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Big Talk About Tiny Humans - A Parenting Podcast

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Big Talk about Tiny Humans is India’s first research-based podcast for parents and educators. The show is hosted by two moms and two parenting professionals, Devishobha and Meghna. Big Talk about Tiny Humans will help you make the most of your window of influence over your child, to help them become the best versions of themselves as they are growing up. Whether you are a parent or an educator, and whether you have a 4-month-old or 14 year old, this podcast can help make your life easier and richer. Discover actionable strategies, simple toolkits for everyday parenting and teaching, the latest research and science of parenting, and plenty of laughs along the way. New episodes every Wednesday!

Devishobha Chandramouli is an engineer-turned-writer and founder of Kidskintha.com, a conscious parents' and educators' collective. Dr. Meghna is a clinical psychologist and founder of the RaisingFamilyAcademy.com and is also popularly known as The Therapist Mommy.


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Raising awareness about child sexual abuse
In this episode, hosts Dr. Meghna and Devishobha talk about why child sexual abuse is more common than we would like to believe, and the top misconceptions parents have about making their children aware of the abuse and preparing them to deal with it in an appropriate manner. Devishobha and Meghna share real-life incidents where simple, regular communication could have prevented abuse and trauma for the child. They go on to discuss why teaching them about ‘safe and unsafe touch's better than ‘good touch bad touch’ to educate kids about sexual abuse, what questions to ask before you send your child for a summer camp or even school, why using euphemisms for body parts is detrimental to children, and finally some curated strategies to prepare your child to be alert and aware to prevent incidents of child sexual abuse, and also deal with them appropriately, should an unfortunate experience befall them.This week’s mnemonic: KERNELS.If you wish to learn more, check out:Preparing Kids for EmergenciesChild Sexual Abuse -KidskinthaChild HelplineChild sexual abuse and protection laws in IndiaTune in to Big Talk About Tiny Humans every Wednesday for new episodes!Have a question or topic you’d like to see covered on the show? Follow and DM the hosts on Instagram at @kidskintha and @thetherapistmommy and the hosts will address them in future episodes. Visit https://kidskintha.com/ and https://raisingfamilyacademy.com to learn more about the hosts’ ongoing programs on parenting and child development..You can listen to this show and other fantastic shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android or iOS. Subscribe to the show on your favorite podcast platform to never miss an episode! You can check out the IVM website at https://shows.ivmpodcasts.com/.You can also listen and subscribe to the podcast on all podcast platforms. If you’re on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, don’t forget to leave the show a rating and a review. You can also find the show on Google Podcasts, Amazon Music Podcasts, JioSaavn, Castbox or elsewhere.
2d ago
33 mins
Talking to Children about Porn
In the 17th episode, hosts Dr Meghna and Devishobha talk about how in a world where we have unbridled internet access, countless children are consuming porn from an unbelievably young age. Research has shown that having age-appropriate conversations about pornography with children and adolescents helps them develop a healthy and respectful view of relationships and sex. Despite this, most parents don’t have these conversations with their children, due to fear of embarrassment. The hosts discuss the current trends in children consuming sexualized online content and why it’s important to provide age-approrpiate sexual health information to our children. They also discuss how parents can ideally respond when they catch their teens watching porn, and how to use ‘teachable’ moments to talk to their teens about porn.The hosts share their guidelines on how to have porn conversations in an age-appropriate manner: PORNP= Prevent shamingO= Open questionsR= Rational discussionN= No connect with real lifeBig Talk About Tiny Humans is India’s first research-based podcast for parenting and educators, hosted by Devishobha Chandramouli and Dr Meghna. Visit https://ivm.today/tinyhumans to learn more about the show.If you wish to learn more, check out:YouTube video by The Therapist MommyThis mom caught her teen watching porn: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKaa7vnHhNsBook ‘Stoned, Shamed, Depressed: An Explosive Account of the Secret Lives of India's Teens’ by Jyotsna Mohan Bhargavahttps://www.amazon.in/Stoned-Shamed-Depressed-Explosive-Account/dp/9353579473/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=Tune in to Big Talk About Tiny Humans every Wednesday for new episodes! Have a question or topic you’d like to see covered on the show? Follow and DM the hosts on Instagram at @kidskintha and @thetherapistmommy and the hosts will address them in future episodes. Visit https://kidskintha.com/ and https://raisingfamilyacademy.com to learn more about the hosts’ ongoing programs on parenting and child development. You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android or iOS. Subscribe to the show on your favourite podcast platform to never miss an episode! You can check out the IVM website at https://shows.ivmpodcasts.com/.You can also listen and subscribe to the podcast on all podcast platforms. If you’re on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, don’t forget to leave the show a rating and a review. You can also find the show on Google Podcasts, Amazon Music Podcasts, JioSaavn, Castbox or elsewhere.
11-05-2022
29 mins
How to stop yelling at your child?
