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: 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?
"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?"
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.
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.
"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."
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.
"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, 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.
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.
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.
"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."
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.
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.
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.
"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: 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.
"...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 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?