Pregnancy and motherhood spells a change in every woman’s life. Suddenly we realize our regular clothes are not comfortable, activities have to be redefined and weight watching does not work anymore. Though it is part of every woman’s life, it has its parameters and the initial phase of motherhood lasts for a year before moving onto the next level. Requirements during pregnancy are different than the ones after delivery. Though it is a temporary phase, we cannot ignore it because it lasts a significant duration and the necessities need to be replaced during the time to make it smooth sailing and convenient.
Every child is the apple of his or her parents’ eyes and their hope of achieving heights they had aspired to reach. At least they hope to assume so. It bodes ill to some parents who have to wake up to the fact that their child is battling autism. However, it is increasingly prevalent among children these days as the stress of today’s parents are forcing major psychological disturbances among their offshoots. However, all is not lost for them. According to Dr. Nandini Mundkur, city pediatrician, it is a fighting chance for those parents who make that extra effort to identify their kid’s condition when it is still nascent.
Parents of children in plus one and plus two have more in their kitty than just coaching, studies and exam fevers. True, parents undergo the pressure of all this more than the students. Though the fact remains that there are things that go overboard in this process, we cannot totally ignore the parents’ interest in ensuring their children get the best and the onus of choosing the right area of study, college weighs heavy on them. Technology has evolved and so do the areas of study. The options we had were limited to being a doctor, engineer or a lawyer and it was much simpler to choose a professional area of study. The same cannot be said about the options in front of a student today. It is no simple task for a parent to know the various areas of study and so the pressure builds on as they begin to look for various disciplines of study applicable to their child.
Kids and parents are no different today. Sharing and caring is in the hands of both and with a teenage daughter, I would like to make this statement more emphatic. Coming from a traditional background and suddenly facing a situation where lifestyle changes have to be accommodated, it is not an easy task. The journey me and my daughter had together has had its fair amount of lows and highs but overall the picture is pretty when we look back at it and it is still getting its touch ups even now.
My daughter was a hyperactive kid earlier and it was pretty difficult to keep her energy under control. My friend who was also a pediatrician instructed me to divert her energy into constructive things so she learns and also utilizes her time effectively. She loved sliders and we did buy one available in the local shop meant for kids but she preferred the tall ones found in the parks where she can climb and slide longer. It was impossible for us to get one and install it in an apartment. So with a sudden flash of idea, I bought a short rope ladder, hung it little vertically and arranged bed underneath so she does not get hurt when she falls. It was real fun to see her climb and fall and it was one thing that stood with us for long.
Every teenager goes through Adolescence, a period of confusion trying to identify if (s)he is a kid or an adult. This is the period where (s)he requires encouragement, understanding and guidance from parents. It is not only a metamorphosis to children but also to the parents who are quite used to thinking them as kids. Most of us forget that we too had gone through the same phase those days and the way we searched for our identity. Teenagers exhibit both behaviors; parents just cannot determine when they will act as a kid or as an adult.
The best way to help them in this phase is to take the role of a friend (no advice please) and listen to them without passing judgments. Their first confidante should be the parents. I know it is easy to say but difficult to follow, but when you do, it does work wonders to you and your child psyche. It gives you an opportunity to recollect your days as a teenager and makes you youthful thinking about all those little moments of togetherness and fun with friends. This also gets you to connect with your teenager and talk to them at their level and also subtly influence them into right way of approaching life. This is one of the crucial periods where they face issues much different from what they have seen in life till date. Remember, parents do serve as a reference and many times their actions and reactions are based on the values instilled in them by the family.
Hippocampus programs for children (3 – 11 year olds) are inviting, encouraging and creates interest in the child to participate, Programs are so well designed that the children do not face repetition in content and also provides an interactive platform of fun and learning. Here are the latest programs of the week.