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5 Parenting practices falling flat #ThrowbackThursday 5

There are some common parenting practices followed in nearly every home. These practices are supported by the premises that they have been followed over generations and hence now they form the invincible part of the parents’ DNA. But, do these time-tested practices really work in the present day context?

For this week’s #ThrowbackThursday, I am sharing an old post where I listed down 5 parenting practices which fall back flat on the parents’ face. Read and have fun.

The Bespectacled Mother

There are some common parenting practices followed in nearly every home. These practices are supported by the premises that they have been followed over generations and hence now these form the invincible part of the parents’ DNA. Based on my observations in my family and around, I have come up with 5 such practices which the parents exercise with their children and how they fall flat on their face.

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Cooking – A life skill or a mother’s duty? #ThrowbackThursday 4

Should cooking be considered as a woman’s job and a mother’s duty? Or should it be considered a life skill for man and woman alike? You and I will agree on the life skill aspect but what about scores of people who think it is a woman’s job only.

For this week’s #ThrowbackThursday, I am sharing a short story I wrote 3 years ago set around the above questions.

The Bespectacled Mother

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A mother and her son were reading a book together. On one page they came across a picture in which the father was cooking in the kitchen and the mother was having breakfast at the table with her 2 kids. The mother talked about the picture with her son. The son promptly interjected, “but the mother should be cooking and the father should be eating”.

This bothered the mother. She realised that her 4-year-old who is still not aware of the stereotypes

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Patanjali Pizza? Anyone?

We are a healthy eating family and by family, I mean us – the mother-son duo, keeping the third member out of this context. Dhruv is a picky eater, does not eat everything but is conscious of the classification between junk and healthy foods. He eats green vegetable such as methi (fenugreek) and drumstick leaves with equal ease with which he devours bhindi (okra)Beet root and spinach go into his chapatis with him being aware of it since he cannot eat them in any other form. Read more…

A Tea tale

On Tuesday this week, Dhruv and his friends Ar and Iss, after returning from school in the afternoon, were playing in the newly renovated park in our apartment. While both Ar and Iss, who are an year older than him, climbed up the climbing frame Dhruv was cheering them from down below. Read more…

Happiness is homemade

I knew about bloggers doing posts on 8 photos of happiness and it was fun to read the stories behind each of the photos. I waited for someone to tag me. However, at the same time I asked myself if I really want to do this, to post personal photographs on the blog when I am not into this.

When AJ Ishaan did a similar post, I thought “Let’s be brave and shed the fear. Let me do it”. And, I asked him to tag me. Yes, I went the other way round for this.

Thank you AJ Ishaan for adhering to my request and tagging me. Read more…

Surviving the first day of school

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The parents along with the kid had already attended the orientation process in the kid’s classroom with his teachers on the school opening day. After half an hour of activity, all 3 returned home together and happily. It was then the real challenge surfaced. The next day was going to be the kid’s first independent day at the school which included the school bus ride as well.

Survival regime for the kid’s first day of school

The night before – Read more…

Parenting is team work : Is it really?

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Parenting is a team work and parents are team members. Only that one of them easily slips into the role of the team manager and since there are just 2 members, the other becomes the task executor. The former role is widely seen played by the character called father and the performance of the latter role gets entrusted to the mother.


If you are middle aged parents, then the father (with mother being stay-at-home mom) is most likely to be in middle level management or a notch above it and you Read more…

Your mama was once 4 years old too…

Dhruv turned 4 recently. This was the first time he was excited most about the concept of his own birthday since until now he had only been attending others’ birthday parties. Adding to his excitement I searched for my old photographs in my computer to show him my childhood photos.

This is my letter to Dhruv introducing him to my 4 year old self.


Dear Dhruv

Yesterday it was your 4th birthday and I was excitedly showing you photographs from my childhood. You asked me who is this child pointing your finger to me in the photo. I told you this is your mama, Read more…

Missing posts and running between posts

The first 2 weeks of February went about without my writing any post. We had Dhruv’s grand parents visiting us from Delhi in the first week.

Those days were like whirlwinds with my running from post to post in the house. Everyday waking up at half past 6 without fail, making and serving the morning teas and starting the process of waking up Dhruv for school by quarter past 7 amidst the jarring sounds of Sanskaar and Aastha channels. Since on routine days, we are used to a quiet house in the morning Read more…

Cooking – A life skill or a mother's duty?

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Image Source – Pixabay

A mother and her son were reading a book together. On one page they came across a picture in which the father was cooking in the kitchen and the mother was having breakfast at the table with her 2 kids. The mother talked about the picture with her son. The son promptly interjected, “but the mother should be cooking and the father should be eating”.

This bothered the mother. She realised that her 4-year-old who is still not aware of the stereotypes Read more…

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