Episode 47 – Engaging Kids – Online Content

Engaging kids Online content screen time Nadir Kanthawala Peter Kotikalapudi Vaishali Sudan Sharma Natasha Kini pops in a pod
Engaging kids Online content with Vaishali Sudan Sharma and Natasha Kini | Pops In A Pod

Screen time has dominated conversations in the recent past every time parents get together. Even on Pops In A Pod, somehow our discussions veer off on a tangent and we end up talking about screen time. So we decided to dedicate an entire episode on it, by calling it Online Content… but really it’s all about screen time

This is the third instalment of our mini series ENGAGING KIDS. The previous two were on Play time and Music. And this time around too we’ve got two very enterprising moms. Vaishali Sudan Sharma, a marketing professional and mom of a 6-year-old boy (she has already made an appearance in the Music episode). And Natasha Kini, a communication specialist and mom to a 4-year-old son. Both talk about their experiences and their kids’ as well.

Engaging Kids – Online Content aka Screen Time

Youtube seems to be the staple platform for all parents and kids; whether as a virtual babysitter, an entertainer or a make-shift teacher. But there are many other platforms that are doing a similar job, especially Netflix Kids and Khan Academy to name a few.

Another interesting point that came in this discussion was the kind of exposure the kids have at home as well. It makes a big difference if you live in a joint family or a nuclear family. In a joint family the child can make different connections with multiple family members and also there is a high chance of other kids living in the house

Parents are clear that passive viewing needs to be come down and the kids need to be exposed to more content other than just cartoons e.g. animal shows, sports and even learning videos.

What we have come to realise is that no child/toddler can escape screen time. It is well-integrated in our society and the faster parents realise, that this is the new normal, the better it is for everyone. I don’t think anybody would be ok with their children stuck to the screens but let’s take a long hard look at yourselves. Can we do without our devices? Can we work without our devices? Can we socialise without our devices? Some of us can’t even go to the loo without a device.

Now imagine your kid, who is looking at you every single minute of the day (thanks to this lockdown) on your device. They want a piece of that action too, and we do everything in our power to keep them away from it. Isn’t it hypocritical? Wouldn’t it be strange if they DON’T know how to use the basics of a phone or a laptop? Let’s not forget they too are modern tools of knowledge and not just passive viewing screens

Listen to the episode and let us know on what side of the fence do you belong to?

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Episode 46 – Engaging Kids – MUSIC

We continue with our ENGAGING KIDS theme for the month of October and in the second part of the series we will discuss music and it’s influence on kids. For this episode once again we are joined by Dr. Wilona Annunciation and along with her we also invited Vaishali Sudan Sharma, a marketing professional and a mother to a 6-year-old son.

Episode 46 – Engaging Kids – MUSIC

We got two very interesting perspectives on the consumption of music by today’s kids. Vaishali talks extensively about her son’s school and how it majorly contributed and affected his way of thinking as far as music was concerned. Going a Waldorf based school, the thinking is clearly very different.

Dr. Wilona on the other hand talks about how new technology has penetrated our day-to-day life and taking over the child’s entertainment space. And we are not talking about screens. New tech has definitely changed the way kids learn amd consume music or any other content for that matter.

Just like the previous episode Engaging Kids – Play Time in this episode as well gender-neutral parenting did come up and we love the fact that modern age parents are not just encouraging of it but also highly accepting.

There are many other aspects of music that were discussed in this episode. So go ahead have a listen and let us know what you took away from it.

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Episode 45 – Engaging Kids – Play Time

One of the biggest challenges that parents have faced, is engaging their kids. And it has become more pronounced during this pandemic, especially with work-from-home, house work and online schooling. All of this bundled up in a not-so-fun package, especially for us parents.

This month, we have produced a four-part series with the theme ENGAGING KIDS. The episodes will be divided on the topics of
1. Play time
2. Music
3. Online content
4. Books

In the first part of the series we are joined by two moms – Alok Gambhir and Dr. Wilona Annunciation.

Aloka Gambhir is a fairly popular figure in the mom influencer circle and used to consult new mums on lactation and baby wearing, she is always a very avid reader. She is a mother of two boys aged 8 and 5.5. Dr. Wilona Annunciation is a practicing Psychiatrist who has worked with kids and geriatrics alike. She is a mother to a 9 year old daughter and 7 year old son.

Before we start our conversation with the lovely ladies, Peter Pop and Nadir Pop share what play time looks like at our homes both pre and post COVID.

