It would be important to set up more public human milk banks to meet the ever-growing needs of a country like India where almost 13 per cent of all babies born are preterm and many more are very low birth weight babies.
Going for a stroll or a walk around the neighbourhood forces you to slow down. It encourages you to take time out of your busy schedule and actually tune in to your child. It's essential that you leave your phones and gadgets at home.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?