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Dr. Anubha Majithia discusses the key problems Indian parents face while raising their kids and also identifies the 5 classic mistakes they make. In this book, you’ll learn: why you need to spend silly time with your children – what happens to a child who has too many things – how to wean your child off the screen – how to manage the way your child eats – how to raise happy and confident children.

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Every day is like a roller coaster ride for a parent today who negotiates many tight turns and steep slopes at professional, personal, and parental fronts. Owing to the expectations peddled by society and social media to have it all and be the best, the parent is willing to go to all lengths to be the perfect parent to the perfect child. In the quest to raise the perfect child, s/he becomes anxious to constantly compares their own child with another child. If the child falters at any stage, s/he is blamed or given an extra dose of guilt or pressure. This notion of mistakes and failure being unacceptable is why children today are becoming victims of anxiety, sadness, and a host of other mental health issues; not to forget the trauma and guilt most working mums go through, and the pressure on every home-maker to be an all-rounder.  This vicious cycle can be easily broken if the parent chooses to embrace and educate the child that mistakes and failures are means to grow, and become more resilient.

While it is important to be the authority figure, it is equally important to be your child’s confidante. The journey to care and be there is always easier with some expert advice at hand. The book 5 Mistakes Parents Make and Other Modern Challenges aims to be more than just your go-to guide to parenting. It seeks to give you the reassurance that making mistakes is an inherent part of parenting; just because you have a picky eater, or a child who lies or a teen who got hooked onto gaming does not make you a bad parent. The book provides you with insights and explanations about the common challenges and dilemmas that crop up at different stages of parenting and gives practical tips to overcome them. It underscores the need to adopt a balanced approach to parenting every step of the way, keeping the traditional cultural practices and value systems as the foundation, and building with new blocks of knowledge derived from parenting practices from different cultures.

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A special feature that is provided in many chapters is the list of signs and symptoms associated with certain psychological syndromes like anxiety, depression, learning disability, substance abuse, etc. Being aware of these symptoms can help to seek timely help from mental health professionals and transform feelings of helplessness into hopefulness.

In a time where we have become hypervigilant about where we eat, what we touch, and whom we meet, it is vital for parents to prioritize not just their child’s mental health but their own as well. Compromised mental health should not be seen as a sign of weakness but rather as an opportunity to learn effective and efficient coping skills. A parent who is not afraid to seek help and recalibrate from time to time to ensure mental hygiene sets the precedence for their children to follow suit. So, instead of raising ‘perfect children’, strive to raise ‘capable, healthy and happy children!

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