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: 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.

Parenthesis: Caring for seniors? Keep a positive atmosphere for kids at home

Children are very susceptible to changes in environment, body language and tone of voice. If you try to sweep things under the carpet, it will only confuse them further. They have their own fears that will get amplified if they are not addressed. While you don’t need to get into unnecessary and complicated details, you do need to give them the gist of the situation.

Parenthesis: Does your child want to order in regularly? Here’s how to deal with it

Exposure to different cultures and the booming restaurant industry has led to a change in palate for the young Indian consumer. They are no longer satisfied with eating dal, roti and sabzi on a daily basis.

Parenthesis: Do you catch yourself saying ‘No’ to your child all the time?

The danger with saying “No” frequently is that over a period of time, the word itself loses all meaning. Your child may start to ignore your instructions.

Parenthesis: Stay connected with your child for the small things

Children know when you’re not listening or listening with half an ear. They will shut down. And you will have lost an opportunity that you were not even aware of.

Parenthesis: Teach your child healthy media habits

Make sure your child watches content that you are familiar with and whenever possible, watch it together.

Parenthesis: How to raise a child without gender biases

A child doesn’t jump on the sofa because he is a boy. He jumps on the sofa because he is allowed.

Parenthesis: Give your children the gift of free play

Childhood should be kept as free and unstructured as possible, allowing children to daydream, introspect, explore and make sense of the world around them.

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

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