Fatherhood Lets Me Relive My Childhood

This week we are celebrating Dads as Father’s Day is around the corner. Today’s blog is a sentimental capture of the experience of Fatherhood as a dad from our community talks about bonding with his 6-year-old son. Read on and we promise this write up will leave you smiling. Our lives have changed a lot due to the CoViD-19 pandemic. While our movement has been restricted, one thing that has significantly increased is the challenge of keeping our child engaged. It doesn’t take long for them to get bored or fidgety, so it seems like we need to be prepared…

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The Right Approach to Dyslexia

“Dyslexia is not a disease or identifiable physical condition, but a learning style”. Dyslexia is a term we commonly hear about these days. Research says that every second person in a crowd out of twenty is diagnosed with the said disorder. It is the most common type of learning disorder seen. Dyslexia is a disorder that affects one’s reading and writing capacity. In a broader perspective, it can be defined as a neurological disorder that affects a person’s cognitive capacity in reading and spelling fluency as compared to other people who have age-appropriate reading capability. People with the condition generally…

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An Introduction To Learning Disorders

So what do Abhishek Bachchan, Daniel Radcliffe, Jamie Oliver, Richard Branson and Jennifer Anniston have in common? Yes, they are all celebrities but they all, also have been diagnosed with a Learning Disorder, either in their childhood or as young adults. Even as awareness about this group of disorders is yet to claim centre stage, the fact is that Learning Disorders also often referred to as Learning Disabilities are more common than you think. But the names we just heard are proof enough that learning disabilities do not stop you from achieving your potential.  Learning disabilities can be defined as…

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What Fatherhood Means to Me

This week we are celebrating Dads as Father’s Day is around the corner. Today’s blog is a beautiful ode to “Fatherhood” By  Shashank Shekhar, as he pens down his experience as a father to two girls. Parenthood is a wonderful experience that can’t be expressed in words as it is an abstract feeling which can be realized and experienced in the true sense only when one becomes a parent and lives the moment on their own. Parenthood is further subdivided into two parts as  Fatherhood and Motherhood. Being a father, I know for a fact, I can’t completely fathom the…

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Does My Child Need Special Education?

Special Needs Education For Children

If this question is plaguing you, then in order to answer it we need to understand what the term Special Education means. What is Special Education? In different parts of the world, the term Special Education refers to different services or policies. But broadly, Special Education refers to providing specialised education services to children whose learning needs cannot be met by the regular school curriculum. This refers to children who have cognitive, behavioural or physical disabilities which impact their learning and therefore they require modification of usual teaching practices to suit their learning needs. Children with disabilities have unique learning…

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How to Raise an Eco-Conscious Child

Getting Children to be eco-champions

If we’re being completely honest with ourselves, raising an eco-conscious child in this generation is no mean task. We find ourselves engulfed in a world driven by consumerism, materialism and fast fashion, all of which negatively impact our environment. The hardest part of making our children eco-conscious might just be modelling it ourselves. Being eco-friendly in our choices is definitely going to require a lot of effort on our part, supplemented by conscious decisions and informed choices. But being eco-conscious is important now, more than ever. Climate changes, depletion of resources, global warming, deforestation and increased carbon footprint are leaving…

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New Mom Survival Guide

baby holding hand of parent

Everyone prepares you for pregnancy. Your first scan and pregnancy announcement are barely done with and you already have a pile of pregnancy books at your bedside. You read the books, you talk to your friends about their pregnancies, you download the week by week pregnancy app, and even if you tried to avoid it, you receive every possible advice about pregnancy, from anyone who has been through it or has considered it.  Funnily no one really prepares you about what you should do after the baby comes. Been there, done that. I read more than one book about pregnancy,…

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7 Mental Health Tips For Children

eggs depicting different states of mind in kids

Given the circumstances we currently find ourselves in, with the second wave of covid19, it is important now more than ever to pay attention to our mental health. With a constant barrage of stressful events around us, increased stressors of isolation, anxiety and possibly burnout, we must realise the impact of these circumstances on our mental health. We often associate the importance of mental health mostly with adults. We consider kids to generally have a carefree life, free from the stress and turmoil that adults deal with. And while it is true that children are resilient by nature, it is…

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Parenting in a Pandemic

Parenting During A Pandemic

Parenting, by itself, is a juggling act. Words don’t do justice to the experience of parenting in a pandemic though and it’s been over a year! When we carefully considered becoming parents, these weren’t exactly the circumstances we envisioned. In a world where our kids saw only us, their schools had to stay shut and their time outdoors limited or even completely withdrawn. No, it wasn’t part of the plan but here we are living in the second year of this pandemic and the challenges seem to have only gotten bigger while our strength and resilience flicker in and out. …

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3 Must-Watch Movies and T.V. Shows Featuring Disability

Disability or characters with disabilities have rarely been given the spotlight until recently. We have finally seen a much-needed rise in movies and TV shows that are inclusive and educative about various disabilities. Even though there are a significant number of films in this area, a few have lived up to the expectations and unfortunately, some have portrayed the condition poorly or without a proper understanding. We’ve watched loads of them and this maybe the first of many as a series, here are 3 must-watch Tactopus recommendations.  Atypical: A heartwarming and endearing show that gives us a glimpse into the…

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