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Of Houses and Inheritances – AtoZ Challenge

posted by Anupriya April 10, 2018 1 Comment

It was one of those rare nights when Amrita had a humongous task of putting Nik to bed all by her own and alone. Reason? She was at her parents’ place in Chandigarh where Raghav was to join them a week later.

The first day post their arrival was very eventful. Smita was up on a mission to shop for her little sister’s wedding. Smita had insisted that she travel from Mumbai to be a part of her shopping, because she just didn’t trust her parents to agree with the latest fashion trends and the seemingly exorbitant prices of designer dresses. Amrita had objected to Smita’s skepticism, but then was rudely reminded by her younger sister that she had married some 6 years back and had hardly been an active participant for her own wedding shopping. Amrita had been working in a different city and hardly had any time to go shopping. Moreover, before her wedding, she had been one of those rare girls, who did not see the point in fretting over wedding shopping. Though now Amrita did realize that it was extremely naïve of her to think likewise. Even today she shuddered at the memory of the ladies from her in-laws side, opening up her baggage to have a look at the collection of clothes that her parents had gifted her. She had even fumbled in utter dismay, when one of the older ladies had asked her, ‘How many sets of clothes have you brought along?’

But Amrita was wiser now. And she was not going to let anyone ruin her little sister’s wedding shopping. But that’s not the story her. It had been a tiring day and Amrita realised that Nik had felt ignored the entire day. During their shopping spree, he intermittently kept throwing the ‘I want to go home’ tantrum.

Once back home, Nik realised that he had not come back to his own home; he was rather back in his Nanu’s home. Amrita observed that Nik was deep in thought, but a couple of probes did not bring him to talk his mind. Amrita did not push further and got on with her chores.

As night fell, Amrita changed Nik into his night suit and tried to calm him to sleep. She realized that Nik was still distracted. So Amrita instead of continuing the lullaby, asked him if he wanted to share what he was thinking with his Mumma.

Nik – Mumma? yeh kya humara ghar hai? (Is this our house?)

Me – Haan Beta, yeh humara ghar hai. (Yes dear, it is.)

Nick – Par yeh toh Nanu ka ghar hai? (This is Nanu’s house , isn’t it?)

Me – (in a sleepy and desparate attempt to put an end to his curiosity and questions) Haan beta Nanu ka ghar bhi humara ghar hai aur Dadaji ka ghar bhi humara ghar hai. (Yes dear Nanu’s house is also our house and Dadu’s house is also our house.)

Nick – Yeh toh Bahut achchi baat hai. Dono ghar humare ghar hain(It seems to be a good idead that both the houses our indeed ours.)

 

Amrita replied in affirmative without giving much thought to the conversation. The rest of the trip went off smoothly while they shopped for Smita and her parents. Raghav joined them a week later and got his task list for the wedding ticked off.

A couple of weeks after they had returned from Chandigarh, while Amrita was busy in the kitchen preparing dinner for Nik, she overheard her son’s conversation with his grandmother.

Nik: Dadi, you know what, I have two houses.

Nik’s grandmother raised her eyebrows and asked him to explain.

Nik: Look, grandfather’s house is my house. And Nanu’s house is also my house. So I have two houses.

My mother-in-law probably took his observation in good spirit and carried on with the conversation.

‘But that’s true with everyone. Everybody has two grandfathers and thus has two houses.’

Nik took a moment’s pause. He was probably gathering his thoughts. What he said next sent Amrita running towards the grandmother-grandson duo in a haste while she wished that a hole come on my way and she be swallowed by it.

‘No it’s different you know. In this house I have my cousin Kriti, so it’s a shared house. But in Chandigarh, I am the only one. So I am the sole person who has that house.

Amrita stood wondering how her almost 3 year had actually perceived the entire scenario and come up with his inferences and conclusions, when no one else had ever discussed similar things in his presence. She thought how awfully perceptive kids are and failed to understand how they process data to form their own little world of information.

 

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Free – Will of a Toddler – AtoZ Challenge

posted by Anupriya April 6, 2018 0 comments

Amrita had put Nik into a Montessori when he was 20 months. She personally thought that it was a little early, but everyone around seemed to be fussing over the fact that everyone starts going to playschool at 18 months. So she conceded. Nik was extremely enthusiastic about going to school. Amrita had deliberately chosen to put him in a play school that was closer to home and did not believe in hoarding kids for commercial gains. What she liked best about the place was that is was spacious, airy and had an ope play area with a grass lawn and swings in it. Nik absolutely loved his school. He was popular with his classmates and his teachers loved him. Everything was going well for the first six months. But one fine day Nik started throwing tantrums that he didn’t want to go the school. Amrita thought that Nik may be finding going to school very taxing after the 3-day break that he had to take due to his viral fever. But she to her plight even after a fortnight Nik continued with his reluctance to go to school and began to cry the moment she started getting him ready for school.

His behavior got Amrita worrying. Ever since the time Nik had started going to school, he had been be extremely excited at the prospect of meeting his friends and the outdoor play time at school. This turn of attitude was something that Amrita had not pre-empted and took her by surprise giving her enough reason to ponder upon what could have possibly gone wrong.

Toddlers are and extremely unpredictable species. One could be caught off-guard with toddler logic and not be able recuperate from it for a very long time. Amrita went through another week of turmoil while she tried to figure what was going on.

