• 5 SIGNS OF AN EFFECTIVE CO-PARENTING RELATIONSHIP

    Written by Feba Maryann  Parenting is never an easy task, dealing with the incessant whining, cries, and the fuss that children display. Co-parenting makes this increasingly onerous with the battles for custody, legal arrangements and splitting time with both parents. Co-parenting requires tremendous amounts of patience, flexibility, empathy and communication.   Identifying the signs of an effective co-parenting relationship is necessary to figure out what you or your co-parent must imbibe in your relationship. Understanding these signs will also further help improve your efforts and focus to set up a healthy growing set up for your child. So, what are the signs of an effective co-parenting relationship?  Mistakes Do Not Impact Your Children or Efforts  By mistakes we…

  • HOW CAN A DIVORCE AFFECT YOUR KIDS?

    Written by Liza John  Going through a divorce is hardly easy and when it involves kids, things can get even more messy. Some people believe that divorce does not really affect the children while others disagree. In a way, both beliefs are right. The effects of divorce on each child vary between individuals and age groups. Some kids bounce back quickly after a divorce; even then, it can be safely said that even the most resilient of kids have some difficulty with their parents’ divorce.   Toddlers, middle-schoolers, and teenagers respond differently to their parents’ separation. Toddlers struggle to understand the concept of divorce and feel stressed due to sudden changes in…

  • HOW TO BE A GOOD LISTENER IN MARRIAGE

    Written by Liza John   Maybe your partner has been complaining about how you don’t listen to them and how they don’t feel heard. At first maybe you thought it was just silly from your partner’s side. It’s easy to pass it off as something laughable, but in reality, it is far from silly. Before you know it, lack of communication will result in resentment, emotional disconnect and might even tear your relationship into shreds.   But first off, let us appreciate the fact that you took the first step. Maybe you wanted to make some changes or wanted to know the gravity of the issue, well whatever the reason is, what is important…

  • WHY AND HOW PARENTING STYLES MATTER

    Written by Feba Maryann ‘What kind of a parent does my child see me as?’ is a question that often plagues the minds of many parents. This kind of thinking is a sure sign of the desire to be a better parent. Even though choosing how to raise your kids is a private matter, experts believe that certain parenting styles nurture children better than others.  Good parenting starts right from the moment a child is conceived. Raising kids can be frustrating but also rewarding if done properly. Moreover, it is a well-known fact that childhood lessons and experiences shape the adult that each child becomes. This is why choosing the…

  • UNINVOLVED PARENTING – CONSEQUENCES

    Written by Liza John   No two parents are ever the same, from financial backgrounds, family, support systems and various other factors everything is different. Hence, it is no surprise that different parents have different ways of bringing up their children.   Although these differences exist, there are certain patterns or similarities found in various parenting approaches and based on these similarities parenting styles have been categorised as authoritative, authoritarian, permissive and uninvolved. The rest of this article will be focusing on uninvolved parenting and its consequences.     What Is Uninvolved Parenting?  As the name suggests, the uninvolved parenting method is when all the basic needs of the child are met, but parents…

  • IS GOOD COP/BAD COP PARENTING THE BEST WAY TO RAISE A CHILD?

    Written by Feba Maryann  When it comes to parenting, there is no technique that is right or guarantees success. Through generations of parenting experience, we have been made familiar with the ‘good cop, bad cop’ strategy. Originally considered as a psychological tactic used by interrogators in law enforcement, it has also become a tried and tested parenting strategy.  Recently, people have come to criticize this strategy due to its effects on parent-child relationships and the relationship between the parents. So, is the ‘good cop, bad cop’ parenting the best way to go?  Ruining Relationships  Implementing the ‘good cop, bad cop’ strategy makes the child view their parents in a specific…

  • HOW TO PICK THE BEST PARENTING STYLES THAT WORK FOR THE FAMILY

    Written by Feba Maryann  Being a parent is no easy task and can be overwhelming or confusing at times. Every parent-child relationship is different and there are no hard-set rules or formats to follow. Being a parent is about taking feedback and constantly embracing changes.   You don’t have to be the best parent in the world, you just have to strive to be the best parent you can be for your child. This is why picking a parenting style that works for your family is critical.    Online platforms will have millions of opinions and suggestions about parenting. Before you wade into these platforms brimming with information and embark on the…

  • HELICOPTER PARENTING: PROS AND CONS

    Written by Feba Maryann Everyone has a different take on parenting — some are highly permissive and some are authoritative while others remain uninvolved. One such parenting style that involves the parent watching over every step of the child and trying to solve problems for them is called ‘helicopter parenting’. It is mockingly called so because the parent seems to stand over the child’s shoulder and hover over their life without a break.   Perceived as the in-between of free-range parenting and lawnmower parenting, helicopter parenting or cosseting is one of the most criticized parenting styles. Here are some pros and cons of this widely known parenting style:   Pro #1 Ensures Safety    When…

  • WAYS TO MAKE A STRONGER DECISION TOGETHER

    Written by Feba Maryann Decision-making is often the less-talked-about aspect in life but then why does making a decision ‘together’ grab some extra eyeballs? Well, sorry to break it to you, but it’s for real! Decision-making is not as easy as it used to be when you were living a solo life. Remember those times when you would spontaneously just do your thing and face what it takes? But things don’t work that way once you start sharing your life with a partner.   Ergo, this acceptance of transition can be facilitated with our 6 proven ways to make a decision better together. Ready for a great head start as strong…

  • HOW TO CHILDPROOF YOUR RELATIONSHIP BEFORE YOU BECOME PREGNANT

     Written by Feba Maryann  The word ‘childproofing’ means to prevent children from causing any damage. But wait! What damage? What could a small child possibly be capable of damaging? Well, the answer to that question is- Maybe your child isn’t just capable of vandalizing the walls of your house, but also sabotaging the doors to your relationship satisfaction.  And finally when the true face of reality decides to give you, your fair slice of some ‘Things-are-never-gonna-be-the-same’ drama, with some extra guilt of ‘what-kind-of-a-parent-even-am-I-?’ to top it up, this phase postpartum, can wreak havoc in your mental composure! But for all those insufferably confused partners out there, we’ve got you covered…