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.
Children need to be encouraged to clean up their own messes. Make it a normal part of your daily life.
I obviously want to introduce my son to the magical and beautiful world of comics soon but let me tell you what he's been reading so far.
Our bodies are not designed to function under chronic stress, and this is what takes a massive toll on mental and physical health, right from a young age.
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.
Depending on the industry, there need to be laws that allow women self-care time, flexibility in schedules and the respect of being treated as an equal.
As with all things parenting, start young. It's much harder to teach a teenager manners as compared to teaching a two-year-old.
If any coach or parent tells you that a kid can play at world or national level by training three hours a day and attending all birthday parties and doing school homework, they are lying. Period.
We think that being a parent makes us superheroes who have a solution to everything, who never break down and are never bruised.
Peer influence is real and occurs at all ages. You don't need to wait for your child to become a teenager to realise how susceptible your child is to peer influence.
Climate change, political issues, social issues, crimes against women and children, pollution…there is a lot to worry about and I know that we can all do our part to make this year better than the last.
No man is ever asked how he manages to keep the work-life balance; it is an expectation from women only.
Read about the marginalised, read stories and books that talk about diversity, are inclusive and pose uncomfortable questions. No, innocence is not lost by exposing kids to the real world.
Think of the year to come. Think of how old your child is turning. What will he be able to do this year? What might his challenges be? Will he be going to a new class or a new school?
Research shows that children’s developing brains, eyes and bone marrow absorb electromagnetic radiation three to 10 times deeper than adults.
As my son began to see the outside world, he started observing the difference between life at home and kids at school. This inevitably led to a barrage of questions.
Accept children's emotions, without passing any judgment or need to fix it. Ask them what they think would make them feel better or less scared.
Once you accept the child's requirements, doors of opportunities will open up as you start your journey together. Indulge them in activities to keep them fit, help them learn through activities.
Difficult Conversations: In our bid to be the best versions of ourselves as a mother somewhere, we take over the kids' space and lose our own. We take responsibility of situations beyond our control and beat ourselves up over our 'failures.'
What doesn’t work: Need for showing off a trophy kid, lack of faith in professional coaches, trying to wriggle out of family circumstances, hoping to buy knowledge without hard work.