Family & Parenting

Parenting: working dads at centre of new family research

Children see spending time with their fathers as ‘special and unique’. There’s no aptitude test for fathers, no mandatory training or licensing system to ensure all dads are good dads. No; for this role, laws and regulations give way to nature and nurture, a miracle of love expected to close the loop on a picture-perfect family. It’s assumed young men ... Read More »

Poway family glad for fostering parenting experience

Sarah and Adam Croxford with sons Zed and Monty. (Courtesy photo) Like many people, Sarah and Adam Croxford had misconceptions about fostering infants and toddlers. They thought they needed to be perfect parents to their young sons Zed and Monty before taking on the challenges of fostering. And they were more than a bit intimidated by the prospect of interacting ... Read More »

8 tricky questions that your kids ask and how to answer them

“You know my parents call you ‘this’ in your absence.” “Atharv in my class doesn’t pee like me. He has something different down there.” “Why do you and daddy fight? You don’t love each other?” These are some of the common questions you hear when you are mothering a young and curious child. Awkwardly, these questions can spring up sometimes ... Read More »

Effective Parenting In A Blended Family

A blended family includes children from a previous marriage of one spouse or both, and being a parent or step parent in these circumstances presents its own unique challenges and rewards. While you don’t necessarily have to rewrite your parenting rules in blended family, it is important to quickly establish a clear role for the new step parents. If, for ... Read More »

The Guilty Secret of Distracted Parenting

Your phone can seem to call to you in an especially seductive way when you are a parent on playground duty. And one reason is, let’s face it, that playground duty can get old long before your children do. At a recent pediatric meeting where we discussed the new recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics on screen time for ... Read More »

Ways to deal with your friend’s bratty kid

  Your friend might mean the world to you and you could brave anything for her. Maybe except for her annoying little brat. Did we hear a collective sigh in response? Irrespective of how much you love your BFF’s child, it can get tiresome to deal with their constant whining, screaming and pestering. If you often find yourself in such ... Read More »

Are you the one with the ‘mother complex’ in the group?

  Are you the mommy of the group? If you are the one who fixes everything in your group of friends, chances are that you are often referred to as the “mommy” of the circle. Take this quiz to find out if you fit the bill… 1. Do you ask your friends to drop a message once they reach home? ... Read More »

Sharenting- A trend to be wary of

  These days, an average infant procures a digital footprint even before he/she gets the first tooth. Proud parents begin announcing pregnancy right from day one, by going all mush and verbose about it on social media. Some even post ultrasound images. And then, of course, follows detailed pictorial portrayals of the several stages of the baby’s life. In short, ... Read More »

A child’s worst nightmare; to be brought up in a broken home

  A child’s worst nightmare; to be brought up in a broken home Living in a family where your parents are intolerant of each other can be quite a disastrous experience. Lacking the love a family should have, it is not an easy journey. It can have disturbing effects on not just the couple but the children too. According to ... Read More »

Why you should stop pressuring kids over grades

  Why you should stop pressuring kids over grades If you want your kids to become successful later in life, better avoid pressuring them over grades, suggests new research. Parents should not obsess over grades and extracurricular activities for young schoolchildren, especially if such ambitions come at the expense of social skills and kindness, as doing so can work against ... Read More »