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Author Archive: Sridhar Ramanathan

Parents as role models

Most of us may not realise it; but we are being watched all the time. By our own children. Everything we say, show and do is being recorded meticulously. They are being replayed and interpreted in...

What to Do when Kids Ask Tough Questions

Kids ask questions. Whenever they want, wherever they like. They ask because they are curious. They ask because they think you know. If they knew that they can get those answers somewhere else, they...

A=B, A=C, ∴B=C. Right? Wrong!

One might think that this is a simple, self evident equation. I thought so too, till daughter showed me that this needs work when it comes to human relationships. As parents we make the mistake that...

I want to have a pet!

“Pavitra wants to have a pet…” “Why? We have never had pets at home.” “I tried to tell her, but she does not understand…” “I will talk to her..” Later Pavitra talks to me....

To Praise or Not to Praise

Sridhar Ramanathan also blogs at www.ideasrs.com.   I have grown up on a diet of healthy praise. Especially from my father. In many families praise does not come easily to people. Even if...

How to be Your Child’s Student

Sridhar Ramanathan also blogs at www.ideasrs.com. My father often used to recall an incident in his life. Apparently he and our mother had a heated argument. My elder brother who was just 8 years old...

A Conversation with a Child

Sridhar Ramanathan also blogs at www.ideasrs.com. There was a family function at home and the house full of our guests. We had employed a cook for the day.He was working with us and was also handling...

The art of listening to your child

Sridhar Ramanathan also blogs at www.ideasrs.com.   For years I thought I was a good listener. I was wrong. One incident proved this to me. In a listening workshop I was to listen to a colleague...

The Choice Trap: This AND That. Not This OR That.

Sridhar Ramanathan also blogs at www.ideasrs.com. This is the story of a mother and daughter. And the unique way in which the mother made a crucial decision. The daughter PS was in her final year...

Can creativity and discipline live in the same house?

Sridhar Ramanathan also blogs at www.ideasrs.com. What comes to your mind when I utter the word “Creativity”?  Let us check what happens with discipline.   The two seem like irreconcilable...