In this episode, hosts Devishobha and Meghna discuss why yelling is so prevalent, the psychology behind yelling, and a 5-step action plan to move away from the habit of yelling. The hosts share common everyday scenarios that usually trigger yelling, the long-term and short-term effects of yelling, and what to do after an episode of yelling. The episode also features 5 key actionable strategies to redirect the habit of yelling into a habit of self-awareness and measured responses to situations. The mnemonic this week is TRACE. T- Track your triggerR- Find Reinforcements A- Create an action plan C- Change the scenery or allow for a time-in E- Evaluate long-term goals( meaning model conflict resolution skills) Listen to the episode to find out more. Big Talk About Tiny Humans is India’s first research-based podcast for parenting and educators, hosted by Devishobha Chandramouli and Dr Meghna. Visit https://ivm.today/tinyhumans to learn more about the show.Resources: Exposure to parental verbal abuse is associated with increased gray matter volume in superior temporal gyrusThe Long-Term Health Consequences of Child Physical Abuse, Emotional Abuse, and Neglect: A Systematic Review and Meta-AnalysisPsychological stress in childhood and susceptibility to the chronic diseases of aging: moving toward a model of behavioral and biological mechanismsThe Orange Rhino Trigger Tracking Sheet SampleThe Orange Rhino Trigger Action Plan WorksheetTune in to Big Talk About Tiny Humans every Wednesday for new episodes! Have a question or topic you’d like to see covered on the show? Follow and DM the hosts on Instagram at @kidskintha and @thetherapistmommy and the hosts will address them in future episodes. Visit https://kidskintha.com/ and https://raisingfamilyacademy.com to learn more about the hosts’ ongoing programs on parenting and child development.You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android or iOS. Subscribe to the show on your favourite podcast platform to never miss an episode! You can check out the IVM website at https://shows.ivmpodcasts.com/.You can also listen and subscribe to the podcast on all podcast platforms. If you’re on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, don’t forget to leave the show a rating and a review. You can also find the show on Google Podcasts, Amazon Music Podcasts, JioSaavn, Castbox, or elsewhere.
04-05-2022
40 mins
Dealing with Sibling Rivalry
In this episode, hosts Devishobha and Meghna discuss the difference between sibling conflict and sibling rivalry. Listen to the episode to learn strategies to help you recognize simmering patterns of sibling conflicts, the psychology behind sibling conflicts and rivalry, how parents might unconsciously be fueling sibling rivalry and strategies to nip it in the bud before they turn into damaging, repeating patterns in the family. This week’s mnemonic: BBBB. B- Breathe B- Bucket B-Boundaries B- Behaviour Listen to the episode to find out more. Big Talk About Tiny Humans is India’s first research-based podcast for parenting and educators, hosted by Devishobha Chandramouli and Dr Meghna. Visit https://ivm.today/tinyhumans to learn more about the show.Reference: SIBLINGS: 5 Pleasant Effects of Growing Up With Them! - KidskinthaPodcast references: : Family Meal Time Matters Raising kids with compassion Books: How To Talk: Siblings Without Rivalry Paperback Tune in to Big Talk About Tiny Humans every Wednesday for new episodes! Have a question or topic you’d like to see covered on the show? Follow and DM the hosts on Instagram at @kidskintha and @thetherapistmommy and the hosts will address them in future episodes. Visit https://kidskintha.com/ and https://raisingfamilyacademy.com to learn more about the hosts’ ongoing programs on parenting and child development. You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android or iOS. Subscribe to the show on your favourite podcast platform to never miss an episode! You can check out the IVM website at https://shows.ivmpodcasts.com/.You can also listen and subscribe to the podcast on all podcast platforms. If you’re on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, don’t forget to leave the show a rating and a review. You can also find the show on Google Podcasts, Amazon Music Podcasts, JioSaavn, Castbox or elsewhere.
27-04-2022
33 mins
Proofing Kids against Colourism
In this episode, hosts Devishobha and Meghna discuss how colorism is still persistent and how it can make its way into our children’s lives insidiously. Many of us have encountered the snide remark, the open expression of disappointment and anxiety about skin colour, the blatant enticements to ‘change your life’ by lightening your skin colour, and many more. Listen to learn strategies to help your child develop a healthy self-image by understanding the nuances of colorism and dealing with it confidently. This week’s mnemonic: LORRE. L-Listening, O- Open-ended questioning, R- Rephrasing, R- Reaffirming, E- Exposure Listen to the episode to find out more. Big Talk About Tiny Humans is India’s first research-based podcast for parenting and educators, hosted by Devishobha Chandramouli and Dr Meghna. Visit https://ivm.today/tinyhumans to learn more about the show.Important links:The Color Complex (Revised) by Kathy Russell, Midge Wilson, Ph.D., Ronald Hall: 9780307744234 | PenguinRandomHouse.com: BooksIndia and Colorism: The Finer Nuances Melanin on the Margins: Advertising and the Cultural Politics of Fair/Light/White Beauty in India Tejas Article : Fair & Lovely : Redefining BeautyRebel GirlsStories for Boys Who Dare to be DifferentColors of the World Skin Tone Crayons, 24 CountBooks: Teach your kids "Skin-Esteem" for some strong "Self-esteem"- KidskinthaKali Kaluti Jamun : Kamal VarmaSilver People: Voices from the Panama Canal by Margarita EngleSulwe by Lupita Nyong’o, illustrated by Vashti HarrisonHappy in Our Skin by Fran Manushkin, illustrated by Lauren TobiaThe Skin You Live In by Michael Tyler, illustrated by David Lee CsicskoThe Colors of Us by Karen KatzShades of People by Shelley Rotner and Sheila M. KellyTune in to Big Talk About Tiny Humans every Wednesday for new episodes! Have a question or topic you’d like to see covered on the show? Follow and DM the hosts on Instagram at @kidskintha and @thetherapistmommy and the hosts will address them in future episodes. Visit https://kidskintha.com/ and https://raisingfamilyacademy.com to learn more about the hosts’ ongoing programmes on parenting and child development.. You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android or iOS. Subscribe to the show on your favourite podcast platform to never miss an episode! You can check out the IVM website at https://shows.ivmpodcasts.com/ .You can also listen and subscribe to the podcast on all podcast platforms. If you’re on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, don’t forget to leave the show a rating and a review. You can also find the show on Google Podcasts, Amazon Music Podcasts, JioSaavn, Castbox or elsewhere.
