EP. #06 Raising happy children with Psychologist and Parenting Expert Sidhika Goenka.

EP. #06 Raising happy children with Psychologist and Parenting Expert Sidhika Goenka.

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Raising happy children is not just a philosophical concept read in parenting books, it is something that is to be learnt and lived practised daily. I have always given importance to mindful parenting in my talks and that is because kids do grow up on their own without your intervention, but their tiny little brain doesn’t know how to handle this test called life.

It’s our job as parents to teach them how to process various emotions, how to handle situations better. And this isn’t achieved in a week or two. Nor does it come with a manual.

The foundation of good parenting is laid from childhood itself, where you turn everyday moments into teachable ones.

Talking on the same lines we will be discussing some basics of parenting like

  • Raising the self esteem of a child
  • Rasing happy children
  • Maintaining boundaries 

To provide us with a tangible approach on all these topics we have with us Mrs Siddhika Goenka a psychologist by profession who has done her MSC in counselling and counsellor education from USA.

She is founder of empowering you- a  centre for education, growth and development for children n adults.

She is also a certified story teller and an education consultant.

She takes various classes on confidence building, public speaking, Vocabulary and personality development for age  6 months to 60 years. She also does teacher training and consulting for schools all over India. 

She’s a  mother of 3 and loves work! 

Before we go on with the show notes, do check out my interview with @youmeandkaira

Its great for new moms where i speak about:

  • Weaning rules for kids.
  • Avoiding colic in babies.
  • Causes of breast engorgement and how to treat it.
  • How to care for an episiotomy cut/perineal tear?
  • And managing two babies under two. 

Check the whole interview on

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Show Notes

1. Raising self-esteem in children keeping in mind the importance of self-image that is given by today’s society.

2. Raising happy children. I know it sounds cliche but in today’s competitive world where every other person has something more or better than you and its not usually possible for parents to cope up with all the trends so in such situations how do we raise happy children by giving priority to quality v/s quantity.

3. A psychologists view on maintaining boundaries. Also, how can we discipline children without punishments and are there any better ways to do so?

4. Siddhika talks quite a bit about the ABC’s of parenting in her videos, here she sheds some light on that and how understanding these can help us understand our child better.

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This Post Has 15 Comments

  1. mahekg

    Thanks for sharing. Sometimes we do what we understand what’s the best for our child but getting an understanding is always beneficial. Subscribed to her YouTube channel.

    1. Dr. Rahat Sayyad

      Glad to know. Do listen to the whole podcast and also subscribe using your favorite app.

    2. This is very very informative. Have two nephews and I am pretty sure my sisters are gonna find this useful. Thank you for this. Have shared it with them.

  2. Samidha Mathur

    Very informative. Being a parent, it becomes a challenging task for me and I feel my kids are always unhappy.. but yes sometimes happy surrounding and happy moments turns my thoughts.

    1. Dr. Rahat Sayyad

      Absolutely. Samidha a happy mother equals happy children. I am so glad you liked it.

  3. myworldwitheira

    Raising happy children is very important and while parenting sometimes we do take steps that we regret later especially when it includes a little bit of discipline. Great share!

    1. Dr. Rahat Sayyad

      Yes couldn’t have put it in better words. We have an episode lined up on discipline techniques for gentle parenting with a parent coach from USA stay tuned….

    2. mummatalks

      No one said being a parent is an easy job… a childs mind is like clay… we have to mould it right for them to learn the right things in life. I make sure I’m assertive, more compassionate and calm specially when my kids have done something wrong coz I dnt wont them to fear me but to talk to me.

      1. Dr. Rahat Sayyad

        Thats such a lovely strategy. Helping kids open up to us is the best thing we can do for them.

  4. Dr. Rahat Sayyad

    Absolutely. There is so much to learn and unlearn when it comes to parenting.

  5. Snigdha

    This is very much informative. A happy surrounding is always necessary to raise a happy child . Another thing is discipline which should be there , else your point of views are also great.

  6. Amritha Srinath

    Raising a happy child is one of the difficult tasks of parenthood. We have often seen elders, especially telling us that if the child is unnecessarily crying – let him/ her cry and they will pacify themselves. But I believe that if we listen to the child and the reasons for their cry, the child feels accepted and crying stops halfway. Also, its very important to listen attentively to your child everytime they express their feelings. This will again make them feel respected and inclusive.

    Great pointers. Heading to the podcast now.

    1. Dr. Rahat Sayyad

      yes absolutely! in fact, children look for validation of their feelings when they scream or cry, and when we don’t give them our attention then their behaviour turns violent what we call ass bratty behaviour. I hope you like the podcast. Do subscribe to it if you find it useful.

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