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Marriage is hard work. And when you are in an inter-faith marriage, you have to work that much harder to overcome the complexities that come along with differing religious beliefs. Being part of an in...
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I recently read this comic, and it completely resonated with me. I quite liked the term 'mental load' mentioned in it. Based on my own experience and those of women around me, I would venture that we...
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The happiness quotient When I ask parents what they want for their children, I hear many things that range from a 'good' career to abstract notions of success but I rarely ever hear the word 'happines...
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In a horrifying incident, a 65-year-old man killed his ten-year-old grandson before taking his own life. Sudhir Dagdumal Shah of Pune allegedly left behind a suicide note in which he said he loved hi...
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In the present age, where competition has spread its tentacles in every walk of life, it is crucial to teach our kids to be grounded. And comparing them at each step will just not help. They should be taught to better themselves with each day, not to be better than their counterparts.
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Parenting is about being present to ourselves and to our children in the here and now. When we are less mindful and more mindless, parenting can become a knee-jerk reaction. However, when we are more mindful, we create the inner space to reach out to our own wisdom and respond with clear thinking, understanding and acceptance of 'what is'.
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It was as if my brain had become that vast white, empty room in Bruce Almighty - the one in which God played by Morgan Freeman (who else) lives. I walked around in my brain listening to the soft echoey footsteps of my own thoughts. It was at once wonderfully quiet and a tad scary.
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I am not questioning a woman's career choices here. Not everyone can take time off from her job to bring up her child - every family has a different financial obligation. Nor am I implying that employing an ayah is a cardinal sin. It's the parental avoidance in child-rearing that baffles me. If from bathing to feeding to napping all the harder tasks have been outsourced - what's left of parenting?
Parents of obese children may not be able to recognise that their kid is overweight unless they are at very extreme levels of obesity, new research led by an Indian-origin scientist shows. Moreover, t...
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As a new age parent, I can say that some lessons are harder to teach your children than others. Here are three of my biggest challenges.
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I took to motherhood like a kid to a swimming pool. Basically with a lot gasping and clinging and crying for mommy. And quite like the kid in the swimming pool the following summer, I hit my stride and began to enjoy myself, splashing around, a little incredulous at how much fun this could be.
So when you tell your child that he should stay away from the maid's son since he is a 'bad boy,' you are preparing him for a lifetime of contempt towards people who are economically challenged. When, at a restaurant or a mall, you giggle on seeing an obese man and point him out to the kids, you are creating another monster in the head about body image, and telling them that being fat is funny. The next thing you know, they have nicknames for the fat kid in the class.