20-04-2022
43 mins
Raising LGBTQIA+ Kids
In the 13th episode, hosts Dr Meghna and Devishobha talk about navigating the process of LGBTQIA+ kids coming out to their parents, how to work on processing their own emotional reactions to the coming out, and certain myths and misconceptions around queer issues.The hosts discuss how parents are increasingly coming in for therapy to figure out how to deal with their queer child coming out to them. They discuss how to process the firestorm of conflicting emotions when your child comes out to you, how to deal with your fears and spousal blame, and how to ask the right questions (of both yourself and your child) in planning a respectful discussion with your child.The hosts also discuss how families can strengthen their ecosystem in order to raise happy and healthy queer kids. In Episode 13, the hosts discuss the challenges faced by queer kids and their families and strategies to raise queer kids who feel supported. The hosts discuss that for raising queer kids parents can benefit from looking from a triple E lens:Empathetic lensEducative lensEmotive lensIf you wish to learn more, check out:Books:Mom, Dad I'm Gay: How Families Negotiate Coming Out by Ritch Savin-WilliamsThis Is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids: A Question & Answer Guide to Everyday Life by Dannielle Owens-Reid and Kristin RussoUnconditional: A Guide to Loving and Supporting Your LGBTQ Child by Telaina EriksenGrowing Up Gay in Urban India: A Critical Psychosocial Perspective by Ketki RanadeMovies:My Brother Nikhil (Hindi)Aligarh (Hindi)Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui (Hindi)Ek Ladki Ko Dekha To Aisa Laga (Hindi)En Magan Magizhvan (My Son is Gay) (Tamil)PodcastsKeeping it Queer- a podcast by IVM https://shows.ivmpodcasts.com/show/keeping-it-queer-RSQ9NCIf0nao4UIoRainbow Diaries- https://open.spotify.com/show/6ON7nEpoywDJ3lWCztp6COQueering Desi: https://audioboom.com/channels/4947270Tune in to Big Talk About Tiny Humans every Wednesday for new episodes! Have a question or topic you’d like to see covered on the show? Follow and DM the hosts on Instagram at @kidskintha and @thetherapistmommy and the hosts will address them in future episodes. Visit https://kidskintha.com/ and https://raisingfamilyacademy.com to learn more about the hosts’ ongoing programmes on parenting and child development.. You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android or or iOS. Subscribe to the show on your favourite podcast platform to never miss an episode! You can check out the IVM website at https://shows.ivmpodcasts.com/.You can also listen and subscribe to the podcast on all podcast platforms. If you’re on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, don’t forget to leave the show a rating and a review. You can also find the show on Google Podcasts, Amazon Music Podcasts, JioSaavn, Castbox or elsewhere.
13-04-2022
32 mins
Motivating Kids without being a nag
In this episode, hosts Devishobha and Meghna discuss why motivating children the right way is a non-negotiable parenting skill. Note: Listener discretion is advised.As adults, we have all struggled with having to stay firm in our boundaries, and we tend to unconsciously pass on such behaviours to our children. Listen to this episode as the hosts share anecdotes and personal experiences with motivating kids and how to use research to shape inner motivation. Big Talk About Tiny Humans is India’s first research-based podcast for parenting and educators, hosted by Devishobha Chandramouli and Dr Meghna. Visit https://ivm.today/tinyhumans to learn more about the show.In Episode 12, the hosts share common misconceptions around motivation with real-life, everyday examples.. The episode also brings to light the common ways in which parents easily slip into the red zone of shaming and criticising children- phrases so common that we don't even raise an eyebrow when we use them- but the detrimental effects on children can carry for life. The hosts also share 5 key actionable strategies to set ourselves on the path to kindling the intrinsic motivation of children and start them on a path of self-discovery and resourcefulness. The mnemonic this week is: QUEST. Listen to the episode to find out more. Tune in to Big Talk About Tiny Humans every Wednesday for new episodes! Have a question or topic you’d like to see covered on the show? Follow and DM the hosts on Instagram at @kidskintha and @thetherapistmommy and the hosts will address them in future episodes. Visit https://kidskintha.com/ and https://raisingfamilyacademy.com to learn more about the hosts’ ongoing programs on parenting and child development. You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android or iOS. Subscribe to the show on your favourite podcast platform to never miss an episode! You can check out the IVM website at https://shows.ivmpodcasts.com/.You can also listen and subscribe to the podcast on all podcast platforms. If you’re on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, don’t forget to leave the show a rating and a review. You can also find the show on Google Podcasts, Amazon Music Podcasts, JioSaavn, Castbox or elsewhere.
06-04-2022
43 mins
Preparing Kids for Emergencies
In the 11th episode, hosts Dr Meghna and Devishobha interview CR on what an emergency entails, what are the different types of emergencies, and how we can prepare children to face emergencies. He discusses how responding with high accuracy in less time is not something that is taught in schools, how enrolling children in martial arts is not necessarily enough to keep them safe, and how letting our kids talk is actually important in keeping them safe!He also discusses how to talk to children about the potentially risky situations that could compromise their safety, and 3 ways we can inculcate situational awareness in our children:Parents educating themselves in personal security educationInvolving your child in fun drills at homeIdentifying a safe spot in case there’s an emergencyBig Talk About Tiny Humans is India’s first research-based podcast for parenting and educators, hosted by Devishobha Chandramouli and Dr Meghna. Visit https://ivm.today/tinyhumans to learn more about the show.In Episode 11, the hosts discuss with Chakradhari Rowe about preparing children for emergencies. CR discusses how parents and educators can overcome their denial about personal safety, how they can interview the caretakers they hire for their children, and how they can work together to address security challenges at home and in schools. If you wish to learn more:Subscribe to the newsletter Security 101 by Chakradhari RoweChakradhari Rowe Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/crspeaks/Tune in to Big Talk About Tiny Humans every Wednesday for new episodes! Have a question or topic you’d like to see covered on the show? Follow and DM the hosts on Instagram at @kidskintha and @thetherapistmommy and the hosts will address them in future episodes. Visit https://kidskintha.com/ and https://raisingfamilyacademy.com to learn more about the hosts’ ongoing programmes on parenting and child development.. You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android or or iOS. Subscribe to the show on your favourite podcast platform to never miss an episode! You can check out the IVM website at https://shows.ivmpodcasts.com/ .You can also listen and subscribe to the podcast on all podcast platforms. If you’re on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, don’t forget to leave the show a rating and a review. You can also find the show on Google Podcasts, Amazon Music Podcasts, JioSaavn, Castbox or elsewhere.
