Should I be a friend or a parent to my child? Should we put our child into an International school or an alternative school? How do I talk to my child about the ‘birds and the bees’? How do I explain to my six year old where babies come from? What should I do if I catch my child smoking?
Parenting from the word ‘go’ is a roller coaster ride. It is unpredictable and you can never be fully prepared!
The fast changing Indian social scenario has made parenting more complex. Indian parents today have to balance tradition with living in a world that is hyper connected. Trends, fads, internet, Whatsapp, Facebook, International schools, alternative schools, baby blues … everything has to be understood, managed and balanced.
Parenting Tips for Indian Parents takes a comprehensive look at issues that arise from the time one thinks of having a baby until the time the child steps into adulthood. It helps understand the various stages of growth and development vis-a-vis physical, emotional, cognitive development. It offers insight into practical parenting, preparing for the second child, dealing with issues of a single child, understanding intelligence and personality besides understanding teenage and its issues.
To help parents get the benefit of traditional knowledge and expertise, many traditional Indian ‘dadi ka nuskhaas’ to cope with minor ailments and improve health, which were common knowledge once but are getting lost with time, have also been incorporated.
The author had her first experience of dealing with early childhood challenges when she began her career as a volunteer in the women and child welfare program run by Tata Tea Limited in the picturesque tea estates of North Bengal. Since then, she has brought up her own two children, besides helping many parents deal with parenting issues of different ages as a counsellor.
Her role as a teacher at the high school level also gave her the opportunity to understand issues related to teenage.
The author has worked as a freelance journalist with The Times of India and a content developer with indiatimes.com.
She holds Masters degrees in Psychology and English, besides a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling & Guidance and a B.Ed degree.
The author takes keen interest in alternative healing therapies and has trained in Reiki and crystal healing.