DISHA ROY CHOUDHURY

Articles By DISHA ROY CHOUDHURY

‘I adopted a girl after two biological sons. Now they are three happy siblings’

Raksha Bandhan 2019: "When you adopt older kids, you need to keep in mind that they remember their past. My daughter was three years old when she came to us. Every time we went back for court hearings and she saw her previous caretaker, she would get frightened."

Friendship Day 2019: Should you choose your child’s friends?

Friendship Day 2019: Parents have their child's best interests at heart and want to ensure their well-being but what if your child is not happy with your chosen friend? What if they secretly meet those very friends they are not supposed to mingle with?

How to be a better parent: These workshops in India are training moms and dads

"Parenting is an extremely important skill. And when can go for training for everything else, from yoga to cooking, don't you think you need more help for one of the most important jobs which is parenting?"

Are kids spending too much time on mobile phones? It’s not entirely their fault

Every time a child is restless, all one needs to do is to play a video for them or show them an online game or use it as bait if they refuse to eat. In no time, your child becomes obsessed with screens.

Mahie Gill is a ‘happily unmarried’ mom. Here’s some advice for single parents-to-be

Single parenting is not an easy choice to make. Societal prejudice aside, there can be numerous practical challenges of being a single parent. And one has to be really prepared for everything that accompanies taking up responsibility of a child.

‘Build the reading habit in kids at the primary school level’

"Even if you have good books, how do you ensure children are being able to read them? We work with school libraries and to a small extent with community libraries in enabling access. We also focus on capacity building through principals, teachers, parents and community members."

Pink for boys to dads doing housework, these children’s books are all about breaking gender stereotypes

Many authors have found a delightful way of educating kids about gender issues through their stories and illustrations without necessarily being preachy. They tell us about what inspired their books and talking gender with kids.

Single parents tell us about the challenges their kids face at school

"My daughter's class-teachers in middle school knew about it all. Initially, when we just got separated, I used to tell her that she does not have to lie about her parents to anyone. Now, both her father and I take turns to attend PTAs."

Like Sania Mirza, you can take your baby to a party but consider these 6 things first

Like Sania, there are many mothers who have to take their child along to events or parties either because they do not have someone to babysit or simply because they do not want to stay away from the baby for that duration. That said, not every party is suitable for the baby.

Tongue-tie in babies: Signs to treatment, here’s all you need to know

Dr Asmita Mahajan, consultant neonatologist and pediatrician, SL Raheja Hospital, answers all your questions on tongue-tie in babies, how it can affect them, and the way to treat it.

From doing odd jobs to riding bikes, this mom did it all to educate her child

Meet Pinky Malakar from Assam, whose only dream was to send her daughter to an English medium school. Despite financial constraints, the mother, who now works for a bike app, is doing it all to make sure her daughter's education is not compromised.

Taj Mahal to get a breastfeeding room: Nursing mothers share what it means to them

Having a breastfeeding room at a tourist place like Taj Mahal can be deemed a positive endeavour in the times when mothers in India still struggle with an uncomfortable gaze while breastfeeding in public or are deprived of basic provisions for safety and hygiene for the same.

‘Influenza vaccine is essential for tackling child mortality, health of pregnant women in India’

"Since 2010, we have witnessed in India severe outbreaks of influenza. The latest was in northern India, in Delhi, Kashmir and a couple of other areas, in the beginning of the year. Almost every year over the past four years in India, we have had outbreaks of flu."

Coding improves logical thinking, says mom of 9-year-old boy who created health app

Meet Vyom Bagrecha, who made an app at the age of nine with the help of his coding teacher. We spoke to Vyom and his mother Sandeepa to know the benefits of coding and how making the right use of technology can impact children.

Mother’s Day 2019: How a Grammy nominated Indian singer made an album to answer her son’s questions

Happy Mother's Day 2019: "His curiosity to know about himself and his struggle with assimilating into American society as an Indian child inspired me to write this album," says Grammy nominated singer Falu Shah.

From ‘wooden doll’ to disability activist: Meet Nipun Malhotra and his inspiring mom

Mother's Day 2019: "It was scary but I realised he only had me to protect him. So, I rose to the situation. At that time, there was not much awareness. But I was sure that if the 'wooden doll' can smile, why can't he do other things?" says Nipun's mother Priyanka Malhotra.

Success means living a happy life, says mom who celebrated her son scoring 60% in class 10

"Through his 10th, there was a lot of coaxing and trying and giving up on his part. He did not do well even in his exams in December. But as a parent, I grew through that experience to become more accepting. So, by the December exams, I talked to him and said it was alright if he did not clear it."

Mother’s Day 2019: Rupali Nayak, mom of child with cerebral palsy, talks about her daughter’s journey to exam success

Mother's Day 2019: Meet Rupali Nayak, mother of Mamta Nayak who was born with cerebral palsy and has now passed her class 10 exam securing 90.4 per cent. We take a look at her inspirational journey as a mother.

Meet the filmmaker who adapted Satyajit Ray’s Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne for kids

"...it leaves you with important lessons, which parents need to teach their children, especially in today's time where there is so much strife and hatred around us. Again, the whole landscape of the film addresses the imagination of the child, in terms of fun, fantasy and quirky characters."

Aishwarya was trolled for holding daughter Aaradhya’s hand. When’s the right time to let go?

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was clicked holding her eight-year-old's hand in public when the Bachchans went on a family dinner. And trolls were unhappy. As a parent, how do you decide when to hold your child's hand and when to let her free?

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