Saturday, December 10, 2011


"acquiring knowledge" -- is one of the definitions, in recent times... it seem to be changing to "packing knowledge" to the kids, rather than kid trying to acquire at their pace.

Reason for this change is probably "parents" to blame than education institutions... because the demand is more for schools that would be packing the knowledge, parents wants their kid to be "first" and outperform their neighbor kids etc.,

Why have parents become like this? -- because they have either struggled to reach the heights (read as success) in career and they think, it would be easier for their kid to reach same height... if they study well / be part of a prestigious knowledge packing school

Why is success so important? -- because that is the source of money, prestige, lifestyle... that keeps the urban / city dwellers on the nerve as they want to own the best home, latest car etc.,

that's my rough thoughts... above, please do leave a comment on what you feel. In below I would like to propose a new thinking philosophy for parents (for ones that are successful or others that are still struggling)

Let the kid enjoy his life, with equal amount of play (if you have time, sit with kid & play along!) & education, don't put lot of pressure... he / she will grow up to be as smart as her genes are, no amount of additional knowledge packing will help -- only be a facilitator & help the kid in providing the required resources.


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Learning through games...

Kids learn lot of things, through game -- experiencing this practically with our son these days & the age this start is typically around 4 - 5yrs & should be practiced on a consistent basis, try these simple games:
  • board games, that would have a math in them -- learn with the kid to count the score, add them (using fingers)
  • plan a bed time game, that could be around recollecting 'the day' for yourself, spouse & the kid
Playing games, not only keeps the kid engaged, they learn new concepts / tricks to build their knowledge & will be able keep them away from TV!


Toys from trash...

I have been enjoying the re-learning of basic concepts... while making toys from trash for Aditya (my son), it definitely comes out of passion to do with kids, but I think it should be tried by every parent to do few experiments with their children -

Arvind Gupta Toys -

It's a great source for trying simple - science concepts, origami & fun toys. I'm enjoying past few weeks...

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Path, less travelled

Career development & planning from a teenager perspective is so critical, that makes paths less traveled as hard ones to even look, explore & experiment.

As a parent, we would like our kids to take the path... that is well accepted in the society, we want her to settle down in the life & this ends up putting pressure to make decisions that have a good rate of success. This is quite natural because, there is a sense of urgency to see your son / daughter in good position in the society & the path most taken seem ideal to reach the destination soon..

Can parents, help grow their kids... without fear of future on their career, livelihood?
  • Is it hard to see, your kid take path that is not common - with no guaranteed income / assurance of success
  • Does your kid, need to be a doctor / engineer / lawyer etc, a known professional - can she be trained to be specialize in dance? Or Fine Art?

I suppose as a parent, you might allow your son or daughter to explore... what they love, if you have been in the career of non-interest self & longed to be a person of something else?


Thursday, December 17, 2009

Low attention span :(

Is low attention span in kids a "gods gift" for parenting? - I say... "yes" - if you make maximum utilization of this low attention span.

How do I use low attention to benefit in parenting?
  • Usually kids do bad behavior in relation with something they need to play with, eat, watching television etc - depending on the situation, pick an alternative option for your kid or build an element of play to the activity you need the kid to be doing.
  • Take them away from the scene - give them a new place to get adjusted or something else to play with
  • If the new option given, is good enough - the kid will forget the earlier scene, situation and start involved in the new situation
  • This helps in avoiding a tantrum situation, that could make you lose the patience and having your kid go through hard times

Is this good to shift the attention point, that could have been used to teach a good behavior to the kid?
  • "Yes" - it is good to divert their attention to something new, you can always teach good behavior, while the kid starts engaging into new situation
  • Kids have low attention, so they would potentially forget the earlier tantrum / difficult scene - but they have not forgotten about it - so you can remind them about earlier situation & explain - it was not good, request them not to repeat

Would I see the kid repeating same bad behavior, by using this attention diversion?
  • Yes, on the short term - you might see a repetition... but if you do make it a point to explain - what your kid did was wrong, after you move to new scene & have them realize / accept the mistake - the amount of repetition should go down
  • Look at attention diversion as a way to avoid accident, then having yourself sit down & reflect up on, what would have happened - if accident did happen

Good luck in trying this... and happy parenting.


