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
As I sit on my porch to watch over my son playing outside, I realize how important it is to keep the environment clean and safe. I also feel grateful that we get to live in the safe environs of a gated community.
I grew up in a rather large, gated community myself as my father was working with the Ministry of Defense. We had the luxury of playing outdoors at odd timings and the campuses were filled with trees all around. I got to pluck guavas from own garden and mulberries from my friend’s garden. We were rugged and carefree. My parents didn’t have to worry much about me. It’s unfortunate that living in a metro, I can’t provide any of these experiences to my son. In fact, I have to be more careful. Continue Reading
Although we are enjoying the monsoon mood, there is but one buzz-kill for everyone! Quite literally, the buzz that is caused is because of the mosquito bites and dengue going viral. There is no better time than now to discuss how we can prevent our homes from these pests that affect our platelets.
If you thought your beautiful garden was the only reason why mosquitoes feast on you every night, you may be partially wrong. Yes, shrubs and trees are a shelter for mosquitoes but the right kind of plantation such as citronella, mint, neem, tulsi, lemon helps to keep them away from your garden. My friends and colleagues have come back to me with stories of how this simple twist in kitchen gardening has helped them scare the bugs and mosquitoes away. 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
The last three years have brought more change in my life than all the ones preceding them. Things became even more unhinged when I lost mom the year before last. She was the stabilizing factor not just in my life but also the anchor for my entire family. I now feel sometimes that we are adrift and rudderless. That’s not to say that all is bleak. I have also experienced more success in the last three years than I ever have. I have been lucky enough to have been out of work for almost ten and come back and create a decent hold in my field in a short span. 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
Children’s day has always been something we celebrated in school and that tradition continues with my son too. It has meant going to a carnival organised by his school and nothing more than that. However, this year I have been thinking of ways to surprise him with something without spending too much money yet making it special. I always wanted him to grow up fast when he was a toddler and now I’m holding on to the few years l have left before he goes in to his teens when I can still do things which he might not roll his eyes for. So here are few things that can be done – Continue Reading