Age 4 - 9, Book Review, Gender Neutral Parenting

An Everyday Super Girl!

Nina The Neighborhood Ninja

This week a widely shared study has found that as early as 6 yrs old, girls already believe that they are less smart than boys! As a mother to a 6 yr old daughter, this is obviously awful news! It is heartbreaking to me to think that my daughter might potentially be feeling this way!

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Gender Neutral Parenting, Parenting, Perspectives

Grooming Daughters To be Good Women..

grooming our daughters

When I was a kid, I totally enjoyed reading Enid Blyton books. As I grew older, I heard people criticizing them for being sexist and stereotyping girls. I used to wonder what the fuss was about. Today some twenty odd years on as I read out an Enid Blyton story to my daughter, I do see

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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

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Gender Neutral Parenting, Parenting, Perspectives

Why Are There No Girl Presidents, Amma ?

Girl President

My 5 yr old daughter was holding a 10$ bill the other day and asked me who is this guy on the money, Amma. I had to admit I did not know who it was, probably a past President of the United States, I said. ( For the record it is Alexander Hamilton, the first

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Gender Neutral Parenting, Parenting, Perspectives

Why Indian Boys Need To Be Taught Equality

Girl Playing

R’s Mom and Vidhya discuss why Gender Equality is just as important as teaching women to be independent!  When I read the article Indian Women Are Never Taught How To Be Alone, And That’s A Problem, the first thought that came to my mind was, yes, this is so true. Some how in our DNA we are

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Discussions, Gender Neutral Parenting, Perspectives

Empowering Girls

Empowering Girls

Today is International Day of the Girl Child. And in the many Indias that always co-exist, there is an India that is obsessed with sons  and an India who is worried about not having daughters! We wanted to celebrate Girlhood from our Urban Indian perspective. We are from the latter India! The ones who don’t

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Behaviour, Gender Neutral Parenting, Parenting, Perspectives

Her Way To My Way: How My Parenting Differs From My Mother’s!

Baby Feet

My mother and I often connect as two mothers from different generations. We connect in the sense that we both are mobile mothers; she had no choice as she was married to an army man and I (and my husband) have chosen mobility for our living.  We experienced the challenges of relocations, reset and restart many

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Gender Neutral Parenting, Preparing For Baby

Diary of an Expecting Mom

expecting mother

Last week my friend Anamika ( part of my girl’s gang ) planned for an adventure trip. Since it was a long weekend, they planned for a trip to Rishikesh for rafting. All excited she started the preps in full swing going for shopping, buying paddling suits, paddling pants. But little did she knew that

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Gender Neutral Parenting, Perspectives

Being Elsa for Halloween

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There is an internet meme going around about having a drink every time an Elsa knocks on your door to trick or treat. If I had modified that to every time I see a kid dressed as Elsa. I would have had to start drinking at 8 am (My daughter is Elsa too!) and be

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Gender Neutral Parenting, Movie Talk, Parenting, Perspectives

Let It Go…Let It Go

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Most of us out there are aware of this song from the recent Academy Award winning, animated feature film ‘Frozen’. My four and half year old is obsessed with it. She insists on watching Frozen everyday after returning from pre-school and last weekend she watched it five times. And the ‘Let It Go’ song is

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Gender Neutral Parenting, Perspectives

The Curious Case of the Stay at Home Dad

stay at home dad

I had heard rumors of this but never knew they existed, the stay at home dad. Till I met two families where the dad  works from home or stays at home and helps with the wife’s business and manages the children. In both cases the wives are doctors and lead a hectic schedule and vouch

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Gender Neutral Parenting, Parenting, Perspectives, The Good Life

A Mother’s Job

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My daughter is 4 and a half years old now. Being pregnant, waiting in anticipation and then holding her in my arms seems so far away in the past. At that time, I was purely interested in cuddling my baby, singing to her and enjoying every milestone. This was along with feeding, burping, cleaning then

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Gender Neutral Parenting, Perspectives

The Transformation

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Girls typically from the age of 2 years to 10 years are totally smitten and completely adore the Disney princess and Barbies in various Disney costumes.  My girl is no exception, she has been given gifts of all the Disney books, toys, dolls and her bond with these 7 -8 princesses is strong. First it

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Gender Neutral Parenting, Mom's Answer, Parenting

Private Conversations With a Four Year Old

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This is an email exchange which took place between Aarti and me, some time ago.   Aarti A four year old milestone is understanding sexual differences. My daughter started noticing the differences long back but getting too vocal now. Her school is introducing private parts etc. at first I was aghast but it seems like

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Gender Neutral Parenting, Parenting, Perspectives

Gender Rules!!

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It is a baby………….??? BOY!!! Congratulations!! Now, being the mother of a baby “BOY” you should know: When decorating “HIS” room, you can use BLUE colour on the walls, BLUE curtains, BLUE bed sheets, and so on, but, NO not PINK!!! “HIS” room can have motifs of Winnie the Pooh or Carz or Chota Bheem,

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