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Author Archive: Kritika Srinivasan

Yet Another Parenting Dilemma

As a parent of a five-year old growing up outside of India, far away from the environment that influenced my childhood – I worry about a lot of things. Importantly, how to ensure that I bring up a...

Who are the People in your (Changing) Neighbourhood?

The Unit of Study for this month in my daughter’s Kindergarten class is ‘Community Helpers’. And I had the bright idea of showing her the delightful Sesame Street 2-minute “Who are the people...

What I learned at ParentEdge

This is a contribution from Amrutha Sivakumar, who was the Student Editor for Issue 3 (Nov-Dec. 2011) of ParentEdge. If tomorrow I had to go to a job interview and talk about my most profound...

Peer Pressure in Children

I always thought that peer pressure was something Netra would have to face when she entered her troublesome ‘pre-teens’. I dreaded how it would influence her but I was pretty sure that I could...

Placing the Student at the Centre: Student-Centred Learning

Recently, I was invited to be a panellist on the XSEED School of Tomorrow Conference in Mumbai, where the topic I was expected to comment on was: “Better Resources or Improved Methods: What...

Rooting for India

The third issue of ParentEdge features an interesting cover story – raising children to straddle both Indian and global worlds. Don’t worry, there are no spoilers in this blog post. I...

3 Parenting Lessons From My Mother-in-Law

 No one is born equipped with parenting skills. We pick them up as our children grow up and sometimes it helps when there’s someone to help you out – someone who’s been there and...

Black Book

Back in my carefree days as a non-parent in Paris, I had a good friend Catherine who carried around a small notebook with her wherever she went. It was a planner and she jotted down everything in it....

Working on School Projects

My daughter, predictably, demands that her project should be the best in class (she is well on her way to being a competitive Tam Brahm!). And so it is that I find myself moaning and groaning over...

How much it too much?

I’ve always wanted to be the ideal mum (who doesn’t!), juggling a million tasks and duties and yet able to spend time with her child – both in terms of quality and quantity. I...