Akhila Das Blah


Akhila Das Blah, aka The MOMster, is a proud parent of three bright, curious and engaging boys. An educational consultant with over 15 years of experience in teaching, curriculum development, teacher training and designing creative learning experiences, she combines her technical expertise of managing children in a classroom with the empathetic understanding of raising children in today’s world. Wearing a combination of her teacher or parent hat, sometimes both, she shares her knowledge and expertise of children in a practical, fuss-free and implementable manner.

Additional add-on: She was nicknamed the Momster by her cheeky six-year-old for her ability to go from Mom to Momster after 8:30 pm on a school night.

Parenthesis: Are you sleep-deprived, exhausted? It may be parental burnout!
Fri, Aug 10, 2018

Carve out time to pursue your interests and hobbies. Invest in your marriage and spend time as a couple.

Parenthesis: Managing parent and teacher relationships
Fri, Jul 27, 2018

For both parties, the meeting can be either constructive or a complete waste of time. But the onus of the same does not depend on the teacher alone. As a parent, we have a role to play too.

Parenthesis: The importance of establishing a bedtime routine
Mon, Jul 23, 2018

Sleep is an essential part of our well-being, irrespective of our age or stage in life. Speak to any parent of a newborn and they will tell you how lack of sleep can affect you both physically as well as mentally.

Parenthesis: The art of getting your child to eat better
Tue, Jul 03, 2018

Like every new mother, I quickly realised that when you are dealing with an emotionally manipulative midget who controls the strings of your heart, you are going to cave in at every opportunity.

Parenthesis: The importance of delaying gratification of children
Fri, Jun 29, 2018

Encourage your child to talk about their feelings. They will get frustrated when things don’t work out their way. By communicating their emotions, they are learning to deal with disappointment. Be aware of how you react as well.

Parenthesis: How to prepare for your child’s first day at school
Fri, Jun 29, 2018

Say hello to the other worried parents who are also standing around aimlessly. This group will be your support system for the next 12 years. Exchange numbers and make sure you are part of the class group chat.

Parenthesis: How to improve your child’s behaviour
Mon, Jul 02, 2018

Babies are never born well-mannered. As they grow, they watch and observe the adults in their life. They learn to imitate the behaviour of the people in their immediate environment. As their world expands and they begin to interact with more people in varied situations, they start to use what they know in their interactions.

Parenthesis: To teach children life skills, give them the option to choose
Mon, Jul 02, 2018

There are certain situations in life where we don’t have a choice whether it’s following the laws of a nation or the rules of an establishment. Similarly, a child must also learn to accept situations where he doesn’t have a choice, especially those involving his safety.

Parenthesis: The importance of doing chores
Mon, Jul 02, 2018

With the rise of domestic help in households and children being occupied with extra curricular activities or a screen, parents no longer assign chores to their kids. Children rarely pick up after themselves, leaving the mess to be cleaned up by their house help or parent. But there are ways to change it.

Parenthesis: How new mothers can deal with the guilt of not doing enough
Mon, Jul 02, 2018

Understand that there is no such thing as a perfect parent. We have all made mistakes and will continue to do so. The key is in acknowledging where we have gone wrong and being honest about it to ourselves and our children.

Parenthesis: Good Touch or Bad Touch, how to make your children understand the difference
Mon, Jul 02, 2018

Teach your child the names of their body parts. They must know what to call their private parts. Do not associate any shame to it. It is just another part of their body like a hand or an elbow.

Parenthesis: Travelling with Children
Mon, Jul 02, 2018

Travelling with children can be a challenging experience if one is not prepared. Most parents know that those days of spontaneous travelling are behind us and if we want a relaxed, fun vacation, we need to prepare for it.

Parenthesis: 10 ways to plan a fun and productive summer vacation
Mon, Jul 02, 2018

Keeping children occupied through the summer is a hard task for parents. But with a bit of planning, we can ensure that the six weeks pass by in a fun and productive manner. Here are some easy ways to organise your summer holidays.

Parenthesis: How to raise a child who reads
Mon, Jul 02, 2018

However old your child is, it’s never too late to develop a love for reading. Make those small but significant steps in the right direction and watch your child discover a world that will stimulate her curiosity.

Parenthesis: The importance of creating memories with your children
Mon, Jul 02, 2018

When we make experiences a part of our daily routine, we ensure that we create memories that bring us closer to our loved ones. Think of a childhood memory that you would like to recreate or come up with a completely new one of your own.

Parenthesis: Here’s how to deal with sibling squabbles
Mon, Jul 02, 2018

Even the best sibling relationships have their fair share of ups and downs. While quarrelling between siblings is perfectly normal and part of the growing up process, we still need to put some measures in place to ensure that things don’t get out of hand.

Parenthesis: It takes a village to raise a child, so you need to choose your village
Mon, Jul 02, 2018

Parents and children get caught in their daily schedules and routines, flitting from one activity to another and as a result, they barely have any time to spend with one another.

Parenthesis: As parents, how do YOU tackle the exam fever?
Mon, Jul 02, 2018

Exams are, unfortunately, part and parcel of the system and though one cannot expect to completely revamp the system singlehandedly, one can take small steps to ease the stress that we and more importantly, our child goes through.

P For Parenting: School yourself in the art and science of choosing your child’s first school
Mon, Jul 02, 2018

The world of admissions is a scary place, a place fraught with so many options and opinions that one is more often than not, left feeling vulnerable, inept and confused. While filling out forms of various schools, you should here are a few factors that should be taken into consideration.