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Pirates for boys?

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All the recent news about the pirates and the navy and hostages has got me riled up. Why do girls get to be pretty princesses and boys get to be pirates? Why is it that girls get to pretend to... (Continue reading)

Innovative Glass Painting Techniques

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Let me today share a tip of making innovative glass artefacts by using glass painting colours and cut glass pieces. You can see the basic glass painting techniques here. Some of the innovative techniques: 1.  Beveled glass is generally used... (Continue reading)

Parent Over Shoulder – and other tips for keeping kids safe on the web

Did you hear the recent news aboutr Myspace and Facebook finding thousands of registered sex offenders from North Carolina alone active on their sites? Here are some tips we learnt from my kids elementary school. 1. Keep the computer in... (Continue reading)

Woman in Question – Linda – Perspectives on art and children

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Name: Linda Travers Occupation: Art teacher and Enterpreneur, Director, Abrakadoodle Art Programs for Children, Northwest Atlanta Education: PHD in Education Born and Brought up: Wilmington, Delaware. I grew up in Maryland, Virginia, and Florida Places Lived In: Maryland, Virginia, Indiana,... (Continue reading)

Glass Painting Techniques

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Positive Discipline

Of late I have been reading a book called ‘Positive Discipline’ by Jane Nelson. I bought the book after I was flummoxed by a ‘surprise’ question in a parent questionnaire for school admissions. I say surprise, as I was supposed... (Continue reading)

Terrible 2’s

Has anyone of you gone through the feeling of getting frustrated followed by a massive guilt with your little ones, especially when they are/were in their terrible 2s? Well I am going through that right now. My son is a... (Continue reading)

The first days of preschool

Preschool, Day 1   Me (trying to establish good habits of talking about school to kids): How was school? Babe: It was good Me: (feeling like a textbook perfect mother) I am glad you liked it today. You don’t have... (Continue reading)

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To be or not to be a Friend to your Child

At some point, every parent faces this dilemma, whether to be a parent or a friend to a child and whether being a friend will help or prevent the child’s development. Our children look at us for guidance and also... (Continue reading)

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Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) / Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Last month I wrote about Speech Problem and Hyperactivity in Children and the possible causes for it. Today let’s discuss about a developmental disorder usually detected in childhood, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) which is characterized by Hyperactivity, Impulsivity... (Continue reading)

Five tips as kids start using the web

At various ages, our kids will start thinking of social networking and other such entertainment on the web. You know what, given the age we live in, we wont be able to stop them. But based on what I have learnt... (Continue reading)

Three funny stories of our Techie Gen Z kids

So ever since I thought I would write on this topic, I have been asking people I meet about stories about their kids – the techie Gen Zs who are growing up breathing technology. And today I thought I will... (Continue reading)

Kulfi Popsicles

Quite like ice cream, Kulfi has its own wonderful flavor. This used to be my favorite Indian dessert while growing up. Now my 3yr old boys love it too. And they have fun helping me prepare this easy dessert and call it ‘Kulfi Popsicle’. This is not the traditional kulfi recipe, which... (Continue reading)

Rearing Tech Savvy Gen Z

My friend Shanta, when she saw the site, suggested that this would be a great topic to highlight. And I think it is a great idea. Because our kids are growing up immersed in technology. It so permeates their lives... (Continue reading)

Speech Problem and Hyperactivity in Children

Let me today share a problem which I think almost every mother worry about – speech problem, delayed speech, hyperactivity, restlessness and related problems……. I was associated with a sector, where I interacted with people all the time. I had... (Continue reading)

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Celebrating Multiculturalism in Preschool

Next week is family-week at the boys’ preschool. Each child has been asked to make a poster (with the parent’s help) describing his/her cultural background. So the boys and I were busy making our poster, the last couple of days.... (Continue reading)

Introducing Maria

When I was five or six back in Calcutta, I went to see ‘The Sound of Music’ with my extended family. I think it was the first movie I saw and I remember being dressed in my best, the line to get... (Continue reading)

Becoming Big Brother

I am quite excited at the prospect of the babe becoming a big brother. Probably more that he is, as I dont think he realizes what it means yet. As a single child myself, I grew up lonely and wanting... (Continue reading)

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5 Simple ways to Keep kids healthy this school year

Being a mom of 3 yr old twin boys, I have my hands full. So to make things a little easy for me, I try to build their defenses against common childhood illnesses like ear infections and colds. Germs are... (Continue reading)

idlezoo: the little story of a little children’s entrepreneur

Ever wonder what might happen if you simply let the child in you continue to thrive and dream and create in your otherwise “realistic” adult world? Ever wonder what may be possible if your hands did their own bidding, creating ideas as you go about your grown-up, responsible... (Continue reading)

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