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Handbook of Day to Day Parenting Tips – #AtoZChallenge 2019 Day 8

posted by Anupriya April 9, 2019 6 Comments

Book Blurb – Handbook of Day to Day Parenting Tips by WOW Parenting

Inspired by “What will happen to the world when all kids get WOW Parenting ?” Narendra Goidani started an ambitious program www.wowparenting.com. He is the founder of Life School and conducts inspirational training programs. His life value is ‘Inspire OR Expire.’

This book covers topics like – How to teach kids to deal with Failure – How to provide Role Models that can transform the child – How threats in parenting can hamper Self-Belief. And many more Parenting Insights Read, Reflect, Implement…… Repeat!

Formats Available – ebook at Blogchatter

No. of Pages – 102

Book Review – Handbook of Day to Day Parenting Tips by WOW Parenting

If you are tired of reading pages after pages, posts after posts about positive parenting, its time to graduate to WOW Parenting.  The parenting concepts shared through 27 chapters in this ebook available only on Blogchatter Ebook Carnival portal, may not be pathbreaking, but they definitely are convention breaking.

As for me, a mother who is constantly seeking motivation to train my thick head towards positive parenting, I was bowled over by the crisp but new age coinage to some well know parenting behaviors. One of the concepts that I found to be really insightful was ‘Age Based Communication’ and ‘Parenting Structure’. I wouldn’t spoil the fun by elaborating on these concepts here.

Finally I found one parenting blogger cum author in the form of WOW Parenting, who believes in the power of free play. The fact that kids need to be allowed to get bored, so that their creativity can find its natural course out has been emphasized upon very aptly.

Another reason why I am very impressed with this book is that it talks about the harsh reality that we as parents might be incapable of being the ideal role model for our kids.  What do we do in such a circumstance? As per the book, we set our kids up with people in or outside the family who can prove to be role models. Or expose them to stories of people who live by certain emulation worthy qualities.

P.S. – The focus of WOW Parenting throughout remains on defining our role as parents as facilitators and help our kids to prepare to move out of their comfort zone and honing up their creativity. All the while remembering that we are always there for them as their anchors.

WOW Parenting

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The Modern Gurukul
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The Modern Gurukul My Experiments with Parenting by Sonali Bendre – #AtoZChallenge Day 7

posted by Anupriya April 8, 2019 8 Comments

Book Blurb -The Modern Gurukul My Experiments with Parenting by Sonali Bendre

As the urban, nuclear family is becoming the norm, replacing the traditional joint family, what happens to the children who grow up with a single support system? In The Modern Gurukul, Sonali Bendre Behl shares her three principles of parenting that will help you find a balance between tradition and modernity and show you how to raise your child in the digital age. Personal, anecdotal and honest, it highlights the need for a return to our roots to raise a healthy, curious, and, importantly, a compassionate child.

Book Review – The Modern Gurukul My Experiments with Parenting by Sonali Bendre

I have always been intrigued by how celebrities’ lives change once they become parents. For the ladies, yes their career takes a hit (atleast temporarily). But how do they shape up as parents. We often read reports on how a particular actress is a hands on mother, or a male celebrity is an involved father. But what does this ‘hands-on’ or ‘involved’ mean for these celebrities who have an army of domestic help to help them with everything. Well, my curiosity was met with some insights when I lay my hands on the book The Modern Gurukul  My Experiments with Parenting by Sonali Bendre.

Yes, ofcourse it is a narrative laced with parenting gyaan based on Sonali Bendre’s journey as a parent. But what makes it stand out is that here we have a celebrity who has given and extremely personal account of her struggles (mark the word struggle) as a lady in control who transitioned into a clueless mother .  It is also remarkable how she has confessed to our short comings as a learning mother and is always ready to look beyond her limitations to give the best possible upbringing to her son.

It so happens that Sonali Bendre’s son has suffered through various growth challenges (one prominent one being ‘crooked speech’). And she has given a very candid description of how she and her husband were engulfed with fears due to the challenges they suffered through their own childhood. And also how they helped their son overcome these challenges at his own pace, ensuring that he is not intimidated at any point in time. It is heart-warming to read and realize how parents’ assurance and unconditional love can make or break a child’s confidence.

Here we have in a very simple narrative an insight on how a parent and the home have to be turned into a modern day Gurukul, where a child can seek knowledge as well as spiritual growth. The personality that will shape up in the coming years has to be the result (or rather is always the result) of the diligence that parents practice with their kid(s) year after year.

Sonali Bendre in her heart bearing account says that there are no blacks and whites in parenting. You have to resort to hit and trial continuously, but ensure all along that you as the parent are the ones that your kid(s) fall back on when the hardships engulf them.

