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The Year That Was.. ParenTalk Edition

The Year That Was.. ParenTalk Edition

2021.. What a year! Every month we moved forwards with one aim, to help parents holistically. We tried to answer and touch some of the most common problems that parents face. Here's a roundup of the blogs that you found most useful.

1. SENSORY PROCESSING DISORDER, YOUR CHILD, AND YOU

When it is Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), a more complex situation that calls for attention and care from caregivers. Children with sensory processing disorder have difficulty processing information from the senses (touch, movement, smell, taste, vision, and hearing) and responding appropriately to that information. This may show up in atypical/ intense behaviours, especially in newer environments where the brain has trouble receiving and responding to information that comes in through the senses. Some children may be oversensitive or under responsive to one or more sensory stimuli.

 

2. POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION AND THE NEW PARENT- WHAT, WHY AND HOW

Feelings of guilt, loneliness, anxiety and hopelessness, frequent meltdowns and crying spells, skipping social engagements, inability or lack of will to breastfeed and bond with the baby, insomnia and erratic appetite are few symptoms exhibited by a caregiver suffering from postpartum depression (PPD) – a serious mental health condition manifesting around childbirth, that needs to be taken more seriously. 

 

3. HOW TO GRADUATE KIDS TO THEIR OWN BEDROOMS

Sharing room seems like a great idea in the beginning because it makes it easier to feed and change diapers through those seemingly endless nights. However, at some point, children need to graduate to their rooms. Here are some reasons parents consider moving children to their rooms.

 

4. MOM GUILT, AND HOW TO LET GO OF IT

Mom guilt is the relentless voice in the head that tells a woman that she isn’t doing enough as a parent. There is always an invisible pressure to go an extra mile, to make the porridge powder from scratch or to carry homemade snacks to the outing, or to craft a gazillion activities to keep the child engaged. Working moms often face the flak of society and their inner voices about prioritizing their career and money over their availability for their child. Stay at home moms constantly feel guilty about not being ambitious enough or not setting the right example for their kids.

 

5. SEX EDUCATION AND KIDS- SPEAKING TO MAYAS AMMA

Sex education. The birds and the bees. Flowers dancing together. A topic that is woefully under-discussed, and is in critical need of being discussed, especially with young children, by their trusted adults. In times when we see such a rise in child sexual abuse cases and easy availability of pornographic materials, it is of utmost importance that children know their rights to their bodies, names of anatomy and stop the cycle of shaming.

But it's an awkward conversation to have, due to our conditioning and biases. That's why The Nestery got on board Swati Jagdish of Mayas Amma, sexuality health educator, to help us navigate this minefield.

6. HOW TO RAISE AN EMOTIONALLY HEALTHY CHILD

Our child’s health holds paramount importance for us. Right from their birth, we do everything in our capability to ensure good health for them. We pay close attention to food, water, environment, immunisation, and healthcare. However, emotional health remains one of the ignored aspects. Children’s mental health is as important as their physical health. 

7. BEING MULTILINGUAL AT HOME- YAY OR NAY?

Studies have shown that bilingual preschoolers have a better understanding of other people’s perspectives, thoughts, and desires as compared to monolinguals. Research has also shown a positive effect of bilingualism on attention and task switching capabilities. They are also likely to get diverse career opportunities later.

Research has also shown that infants can differentiate between languages right from birth due to differences and sounds. Many people use this capability to teach them a foreign language in early childhood. However, children need to keep using the language or they may forget it. Read more+

 

8. WHEN TO START WORRYING ABOUT SPEECH DELAYS-PART 1

Milestones give us immense joy, no matter how small. For the world, it might just be cooing, but the first time the baby does that brings so much happiness. For an outsider, it might look like a casual roll over to the other side, but parents can’t stop smiling ear to ear when that happens.
In this article, we will talk about speech milestones in particular.
Let us talk about when it is okay to start worrying about speech milestones.

 

9. WHEN TO START WORRYING ABOUT SPEECH DELAYS-PART 2

The year between one and two witnesses a huge leap in terms of communication and language skills. Most children speak their first words between 10-14 months. These first words are usually nouns that children see/need on a daily basis and can range from mamma, da-da, dudu (or another equivalent for milk), ju (for juice), and so on - and these words are then followed by verbs like eat, come, go, etc. When to worry about speech delays in older children?

10. 5 WAYS TO CELEBRATE YOUR CHILD'S INDIAN HERITAGE

India has a rich culture and tradition but that often gets missed in everyday life. It's that parents don't want to introduce art, food, or simple pleasures of their hometowns and other states to children. Life simply gets in the way. Here are a few ways you can celebrate your child's Indian Heritage

 

 

 

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