Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Parenting – An Art

Parenting is indeed an art which must be mastered. Gone are the days when parenting was considered a responsibility to be borne rather than an art. Modern parents are well aware of the importance of smart parenting which differs from child to child and which focuses primarily on the child’s psyche.

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Bonding With Your Child: What You Must Do

Being a Parent brings in the responsibility of good parenting. Good parenting means how effectively one brings up their child in this competitive world with healthy ways of living. A mother plays a significant role affecting about 80% in the growth of their child in respect of physical and mental growth. As a mother, we always want the best for our kid .

Monday, 23 July 2012

The Idea Behind Open Relationships

Whether we are in a relationship or not, it is safe to say that most of us have at least wondered about open relationships once in a while. It mainly describes the kind of relationship where one has a stable partner but is allowed to date and sleep with others as well. Lured in by the idea, many have had the urge to give open relationships a try. Among them, few actually dare to, and even fewer can make it last.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Do’s and Don’ts in Childcare

As parenting books will tell you-- Trial and error is a method that just cannot be used in bringing up a child.  For effective parenting you have to keep reminding yourself that a child does not have the sturdiness to withstand certain things which pose no hardship to an adult. A child is like a flower, a tender little seedling, and he or she needs attention.

           Attention is exactly what a child craves and he will do anything to get it. Babies cry and toddlers throw tantrums. Why? For Mommy’s attention of course! An infant who has not yet learnt to crawl is easily satisfied by a cuddle or by being rocked in his cradle or by toys dangled above his cradle.Babies, less than three months, usually cry when they are hungry or uncomfortable,  and a feed or a diaper change will quieten them. It’s different when they grow a little older. It is very important to give your child companionship and love.

 In India mothers like to have their babies sleep beside them at night. This habit is frowned on in the West. The Indian mother is well aware that the gentle weight of her hand on the baby’s body will make him feel secure even while he sleeps. If not in the same bed, a child could sleep in a cot beside the bed, within touching distance. This would be a positive parenting skill.

           Summer months in India are killing. It is advisable to never ever leave a child out in the open in the sun. Protect a child from dehydration by making him drink water.  Small children should   be given unchilled water rather than aerated drinks. Babies and toddlers under six (and in fact the whole family!) should be given water that has been boiled first and then cooled. The paediatric doctor should be consulted over food and liquid intake. It is best to follow the doctor for parenting advice.

              I remember shifting all breakable things from shelves that my son could reach as soon as he learned to crawl. The glass and china were replaced by stainless steel utensils. Scissors, knives, forks,needles were consigned to locked cupboards.

        I kept the flat clutter-free and saved myself worry. Prevention is always better than cure. Above all be alert – the safest environment can have hidden dangers! Mothers are guardian angels –so stay on guard.