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Usha Pokharel

Usha Pokharel is an educationist and author of several children’s books.

Understanding teenagers

Published On: November 11, 2018 02:00 AM NPT By: Usha Pokharel

Teenagers are sometimes mischievous, but have you thought about it from their point of view? They may be trying to affirm their existence by thinking differently

How to talk about consent with your child?

Published On: October 27, 2018 12:15 AM NPT By: Usha Pokharel

One day I got a phone call from a reporter. She wanted my comments about talking to young children about rape. That got me thinking. Being associated with institutions dealing with the rehabilitation of child rape victims, I always felt the need to make parents aware of techniques to deal with the topic of rape with their children.

Why Dashain matters

Published On: October 13, 2018 12:25 AM NPT By: Usha Pokharel

Dashain is almost here. Even the mornings look like Dashain. Looking around the market place, you see people gearing up to celebrate it with much fanfare.  Each year it is bigger and better than the previous year. People look forward to the long bida (vacation) after a whole year of hard work. Bida is especially exciting for the children.  They can go after their passion for linge ping (traditional swing built with bamboos during Dashain) and also chasing kites after changachet (falling of a kite after a kite fight).

Parenting modern-day kids

Published On: September 29, 2018 12:25 AM NPT By: Usha Pokharel

Our expectation of children is not realistic. We punish them for not performing well though they are doing well.

Save children from social media

Published On: September 15, 2018 12:15 AM NPT By: Usha Pokharel

I am sure you will agree with me when I say social media plays a role in our lives. I am tempted to ask you a very personal question: How many times do you check your social media account in a day?  Now, don’t be embarrassed. At the same time also think of how you feel when you cannot check your social media account for a few days.  Do you feel you are missing out on something someone said or even the reaction to your pictures that you recently posted? If you do, believe me, that is the beginning of anxiety disorder.

Wonders of elevators

Published On: September 1, 2018 12:15 AM NPT By: Usha Pokharel

On my recent trip to the United States, I had a connecting flight from Dubai airport. In the process of getting to the departure gate, I had to take an elevator, a very fancy one at that, with glass doors with opening both front and back. I got in from the front door and exited from the back door.  This fancy elevator reminded me of the first time I rode an elevator long time back during the 1960s in Kolkata. At the time I was living with my father and attending school there.  One day my father took me to a building where his office was located. It was in Russel Street.  As I remember, at the time I believed, the building belonged to Subarna Shamsher’s family.

History of time keeping

Published On: August 18, 2018 01:15 AM NPT By: Usha Pokharel

There are a few things that you don’t forget from your childhood, like the storybook Alice in the Wonderland.  Whenever someone talks about time I always remember the March Hare saying, “The time! The time! Who’s got the time?” Just the word ‘time’ takes me back to my first wristwatch that I got after finishing my 10th grade exam.

Journey with books

Published On: August 4, 2018 01:00 AM NPT By: Usha Pokharel

“Have you read my books”? BP Koirala asked. Then he picked one, gave it to me and said we’ll discuss about it after you finish reading. It was “Sumnima”

A brief history of buttons

Published On: July 21, 2018 12:36 AM NPT By: Usha Pokharel

Rumor has it that King Louis XIV of France spent five million dollars just on buttons during his lifetime.

Cinema, films and movies

Published On: July 7, 2018 04:15 AM NPT By: Usha Pokharel

Getting inside the hall was a challenge and the final sitting on the seat felt like being in heaven despite the noisy fans.

Journey with shoes

Published On: June 23, 2018 12:56 AM NPT By: Usha Pokharel

As I grew older, slippers got replaced with sandals for outdoor activities and they remained within periphery of house.

Helping teens grow

Published On: June 9, 2018 11:35 AM NPT By: Usha Pokharel

Try and keep some form of communication going between you and your child. Celebrate their success.

Resisting peer pressure

Published On: May 26, 2018 12:07 AM NPT By: Usha Pokharel

Parents need to teach their teens that if someone pressures them to do things they don’t want they should say ‘No.’

Communicating with teens

Published On: May 12, 2018 12:44 AM NPT By: Usha Pokharel

Preteens and teens are very much like us. They too have good days and bad days; we need to acknowledge that fact.

Let them sleep

Published On: April 28, 2018 12:16 AM NPT By: Usha Pokharel

With our eyes closed, we feel that everything else is also sleeping but that’s not the case.

Magical monsoon

Published On: April 14, 2018 12:27 AM NPT By: Usha Pokharel

Clouds are a visual treat for someone who can see and rain is a sensational treat of smell when it hits the dry earth.

Journey into self

Published On: March 31, 2018 01:05 AM NPT By: Usha Pokharel

The best thing to do is to stop being our own enemy. We can start by not lying to ourselves.

What respect means to kids

Published On: March 17, 2018 01:45 AM NPT By: Usha Pokharel

Parents should try their best to help their children figure out what is special about them that demands self-respect.

If the shoe fits

Published On: March 3, 2018 01:30 AM NPT By: Usha Pokharel

During the 16th century wealthy French noblewomen wore heels so high, they were practically standing on their toes

Story of shankha

Published On: February 17, 2018 12:19 AM NPT By: Usha Pokharel

The battle in Mahabharat began and ended each day with the blowing of Panchjanya by Lord Krishna.