Thursday, November 26, 2009

Parenting... easy with Patience

Easy & Enjoyable parenting happens, when you as parent exhibit lot of patience with the kid… it does not mean you will never lose patience, it should once in a while and not always… below are few ideas to keep your cool / patience in difficult situations:

  • Provide alternative options, when your kid is forcing or showing temper tantrums on particular thing. Kids - have low attention span, it's better to move their attention into something else, than trying to teach a lesson, by spanking or giving them some punishments
  • Create a "star" calendar system - in case of really bad behavior from the kid, give her a "0" and for good behavior's (even for situations out of tantrum) - give her a "star" (number of stars, could be up to 5 - depending on good behavior). Apply creative ideas - to allow your kid to use the star's as needed
  • Set short & long term celebration events to the kid - for example: make a promise to take your kid on a vacation or to her favorite amusement park in summer vacation - if she behaves well through the next few months. This helps in two ways - to control the number zero's you might get on the star & also you are teaching your kid to learn "goal setting" for her behavior & eventually for her career
  • Bring in random "surprise" elements for the kid - you need to show few elements of "new" or something exciting to your kid, it helps because… we are in the age of "innovation" & as many situations of "wow" or something new to kid… will help them cultivate the habit of discovery. It also helps you get lot of energy from this wow event from your kid to "refill your patience"

I'm thankful to my wife, Lakshmi - as she needs to go through single parenting during my travel times & she has learnt lot of these patience games in taking care of our kid - Aditya.


Thursday, July 2, 2009


Imagine this:
You recently joined a new company and every time you make a decision or give a recommendation for work on hand and your boss kills your idea and you are asked to do what he suggests. I'm sure - if this continues after you have established credibility and continue to piss you off, and you are capable of getting another job... you will make the move.

I don't think any of us, after we grow up - can take a place where you are not being heard or listened to, we like the company of people who listen and have open ears, give you the freedom to explore... why? because that is when we are working to our best. Wait a minute... why am I talking about adults on a parenting blog - because some parents are like the bad boss who don't listen to their kids or even if they do... very little of the times.

Listening to your kid is important...
Yes, having an open ears and listening to what your kid has to say, what she likes for dinner, where she wants to play, what dress to wear - obviously with some boundaries around them that you have set for safety or cultural reasons. I know, what you are thinking by now -- "Yeah, I listen to my kid, give her options", good if you are already... I would only challenge to reflect upon & see instances that you have pushed your thought or desire on the kid in past one week, month etc... how would listening help? let me give your few characteristics that would nurture in the kid by adopting this:

thinking attitude:
You have now given a chance for your kid to think & come up with what she wants to do, what she does not want to do... she analyzes the choices she has, build a reasoning to pick one - this is nurturing her analytic capability. You are giving room for her to breadth and not just pushing through what you or your spouse like.

self responsibility:
If you let your kid to make the decision & go forward... you are giving a strong message that she is responsible for her decisions and need to go through as long she believes, learn when to abandon a path & come back. Keep in mind, you are always their to give them assurance about their choice or for support... if they are totally lost. You are instilling the sense of "self responsibility" in their hearts & building their confidence.

knowing their limits:
Your kid starts learning her limits as she explores with her decision making, realizes what she is good and what she is not good at... as against you making the decision and forcing her to take a path. This is eventually shaping your kids strengths, weakness, opportunity realization and is shaping up to a responsible teenager as she grows.

learning from mistakes:
Yes, your kid will make mistakes - might fail several times, could get annoyed and might lose an interest on something... that you thought she should pursue, it's ok... let go. Just because you thought was dancing class was right for your daughter & she is not willing to go (because you listened to her) - it's fine, give her the space to explore, make a choice, learn from mistake and help them get back.

list can keep going on...

Closing Note:
Listening is something you should start at as early age of the kid as possible and being consistent, reasonable is important - you cannot say... "Ok, I get this... but will start doing this, when my kid is 6yrs, 7yrs etc" - age does not matter, listening is an attitude you should learn & follow through various stages of your kid, it would help and your kid.

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Thanks for reading this!