Child Safety & Security

 In the face of tragedies, parents may face a lot of questions from their kids. It is very important we address them and not avoid it. To help us better communicate the issue and safety to our little ones, Aparna Samuel Balasundaram [Psychotherapist and Family Counselor] was in conversation with Neela Kaushik to address our concerns in an FB Live Session. More questions answered by Aparna post the session Q: My son is 2years 3 months. And I am already worried mum . I haven’t started school yet for him. How do I work on my anxiety and how and when can I start...

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Bujji Pinni

He had been very restless since afternoon, not letting me move out of his sight, even for a minute. He had been suffering for some time you see and now it looked like he couldn't take it anymore.Not even the thought of a tomorrow which meant more time for the kids or me. It simply didn’t matter to him anymore. He just wanted to sleep. A painless sleep. A dreamless sleep. A contented sleep. I sat opposite, watching him struggle, watching the evening shadows make patterns on the walls. I thought of stroking his forehead gently, lulling him to...

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How to Talk to your Child about Sexual Abuse?

The very thought that someone can molest your child can be extremely terrifying for any parent. The fear, trauma, and pain that the child may have to experience at such a tender age are definitely a frightening thought to even consider. Just the experience of the thought is enough to freak out any parent who may never want to even think about it again. And of course, all of us would hope that something so terrible would never happen to our beloved child. But the reality can be a little different. According to data, every 1 girl in 4 girls...

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The Power of feeling “I AM ENOUGH”

Does “I AM ENOUGH” sounds narcissistic? It could as my publishers initially thought it to be an egotistical one but later understood and commended the underlying statement of confidence and self-esteem much required for the women especially in India. “Oh! I am not good enough.” All of us human being have this inherent tendency to not feel good enough especially when it comes to moms. Being a mother and undergoing physical, emotional changes dip down the confidence of a woman in the external world. The challenge to meet up to the bars set outside seems daunting weighing the responsibilities...

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CBSE Issues a Circular to Schools Regarding the Safety of Children in Schools

The horrific incident at Ryan International school where a little boy was brutally murdered has shaken everyone . Sadly, this is not only incident that has happened in the past week inside school premises . A 5 year old was raped in an empty classroom by the school peon , a newly appointed dance teacher misbehaved with 9 year old student , an 8 year old was punished by the teacher and was made to use the boy's washroom because she was not wearing her school uniform . Every single day innocent children are being subjected to such horrors across...

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Safety Rules & Tips for Children

As a parent we are bound to be concerned about our child’s safety, whether at home or outside. Children should be under adult supervision always and never alone. However at times it might not be possible and hence it is imperative that we educate children about the basic safety rules that they need to follow always in order to be safe especially at school. We live in a society where there are more of nuclear families than joint families and both parents might have to step out to work. The children are without you in school or a daycare...

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Love In The Time Of Despair

It hasn’t been easy looking at the newspaper for the last few days, for any of us. It’s as if the universe is unraveling at its seams, with tragedies unfolding around us at a pace maddening, it’s as if we are being sent a sign: you are not safe, your child isn’t safe, your world isn’t safe. It’s as if we live in chaos and mayhem and there is no rule of law. Our illusion of invulnerability and protection stands shattered. Those of us who looked for lead-free paint for our baby cribs, sterilized their bottles and feeding cups,...

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‘Discover India’ – A highly recommended book for Young Travellers

‘Discover India’ is a 29 book series and each book takes us on a grand tour to one Indian state. The book has captivating illustrations to keep the young readers interested. The characters in the book help the kids get curious and hungry to read & learn more. Each book covers the basics like the culture, the local language, food and gets into the details of the tourist sites. Sonia Mehta holds the kids interest by filling it with well-placed interactive content and fun-facts. [Some sample activity sheets are available for download here].  There are also short stories. The intelligent use of characters...

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How to Talk to your Child about Good Touch & Bad Touch

Workshop for children -Parents must be alert, and can also help their children be aware through this workshop,which psychiatrists recommend be held at regular intervals. This can be watched on YouTube only once you click 'Watch on YouTube'   This video is an excerpt from a TV show Satyamev Jayate that was aired on Star Plus in May 2012 Video & Feature Image Source :...

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Talk to your Kids : The Need of the Hour

The last few days have been tragic and shaken all of us. As parents we ensure that we do everything to keep our children safe, however, incidents like the recent one may affect them adversely. So how do we handle this ? Aparna Samuel Balachandran answers some very relevant questions regarding this  Question 1- A lot of moms wondering if we can discuss this with our kids. How do we let them know? As parents, we are shocked, outraged, scared for the safety of our own children and deeply saddened for the victim’s family. When we send our children off to...

