Tag Archive: parenting

Foster Baby

Winston -Tinku flew off yesterday and once again I felt the pangs of being an empty nester! For the last few months, I have watched with great interest a pair of hawks diligently building a nest just outside my window, then laying an egg, sitting patiently over it for several weeks taking turns to keep …

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Where have all the adults gone?

“My 16 year old daughter and I often wear each other’s clothes” says a 40 something acquaintance smugly, simpering at herself and her toned, lithe and spandexed image in the mirror, as we both stand next to each other in the ladies’ loo at the wedding we are attending. “My 18 year old and I …

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The Sinfulness of Books and other such things

While bringing us up in the middle class environs of the 70s, our parents paid a lot of emphasis on developing our internal moral compass, ably aided in this by Amar Chitra Katha. So we were told that it was very sinful to tell a lie (learn from Raja Harischandra), it was wicked to swear …

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Sugar and Spice

Last week a neighbor dropped in with her two little daughters, aged 3 and 5 I think. Not having interacted with too many small girls (a lot of nephews of all sizes and shapes in the entire extended family but not a single niece unfortunately!) I was quite charmed with these young visitors. Soft wispy …

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Mamma Armstrong

As I watched the entire sordid story unfold in Lance Armstrong’s confession to Oprah last week, and empathized completely with the sense of betrayal the men around me were experiencing, the foremost question in my mind was; given the fact that there were so many people involved in the entire doping racket and so many …

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Reflections on our behaviour – By Gavin D’Abreo

Dear Women@Work I am sorry to get into this….I have a little girl at home….and it hurts me when I cannot even send her alone in the building lift…that is the extent of my fear. But I must mention here something which we noticed in Mumbai and now in Delhi: 1. Educated upper income parents …

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Hitler Mom

I was watching a TV Serial yesterday in which both the parents are planning to go out separately on outings, and the kids prefer to go out with their dad instead of their mom. She obviously gets extremely hassled and when asked why, the youngest kid innocently reveals the reason, “it’s because Dad is more …

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Pieces of Your Heart

A young lady walked up to me at an HRD conference recently,and shared the heartburn she faces every morning on leaving a clinging two and a half year old behind,when she goes to work.She was nearly in tears, re-living her daughter’s distress while narrating the story. I wanted to console her,but what could I say? It …

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The Enemy is Within!-2

 A young woman walked upto me after the last post, and said it is all very well for you to urge us to stay focussed on career and family and not give up etc but how exactly do we do that? Especially when we are facing some tough choices between motherhood and work?  Well I …

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