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Saturday, November 28, 2020


child stress

Good stress, bad stress: Teach your child to turn adversity into advantage

February 10, 2020 11:44:59 am

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.

secularism, religion, parenting tips

Difficult Conversations: ‘Secularism cannot be taught within the four walls of a classroom’

February 4, 2020 4:45:11 pm

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.

working during pregnancy

Busting myths by working through pregnancy

February 1, 2020 4:15:26 pm

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.

child shopping

Parenthesis: Teach your child proper etiquette in public places

January 31, 2020 12:33:42 pm

As with all things parenting, start young. It's much harder to teach a teenager manners as compared to teaching a two-year-old.

chess, competition, parenting tips

Why do so many kids quit chess in their teens? An advisory to parents

January 27, 2020 11:48:15 am

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.


Difficult Conversations: You don’t have to be a referee in your kids’ quarrels

January 21, 2020 12:06:07 pm

We think that being a parent makes us superheroes who have a solution to everything, who never break down and are never bruised.

peer pressure for child

Parenthesis: How to navigate peer influence around your child

January 17, 2020 2:08:37 pm

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.


Being Baba: Bringing in the new year with a baby

January 15, 2020 1:45:48 pm

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.

working mom guilt

Imagine: Let’s smash the myth of work-life balance for working mothers

January 11, 2020 6:05:49 am

No man is ever asked how he manages to keep the work-life balance; it is an expectation from women only.

talking politics with kids, parenting

Difficult Conversations: Talking politics with kids

January 7, 2020 10:53:03 am

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.


Parenthesis: Take stock and set parenting goals for 2020

January 3, 2020 12:56:41 pm

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?

parenting tips, screen time

E-smog and excess screen time: New age parents, take notice

December 27, 2019 8:05:26 am

Research shows that children’s developing brains, eyes and bone marrow absorb electromagnetic radiation three to 10 times deeper than adults.

motherhood, parenting

‘Growing up in the US, my son found it difficult to understand if he was Indian or American’

December 26, 2019 6:05:51 pm

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.


Parenthesis: Hear your child before rushing in to fix the problem

December 20, 2019 9:30:55 am

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.

special olympics bharat, disabled children, parenting

‘Accept your child’s disability and help them overcome it’

December 20, 2019 5:02:23 pm

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.


Moms, when was the last time you thought about yourself?

December 17, 2019 3:12:44 pm

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.'

chess, parenting

Chess parents are pushing kids to break down: Notes from a coach

December 12, 2019 5:01:45 pm

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.


Being Baba: A letter to my baby son when he turns 25

December 11, 2019 2:42:31 pm

"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

Postpartum depression: ‘I almost wanted to give up my baby’

December 12, 2019 11:14:37 am

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?"

financial planning

Parenthesis: Create an early foundation for financial planning

December 6, 2019 11:03:59 am

Don't hesitate to have balanced, honest conversations about money with your children. They must learn to manage and respect money.

I watched as my pet cockatiel’s lungs gave up: Air pollution lessons from a 13-year-old

December 4, 2019 11:46:54 am

'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.'

parenting tips

We keep kids away from stress, so when real life happens, they can’t cope

December 4, 2019 7:54:45 pm

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.

Being Baba: Thinking back to simpler times

November 27, 2019 6:31:59 pm

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.

national milk day, breast milk importance

National Milk Day: The importance of human milk banks

November 26, 2019 2:46:01 pm

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.

family walks, parenting

Parenthesis: Leave your phone behind and take a walk with your child

November 22, 2019 3:54:54 pm

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.