Category Archives: Parenting

Parenting dilemmas

This piece is heartfelt.  The problem is that I don’t see any solution to this.  Sometimes, parenting seems like a crapshoot– you make certain decisions and hope they work out.  My elder daughter still hasn’t asked for a dog! Did … Continue reading

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Father’s Day column for The National

A piece I wrote for The National. Happy Fathers Day! Father’s Day Is being a father to a son different from being a father to a daughter? Shouldn’t be, right? After all, one of the central premises of parenting is … Continue reading

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The trouble with teenagers

I hope my daughter doesn’t read this. For The National. My life: The trouble with teenagers Shoba Narayan May 18, 2011 Updated May 18, 2011 5.12pm At a party recently, I asked a close friend what I considered an innocuous … Continue reading

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How to bring up kids?

This is something I think about a lot. While I know that there is no magic formula for parenting, chasing one seems unavoidable if you are a parent. Whether you are a teacher, or a parent, or run summer camps, … Continue reading

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Sleepovers for The National M magazine

I am part of a rotating group of columnists who write for The National’s M magazine. My editor, Rick Arthur has the courteousness of a Southern gentleman but having never met him, I don’t know if he is American or … Continue reading

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Passage to India for House Beautiful

It was a dog-dripping-sweat summer’s day in Southern Kerala, when ravens took refuge under drooping jacaranda, and donkeys lay spread-eagled on muddy wayside pools. We were speeding along the narrow coastal road, the black Fiat rattling ominously with every bump. … Continue reading

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I used to be the Hinduism columnist for Beliefnet when it began years ago. When it got acquired, I even got stock options for which. They have a page for me here but most of my articles are archived under … Continue reading

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Time Magazine

I did a number of pieces for Time magazine. Here they are. You can also find them at the Time magazine Search site here The Parent Trap By Shoba Narayan May 31, 2007 How do you warn your kids about … Continue reading

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The Parent Trap: Time magazine, May 31, 2007

As a mother, I regularly grapple with two related questions: How soon should I talk about child predators to my kids, and how should I couch such a conversation? I have two daughters, ages 10 and 5, and they interact … Continue reading

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