We asked pretty open questions to Aloka and Wilona

  1. When it comes to play time how do your kids engage, especially with toys?
  2. Did you, as a parent do anything to introduce them to specific play or toys or was it just organic?
  3. Screen time (no matter how much we try to avoid it, it always shows up in conversation)
  4. Have you seen any behaviourial change in the kids in relation to what and how they play?(We asked this question specifically to Dr. Wilona)

The responses as expected were varied, deeply personal and brought a smile on our faces. Aloka, especially, on how her youngest seeks inspiration from the house help and does his best to imitate them at home. It’s just a really wonderful learning curve for these young kids.

Dr. Wilona stressed about the importance of physical and outdoor activities that help her kids develop and how there was a change in approach as COVID hit.

Go ahead give the episode a whirl and let us know if you would like to share any such experiences. Next week in Part 2, Dr. Wilona will be back with Vaishali Sharma, another mom influencer to discuss Music.

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Podcast Recommendations

Today is International Podcast Day and both Pops spend a part of their day listening to podcasts on various topics. Here are a few podcasts that they recommend.

Nadir Pop’s pick

SERIAL My very first podcast experience and something that I’ll never forget. A heady blend of mystery, investigation and human element. It’s just all so gripping. Praise-worthy production scale and so well researched.

The Seen and the Unseen Is a weekly podcast hosted by Amit Varma, a seasoned journalist. It gives you a glimpse into what India was, what India is and what India has the potential to become. A long format podcast that can really get you to think about this beloved country of ours.

DUST Is a sci-fi podcast that truly paved the road for me to listen to fiction. I have always connected podcasts to non-fiction formats but with DUST’s world-class production and seminal storytelling, it takes you to multiple worlds, literally. Note- Crazy score with that mesmerizing voice over

TED Radio Hour The best interview based podcast, in my opinion. I love the fact that they get at least 3-4 guests per episode to give you a multi-angle view of a single topic. The simplicity of the subjects that they select is the biggest draw. And it’s from the house of TED so content is top notch, rest assured

The History of Philosophy I was very intrigued with philosophy as a subject and there is just so much to read. So I turned to podcasts and this gem turns up. Right from the pre-Socrates to the modern age philosophers, it’s just so calming, listening to not just what people thought of life, but how they tried to live it. The host Peter Adamson speaks in such a measured tone it’s almost like you are having a conversation with him

Peter Pops’s picks

Andy Social Australian musician Andy Dowling interviews people from all walks of life. The chats are quite detailed which make it a good listen during a run/walk. I am featured on Episode 196

Dumb and Dumbest A daily podcast (I have no idea how they do it) focused on the music business. Hosted by consultant Matt Bacon, Music Publicist Curtis Dewar and Social Media expert Keith Chachkes

History in 5 songs with Martin Popoff Author Martin Popoff is a human encylopedia on rock and heavy metal music. He packs in a lot of trivia in a short time (Averages episode is 20 minutes). You will look at your favourite rock/heavy metal artist with different eyes after listening to just one episode.

Tales of the Trade A podcast featuring Dubai’s pioneers & the stories behind their companies and communities. Host Chirag Desai goes through many aspects of their entrepreneurial journey. Latest season of the podcast is focusing on how companies and their people are coping post the lockdown due to the global pandemic.

The Origin of Things A short-format podcast hosted by Deepak Gopalakrishnan aka Chuck delves into the history brands and companies. Told in a dramatized manner with some creative liberty, you are always left guessing who the story is about till the last minute.

So what are you favourites?

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Nadir currently leads the Business Development division at a digital agency. Prior to this he spent just over a decade in TV and digital video production – producing, directing, developing content and writing.  www.linkedin.com/in/nadir-kanthawala-47249814/

Peter is a marketing guy. He has a decade experience with companies ranging from startups to public listed companies. http://www.linkedin.com/in/peterkotikalapudi

Episode 44 – Online Education – The Journey so far

For a parent, a child’s education is of utmost importance. They will turn the world upside down to get the best for their kids. Little did they know, with work from home came online schooling and now they are going to remain in that upside down world for some time

Every idea needs time for it to either succeed or fail and online education falls right in the middle. There is the “good” balanced with the “bad”, in this episode Peter Pop and Nadir Pop delve into the different aspects of online education (primary) along with a gentleman who did his English Literature Honours and went ahead and got an MBA from IIM Bangalore, Rohit Sarma knows a thing or two about getting a good education.

I think it is safe to assume that none of us, and I mean NONE OF US, saw online education coming, at least in the primary sector. Yes, we have the new ed tech companies mushrooming everywhere but your very own brick and mortar schools going digital that was hard to digest. And yet it was the need to the hour.

Peter Pop moderated the episode where Rohit and Nadir Pop spoken extensively about our children’s online school experiences – From patient teachers to impatient parents and everything in between.

Go ahead give the episode a whirl and let us know if you have any experiences to share with us.

