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How many lifelines do you have? I have many! – #ThankyouNote to Friends

posted by Mommy Tincture November 20, 2017 0 comments

If someone asked me to define what importance does friendship hold in my life, this is how I’ll put it –

I really don’t fear falling anywhere…. That’s because you my friend will be there to hold me and pull me back to my feet.

Everytime, every single time I am about to go into the dungeons of self-doubts and holler in self pity about difficulties of life, I have someone hit me on my butt and get me going. That someone is you my friend.

There are times when I do not wish to do much and just chill, have some good time and enjoy. At such a time I do not have to do much. I just call up someone, make a plan and we both get going.  That someone is you my friend.

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Making Screen Entertainment a Learning Experience for Kids – #YoutubeKids

posted by Mommy Tincture November 16, 2017 10 Comments

Use Screen Entertainment To Enhance Learning for Kids – #Youtube Kids

I suffer from the most common dilemma that today’s parents to toddlers have. How do I keep my kids away from the ‘SCREEN’.  Until a decade back, it was easy to limit kids’ screen time when screen meant only Television, or at the max a personal computer. But with the advent of Smartphones and Tablets life for parents has become almost a screen time nightmare. Some parents call in guilty of using these modes of screen viewing as a way to distract kids and keep busy without bothering them. But there are some who find themselves in a helpless situation, because their toddlers pick up screen habits without much supervision. Addiction to screen entertainment is one of the major parenting concerns in this age. Continue Reading

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How I Express Gratitude To My Home

posted by Mommy Tincture November 14, 2017 2 Comments

When I figured that this week we are going to Thank the roof over our heads, I instantly recalled memories of how my parents strived to build up our home. I remember how they took turns to be at the location of construction and supervised every activity that was leading to a structure that we would call our home. This is not the story of just my parents. Every individual strives in life to build up that one ‘Dream Haven’ where they will make the best of their lives memories. And like it is the case with everything else in our lives, our home also deserves constant investment so that it remains our ‘Haven’ lifelong. For all the comfort and sense of security our home gives us, this is the least we can do to express our gratitude towards it. Here is my short guide to ‘How To Express Gratitude to Your Home’ –

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8 Ways To Bring ‘Fun’ Home This Children’s Day

posted by Mommy Tincture November 12, 2017 16 Comments

My fondest memories of fun at school are associated with Children’s Day celebrations. Children’s Day at our school used to be celebrated with a lot of fervor and enthusiasm. We were allowed to dress up in our casual dresses and come to school. The day began with a prayer followed by a speech about the life and achievements of Chacha Nehru, whose birthday we set out to celebrate on 14th November. The assembly was followed by some dance and drama performances by our teachers who disguised themselves as kids. Then followed the fun and frolic in the form of a fair where there were various stalls that conducted games and fun events for kids.

Yes, the highlight of the Children’s Day was always this fest at the school where our teachers made a special effort to make this day fun and memorable for us year after year. But now that I have become a parent and my elder child has begun to understand Children’s Day I set out to figure how I could make this day fun for my kids at home too. So here’s a list of things that you as a parent could do to have fun on Children’s Day at home too. Continue Reading

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Health! I bow down to you

posted by Mommy Tincture November 8, 2017 10 Comments

My father is a man of few words and a lot of action. His action includes an hour of yoga and exercise every morning before he leaves for work and almost 5 km of walking in the evening once he is back home. This has been his routine for last 10 years and any changes are a little tough on him, and yet he finds the motivation to put on his sneakers and go for a walk at any time of the day.

One day in a moment of light humor I asked Dad why he felt so compulsive to work out or walk. Continue Reading

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Your Child’s Hair Needs Special Care

posted by Mommy Tincture November 6, 2017 11 Comments

Do you remember the first time you took your baby in your hands? Apart from the happiness and joy that you felt exhilarated with, there sure must have been some concerns. “Will I be able to generate enough breastfeed for my baby? I hope I hold her the right way! She looks so tiny and fragile. Oh! Her skin is sooooo sensitive. I must take care that she does not get any rashes. I hope her hair keeps the volume and shine she grew up with” I am sure that if a survey was done about the concerns that lurked around new moms the above doubts would top the charts.

