screen time for children

“Mama, I am bored,” yelped the elder and younger sons in tandem. I caught my head between my hands as I knew the familiar course this conversation was about to take. Yes, this issue about screen time for children I’ve been pondering over for a few months now. Both my kids love doing interactive activities, watch/hear Read More →

teachers, attitudes and egos

Another weekend, another PTI. This time for the elder son. When I go for his PTIs, I know that I will hear only good things. Not that I can take much credit for it. Because there are some children who are inherently good. With them, you feel that all your good karma has come to Read More →

teen trouble

A 13-year-old girl regularly buys cigarettes for her mother from the store across the street. Her group of friends all in similar age group use abuses liberally, watch objectionable content on cellphones, have a culture at their home that exposes them to everything age inappropriate.  Another teen has a girlfriend, lives with her on and Read More →

exams children

Can anyone tell me why schools give a study leave between each exam? I mean, we all know that it will be the evening of the second day when the kids will actually start studying. It just increases the nuisance element for parent read work-from-home mother. My elder son is having CBSE papers for the first Read More →

The night is dark. The lovely, old trees seem ghost-like with large shadows dancing across their branches making them look eerie. The fire in front of me is crackling. The wood slowly turning to ashes but giving it all just before the life goes out of it. Staring into the glowing embers, my thoughts turn Read More →

I was seated across from her finally. I had carried out the conversation I was about to have with her several times in my head. I felt a little apprehensive as I am sure we all do when on tricky ground. I had held on for weeks hoping that somehow she would amend her behaviour. Read More →

This is another edition of the life and times with the younger son. Never a dull moment when he is around. So the other day, we went shopping for jeans. He needed some and I am always game for some. So first we went to buy him jeans. Now have you noticed that the fit Read More →

The younger son and I have a very affectionate yet exasperating relationship. He is a boy with a mind of his own. He can be very loving and caring and yet can show an extremely mean and stubborn side in a jiffy. It all depends upon the rapport you share with him and of course Read More →