30-03-2022
1 hr 1 min
Regulating Screen-Time
In the tenth episode, hosts Dr Meghna and Devishobha reflect on family life in the age of technology. Nothing has reshaped our communication, our relationships, and our lives more than digital devices in the 21st century. The hosts discuss why screens have taken over our lives, and what research tells us about the effects of screens on children’s brain development. Abundant research warns us about the harmful effects of the overuse of gadgets on our children, and our relationships. BUT can we even imagine our world without these gadgets?!The hosts share strategies on how to balance screen time and family time.Big Talk About Tiny Humans is India’s first research-based podcast for parenting and educators, hosted by Devishobha Chandramouli and Dr Meghna. Visit https://ivm.today/tinyhumans to learn more about the show.In Episode 10, the hosts discuss the effects of excessive screen time (excessive as defined by the American Association of Paediatrics) on children and even adults.The hosts share their guidelines for regulating your children’s screen-time: TIME. T= Timebox (restrict screen-time and co-view)I= Isolate (gadget-free zones and gadget-free times)M= Model (restricting your own use)E= Emphasise basics (sleep, nutrition, exercise)Balance looks different in different families. How you apply the TIME strategies will depend on your own unique family context. If you wish to learn more, check out:Balancing screen and family time- Video by The Therapist Mommy: Reset Your Child’s Brain- Book by Dr Victoria Dunckley: Screen Schooled- Book by Joe Clement and Matt MilesTech-free dinners and no smartphones past 10pm– How did Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and Mark Cuban limited their kids’ screen time?Tune in to Big Talk About Tiny Humans every Wednesday for new episodes! Have a question or topic you’d like to see covered on the show? Follow and DM the hosts on Instagram at @kidskintha and @thetherapistmommy and the hosts will address them in future episodes. Visit https://kidskintha.com/ and https://raisingfamilyacademy.com to learn more about the hosts’ ongoing programmes on parenting and child development. You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android or iOS. Subscribe to the show on your favourite podcast platform to never miss an episode! You can check out the IVM website at https://shows.ivmpodcasts.com/.You can also listen and subscribe to the podcast on all podcast platforms. If you’re on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, don’t forget to leave the show a rating and a review. You can also find the show on Google Podcasts, Amazon Music Podcasts, JioSaavn, Castbox or elsewhere.
23-03-2022
34 mins
Raising Kids with Compassion
In the 9th episode, hosts Dr Meghna and Devishobha showcase why compassion is an essential 21-st century skill. The hosts interview guests - Anjali Gurmukhani Sharma and Deepika Ahuja, the curators of the anthology- ‘My Act of Heart’. When the world is reeling under uncertainly, one constant element that has kept hope alive is little acts of compassion from people known and known- and these children- all 29 of them, are totally owning it, combining passion with compassion. This book is a labour of love by Anjali Gurmukhani Sharma of Charters of Compassion and Deepika Ahuja who planted the seed of an idea to share real stories of acts of compassion by children and has been almost 2 years in the making.his book is not only inspiring to other children and adults alike, but it also shines a light on the minds of children from the age of 6-15 from all over the world, and the book complements the storytelling with rich illustrations- again from children. Devishobha and Meghna lead the discussion on the nurturing of the book from a seed of an idea to the fruition of a published book. They also cover topics like why it is important to raise compassionate kids, how a societal mindset and peer pressure might affect our innate ability for compassion, how the practice of compassion is linked to brain development the physical, emotional, social, and mental health benefits associated with compassion and finally strategies to inculcate the culture of compassion as a family.Deepika Ahuja is a happiness coach and an Insurance analytics expert and works in the corporate sector. She has been selected as “51 Most Fabulous Happiness leaders in the world” by the World HRD Congress. She got recognized as “Iconic women creating a better world for all” by Women Economic Forum in 2020 and was felicitated with the Grandqueens Leadership award in the area of mental wellness. In 2019, she authored the book “Demystifying happiness” and has garnered a lot of appreciation from the readers. “My Act of Heart(2022)” is her second published workBorn and brought up in Dehradun, she now stays in Bengaluru with her husband and two kids, Lakshya and Inaya. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her little munchkins, volunteer her time to educational causes and read and watch about Positive Psychology. Anjali G Sharma is an educator, writer and development sector enthusiast who quit her corporate career to follow her heart. This software professional in the past life is a mother to two kids and now works with not so privileged girls helping them find their feet and connect with their voice. She takes pride in the fact that a few of these girls are also a part of this book which you are holding in your hands.She was felicitated with the Women Achievers’ Award on IWD2021 and the IBM award for “Making a Difference” for her contribution towards the cause of education. She was also a finalist at the prestigious Orange Flower Award by Womens’ Web in 2020 and 2021 for writing on Social impact and Women at Work. Her work has appeared in the anthology “Escape Velocity (2018)” by Write & Beyond and “Write in Power (2021)” by Hidden Pen Collective and “My Act of Heart(2022)”If you wish to learn more, check out:You can purchase the book here: My Act of Heart The connection between the brain and compassion: How to train the compassionate brainMIndfulness training and the compassionate brain. Brain can be trained in compassion, study shows 3. Games to inculcate compassion: Acting Kindly: A Real-world game to inculcate compassion. Key strategies to teach children empathy Tune in to Big Talk About Tiny Humans every Wednesday for new episodes! Have a question or topic you’d like to see covered on the show? Follow and DM the hosts on Instagram at @kidskintha and @thetherapistmommy and the hosts will address them in future episodes. Visit https://kidskintha.com/ and https://raisingfamilyacademy.com to learn more about the hosts’ ongoing programmes on parenting and child development.. You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android or or iOS. Subscribe to the show on your favourite podcast platform to never miss an episode! You can check out the IVM website at https://shows.ivmpodcasts.com/ .You can also listen and subscribe to the podcast on all podcast platforms. If you’re on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, don’t forget to leave the show a rating and a review. You can also find the show on Google Podcasts, Amazon Music Podcasts, JioSaavn, Castbox or elsewhere.
