Life is in the breath and he who breathes half, lives a half-life . Breathing keeps us alive. While we are not sure how much pure air we inhale, the bodily function of pumping air into the body continues to work incessantly as long as we are alive. However, rarely do we realize the importance of the respiratory system in our body. But a slight breathing problem can pinch you to the gut and that’s when we realize taking care of it is really important. I have faced several alarming issues in the past with my son Kabir when he was really young. Continue Reading
A recent visit to my son’s optician opened my eyes about the eyesight problems that begin to appear at a nascent age and grow exponentially. He also threw in recent facts and figures that around 20% children in India in the age group of 5–12 years have poor vision. The risk of a child collapsing into the ‘poor vision’ criteria could be anything from undernourishment to excessive electronic devices. Chronic dry eyes, negative impact on co-ordination of vision and motor skills, and problems shifting their vision from near to far are early alarming signs.
Now coming from an educated and privileged part of the society, I am thankful to look at these problems closely, get professional help and make people around me aware of these pinching problems. But what about children who belong to the economically restricted class? A large population in our country is visually impaired only because they do not have access to an eye examination and a pair of glasses. This is a bigger concern in underprivileged children as they are ignorant or economically constrained from getting the right treatment even after diagnosis. Undetected vision disorders obviously result into devastating academic, economic and psychological problems in these children. Continue Reading
Does your child have more than one talent? I agree that every child has his or her own set of abilities. And although it might appear that they are pursuing their passion, is it perhaps possible that they have a multi-faceted, a multi-talented personality that we, as parents might tend to overlook? I was forced to delve into this thought when I remember myself wanting to ace the exams in school and also play basketball at national level. Then I would pursue my dance lessons and perform at every school gathering as well. Now that my child is growing up, it gets me thinking if it is perhaps okay to let him juggle between activities or let him follow one hobby and master that one talent?
In the formative years of a child’s life, he/she is exposed to a plethora of activities. Whenever my friends and I would catch up, we would openly share the recent developments of our childrens’ activities. In most of our discussions, I found a common thread. We were pushing our children into a one-direction progressive approach. I feel kids these days want to tap into multiple opportunities and have the capacity to master more than one passion. Continue Reading