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Parenting a Learning-Disabled Child Spotlight on Eating Disorders Off-Beat Museums The Importance of Internships

Vol 3 - Issue 2 - `100


Cover Story

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Cover Story

Parents are so much more than just guardians or caretakers of their child. We are responsible not just for clothing and feeding our children, but also instilling in them important values, teaching them social niceties and raising them to be independent adults. And in today’s world, a parent is also supposed to educate the child so she can reach her full potential, enrich her so she can have a fulfilling life, pay close attention to her emotional stability so she can grow up to be a balanced individual, train her to be a high-achieving and successful part of the community‌. the list is endless. In short, more is demanded of the parent today than of the leaders of a nation! September - October 2013

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Everyday Parenting

Shopping with Kids

When people talk about retail therapy and how shopping can help you de-stress, they obviously don’t consider that you may have your child tagging along with you! Shopping with children below the age of ten can be a challenge, with you trying to get your errands and shopping done while trying to convince your child that you will 18

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be done soon, and could she be patient for just another five minutes? Very often, in the rush to get things done before your child gets too cranky, you forget an important errand, buy something you don’t need or lose your patience completely, snapping at your child and causing her to become even more irritable!

And yet, these situations are not always avoidable. Very often, parents do not have anywhere to leave their children when they go shopping. So how can you reduce the stress of shopping on both you and your child, making it a more pleasant experience for all?


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Spotlight

An eating disorder is a condition defined by abnormal eating habits that may involve either insufficient or excessive food intake to the detriment of an individual’s physical and mental health. To qualify as an eating disorder, the symptoms of weight loss and malnutrition should not be attributable to any other medical condition or illness. Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa are two of the most common eating disorders. Anorexia is an eating disorder that makes people lose more weight than is considered healthy for their age and height. Bulimia, on the other hand, is excessive eating — the individual binges on food and then feels conscious about it; she then uses laxatives or induces vomiting to get the food out of her system. While eating disorders are still not as common in India as they are in the Western countries, there has been an increase of late in such cases in urban India. Recognising the gravity of these eating disorders and the relative ignorance surrounding the 28

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condition, ParentEdge contacted Dr. S. Yamuna in search of answers. Dr. Yamuna is a consultant pediatrician and adolescent physician and runs the Dr. Yamuna Child and Adolescent Clinic in Chennai.

How can I recognise if my teenager has an eating disorder? What is the impact of such a disorder? Initially detection is not very easy as the onset of eating disorders is not abrupt. It is a slow process and usually occurs in families who are very worried about their weight or their child’s weight. Let’s say the parents are constantly worried about their weight and eat very picky or small portions; then their child will naturally acquire those habits. The child becomes conscious about her weight and starts skipping meals suddenly. As a parent, watch out for this kind of behaviour — a child who always ate breakfast may now prefer not to eat it.


Young Parents’ Corner

Gone are the days when parents waited till their child was at least three years old to send her to school, and of course, ‘classes’ were added on much later. Nowadays toddlers as young as 1.5 years are being sent to playhouse or pre-school to give them an early start and prepare them for a bright future. Many of our readers have asked us for an article on the right age to start school, to enrol children in classes, etc., so we decided to give you the information you are looking for. What really is the appropriate age at which to send your child to school? What about enrichment classes or extra classes — do we need these? When do we send children to these classes? Issue 12 (May-June 2013) of ParentEdge had a detailed article on enrichment classes, what these involve, the benefits of these classes, etc. In this article, we focus on how, as a parent, you can decide on when you want to enrol your child in school, as well as in other classes.

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Career Track

Internships can be of immense value to students, helping them gain insight into and some experience in the career path they are interested in pursuing. Internships are a good exploratory step into the adult world of work. They also function as an innovative and non-traditional approach to learning. While students sometimes take up internships simply to gain extra credit or strengthen their rĂŠsumĂŠs before they apply for higher studies, in India, internships are mostly career-oriented. They are seen by students as a way to develop their capabilities by complementing their theoretical knowledge with practical, hands-on experience.

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