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Not Your Parents' Parenting Guide

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.

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Here's How You Can Make Family Mealtime Fun For All

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.
21/01/2016 8:17 AM IST
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What Every Parent Should Understand About Childhood Depression

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.
19/01/2016 8:38 AM IST
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The Basics Of Spinning

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.
16/01/2016 8:39 AM IST
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This New Year, Forget The Kilos And Focus On Shedding This Extra Baggage

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.
12/01/2016 8:15 AM IST
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1 In 3 Women Over 50 Have Osteoporosis, Here's What You Can Do To Prevent It

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.
17/11/2015 8:54 AM IST
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Understand Your Money Better With This Easy Tool

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.
13/11/2015 8:30 AM IST
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This Is How You Can Workout Without Going To The Gym

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.
12/11/2015 8:17 AM IST
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Five Phrases Worse Than Saying Nothing

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.
30/10/2015 11:56 PM IST
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How A Child Becomes A Bully And What We Can Do About It

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.
23/10/2015 7:51 AM IST
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Here Are Some Creative Ways To Encourage Your Child To Read

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.
22/10/2015 8:34 AM IST
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Survey: What Do You Think About Sex Education?

In June, <strong>The Swaddle</strong> 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.
20/10/2015 8:17 AM IST
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Five Easy Ways To Make Your Family's Diet Healthier

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.
14/10/2015 8:11 AM IST
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Sometimes, You Need To Put Down The Camera

One of the drawbacks of digital photography and video is that we're starting to forget about the recording device of infinite capacity with which we're pre-loaded: our memory. There exists no device that can truly replace it. When I revisit that beautiful walk, in my mind, it is multi-dimensional. I am transported back in time to the smells, the sounds, the images, and the feelings of that moment. A photograph could never do that for me, nor could a video. Because in my visual memory, <em>I am also part of the picture</em>.
29/09/2015 8:11 AM IST
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Vintage Movie Night With The Kids

A few months ago I made the mistake of watching Frozen. It was dull and long and did nothing for me except get "Doooo you want to build a snowman?" stuck in my head. It's one of the most popular children's movies in the world, and a lot of people think I'm crazy. But it got me thinking about old movies I watched and loved as a kid and found that, decades later, they're still excellent.
26/09/2015 8:19 AM IST