Behaviour, Perspectives

5 Unique Personality Traits Your Child Needs to Succeed

Personality Traits in Children

We all love our kids and want them to grow up into a successful and strong individual. But we lived in a highly competitive world. Sometimes, this competitive atmosphere makes us greedy. Unconsciously, we become a part of rat race. We set higher expectations from kids and want to see them as a winners in


Behaviour, Parenting

Lessons from a Toddler in Design Thinking

Design Thinking

Time flies and every day is a new day. My dormant senses have become active. I am curious, explorative, and more important living in the present. It’s never a dull day with her. Children — God’s wonderful and innate creations,  can teach us so much. They are the walking talking Wikipedia. And they can also be


Behaviour, Parenting

Our Toddler is an Individual

Toddler individual

Yes, he is 20 pounds and 31 inches tall and you can lift him up in one hand. But that doesn’t undermine the fact that my toddler is a human with functional emotions, desires and opinions. That is why we treat him as one of us, as an individual and not as a baby. We



Moms, Are You Aware Of Your Negative Self Talk?


Moms, when you wake up in the morning, what mental dialogue goes on in your head? Let’s see if these examples resonate with you: Oh, we are late again. I never can do anything on time these days. My son does not eat anything. It is my fault, obviously. I look awful today. I just


Behaviour, Food, Perspectives

The Hungry People!


Periodically the kitchen is invaded by hungry people. These simple folks correlate hunger with food. In their hungry eyes, anything within the kitchen walls is eatable. It is “I am hungry, something is eatable and it is in the kitchen”. All the esoteric plans of the cook means nothing to them. They come in ready to eat cooked,


Behaviour, Parenting

Raising Empathetic and Kind Children

Kind Children

Hardly a day goes by without me groaning in despair about the world around me. Intolerance, hatred and violence seem to take over the inherent goodness of people. It is a sad place to be and a hard place to raise kind human beings. We unfortunately dwell in a world where interactions over the cell phones take precedence


Behaviour, Toddler

Four Ways We Damage Self Esteem Of Toddlers

Toddler Self_Esteem

 In day to day life, we often knowingly or unknowingly damage the self-esteem of our super enthusiastic toddler. At one moment, we consider our child to behave as a grown up & another moment, we snatch away their control or reprimand. All the experiences of a child help in shaping the personality in the long


Behaviour, Children's Health

Yoga for children – Is it for real or a fad!

Yoga for Children

Yoga is omnipresent today – from swanky studios to the mom-and- pop classes in the confines of tiny apartments, from academic institutions to doctors’ prescriptions, it is everywhere. A few decades back, yoga was reserved for the second half of your life. When you were done with your primary responsibilities, knocking on the sixties and settling into


Behaviour, Parenting, Toddler

Responsive Child Care in Early Childhood

Mother and Toddler

The first three years of life are amazing! Within one year, a small helpless infant evolves into a toddler who can crawl, sit, walk and run. From dependent new-born to energetic toddlers, capable of speaking assertively, climbing and rummaging the house is quite a feat. The starting point of this development is when a baby


Activity Corner, Behaviour, Parenting

The Treasure In My Bag

treasure in my bag

This morning, as I was walking back from dropping my kids to daycare/school, I clutched at my bag. I could feel my wallet inside – it carried a few spare notes and some cards that were easily replaceable. But the treasure was not in the wallet. It was in a little ziploc next to it. Neatly


Behaviour, Parenting, Perspectives

How We Learnt To Read!

child reading under tree

Background First some background. A year ago, when the kids were six, we moved from India to the US. I know a lot of Indian kids who’ve moved and are doing really well at school here. But, I was super worried. Because we just didn’t move countries; we were moving from alternate education system to a


Behaviour, Parenting

A Suicide Hotbed Called India


This is a guest post from Dr. Swati Lodha, author of the book ‘Don’t Raise Your Children, Raise Yourself’   Over 100,000 Indians commit suicide every year. One third of them are below twenty years of age. India tops the world in teen suicides. Every 90 minutes, a teen tries to commit suicide in India and


Behaviour, Perspectives, Science Says

Put the Phone Down and Play with your Infant, Says Science

infant phone

We came across a very interesting research article published in the journal ‘Current Biology’ which says that Caregivers whose eyes wander during playtime — due to distractions such as smartphones or other technology, for example — may raise children with shorter attention spans, according to a new study by psychologists at Indiana University. While at first


Behaviour, Discussions, Parenting, Perspectives

Can We Use Gadgets Effectively To Bring Up Today’s Kids?

children playing

“Mom! Can I please download a game, mom? Please!!??” I heard a chubby little child ask his mom as we were waiting at the airport lounge. The harried mother, who is working furiously on her iPad and simultaneously talking on her phone, was only too happy to let the child choose a game and downloaded one for him on


Behaviour, Gender Neutral Parenting

An Age Old Tale Of Gender-Specific Bias

gender bias

Playgroups are slowly beginning to grow on me and I’ve begun to appreciate them a lot more now. This morning I couldn’t help notice the absence of dolls and superhero figures from the box of indoor play items. It immediately made me wonder if this was a conscious effort to avoid gender-specific toys at an