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    Team ParentCircle May 6 2020

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    Team ParentCircle May 6 2020

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    Team ParentCircle May 6 2020

    You remain glued to the TV when your child is speaking to you, check messages at mealtimes, update social media during family outings chances are, you are a distracted parent.

    Team ParentCircle Apr 20 2020

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    Vishakha Shroff Apr 17 2020

    My daughter is 7yrs old but her thinking capability is not like a 7yr old. For example, if she has a glass of water she won't think that if the glass gets a bit tilted the water would splash or if i walk very fast then there are chances of water spilling. I mean this is very minute thing but the things which are very commonsense things for a 7yr old that also she is not able to think. But she is good in her studies and like to dance and she is a tv goof. During her school days we do not recharge our television as she gets addicted to it. Please help me to know how can i increase her this common things knowledge and also her thinking capability.

    Vishakha Shroff Apr 17 2020

    @Vishakha Shroff Thank you for reaching out to us. We have shared your question with our expert who will be answering it very soon.

    Vishakha Shroff Apr 17 2020

    @Vishakha Shroff Spending hours in front of the television can be disadvantageous and in many ways, curtail the creativity of children. We tell you some easy and effective ways to limit your childs exposure to TV

    Vishakha Shroff Apr 18 2020

    @Vishakha Shroff Thank you very much for your guidance. I will surely make it a point to not get angry and teach some basic routine things that she lacks. She doesn't have any problem in writing or playing ball.

    Team ParentCircle Apr 17 2020

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    Team ParentCircle Feb 11 2020

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    Team ParentCircle Feb 3 2020

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    Team ParentCircle Jan 31 2020

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    Team ParentCircle Jan 27 2020

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    Team ParentCircle Jan 13 2020

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    Team ParentCircle Jan 6 2020

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    Team ParentCircle Dec 30 2019

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    Team ParentCircle Dec 23 2019

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    Team ParentCircle Dec 16 2019

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    Team ParentCircle Dec 12 2019

    Protection of women is a pressing need in the current scenario. As parents, your daughters safety and happiness will be top priority. Heres an overview of laws and women's rights in India.

    Team ParentCircle Dec 4 2019

    As todays children are tomorrows adults, teaching them to respect the opposite gender will lay the foundation for a better society.

    Team ParentCircle Dec 5 2019

    @Team ParentCircle Thank you team for sharing this. This is so so essential. It is sad that we have to discuss about these things. If we actually would have done these earlier, then cases like Dr. Priyanka Reddy, Nirbhaya, and many untold ones, would not have happened. It is also important to note that boys and men too can be victims of sexual abuse and torture and it is imperative that we think of the pain that they go through. Thus, it is important that both girls and boys are taught to respect each other not based on their sexes but as individuals.

    Team ParentCircle Sep 16 2019

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    Team ParentCircle Sep 17 2019

    @Team ParentCircle I know of a child in my neighbourhood who was a promising kid and very well-mannered. Over the last one year him I saw very less of her though. Recently, we got the news that the teenager is in rehab because of cyber addiction and acute alcoholism. Honestly speaking, I am appalled. His parents too are at a loss. It is so important to be aware of what are children are doing wrong and stop them there itself, instead of allowing it to aggravate to a situation of no-return.

    Team ParentCircle Sep 24 2019

    @Team ParentCircle This is so shocking and disappointing to see talented and deserving children go astray like this. I think what you point out regarding parental awareness of their child is indeed very important. Not only being aware of your child's habits but also initiating communication and maintaining an open relationship is requisite for a healthy parent-child bond!

    Shalini Thodge Sep 20 2019

    My son is only 5 but it seems too mature. He is very considerate and understanding. But at times it seems like he speaks like an adult and there is no innocence. I do not understand if it is the effect of some teacher at school or he observes something else. I do not want him to grow up so fast, let him enjoy his childhood. What can I do?

