Family & Parenting

How to make your child socially active

  Studies have shown that babies are born social. They have a natural ability to strike up a friendship. But while your infant may enjoy nibbling on the heads of their peers, interpersonal skills are learnt, say child development experts. Since a child’s first exposure to social interactions is through parents, mum and dad must play the role of emotional ... Read More »

Keep your child safe near water

  According to statistics, drowning is one of the major causes of accidental death in children. A little lazing around in a mini bathtub may sound tempting, but not many parents realise that if necessary precaution is not taken, the results could be grievous. Apart from the ultimate life threat, young ones also risk sustaining injuries when diving from a ... Read More »

5 Ways to make your kids wiser with the ways of the world

  Few ways by which you can prepare your child to be confident and independent Being extra cautious with your kid can be harmful for their growth and development. The world is moving at a fast pace and it is important to not let them remain cocooned in a world in which they believe everything is hunky-dory. The recent instance ... Read More »

Tech no tonic for children, doctors fret over addiction

Archana Srivastava, a teacher at a school in Greater Noida, says that her six year old son Shreyash was hooked to mobile tablet and smart phones since he was three years old. “He saw us using the phone all the time. Initially, we allowed him to play on tablet and smartphones, but gradually it became a habit for him,” said ... Read More »

Why it’s tough to raise an Olympian

  Moms and dads of Olympians give up jobs, get into debt and ignore the jibes of relatives to raise a child who may or may not make a podium finish. Parents of a few Indian sporting champions explain how they tackled the challenge to go from can-do to must-do. Imran Mirza had a plan. He bought a second-hand Maruti ... Read More »

Debate on paternity leave: Making haste slowly?

  The paternity leave debate sparked off by Maneka Gandhi’s statement that for most men it would be a ‘holiday’ raises complex questions. The commentary that Maneka’s statement has attracted has largely been negative, and she herself has subsequently softened her position, underlining the need for a more `sophisticated’ Bill. Maneka’s views on the question of paternity leave have variously ... Read More »

4-year-olds often not physically ready for school

  Almost 90% of children demonstrated some degree of movement difficulty for their age: Study A “concerning” number of today’s four-year olds are not physically ready to start school, new research has revealed, with children’s mobility levels said to be at an all-time low. Early-years specialists monitoring children of school age found a higher number experience problems with their balance ... Read More »

Dogs understand what we say and how: Study

  Scientists have found that man’s best friend, the dog, actually understands what we say and how we say it. Dogs, like people, use the left hemisphere of their brain to process words and the right hemisphere brain region to process intonation. The owner’s praise of the pet activates the dog’s reward centre only when both words and intonation match. ... Read More »

Here’s why mothers are always right

  Here’s why mothers are always right (Getty Images) If you grew up in a Bengali household, you’d know that `Ma’ is always right. In her own, sweet way , of course. Even when she perennially fails at Hindi, posts your dorky childhood picture on Facebook and rebukes your good-looking non-Bong girlfriendboyfriend, she’s right. Growing up Bengali, there are things ... Read More »

Involve kids while decluttering their room

  If you are parent to a toddler, you must have mastered the art of walking around your house without tripping on toys and stamping on building blocks. You are probably itching to dump all their stuff in one room, lock the door and throw away the key. But before you take such extreme measures and later end up buying ... Read More »