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

November 19, 2019 10:27:33 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.

baby toys

Being Baba: A personal guide to buying toys for your babies

November 13, 2019 2:11:15 pm

Toys like shape-sorters and stacking rings work differently for kids at different ages. When they are between six and eight months, they'll play with them in one way and as they grow older they'll start figuring out what they can do with the same toys.

bullying

Parenthesis: Lessons I learnt when my child was being bullied

November 8, 2019 12:17:59 pm

Whatever you do, don’t expect your child to sort it out for himself. They need your support. Reassure them that they are not alone and that you are there to help

emotional intelligence

Emotional intelligence: The edge your child needs to succeed

November 7, 2019 7:30:30 pm

When you treat their feelings as 'real' and help them understand them, it not only sets them on a path to being able to manage their emotions but also towards managing the impact of difficult situations, challenges, stressors, etc, on their emotion, mood and mental wellbeing.

parenting, child education

Prepare your child for the fourth industrial revolution

November 5, 2019 5:35:51 pm

In the formative years, a child should be provided with an overall exposure to all facets of learning instead of restricting them to a box. A holistic education in science, tech, engineering and math (STEM) helps a child understand the importance of technology and the methods to use it judiciously.

pet, parentng

Too many people give up pets they ‘gifted’ their child

November 5, 2019 4:37:47 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.

child home safety tips

How to sensitise children on home safety from an early age

November 1, 2019 5:39:47 pm

While there is no such thing as being too secure, one should always remember that the art of securing our homes is a delicate balancing act.

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Being Baba: My baby son loved the Diwali lights, but not the crackers

October 30, 2019 8:35:27 am

Why don’t people who burst loud crackers think about others? Old people and babies are the worst affected but I’m sure that young kids, students or even people my age can’t really be enjoying loud bangs that have no purpose apart from annoying you.

anger management, parenting

Parenthesis: Start early with anger management for your child

October 25, 2019 5:53:18 pm

If you want them to talk to you respectfully, you need to do the same. Our children are constantly watching us. They need to see us express anger in healthy, appropriate ways.

newborn baby

Newborn screening for serious diseases: A crying need in India

October 25, 2019 10:02:20 am

Newborn Screening (NBS) has become increasingly important as a preventive public health strategy. A proper NBS programme to screen all the babies born in India can contribute greatly towards making of a 'Healthy and Happy India'.

parenting

Create future leaders with a balance of academics and sports

October 22, 2019 11:15:51 am

Juggling intellectual and physical education simultaneously helps a student become organised and systematic in his approach to daily chores. To balance studies and sports together, a person needs to plan their day strategically.

hand writing

‘I realised I was dyslexic when my daughter was diagnosed’

October 22, 2019 12:09:40 pm

Dyslexia is an alternative way of thinking. Research shows that dyslexic brains, because of their different wiring, have an ability to recognise patterns, decode the bigger picture and make connections others cannot see.

road trip with baby

Being Baba: A checklist for a road trip with the baby

October 16, 2019 3:43:24 pm

A comfortable car seat is the difference between a fun and safe vacation and a painful one. Good car seats ensure that your babies are snug and comfortable, even for long journeys and most importantly safe in case of any sudden jerks or brakes that can happen in traffic or even on the highway.

parenting

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

October 16, 2019 10:59:32 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.

parenting tips, outdoor play

Parenthesis: Playing outdoors is messy, fun and vital for kids

October 11, 2019 8:47:38 am

So, we learnt to put up with the whiny child or the child who always had to have his own way, or the child who never wanted to be the ‘den’ and we learnt to negotiate our way through the playing. We learnt important life skills while playing outside.

parenting tips

Let’s talk to kids about stigma and judgement

October 8, 2019 9:42:49 am

Rebuttal, pessimism or a negative reaction from a friend can have the most devastating effect on a young mind. As parents, we have an important role to teach kids empathy. Children have a clean slate.

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Goddess Durga: An icon for the girl child

October 7, 2019 7:55:59 am

Goddess Durga is one of the best examples of a single entity embodying ferocity as well as compassion. Equal parts destroyer and creator, Durga’s life and story provide invaluable learnings for people who are bringing up a girl child.

parenting tips, shy kid

Let’s tell the shy kid that it’s fine to be an introvert

October 4, 2019 11:25:07 am

Unfortunately, we are not teaching our kids the vitality and value of behavior, all that comes with it, all that stems from it. How, then, do we expect them to get magically matured into mentally and emotionally strong adults?

online safety, parenting

How to talk to kids about dangers online without sounding paranoid

October 1, 2019 1:47:31 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.

pets, parenting

Notes for pet-lovers: Don’t risk young children to dog bites

September 27, 2019 6:37:02 pm

Dog owners need to take onus to keep kids safe, and vice versa, parents need to teach kids to maintain a cautious distance from unfamiliar dogs.

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