    Shalini Thodge Sep 20 2019

    @Shalini Thodge Hi, if you could give some examples, itll be interesting to know. Please share if its ok with you. Have you seen the show -Kids say the darndest things?:) Its funny and cute at the same time. Some kids speak beyond their age sometimes. It could be because of media, friends, books, teachers, other influences or he might be more mature for his age. Hope you will be able to find out soon:) All the best.

    Shalini Thodge Sep 23 2019

    @Shalini Thodge Think your child is gifted? Learn how your child may have different learning needs and how you can help her reach her full potential.

    Team ParentCircle Sep 10 2019

    As your child enters her preteen years, her body is starting to change and grow. For your child it could be a period of confusion & many questions. Heres how you, as a parent, can help your pre-teen

    Team ParentCircle Sep 13 2019

    @Team ParentCircle This is a very informative and comprehensive article. Wish there are more such articles by experts so that parents of teenagers are better equipped to handle the changes in their growing child!

    Rihana Sachdev Aug 30 2019

    My son is 13 years old. He is a very loved and well-behaved child with a very pleasing personality. But he is very introverted and does not raise his voice even if it is something that upsets him. How ca I encourage him to raise his voice when required?

    Rihana Sachdev Aug 30 2019

    @Rihana Sachdev Hi, I think you mean how to help your son be assertive. This is a very important skill. Being aggressive and raising voice is different from being firm and assertive. Some kids are introverts but being assertive is very important to be successful, healthy, and happy.

    From your side, whenever your child says no to something, respect it and if its a reasonable no, then accept his decision. This will help him to say no when he is not with you and while communicating and dealing with difficult people and situations . Saying no to certain things is very important sometimes. So he will gain confidence.

    Also, while getting along with others, negotiating and finding a middle ground is important. Sometimes he has to adjust and compromise, whereas, in some situations he has to know what to say and how to handle the situation.

    Try to ask him to give his opinions regarding anything you come across in your daily life or current issues. Take his help whenever necessary and discuss with him while taking some decisions. This will make him feel like hes taking part in important decisions in his day to day life. He will gain confidence to speak more often, whenever necessary, respectfully and with courtesy.
    Encourage him to take charge of few things you are ok with.
    When elders in the family communicate and interact with others, he absorbs a lot consciously and subconsciously. He can also read books which will help him become assertive.

    Rihana Sachdev Aug 30 2019

    @Rihana Sachdev Standing up for oneself is a crucial quality that one needs to adopt at every stage of life. Thus, encourage your child to be assertive...

    Rihana Sachdev Sep 4 2019

    @Rihana Sachdev Dear Parent, its nice to note that you are aware of your childs strengths and limitations. Learning to be assertive is an important skill your child must learn. First, lets understand the difference between an introverted child and a timid child. Introverts enjoy spending time with themselves because they are deep thinkers, very observant and take their time to respond. Introverts do socialize but with a few select friends. They can also be part of a large social group but will retreat to their private space often to reenergize themselves. This is in total contrast to extroverts who need to be interacting with people to feel energized.
    A timid child avoids confrontation and finds it difficult to stand up for himself, either because he may have low esteem or may just lack the skills to be assertive. So, lets get him started on some assertive skills training:
    Role-play scenarios with your son where you demonstrate assertiveness.
    Ask your son to point out body language and words that expressed self- confidence in the role-play.
    Use reverse-role-play scenarios to help him practice being assertive.
    During the role plays, focus on how to express emotions and needs by using statements such as, I feel.

    Rihana Sachdev Sep 9 2019

    @Rihana Sachdev Thanks team and Roopa M for sharing your advice on the question asked by Ms. Rihana. I think it is very important for children to be assertive but not dominating, especially in today's times when there is cut-throat competition everywhere. Or else, people might take you for granted.

    Team ParentCircle Sep 4 2019

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    Team ParentCircle Aug 12 2019

    Is your child showing a sudden lack of interest in studies, resulting in her poor academic performance? Read on to know how you can help her fall in love with learning again.

    Team ParentCircle Aug 13 2019

    @Team ParentCircle This is a very good and interesting read. Sometimes it does become a difficult task to keep children, especially very small children and adolescents interested in academics.

