Family & Parenting

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 height ... Read More »

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 coaches ... 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 of ... 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 been ... Read More »

Cartoon characters as super veggies help kids eat healthy

  Influencing kids to make the right food choice could be a lot easier for parents (mstay/Getty Images) Influencing kids to make the right food choice could be a lot easier for parents as researchers have found that children exposed to animated cartoon characters that take the shapes of healthy vegetables such as carrots or cucumber are more likely to ... Read More »

Things to keep in mind when you’re travelling with kids

  Travelling with kids is never easy. Whether you’re travelling with one, twins or more, it can be a tedious and testy time for most parents. Here’s what you need to keep in mind… Carry enough toys to keep your child(ren) entertained during the journey. This means toys, colouring books, building blocks, books or puzzles — anything that will capture ... Read More »

Your diet determines what your child eats

Your diet determines what your child eats (Tang Ming Tung/Getty Images) Parents need to be careful while choosing food as researchers have found a close relationship between diet quality of parents and kids. The analysis draws on data from a study that looked at 698 parent-child duos to better understand obesity and related behaviours. The children were six to 12 ... Read More »

5 reasons why every dad-to-be should attend prenatal classes

  Attend prenatal classes with your wife (Thinkstock) Your wife is pregnant and you are proving to be the ideal husband by being her support system. You’ve already chalked out the doctor visits, are ensuring she eats right and giving her all the assistance she needs. You’ve even bought books on pregnancy and have started skimming through the pages. But ... Read More »

The power of skin-to-skin contact with your newborn

  The power of skin-to-skin contact with your newborn (Images Bazaar/Getty Images) A new study has suggested that skin-to-skin bonding, where a new baby is placed directly onto his mother’s chest, is important for his biology. The study showed that a mother’s body regulates and stabilises her baby’s biology when held in ‘skin-to-skin,’ the Mirror reported. Dr Susan Ludington, an ... Read More »

Hungry parents may feed their kids more

  Hungry parents may feed their kids more (Tang Ming Tung/Getty Images) The hungrier parents at mealtime tend to serve their young children more food, shows a new study. The study, published in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics was designed to determine what factors might impact on how much food parents are serving their young children. “Because young ... Read More »