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Go beyond asking your kids to just "Say Sorry!"

Sorry and please are often described as 'magic' words simply because of the inherent power they possess to transform situations -- be it placating the recipient, strengthening a bond, or managing relationships. Effective communication emphatically talks about its frequent but genuine use to establish rapport apart from being polite and respectful. In that, 'sorry' holds a special significance for children as they navigate through their growing up years.

We often define these growing-up years as work in progress as children work out cause and effect, and understand that relationship management can be 'tricky' business. During these formative years, children deal with their family, school teachers, or friends and for that matter, even strangers. Perspectives, opinions, and misunderstandings pepper these years as a child matures and embraces social skills. Experience over a period of time is what enables children to regulate their emotions. Dangers of 'damage', a natural consequence of some of these misunderstood situations, can be mitigated if children are encouraged to make amends and move on.

The early years are dominated by the child's need to put himself/herself at the centre of every situation, often not realising that in doing so (this is a developmental milestone and will ease into maturity eventually), they could 'hurt' someone. And their need to resist apologising for their actions could largely be attributed to the fact that they are unable to fathom its severity and impact. For children, they are simply reacting and not intending to 'hurt' someone in a quest to protect themselves. They consider this an act of normalcy -- like snatching a toy that belongs to them, or pushing another child to get ahead, or jumping the line or speaking out of turn. Remember, their world is about them and hence it is important to educate children about feelings, appropriate behaviour, and how to build relationships.

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Statement florals will be everywhere in 2021.

Wedding decor can be fun if you love to design. Interior designers are often involved in wedding themes these days and Aatika Manzar, Founder Director at Aatika Manzar Designs share some simple ideas to help them plan a beautiful wedding:

Start with a theme wedding

All the designs get aligned in accordance with the theme you choose. Once you have a theme, everything can be worked according to that. A vintage/opulent theme is the most common in India because it comes with a traditional touch. The glamorous theme is popular too with shiny crystals, beautiful lights, and flowers. The colour scheme which usually is rich purple accompanied by a neutral beige carpet. It feels like the wedding took place in a castle amidst huge chandeliers, deep maroon furniture with gold polish, and lots of candles.

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People older than 60 years account for 8 per cent of the Indian population.

With a strong focus on ageing positively, senior citizens want to explore new career avenues, pursue their passions, and at the same time engage in social good more actively. Contrary to widespread belief, today's senior citizens are far from retirement. In celebration of World Senior Citizen's Day (August 21), Columbia Pacific Communities, India's largest senior living community operator, launched India's first ever report on the golden agers, The Positive Ageing Report. Supported by extensive desk research, the report, aims to examine traditional notions and understand evolving needs of seniors while giving key insights on the changing aspirations, needs of senior citizens and their view of ageing in the 21st century.

People older than 60 years account for 8 per cent of the Indian population. However, by 2050, the number of elderly will almost double, with over 319 million people aged over 60. This necessitates reimagining of our existing infrastructure and services to support positive ageing and better senior care for the ageing population. In the given scenario, the findings of the Report will help enhance our understanding and drive conversations around what senior citizens feel about ageing and the kind of support they need from society. The Report is based on face-to-face and telephonic interviews conducted by Innovative Research Services (India) Pvt. Ltd.

woman peeping at window Report will help enhance our understanding and drive conversations around what senior citizens feel about ageing and the kind of support they need from society. Photo by Nick Karvounis on Unsplash

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So more power to the evolved moms and their children.

For generations, mothers have been a force of nature doing the heavy lifting when it comes to raising children right; keeping them safe and teaching them the rules of society. And while most might say, "Mothers across generations have been the same", we beg to differ. Most mommies have been undergoing a tectonic makeover. In addition to the trademark gooey love-filled centre, there is a growing brigade of mothers today who exhibit a sharp cast-iron brand of grit and self-love. Having moved far away from self-deprecating martyrdom, more moms around the world are becoming role models of self-love. And self-love is tied deeply to confidence and how your life turns out. The gumption to live the most authentic lives comes from self-love and positive body image.

So more power to the evolved moms and their children. However, there are still many among us that remain self-critical. This next information might interest them-- according to a research paper by Utah State University titled "Body Dissatisfaction and Weight Bias in Children", body dissatisfaction begins around age five for girls, and seven for boys! Wow! Evidently, moms have a specific influence on the way their children see themselves.
But before we get all judgy, these mothers don't have it easy either. After a lifetime of being at the receiving end of their own share of, "You are too thin, too jiggly, too dark etc loving their bodies is tough enough". And once the baby comes, this message amplifies with suggestions to ''quickly bounce back". So much so that "You don't look like you have just delivered" is a compliment in our world. No wonder then that some moms continue to be preoccupied with their body image and then go on to raise children who mimic their limiting beliefs.
How about changing it once and for all this mothers day! Stuti Sethi, Senior Marketing Manager, Pureplay Skin Sciences devises a plan to unlearn these behaviours.
When the mind says critical things about your post-pregnancy body
Look at your baby. You made that! Those stretch marks are like a badge of honour that came from your body and your heart making room for your little one. Lovingly run your fingers over them and be proud to bear them.

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