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Saturday, December 14, 2019



‘Gender-neutral parenting will help children develop higher emotional intelligence’
Fri, Dec 13, 2019

Children who conform and become captive to restrictive gender rules only cultivate the qualities and skills acceptable to their gender. As a result, they can grow up emotionally stunted and can lose out on wholesome development.

Girl child is adopted more in India. All you need to know on adoption, from CARA
Fri, Dec 13, 2019

Adoption in India: "No child shall be given in adoption to a couple unless they have at least two years of stable marital relationship," mention the regulations. A person can adopt irrespective of their marital status and whether or not he or she has a biological son or daughter.

Delhi air pollution: ‘It’s restrictive for kids, feel very sad,’ say parents
Thu, Nov 07, 2019

Delhi air pollution: Parents are naturally worried about how their kid's health might be affected with exposure to pollutants. Kids are not being allowed to go outdoors and play, even though parents realise how crucial it is for their growth.

Air pollution: How to pick the right mask for your child
Tue, Nov 05, 2019

Delhi air pollution: The mask for one child should not be shared with another. Similarly, adults and kids should not exchange them. So, when you give a mask to your child, mark their name on it so that only they use it.

Meet the Bengaluru mom who created a math app to help her daughter
Fri, Oct 18, 2019

"I faced challenges in getting my daughter interested in Mathematics. While I was exploring teaching material for my daughter, I realised that most things out there still looked the same as when I was in school," said the mother.

As a new dad, cricketer Pragyan Ojha is learning to change nappies
Tue, Sep 24, 2019

Some cricketers like Dhoni have also won hearts for being doting parents. Has he picked up any tips? "When they call, we do exchange notes. It's funny how the conversation changes," remarks Pragyan Ojha.

‘When kids play without expecting rewards, they learn life-skills’
Mon, Sep 16, 2019

"Play raises the level of creativity as it involves some element of imagination. Academic training should never be an excuse to not let children play as it takes away their opportunity to learn," says professor of psychology Dr Peter Gray.

Dabung Girl: An Indian female superhero that kids will relate to
Fri, Aug 30, 2019

The vision of Dabung girl is to represent a strong and dynamic female lead character to expand the mental horizons of young girls (and boys) who are accustomed to admiring mostly male superheroes.

Sowmya Rajendran’s latest children’s book is about a princess who is a weightlifter
Fri, Aug 30, 2019

"I hope parents don't stop their little girls from playing in the sun because they will become 'too dark'. And I hope children learn to disbelieve well-meaning adults who tell them a girl cannot be strong or that their sole duty is to fulfill their parents' dreams."

Child adoption: Why older and special needs kids are getting left behind
Wed, Nov 13, 2019

About 278 kids adopted across the country in 2017-19 were reportedly returned by their families, according to an RTI reply from CARA. Of these, a quarter of them were kids with special needs, 60 per cent were girls apart from older children with compatibility issues.

‘I adopted a girl after two biological sons. Now they are three happy siblings’
Thu, Aug 15, 2019

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?
Sun, Aug 04, 2019

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
Fri, Jul 26, 2019

"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
Thu, Jul 11, 2019

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
Mon, Jul 08, 2019

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’
Wed, Jul 03, 2019

"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
Wed, Jul 03, 2019

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
Thu, Jun 27, 2019

"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
Fri, Jun 21, 2019

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
Thu, Jun 13, 2019

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.