She had so many children, she didn’t know what to do.
She gave them some broth, without any bread,
Whipped them all soundly, and sent them to bed.
That was then. Meet the parents now. Mahmood M. Ashraf, 37, and his wife Qanita Nishat, parents of two schoolgoing kids from Bangalore, got their parenting styles vetted by an expert by the time their son was five. And Ashraf found they needed to scold their kids much less for lapses like breaking a cup or spilling things. He can now explain to his son that by being careful, money can be saved for more satisfying pursuits. Ashraf’s perspective of parenting is new—he can discipline his kids more effectively and enjoy their company a lot more too.
Welcome to the world of New Parenting, where every parent wants to know more and do it better. Consult experts, rather than rely on common sense and instinct. Read and surf the web, don’t just rely on conventional wisdom. Shelja Sen, Delhi-based family therapist, finds that for new-age moms and dads, parenting is...