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Friday, June 18, 2021

Akhila Das Blah


Akhila Das Blah is Chief Storyteller and Head of Content at Indigrow Kids (, 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.

Parenthesis: Parenting in the time of corona
Fri, Mar 27, 2020

Unfortunately, this is the 'new normal'. We don't have a choice but to accept our situation and do the best we can.

Parenthesis: Does your child think you’re perfect?
Fri, Mar 13, 2020

Perfection as a concept does not exist. The problem with perfection is that it is inherently linked to a fear of failure.

Parenthesis: Why you should cook with your child
Fri, Feb 28, 2020

Cooking introduces kids practical scientific concepts. It encourages them to experiment, observe and reach conclusions based on their observations.

Parenthesis: Teach kids to end the blame game and be accountable
Fri, Feb 14, 2020

Children need to be encouraged to clean up their own messes. Make it a normal part of your daily life.

Parenthesis: Teach your child proper etiquette in public places
Fri, Jan 31, 2020

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

Parenthesis: How to navigate peer influence around your child
Fri, Jan 17, 2020

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.

Parenthesis: Take stock and set parenting goals for 2020
Fri, Jan 03, 2020

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?

Parenthesis: Hear your child before rushing in to fix the problem
Fri, Dec 20, 2019

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.

Parenthesis: Create an early foundation for financial planning
Fri, Dec 06, 2019

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

Parenthesis: Leave your phone behind and take a walk with your child
Fri, Nov 22, 2019

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.

Parenthesis: Lessons I learnt when my child was being bullied
Fri, Nov 08, 2019

Whatever you do, don’t expect your child to sort it out for himself. They need your support. Reassure them that they are not alone and that you are there to help

Parenthesis: Start early with anger management for your child
Fri, Oct 25, 2019

If you want them to talk to you respectfully, you need to do the same. Our children are constantly watching us. They need to see us express anger in healthy, appropriate ways.

Parenthesis: Playing outdoors is messy, fun and vital for kids
Fri, Oct 11, 2019

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
Fri, Sep 13, 2019

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
Fri, Aug 30, 2019

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
Fri, Aug 16, 2019

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?
Fri, Aug 02, 2019

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
Fri, Jul 19, 2019

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
Wed, Jul 10, 2019

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
Fri, Jun 21, 2019

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
Fri, Jun 07, 2019

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?
Fri, May 24, 2019

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
Fri, May 10, 2019

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
Fri, Apr 26, 2019

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
Fri, Apr 12, 2019

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.