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Author Archive: Aparna Karthikeyan

So long, and thanks for the opportunity…

This much I now know – parenting is highly personal. There have been so many things being a parent has taught me, these last (nearly) 15 years, but one thing stands out – what’s...

Pet thoughts…

If I’m ever granted three wishes, one of them will surely be “I want a pet”. The pet could be anything – a dog, a cat or an ant eater. The last is recency effect; I just read...

How do you teach your child to be sensitive to other people’s woes?

From the time of Buddha, it’s a big parental dilemma… do you expose your child to the “real” world? Or do you – because you can – raise your child in a happy...

Where one family tries to teach their child finances…

A few weeks ago, we decided that the daughter needs to learn about money. Her innocence in money matters was seriously worrying. She had no grasp of ground realities; that what we spent on a fancy...

Negotiating the mine-field that is body image.

So your daughter moves on from primary to secondary school; the girls get self-conscious; and your daughter – who is, by nature very slim – decides that she needs to lose still more weight. Of...

To push or not to push.

Parenting is all about pushing; it begins with labour, and after that, there’s really no getting away from it. Initially, it’s all about the little things – push in one more...

How do you choose books for a teenager?

If you thought it’s a wrench to choose clothes for a teenager, just wait till they’re bored of everything in your bookshelf. The call for new books should actually set off alarm bells;...

Parenting Lessons

‘Why don’t you come for a parenting class?’ a friend – let’s call her ‘R’ – asked me. ‘Parenting class? But why?’, I asked her, shocked. In...