One of the days after Nick started throwing tantrums while getting dropped to school she tried to reason with him, “My child, one has to go to school to grow into a big boy. You will become a strong boy like papa if you go to school.” She continued with her pep talk with no real response from her son.

But it didn’t seemed to be working. Another morning she decided to change her approach. Amrita pulled him close to her and put Nik on her lap to make his comfortable and assured him that she wouldn’t force him to go to school. The following conversation followed–

  • Amrita: So we won’t go to school today. Are you ok with the idea?
  • Nik: Yes.
  • Amrita: Will you not miss your friends like Amreek, Tejas, Anushka (named a few more of his playmates) and playing with them?
  • Nik: I want to play with them.
  • Amrita: In that case you have to go to school dear.
  • Nik: Nooooo…
  • Amrita: Why? Does your Miss (the instructor) scold you?
  • Nik: (looked up into my eyes, very teary eyed himself) hmmm..

Now this came as a little surprise to Amrita. She was completely convinced that the instructors could be insistent but not rude with the kids. The Montessori was after all run by an extremely experienced lady who had been running it for more than 16 years and did not believe in hoarding in large number of kids to make profits. She was very clear with her belief in inducing only as many kids in her system, as many she could tend to personally.

  • Amrita: Why? Why did the Miss scold you?
  • Nik: No reply.

Amrita braced herself for some probing action.

  • Amrita: Did you bully another kid?
  • Nik: (shook his head in negative)
  • Amrita: Does she scold you when you play in the garden?
  • Nik: Nope.
  • Amrita: Do you not speak your rhymes when she asks you to? (getting a little impatient now)
  • Nik: Naah. I speak my rhymes nicely (still extremely grim faced)

Amrita held on for a minute. She thought about the other reasons that could instigate a stern behavior from an instructor? As Amrita thought over and over again, she recalled that Nik had not been having his lunch at the school. For the last one month the tiffin she packed for Nik had returned with signs of little or no consumption.

  • Amrita: Does Miss force you to finish your lunch box?
  • Nik: (still looking down) I will not have any lunch at school.

Bingo!

  • Amrita: You don’t want to have tiffin in school?
  • Nik: No.

Ok! This was a significant breakthrough in the enquiry.

  • Amrita: Okay then! That’s no big deal. Today you may tell your Miss that you told mamma that you won’t have your tiffin. Alright?

There was a relieved or even a winning smile on Nik’s face ! And that was it. Amrita concluded that Nik didn’t want to go to school because he didn’t like being coaxed into having his lunch. And all this drama for a little man’s free will !

One can’t beat the spirit of a 3 year old with logic. Amrita realized that she had to somehow work around Nik’s convictions without forcing anything onto Nik and make him feel heard and empowered.

P.S. : Amrita packed vanilla cake with coconut truffles for lunch that day. The box came back empty and clean !

 

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A Search Expedition – #ColgateMagicalStories

posted by Anupriya March 10, 2017 0 comments

“Imagination is more important than knowledge” – Albert Einstein

If every parent knew the importance of imagination, they would never limit their young one’s mind from flying high. As a parent, and not a very creative one, I have always believed that books are the best avenue where I could let my kid’s imagination bloom. Very diligently mostly at bedtime, I read to him, and mime the occurrences of the story to my son. When I received the #ColgateMagicalstories package, I knew this was an opportunity of a different kind but of the same consequences. There would be a story nevertheless, yet this would be nothing like what Nick would have heard earlier. This story had to be made up by both of us using the pictures provided at the back of the package. Continue Reading

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11 Times When Mrs. Funnybones Was Bang On

posted by Anupriya October 8, 2016 5 Comments

They say that there’s no perfect way to parenting. I believe that parenting is a continuing course which no one can ever graduate.

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

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Humor Bites #3 Applying Reverse Psychology

posted by Anupriya February 20, 2016 0 comments

Let me tell you guys that managing a home, a job (though partial productivity) and a super-energetic toddler can get to your nerves, especially when you are into the 24th week of your pregnancy.

My tummy is suddenly bulging out into an obvious baby bump, displacing my center of gravity . I feel like hogging all day yet there is no relief to the reflux in my digestive system, which I keep in control with the help of prescribed antacids. More than my husbands long working day, it is Nick’s long playing hours that keep me awake until late into the night.
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Humor Bites #2 – Of Houses And Inheritence

posted by Anupriya February 19, 2016 3 Comments

This happened on one of those rare nights when I had this humongous task of putting Nick to bed all on my own and alone. Reason? We were at my parents place where Ajay was to join us a weekend later.
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Free Will Of My Little Devil

posted by Anupriya February 17, 2016 0 comments

One fine day last week Nick started throwing tantrums that he didn’t want to go the school. I thought may be he is finding going to school very taxing after the 3-day break that he had to take due to his viral fever. But I observed that since then every morning he has been extremely reluctant about going to school and would start crying the moment I would drop him off at the school gate.

This behavior of his got me worrying as he has been going to Montessori for almost 10 months now, but never did I find him unenthusiastic about going to school. Rather all this while he has been be extremely excited at the prospect of meeting his friends and the outdoor play time at school.
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Humor Bites

posted by Anupriya January 16, 2016 0 comments

Kids sometimes go on to do or say such things that you find it hard to comprehend how the young uninitiated mind works. Nick too at times does or says stuff, which sends my heart into mini-seizures. I have decided to documents such instances here, for everyone to read and enjoy.

P.S. – I hope Nick doesn’t hate me for this when he grows up and discovers this blog.
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