There is no doubt that the bond between the grandparent and the grandchild is unique and special. But, tensions can arise when the grandparents take on more of a parenting role and navigating the resultant choppy, parenting waters can be a hard and frustrating task.
Last evening I watched a beautifully made old Hindi film called Sujata. It put into spotlight the horrible treatment people here got thanks to something that was practiced for centuries in our country and is still being practiced in some parts of our country today - the caste system.
These days, intake of fast food has increased in comparison of homemade food. In such cases, maternal and family education plays a very important role. While feeding your child, keep them away from TV, mobile phones and laptops as it affects the duration of the meal intake.
The population of India being a whopping 133.92 crore, of which the estimated number of females are 48 per cent, nearly 22 per cent are estimated to struggle with postnatal depression, according to World Health Organisation.
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.
A boisterous child at home may suddenly be quieter in school. You discover that your child's personality may be more introverted than you realised. Or your quiet child may suddenly thrive in a school environment and come home with a million stories about her friends and life at school.
I enjoyed watching my son meet a lot of people and he really seemed to have a great time seeing the colourful and bright sights. We even went to one of the big 'sarvajanik' Ganeshotsavs in Mumbai. It was astounding!
The extended school hours will not only give parents freedom from multiple pick-ups and drops throughout the day but conveniently match their office timings. This futuristic approach to education will eventually let working parents spend quality time with their children.
Life is not any more stressful for us personally than it would have been to constantly maintain a strict schedule, homework, exams all while trying to juggle our child's non-academic interests. However, as for the future, we are happy for him to take the lead for his education.
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.
One day, my then four-year-old daughter Nandini walked away from her class and into the fishpond, she simply wanted to know in how much water the fish lived. It struck me then that as products of mainstream education we somehow lose that curiosity to walk into fishponds just to discover something.
Sometimes, an apology is not about if you're feeling bad or not. It's about the other person and how they're feeling. Even if you may not consider something a big deal, you need to acknowledge that it was important for the other person.
The WWE works with some fantastic organisations worldwide and helps shed light on important issues like bullying in schools, breast cancer, Special Olympics and many other health and community related issues.
Relocation can be tough, but if you allow the challenges to get to you, your children will definitely be affected. The key is to embrace the change so you can emanate that positivity.
Parenting styles are deeply embedded in the perception and memories of different parenting approaches seen throughout with each memory being an emotion that is either comforting or frustrating and this emotion finds its way out in behaviours with the children.
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".
Children are becoming isolated from the wider community and lack social, emotional, personal language and physical skills at the expense of becoming heavily reliant on technology.
Think about it, back in the good old days or my father's days, there still was only a small 'window' for togetherness. But through that time window, fathers and mothers were intrinsically present; always available. They had enough and more time for children.
And the best part is, most of what you would want your child to do falls under these three rules. It's simple and easy for both your child and you to follow through on.
Happy Independence Day: Isn't the whole point of life to live and learn? To stumble, fall and get up? To learn from one's own mistakes? To find one's own path through trial and error?