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Friday, July 30, 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: Greeting people to making small talk, teach your child these social skills
Fri, Mar 29, 2019

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?
Mon, Mar 18, 2019

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
Mon, Mar 04, 2019

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
Fri, Feb 15, 2019

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
Fri, Feb 01, 2019

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
Sat, Jan 19, 2019

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?
Fri, Jan 04, 2019

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
Fri, Dec 21, 2018

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
Fri, Dec 07, 2018

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?
Fri, Nov 23, 2018

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
Fri, Oct 05, 2018

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
Fri, Sep 21, 2018

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
Fri, Sep 07, 2018

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
Fri, Aug 24, 2018

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!
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
Tue, Jan 15, 2019

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.