Family & Parenting

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 »

Study links job problems to parenting

  Study links job problems to parenting (Tom Merton/Getty Images) Parents, take note! If your kids have problems at work, you may be responsible to some extent for the trouble, according to a new study which found a link between parenting styles and workplace behaviour. “It really is about both parents, but because mothers are typically the primary caregivers of ... Read More »

5 Phrases that should be a part of every child’s vocabulary

Teach children to say please and sorry (Thinkstock) If there is one thing that costs almost nothing, but is a great investment in your young one’s future, it’s manners. Yes, teaching kids good habits, behaviour, courtesy and how to present themselves in public is an important part of education. Your child comes across as a brat or a rude person ... Read More »

Why we really should ban the word ‘parenting’

  Why we really should ban the word ‘parenting’ (Getty Images) Parents have been raising children since the beginning of the human race. But raising children is not the same as ‘parenting’. The word itself entered the dictionary only in the 1950s, and did not become a part of the popular vocabulary till the 1970s. Initially, the word was used ... Read More »

Alcohol use by parents may affect children’s behaviour

  Children whose parents misuse alcohol or use, produce or distribute drugs face an increased risk of medical and behavioural problems, says a study. “Parents’ or caregivers’ substance use may affect their ability to consistently prioritise their children’s basic physical and emotional needs and provide a safe, nurturing environment,” said study co-author Vincent Smith, Neonatologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical ... Read More »

It’s child’s play!

A visit to the theatre will not only fire your kid’s artistic impulse, but will also encourage them to express their emotions. Here’s everything that you need to know about theatre for children Amasterclass on early years’ theatre by Roberto Frabetti of La Baracca, Bologna, Italy, was held in Mumbai recently and attended by an amalgam of theatre practitioners, preschool ... Read More »

Scared of square roots? Go back to your Vedic roots

  As a kid, did numbers, stats and figures freak you out? Well, that’s a fear an overwhelming lot of youngsters can relate to. According to recent surveys, students lag far behind in mathematics in their Class X board exams, with scores much below the average expectations. So, to overcome this, academicians are adopting other ways to get their students ... Read More »

5 Challenges youngsters face after graduating

  If you are someone who has just finished college, you must have realised that life is full of changes and challenges. Things are no longer as simple as bunking a class or marking a proxy. Here are some challenges that students face after graduating — be it school, grad or post-grad. a. Alarm clock rules your life You can ... Read More »