P.S. – I have always been impresses by how down to earth an actress Sonali Bendre was even in her hay days. This book is a validation of my perception of her. My respect for her goes a notch higher up after reading this book.

The Modern Gurukul

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Marzia Hassan
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Parenting In The Age Of Facebook by Marzia Hassan – #AtoZChallenge Day 6

posted by Anupriya April 6, 2019 12 Comments

Book Blurb – Parenting In The Age Of Facebook by Marzia Hassan

Parenting in the Age of Facebook acknowledges the all-pervasive influence of the World Wide Web on the lives of children, and the quandaries parents find themselves in as a result. How much ‘net-time’ is enough? Are children safe on social media pages? What are the online dangers kids could encounter and how do parents counter these threats? By encouraging practical, proactive strategies—those that model the mindful use of technology, help nurture connections, and support children through healthy Internet-browsing techniques—this book encourages positive parenting in the age of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Book Review – Parenting In The Age Of Facebook by Marzia Hassan

How much and What! These have been the perpetual questions that the parents of the 90s kids asked themselves (and sometimes even us) with the advent of hundreds of channels on cable TV. The debate or rather the dilemma only got wider with internet becoming an integral part of our lives. And if there is one book by an Indian author, that will address all your doubts and put to rest any arguments regarding the impact of exposure media it is ‘Parenting in the Age of Facebook’ by Marzia Hassan.

The book is very thoughtfully divided into three parts –

Facing Reality – this part talks about the hard facts of the how integrally social media and other forms of media have become a significant part of our lives.

Assessing the Impact of Technology – It takes you on a fearfully detailed round up of the impact technology and social media are having on young kids and teenagers.

Steps to Thriving as a Family in the Digital Age – This section is a practical guide to steps that one can take as a parent and a family member to ensure that technology remains a significant part of our lives, but does not eat into the very value system of our existence and ruin everything.

What makes this book an intriguing read is the thorough research that the author Marzia Hassan has done to put together real life stories of how exposure to technology and social media presence are impact the psychic of kids as young as 7-8 years as well as teenagers. The impact has been analyzed in detail on fronts such as communication, relationships, self confidence, inner fears and most of all on self image (including weird insecurities and weider aspirations)

The part that discusses about how to be vigilant parents and raise protected and responsible kids is a step by step guide of do(s) and don’t(s). This portion very realistically also warns you against fronts where you as a parent are likely to slip and how to detect early signs of any influenced behavior.

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Pooja Makhija
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Eat Delete Junior: Child Nutrition for Zero to Fifteen Years by Pooja Makhija – #AtoZChallenge Day 5

posted by Anupriya April 5, 2019 13 Comments

Book Blurb -Eat.Delete.Junior by Pooja Makhija

For parents who have a lot on their plate. Children are question marks. Bawling, cooing, spit-blowing question marks. How long should you breastfeed your baby? Will he sleep through the night? How should you start your child off on solid foods? Will she grow up into a responsible adult? While many of life’s riddles are difficult to solve, celebrity nutritionist Pooja Makhija addresses one vital question with an insight, and humour, few others have: the question of child nutrition. What you feed your children is only one aspect of nourishment; how they eat is another. Focused on the psychology of eating and keeping a child’s unique bio-individuality in mind, this sequel to Pooja’s best-selling Eat Delete sheds light on how a child’s palate develops, methods to keep junk food at bay, and the habits needed to prevent ill-health and obesity. It also teaches you that while correct eating is paramount, it’s okay to bend the rules occasionally if you keep in mind the big picture: that if you teach kids good nutritional habits when they are young, they will take nutritionally responsible decisions as adults. Woven through with fables and fairy tales, and separating the facts from family myth, Eat Delete Junior will help parents emerge victorious over the ultimate child-rearing battleground: the dinner table.

Formats Available – Paperback / Kindle

No. of Pages – 236

Book Review – Eat.Delete.Junior by Pooja Makhija

With an engaging language and refreshing sense of humour, the author covers a gamut of issues related to child nutrition. She provides her version of easily implementable solutions and not so easily achievable nutrition goals. The eventual agenda is to slowly transform our practices to ensure nutrition. Eat.Delete.Junior is almost like a reference bible for people like me who are scared of and confused by the ocean of information available online.

What I liked most about this book is that it gives you the liberty of using the best-fit practices and not always the best practices. The author also touches upon peripheral issues that impact food choices and kids behaviour in the modern times.

A lot of our frustrations and dilemmas are put in a perspective, when we are assured by a dietician and specialist of Pooja Makhija’s repute that as kids grow up their environment expands beyond their home and parents. Thus we cannot do too much to control their eating habits. And thus providing advice and work plans that are a best probable work arounds towards healthy eating practices.

