The guilty secret of distracted parenting

We’re distractible because tending young children day after day after day can wear you down. The paradox of parenting is that the actual minutes and hours can creep; you can find yourself stuck in the world’s longest 15 minutes embedded in those fast-spinning years

The guilty secret of distracted parentingYour phone can seem to call to you in an especially seductive way when you are a parent on playground duty. And one reason is, let’s face it, that playground duty can get old long before your children do. At a recent paediatric meeting where we discussed the new recommendations from the American Academy of […]

‘Authoritarian parents can destroy the lives of children more than dengue, malaria or swine flu’

Most people love and appreciate their parents. We don't doubt that. The problem is, parents can't tell this unless you show it by the way you treat them. Parents get very upset when children do not share their secret or difficult moments with them. Dr Harish Shetty, Consulting Psychiatrist at LH Hiranandani Hospital, Powai lists out some common scenarios that occur with children in families

‘Authoritarian parents can destroy the lives of children more than dengue, malaria or swine flu’A great family is one where kids share their bad news early. The repair and restoration of the pain in the minds is quicker and faster. Adults who share their difficult moments at home inspire their children to do the same, says  Dr Harish Shetty, Consulting Psychiatrist at LH Hiranandani Hospital. He added, “When the dad […]

Is your child emotionally intelligent?

Emotional intelligence is the 'something' in each of us that is a bit intangible. It affects how we manage behaviour, navigate social complexities, and make personal decisions that achieve positive results. Raising emotionally intelligent kids can decrease their future chances off psychiatric illnesses like stress, depression, anxiety and drug use, says Dr Mansi Jain

Is your child emotionally intelligent?Imagine your child being able to articulate his/her feelings into words instead of throwing a temper tantrum; he/she was able to understand and communicate to you that he/she is upset, but understands why you had to suddenly cancel your plans of taking him/her to the zoo, instead of howling and breaking his/her toys. Isn’t this […]

Soha Ali Khan performs yoga, gives major fitness goals to the mothers-to-be

Soha Ali Khan, who is pregnant with her first child with actor Kunal Khemu, has shared a post on Instagram, which shows her striking a pose while doing yoga. This picture of Soha is redefining fitness and is sure to motivate all the mothers-to-be, by giving them major fitness goals

Soha Ali Khan performs yoga, gives major fitness goals to the mothers-to-beRecently, Soha Ali Khan’s baby shower pictures garnered a lot of attention on the social media. Soha, who is quite active on social media and also voices her opinion from time to time, has now shared a post on Instagarm, striking a yoga pose in a beautiful maternity wear. She not only flaunted her baby […]

Pune’s ‘Maitra’ to help mothers of special kids to relieve stress

Parenting a special child requires a lot of stamina and patience. Considering this, a social group in Pune has come forward and started conducting sessions for mothers of special kids for relieving their stress

Pune’s ‘Maitra’ to help mothers of special kids to relieve stress“Our lives revolve around our kids. Parenting of a special child is more challenging than that of a normal child. As human beings we also want change to refresh our minds,” said Neeta Bhatwdekar after the session for mothers of the special children arranged for the first time by Maitra a social group in Pune. […]

How to break bad news to your kids, paediatricians advise

In the aftermath of a major event, people are focused on the event itself and less on how to talk to kids. News is always available and bombarding us, even on channels we may not expect, such as social media, where children spend their time

How to break bad news to your kids, paediatricians adviseParents wondering how to talk to their children about tragedies such as natural disasters or terrorist attacks have a new resource to help them, published online in the medical journal JAMA Paediatrics. “There have been a lot of changes in how we receive news and the types of news we receive, which has impacted the […]

Are only children bad at handling relationships?

Parenting is a difficult task. With more and more couples looking forward to establish careers and having a better life, having a single child is a commonly chosen option. Now, psychiatrists say that being the only child could have certain advantages as well as disadvantages

Are only children bad at handling relationships?Suchit Bhosale (name changed) walks into KEM hospital with his parents. Renuka and Suresh (names changed) have visited multiple doctors trying to understand what is wrong with their son. Suchit is 15 years old and is a complete introvert. So much so that he gets anxious with the thought of taking exams or meeting friends. […]

Sleeplessness in kids on rise, doctors worried

Experts say that a majority of children who complain about sleeplessness are addicted to smartphones and television shows. Doctors say that it is only when children show visible signs of sleeplessness, that parents realise this is a problem

Sleeplessness in kids on rise, doctors worriedSleeplessness seems to be a prevalent issue these days. While some say it is due to the fast paced life in cities, experts point out that sleeplessness among children is a very prominent problem and it is caused due to television and over usage of gadgets. Experts say that a majority of children who complain […]

Study reveals that babies may sleep longer in their own rooms

The findings counter the latest guidance from the paediatrics group, which recommends that parents share a room – but not a bed – with their infants for at least six months and preferably until they reach their first birthday. The guidelines are meant to lower the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, which may occur while an infant is sleeping

Study reveals that babies may sleep longer in their own roomsThe sooner babies get their own rooms, the longer they’ll sleep on average, according to a new study that breaks with the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Analysing surveys from 230 first-time mothers at Penn State, Dr Ian Paul, a paediatrician, found that babies slept for longer stretches if they didn’t sleep in […]