Author: Kanika G

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If you read to your toddler often, you will know that toddlers love repetition. It is how they learn. They want to hear the same stories over and over and over again, even after they can recite them. At the same time a lot of children’s literature, particularly those aimed at toddlers is fairly simplistic,…

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We struggled so hard to sought our freedom from the British. Then why are we so eager to give it up? If in 1947, the British had said that for one whole year they would give one measly bag of rice every month, to people who could not afford it, then would we give up…

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The recent attacks in Paris have prompted a large number of articles about the world going to hell in a hand basket. Who can help but feel fear, outrage and despair? Yet, is that enough? But what about perspective? The worst part about terror attacks is the emotional aspect. The fact that some people deliberately…

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How I Got The Best Of Both Worlds I grew up in India and my childhood was strongly influenced by Indian culture. I was taught to be hard working, and respectful. ‘Practice makes perfect’ and ‘parents know best’ were my mantras all through childhood. I believed I could conquer anything through determination and I dreaded…

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Looking For Ways To Celebrate Diwali With Your Toddler? Last year my toddler was old enough to partake in the various traditions that make Diwali so much fun. I was writing Tania stories that covered a variety of subjects including ethics, adventure, reasoning, enterprise, whatever I could imagine a five year old might encounter. With Diwali…

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Confidence breeds Creativity and Creativity boosts Confidence! – Confidence and Creativity – The two Cs to Great Imagination! When I was growing up I was in awe of scientists. I was told many stories of their amazing theories and their super human brains. They had mysterious inspirations that seeded radical ideas, which led to novel…

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I started writing to entertain my toddler. Instead of searching all over for books she might like, lazy as I am, I decided to write some. It’s a habit from my physicist days. If you need a solution, create one. My daughter loves animals and cooking so I wrote stories about those subjects. Of course,…

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What is the ‘Art ‘ of Parenting all about? I was looking at some pictures a friend posted on Facebook, of her art work. My toddler daughter was sitting next to me. She saw the pictures and told me she liked them. I was a little surprised. These were not cartoons or simplistic drawings. They…

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Here is an easy workaround for busy parents, who are keen on getting their kids interested in reading. They say the best way to do this is to read to them. Some of us do this as early as mid pregnancy. Even before babies can sit up they can enjoy story time with mama (or papa)…

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I used to be a physicist. During my first postdoc I had the ‘baby itch’. I really wanted to have a baby. And not just have a baby but be a hands on mom. I finished up my postdoc when I was 4 months pregnant. Obviously I did not look for another job immediately. I…