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You can also listen to other education based episodes that POPS IN A POD produced. You can check them out below:

EP 36 – New Education Policy 2020

EP 34 – Grades, marks and everything in between

EP 33 – Selecting Schools

EP 32 – Pre school education – Jeetu Karsan

Nadir currently leads the Business Development division at a digital agency. Prior to this Nadir spent a decade in TV and digital video production – producing, directing, developing content and writing.  www.linkedin.com/in/nadir-kanthawala-47249814/  

Peter is a marketing guy. He has a decade experience with companies ranging from startups to public listed companies. http://www.linkedin.com/in/peterkotikalapudi

Episode 43 – Entrepreneur parent -Shradha Sud (Mama Couture)

Shradha Sud had a telling journey to entrepreneurship, she’s been a corporate lawyer for 13 years before founding her very own maternity fashion label – Mama Couture. And she didn’t have to look very far to come up with this idea, her own pregnancy led to a light-bulb moment and the path to become an entrepreneur became very clear.

Shradha brought up something fascinating during her chat, she said that India was in the midst of a start-up revolution and she was drawn by that entrepreneurship energy but it was all about a social cause directed towards women. It was during her pregnancy that she came up with the idea for Mama Couture, listen more about that journey in the episode.

She goes on to talk about the perfect marriage of fashion and comfort especially in the maternity clothing range because it is so important for even working women to feel motivated when you have something stylish and comfortable to wear to work. With the population of India and the number of pregnancies that happen in this country it is truly alarming that we didn’t have a brand that represented these women.

Go ahead have a listen to the entire episode on what Shradha has to say about the women of India, her venture Mama Couture and work life balance

Episode 42 – Parenting in Cobra Kai

We love doing podcasts around entertainment. It just pushes us in a fantasy-fiction world and try and imagine what it’s like to live the life of those characters, especially the parents.

This week we picked up Cobra Kai which is currently streaming on Netflix and both Peter Pop and Nadir Pop ended up watching with of our own accord. So it was a very obvious choice for our film episode.

Johnny Lawrence and Daniel Larusso are character that are on two ends of the spectrum as people and especially as parents and both have their own interesting traits and flaws.

We discuss the different facets of parents, especially Lawrence and Larusso, in the Cobra Kai episode. So go ahead and listen to it and let us know what you think about it.

If you have any film or show suggestions that you would like us to dissect then please write to us on social media or you can mail us on popsinapod@gmail.com

Episode 41 – Parenting during the festive season Pt.2

Maitri Verma little fixes podcast

In Part 2 of Parenting During Festivals Peter Pop and Nadir Pop are joined by fellow podcaster Maitri Verma of the Little Fixes Podcast. Maitri shares how she celebrated her lockdown birthday, her experiences with her daughter during the festive season and more.

Little Fixes Podcast talks to experts from various fields and chat about career, self-care, mental health, social-media tips, fitness, parenting and relationships. Their honest stories, experiences and ideas help you thrive and take you closer to the kind of life you want to live. The podcast is in Hinglish and love to laugh.

Episode 40 – Parenting during the festive season

This season is going to be a strange one as far as festivals is concerned, especially for a country like India, where its people just needs an excuse to celebrate, make merry and get out of their homes. 2020 will be the year of non-celebratory celebrations. The spirit is there but heavily waned. Nadir Pop is loving this whereas Peter Pop not so much because he is going to miss all the food.

Although both of us feel bad for our kids because being trapped in the home for 6 months is not easy. And now to go about celebrating festivals without all the fun and fanfare… it’s going to be worse.

On this episode the Peter Pop and Nadir Pop share their stories and experiences of parenting during the season of festivals and what it was like to deal with a kid such crowded events. Be it weddings or other ceremonious events, “having fun” has changed forever for them.

Stay tuned for Part 2 with a guest, a mom podcaster who shares her perspective on parenting during festivals.

Episode 39 – Entrepreneur Parents – Meghana Narayan and Shauravi Malik – Slurrp Farm

In this edition of entrepreneur parents we have a really fun chat with Meghana Narayan and Shauravi Malik, founders from Slurrp Farm.

Meghana and Shauravi were such delightful guests to talk to. Their brand image is a clear extension of their gregarious personality. They spoke to us in detail about their journey moving from a power suit jobs to plunging into the tough world of entrepreneurship.

It was never going to be easy but these champions made it happen, they stuck to the plan (and each other) to achieve what they set out to get. And all this while balancing their professional and parental roles.

Meghana and Shauravi explained in detail how they went about their research, speaking with food technologist, preparing the product, diving into their family recipes, sampling with the neighbours before taking it live to the market.

We also discussed the importance of family support especially when you get into business and what a rock solid family support they received.

Go ahead and have a listen to this episode. Not only was it fun but very informative as well.

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