Renowned English poet George Herbert said, “One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.” Each good father is life-long guardian, mentor and friend of his children. Today 21 June, World Father’s day is being celebrated worldwide remembering the struggles and pains of each father in the race of upbringing his children. Do you have any unique plan to make this day truely exciting for your father? Read this article to get some of the best Father’s Day gift ideas which can make your father feel special this day.
Every person has unique taste in literature. If your father loves to read books, list out the names of his favorite writers. Surprise your old man with some latest or unread books of those writers.
You can also ask your dad whether he is looking for any special book. If you can collect that book from any online book stores or libraries, your father would certainly be surprised.
Fathers often ignore to their own needs while fulfilling the wishes of his children. They often seem to struggle with their age-old phone, but still don’t bother to buy a new one.
In fact, fathers can hardly manage time and wish for buying any latest gadget. In the father’s day, you can buy your dad an easy-to-operate latest Smartphone. It will make him happy and proud of you.
What if, you are a student and don’t have enough saving to buy an expensive gift for your loving father. You can still make him feel special on this day! Try to make some of his favorite dishes following special recipes in the way he likes most. A simple treat can give your old man heavenly bliss.
During the quarantine period, most of the people are facing anxieties. Find some handy accessories which your father can use while staying at home. For instance, a headphone may help him to enjoy videos, movies, etc from YouTube. You can also present him accessories he needed most, like an advanced shaving kit or new set of spectacles.
During the COVID19 pandemic, it may not be possible for everyone visiting shops. Don’t worry! You can surprise your dad with homemade gifts. You can design and make souvenirs like a DIY father’s day Card adorned with some lovely quotes and drawings.
When children become adult, a father loves recalling the long gone childhood days of his kids. You can create a collage of family photos which will make your father remember the golden memories of the childhood days of his offspring. It will make him feel like a winner over his past struggles and well carried responsibilities.
Due to the pandemic situation, your father may be confined at home for several months. He may not get the chance for buying any new outfit even for the festivals. You can surprise him with a new shirt or shawl or the kind of attire he prefers most. It will certainly make your father feel special!
When your dad was at your age in those days there was neither Smartphone nor social media. Communication was not so easy. In the way of life, your dad might have got disconnected with some of his bosom friends whom he silently remembers. You can secretly connect with some of your dad’s lost friends and arrange a video meeting session. Reunion with old friends will certainly make him happy.
When was the last time your father see a doctor? Talk with him and try to know whether he is experiencing any health issue. Consult with an experienced doctor and take your father for a health check up. It will not only make your old man happy, but also help him living a longer and healthier life!
Does your father have passion for music? May be he is a great fan of some traditional songs, old albums, or forgotten singers you have rarely heard about. Make a list of some of your dad’s favorite singers, albums, and song titles. Then try to collect those songs from online sources. Present him the collection of favorite songs. He would really love it!
A father’s love for his children is boundless and eternal. A good father is a warrior who sacrifices his dreams and wishes to make his offspring happy. We should love and care our fathers every single day. But giving a nice gift on the ‘Father’s day’ can make each father feel special. Long Live Fathers!
June 8 is World Oceans Day!
The United Nations marks the day celebrating the role of the oceans in our everyday lives and inspiring action to protect the ocean and sustainably use marine resources.
Many countries also celebrate this special day since 1992, following the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, held in Rio de Janeiro that year.
This year, the theme of the day is, 'Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean'.
This year's theme is especially relevant in the lead-up to the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development which will run from 2021 to 2030.
The Decade will strengthen international cooperation to develop the scientific research and innovative technologies that can connect ocean science with the needs of society.
"As we enter the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030), it is indeed our responsibility to seize this moment. We must seize this moment, firstly, to learn more about these depths, which often remain largely unknown to us, and still hold many secrets that only we can reveal... secondly, to give free rein to imagination and innovation, which we need in order to confront this worrying situation,” said Audrey Azoulay, Director General of UNESCO, on the occasion of World Oceans Day.
