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Back to School Open Letter – Pooja Goyal featured in Child Magazine – April 2017


The Green Signal to Maternity Bill: Return to The Career Track

“This is my humble gift to women, a day after the world celebrated the International Women’s Day.” – Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya said as he introduced the Maternity Bill in Lok Sabha on 9th March 2017.   It is a gift indeed to all the women employees struggling to keep their feet in the job market, in the face of new motherhood challenges. Till
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Back To School – Pooja Goyal featured in Better Homes and Gardens – December 2016


The Right Age to Start Reading to Your Child

The need for developing reading habits in children is undisputable. In a world, where “creative destruction” is the preferred method of doing things – and rightfully, too, if you ask me—only those who can keep reading and teaching themselves will do well. The question that now remains is – what is the right age to start reading to your child so that she cultivates
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Handwriting Does Not Matter. Really?

How much should we push our children when teaching them to write neatly? I grappled with this question for quite some time as I watched my older daughter struggle to improve her handwriting. A part of me believed that good handwriting was as important as table manners; something that could feel like a chore but served an important purpose. On the other hand, the
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The Fascinating Connection between Music and Math

Music and Math have traditionally inhabited different worlds in our mind space. Music is associated with the ‘Arts Stream’ – something that is relaxing and good to pursue as a hobby while Math is pure science – associated with intelligence, analytical skills, and financial success. Therefore in our education system math is a core and compulsory subject from get go and music is extracurricular
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Boys Don’t Cry?

I grew up in a family of four girls as the youngest and I’m blessed with two daughters. Women’s issues are close to my heart and I have always been riled up by the abuse that women in our society undergo. However, a few years ago an episode jolted me to rethink my gender bias, especially when it comes to sexual abuse. For the first
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Yes, Fruit Juice is Junk Food

I’m not writing this to be deliberately provocative; I am writing this because it is a fact that processed beverage companies would like us to ignore and our children will pay a heavy price if we continue to pump sugar into their bodies through foods marketed as healthy foods. Packaged fruit juices happen to fall in that category. Yes, Fruit juice is junk food.
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My Child is Shy, should I be Worried?

It’s easy to spot the shy kid in a crowd. She hangs back warily, looking at everybody cautiously, careful about not drawing the slightest attention to herself, and ultimately retiring to the corner couch of the room. The point is, being shy is painful for this exact reason: it is easily identifiable. Then people proceed to label the reserved kid as ‘shy’, ‘clingy’, ‘awkward’;
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What watching Bollywood movies is doing to your child’s brain?

These days when you go out to watch a film in theatres, it is very common and disturbing to find young children in the audience. It is disturbing not because they interrupt one’s movie-watching experience but because their parents are comfortably numb to the negative effects that these movies have on their young brains and personalities. Early childhood is a time of rapid brain
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School Admissions

This is a particularly stressful time for parents of children seeking nursery admissions. This year the stress has definitely increased because of the proliferation of schools, ideologies and the sheer choice that parents have to deal with. Gone are the days when there were only 3-5 well established schools offering ICSE or CBSE boards and by and large a similar approach to education. In
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When Praising Children does more Harm than Good

“Good Job!” “Awesome!” “Way to go!” These are some of the common phrases parents and teachers use on a regular basis to encourage children. Common wisdom suggests that praise goes a long way in building confidence and self-esteem in children. Right? Wrong! Praise, if not used appropriately, does more harm than good. It is important to remember that praise is a double-edged sword: On
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How much Screen Time is appropriate for Toddlers?

I am not going to win too many friends among parents when I say that the answer to the question above is a big ‘zero’. There is enough research-based evidence to support the fact that toddlers below two years of age should not be exposed to any TV or screen. Screen time has no real benefit for infants and toddlers, and has in fact
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Holistic Development of the Child: The Montessori Method

How should a child’s overall development be approached? Are the intuitive ideas of parenting enough, or can science help us understand a child’s mind better? For Maria Montessori, an Italian researcher, the answer was a clear yes. Her dedication to evolving a scientific and holistic method of development in children led her to pioneer a unique educational program that is used worldwide today –
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Baby Steps to Reading: Your Child’s Journey into the Magical World of Reading

Words create magic. Words create magical worlds and stories that keep us entertained, intrigued and stimulated for hours at end. Most of us want our children to discover this magic as soon as possible. Over the last few decades children have begun to read sooner and faster. Whereas we grew up learning how to read the traditional way mostly by rote- C A T
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Why do children ask Why?

I have two little girls – 7years and 4 years and I feel I am constantly barraged by the ‘Why questions?’ • Why are gulabjamuns round and not square? • Why do cars have four wheels? • Why do we have hair on our head? • Why do we grow up? • Why are there no animal names beginning with ‘n’ • Why does
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Scaling your Business: Pooja’s Thoughts at “Mums at Work”

Pooja Goyal, our Founder Director, recently shared her experiences with mom entrepreneurs in the event Moms at Work. The theme of her talk was “Scaling Your Business”, especially for those female entrepreneurs who have stabilized their venture and are now looking to take off. But rather than merely explain some strategies for scaling up, Pooja’s talk focused on a more fundamental question: should one
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What Do Babies Think?

Every time I take a baby in my arms I get lost in the warmth and the beautiful baby smell, but when I notice her intense gaze I always wonder, ‘What is this baby thinking?’ Given that Intellitots is an Early Learning and Daycare Centre, I have the opportunity of working with babies day in and day out, so this question of what do
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Patriotism a fast disappearing value?

Waking up the kids today for school was a breeze. Today was dress-up day and children were supposed to go to school in home clothes, wearing one of the colors of the Indian flag to celebrate the Independence Day. Trouble began a little later, when my 10-year-old daughter insisted on wearing shorts and T-shirt instead of Indian clothes. I enquired why. Her response was
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Staying Connected to our Children

The rigmarole of urban life keeps busy parents like us on our toes all through the day, as we run from one errand to another, one phone call to another missed call and a never ending stream of emails. Not just physically but also mentally, as we process one bad news after another. It is hard to pick up the newspaper and not read
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