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#SexEducation
#Parenting
#India
I will write about what parents can do to talk about sex and educate children in appropriate way.

If you are a regular Indian parent like me, you don't ever want to talk to your kids about sex. Even after their marriage.

That's how we grew up and we wish everything remained the same way even in 21st century.

But world has other plans for you.
While you were busy growing up on old Playboy, Penthouse and Debonair and getting cheap thrills from racy third rate novels written by now famous socialites, world changed!

Internet happened
Globalization happened
Economy opened up
Smartphones happened!
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#India
#Sexeducation
#Parenting

Though we all want our kids to be safe, the moment someone mentions Sex Education, we shrink into a ball.

Conventional sex education limits itself to half baked scientific knowledge of anatomy, pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.
This is still a Victorian model where ultimate aim is to drive people away from notion of sex by making it as uninteresting and scary as possible.

But imparting of real knowledge, information about pleasure, eroticism etc to adolescents brings you in conflict with law.
And the biggest parental fear - if they know about all this, they WILL start using this knowledge.!

Fair enough.

So most kids end up learning about sex from friends and sex videos aka pornography.

There is almost nothing to stop them from their curiosity.
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#Thread
#Adolescence
#India
#Hormone

I see many 13-14 year old boys and girls brought to clinic with a bunch of reports of hormonal levels.

In a free market like india it is possible to walk into a lab and have as many tests as you can pay for without any prescription from dr.
Parents (sometimes their family doctors) get these tests done in a quest to find explanation for these adolescents "changed" behavior.
These behaviours are -
1. Staying up late and struggle to get up in the morning.
2. Irritable mood
3. Desire to stay away from immediate and extended family
4. More connect with friends
5. Food dada
6. Laziness like their body is suddenly filled with lead.(they become Helium with phonecall from a friend)
7. General shabbiness of room and hygiene
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Thread. Please read if you have an #infant at home.

So this is a well-kept and potentially deadly secret about an industry that is growing exponentially and has spawned sexy, venture-funded #startups. The industry is #sleep. And the product is the #mattress. #parenting 1/n
Recently, we went #mattress shopping. After many trials (choosing a mattress is crazy stressful!) zeroed in on and placed an order at a prominent brand's store. It was a beautiful #memoryfoam mattress. I was drooling thinking of all the glorious #sleep I'd soon be getting. 2/n
I have had horrible body ache for years now thanks to our old #mattress that was handmade in Mumbai. I was so excited about buying this amazing new mattress that I did what anyone in my place would: obsessively Google memory-foam mattresses. 3/n
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1/ My daughter and I were waiting at Shoppers Drug Mart for a prescription. Along comes an woman with a senior, who sat next to us.

We were making small talk when the woman's daughter asked her why her bank card was getting declined. Of course she didn't know. #Parenting #yeg
2/ Some conversation goes back and forth and it's revealed she went out to dinner with a friend and paid because it was her birthday. The daughter, dumbfounded, asks how she intends to get her meds now? She's getting kind of loud and is obviously frustrated. #Parenting #yeg
3/ The senior lady honestly looks like she's about to cry. It's heartbreaking. Truly it is.

Suddenly my daughter pulls me close and whispers "rak attack..." and smiles. I shoot her a nod and she asks the elderly lady if there isn't something she could help with? #Parenting #yeg
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Did my children greet me w Good Morning today?

Oh, no, their first words to me was a demand that I settle their argument.

The heated debate?

11yo daughtr: MOMMA! Would you tell him that if a woman gets sperm from a sperm bank, the man that gave the sperm is NOT the father?!!?!
Y'all.

All I was doing was trying to pee.

The 9yo son: *EYE* SAY he is the father! Of course there isn't love and he doesn't know the baby, but he gave the sperm, HIS sperm was used to make that life, so he IS THE FATHER!

11yo daughtr: BUT THAT'S NOT THE POINT OF A SPERM BANK!
The 11yo follows this up with, "WHAT??!? HAVE YOU READ THAT IN A JOURNAL SOMEWHERE?!"

Sis said,
CITE👏🏾YOUR👏🏾SOURCES👏🏾!

(Low key, if you follow me u already know my nerd spirit rose like the phoenix in that moment;couldn't be more proud. LOL #ChipOffTheBrilliantBlock😭)
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4 yrs med school
3 yrs residency
3 yrs fellowship
To prepare to be a doctor
And I'm good at it.
Really good.
Then comes parenthood.

