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    Anandalakshmy received her post-graduate education in Human Development from institutions in the US: Bryn Mawr College and the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She was responsible for establishing and heading Vidya Mandir, a school in Chennai, where she used a creative and non-competitive approach in teaching and management. Later she joined Lady Irwin College (Delhi University), where she planned, established and headed the post-graduate course in Child Development from 1970 to 1983. Subsequently, she served as the Director of the College from 1983 to 1991.Her research has been in the areas of Socialization, Cognitive Development in Infancy and the Girl Child. She has traveled widely in India and outside to fulfill several academic commitments. She has been a Visiting Scholar in Paris and Edinburgh, and has been an invitee of the Asia Society in the USA. She has participated at Seminars at the Universities of Chicago, Harvard and Oxford. In more recent years, travel included a visit to Beijing for a Conference organized by UNICEF (2005) and meetings at Montreal and Vancouver for the Knowledge Network (2006) on Early Childhood, sponsored by the World Health Organization. She works with a number of voluntary organizations in India: SEWA in Gujarat, SWRC in Tilonia, Volontariat in Pondicherry, and Bala Mandir in Chennai, mainly advising on programmes for young children. She helps with counselling parents and children at Bala Mandir Resource Centre. In 2007, she was actively involved in documenting an educational innovation in the State-run schools of Tamil Nadu and made a documentary film titled “The Silent Revolution.” She served as the Consulting Editor for the book “Child Development” published by Doctor NDTV and Byword Books in 2007. She is also the co-Editor (with Nandita Chowdhary and Neerja Sharma) of “Researching Families and Children” (Sage, in press, due in 2008).

Questions Answered by me

If your child attends a Nursery School which does not insist on teaching her the alphabet, it is quite natural that she does not know them. There...

Answered on : 09 Aug 2010

You may be surprised to hear that there are not too many "normal" children - they are all different in different ways - and some may seem "...

Answered on : 30 Jun 2010

Some children do find out that there are private parts of the body which respond to touch. When stimulated, they give pleasure. This is referred...

Answered on : 24 Jun 2010

Yes, your child is normal and you are getting worried for no good reason. If she has a good imagination, consider yourself lucky. Also make sure...

Answered on : 19 Jun 2010

If your daughter admires a class fellow (a boy) or spends time dreaming about him, it is not the same thing as having a "boy friend" I think you...

Answered on : 09 Jun 2010

Your grandduughter does NOT have psychological problems. It is perfectly
natural for children to be interested in household articles and to...

Answered on : 26 Apr 2010

No parent is able to tell the full story. Possibly important facts are left out and I have to do some guessing! The number of people in the family...

Answered on : 23 Apr 2010

You seem to realize the source of the problem: your own uneven relationship with your husband's parents. Taking it out on a 6 year old child is...

Answered on : 01 Apr 2010

The problem seems to be one of your relationships with your daughter. She probably wants more of your time, so she takes a long time to eat. I am...

Answered on : 17 Mar 2010

There is no problem at all. She may not be painting with a colour-she may be painting a colour. Please let her have her freedom. Do not make her...

Answered on : 14 Mar 2010
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