Family & Parenting

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 »

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 »