P.S. – This book is a ready reference guide with very practical tips of how we as parents can induce nutrition into our kid’s diet at various life stages.  Go for it if you are also looking for some light hearted parent confessions in this regard.Pooja Makhija

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Mahak Wadhwani
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Diary of a Baby: Candid confessions of a baby from 0 to 2 years by Mahak Wadhwani – #AtoZChallenge Day 4

posted by Anupriya April 4, 2019 11 Comments

Book Blurb -Diary Of A Baby Candid Confessions Of A Baby From 0 To 2 Years by Mahak Wadhwani

Have you ever wondered what goes on inside your baby’s mind?
Doctors, scientists and psychologists have been trying for centuries to get a sneak peak into what exactly goes on inside a baby’s brain and are no closer to revealing the truth. Well this book is here to not just give you a sneak peak, but a no-holds barred candid confession right from the horse’s…err…baby’s mouth!

“Diary of a Baby” is a candid, witty take on life from a baby’s perspective written in the form of diary entries. Each chapter follows a new stage in the baby’s life – starting to crawl, first solid meal, first day of preschool etc. Each entry is followed by an interpretation of that phase of the baby’s life with anecdotes from the author’s own parenting experiences. Continue Reading

Conversations With My Children
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Conversations With My Children by Sivaram Pusapati – #AtoZChallenge Day 3

posted by Anupriya April 3, 2019 9 Comments

Book Blurb – Conversations With My Children

This is a collection of a Meditator Father’s conversations with his Children, where he allows the Nature to speak through him.
He hopes these will conversations will help his fellow parents and teachers in molding children’s minds in a natural way, while also making parenting a joyful process. These conversations encompass a wide range of topics ranging from day to day challenges to woman-man differences to birth and death and so on. Continue Reading

Bloody Good Parenting
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13 Steps to Bloody Good Parenting by Kiran Manral and Ashwin Sanghi- #AtoZChallenge Day 2

posted by Anupriya April 2, 2019 7 Comments

Book Blurb

A WISE MAN ONCE SAID, ‘BEFORE I GOT MARRIED, I HAD SIX THEORIES ABOUT BRINGING UP CHILDREN. NOW I HAVE SIX CHILDREN AND NO THEORIES.’

In this age of hyper-information, parenting is much like tap-dancing in a minefield. There was a time when parents had nothing to draw from except for their experiences with their own parents. But today, there is information overload and conflicting advice from multiple ‘experts’.

HOW ARE PARENTS TO NAVIGATE THIS JUNGLE OF COUNSEL AND STILL RETAIN THEIR SANITY? Continue Reading

Adoption
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The Confluence A novel of family, adoption, and a mother’s love – AtoZChallenge Day 1

posted by Anupriya April 1, 2019 14 Comments

Book Blurb – The Confluence A novel of family, adoption, and a mother’s love

 

The Kite Runner meets Monsoon Wedding during revolution in the Middle East.

The story of an Indian woman adopting her son as she brings her estranged family back together in fictionalized Sudan and Calcutta.

In 2045, Naina Ranjeeva writes a letter to recount the journey that led to the adoption of her son Nikhil. Decades earlier, she stumbles upon a lead on the location of her aunt,who had disappeared when Naina was just a child. After her aunt’s disappearance, Naina’s family also completely lost contact with her beloved younger cousin, Nitu. With her aunt’s location in hand, Naina takes the first step toward locating her cousin by traveling to the Republic of East Africa to search for her aunt. Her journey eventually leads her to Calcutta where she finds her cousin Nitu and his three-year-old son Nikhil. After two decades apart, the family starts to bridge the gap caused by years of separation, within the backdrop of political turmoil and revolution in East Africa.

Formats Available – Kindle

No. of Pages – 254

Book Review – The Confluence

The word ‘adoption’ in the title of the book caught my fancy and I picked this book as the first of the 26 Parenting Books which I am going to write about throughout the month of April for #AtoZChallenge.

For the first 20% of the book, I was quite skeptical about my choice and kept wondering if this book fits my agenda. The story progresses with Naina the protagonist, deciding to go all the way to political trouble striken East Africa to look for an aunt who estranged her own son along with rest of the family when she was just a child.   As the Naina progresses, I see the various hues of emotions that the author tries to project. There is a young poised girl (an only child to her parents), who can’t let go of the thought of finding her cousin and having somebody who she could call her brother.  There is a mother, who offers no apology for abandoning her son years ago yet given an opportunity wants to get to know him better. A young man, who wants to meet his mother after years in the hope of an apology from her and at the same time joyous over the extended family he has just found out, whom he could trust his son’s well-being with. And then there is a young couple, at the cusp of starting a new forever with each other yet not shying away from taking up risks and responsibilities pertaining to their family.

