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Sunday, February 23, 2020

Imagine column


When home becomes the most dangerous place for the child

February 21, 2020 1:00 pm

Imagine: Violence towards children is culturally sanctioned, especially when it is at the hands of the parents. This usually comes with a convenient justification: “They know what is best for them”

Imagine: Dear students, here are 7 tips to rock your exams

February 06, 2020 12:01 pm

Despite all the fuss made about exams, remember they do not define you or the rest of your life.

Imagine: Is society’s idea of success harming our children?

January 24, 2020 3:20 pm

The idea of success is hugely problematic when from an early age, we are recruiting our children into believing that there is one right way to live their life.

Imagine: Let’s smash the myth of work-life balance for working mothers

January 10, 2020 5:43 pm

No man is ever asked how he manages to keep the work-life balance; it is an expectation from women only.

Imagine: Watch out for the 'study abroad' industry that is luring our kids

December 27, 2019 2:36 pm

When we do something because everybody else is doing it then it is problematic. It is like getting into a treadmill which is not going to get us anywhere.

Imagine: Children will lie. It's not a flaw but a necessary milestone

December 14, 2019 10:34 am

Lying is a pretty smart and sophisticated protective strategy children adopt when faced with oppressive and so-called “disciplinary” practices.

Imagine: Less is more — escaping the grip of 'affluenza'

November 29, 2019 2:48 pm

We are trying to buy our way out of misery, but paradoxically, getting more stuck than ever. I am sure you will remember your childhood when old sofas were refurbished, furniture repaired, clothes passed on from older to younger and everything used until it was threadbare and turned into dusters.

Imagine: Raising girls — misogyny shows up when we're least aware

November 16, 2019 9:20 am

Let’s start by becoming more mindful of our language. Just observe the words we use to praise little girls — “gentle”, “nice”, “sweet” and the ubiquitous “good girl”; and for boys — “strong”, “tough”, “brave”.

Imagine: Parents, create boundaries without any double standards

November 04, 2019 11:05 am

It is only when they feel valued, loved and safe in a relationship that children can even be open to coaching. A red light is for behaviours that need a zero-tolerance, non-negotiable approach. The yellow light could be for habits the child is still learning to master.

Imagine: Parenting and the art of selective watering — even shy dreamers can sparkle

October 19, 2019 4:34 pm

There are many children who are shy, scattered, disorganised, dreamers, clumsy and noisy. They might still have huge reservoirs of creativity, talent, ability, generosity, etc, but all that is lost behind cobwebs of mis-wiring that keep them from connecting and showing their sparkle.