Monday, July 25, 2016

Social Media and my child

My daughter doesn't have a Facebook account. She isn't aware of how Twitter works and she knows that Whatsapp exists but only knows that we can send and receive messages and photographs via this medium.

Of course, she is only 10. She turned 10 just last week, as a matter of fact and it was a matter of great joy and pride to see the baby I held in my arms now all grown up as a young lady making her way into the world of double digits.

People have asked me in the past how much time she's spent with gadgets and it's a matter of personal pride that I've been able to say with confidence that it's been hardly more than 2 hours in a week.

Social media and my child, Shailaja, Doting Mom

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

How yelling less taught me one important lesson

It's 313 days since I last raised my voice at my daughter.

This didn't come easily to me. It doesn't mean I never lost my temper or never got upset. It just means I didn't raise my voice or lift a finger. As difficult and strenuous as it may have been, it's come with its share of slow but much-awaited rewards.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Parenting a tween: Walking the tightrope

I've been writing less frequently on this blog than I'd have hoped possible. There are a number of reasons for that but the primary one is, ironically, my daughter Gy.

Gy will soon be ten, in actually 10 short days from now. It's not the teenage years just yet but you'd be surprised to know how much changes from the time our kids are these tiny truffles of joy to the time that they start moving around, find their identity, pick up a few defiant cues due to peer pressure and try to walk the tightrope between being a 'good kid' and a 'cool kid'.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Cambridge Young Learners: Learn English the fun way

Kids can find English challenging given its various twists and turns but let’s face it, English is a must-have skill in the world today. It’s one of the most widely spoken languages in the world coming in third after Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. It’s also the language many of us use to express ourselves when we write or speak.

Suffice to say that it’s a very integral part of our lives and going forward, the new generation must be aware of the language and everything about it for them to thrive.

* Fun Fact: Did you know that a new word is added to the English language every two hours?! *

 Quality English learning opens up different options for kids at varying levels of education. So how would you feel about a programme that not only teaches English but makes kids fall in love with the language right from the word ‘Go’?

The Cambridge English:Young Learners series is targeted at lower secondary and primary school children. It comprises a series of interesting English language tests designed to help them improve their language skills.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The moments that matter

It's 8.30 p.m. on a school night. 

Gy has finished her dinner,brushed her teeth and headed off to her room. An hour earlier she'd prepped everything for school the next morning- her uniform was all laid out and her bags were packed, pencils sharpened to their point.

Wiping the kitchen counter down, I pause for a second and cock my ear to listen for the sound of the light switch being turned off. Not hearing the click, I head quietly to her room and look in. There she is, seated on the bed, her blankets next to her in disarray and her back propped against a pillow as she reads her book borrowed from the library: J.K. Rowling- the wizard behind Harry Potter.

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