    Team ParentCircle Aug 8 2019

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    Pragatii Jalal Ruia Jul 30 2019

    My sister's teenager wants to pursue classical music full-time. She is very good at studies as well as music. She personally want her to fulfill her desire, but she feels that she should also get an academic degree. Please help us resolve this. We do not want to crush her dreams

    Pragatii Jalal Ruia Jul 31 2019

    @Pragatii Jalal Ruia Dear Parent, thank you for asking this very interesting question. I am sure there are many parents out there struggling with a similar dilemma. As parents we give a great deal of importance to an academic degree. Her daughter can earn a degree in classical music too. Or she can pursue a distance education programme to earn a degree in the subject of her choice, while she continues to pursue classical music.
    Todays teens are exposed to the innumerable opportunities that lie ahead and many are quite clear about their choices. And yes, as parents we must be there to guide them. Heres how your sister can guide her daughter:
    Step 1 Take delight in her interest and passion for music. Have long chats with her about her love for music, what it makes her feel about herself. See things from her perspective and appreciate her talent.
    Step 2 - Ask her daughter to do in-depth research on Music studies colleges, curriculum, basic requirements. Pay attention to the curriculum content, rigour. This will help her match her learning habits with the demands of the curriculum.
    Step 3 Have discussions with her about successful and not-so-successful musicians. What lessons can she take from their experiences? What are the challenges?
    Step 4 Deliberate together and take a joint decision - there is mutual support, respect and understanding of each other as well as for the decision.
    Step 5 Take the help of a career counsellor in case the situation cannot be resolved.
    Wishing your sister and niece all the best!

    Pragatii Jalal Ruia Aug 1 2019

    @Pragatii Jalal Ruia I think you can get your niece admitted to NIOS (National Institute of Open Schooling) to complete her formal education. This will let her pursue music full-time and she can appear for the exams as and when she wishes to. Also, she can choose subjects that she wants to study. In fact Hindustani and Carnatic Music are proper subjects under NIOS. Please check it out!

    Team ParentCircle Jul 29 2019

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    Pallavi Chaudry Jul 24 2019

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    Pallavi Chaudry Jul 16 2019

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    Pallavi Chaudry Jul 22 2019

    @Pallavi Chaudry Thank you so much for sharing this!

    Team ParentCircle Jul 22 2019

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    Team ParentCircle Jun 3 2019

    Summer is back again! Worried if your child is drinking enough water? If not, you should be, as dehydration can lead to unwanted health complications. Find out what you can do about it.

    Team ParentCircle Jun 7 2019

    @Team ParentCircle This is so important especially at this time of the year. With summer break on, children are busy and engaged in multiple activities which are physically exhausting and it so important to remind the little ones to hydrate themselves. I think as parents, a small bottle of lemonade or ORS is a good idea!

    Team ParentCircle Jul 15 2019

    @Team ParentCircle A very important thing to note. Summer or monsoons, keeping our bodies hydrated is so important. When it comes to our kids, we are still on duty to ensure that they stay sufficiently hydrated. Thanks for sharing.

    Team ParentCircle Jul 15 2019

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    Team ParentCircle Jul 8 2019

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    Team ParentCircle Jul 10 2019

    @Team ParentCircle Very informative! Thank you so much!

    Team ParentCircle Jul 1 2019

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    Team ParentCircle Jun 24 2019

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    Team ParentCircle Jun 17 2019

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    Team ParentCircle Jun 10 2019

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    Team ParentCircle May 20 2019

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    Leena Jumani May 15 2019

    My sister's son is nearly 10 years old. He was always a very truthful and obedient child. Recently, he has started lying a lot. For example, he does not complete his homework but will say that it is done. He does not admit to the mistakes he makes. A few days back he broke a glass bottle and since we are visiting them for the summer holidays, I saw him break it. But, when his father asked him why he broke it, he out-rightly lied that the mid had done and that he just happened to be there. I was appalled. Why has he changed so much. How can I tell my sister to be address this sudden change in my little nephew?

