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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).

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Dear Parents,   No child will have a tantrum "for no reason at all". The usual reason is frustration at being denied.something. But it could result...
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