The concept and system of family has undergone a drastic change over the years in response to the development in education, industrialization, and urbanization. A sample of this change: Nuclear families while not an Indian tradition have gained traction. More women have entered the workforce, unfortunately, their ambitions are short-lived once married. The marriage factor doesn’t affect the working man, a progressive lot are happy to support their more successful spouse. The percentage of single mothers has increased, corresponding to the rise in divorces in the country but there are also happy, unmarried single mothers. Couples are also re-defining parenting in today’s time. In this series, Megha Mawandia, parent coach and counsellor, shares stories of families who have broken traditional ideas we have grown up with.
Megha is a trained parent counsellor (Hand in Hand USA), a social worker (Tata Institute of Social Sciences), and a narrative therapist (Ummeed Child Development Centre). Learn more at Triyoke.
Trailer - Megha Mawandia [ 01:09 ]
Introduction to the show.
Working Moms - Megha Mawandia [ 21:00 ]
Motherhood is looked upon as a blessing, but many mothers do not share the sentiment. Being a mother is a challenge under the pressure of providing your child the best. Even more of a challenge for working moms. Megha Mawandia, parent coach and counsellor, chats with Aparna Maroo Jain, who re-entered corporate life after a 10-year sabbatical, that was spent focusing on being a mother. Tune in to learn about her challenges and how she overcame them.
Pressure of Settling Down - Megha Mawandia [ 29:25 ]
Pressure of Settling Down
Complete your education, get a job, get married, buy a house, have kids! This is the ideal ‘success’ checklist for most parents. There is enormous pressure to get married as soon as an individual reaches their mid or late 20’s. Pressure from family, relatives, social media and sometimes even friends – you feel the universe is conspiring against you. How do you brave persistent comments such as ‘your clock is ticking’ and ‘your turn next’? Tune in as Megha Mawandia, parent coach and counsellor chats with Tanvi Khemani, who works in an ed-tech firm, and is in her mid 20’s and currently tackling the pressure of settling down.
Playful Parenting - Megha Mawandia [ 31:11 ]
Parenting isn't easy but there are ways to make it light-hearted and fun. On this episode, Abigail Wald, Author & Parenting Consultant, discusses the importance of 'playfulness', an exciting approach to parenting. It helps with better bonding, and in solving behavioral problems. She also reveals interesting tips to establish playfulness in other relationships within the family.
Stay At Home Dad - Megha Mawandia [ 31:23 ]
Stay At Home Dad
Mothers typically bear the larger responsibility of parenting. Is it possible to do it the other way? This episode is a heartfelt account of a Dad who chose raising his child (over work) and is proud of this unprecedented step. Abuzar Akhtar, a Bollywood playback singer shares how the joy of being a ‘stay-at-home’ Dad helped him cherish every single moment of his son's life, big and small.
Journey of Adoption - Megha Mawandia [ 28:46 ]
Journey of Adoption
Adoption is a deeply emotional process. While the decision itself can be unimaginably hard, the process does not make it any easier. This is a heartwarming story of Dr. Vinod Nadig's journey of adopting of his second child. He chats with us about how they came to the decision, dealing with extended family, breaking the news to their child, and most importantly, how extremely proud he has been of his decision. Dr. Nadig is happy to talk to anyone considering adoption, please reach out to him at: +91 98867 83098.
Delayed Parenting - Megha Mawandia [ 17:11 ]
In this episode, we talk to AD Singh, a very highly successful restauranteur, pivotal in transforming the Indian culinary scene with several pioneering efforts across key cities. He is the Founder & MD of the famed Olive Bar & Kitchen. AD truly believes age really is just a number. He defied societal norms in getting married late, having his first child through IVF and his second child much later. AD shares personal experiences of having a second child at an older age, just so that his firstborn could have a best friend for life.
Parenting an Autistic Child - Megha Mawandia [ 32:28 ]
Parenting an Autistic Child
Parenting a special-needs child can be an onerous responsibility, but can it compel you to look at life from an altogether unique perspective? This episode is a deep and warm conversation with Gopika Kapoor, an author and therapist, as she shares her heartfelt journey of being a mother to an autistic child. She believes this experience transformed her and her family to appreciate life more greatly. Tune in to her profound and inspiring story.
Inclusivity in Parenting - Megha Mawandia [ 24:57 ]
Inclusivity in Parenting
In this episode, we speak to a parent who has challenged conventional thinking in more ways than one. Vibha Shah is the mother of Sunny, who is hearing impaired and belongs to the LGBTQIA+ community. Vibha Shah is a mental health practitioner and trustee of Aured, a centre for children with hearing impairments, and brings her vast experience to bear both in her personal life and in her professional capacity. She is a champion of equal rights and a more inclusive world for all. Our guest speaks about raising a differently-abled child in a joint family and more. Hear her talk about Sunny's journey as he overcame challenges, ableist attitudes of society, and discovered his sexual preferences, along the way.