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How can I raise my children properly as a single parent?

Q: I am a single parent of two children aged 5 and 7 years respectively. Their mother expired recently, last month. My children are very sensitive and shy. They are not so good in studies also. I am really worried about them. I am working in a private company and spend most of the time in office. My parents take care of them in my absence. There is a communication gap between them and me. How can I take care of them and help them improve their self-confidence? Please advise something about their diets as well.

A:Life can be quite tragic. But you must make sure that you spend enough time with the children, so that they know that you are there for them. Play with them and make them laugh. They should have plenty of toys and books to play with and read. Food should be made palatable. Avoid spices, especially chillies. They should eat at least 4 or 5 times a day. Their preferences can be taken into account. They should not be forced to eat something, but persuaded to eat everything gradually. Talk to your parents and ask them how you can share in the rearing of the children.

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