16-03-2022
34 mins
Raising Feminist Kids
In the 8th episode, hosts Dr. Meghna and Devishobha talk about why inculcating the gender equality mindset in our even young kids is important. The hosts discuss why feminism is a ‘dirty’ word, that is, why people find this term problematic. They discuss what feminism actually means and how people’s views are shaped by their own encounters with patriarchy. Devishobha discusses a touching story about a chess grandmaster and his mother. And Meghna discusses why we even need feminism! The hosts then discuss both blatant and subtle ways in which patriarchy impacts us all, and argue why it’s important to instill the values considered feminine in our boys. In Episode 8, the hosts discuss why it’s not enough to raise our daughters like our sons, it’s equally important to raise our sons like our daughters. The hosts share their guidelines for raising feminist kids: FEMINN F= Fight stereotypes (including your own), E= Encourage kids to express emotions, M= Model gender equality by giving girls and boys strong role-models, I= Involve girls and boys in caring for themselves and for others, N= No to traditional differences, N= No means No- teaching consent to kids.If you wish to learn more, check out:The Guilty Feminist Podcast: https://guiltyfeminist.com/Books on Feminism for adultsWe should all be FeministsDear Ijeawele or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions Both by Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieAdichie’s website https://www.chimamanda.com/welcome/How to Be a Woman by Caitlin MoranBooks that reinforce gender equality for childrenPink and Blue by Rity Vaishnav (3-6 years)No Difference Between Us by Jayneen Sanders (4-7 years)Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli (7+ years)Boys will be Boys by Aparna Jain (7+ years)Newsletter- Boyish- monthly newsletter by Rajat Mittal brings forth stories of Indian men who have defied gender stereotypes to excel in traditional non-masculine careers https://boyish.in/Tune in to Big Talk About Tiny Humans every Wednesday for new episodes! Have a question or topic you’d like to see covered on the show? Follow and DM the hosts on Instagram at @kidskintha and @thetherapistmommy and the hosts will address them in future episodes. Visit https://kidskintha.com/ and https://raisingfamilyacademy.com to learn more about the hosts’ ongoing programmes on parenting and child development.. You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android or or iOS. Subscribe to the show on your favourite podcast platform to never miss an episode! You can check out the IVM website at https://shows.ivmpodcasts.com/ .You can also listen and subscribe to the podcast on all podcast platforms. If you’re on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, don’t forget to leave the show a rating and a review. You can also find the show on Google Podcasts, Amazon Music Podcasts, JioSaavn, Castbox or elsewhere.
09-03-2022
39 mins
Help your Child Beat Exam Stress
Mental health and anxiety are not very openly discussed in a country like ours. But one ‘anxiety’ is openly acknowledged - that is ‘exam anxiety’. In this episode, hosts Devishobha and Meghne discuss how common exam anxiety is, yet how unrecognisable, and sometimes even misunderstood despite the best of intentions from parents. Learn the signs and symptoms of exam anxiety, along with causes of exam anxiety and strategies to beat it. Find out how you can help your child develop positive dialogue and tips to use the mind-body connection to leverage the exam experience as a positive experience in your child’s journey to adulthood. Listen to the episode to find out how to use the smart mnemonic in your life: BETS - Body, Emotion, Thoughts & Self Prepapration Links to show references: 1.Guided meditations2.Harvard Medical School Research on the link between sleep, memory and learning3.Social media and learning4.The psychological reason for procrastination Big Talk About Tiny Humans is India’s first research-based podcast for parenting and educators, hosted by Devishobha Chandramouli and Dr Meghna. Visit https://ivm.today/tinyhumans to learn more about the show.Tune in to Big Talk About Tiny Humans every Wednesday for new episodes! If you wish to learn more, check out:- The Raising Assertive Kids podcast episode to help children set healthy boundaries and develop body anatomy, healthy relationships and beat anxiety and toxic energy-draining patterns. - The Family Meal Matters podcast episode to model family conversations. - The Grandparents Vs. Parents podcast episode to learn how to reconcile differences in parenting styles and values between generations. - The Talking to Children about Death episode to learn how to help children process grief over the loss of a loved one. - The Container baby syndrome Have a question or topic you’d like to see covered on the show? Follow and DM the hosts on Instagram at @kidskintha and @thetherapistmommy and the hosts will address them in future episodes. Visit https://kidskintha.com/ and https://raisingfamilyacademy.com to learn more about the hosts’ ongoing programmes on parenting and child development.. You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android or iOS. Subscribe to the show on your favourite podcast platform to never miss an episode! You can check out the IVM website at https://shows.ivmpodcasts.com/ .You can also listen and subscribe to the podcast on all podcast platforms. If you’re on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, don’t forget to leave the show a rating and a review. You can also find the show on Google Podcasts, Amazon Music Podcasts, JioSaavn, Castbox or elsewhere.
