My friend’s four-year-old daughter, Tania, loves the daycare centre she goes to. She enjoys the home environment, the laidback attitude of the “aunty” there who also happens to be the ex-principal of a school. But it is time for her to move on to preschool and my friend is a little worried about her reaction… [ Continue Reading ]
Author: Aradhana Vashista
Pregnancy test shows that you are Pregnant!
A home pregnancy test is truly a great invention, based on a bit of chemistry and ingenuity. A tiny splotch of colour informs you that you are well and truly pregnant. In the privacy of your bathroom, you can shriek with shock and disbelief or squeal with joy. A pathologist can, of course, give an… [ Continue Reading ]
Breakfast: Is it Really Important?
I have a friend, Lisa, who is always cajoling her 13-year-old daughter, Maria, to have one healthy meal in a day. Maria’s constant refrain, however, is that she is never hungry. To make matters worse, she ignores breakfast completely. Some months ago, not only did Maria develop severe headaches, her performance in school showed a… [ Continue Reading ]
What to expect on ‘your’ labour Day
The overnight bag is by the door. The labour and childbirth book you are reading is open to “Labour.” Your contractions are five minutes apart, and as you climb into the car, you know exactly what awaits you… and pigs can fly. No matter how many books you’ve read or how many hours you’ve spent… [ Continue Reading ]
Being Net Wise: Ensuring children are safe online
Like most parents, you may have asked your children to be wary of strangers, made a list of television shows, movies and videos that you could watch and where and how far from home they may travel. It’s important to make similar rules when your children use the Internet and to be aware of their… [ Continue Reading ]
School Projects – Stressful or Exciting?
Parent A: “Oh no Alisha, do you have to make another school project?” Parent B: “Wow! Another school project? Come on, son, let’s do our best!” These are two very diverse viewpoints of parents who are required to help their children with school projects. Over the years school projects have assumed a great significance in… [ Continue Reading ]
In Touch with Grandparents
In the olden days it was common for children to grow up surrounded by grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and siblings. Today we see many nuclear families living far away from other members of the family, primarily due to career considerations. Of all such relationships the most significant is the one of grandparents and grandchildren. While… [ Continue Reading ]
The Morning Rush: the daily battle of getting ready for school
Rita’s son Aman is five years old. Almost every morning mother and son have a battle getting ready for school. They need to leave the house by 7 am. From the moment he wakes up at 6 o’clock, Aman is expected to brush his teeth, bathe, comb his hair, get dressed, eat breakfast and fill… [ Continue Reading ]
How do you get your child to say happy goodbyes?
Monday morning, 9 am, time to get to work. As you hastily down a sandwich, your three-year-old daughter rushes toward you. You know what’s going to happen next. As you sit with her, talking to her about all the interesting things that she will do during the day, she lets out a scream and begins… [ Continue Reading ]
Is the ‘industrial’ model of schooling killing ‘childhood’?
As soon as its time for school admissions, parents all over the country are a harried lot. It’s a bit like Russian roulette for there is often no clear reason behind one child’s admission to a school and another child being turned away. It is a fact that getting admission in a good school is… [ Continue Reading ]