Must-Reads Of The Week: Articles You Shouldn't Miss

We have started a new section featuring in-depth articles on parenting, wellness, learning and self-care, to help you on your parenting journey. Here is a ready reckoner. Read on for more insights...

By Team ParentCircle

Must-Reads Of The Week: Articles You Shouldn't Miss

We have initiated a new section, where we feature comprehensive and in-depth articles that will serve as a go-to space for all parents. Here, you get to read advice, tips on connecting with your growing child and also, ways to practice self-care. Here are the must-reads of the week...

1. MOTOR DELAY IN CHILDREN: EARLY IDENTIFICATION AND INTERVENTION

Must-Reads Of The Week: Articles You Shouldn't Miss

In our series on developmental delays, we have aspects such as cognitive delay or delay in thinking and understanding. Now, we examine delay in movement and muscle coordination in children. Just to recall, a developmental delay is indicated when a child has not reached particular milestones within the expected time period. However, do remember that children don’t develop skills on a strict timetable. Read more...

2. HOW EFFECTIVE IS PLAY-WAY METHOD OF LEARNING IN THE EARLY YEARS 

Must-Reads Of The Week: Articles You Shouldn't Miss

Suppose you walk into a school to find a bunch of 'little chefs' are hard at work. And what is it they are making? Yes, the 'food' is soon spread out invitingly — a collection of appetising mud, leaves, stones, pebbles...and more. As you may have discovered, the children are at play. But also learning. This is the play-way method of education that applies mostly to preschool and kindergarten children (2.5 to 5 years of age). Read more...

3. SHAPE YOUR FAMILY'S HABITS: HELPING KIDS MAKE HEALTHY CHOICES 

Must-Reads Of The Week: Articles You Shouldn't Miss

As part of our endeavour to bring you the most respected voices in the fields of parenting, family, health and nutrition, we bring you articles curated from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) of United States Department of Health and Human Services. The first article talks about how you, the parent, impacts and influences your family. After all, you are the role model. What you do, the lifestyle you follow, how active (or inactive) you are, the food choices you make every day... these do make a difference, to your family. Read more...   

4. WHY EVERY WOMAN SHOULD DO WEIGHT TRAINING

Must-Reads Of The Week: Articles You Shouldn't Miss

Did you know that working out with weights is extremely beneficial for women? If you believe that weight training will make you too muscular or bulky, worry no more. Doctor and fitness expert Dr Sheela Nambiar stresses that strength training makes you strong inside and out. For instance, it builds bone mass, improves cognitive function and helps deal with anxiety. Plus, Dr Nambiar calls it the ultimate anti-ageing pill! Read more...

5. MINDFUL PARENTING STRATEGIES TO CONNECT WITH YOUR TEEN

Must-Reads Of The Week: Articles You Shouldn't Miss

Are you one of those parents who is upset because your adolescent has changed? He is now distant and unwilling to share or talk with you? Here are some tips to help you really listen and become a mindful parent. Our in-house expert Arundhati Swamy helps you bridge the gap. Read more...

6. COGNITIVE DELAY: LEARNING, UNDERSTANDING AND THINKING 

Must-Reads Of The Week: Articles You Shouldn't Miss

When a child is diagnosed with cognitive delay, it means he lags in that area of development as compared to his peers. As a parent, when you think your child is slower in understanding, thinking or speaking, do not hesitate to consult your paediatrician who will then guide you to an appropriate therapist. Read more...

7. THE REGGIO EMILIA APPROACH TO EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION 

Must-Reads Of The Week: Articles You Shouldn't Miss

Developed by psychologist Loris Malaguzzi and the communities around Reggio Emilia village in Italy, post World War II, this is an approach where the stress is on education being child-led and experiential in nature. It is an innovative philosophy that is ideal for both regular as well as special-needs children. Read more...

8. HOW BEST TO RESPOND TO YOUR CHILD'S DEVELOPMENTAL DELAY

Must-Reads Of The Week: Articles You Shouldn't Miss

As parents, when you discover your child has a development delay, you are often struck by a wave of emotions. And, it is okay to feel that way. When such a time come, never hold back in expressing your emotions to a friend, family member or a counsellor. There are several other ways to deal with the situation. Read more...

9. LETTING GO IS ALL ABOUT LETTING YOUR TEEN GROW – PART 2

Must-Reads Of The Week: Articles You Shouldn't Miss

During adolescence, your child's brain is changing and evolving at a tremendous pace. It is quite likely that you will feel your teen has changed. Know that this is when several unwanted and unused neural connections, formed during childhood, are being pruned and trimmed to allow for strengthening of the core neural networks. And, these changes are responsible for your teen's new and unexpected behaviours. Read more...

10. CURRICULUM: WALDORF EDUCATION 

Must-Reads Of The Week: Articles You Shouldn't Miss

The Waldorf education system aims to educate the whole child, ‘head, heart and hands’. Waldorf is a curriculum in a holistic sense – mental, physical and emotional. The curriculum includes academics, art, music, physical and practical activities, as also, plenty of enjoyable nature observation. It helps children see how their hands can create useful things. Read more...

11. CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS: HOW TO DEAL WITH THE GUILT 

Must-Reads Of The Week: Articles You Shouldn't Miss

Parenting is an intense journey. But parenting a special needs child magnifies those emotions immensely. Special needs families face huge emotional and financial challenges. Parents of children with special needs experience a roller-coaster of emotions including isolation, frustration, guilt and grief. However, there are ways to overcome these feelings. Read more...

12. SIMPLE SELF-CARE TIPS FOR MOMS TO BE HAPPIER 

Must-Reads Of The Week: Articles You Shouldn't Miss

Parenting is a full-time no-break job. The constant tending to your home and loved ones can leave no time for you to de-stress and take care of yourself. However, you cannot allow your role as a parent to eclipse the need of self-care. Read more...

13. LETTING GO IS ALL ABOUT LETTING YOUR TEEN GROW - PART 1

Must-Reads Of The Week: Articles You Shouldn't Miss

When children enter their teenage years, they begin to shape themselves, their personalities, and create their own identities. This mostly happens through peer group interactions. While you, as a parent, might think that your child has changed suddenly, and is drawing away from you, he is only exploring his new identity and learning more about himself. Read more...

14. MY 9-MONTH BABY DOESN'T SIT, WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Must-Reads Of The Week: Articles You Shouldn't Miss

A developmental delay is when your child seems to be slower and is having trouble achieving milestones within the prescribed age-range. Most often, intervention and therapy can correct the delay. However, it is important to seek professional help in case these are signs of some long-lasting developmental disability. Read more...

15. IS MONTESSORI EDUCATION RIGHT FOR YOUR CHILD?

Must-Reads Of The Week: Articles You Shouldn't Miss

The brainchild of the acclaimed Italian educator, Maria Montessori, this method is all about children learning in the most natural manner. Unlike conventional schools, each Montessori classroom or environment, has children of mixed age groups learning together, and from each other. Read more...

16. WHY IT'S IMPORTANT TO MANAGE YOUR EMOTIONS FIRST

Must-Reads Of The Week: Articles You Shouldn't Miss

A parent’s emotional response directly influences a child’s emotional response and behaviour. Even if your anger is not directed towards your child, your angry reactions can impact her emotions and hence, her behaviour. This can affect her emotionally and socially as she grows up. Read more...

Keep watching this space for more detailed and research-based articles to help you though your parenting journey.

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