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  • Helping Children with Homework

    Homework is a chore not just for children, but also for parents, especially in the Indian context of education. In the emerging nuclear and double income family set-up, with multiple things vying for attention, the challenges of finding time for the children's homework and project work are even more. While earlier, in a joint family there would always be some uncle, aunt or cousin in the family who was proficient enough in science, math or languages to pitch in with your kids, now we have to find time to do it ourselves or arrange for tuition. In fact there are some children who go to tuition only to deal with their homework! This is actually counterproductive because the purpose of homework is lost.

  • Are you a Helicopter Parent?

    A "helicopter parent" is a common term used to describe a parent who pays extremely close attention to a child's or children's experiences and problems. Like helicopters, they hover overhead!" The helicopter parent's involvement can extend to their children's academics, extra-curricular activities, the kind of friends they have, sports and every other activity in their lives.

  • Am I A Good Father?

    Today the word 'Dad' has a whole new meaning over what it meant 30 years ago. Today's father has moved much beyond being mere 'Figure Head', the provider, the protector, the person the kids looked up to but could never approach. The modern dad takes an active role in raising his kids. While the expanded role is definitely a step in the right direction it doesn't come easy to most men. 

  • How I Achieve Balance

    In our rush "to get it all done" at work and at home, it's easy to forget that by doing so our stress level escalates and our productivity plummets. Stress is the antithesis of work life balance. While we all need a certain amount of stress to motivate us and help us perform at our best, the key to managing stress lies in that one magic word: balance. This article tells you more on this...

  • How to Achieve Fiscal Fitness

    Not a day goes by when we are not reminded of the virtues of remaining physically fit and healthy. But with the pitfalls of modern economy, getting ‘Fiscally Fit' might be an even greater necessity. Here are some specific suggestions for improving personal finances.

  • Sharing Household Responsibilities

    In order to avoid putting your relationship at risk, and to avoid feeling as if you are doing everything in the house, it is important to share household responsibilities with your spouse. While this might sound like a good deal, getting partners to happily participate in household work is not always an easy task. Effectively communicating your perspective and planning mutually convenient schedules are the keys to working around this concern.

  • Alcohol and Drug Abuse : What a Manager Can Do?

    Excessive consumption of alcohol or drugs not only harms the individual concerned, but also affects his work. Performance goes down and often absenteeism and late-coming increases. There are chances of inappropriate behaviour that could affect the rest of the team, and various disciplinary issues may arise. With all these negative effects, a company cannot afford to ignore the problem.

  • Wishing For A Perfect Boss?

    Who is a perfect boss: the one who is cheerful, professional, experienced and fair. But in reality this does not exist. Building a productive working relationship with the existing imperfect boss is a more practical solution. 

  • Managing Difficult People

    "Every workplace has some people who are difficult to work with. But if we do NOT respond appropriately, the problem behaviour could get exaggerated. Inadequate response to such behaviours can also leave the rest of the team demotivated and resentful because the supervisor is not doing anything to protect their best interests. So as a concerned supervisor, it is part of your responsibility to do something - but what?"

  • Conflict Resolution at the Workplace

    Conflict is an inevitable part of our lives, a common misconception regarding conflict is that "Harmony is Normal" and "Conflict is Abnormal". In fact individual differences are a norm rather than an exception. When we accept the fact that people are bound to have differing points of view then we have to agree that conflicts are also normal. Here are some suggestions on how to handle conflict.

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