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.
"I know it isn't easy being a good man in this crazy world but knowing how your mom and I have raised you I know you are a good man and I want to tell you that however hard it is, it is totally worthwhile."
Postpartum depression: "I did not fall in love with my baby the moment I saw him, or in the initial few days, and wanted someone to literally take him away from me. That made me feel worse as motherhood was only supposed to be rosy and bright and the best phase of your life, right?"
Don't hesitate to have balanced, honest conversations about money with your children. They must learn to manage and respect money.
'A lot of us are unaware that our everyday steps of taking public transport, carpooling of bicycling can make a big contribution towards reducing emissions levels.'
Difficult conversations: We need to give the child the tools, the agencies to be able to make mistakes, own them and them move on. The idea of holding on to them as we did when they were a few days old, their soft hand wrapped around our finger is endearing but it prevents us from letting go, from letting them grow.
I got my first cellphone when I was in college. Neil already knows how to listen to music on my cellphone and when it is diaper changing time, he’ll bring the phone to me so I can play his favourite songs.
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.