The story has remained with me for various reasons. One it is a young girl on the lookout for her extended family on her own. She could be happy in her own bubble and ignore the facts accidently thrown her way. Yet she decides to persevere. Secondly, every character is fighting emotions internally, but sensitive enough in their behavior to not expect too much from the other. Third and most importantly, this is a narration of a woman for her son who she adopted decades ago. The issue of adoption within families and yet the significance of the ‘adopted’ knowing full truth about his roots have been emphasized at the core of this plot.

All in all a very emotionally charged family drama with multiple cultures in the backdrop and enough familial bonding in the forefront.

P.S. – Adoptions within families are a reality of the society we live in. I have myself come across several such adoptions and often wondered how the ‘Adopted’ might feel about his parents giving him up. This book has helped me sensitize myself towards this aspect of adoption.

Adoption

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Mrs. Funnybones
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11 Reasons Why I love Mrs. Funnybones, the book

posted by Anupriya March 8, 2019 5 Comments

When I was introduced to Mrs. Funnybones – the book, I was told that it’s a rather simple read yet has a lot that resonates with every Indian woman/mother. I read this book on supposed vacation at my parents’ place, which actually turned out to be just a change of location because I was still running around the entire house trying to keep track of what my kids were up to. Continue Reading

Reshma K Barshikar
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Book Review – The Hidden Children by Reshma K Barshikar

posted by Anupriya January 22, 2019 0 comments

The closest that I have been to fantasy in my life is when a bunch of us cousins tried calling on the spirits, using a plancchette. I want to laugh over the thought now (like you are), but if I were to also reminisce over the experience, it was really spooky. I mean, we didn’t even get around to calling the real spirits. Just a mid-night adventure, by preparing a plancchette based on some half baked knowledge of a reading enthusiast teenager and sitting around it with some  candles in the periphery. As we began to chant something (again sourced by the learned cousin), a hair raising feel spread around in the room. And just then, me the coward opened my eyes and declared that I didn’t want to be a part of this. I had unconditional support from one of my other cousins, and eventually the idea got dropped. But for the next couple of days (i.e. the number of days left during the summer vacations) all of us remained terrified fearing that our little experiment might have invited something that may cause trouble.  Finding it laugh worthy? I completely am with you.

But what if something really had come through that day? This is a thought that I will take to my grave, because I might possibly never be able to ask this question to a butterfly. Oh! You might wonder from where did the butterfly come from!

Well, some children really can talk to butterflies. But to know more about them, you might have to first read Reshma K.Barshikar’s The Hidden Children – The Lost Grimoire

The Hidden Children – The Lost Grimoire by Reshma K Barshikar – Book Review

The book blurb asks you “What would you do to talk to a butterfly”, well at this juncture of my life and for the next 10 years I would ask only one question to myself, “What would you do to understand a pre-teen’s or a teen’s mind?”

In answer, I would say that I’d read a powerful book such as The Hidden Children by Reshma K Barshikar. A book that is surely high on fantasy, but at its core lays a plot that runs deep into the veins and nerves of a handful of of teenagers and portrays a convincing story of friendship, love, infatuation, jealousy, ambition, personal insecurities and everything under the realm of a teenage life that you can imagine about.

The Hidden Children – The Lost Grimoire is essentially the story of Shui,  an extremely ordinary rather plagued by personal challenges teenager. While she goes about her life surrounded by people who love her, she still feels insufficient and rather ‘Mediocre’ . She is constantly on an overdrive within her mind for being nobody special. Things change with the appearance of ‘Anya’ in her class, who she is drawn to for no specific reason. But later this attraction turns into a friendship with a secret. Shui suddenly finds her life to be having a purpose beyond the normal and she thrives on this special knowledge and power.

What follows is an interesting twist and turn of eventss, where much is revealed, even more is understood and acted upon. For a bunch of young kids to go through a roaster coaster journey as this is a craft that needed a lot of patience and getting under the skin along with the research.

It is interesting to live through the transformation that Shui goes through as she discovers more about her special powers, faces challenges that come accrued with these powers and the character that build up in the face of adversities. She comes out with true colors as she pledges to stand by her new friend not dumping her even when she goes disarray. How she is grounded enough to apologise to her old friends and get back with them to face the impending challenges.

The revelations have been made at just the right instances during the plot, to pique the readers’ interest enough to keep them going. Though a little slow and dragged in the beginning, it is not long before the story grips you like a vice. And the best part is that by now you are yourself so hooked that you aren’t struggling to free yourself.

Reshma K Barshikar surely has the potential to turn this into our very own Indian fantasy series and a promising one at that. I wish for this book to be extremely successful and popular. And can’t wait for the author to begin the next book in the series.

I received this book as a part of the review program in Outset” 

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