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Geetika, Kanda and the curse of female beauty

Oct 18, 2012

Geetika, Kanda and the curse of female beauty

Conventional wisdom holds that a woman's face is her fortune. Yet the prospect of raising a beautiful daughter fills most parental hearts with terror and a Gopal Goyal Kanda reveals why. #MaternalInk #Gopal Kanda #Geetika Sharma
Bored no more Smart tech is making us (and our kids) stupid

Sep 28, 2012

Bored no more Smart tech is making us (and our kids) stupid

A four-year-old is bored because she doesn't know what to do with ten minutes of empty time -- without TV, friends, iPad or toys. Who's going to help her? Certainly not parents who can't bear to be separated from their Blackberry. #Apple iPad #children #MaternalInk
The new Indian parent Laadla beta always comes first

Jul 17, 2012

The new Indian parent Laadla beta always comes first

While Americans worry about their children being too spoiled, we Indians can think of no greater life achievement than to raise a laadla beta of whom we expect nothing -- except to come first class first. #PlayStation #Xbox #IPod #MaternalInk #Indian children
Princess complex How fairy tales poison our daughters

Jul 12, 2012

Princess complex How fairy tales poison our daughters

Beware! The pretty princess at the centre of your beloved fairy tale might be hazardous to your daughter's mental health, well-being and self-esteem. #MaternalInk #Snow White #fairytales
Board exam hysteria Teaching our kids how to fail

Mar 01, 2012

Board exam hysteria Teaching our kids how to fail

Our 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 Alist college. #IIM #Maternal Ink #CBSE board exams #failure #cutoff
Baby Falak and sex education The missing link

Feb 01, 2012

Baby Falak and sex education The missing link

Two year old Falak, bruised and burned, is an unwanted child. Our children desperately need sex education so they don't end up facing those kinds of terrible situations. But who's listening? #SexMatters #Sex education #Birth control #MaternalInk #Falak
Should we stop calling our daughters pretty?

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? #Parenting #MaternalInk #plastic surgery #eating disorders #Lisa Bloom
Say it loud, say it proud I am not a Tiger Mom

Jan 04, 2012

Say it loud, say it proud I am not a Tiger Mom

Amy Chua's label has now become a badge of honour for upper middleclass, overeducated parents intent on raising superachieving kids. It's no more than an excuse to cling to an outdated, narrow definition excuse. #Parenting #FamilyTies #MaternalInk #Tiger Mom
Save the family ritual, each family needs one

Jan 03, 2012

Save the family ritual, each family needs one

It 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 oldfashioned board game. What's your family ritual? #Parenting #MaternalInk #Games #Dr. Seuss
Does your child really need that iPhone?

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. #IPhone #BlackBerry #Parenting #MaternalInk #brand bullying