Parenting is often considered one of the most difficult and least appreciated job in the world. But it is also the most fulfilling one when you get to see your loved ones grow into a responsible and kind human beings. There are several parenting classes, parenting blogs, parenting articles and even parenting advice available in the online media but the process of upbringing a kid is full of challenges and struggles. Parents are always looking out for their child’s needs, physical safety, emotional well being and mental development in order to prepare them for the life ahead. The way we raise our kids defines how they are going to be in the future. Therefore it can concluded that parenting and child development are two parallel lines going together.
There is no particular parenting meaning or definition for “Good” or “Bad” Parenting, as it all depends on the type of relationship between a parent and the child. Parenting techniques vary from person to person. What might be inappropriate in one context and culture might be fully acceptable in another. But there are some general rules and guidelines which are followed world over as good parenting practices towards raising great kids. Some of these are giving dedicated time to your kids, showing affection to children, sharing moments with them, listening to them and understanding the needs of children.
Good parenting acts or good parenting tips does not mean to be a perfectionist or searching for good parenting apps but creating an environment for the child that inculcates good moral and social values in them. When children grow up, they look up to their parents as their role models and parents need to earn this respect by proving their worth when kids are growing up.
In this podcast series of “Parenting & Childhood”, Chimes Radio organizes interactive sessions with some of the child consultants, psychologists and other experts to provide useful and practical tips to parents to provide a nurturing environment around their young ones.
All below podcasts are available under “Parenting and Childhood” section of the Free Chimes Radio mobile apps – available in Google and Apple App stores.
An Interaction with Samarpan Kala Kendra
A nation’s culture resides in the heart and soul of its people - Mahatma Gandhi
Indian classical dance is an integral part of our history and culture. Under Ministry of Culture, India officially recognizes 11 Indian classical dance forms as native folk dance forms and one of them is Kathak. Kathak is derived from the word “Katha” meaning story. It is called the dance of love and dancers tell stories through their hand movements, body postures and facial expressions.
To know more about this expressive art form, Chimes Radio brings to you an interactive discussion with the Mr. Pradipto Chakrobarty and Ms. Ritu Gupta, founders of Samarpan Kala Kendra, a Gurgaon based dance academy focusing on classical Indian dance forms.
We talk everything about dance - starting with how to encourage kids, why age is not a barrier to start dancing, how Indian dance forms compare with other western styles. Indian classical dance benefits and how dancing can be looked as an alternate professional career.
If you have ever thought that you are too young or too old to learn dance professionally, make sure you hear this podcast as it might change your perspective.
Balanced Parenting: Guilt Free Parenting
The best way to make children good is to make them happy –Oscar Wilde
Parenting is often like a guilt ride and especially for mothers in our patriarchal society. Sometimes the guilt is overwhelming and sometimes it is a low simmer but it is usually something that is experience by most of the mothers at some point in time. These two can often be seen like parallel lines which go side by side and can originate from n number of reasons like trying to balance house and office for professional women, managing kids in a joint household or simply by comparing your own life with someone else’s on social media.
Many parents go through this feeling of guilt when they are not able to provide what they ideally wanted to for their kids and this leads them to indulge in a vicious cycle of guilt. Be it not giving proper time to the kids or not able to do the best for them or making professional choices a priority, it is the guilt that gulps up most mothers.
In this episode of “Guilt Free Parenting”, Chimes Radio talks to Ms. Mahalakshmi Rajagopal, a well-known intervention consultant based in South Delhi - and discuss various aspects of this subject. She is considered to be an expert in the field of parenting and has coached several parents over the years in her illustrious career to help them overcome these challenges.
She also talks about the wrong perception that single parent kids have emotional difficulties when growing up and about the guilt management in fathers, which due to societal pressure stays suppressed.
Hope you enjoy the podcast and benefit from it.
Balanced Parenting: Anger Management in Parents
Power is of two kinds - one is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent then the one derived from the fear of punishment- Mahatma Gandhi
Parents are under tremendous pressures all the time due to both personal and professional lives and this can lead to boiling situations when kids act bit more demanding. And as a result, parents tend to punish the children as a form of anger outburst. Punishment does inculcate fear in the child which might lead to issues in the future.
It is important to understand the underlying issue here so we can handle the situations better, act upon the anger and handle it in a more mature way by developing our own coping strategies and lastly to stay away from any forms of punishments as much as possible.
In this episode of “Anger Management in Parents”, Chimes Radio talks to Ms. Mahalakshmi Rajagopal, a well-known intervention consultant based in South Delhi - and discuss various aspects of this subject. She is considered to be an expert in the field of parenting and has coached several parents over the years in her illustrious career to help them overcome these challenges.
Hope you enjoy the podcast and benefit from it.
In conversation with Haimanti Mitra - Children's Book Author
What have Peter Rabbit, Harry Potter, Mowgli, Aladdin and Cinderella have in common? These are fictional characters from children story books penned down by some of the world’s most brilliant writers. Children stories have a great way of entertaining us and enhancing our imagination from an early age and even while we grow up, these characters are always a part of our childhood memories. Writing a storybook is all about penning down thoughts and imagination in a way that teaches children values, empathy, morals, culture etc.
So for this candid chat, we have invited Ms. Haimanti Mitra, an upcoming children book’s author whose first book “The Magical Forest" hit the stands in early 2020. In this chat, we cover various aspects like how reading is an important skill for kids and what can parents do to encourage kids to develop this habit in children. She opines that reading is like an exercise which not only helps to overcome boredom but also boosts creative thinking, helps build a strong vocabulary and supports child’s academic success.
To know more about Ms. Haimanti Mitra, her book and her views on reading story books, listen to the podcast.
The Human Tendencies
The human tendency to regard little things as important has produced very many great things - Geroge. C. Lichtenburg
Human tendencies are the basic development of survival. It helps us to understand and adapt to the surrounding. We human beings have a certain set of tendencies which exist right from our birth and develops with time. In this special podcast, our very own RJ Nitin talks about various human tendencies that we start developing as a newborn baby and we keep working on them throughout our childhood.
The five human tendencies which are covered in this podcast are: Exploration, Orientation, Imagination, Manipulation and Communication. So if you are keen to understand why your kids act the way they do - be it touching various objects, developing a sense of direction or expressing their imagination in the form of painting or expressing in form of gestures or body language - check this podcast on human behavior.
Understanding Creative Writing in Kids
Every word and picture speaks volumes about the imagination of the writer. And when words and syllables come together and take the reader’s on an emotional overdrive, we surely call it creative writing. Especially in kids, creative writing can be a great way to understand their deep-seated emotions and feelings. In other words, it is a unique way to get a glimpse into the emotional intelligence, maturity, and the thought process of a developing child.
Creative writing is now a very demanding carrier prospect, especially in the entertainment sector. If your child got that flair of creative writing then this podcast will surely help in nurturing that talent.
In this special podcast, we talk to Ms Vijayshree of ‘Bellas N Bambinos’ who has been running Creative Writing workshops in Delhi and Gurgaon for young kids for ages now. In the discussion, we try to understand what creative writing means in young kids, its advantages and what cues can parents look out for to establish if their kids have a flair for it.