    Leena Jumani May 16 2019

    @Leena Jumani Dear reader, it is indeed appalling to see children telling lies. But if caregivers understand why children tell lies and are prepared to deal with the issue, lying behaviour can be stopped. Children may tell lies to test out a new behaviour, or to gain approval from others, or to get the focus off of themselves, or to avoid trouble, or simply because they have seen their parents or other role models tell lies. To remedy his behaviour, think about what are the consequences he faces when he does tell lies. Is he punished? Is he spoken to harshly? Is he labelled as a liar? If the lying behaviour is due to seeking attention by the child, its best ignored. But if lying is happening due to other reasons, it often works to offer an opportunity to the child to tell the truth, without fear of negative consequences. For example, the parent could say, "That sounds like a tall tale. Why don't we try again and say what really happened?" If the lie is about something more serious, such as doing homework, the best approach is to ask the child, and if he says he has done his homework, the parent can gently ask to be shown the notebook, without implying lack of trust. On checking the notebook if the parent finds that homework hasn't been done, the parent can say, "I would like you to complete your homework right now. I'll be sitting next to you." Additionally, the parent needs to discuss with the child why he said he had done his homework, whereas he actually hadn't. The tone should be gentle and non-accusatory. It is then that a reasonable consequence needs to be delivered to the child (such as losing a privilege), after being mutually agreed-upon with the child. The idea is to encourage the child to speak the truth and discourage lies without yelling and scolding. Its equally important to focus on problem-solving with the child- to address why he needed to tell the lies. For example, if he didn't finish his homework because he wanted to play- this need for playing needs to be addressed. If he didn't do his homework because he finds the subject difficult, that needs to be addressed. So looking at lying not as a moral issue but as a problem solving issue helps. All the best!

    Team ParentCircle May 6 2019

    My child is 11 years old. He has recently started asking question related to puberty and sexual development. My husband works in the US and I do not bother him with these doubts. How do I help mychild answer these quesions. How to break the ice. I have a younger daughter too.

    Team ParentCircle May 8 2019

    @Team ParentCircle Dear parent,
    Its wonderful to see that you want to answer the questions posed by your child, rather than sweeping them under the carpet. Talking about puberty and sexual development with your 11 year old is not just desirable, it is important. Ideally, parents should talk to their children about puberty before they hit puberty. You could start small, by using everyday situations, to have ongoing conversations about puberty- why it is an important period of development in humans and what changes (both physical and emotional) do girls and boys go through. Try to keep it simple and use actual body part terms for genitals. Please remember that your child is looking toward you as a source of information, so try to be objective. If you feel embarrassed or awkward, it helps to practice what you want to say ahead of time and to keep emphasizing to your child that this is an important conversation to have. It is also important to be reassuring and explain to your child that many changes (such as acne, hormonal changes, mood changes, etc.) are normal and differently paced for different adolescents.
    Also, encourage your child to ask as many questions as possible- the more you can answer his questions, the less he is likely to seek inaccurate sources to satisfy his curiosity. If you yourself are unsure of something, tell your child that you will get back to him with the answer. All the best!

    Mehek Chauhan Apr 10 2019

    My in-laws stayed in Aurangabad for almost 6 years and now they are moving to Pune for good. Please suggest some good localities that we can look into for moving, preferably not too far off from the city central and not too expensive rents as well...thanks.

    Mehek Chauhan Apr 12 2019

    @Mehek Chauhan The best areas to live in Pune now are the one's which are recently developed. It depends on which side of Pune you will be working(East/West/Central) and what is your budget.
    East Pune:
    Kalyani Nagar / Koregaon Park /Bund Garden (Costly)
    Viman Nagar/Kharadi (Affordable)

    West Pune :
    Aundh (Costly)
    Pimple Saudagar/Pimple Nilakh /baner/pashan/bavdhan (Affordable)
    Pashan/Sus areas are one of the more beautiful areas in pune

    Central :
    Model Colony/Bhosale Nagar/Law college road

    Mehek Chauhan Apr 29 2019

    @Mehek Chauhan Thanks

    Team ParentCircle Apr 12 2019

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