled as a result.
According to Sahni, there can be communication roadblocks, which can also adversely affect the mental health of the child. At home, children occasionally become embroiled in conflict with parents, which is inevitable.
“Helping kids develop healthy confliction skills does take time and a consistent approach. Children always watch how parents behave,” he noted. According to the Social Learning Theory, people learn by watching others.
Children do the same. Kids repeat what they hear, and they imitate what they see. For this reason, it is important for parents to be mindful of the things they are teaching their children. (IANS)