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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...

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...

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. ...

The Art of Giving is the Art of Living (part 7 of 12)

This blog is the seventh of a 12-part series on ‘Parenting is a Journey’. Ignatius Fernandez also blogs at http://thechildisfatheroftheman.blogspot.in/. On January 26, 2001, an earthquake of...

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...

SELF ESTEEM – WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT ANYWAY?

This blog post has been contributed by Parenting Matters (http://parentingmatters.in/), a Chennai-based organisation which partners with parents to build skillsfor deeper connection in families. It...

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...

Do our kids have too much self esteem?

I remember being berated by a fellow parent because I had not attended my son’s fifth grade graduation day.  The friend  had taken the day off from a hectic work week, and had gone to school...