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Author Archive: Sridhar Ramanathan

Why do Children Lie?

I must have been 10 years old. I was caught telling a lie. My father cornered me, gave me a tight slap and thundered, “Who taught you to tell a lie?” Afraid that I would get a few more slaps, I...

Monitoring your Child’s Online Activity

You are a parent, your kids are growing up. You are now thinking about “how can we keep a watch on our kids’ online activity, without being too intrusive?” Quite frankly, I have no ideas on how...

Respecting your Child’s Viewpoint

“What do you think I should do?” I do not remember the exact circumstance, but when I saw our daughter respond to a particular situation, I said to myself, “Ah! She is not a kid anymore.” It...

Helping Children Manage Their Emotions

Let us say your 7 year old kid is throwing a ‘tantrum’. He is upset, he is angry, and throws things around. What do you do? Discipline him? Punish him? Make him sit in a corner? Or is there...

Encouraging problem-solving and creative thinking in children

I have a friend in Australia. When we met some time ago, he told me about his daughter and her school. I was fascinated by the story he told me about how they teach arithmetic to the kids. Homework...

What would your 10 year old son do?

My friend and I were talking about a career decision he would have to make soon. He had an excellent offer to work abroad. It was really tempting. He was keen. His wife was in two minds. His parents...

Two Conversations with a Child

One “Rahul…” “Rahul…” “RAHUL….” “Ya Dad” “Mom said you need help in your maths” “Not really, I can manage Dad.” “Oh! You can manage on your own now…don’t need any...

How can children learn life skills?

When I was in school, my father bought a Hermes Baby typewriter. He used it for some of his personal work. After he finished work, he would keep it in the Godrej cupboard. I never paid much attention...

Encouraging independent thinking in a child

“What do you think?” I was just eight years old when my father asked me this question one day. My mother had tried a new dish but it did not come out well. My parents were discussing how...

Discover your Child through Encouragement

I met Amrit Ramnath, then 11 years old, nearly three years ago when I had gone to visit his family in Chennai. During the course of our conversation, Amrit showed me some of his sketches and...