Articles by Kavitha
Mar 19, 2012
No more excuses: Change that diaper, dad!Indian men, and often women, still think that mothers have some special gene that helps them to handle baby poop and sick kids. Well, here's a news flash: they don't!
Mar 01, 2012
Board exam hysteria: Teaching our kids how to failOur frenetic pursuit of academic success is harmful and futile. Given the crushing competition, the odds are that many of our children will fail – be it at topping their class or getting into that A-list college.
Feb 16, 2012
Where's my rod: Why beating kids never goes out of fashionThere’s a lot of nonsense talked about how modern day parents are too soft on their kids. But the reality is that many – if not most -- parents think beating is an effective way to discipline children, whether at home or at school.
Jan 17, 2012
Should we stop calling our daughters pretty?How often do you call little girls "pretty"? It's pretty natural. But is it just driving home the wrong message in a country which already ranks number five in the list of nations demanding plastic surgery?
Jan 03, 2012
Save the family ritual, each family needs oneIt doesn't have to be complicated or educational or improve your IQ. But every family needs a family ritual. Kavitha Rao discovered hers in an old-fashioned board game. What's your family ritual?
Dec 15, 2011
Baby in bed: Can co-sleeping kill your child?A new American campaign claims sharing a bed with your child is as bad as putting your baby to bed with a butcher knife. Thank god we Indians have long been immune to such absurd paranoia.
Nov 30, 2011
Does your child really need that iPhone?Everyone complains their children are getting more and more materialistic. But your kids don't want iPhones and designer jeans just because they see ads. They want them because they see you.
Nov 15, 2011
No kids allowed: Is India ready for child-free zones?Kid-free zones are the last thing you'd expect in India where everyone is expected to worship at the temple of the child. But one mother says it might not be such a bad idea. Unless it's carried too far.
Oct 31, 2011
The toxic cult of the good motherIn the land of Bharat Mata, we are fanatically devoted to the image of the ever-smiling mommy martyr. God forbid we should acknowledge that parenting can be hard, exhausting, or even just plain boring.
Oct 14, 2011
Overworked granny: The working woman's unpaid nannyThe rise of women in the workplace has been enabled not by society, company policy or even the "new" Indian husband. It has been subsidized instead by an overworked, exhausted but dutiful grandmother.