Akhila Das Blah

Akhila Das Blah is Chief Storyteller and Head of Content at Indigrow Kids (http://www.indigrowkids.com), an organisation that creates delightful books and games that help little ones learn about India in a fun, modern way. 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.

Articles By Akhila Das Blah

Parenthesis: Playing outdoors is messy, fun and vital for kids

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.

Parenthesis: Raising introverts and extroverts, together

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.

Parenthesis: Apologise to your kids freely and often

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.

Parenthesis: Here are 3 non-negotiable rules of parenting

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.

Parenthesis: What kind of parent are you during vacations?

The next time you plan a vacation, think about the hidden message for your child. Is it in sync with how you intend to raise him, the attributes and values that you would like him to imbue? Whatever you choose, keep in mind that your choices have a larger impact than you might have imagined.

Parenthesis: Do your kids seem destructive? They probably just want to play

When your toddler wants to play peek-a-boo all the time, he is just satisfying his urge or need to play in a specific way. Researchers believe that these patterns of play help your child develop as they explore the world trying to find out how things work.

Parenthesis: Birthday parties made me a wreck till my twins rescued me

A bouncy castle at a birthday party seemed like the most natural thing in the world. Loud blaring music and equally loud party hosts competed with each other. I returned from each party with a splitting headache.

Parenthesis: How to deal with toddler tantrums

Assess why your child is upset. If he’s tired or hungry, he may need a nap or a snack. At other times, he may just need to be distracted to the next activity. If the tantrum is because he isn’t being allowed to do something, explain once and then move on.

Parenthesis: The ability to do nothing is an important life skill

By providing endless playdates, use of screens or enrolling them in activities, we are not allowing them to listen to their inner voice. Their inner voice that tells them to make a fort, or write a story or draw a picture.

Parenthesis: Does your parenting style differ from your partner’s?

In an ideal world, research has shown that staying as close to an authoritative approach is best. Being aware of how you are handling a particular situation will help facilitate conversation between your spouse and you.

Parenthesis: Are you ready to have a second child? Here’s a checklist

Should you have a second child or not? Will you be depriving your child of a sibling and family for when you are no longer around? Or will you be forcing a sibling on him and depriving him of your undivided attention? If you were to have a second child, what should be the ideal age gap?

Parenthesis: Is boarding school right for your child? Here are points to consider

Take a long-term approach and don't make hasty decisions. Discuss all pros and cons, do your research thoroughly and then take a decision in the best interests of the child and your family. It's important to remember that no decision is lasting.

Parenthesis: Why you should stop comparing your child to others

The problem arises when instead of observing our child’s individual growth and progress and seeking help if needed, we compare our child to either his siblings or other children and judge him for being different.

Parenthesis: Greeting people to making small talk, teach your child these social skills

Times have changed. As our generation have now become parents, the formality in relationships has reduced considerably. Social conventions are far more casual. My children call most of our friends and family by their first names. They chill and hang out with us as part of a whole group.

Parenthesis: How do you guide kids towards the right career?

Should we burst their bubble of childhood innocence and insist that they pursue a career that guarantees them money? Or should we encourage them to follow their passions and let the money sort itself out?

Parenthesis: When your child falls behind in class

If your child is falling behind in class, it can affect his self-confidence and self-esteem, leading to possible depression. There are simple measures that can help your child deal with the situation.

Parenthesis: The not so perfect stuff we hide on social media

It's time to do ourselves a favour and admit it. It's okay. Start with a small whisper in a dark room, until you can scream it out loud from the rooftops...Parenting is hard!

Parenthesis: How to deal with your child’s mood swings

Observe your child and be aware of what causes the mood swings. Some children get irritable when they are hungry or sleepy. Others need some space to themselves and a quiet corner to unwind at the end of the day.

Parenthesis: Is your child lying? Teach them to be accountable

The truth is, most children tell lies at some point or another. They do it to prevent themselves from getting into trouble. They lie to get what they want. Or to see how you’ll respond and how much they can get away with.

Parenthesis: Are you slotting your child under a label?

Labels can stick. Children aren’t born with labels or stereotypes. They are a work in progress. By attaching labels to them, it can restrict them from growing or developing.