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

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

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.

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

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

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.

Online gaming: We think we have cautioned our kids enough, but have we?

Difficult Conversations: Quite a few of us, including yours truly till fairly recently, think that Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram are the only danger zones on internet and we have done our bit if we have protected kids from these till they grow old enough to use them responsibly. The story sadly doesn't even begin there.

Listen: How to answer your child's questions on terrorism

If your child asks what terrorist attacks or mass shootings are all about, do you need to explain it to them? How do you do it?

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Difficult Conversations: Are you passing on the right idea of beauty to your child?

Is it the skin tone? Is it straight, shiny hair? Or is it a mindful life? Read, research, and reassess to come to the conclusion. Your opinion. Not something which has been manufactured by social and media pressure. Talk to the child about what truly matters. Lead by example.

Difficult Conversations: Friendship breakups - little kids have big feelings

Take it as a good opportunity to learn together about relationships. Try to help the child analyse what went wrong. This is a very important skill to have for future relationships. We do not want to be at either extremes of "it was all my fault", or "it was all the friend's fault".

Listen: How to talk to kids about careers and let them explore choices freely

"Why do we feel that money is the essence of happiness? Yes, money is important. It's much tougher to go against that tide and let the child explore their passions, make some mistakes and then make their way."

Give your teen the freedom to fly, fail, get up and try again!

Difficult Conversations: "The boy was missing home, specifically his room and the huge bed that fits his six feet two inches frame. He whispered, 'I miss home'. I wanted to pack the home and take it to him in a blink. Instead, I let him speak, grumble and complain."

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