“This is why we have made innovation the theme of the celebrations of this international day. We must also seize this moment to sound the alarm, perhaps more widely than we have done so far, because no technical solution can replace a widespread, personal understanding of the threats to the oceans, their mysteries and their beauty," said Audrey Azoulay.
World Oceans Day provides an opportunity to honor, help protect, and conserve the ocean.
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The concept was originally proposed in 1992 by Canada's International Centre for Ocean Development (ICOD) and the Ocean Institute of Canada (OIC) at the Earth Summit – UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The day was officially recognised by the United Nations in 2008.
The International day supports the implementation of worldwide sustainable development goals, and fosters public interest in the management of the ocean and its resources.
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Access to Information (a2i) programme recently awarded three cartoonists who attended a cartoon contest called ‘Fight Against Corona’ aiming to raise awareness about the virus.
Cartoon People, a group of creative cartoonists, arranged the contest with support from a2i, said a press release.
Mahatab Rashid will receive Tk 50,000, Rakeeb Razzak Tk 30,000 and Sayed Fida Hossain Tk 20,000.
A total of 787 awareness cartoons were submitted by more than 300 local and international participants since the competition was announced.
Ahsan Habib, cartoonist and editor of Unmad magazine, along with poet and journalist Anik Khan and writer and animated film production manager Wahid Ibn Reza were the juries for this cartoon competition.
Syed Rashad Imam Tanmoy, founder of Cartoon People, said from the very beginning of coronavirus, we’ve been thinking about how cartoonists can be useful and work as a support.
Cartooning is a great medium to grab attention of the mass people, he said adding that the aim was to present the awareness messages through simple visuals for fellow citizens.
Personal Hygiene, Social distancing and myth busting were focused in the beginning.
Tanmoy also said that once HD Media, a2i came on board and announced the prize money the number of participation skyrocketed.
Altogether 154 final cartoons have been selected out of the 787 submissions to distribute for free and anyone can use these cartoons to raise awareness.
Anyone can download and use the cartoons from Google Drive for free--- https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1WwuMv20zte6nNhsCdmF-7zl3rVRMShZ2
The top 154 awareness cartoons are also available on Facebook-- https://www.facebook.com/pg/CartoonPeopleOfficial/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2414859105472875
Life is full of uncertainties. We can hardly assume what is coming beforehand. As a parent, it would be wise to start preparing our kids to learn some life skills so they can face the challenges life throws upon them. You may think that teaching kids life-skills can demand a considerable amount of time, effort, and patience. But why don’t you utilize the quarantine period for this endeavor? If your kids are taught some life-skills besides homeschooling, it will keep those young minds engaged in minimizing their boredom. Here goes some basic life skills to teach your children during Coronavirus home quarantine.
Every day we wake up with a new opportunity to restart our life. To make the best out of each day, it is essential to know how to manage the time. Your kid may know how to watch the clock for telling time but don't necessarily know the techniques of time measurement.
You can start by teaching your kid to organize a day on the basis of priorities, such as starting the day with brushing their teeth. You can set a ‘Timer’ to schedule a definitive amount of time to complete a task, like taking shower, putting on clothes/shoes, having breakfast, watching TV, cleaning a room, playing with toys, etc. Learning a verbal countdown can make your kid feel the flow of time.
However, beware of over-scheduling the life of your kid or teaching them to live by the continually ticking clock. Rather you can make it fun by setting rewards for completion of tasks on time. The more enjoyable you make time management for your kids, the more effective it will be to make them understand the significance and proficiency of time management.
Depending on age, you can teach your kid the value and importance of money. It will make them win the war against money in later life. Saving coins and money in a clear jar can be a nice start. It would be easier for the kids to learn money budgeting if they can understand that nothing is free in this world except parents’ love.
However, lecturing can hardly make a kid understand the money matters. Instead, you can apply some simple tricks. For instance, while buying a toy for your kid, encourage him to spend some cash from his own savings. You can also teach your kid about opportunity cost, in a way that if he gets the toy, he misses the chance to buy his favorite chocolate box.
