6 steps on how to praise your child.

“Never delay an expression of appreciation . . . it has a terrible shelf life.” Marshall B. Rosenberg, Ph.D Celebrating what works for your children is another opportunity for empathetic connection.Take time to listen for: (1) the feelings they are having as a result of their accomplishments, and (2) the needs they have met by…

Thought of the night 6

Crying often understood as a sign of weakness can also be your strength. Crying helps to get the load off your chest and unburdens as well. Venting out gives my heart a chance to recoup and bring myself together from bad shape. Just a thought Nidhi

Why is human quotient getting lost?

Running behind life, Catching up breaths, Aiming to make more and more, Are we forgetting less is more? Wandering between desks, Staring at our screens, Struggling with our dreams now bigger, Are we missing on life’s little treasures? Boasting of being connected, Thousands of emails to check, Hours spent texting and messaging, I ask,Are we…

10 ways to get your tween open up and talk with you!

A tween is a youngster between 10 and 12 years of age, considered too old to be a child and too young to be a teenager. Now this is tricky. The child is neither too young nor too old and hence as a parent you need to watch your words before spurting out on them….

Gratitude

Those of you who follow my blogs and have read my previous blog on Toys will know what I am trying to talk about in this one. When we gave toys to the kids they were thankful, but not grateful. Thank you and gratitude are two terms which are closely liked and hence need to…

Storytelling

Nervous, yes nervous. I enter a class of fourth graders on a Monday morning at 10 am to read them a story and have an open discussion with them. The thought was torturing me from the previous day. Now I understood why I was getting butterflies in my stomach all day. Well yes I was fasting…

Pencil

Every time I sit with the home assignments with my kids, it starts with sharpening the pencil, or hunting for a pencil better still fighting over a pencil. I don’t understand why they cannot keep their pencils sharped before-hand in their pen stands. The moment Anaya begins to write, each time I have to remind…

Reflective

Sparsh (9yr) recently had a class activity on leadership. They had to work in groups and make a presentation /poster etc. and talk about effective leadership. He came home happy as their group stood 2nd in the activity. While putting him to sleep that night, I asked about his contribution in the said activity. “I…

Chores

“OMG,How can you ask your child to make his room or do his dishes ?”asked A to B.  “That’s child labour.” added C. “Why are you making them work? Does it not kill their innocence?”, commented D. Think , are you A , B, C or D? or are you  like me ? Curious ?…