Meaning of Respect and Trust in Caregiving

If you have seen Our Philosophy page, you know that we recommend that our children grow up in an atmosphere of trust where we trust that children know what’s best for them and we respect them as whole individuals. This doesn’t mean we treat them as adults – no. We must still be firmly in charge of their safety. Treating them as whole individuals means ‘we treat them as small sized fully complex individuals with complex emotional and intellectual capabilities and needs.’ The primary work of a child’s absorbent mind is constructing herself. And the first most important work of

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Gifting Play to our Children in Our Modern Lives

Have you ever looked at your children’s play lives and exclaim how your play was so different from their play? The places you explored, the time you spent playing, the people you played with, the materials you played with and what you played is so different from how your children experience play. And therefore life. Deep down as intelligent and sensitive human beings, we all long to recreate the carefreeness and the freedom of our childhood for our children. Modernity and now the lockdowns have impacted our lifestyles in a way that it seems impossible to take our children to

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How we could respond when our child is hurt

When you see your child fall, it’s near impossible to keep sitting and not move at all. The gush of worry and pain within the caregiver is real, too. Even if it’s a fall that’s not that bad. We could keep a few things in mind when that happens though. It’s not your fault. Relax. The usual first response is usually of guilt. Maybe you were talking to another parent in the park when your child fell. Maybe you were on a phone call with a friend. Maybe you were just browsing on Amazon. The fall of your child is

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Welcoming the Newborn – Setting up their room

If you are reading this blog, it is recommended that you have already read Understanding the Newborn’s needs. The physical space must allow for her to sleep safely and by herself. It must allow a space for her to be fed or nursed. It must allow her to be changed – diapers and such. And importantly, it must allow her a space for her activity. Let’s discuss these areas one by one. Area that serves for sleeping: A king size futon on the floor is a single solution to many of the newborn’s and the new parents’ needs. A futon

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7 Books On Parenting That Are Wonderful Teachers

[et_pb_section admin_label=”section”] [et_pb_row admin_label=”row”] [et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text”] As parents, we do have an innate sense of what our child’s needs are, at any point in time and it’s a matter of merely tuning into that connection that exists. If we can centre ourselves emotionally any time we want, sure, we would need no external help. It’s not impossible. It’s just incredibly hard. The way life in modernity has been set up; rarely do we experience the luxury of not being overburdened with occupations (home or work related) especially with a newborn or a toddler in the house. What can a

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Sab ki suno, Man ka karo!

We all know what’s best for us. All we need is appropriate information in the appropriate context. Doesn’t mean that we always end up doing or thinking what’s best for us or our babies. Doesn’t mean that we have no problems or struggles. It means if we decide to calm down, slow down and really look within ourselves; we always hear a voice that has the best solution to any of our ‘problems’. Let’s see this through an example. An expert on breastfeeding may say that: Breast milk is the only milk that should be given to a baby. And

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Aditya MV

Talking to Toddlers

One of the ingredients of a successful, enriching relationship is respect. A lot of that respect in that relationship is felt by the way we communicate with one another. Your relationship with your child (including new-borns, infants, toddlers and grown children) is thankfully, no exception to this. This is another of the aspects of Respectful Parenting as coined by Magda Gerber and brought to us by Janet Lansbury. At the heart of this approach the child is regarded as a Whole Human Being with needs and potential exactly the same as all other fellow human beings of various age groups. Here are some tips to make your communication

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Nutrition in Pregnancy

What is the best Nutrition in Pregnancy? Pregnancy is a time for eating sensibly – think wholesome, nourishing foods for both mother and baby. However, every one – mother, mother-in-law, aunt, neighbour, co-worker, doctor – all seem to have some tip for the mother-to-be. Many myths and some potential facts are dumped in good spirit, leaving the pregnant mother confused: Eat for two? Do not touch a papaya? Consume supplements? Eating citrus fruits will cause a cold? Coconut water consumption will make your baby bald? Read on, if you want to make sense out of all this advice, and enjoy

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Postpartum Care Ritual: Closing of the Bones

Most cultures around the world have an innate understanding of the vulnerability of a new mother and the need for her to be cared for and nurtured to recover from growing and birthing her baby. Innate postpartum care emphasizes the following pillars of postpartum wellness in the “45 day lying in period”: Rest Nutrition – Every community in India has their own specific postpartum diet they use – some foods restricted, others encouraged Massage – Belly massage, leg massages and belly binding Warmth – Not to get exposed to cold, hot baths, therapeutic steams have been culturally used in India

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