Life is in the breath and he who breathes half, lives a half-life . Breathing keeps us alive. While we are not sure how much pure air we inhale, the bodily function of pumping air into the body continues to work incessantly as long as we are alive. However, rarely do we realize the importance of the respiratory system in our body. But a slight breathing problem can pinch you to the gut and that’s when we realize taking care of it is really important. I have faced several alarming issues in the past with my son Kabir when he was really young. Continue Reading
Does your child have more than one talent? I agree that every child has his or her own set of abilities. And although it might appear that they are pursuing their passion, is it perhaps possible that they have a multi-faceted, a multi-talented personality that we, as parents might tend to overlook? I was forced to delve into this thought when I remember myself wanting to ace the exams in school and also play basketball at national level. Then I would pursue my dance lessons and perform at every school gathering as well. Now that my child is growing up, it gets me thinking if it is perhaps okay to let him juggle between activities or let him follow one hobby and master that one talent?
In the formative years of a child’s life, he/she is exposed to a plethora of activities. Whenever my friends and I would catch up, we would openly share the recent developments of our childrens’ activities. In most of our discussions, I found a common thread. We were pushing our children into a one-direction progressive approach. I feel kids these days want to tap into multiple opportunities and have the capacity to master more than one passion. Continue Reading
Approaching the last month of the year we’ve got a number of festivities and holidays that have kids and adults excited just the same. With a busy lifestyle as a mother, someone who loves shopping and fitness enthusiast, it is important to find things to do with my son that we both love and which gets us both the needed calorie burns! Umm, not really. When it’s time to have, it’s fun with no bars hold 😊 Continue Reading
There’s nothing quite like spending time, even if it means laborious hours in the kitchen, cooking up something your child really loves to eat. ‘Maa ke haath ka khana’ beats any Michellin Star dish! But can you ever compare that to a priceless gesture of your child surprising you one eventful evening with a lip-smacking spread of your favourite food? Continue Reading
In India, we are really blessed that we can afford a house help. But that is no reason to put the entire responsibility on them for doing all the chores. Including kids in household chores is a good way to teach them responsibility and self-sufficiency. It’s an important life skill and helps them understand the meaning of contributing to the family and household. They need to know that it takes time, effort and work. And knowing that helps teach appreciation and empathy towards parents and the house help. Many household chores require adult hands involved or supervision, but there are also plenty that kids can handle on their own. Here are some I have listed down which I think any 6-year-old plus can manage – Continue Reading
I have been meaning to write this article for sometime now. However, I was hesitant as no two situations are the same and I’m no expert. But like always I would like to share what’s in my heart and my experience of managing my son for almost 3 years all by myself. Social media makes my life look pretty good and I can’t deny that it has been good and I’m blessed to be making a living out of what I love. But it’s not easy. I’m not able to give as much attention to my son as I would like to and the guilt gives me many sleepless nights. I have had days of complete meltdowns and I have screamed and pulled my hair. There are a lot of days I have taken refuge in bed and then days where I haven’t wanted to go back home. Continue Reading
I have always preferred to give thoughtful gifts. I hate it when paucity of time makes me buy something generic. I would rather bake a tea cake with love for someone I care about than give an expensive watch. And I find shopping for gifts stressful too. I want Kabir inculcate this habit as well but I didn’t want to force it on him. So, I asked him to personalise notebooks on http://classmatestationery.com/ and create gifts for Christmas for whoever he wants. The process is very simple – you select the size, the bind, number of pages and then upload the image you want on top.
Kabir decided that he wanted to use his doodles for some and wanted Leo’s (our cat who passed away) image on one. He got really engrossed in it and made me order 12 instead of a pack of 6. He ended up thinking about what his friends loved but the biggest surprise for me was the notebook he ordered for me and it had a runner girl on it 😊 I just wish we had thought of this as the return gifts for his birthday instead. Continue Reading
Often, I have suspected, understanding life is directly correlated with unlearning a lot of what we have been led to believe.
The ability of our mind to process life and put it into neat little boxes never ceases to amaze me. Whereas life itself is interconnected at every level. That the mind will trick you is something I ought to know by now. But it still manages to pull one over on me every now and again.
Over the last few months, I had been receiving a few negative comments about my sponsored posts. Unbeknownst to me, they had apparently had an affect on me and subconsciously I also started looking at sponsored posts as something that was a break in the flow of an Instagram feed which is an honest representation of my life. Continue Reading
A couple of years back I had noticed a peculiar behaviour in my son Kabir. Every task that he did was divided in to two groups – “I’m good at it” and “I’m not good at it”. He would be frustrated and resist doing “things” he thought he wasn’t good at. He would decide it even before trying the tasks for the first time. It took me time to realise that it was the fear of failure which was stopping him. And when I look back somewhere it was my fear of failure which had trickled down to him. I would only do the things in front of him that I was good at and not let him see the side of me which wasn’t perfect. When I was baking professionally, I never showed him all the icings and cakes gone wrong. When I couldn’t park right (I still can’t), I tried to cover it by making some excuse. Continue Reading
I was recently approached by Enfagrow A+ as they wanted me to be a part of their initiative of spreading happiness this Christmas by gifting toys and storybooks to an NGO (in addition, they will also distribute Enfagrow A+ tins, clothes and educational toys). I was hesitant at first as it involved getting Kabir to give away one of his favorite toys. I was pleasantly surprised when I asked Kabir, he picked up his all-time favourite truck and handed it over to me happily. I can’t deny that I felt really proud. Continue Reading