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Sunday, June 26, 2022

difficult conversations


Coronavirus quarantine: 'We are all anxious and children excel at sniffing it out'

March 24, 2020 2:25 pm

Difficult Conversations: This is the time when we take a stock of what matters and what doesn’t. And it also presents an opportunity to us to set an example for our kids.

Why we are failing our daughters, and sons

March 10, 2020 4:00 pm

Difficult Conversations: It is never a harmless makeup session. It is a stereotype we are endorsing. Rather than buying makeup, talk to your child about how cosmetics should be a choice and not a compulsion. 

'A teen said he was bullied for being a virgin. I was stumped'

February 18, 2020 3:56 pm

I was just thankful that this child spoke up. He was lucky to have a parent who heard him, who encouraged him to talk to another person, to ask for help.

Difficult Conversations: 'Secularism cannot be taught within the four walls of a classroom'

February 04, 2020 3:23 pm

The best we can do is raise a child who learns the basics of secularism the way they should, by being out there, by celebrating all sorts of festivals, by gorging on sewaiyaan at Eid and kadha parshad at the Gurudwara.

Difficult Conversations: You don't have to be a referee in your kids' quarrels

January 21, 2020 12:06 pm

We think that being a parent makes us superheroes who have a solution to everything, who never break down and are never bruised.

We keep kids away from stress, so when real life happens, they can't cope

December 04, 2019 7:54 pm

Difficult conversations: We need to give the child the tools, the agencies to be able to make mistakes, own them and them move on. The idea of holding on to them as we did when they were a few days old, their soft hand wrapped around our finger is endearing but it prevents us from letting go, from letting them grow.

You can't protect kids with half-truths so help them deal with difficult times

November 19, 2019 10:27 am

Difficult Conversations: Our instinct has always been to erase, bury or ignore the so-called negative emotions. Resilience however comes through acceptance. Anger and tears are okay.

Too many people give up pets they 'gifted' their child

November 05, 2019 4:37 pm

Difficult Conversations: Keeping pets is not about the child. It is about you even if you have a responsible teenager at hand. Children might help with the care but they cannot be the sole caregivers for the dog or the cat.

Go faster, study harder, run, run, run: Let's pause, reset childhood

October 16, 2019 10:59 am

Difficult Conversations: The result is exhausted, worried children who are losing that twinkle in the eyes one gets when they are about to try something new all on their own. In our quest to ensure a happy future, somewhere we are sacrificing the happiness that ought to be their right today.

How to talk to kids about dangers online without sounding paranoid

October 01, 2019 1:47 pm

Difficult Conversations: The ease of online communication can ultimately widen the chasm between the child and the real world since talking to real people would seem increasingly difficult.