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Myth: Study-Abroad Programs Pose A Risk

9 Tips to Stay Risk-Free While Studying Abroad Worried about your safety while studying abroad? These 9 tips will ensure a safety net for students seeking foreign education. Whether you are a first-time traveler or a seasoned one, you can’t help but feel the pangs of distress at the thought of studying abroad. Add to that the challenges of getting accustomed to the new environment, food, language, culture, and climate. Things can go awry if you haven’t really made a structured safety plan. While there is less than one in a million chances that you should get into trouble,...

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The Day She Became A Young Girl Again!

"I am too lazy to take out my car….I guess I would skip going out today…" she had a long n tiring day hence the reluctance… "Nothing doing, these are your excuses…let me take you out on my bike today, the place is just ten minutes ride from here," he said with an audible hint of authority in his voice. She contained herself hesitatingly and without much ado she got ready as she was left with no option what so ever. "You know I am sitting on a bike after ages….always wanted to feel the pleasant assault of breeze...

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Zen in a Cup from Teamonk Global

There’s something about a good cup of tea, it comforts and invigorates at the same time.  A perfect start to the morning or cosy solace after a long, tiring day is what my cuppa of green tea does for me. I keep experimenting with different brands and kinds of tea so I was naturally curious about Teamonk Global’s Sei White Tea. Sei means purity in Zen philosophy and reflects order and cleanliness in the physical and spiritual world.  According to Teamonk Global, “Our white tea from the Nilgiris is most befitting of this name due to its subtle flavour...

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Amairaa Studio Opens In Gurgaon

Amairaa design studio is a space created with love, where you get all kinds of ethnic wear for your little ones under one roof! Be it a wedding in your family, a small pooja or just any other occasion, the team will make sure to create outfits with our threads of love for your little ones!! They make sure to choose soft fabrics and most kid friendly designs for your little ones. The founder Kanikka Tewari is a part of the GurgaonMoms community and a mommy to three little munchkins, so she very well understands every mother’s concern for...

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Few Friendships are for a Lifetime!

 In May I was travelling to the US by Lufthansa and as I sat on my seat, I saw this lady sitting next to me, who looked so nervous!I started a conversation and she told me that it was the first time she was travelling alone and that too to the US for her nephews wedding so she was scared and nervous! As we started chatting, she got comfortable and looked little relaxed. Her name is Sheryl Abraham (Keralite Mallu)and she is a dentist in Kochi! So in that 9hours flight, we chatted nonstop, had wine and saw movies...

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Jab We Met : Gurgaon Moms Meet for a Blind Date

"After attending a fellow mom's blind date a few months ago, I was thrilled to meet these lovely people. Add to that, I would get so many comments and personal messages, appreciating my work and asking that when could we meet. " This is Manisha Goyal Mahajan sharing her experience  "Over this period, I did meet one or two. Then due to so many engagements, I would just reply with a "Very soon" message. I posted this meetup on the forum and was overwhelmed with the response. It was a wonderful feeling to know that so many read what...

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Why You Shouldn’t Wait To De-Junk Your Space

Clean and Clear spaces increase your productivity and relieve stress: The secret sauce here is – the less mess you have, the less you have to clean up over and over again and the more you can channel your energies into things that you are passionate about pursuing. Keeping your space clean and clear of roadblocks also invites more positive ‘chi’ or energy flow throughout your space and you’ll notice the changes in these areas almost instantly. Needless to say, a clean and organized home or office space is also a major stress reliever as you will be more...

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Gurgaon Moms: Sisterhood Never Had it So Good

I wrote this on way to a meeting. Random words filled my head as I scrolled through Gurgaon Moms. It was just another page I 'liked' but then came a turning point. Many months back, there was a post on Gurgaon Moms where a lady was missing her mom’s house (or ‘peka’, as she put it in Punjabi). Within hours, so many women opened their homes & hearts, promising uninterrupted naps and love laden comfort food; just like ‘peka’. (Damn, I felt tempted to fake it and cash on the offers … LOL … but I did not). This post was so...

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Only We Can Clear the Air

It had been an arranged marriage. The initial years had found Kalpana and Dheeraj in love with each other.  The cracks had started showing when Dheeraj's business had started falling and Kalpana had given birth to yet another daughter. Her mother in law, Shanta had been supportive till the time her first daughter had been born. But after the third daughter, she had shown her true colors. But at heart, Shanta was a good soul, albeit she could not balance the household politics. She would sway from one side to the other like a pendulum and over the years...

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