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Author Archive: Gayatri Kulkarni

To quit or not?

Recently,  my son came to me asking if he could quit his tabla classes. And not just temporarily, as he had often done during exams, for instance.  No, this time he wanted to quit for good. And for...

What kids can learn from the Sochi Olympics about persistence

The winter Olympics 2014 begins today in Sochi, Russia, and goes on until the 23rd of February. Like its summer counterpart, it is expected to be a grand spectacle, and thousands of people across the...

New Year Resolutions for 2014

Yes, it’s that time of the year again, where we first wonder where the heck the year went, realize we did not accomplish even a fraction of what we intended for the year, feel regret for the...

What parents can teach their kids about Mandela

The world is mourning the death of Nelson Mandela, an extraordinary man, a symbol of strength, dignity, leadership, survival and courage. Our children’s generation (many of whom were born after...

Kids giving you attitude?

        Well, here I was, blissfully chugging along the road of motherhood, feeling blessed – kid was being good, doing well in school, with many friends and indulging in activities that...

Involved parenting vs. helicopter parenting

One of the harder rites of passage for any parent is to let go – no more holding hands when crossing the road, no more accompanying the child everywhere, and no more knowing each and every one...

Studying in Europe

  I live in a university town, and as the summer wanes and the cooler climes set in, the students are back, both old and new, like pigeons coming home to roost.  There are many desi  faces...

Can money buy happiness?

It increasingly seems to me that my children measure their happiness strictly in monetary terms – if I don’t buy them x, y or z, they will not ever be happy, in this life or the next. ...

Are we raising entitled kids?

It is definitely true that our parenting methods are vastly different from generations past – we have far fewer kids, and we treat them as friends and equals, trying to make the family a...

Another rite of passage – teaching my teen to drive

One of the big rites of passage here in the US is teaching your teenager to drive.  Here in the Midwest, kids get their learning permit at 15, and can officially get their license and begin to drive...