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Author Archive: S A Sudha

Back to School!

The summer vacation is ending and it’s time to get back to the school routine again. While some kids will be raring to get back, there may be a few that are not too happy at the idea of leaving...

Keeping kids busy in the holidays…without summer camps

It’s that time of the year again when mothers of all varieties—stay-at-home, working-from-home, working part-time or full time—anxiously look for ways to keep their children engaged during the...

Helping your child cope with exam stress

My son has been writing his class 12 exams during the last two weeks and it has been a stressful period for everybody at home. His strong dislike of rote learning (which is unfortunately the norm in...

Teens and social media: tips to prevent misuse

Social networking has become a rage among teenagers. With its immense advantages of sharing information, increased communication and connecting with old friends, it offers an opportunity for teens to...

Nurturing Creativity

I recently read The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua which stirred a few long buried memories of my own experience of nurturing creative talent in my son. When my son was five years old, I...

Dealing with resentment

I am a great fan of James Herriot, the Yorkshire veterinarian, who continues to delight successive generations with his semi-autobiographical stories on treating animals. In one of his books, the...

Instilling punctuality

I recently watched Bhaag Milkha Bhaag with my family at a multiplex. As we had neglected to book tickets in advance, we ended up sitting in the first row nearest the screen. The show started at 8.25...

Managing teens

My husband is a nationalized bank employee and was posted out of Bangalore in 2010 when our son was a month short of 14. Relocating to my husband’s place of work would mean dealing with innumerable...

The Sanctity of a Teenager’s Room

  Why is the room of a teenager so sacred? Why do teenagers bar their parents, especially mothers, from entering their rooms? And last, why are the rooms so untidy? My son’s preference for his...

‘Are we a BPL* family?!’

This is a question that my teenaged son asked me some time ago when I refused to buy him an expensive music CD. My contention was that since there are a number of online sites available where music...