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Answering the unanswerable

“Mummy, tell me why do they show people kissing on the lips on TV? You say it is bad and nobody should do this.”

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Ooops! Now this is a tricky one,” I thought.

Kissing on the lips is not allowed with children is a part of the lesson I impart to him and remind him from time to time in addition to the other lessons on sexual abuse.

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A ‘work-in-progress’ parent #FridayReflections

I blog about my life as a parent. I have been a parent for quite some time. 5 years to be precise. Ask me a question. Ask me whether these 5 long years have enabled comfort and confidence in me with respect to my parenting skills? I will definitely give you the answer but there will not be much to say except for a “hmm….umm”.

Each day is a new day. Each day brings new challenges, new situations to counter. I cannot rest on my past laurels because the confidence coming from such success quickly vanishes as soon as a new tricky Continue reading

This MOM's Life

This is a guest post I did for Vasantha from the blog ‘My Sweet Nothings’. I felt immensely humbled by all the kind and lovely words she has mentioned about me in this post.

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

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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 Continue reading

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Raising a son like a son!!

It is often that I come across articles mentioning raising daughters like sons or raising sons like daughters. Giving a thought over this, I feel that this idea is so restrictive in itself. For once I do not understand what it is to raise a child like a daughter or to raise like a son. Is being a daughter or a son more important than being a human being who is sensitive and appreciative of the world around, of the other gender and of the other creatures?

I choose not to raise my son Dhruv like a girl or the daughter whom I will never have (owing to the medical reasons) but as a sensitive human being. I am not going to bind him into any stereotypes. Continue reading

Sharing makes friends

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Learning to share with others can be difficult for little kids because they easily get attached to everything they like, be it a toy or something they like to eat. But sharing is an important lesson to be taught and practised with children.

I got my first lesson in sharing when me and my brother were little kids. In those days, children used to distribute toffees in the class at school on their birthdays. Our mother would tell us to bring 1 toffee home for the other one whenever we get 2 toffees in such a birthday celebration. Continue reading