“I wish I didn’t have feelings, I am tired of this”, my daughter burst out of the room saying this. Sometimes, I feel bad for my highly sensitive child. As a highly sensitive person, I know exactly what she is going through. Sensitive people feel everything deeply. Much deeper than how other people would do. And when it becomes too overwhelming and unbearable for my daughter – seeing her aches my heart too – thinking about the pain she has to go through. We, sensitive people, feel the pain of others – as real as them. And it is both – a boon and a bane. I have two kids and one is extremely sensitive whereas the other is a lot calmer and composed. What I have found over the years is that the same parenting or discipline techniques don’t work with both. To raise a highly sensitive child, we…

We have all been there. The days on which we wondered if we could be free from the never-ending day-to-day chores of motherhood and live carefree. Motherhood brings with it a lot of burdens we could not have imagined before entering it. And once you become a mother, there is no turning back or can ever ‘un-mom’ yourself. Though we have our bad days, we have our fun and happy days too. And that makes us keep going. But mom burnouts are not fun. Not at all. Burnout makes us lose passion and the zest for life. We lose the motivation to do anything after we wake up. But when you are a mom – especially if you have to manage your kids, work and household on your own – you cannot take a day off when you feel like it. No matter how much you eat or sleep well,…

LIST OF GOOD MANNERS ALL KIDS MUST LEARN Good manners are a polite and courteous way of interacting with other people. Teaching basic good manners in childhood is essential to make kids grow up to become courteous, kind and well-behaved adults who are good to be around. One of the important things parents must do when raising kids is to help them prepare to be responsible and good-mannered adults in society. THE IMPORTANCE OF TEACHING GOOD MANNERS TO KIDS Teaching manners to kids is not only about teaching them the right way to behave. It is also about making sure that they are comfortable with themselves and know how to handle different situations. This will help them a lot in the future, as they will be able to interact with other people easily. Good manners are an important part of any culture. They are a sign of respect for others…

How does positive parenting help in personal development What is positive parentind and why is positive parenting important benefits of positive parenting how does good parenting affect a child We hear the term positive parenting a lot these days. Compared to before, many parents want to raise kids differently, that is by implementing gentle parenting techniques. If you are here, I know you are one of the parents who are interested in authoritarian parenting or positive parenting because it helps in the holistic development of kids. SO, WHAT IS POSITIVE PARENTING AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT? Positive parenting is an approach to child-rearing that emphasizes expanding your child’s life and capabilities and supporting their sense of happiness. This method assumes that children are born good and that the joy they feel when they do good things is what motivates them to behave well. It also argues that parents…

Times have changed. Raising kids as submissive and obedient is not considered ideal in today’s world. In fact, it’s healthier to raise kids who can speak for themselves so that they can grow to be self-reliant and have high self-esteem. But no parent wants to deal with a defiant child who won’t listen to what they say or comply with their requests. It can seem like an irony. We parents need to find a certain invisible line through which we can walk so that we don’t kill the spirits of a child who wants to speak their truth – their raw feelings – but at the same time, we need to make them understand the need to be self-disciplined and have an order in life. Kids often do not understand why they need to sleep on time or study what they don’t like at school. But kids who are usually…

The way we react to the emotions of kids has a big impact on their emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence (EI), otherwise known as Emotional Quotient, is the ability to understand, manage and regulate emotions. Along with understanding and managing one’s own emotions, EI includes the ability to understand and interpret other people’s emotions too. Since we are social beings, it’s important to have the ability to understand what people around us are feeling too. WHY IS DEVELOPING EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE IN KIDS IMPORTANT? Some people are born with good emotional intelligence. But research shows that people with average EQ can do as well as others by learning and practising it. Emotional Intelligence can be gained and improved at any point in life (Goleman, 2014). Having good emotional intelligence skills is important because Kids need to develop self-awareness when it comes to their emotions. They are able to understand what emotions they…

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN POSITIVE/NEGATIVE REINFORCEMENT AND POSITIVE/NEGATIVE PUNISHMENT As kids grow up, they learn about acceptable and non-acceptable behaviors through the response they get from their environment. According to the way kids behave, we give feedback to kids to act in a certain way so that they either repeat more of the good behaviors or stop repeating misbehaviors. Psychologists have classified the way we give feedback to kids as reinforcement and punishment. According to psychology.iowa.edu, Reinforcement is defined as a consequence that follows an operant response that increase (or attempts to increase) the likelihood of that response occurring in the future. And punishment is defined as, The infliction or imposition of a penalty as retribution for an offence. SO, WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN REINFORCEMENT AND PUNISHMENT? Reinforcement is used when you want your kids to repeat certain behaviors in the future. Punishment is used when you want your child to…

Backtalk is one of the most annoying behaviors parents face and feel worried about. Backtalks can be a normal part of growing up. But at the moment, as a parent when you are talked back to, it can make you enraged because you feel disrespected. You might think, “After all that I do for them, this is what I get”. I am here to say, I get you. Every parent goes through this at some point in time and it is okay. It is not legitimate to expect kids to be at their best behaviors all the time. And raising obedient kids who don’t speak a word against you (that means they can speak for themselves) isn’t healthy either. They should learn to assert their personal boundaries and express their emotions. It’s a sign of being a healthy individual. That being said, it doesn’t mean you have to endure whatever…

If you ask me what the toughest part of parenting is, I would say it is making the kids do what they don’t want to do. But when we also know that it’s something they need to do, it becomes every parent’s nagging problem. Homework is one such thing. If your child is intrinsically motivated to learn and do homework, you are lucky. But for many parents, getting their child to do their homework is a struggle. The key is in making kids internally motivated and making homework a habitual thing, so they know it is something they have to do. Why do kids hate homework? Many kids refuse to do homework because, after long hours at school, they simply don’t have the energy or interest to study again. And kids are missing out on their free time which they could spend playing with their friends or engaging in the…

Getting kids used to doing chores from a young age is essential to make them grow as independent and responsible adults. A culture I admire for raising kids responsible by making them do chores from a young age is of the country, Japan. In Japan, children receive the training to do all kinds of chores from a young age from school. Their aim is to grow kids into responsible citizens. They train children to do age-appropriate chores in each grade. It can be hard to grasp for non-Japanese people to digest the fact that first graders have the duty to clean their classrooms, but it shows how parents limit the kids from doing age-appropriate chores. We underestimate kids thinking they are not capable of doing the grown-up chores. But the fact is, with a little training, kids can be taught to do many of the chores we think is impossible…