As parents we need to survive personality clashes, ability battles, attention tactics, and multiple mini-battles, only to conclude that sibling rivalry, like nightwaking, is one of the inevitable annoyances of having children. We also need to face that the degree of sibling rivalry, and whether or not it has long-term positive or negative consequences, depends on what parents do about it. Yet, out-of-control sibling rivalry should not be considered an unavoidable consequence of having more than one child.
April sun may be eluding London this year, but you are guaranteed to get the feeling of an Indian Summer, thanks to the Alchemy festival at the Southbank Centre. It officially opens on Wednesday 10 April, running up to 21 April.
Hollywood actress Lindsay Lohan, who visited India in 2009 to shoot a documentary on child trafficking in the country, says it was an unforgettable experience that left her "shocked and sad". The troubled actress, 26, gearing up for the release of her film "Scary Movie 5", which hits screens in the US April 12 and here a week later, said about her India trip: "It was an experience I would never forget."
At book club the other night a friend was telling us that she doesn’t keep any cookies or candy or sweets in her house because, if she did, she’d eat them all. The mothers in the group responded practically in unison: “So how do you bribe your kids?”
Puppet theatre as creative entertainment has become integral to contemporary performances in the last few years drawing new legions of viewers to its fold in redefining an ancient art form - believed to have originated in India - to address new cultural needs.
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