10 things that gardening taught me about Conscious Parenting

 I was always in awe of people who kept plants and maintained gardens. For the most part of my life, I didn't have the opportunity to enjoy much greenery around me, since my maternal home was a second floor apartment with next to no open space, and my three years in America too were mostly spent in apartments with affordable rent, so out went the option of a lavish...
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Delayed Gratification

I read about the Stanford Marshmallow Experiment a few years ago when I was working in the Ed-Tech sector with K-10 kids. This study was done on 4-5 year olds who were given two options - the first to get a reward (marshmallow) immediately, or to wait 15 minutes to get two of those marshmallows. The gist of the study is that children who exhibited self control and an abilit...
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Can Selflessness be Taught?

I am always amazed by acts of selflessness around me. I belong to a family where my mother selflessly devoted her time and energy in raising her daughters. My aunt (mother's sister) is an epitome of selflessness for me, since I have seen her joyously dedicate her life to her extended family, despite having a full-time job, without so much as a frown on her forehead. Even in...
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The Child Safety Paranoia

At the time of writing this article, I am the parent of a toddler, so I can become the over-stressed, over-worried mother in a matter of seconds. All it needs is for my son to have a fall, or for him to go out of my sight for a fraction of a second. There are times when my husband tells me not to say 'oh oh' as soon as the child falls and then there are other times when he ...
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Are We Raising Little Criminals?

Nov, 2015 - Four teenagers in England stole a Chihuahua, drugged the dog, broke its neck, burnt it mercilessly and abandoned it. July, 2016 – Two final year MBBS students in Tamil Nadu threw a dog from the terrace of a three-floor building. July, 2016 – News alert! A group of 5 minor boys in Hyderabad burnt 3 puppies alive, filmed their act and pos...
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Sparenting – Spare the rod, please!

There are as many ways to parent in this world as the number of parents that walk this planet. No two people, including spouses, are likely to have the exact same beliefs, methods and preferences in parenting as the other. This is probably why this world continues to see unique personalities and wonderfully diverse children, each of who have a lot to offer to their surround...
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Raising producers, not consumers

"Give a man a fish, he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, he'll eat for life." - Old Chinese proverbThere are two major ways to go about in life - one is to accumulate things such as money, education, fame and a decent life for self, and the other is to create things that never existed before such as new inventions, jobs, technology and a better life for everyone ...
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This holiday season, make it about giving where it is needed

The end of year is here. The holiday season is waiting to embrace us all in cheer and joy. It is that time of the year when days are shorter, conversation are longer and cups of hot beverages are taller. The love from our friends and family keeps us warmer than our woollens do. We must treasure that love and give it back as much as possible, by spending good times together ...
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How are you and your kids handling failure?

Child and mom playing a game of throw ball together in the park, child misses a catch and in a fit of rage, throws the ball back at mom, which ends up hitting her in the guts. Mom and child return home, mom is unhappy but reassures herself that this is "normal" childish behaviour and it may be okay to just let the incident pass. Only such instances are becoming a norm more ...
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The future generation is ALWAYS better off!

There are so many times that I am reminded of my childhood - the car we had, the rented house we used to live in, the neighbourhood, the trips to the vegetable market and to the tiny shop close to our place from where we used to rent VCR tapes of comedy shows and Disney movies for our pyjama parties. Life was good then, may be not lavish, but definitely good. Three decades la...
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