Category "Columns"

19Jul2019

One of the reasons why your child may have picky eating problems is he/she has something called Sensory Processing Disorder. For ease of reading, let us call these kids as sensory kids. Kids who are picky eaters at a very young age tend to remain so as they grow up into adulthood. […]

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2Jul2019

School can sometimes be too stressful for us. We are tested constantly, we have to memorise facts and some of us try to memorise study material one night before tests. At times, as teachers we feel overwhelmed too while dealing with kids that struggle to memorise things. We do not know how to best help the kids in our classroom.  Tests after tests it feels like when is this cramming of facts going to stop. […]

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11Jun2019

In the middle of a concrete jungle in Sholinagnallur, Chennai, Jayanthi Prakash proudly displays her sprawling terrace garden, a result of her hard work and love. It’s beautiful to see more than 500 plants look so colourful, well-fed and happy. […]

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16May2019

What causes restlessness

There is a certain system (sense) located in our muscles and joints which provides us with an ability to know where our body is in space. This is called proprioception. It also tells us how much force and pressure needs to be used to do various activities. In some of us little people the brain doesn’t talk to the joints and tell the joints how much force needs to be used, where is the body located in space and so on. In some of us this sense does not work very well. In such cases we tend to move a lot, we don’t like sitting in one place, we may choose to bump and crash to play, we may bite on pencil tips and chew on our shirt collars. […]

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11Apr2019

For a long time, the word “fitness” only meant long walks and some stretching for me. But then came along Padmananbhan aka Paddu, a fitness trainer and coach who completely changed my meaning of fitness. […]

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1Apr2019

Homework and struggles with doing homework always comes up as a topic of discussion with me. Some of us forget to write down the homework topics at school, some of us are not organised, we don’t know where our homework books are, we don’t keep our writing tools in place to note down things in time. For some others amongst us we just don’t want to do it because it is boring, long and difficult. Here are some quick tips to solve your homework problems. […]

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9Feb2019

I firmly believe that dogs and children are a wonderful combination. A pet dog teaches your kids to love animals, care for them and lose their fear of dogs. They learn compassion and responsibility. And also grow up with a companion who showers them with unconditional love. […]

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8Feb2019

I was all excited when Lalitha Akka invited me for dinner, as she has the most amazing reputation for creating a feast for the eyes, mind and the palate. […]

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27Nov2018

If you love dogs, then there’s some good news for you. Did you know that having a dog is good for your health? According to a report in the Harvard Health Letter companion animals have more dependable behaviour in comparison to our human companions. Dogs, as we all know, offer unconditional love and form a completely non-judgemental bond with their owner. Dogs are being recommended as a holistic way of dealing with stress because having a furry friend lowers blood pressure, heart rate and anxiety levels. […]

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26Nov2018

Dum-Dum-Dum, I can hear them loud and clear: the sound of drums!

As I enter the Jus Drums school, I can see about 15 children and a few drum kits in the room. Some of them are playing a beat over and over again, a couple of them discussing, a parent waiting for his turn to ask a question. I see an animated Murali “sir”, their teacher, asking the eldest student in the room why a doubt is being cleared just a day before a crucial exam. […]

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22Oct2018

I have always known that my friend and colleague Deepa was a book worm. Armed with a list of books (that she would have read, cover to cover, in just 2 or 3 days), Deepa was forever giving us recommendations. One day, I noticed that instead of books, she was talking colors, exotic colors: ruby red, emerald green, sunshine yellow!

Wondering what was up, I asked her if she had taken to painting; true to her style, she gave me a long-suffering look. She opened her lunch box, and it was full of these colors! A salad of red tomatoes, green, red and yellow capsicums with some herbs sprinkled on them. I simply couldn’t say no to her offer to taste some and it was yummy! […]

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22Oct2018

I’ve been fortunate enough to have grown up with dogs. Our first dog came home when I was two years old, and since then, I’ve almost always had a furry companion.

Personally, I believe that dogs and children are a fabulous combination. […]

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12Sep2018

Puppies are adorable. But can you commit to looking after one?

When you see a squishy, furry cute little puppy, chances are you want one for yourself. Many people take home pups, not realizing that taking care of a pup is a full-time job. They need affection, devotion and loads of care. When they are young, they are going to poop and pee all over the house. Toilet training needs patience and time – your pup will be toilet trained usually by the time he is six months. […]

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12Sep2018

Ramya came back from school all excited. She had just been given a new Tamil book by her best friend and couldn’t wait to start reading it. Anticipating this, her Amma sighed as Ramya sat down with the book.

“You need to wash up and eat something before you open that book!”, said Amma. But Ramya had already plunged into the book; such was her love for the written word! […]

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