I often wonder how as mothers or care givers, we are so obsessed with our babies’ skin and hair care from day one. And rightly so! We want the right kind of soap that’s paraben free, aanti-allergic and soft on the baby’s skin. Also for the apple of our eye we want a shampoo that cleanses the scalp thoroughly and is not harsh on the eyes. As a mother of two boys, one a toddler and one a primary schooler, it recently occurred to me that kids’ hair cleansing requirement also changes with age. I would classify these based on the stage of growth of a child as from a little baby to a toddler to beyond that. Continue Reading

Parenting

5 Things That No One Ever Told You About Becoming New Parents

posted by Mommy Tincture October 29, 2017 14 Comments

Motherhood is associated with all the things ecstatic that are supposed to make you feel blessed. But no one talks about the darker side of being a good mother. Yes! Believe me. There is this dark dimension to being a mother which every mother suffers through all alone because talking about it without the fear of being judged is almost impossible.

This dark reality of motherhood that I talk about is beyond the pain of breastfeeding, nappy changes and sleepless nights watching the child. These are things that have a lasting impact psychologically and “normal” becomes a thing of the past.
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Amazing Facts About Chocolate – History & Myths!

posted by Mommy Tincture October 25, 2017 9 Comments

There is nothing better than a good friend, except a good friend with a chocolate

Whoever said this knew chocolate very well. I remember, during my college, I would feel really sleepy during lectures. One day someone suggested that I should keep chocolate bars handy with me and whenever I feel sleepy, I should have some. As far as I remember, this trick worked for me and thus began my friendship with chocolates.

Chocolates have been a major reason why I am friends with a lot of people in my current life. During our on-the-job training at one of the largest campuses in India, we followed a chocolate ritual. Every evening we would all gather in the Employee recreation centre and have chocolates and share our day’s experiences. During my days in the hostel, chocolate was one reason why many people could knock on my door even in the middle of the night. Continue Reading

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My DIY Waali Diwali

posted by Mommy Tincture October 20, 2017 10 Comments

Diwali for most of us is the time to be super busy. The frenzy around preparing for Diwali for so many Indians is a way of life. For me personally, as the calendar ticks towards the D-day, I keep raking my mind for things I could do for my house. Once all the shopping is done I begin my Do It Yourself ‘DIY’ quest. The best thing about decking up my house the DIY Projects way is the uniqueness it renders+* to my festivities. Also the time and commitment that goes into creating various things motivates me to look forward to more and more guests because I know that my mum-in-law will very enthusiastically show off the décor inviting approving and appreciative feedback from all guests. There are a few things that are on my ‘DIY’ agenda every Diwali. Yet there are some ideas that come to me in a ‘eureka’ moment and steal me off my nights’ sleep a day or two before Diwali. Continue Reading

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5 Reasons to Say No to Fire Crackers this Diwali

posted by Mommy Tincture October 18, 2017 0 comments

The recent ban on firecrackers in the capital and NCR region to keep the pollution levels under control has surprisingly invoked mixed reactions from the elite and the masses. I say surprisingly because only yesterday I stumbled upon a ridiculous statement by a “youth icon” and “influencer” who declared firecrackers as indispensable part of Diwali celebrations and that it is a setback for the Hindus.  I am sure that every Delhite Hindu with some sense and conscience must be relieved at such a directive from the judiciary and would already be anticipating the extent of benefit it will do for the city and adjoining areas.

And all those in other parts of the country have a reason to be happy because somewhere a beginning has been made. We can now at least hope that this directive may find extension and expansion to other metros and cities too and have the privilege of experiencing the benefits of the same.

Personally, I gave up on firecrackers around 10 years back when I witnessed live an accident averted by a close margin when the cracker rocket lost direction and almost got into the window of a neighbor. Continue Reading