When a kid gets free money from parents they may take it for granted. So you can give them money in the guise of rewards for completion of small tasks like organizing the bookshelf, watering plants, etc. Remember, your kids are observing your money spending behavior. Try to set a good example for them regarding how to spend money wisely being neither spendthrift nor parsimonious.
To make your kid learn to respect every job whether small or big, you can engage them in household tasks. Considering the age of the kid, you can teach it doing simple chores like separating dirty laundry, ironing clothes, washing dishes, cleaning a room, sewing Buttons, making breakfast, gardening, etc. Learning how to do these tasks will not only make your kid grow up as a self-dependent individual but also enable him to handle situations skilfully in the moment of necessity.
However, don’t pressurize your kid to undertake any job. Alternatively, you can teach the kid doing household chores in the way of asking for a helping hand. To make the kid feel proud of his ability to do the task, you can follow some innovative techniques like setting challenges or offering some incentives. For instance, if your kid can do the dishes, you will cook his favorite food, etc. Not to mention, rethink the associated safety risk of your kid before teaching him a bit tough chores, like sewing, cooking, etc.
Proficient communication skills are the doorway to success in both personal and professional life. It behooves upon the parents to start training a kid with good communication skills from childhood. Kids with poor interaction skills can hardly share their problems with near ones and tend to suffer from anxiety, frustration, or aggravated mental health issues. Developing personal interaction skills is considered a healthy social-emotional ability. It will make your kid able to understand, interact, and communicate with people more effectively within and beyond the family.
Your kid needs to be taught some life-skills like talking on points, perspective-talking, smart handling to criticism/ mocking, etc. You can set a topic and ask the kid to make a speech on it. You can also encourage your kid to judge an issue from a different viewpoint. Such small but encouraging initiatives can help your kid build up the ability of powerful communication. Reading the social cues, listening to other people’s voices, and making proper responses can make your kid smart enough to face the competitive world waiting outside the home.
Though accidents happen accidentally, precautions can minimize the level of risk. During the quarantine, you get the opportunity to teach your kid about basic life-saving skills. You can help your young kid to memorize its name, your home address, and phone number. It will help the kid return home safe, if it gets lost, unfortunately. While playing kids often get hurt, which might cause pain or blood loss. To prevent such mishaps you can train your kid how to use the first aid box.
In our daily life, kids might need to deal with some essential tools, like nail cutters, kitchen knives, matches, gardening tools, etc. Learning the safe applications of these tools would not only make your kid capable of diverse life-skills but also assure their safety. You can also organize a fire drill at home to teach your kid what to do if a flame initiates any corner of the house. Instead of getting worried or hiding inside home, teach your kid to leave the home instantly and call the fire service people as soon as possible. What is more? You can train your kid to ask for help if any unwanted incident happens when they are home alone. Teach them how to call the police, family members, or neighbors considering the gravity of the incidence.
Gandhi said, “Be the change you want to see in this world.” There is no alternative to reading good books, to change you in a positive way. In this article, we are going to review the popular book ‘Think and Grow Rich (1937)’ by Napoleon Hill, one of the best-selling books of all time. This book can not only help you in shaping your mindset towards success but also keep your mind engaged for a while amid coronavirus pandemic.
American self-help author Napoleon Hill (1883-1970) shook the world with his well-thought and resourceful personal-success literature. Through his writings, Hill has explained the role of personal beliefs in achieving personal success. From 1933 to 1936, Hill worked as an advisor to American President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
In the book ‘Think and Grow Rich’, Napoleon Hill focuses on how the psychological power of the brain and mind can impact upon gaining both your career achievements and personal satisfaction. Here the author has explained 13 steps to think and grow rich:
A powerful desire is rooted in two kinds of motivation: ‘pull motivation’ (when the probable outcome of your goal pulls you towards that goal) and ‘push motivation’ (when the probable harm of not taking action pushes you towards action). The author defines 5 key areas which can influence your mindset for Desire: Career, leadership, money, failure, and other person’s desire.
