Keywords: Cultural parenting, multicultural, intergenerational communication, balancing cultures, Indian-American, tradition, heritage, parenting, informed choices, family stories, leadership, integrity, leading by example, make your own traditions, family values, family history, western culture, western influence.
Meenal Pandya has been writing about India and its culture for more than a decade. She has written several books, hundreds of articles, and poems. Her writings have appeared in many prestigious magazines, newspapers and journals around the world. She lives in the US and is a writer, publisher and a consultant. She has raised two daughters.
Meenal wrote these essays offering invaluable advice and guidance especially for Teach India Project readers and subscribers.
Cultural Parenting: A Primer for Parents
Meenal, what is cultural parenting and how do I begin to raise a culturally balanced child? One who is confident of his or her own cultural heritage and respectful of other cultures?
Indian-American Parent's Challenge: Kids and Culture
Meenal Pandya is the author of The Indian Parenting Book. She says, How to raise culturally balanced children in America is, I think, the challenge that all Indian parents face. It is not only about how to teach our values but also how to inject Indian culture into their lives and remain in sync with the culture and their peers here. We need a practical approach to translate cultural values in everyday life so that our children understand and accept them.
Click on the above link to read Meenal's suggestions from her presentation at an event hosted by the Teach India Project on May 30th, 2009.
Something New: How Do I Choose?
Traditions are your language; you identify yourself with them, express yourself through them and around them, and most importantly, you feel an instant bond with people who are familiar with them. How can we keep traditions alive? How do we decide which traditions to keep alive?
No Place for
Gandhiji In My Life: I'm Only A Parent
Being an adult and being a parent is about being a leader and a role model. As long as there is someone who looks up to you, depends on your decisions, or follows in your foot steps, you are a leader. In fact, contrary to what we may think, being a leader is a tough job because your every action or inaction brings consequences to many and may change the course of the future generations depending upon how big a leader you are. Gandhiji said my life is my message". If we look closely at his life, we can derive some fundamental principles of being a good leader.
Updated September 2011