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Five mothers talk about feminism and the fairytale conundrum.
Unable to get the film's tickets, they lost their way back.
Grazing is when your child eats between designated mealtimes or sit-down snacks. There are many reasons why this might happen. Here are six reasons why I recommend avoiding allowing kids to graze betw...
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Urban infrastructure problems affect their health, safety and opportunities to play.
What were you doing between the ages of 6 and 14? Probably not entering an international photo contest. On Tuesday, National Geographic Kids announced the winners of its photography competition, which...
By Purnima Jha* The story of the Ramayana never ceases to amaze me. Not only is the tale fascinating, the lessons contained therein continue to be relevant too. One of my favourites is the story of wh...
"Parents are always right!"
I don't think it is in my nature to be confrontational. Unless it is with my parents or people who I know very well, I don't usually pick fights or arguments, even if there's a difference of opinion....
Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar? That's us being funny, but also asking a really basic question that vexes us. How did a simple preparation of real butter, sugar and flour get to a place wher...
Paulo Coelho once famously said that we can learn three things from our children: to be happy for no reason, to always be curious, to fight tirelessly for something. He may be spot on but there is so much else we can learn from our kids.
This post is not about the Rakshabandhan of adolescent game-playing. This post is also not about the myths and legends behind the festival, and nor is it about interpretations of brotherhood such as Tagore promoting the exchange of rakhis between Muslims and Hindus. Nope! This post is about twisting the rules even more fundamentally.
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This super initiative is helping homeless kids feel like heroes. A group of Elementary school students from PS 173 in Queens, New York, who are members of the GenerationOn Kids Care Club, made capes f...
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When people, from strangers to neighbours, start to label young kids with terms like "hyperactive" or "slow" or as having "attention deficit disorder" it makes my blood boil. These traits may or may not apply, but why are people so quick to label kids, especially those who are not their own?
A dedicated yoga practice that includes breathing techniques, behavioural guidelines and physical postures can be of incredible value to kids. What's more, we can introduce children to yoga from the age of four onwards, giving them a firm foundation of physical and spiritual resilience.
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If it is not astonishing enough that 6-year-old Nihal Raj from Kochi knows the definition of reduced milk, his ability to turn that, along with other ingredients, into mouth-watering coconut payasam w...
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After having followed the classic given-up-work-then-returned-to-it trajectory, what I've learned is that there's no magic formula. There are many, many factors that determine a woman's career arc. Sheryl Sandberg believes it is the man you marry. I believe it's your mother's ability to live near you. Either way, a woman must prepare for the fork in the road long before she reaches it.
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I watch the buzzards circling nearby, frantically flapping their large wings. Perhaps, they've spotted something to eat. It's a new day. Everything feels peaceful; much like the proverbial calm before the storm. But my heart flutters uncontrollably, for it knows what comes next.
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If you're a true-blue, born-and-brought-up-in-Mumbaikar, chances are that your folks or school made sure you paid homage to every typical sightseeing spot in the city. Our kids, though, tend to turn up their noses at these very places. Many of us just throw up our hands in despair and say, "There's nothing exciting for kids here!" Well, that's just wrong. Here's a "hat ke" list of Mumbai places and experiences that we think every kid below the age of 12 will enjoy. See part 1 of this series here.
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If you're a true-blue, born-and-brought-up-in-Mumbaikar, chances are that your folks or school made sure you paid homage to every typical sightseeing spot in the city. Our kids, though, tend to turn up their noses at the very places we loved exploring with our family. Many of us just throw up our hands in despair and say, "There's nothing exciting for kids here!" Well, that's just wrong. Here's a "hat ke" list of Mumbai places and experiences that we think every kid below the age of 12 will enjoy.
I answered the doorbell. Two young women, probably in their early 20s, smiled brightly at me and said, "Good morning Ma'am! Can we speak to you for a few minutes?" They were decently clothed, each carrying a backpack, and looked like the office-going women one sees everyday on the streets."May we come in?" They asked sweetly, totally ignoring my perplexed expression.
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JAIPUR -- "Don't aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally," this proverb by famous writer and journalist David Frost rightly suits Aabhas Sharma...
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"If you answer aunty properly, she will give you a chocolate! She has a nice big chocolate in her bag," the mother says as I try to begin a session with her child. I cringe in my seat. Oh no, not again. In most cases, the parent does not even realize why I am not supporting her statement until I explain my reasons in the counselling session. I sincerely feel that it is criminal to give a child false hopes.
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My child is turning into a believer, and more shamefully, I'm feeding her some completely fantastical formulations myself just because it's so damn convenient. My own conduct pretty much proves, in fact, that religion is a great fallback for the intellectually lazy and emotionally faint of heart. As the struggling parent of a toddler, religious constructs are right up there with Doraemon and Peppa Pig in my I'm-giving-up-for-today toolkit.
You don't need to take a fancy vacation to make new discoveries or have fun. There are plenty of wonders in your own backyard, just waiting to be found. Delhi, the sprawling mega-city we call home, has much to offer in the way of fun and inspiration for our little ones. To re-discover the magic of Delhi, why don't you...
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With campaigns like Make in India and other initiatives, entrepreneurship is at all-time high. It's good that we are taking care of our adult entrepreneurs, but what about the budding ones who are still in school? Are we doing anything to encourage them and build their entrepreneurial skill?
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My own mother was so busy working full-time and keeping house, she hardly had the luxury of a leisurely chat with me. Though she was a rock solid influence in shaping my health, conscience and general happiness, my emotional growth was pretty much dependant on my grandmothers, aunts, older cousins or sometimes even neighbours.
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As I crawl back to corporate life, I find myself reflecting on the three years' gap I took. Prior to these three years, my life was like that of any busy working woman trying hard to strike that balance. I never questioned the long hours at works--servicing big brands and being part of pitches and launches was the agenda then. But after all these years of working, there was a strong 'inner' call to slow down.
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Even at the tender age of seven, Rida Zehra, a blind Muslim girl appears to have more wisdom than many several times her age: it’s impressive enough that Zehra, without the use of Braille, knows and c...
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.