Getting your child to be friends with food

The second in the Positive Parenting Series happened today.
As with the last session, the talk was a good blend of child development, nutrition science and practical tips for today’s parents.

Key takeaways:

  • The reasons for eating related issues are different for children between 1-5 years and for those between 6-10years. This is because of the difference in growth rates as well as the influences on the child in those periods
  • At some ages, children will prefer day long snacking to having three meals. It’s ok , so long as some nutritional balance can be maintained.
  • All eating issues that can not be traced to genetical, emotional or specific health causes, are due to HABIT and attitude. Both can be influenced by parents over time. 


Here’re are slides Geeta used for the session. They don’t capture the richness of the discussions, examples and insights from the session… but you might like to see them nonetheless.

Next week:

Tantrum TroublesDeveloping desirable behavior in your child.

Saturday, Nov 22, 11 am to 1 pm.


The first of the Positive Parenting sessions happened on Nov 8. Geeta’s approach to the seminar was just perfect – balancing the science behind hyperactivity, with down-to-earth, practical tips to deal with it. The discussions in the group involved a lot of examples, comparing of notes, questions, answers… (and some relief to parents who found that they were really not alone!)

Key takeaways from the seminar:

  • Overactivity or high energy is often mistaken for hyperactivity.
  • Hyperactivity can be established only after a clinical assessment. This is usually not done before the child is five years old.
  • In case you believe your child may be hyperactive, you would be better off consulting a psychologist before going to a neurologist or psychiatrist. You’ll be able to make a more informed decision about the need for medication.

Other discussion points:

  • The scientific basis of our understanding of hyperactivity.
  • Specific signs of age-inappropriate activity
  • Concrete tips to deal with excessive activity.

Positive Parenting Workshops: New Dates!

Being Better Parents

The dates for the seven series workshop have been modified. Please mark your calendars!

Parenting is challenging. You need to not only nourish your child, but also nurture him or her into a sensitive, curious and bright individual. Today, parenting by observation and advice alone does not seem to be enough. The environment changes every day, and so do parenting challenges. It’s a skill that needs learning and support. 

Kaleidoscope presents a series of seven sessions on effective parenting.

  • Bouncing off the walls: Understanding and handling the hyperactive child. 
    Nov 8, Sat, 11 am to 1 pm
  • I’m not eating that!! Getting your child to be friends with food. 
    Nov 15, Sat, 11 am to 1 pm
  • Tantrum Troubles: Developing desirable behaviour in your child. 
    Nov 22, Sat, 11 am to 1 pm
  • Learninp qrodlems: Making learning enjoyable for your child 
    Nov 29, Sat, 11 am to 1 pm
  • Dealing with Disorders: Bedwetting, Pica and other childhood problems 
    Dec 6, Sat, 11 am to 1 pm
  • Toy Story: The importance of play; and finding the right toys and games for your child 
    Dec 13, Sat, 11 am to 1 pm
  • Great in groups: Making your child comfortable in a social environment 
    Dec 20 Sat, 11 am to 1 pm