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My friend and her husband don’t have any children. She did undergo IVF and successfully conceived twice, but the babies did not survive. Her family is very supportive and somehow she tries to be normal. The bitter part is that whenever she attends social gatherings, all the educated and cultured ladies seem to only talk about her lost babies. They are sympathetic and show a lot of concern, but it makes her feel depressed and hurt. Now because of the overdose of sympathy, she has started avoiding people. I am her closest friend and I care for her and want her to regain her lost confidence. How do I tackle this?
Priyanka Saxena, Mumbai
I really feel for your friend as this is really tough for any woman to go through. She obviously needs a lot of support and I’m glad you are such a good and understanding friend. You need to motivate her and tell her to stay strong. She should not let people bother her – a lot of people will say a lot of things, but they are not important. Also, I’d like to say that there are a lot of options like adoption and surrogacy today. So tell her not to lose hope.
I’m a 36-year-old married woman with two teenage kids (11-year-old son and 13-year-old daughter). Their exams are over and all day, they are either watching TV or are on their smartphones. I really would like to know how to keep them away from their screens and occupied?
Vidya Lele, Mumbai
It’s summer holidays and absolutely the right time for your kids to pursue a new hobby or interest. There are so many interesting hobby classes going on everywhere. Admit your kids into one of them or get them to enjoy the outdoors by joining some sport. This will keep them busy, interested and away from the TV screen and phone. I am throwing a party at my place for my in-laws’ 50th wedding anniversary. Could you tell me how I can make it extremely special for them?
Meeta Bakshi, Bangalore
That’s such a wonderful gesture on your part. There are many ways by which you can make their anniversary special in terms of planning out the event. But I think a special gesture would be making a good photo visual of the entire family or just them alone, or you can make an audiovisual on their 50 years of togetherness. This will be extremely touching.