It was 8 am on a chilly December morning in Bangalore. There was huge commotion around a stationary school bus. Anxious parents were crowding near the single door of the bus. There were some who were trying to hang from the window panes desperate for one last glimpse, anxiety writ large on their faces. There Read More →

All those who have been reading me know my passion for all issues parenting. Hence, it was really wonderful to find my article — Worries and woes published in the Parents India edition of January 2014. For those who haven’t read it, I’ve embedded the article here. You can scroll down and read the article Read More →

open letter sons

Dear S and G, It is not often that mommy writes you a letter. Yeah, I know all about the lectures that I dole out generously to the both of you every single day! But today, I decided to actually pen down something for the two of you. You both know how proud I am Read More →

This is a true and rather unfortunate incident that unfolded in my son’s class. My son had a tiff with a girl who sits with him. Both of them scratched each other’s notebook. He maintained that she did it first and he retaliated. Her page was torn off. The teacher called both of them and Read More →

When Purba Ray of A-musing fame asks you for a Guest Post, you really feel like you have arrived. She is one of the most widely acclaimed and seriously talented bloggers out there. Her sparkling wit, razor-sharp sarcasm, delightful humor and heart-tugging sensitivity make for a blog that is truly a delight to read and Read More →

I looked with distress as he came teary eyed to me yet another time. Someone had called him names. I was irked, really irked! This was a daily situation. Playing as he did with an older bunch of boys, he was exposed to cuss words, insults and episodes of bullying almost on a daily basis. Read More →

She looked at her beautiful paintings adorning the wall, and sat down in her favorite chair to pen her letter. That done, she took a deep breath and went ahead with her plan. *** Ananya was studying in the 12th Standard of a reputed school in Bangalore. She was attending coaching classes every day of Read More →

She looked at me wistfully and shook her head, “Why did you blow up like that? He is just a kid.” I nod miserably. “It’s okay; go ahead and give him a hug. He will understand. And remember next time — patience and empathy, and you will glide through the difficult situation.” I muttered to Read More →

For parents, a movie outing with younger kids is like a roller-coaster experience. One does not have any idea how the journey would pan out. So, normally we go for family movies – read movies where a lot of other kids are present so that your child’s din gets drowned out in the commotion. Or Read More →

Mr. and Mrs. Kramer go for a family outing with their two children, Ron and Vanessa. Vanessa is 6 years old and extremely bratty, prone to tantrums. Their friends, Mr. and Mrs. Brown have a son who is Ron’s age, Darius. Darius and Ron, the teenagers, enjoy picnics together, as they are thick friends. They Read More →