No training
No classes
No manuals
To prepare to be a parent
And I feel like I'm often failing at it.
Really failing.
With the 1st baby
It's exhausting and overwhelming
But we finally get the hang of it
Think, ok I can do this.

Time for another one.

Then the rules change.
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#1 I'd visited Chennai few weeks back, most of the elders are staying alone & managing life w/o their kids.
Prosperity pushed their kids away abroad.
I met an 80 yr old single grandpa who lives alone in T'vannamali, as his son is a US citizen.
#2 The elders just wait for their kids to call, & kill off loneliness watching serials.
The pattern of desertion is mostly seen from those who climbed from lower middle class to get a green card. The greed to make more money never ends, & the thought to return never comes.
#3 The ones who return home, that I have seen, are mostly from the upper middle class, who get disillusioned with the mechanical life abroad. They miss the home atmosphere & the emotional touch. They're okay to settle for lesser pay, put up with poor infrastructure.
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Hello, everyone! Let's start our #thread on #child #entrepreneurs, both in #Malaysia and abroad.

We'll talk about the success stories as well as how to foster their development 😊 Let's go! Feel free to add on to the thread with your own opinion and sharing.
Latest in Malaysia is the story of Ferris. Ferris merupakan usahawan cilik yang terpengaruh secara positif dengan siri Upin dan Ipin! It's good to see how entrepreneurship in an animated series can piqued children and their interest in entrepreneurship!

If you ask if there are more of such stories in #Malaysia, there are!

11 y.o Elisa Ahmad Sayuti and her friends got inspired by both their participation in Kelab Usahawan Cilik as well as seeing their parents who are also #entrepreneurs!

sinarharian.com.my/gps-bestari/us…
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How to 'Christine Blasey Ford Proof' Your Son pjmedia.com/parenting/how-… #Parenting via @pjmedia_com
Mothers of sons everywhere should be terrified by the constant destruction of men by duplicitous, lying women and an overzealous and political Senate confirmation process.
All a scheming broad has to do these days is claim that your son touched her inappropriately more than two decades ago and she can derail his career.
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(1/11) When I say..."The people closest to the pain, should be the closest to the power, driving & informing the policymaking..." THIS is what I mean. (A) When I wanted to break cycles of #poverty by strengthening pathways to #graduation, preventing #dropout #MA7
(2/11) for expectant & #parenting #teens, (still the #1 reason girls drop out, even with unplanned pregnancies on the decline) I invited them to the table to share their stories, struggles & to inform the #BPS policy we developed to better support them.
(3/11) (B) When I wanted to better understand why we were seeing an increase in #bicyclist & motor vehicle collisions, I contacted @bostonbikeunion I invited them to share their stories & struggles, 4 hrgs later, we had a crash data report & the 1st sideguard ord. in the country
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10-20% of pregnant women experience depression and/or anxiety during the perinatal period. (peri=around, natal=birth). #MaternalMHMatters #PerinatalMentalHealth
Maternal prenatal stress has been associated with a range of negative outcomes in the baby.. such as obstetric outcomes (e.g. preterm birth, low birth weight), emotional outcomes, behavioural outcomes and cognitive outcomes. Review: sciencedirect.com/science/articl…
The biological basis for this is still poorly understood. More research is needed in this area to help identify early markers (as well as protective factors) and to help inform early interventions to ensure the best possible outcome for the mother and the baby.
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Benefits of having three kids #1:
Absolutely noone (family & others) gives unprompted parenting advice anymore (probably because they gave up).
Benefits of having three kids #2:
Being able to say (in theory) things like: “well, *some* of my kids play Golf”
Benefits of having three kids #3:
Being able to switch from man to zone defense at home.
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(1) January 2018's 2nd Hurricane Watcher #TeamTrump #PhotoThread below.

Please RT to share the love.⚖️🆓🇺🇸🔥

The previous thread ran from Dec 29 to Jan 6:


Info & links to 17 other threads since June 2017:
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(2) Team Trump had a very successful weekend meeting at Camp David to agree with Congressional GOP leaders on their #GOPunity legislative agenda for the #Vote2018 year.
(3) Camp David meetings.
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And now I present: a thread based on my love of #science, #scicomm, and #animals, and the fact that I'm a huge #nerd:
1/?
The other day at the library, I got this book by Ann Tompert for my 2yo (2/?): amazon.com/Just-Little-Bi…
The premise: an elephant and a mouse want to ride a see-saw. #Physics has other ideas, so some other animals come to help. (3/?)
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