Are children a liability or a privilege?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: If you wanted to have them, they are a privilege. If they were unwanted accidents, then they’re a liability. (Okay, that is subject to change with time. I agree!) If they grow up to be loving and supportive of the family, then they’re a privilege. If they are like thankless…

What is the best advice your mother ever gave you?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: “Put up fences. But never walls.” This was the advice she gave us w.r.t. raising kids. Growing up, my sister and I were never kept away from the realities of life. Yes, we both grew up protected, in comfort and luxury. And so it was even easier to go astray….

Does it matter what your children do for a living?

Answer by Raakhee Venugopal: In India, this is still a BIG deal. People have no qualms in prodding their peers and asking them what their children do for a living. Much of the super-competitive nature being injected into children is because of this culture. Parents get a high when they proudly declare that their son…

Is it always wrong to punish a child?

Answer by Raakhee Venugopal My sister and I grew up in a strict household. We had rules laid down in certain matters that we were expected to obey without any questions: You will not raise your voice at any family elder. And you never talk to any family elder in equal terms. Respect is to…