Any kind of success starts with Faith. According to Hill, faith can be created through repeated affirmations to our subconscious mind. To utilize ‘Faith’ as an antidote of failure you need to encourage positive emotions (like confidence, courage, desire, etc) and eliminate negative emotions (like fear, doubt, uncertainty, lack of confidence, etc) from your mind. If you believe in yourself, you can make other people believe in you.
It is told that one’s subconscious mind controls one’s life. ‘Auto-suggestion’ can directly convey your desires to your subconscious mind in the guise of resolute faith. If an individual repeats his conscious desires in a routine way, he can gain absolute control over the thoughts which can reach his subconscious mind. Thus he can exercise control over his decisions, actions, and feelings.
Hill emphasizes acquiring specialized knowledge on the specific field which can bring you a fortune. To translate your desire into career, fame, monetary, or another kind of success, it is essential to gain specialized knowledge regarding that profession, service, or product.
Imagination is a magic wand that can produce and shape your ideas. In this book, Hill introduces the readers with two types of imagination: Synthetic imagination (reorganizing old plans, ideas, or desires into new blend) and creative imagination (extracting ideas from infinite intelligence, sixth sense, and inspirations).
If you hope to succeed but can’t take action accordingly, it won’t work. The author reminds you that every success starts with a desire, which is translated to reality by imagination, and finally gets implemented through an organized plan. However, your plan may not be perfect all the time. When the plan doesn’t work according to your expectations, accept failure, take lessons, and rebuild your plan. Quitters can never get the opportunity to cultivate success through long-term organized plans. So, don’t give up before reaching your goal.
Successful people tend to make any decision promptly. They surely know what they really want and haunt their desire whole-heartedly. It requires courage to make definite decisions. Procrastination can downplay your decision-making capacity. So, you must overcome it to achieve your goal.
Hill defines persistence as another major requisite of success. Though persistence mainly depends upon will power, it is also influenced by some other factors like precise knowledge, solid purpose, Habits, Self-reliance, the certainty of plans, staying out of negativity, accountability to encouraging people, etc. On the other hand, lack of persistence can be caused by some factors like procrastination, fear of criticism, lack of firm interest, irresolution, indifference, lack of strong desire, quitting mindset, lack of organized plans, looking for shortcuts, etc.
An individual can hardly acquire success without the power of mastermind. When a team of people helps an individual to carry out his plans, Hill calls them ‘mastermind’. It behooves you to decide who could be in your team and how could you form that team. According to Hill, the goal of a mastermind is translating knowledge into power, organizing definite purposes, and converting those plans into action.
Human’s subconscious mind connects his finite mind with infinite intelligence. Hill inspires the readers to use their subconscious minds as a medium to transmute their definite desires. If an individual fails to implant his own desires into his subconscious mind, it runs the risk of getting fed upon any negative thoughts that reach it. To gain control over the subconscious mind, Hill defines some positive emotions, like Desire, Faith, Hope, Enthusiasm, Love, etc. The author also warns about some negative emotions, like Fear, Hatred, Revenge, Envy, Greed, Superstition, and Anger.
According to Hill, every human brain serves as a station that broadcasts and receives the vibration of inner thought. The subconscious mind is the medium through which thoughts are sent to the brain. Creative imagination is the receiver tool to pick up the vibration of thoughts from the ether. When positive emotions can stimulate the vibration of thoughts, the brain becomes more receptive to those thoughts.
Hill reveals that one can understand one’s sixth sense through meditation, and development of mind from within. Once an individual can master the sixth sense, he can sense both an impending danger to avoid and probable opportunities to attain in time. The factors which can downplay your sixth sense are indecision, doubt, and fear. The fears include fear of poverty, fear of criticism, fear of ill health, fear of loss of love, fear of old age, fear of death, and vulnerability to negative influences. Now how to shield yourself from these negative forces? The solutions are constant use of willpower in achieving control over thoughts, mental immune against negative influences, finding the positive company, and controlling your subconscious mind.