02-03-2022
31 mins
"Difficult" Children are just Strong-Willed!
In the sixth episode, hosts Dr Meghna and Devishobha talk about the power struggles that never seem to end when raising a strong-willed child, and how these ‘difficult’ children oppose every single rule in the family, leaving their parents wondering if they’re parenting them all wrong!The hosts discuss how parents of strong-willed children usually get caught up in an unhealthy cycle: they parent with an authoritarian style by exerting control and authority, failing which, exhausted and weary, they switch to a more permissive style of being controlled by their strong-willed children, and so on.The hosts share strategies on how to deal with difficult behaviors of strong-willed children.Big Talk About Tiny Humans is India’s first research-based podcast for parenting and educators, hosted by Devishobha Chandramouli and Dr Meghna. Visit https://ivm.today/tinyhumans to learn more about the show.In Episode 6, the hosts discuss why strong-willed children are described as having ‘negative persistence’ and why the disciplining strategies that work with other children don’t seem to work with them. They talk about the difference between ‘special needs’ and ‘difficult behavior.’The hosts discuss how the behavior of a strong-willed child (or any child for that matter!) is NOT a reflection on their parents. It’s not their parent’s report card. Instead, how the parents respond to their child’s behavior is actually what is reflective of their parenting.The hosts share their guidelines for disciplining strong-willed children: CLEAR. C= Counselling, L= Limits, E= Experiential Learning, A= Acknowledge, and R= Respect.If you wish to learn more, check out:Setting Limits with Your Strong-Willed Child, by Robert J. MacenziePeaceful Parenting your Strong-willed Child- an excellent blog by parenting expert Dr Laura MarkhamTune in to Big Talk About Tiny Humans every Wednesday for new episodes!Have a question or topic you’d like to see covered on the show? Follow and DM the hosts on Instagram at @kidskintha and @thetherapistmommy and the hosts will address them in future episodes. Visit https://kidskintha.com/ and https://raisingfamilyacademy.com to learn more about the hosts’ ongoing programs on parenting and child development.You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android or  iOS. Subscribe to the show on your favourite podcast platform to never miss an episode! You can check out the IVM website at https://shows.ivmpodcasts.com/ .You can also listen and subscribe to the podcast on all podcast platforms. If you’re on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, don’t forget to leave the show a rating and a review. You can also find the show on Google Podcasts, Amazon Music Podcasts, JioSaavn, Castbox or elsewhere.
23-02-2022
30 mins
Container Babies ft. Dr Swati Popat
In this episode, hosts Devishobha and Meghna have an enlightening chat with Dr. Swati Popat Vats on the rising- and concerning trend to contain babies in restricted physical spaces. The episode covers the transition from traditional parenting wisdom and the missing factors in modern families that contribute to this trend. Dr. Swati Popat Vats is the inspirational Director of Podar Jumbo Kids, the largest & most successful play school chain in India & also the person behind Podar Happy Kids, the highly acclaimed day-care chain. Dr. Vats, in her capacity as the President of Early Childhood Association is also active in ensuring that people from all walks of life come together for early childhood as she deeply believes that, ‘it takes a village to raise a child.’Join us as we discuss how the pandemic has contributed to this trend and why the parental instinct seems to aid the growth of this syndrome. You will also learn to recognize some inadvertent effects of the ‘Container baby syndrome.’ Dr. Vats also shares some guidelines on how parents can strike a balance between ensuring the safety of their children during a typical hectic family day and providing enough room for physical movement that is critical for them to meet mental, emotional and physical development milestones. Links to show references: The Real Reason Children Fidget and What to Do About itBig Talk About Tiny Humans is India’s first research-based podcast for parenting and educators, hosted by Devishobha Chandramouli and Dr Meghna. Visit https://ivm.today/tinyhumans to learn more about the show.Tune in to Big Talk About Tiny Humans every Wednesday for new episodes! If you wish to learn more, check out:- The Raising Assertive Kids podcast episode to help children set healthy boundaries and develop body anatomy, healthy relationships and beat anxiety and toxic energy-draining patterns. - The Family Meal Matters podcast episode to model family conversations. - The Grandparents Vs. Parents podcast episode to learn how to reconcile differences in parenting styles and values between generations. - The Talking to Children about Death episode to learn how to help children process grief over the loss of a loved one. Have a question or topic you’d like to see covered on the show? Follow and DM the hosts on Instagram at @kidskintha and @thetherapistmommy and the hosts will address them in future episodes. Visit https://kidskintha.com/ and https://raisingfamilyacademy.com to learn more about the hosts’ ongoing programmes on parenting and child development.. You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android or iOS. Subscribe to the show on your favourite podcast platform to never miss an episode! You can check out the IVM website at https://shows.ivmpodcasts.com/ .You can also listen and subscribe to the podcast on all podcast platforms. If you’re on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, don’t forget to leave the show a rating and a review. You can also find the show on Google Podcasts, Amazon Music Podcasts, JioSaavn, Castbox or elsewhere.
