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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.