Mar 27, 2017

Your Child is Not A Google App

“Hey, what marks did your daughter score in science?” some mom asked me on the result day.

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“I don’t remember exactly, since they have all sorts of UTs, Internal Assessment and Term Exams among other things. But she seems to have done reasonably well.” I quipped lightheartedly. Anything above 85% is reasonably well for me. And I know that my daughter had understood the concepts clearly, though she did not present them in the perfect language the teacher expected. But I thought that is not such a big deal and she will learn this art gradually as she grows up.

The mom persisted breathlessly, “My son scored around 92 (out of 100) in Science and I am very disappointed...

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Feb 4, 2017

Just Talk

Do you really talk with your little one? 

Do you discuss about what's happening around?

How often and openly do you broach the subject of Inappropriate Touching?

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It's downright agonizing reading about the sexual abuse of women when they were just kids. It's their anguish, their stories, their painful narratives that compelled me to write this post. And with the increasing incidents of molestation against children, both boys and girls, it is pertinent to take some precautionary steps to keep our children safe...

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Jan 24, 2017

Dare To Be Free

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I have always been an admirer of Swami Vivekananda's works, and lately more so. His lectures, his words carry a very deep meaning that if followed can enrich one as a human being. Here is one such line from his lecture that left a deep imprint in my mind.

Therefore, dare to be free, dare to go as far as your thought leads, and dare to carry that out in your life.
- Swami Vivekananda, The Free Soul (1896)

Let me explain these beautiful words of Swami Vivekananda through a small story.

Once an elephant was kept in captivity since the time he was born. His hind leg was chained. The chain was just long enough to let him move around for a few metres. One day...

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Jan 17, 2017

Modern Day Parenting



Today morning, when I was standing at the bus stop to drop off my daughter, I realized it was freezing outside and she is not wearing her school blazer. Immediately, I got into a frenzied emergency mode ignoring the fact that she was already loaded with 3 sweaters…and it was definitely not cold enough for water to turn into ice! So practically speaking, she was safe!

But there I was all worked up!

‘Hey, Ishita, you must be feeling cold! I will run and get your blazer or my own coat.’ I spluttered anxiously. 

‘Mom, it’s cold but I am fine. You please relax!’

I took a deep breath to calm myself and asked her again in just short of 2 minutes, ‘Are you sure Ishita, you are not feeling cold!’ I must have sounded like a frantic mother whose child is stuck from neck below in the freezing snow of the Arctic, because Ishita gave me one of those warning looks that meant ‘Mom Please!!’

In an effort to divert my attention, I looked around and noticed that...

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