If you thought a plane ride away from the kids would be the answer to sleepless nights and wolfed down meals...
How to get the kids to leave their rooms (and video games), to experience the world.
The future of human procreation probably depends on the omission of certain choice details. But your columnist is a journalist devoted to the truth.
Things to do in middle age, once the insecurities and overwrought emotions of youth have been navigated, and worries about universities and jobs are mostly in the rearview.
The availability of more adult hands to help out with kids in India also means that there is generally less urgency in pushing children to be independent.
Our kids live in an overly sexualized environment. An open line to conversations about sex, relationships, and emotions with the parents is important.
Did our mothers feel less guilty in an information-lean world? Will our children have more information in the future and find us wanting as parents?
What is the proper comportment to adopt when breaking the news of serious illness to one’s children?
It was the family landline that helped me, and countless others, become adept at the artifice that is so much part of social life.
Because learning about parenting failures can be more useful than parenting tips. The former are balm for guilt; the latter only stoke the flames of self-recrimination.
One of the greatest uses of kids: giving parents common ground when life would otherwise pull them in different directions.
Women need more practice at valuing themselves more, and perhaps men could tone down their tendency to self-promotion a tad, too.
In the end, you have your kids on borrowed time and it passes in as achingly beautiful a moment as a sunrise.
Teachers might come in a bouquet of colours - good, bad and ugly - but what they have in common is that they act as surrogate parents for huge swathes of most young people’s lives.
Though “choice” is an important part of empowerment, “choice feminism”, or the idea that any choice a woman makes is a feminist one simply because it is chosen, is quite absurd.
Sorting gives little ones a way to group their thoughts, process information, store and retrieve ideas, and describe items. But it has limitations.
As Independence Day rolls around, I sit with the children and tell them about India’s inspirational freedom struggle. Stories are how we all make sense of the world.
A dreaded moment that I’d hitherto been putting off, was now nigh. I needed to inform my boss that his star reporter was now about to become a... drumroll… mother. It felt like a confession.
The expecting woman is stuck in a quagmire of less-than-scientifically-robust advice about what she should be denying herself - coffee, sushi, massages, swimming...
Breastfeeding was a lesson in humility for me. I was used to getting my way. Until I had a baby and my breasts refused to obey.
Time and again, music has stood in for love when words failed, soothed hurts - physical and emotional - and been the glue when cracks appeared in family life.
No one can have it all. But everyone can have different bits and bobs of “all” at different points in their lives. What’s important is the arch of one’s life.
Caterers were interviewed, alternative entertainers weighed for months, and professional photographers were de rigueur...
Non-financially remunerated work, like that undertaken by stay-at-home parents, is devalued, regardless of how critical for the functioning of society it may be.