The Swaddle is a parenting and family health site for a new generation of Indian parents. We know you’re an individual outside of your kids, one who has interests and goals beyond the world of pampers, preschool, and puberty. You are more than bread-winners or child-minders; you want a healthy, happy, exciting life for your children—and yourself.
The Swaddle wants that for you, too. We bring you fresh and reliable information about your and your children’s health, wellbeing, and development, but we also satisfy the other part of you—the news junkie, the science nerd, the travel nut, the fashionista. We look at all sides of life, because you do, too. So, we deliver news about families, children, health, and fitness, as well as the arts, culture, fashion, and travel. We don’t shy from taboo or sensitive subjects; The Swaddle is your platform for reading about every facet of life that matters to you.
The Swaddle—definitely not your parents’ parenting guide.
Do you ever look at your kids and think, "Their childhood is so different from mine," or shake your head when they roll your eyes at what you once thought cool? We've got you covered. Get your nostalgia on with this list of what childhood looked like Once Upon A Time.
Increasingly, research is showing that family meal times are integral to family bonding. But just because everyone is present doesn't mean that everyone is tuned in. It's easy to fall into a rut, where we find ourselves asking, "How was your day?" with no real expectation (or desire) to hear more than "Fine" in response.
Parents often say, "I can't understand why my daughter/son is depressed. S/he has nothing to worry about. S/he is a smart girl/boy with lovely friends." Depression bewilders parents. It is difficult for us to accept that depression is outside of a person's control. But the bottom line is that depression is a physiological condition just like asthma or diabetes.
Spinning has become a popular exercise class offered by major gyms and studios across the country. If you're considering signing up, here's a quick intro to the exercise to help you understand what you'll be getting out of it.
While you might consider your journey a success if no family members went missing between departure and arrival, children might disagree. The loss of a purple crayon or a green Lego block is the kind of things you won't be forgiven for.
While the goal-setting mindset is a great way to approach the New Year, our only hope is that everyone has moved on from "must lose 5 kilos" as the first (or only) resolution. For starters, there's no crash diet that will help you keep the weight off as definitively as regular exercise and a consistently healthy diet. Secondly, there's much heavier excess baggage we can rid ourselves of in 2016.
While osteoporosis affects men, too, I focus on women below, as they are more at risk for the disease. After menopause, the hormonal changes in women's bodies can accelerate bone breakdown and loss -- this is a particular problem in India, where the disease is under-diagnosed and undertreated. In fact, a 2010 study found that Indian women have significantly lower bone densities and increased incidence of low bone mass when compared to other countries.
first came across the idea of a money biography when I enrolled in a financial wellness program in Bangalore. I wasn't really sure if I was suitable for such a program - I was a mom who had been out of work for almost four years, with no steady income of my own and no savings whatsoever. As it turned out, there is no 'right' type of person for such a workshop, and I learned a lot. An exercise called a money biography was particularly revealing, because it mirrors our unconscious money habits by helping us identify influencing factors known as money scripts, career messages, and role models.
The gym isn't the only place where you can get in shape. Often, small activities around the home and office can make a big difference to the way you feel. To make the most of your busy schedule and cramped space, try adding the following fitness tips into your life.
We've all been there - you're hanging out with someone who has a great career/wonderful husband/adorable child/perfect life, and she (usually she) can't help but offer 'advice' so you can get to the same happy place. She lurks in disguise as a friend/sibling/cousin/aunt/neighbour/random person you just met an hour ago.
In my practice, I have often felt that even bullies need help. What we tend to forget or miss is that their behaviour, while aggressive, can also be a sign or plea for help. As parents and educators, how we choose to address the issue is what makes a difference; labelling a child as a bully can scar them for a lifetime as surely as their behaviour can scar others.
Reading is not only an essential life skill that helps your child's brain grow, it's also a magical, exciting journey of vibrant thought and imagination. But not every child finds reading easy or interesting. It can be difficult to engage a reluctant reader and often requires caution; forcing a child to read before he is ready can often do more harm than good. Here are some creative ways in which you encourage your child to make reading a positive, fun experience.
In June, The Swaddle held a panel discussion on sex education in India. Ever since, we've wondered -- what do parents really think about sex education? What are we really telling our kids? We've put together a short, completely anonymous, survey to find out. Please take it and share with the other parents you know.
Pregnancy can be an uncomfortable business. There is a litany of conditions you can develop before your child is born - most merely troublesome, but some, dangerous. If you know what to watch for, and how to address it, you can have a much more relaxed and comfortable nine months.
The only fool-proof way to a healthy diet seems to be buying a piece of land, growing our own vegetables and dedicating our lives to eating well. Most of us have other goals, but that doesn't mean we're not concerned with a healthy diet for our families. We know that the deluge of information can be daunting, so we've compiled a handy list of five changes you can make today toward a healthy diet.
Dignity--that delicate, intrinsic right that each of us have to personal value and worth. We may not think of dignity on a daily basis, but we certainly know when we feel it and, more importantly, when it is absent. Nowhere is this more evident than in the area of mental health.