16-02-2022
36 mins
Talking To Children About Death
In the fourth episode, hosts Dr Meghna and Devishobha talk about the D word- Death and why we shy away from addressing this topic with our kids. They answer questions about how our children understand and process the death of a loved one- do young children understand death? Do they grieve? Should we shield kids from the pain of loss? Can the news of the death of a loved one traumatize kids? The hosts share strategies on how to talk to children about the death of a loved one.Big Talk About Tiny Humans is India’s first research-based podcast for parenting and educators, hosted by Devishobha Chandramouli and Dr Meghna. Visit ( https://ivm.today/tinyhumans ) to learn more about the showIn Episode 4, the hosts discuss why it’s important to talk to our children about death. They share various misconceptions that parents typically have about their children’s understanding and processing of death- such as we should shield children from the pain of loss, the news of the death of a loved one can traumatize our children, and so on.The hosts discuss how parents can respond when their children have unexpected reactions to hearing the news of the death of a loved one. The episode also throws light on the difficult moments that can come up in conversations about death with our children and how to tackle those.The hosts share their guidelines for talking with children about death: CARE. C= Closure (helping a child process the grief), A= Age-appropriate (not using euphemisms), R= Real (honest conversations), and E= Emotions (talking about emotions and putting them in words)If you wish to learn more, check out:YouTube video in Hindi by The Therapist Mommy on this topic: ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVXqcLTzGo8 )UNICEF article on talking to children about the death of a loved one: ( https://uni.cf/34FMeh2 )Tune in to Big Talk About Tiny Humans every Wednesday for new episodes! Have a question or topic you’d like to see covered on the show? Follow and DM the hosts on Instagram at @kidskintha and @thetherapistmommy and the hosts will address them in future episodes. Visit https://kidskintha.com/ and https://raisingfamilyacademy.com to learn more about the hosts’ ongoing programs on parenting and child development.You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android or iOS. Subscribe to the show on your favourite podcast platform to never miss an episode! You can check out the IVM website at https://shows.ivmpodcasts.com/You can also listen and subscribe to the podcast on all podcast platforms. If you’re on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, don’t forget to leave the show a rating and a review. You can also find the show on Google Podcasts, Amazon Music Podcasts, JioSaavn, Castbox or elsewhere.
09-02-2022
25 mins
Parents vs. Grandparents!
In this episode, hosts Devishobha and Meghna discuss how relationship conflicts often arise from totally solvable situations and 4 usual ways in which we handle conflicts as adults, and why these unhealthy conflict management patterns can have undesirable consequences for children. Big Talk About Tiny Humans is India’s first research-based podcast for parenting and educators, hosted by Devishobha Chandramouli and Dr Meghna. Visit https://ivm.today/tinyhumans to learn more about the show.In Episode 3, the hosts share the common misconceptions around conflicts with examples that every home can relate to. They go on to share the strategies around family ethics and protocols, and the importance of having a few non-negotiable rules that align family values with personal values to keep up the sanctity of a relationship. They also bring up important discussion points around differentiating between agreement and respect and why we tend to confuse the two. The hosts share a 5-point strategy to take conversations from stressful to fruitful. GIVES: G- Set a Goal I: Know their Intention V: Validate their reasons E: Explain S: Find a common Solution. If you wish to learn more, check out:- The Raising Assertive Kids podcast episode to help children set healthy boundaries and develop body anatomy, healthy relationships and beat anxiety and toxic energy-draining patterns. -- The Family Meal Matters podcast episode to model family conversations. Tune in to Big Talk About Tiny Humans every Wednesday for new episodes! Have a question or topic you’d like to see covered on the show? Follow and DM the hosts on Instagram at @kidskintha and @thetherapistmommy and the hosts will address them in future episodes. Visit https://kidskintha.com/ and https://raisingfamilyacademy.com to learn more about the hosts’ ongoing programs on parenting and child development.You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android or iOS. Subscribe to the show on your favourite podcast platform to never miss an episode! You can check out the IVM website at https://shows.ivmpodcasts.com/ .You can also listen and subscribe to the podcast on all podcast platforms. If you’re on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, don’t forget to leave the show a rating and a review. You can also find the show on Google Podcasts, Amazon Music Podcasts, JioSaavn, Castbox or elsewhere.
02-02-2022
24 mins
Raising Assertive Kids
In this episode, hosts Devishobha and Meghna discuss why being assertive is becoming a top life skill for our children today. As adults, we have all struggled with having to stay firm in our boundaries, and we tend to unconsciously pass on such behaviours to our children. Listen to this episode as the hosts share personal experiences and struggles with drawing boundaries and how to use research to shape this behaviour. Big Talk About Tiny Humans is India’s first research-based podcast for parenting and educators, hosted by Devishobha Chandramouli and Dr Meghna. Visit https://ivm.today/tinyhumans to learn more about the show.In Episode 2, the hosts share the common misconceptions around assertiveness and respectfulness, with real-life, everyday examples. You will learn about the psychological and physical benefits of building this skill from an early age, and the aspects that encompass healthy boundaries to build trust and safety in relationships. The hosts also share 4 key actionable strategies to identify gaps and start building this skill in a seamless manner at any stage of your parenting journey. The episode also brings to light the common mindset blocks we need to overcome in making this a norm in our children’s lives to help them have healthy lives as adults. The hosts share their formula for weaving this into our daily interactions: BEAM B- Boundaries E- Emotion Coaching A: Assertive communication M: Modeling If you wish to learn more, check out:- Dr. Amy Cuddy’s TED Talk demonstrating a technique for building instant confidence -- The Family Meal Matters podcast episode to model family conversations. Tune in to Big Talk About Tiny Humans every Wednesday for new episodes! Have a question or topic you’d like to see covered on the show? Follow and DM the hosts on Instagram at @kidskintha and @thetherapistmommy and the hosts will address them in future episodes. Visit https://kidskintha.com/ and https://raisingfamilyacademy.com to learn more about the hosts’ ongoing programmes on parenting and child development.. You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android or iOS. Subscribe to the show on your favourite podcast platform to never miss an episode! You can check out the IVM website at https://shows.ivmpodcasts.com/ .You can also listen and subscribe to the podcast on all podcast platforms. If you’re on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, don’t forget to leave the show a rating and a review. You can also find the show on Google Podcasts, Amazon Music Podcasts, JioSaavn, Castbox or elsewhere.
26-01-2022
23 mins
Family Meal Time Matters!
In the first episode, hosts Devishobha and Meghna discuss why sitting and eating together as a family is fantastic for child development, and how families can bring back this ritual.Big Talk About Tiny Humans is India’s first research-based podcast for parenting and educators, hosted by Devishobha Chandramouli and Dr. Meghna. Visit https://ivm.today/tinyhumans to learn more about the show.In Episode 1, the hosts discuss numerous science-backed benefits of family meals, which include health benefits, benefits to the good functioning of a family, language and emotional development of children, and more. The hosts share examples from other cultures and countries where family meals are making a comeback, particularly the practice of ‘hygge’ from Denmark, which signifies coziness, comfort, wellness, and contentment.The episode also throws light on the common obstacles in making family meals happen and how parents can navigate them. The hosts share their recipe for making family meals a routine in your home: TGIF. No, not Thank God it's Friday. It’s Theme, Gadget-free, Involve & Fun (TGIF)! If you wish to learn more, check out:- Research on the benefits of family meals: 2013 Research Paper | 2020 Research Paper | Web excerpt- More about ‘hygge’ from Denmark- The Marie Forleo PodcastTune in to Big Talk About Tiny Humans every Wednesday for new episodes! Have a question or topic you’d like to see covered on the show? Follow and DM the hosts on Instagram at @kidskintha and @thetherapistmommy and the hosts will address them in future episodes. Visit https://kidskintha.com/ and https://raisingfamilyacademy.com to learn more about the hosts’ ongoing programmes on parenting and child development.. You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android or iOS. Subscribe to the show on your favourite podcast platform to never miss an episode! You can check out the IVM website at https://shows.ivmpodcasts.com/.You can also listen and subscribe to the podcast on all podcast platforms. If you’re on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, don’t forget to leave the show a rating and a review. You can also find the show on Google Podcasts, Amazon Music Podcasts, JioSaavn, Castbox, or elsewhere.
19-01-2022
23 mins
Introduction: Meet Your Hosts Devishobha and Meghna
Welcome to Big Talk about Tiny Humans, India’s first research-based podcast for parenting and educators. Learn more about your hosts Devishobha Chandramouli and Dr. Meghna in this introductory episode!Devishobha Chandramouli is a writer, columnist, inventor, entrepreneur, and children's rights advocate. She is the founder & CEO of Kidskintha, a Global Conscious Parents & Educators Collective. She also serves as the Vice-President of the Early Childhood Association of India. Devishobha was named as one of 40 Under 40 prominent social entrepreneurs for education, apart from winning many other awards for her work on parenting and child development. Learn more about Devishobha's work at www.kidskintha.com. Dr. Meghna is an Internationally Certified Parenting Coach and is one of the first Indians to have received accreditation for the Positive Parenting Program (Triple-P). She is a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist, having completed her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from NIMHANS (India) and post-doctorate in parenting from the University of Queensland (Australia). Meghna also creates short videos as The Therapist Mommy on Instagram / YouTube & Linkedin to help parents and educators, bringing to bear her deep experience in therapy, clinical psychology and parenting. Learn more about Meghna's work at https://raisingfamilyacademy.com/.Tune in to this podcast every Wednesday for fresh episodes. The first episode is out on January 19, 2022!You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios. Subscribe to the show on your favourite podcast platform to never miss an episode! You can check out the IVM website at https://shows.ivmpodcasts.com/.You can also listen to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music Podcasts, JioSaavn, or any other podcast app.
12-01-2022
4 mins
Welcome to Big Talk About Tiny Humans
Just about every job in the world comes with courses, training and education – but not parenting! Welcome to a brand new podcast, Big Talk about Tiny Humans, where your hosts Devishobha and Meghna have set out to fix just this. Big Talk about Tiny Humans is India’s first research-based podcast for parenting and educators. This podcast will help you make the most of your window of influence over your child, be it as a parent or educator, to help children become the best version of themselves.On Big Talk, the hosts and guests will share actionable strategies for greater happiness, success, motivation, cooperation, love, bonding, health and fulfilment as a family - often with plenty of laughs. From keeping kids connected, motivated, confident, healthy and emotionally aware to helping them skill up for the 21st century - the show covers it all. Whether you are a parent or an educator, and whether you have a 4 month old, 4 year old, this podcast can help make your life easier and richer. The hosts also share toolkits that you can apply to your everyday parenting and teaching experiences. Devishobha Chandramouli is an engineer-turned-writer and founder of Kidskintha, a Conscious Parents' and Educators' Collective, to connect research and applied practice in parenting and education. Dr. Meghna is a clinical psychologist and founder of the Raising Family Academy, and is also popularly known as The Therapist Mommy, where she passionately helps families navigate the challenges of raising a family in modern times. Get inspired, grow stronger, become confident and help contribute to a world that all of us will need for humanity to thrive.New episodes every Wednesday, starting from January 19, 2022! Have a question or topic you’d like to see covered on the show? Follow and DM the hosts on Instagram at @kidskintha and @thetherapistmommy and we will address it in our subsequent episodes. If you’re on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, don’t forget to leave the show a rating and a review.You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios, or any other podcast app. Subscribe to the show on your favourite podcast platform to never miss an episode! You can check out the IVM website at https://www.ivmpodcasts.com/ and follow @ivmpodcasts on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.
04-01-2022
1 min