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Want to Return to work? Watch out for ReStartHer

posted by Mommy Tincture September 13, 2017 17 Comments

When I asked Neha Bagaria, Founder, JobsForHer as to why according to her Indian women find it so hard to get back to work after a break, her candid reply was,

“The ecosystem just does not support the comeback.”

But she was quick in adding that the corporate world was definitely headed for a transition. Several multi-national companies now realize that diversity isn’t just important because it puts them in a more socially acceptable space. Diversity is also important because it directly impacts the bottom line of their business. There is concrete research Continue Reading

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Moms Get Unplugged – Don’t be too harsh on yourself

posted by Mommy Tincture September 1, 2017 13 Comments

Ever since I decided to become a mother, I have seen umpteen messages, graphics and videos that recount experiences and overwhelming journeys of mothers across the globe. Now that I am a mother of two, I identify with most of these experiences yet I feel that these narratives are highly skewed towards creating a rosy picture of motherhood. Especially in India, where becoming a mother is still considered to as be-all and end-all of the life for a woman, I often wonder why many mothers don’t embark on the dark side of motherhood.

Yes, the dark side! For starters, there’s this lost sense of individual space along with this continual trigger that keeps them thinking about their kid even when they are away from their little one. Continue Reading

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A Second Chance At Motherhood – Things I Am Doing Differently

posted by MommyTincture July 6, 2017 6 Comments

Mostly every mother has this clear picture in her mind about how she wants to bring up her children. Yet, in the rush of events of becoming a first-time mom, a lot remains fogged due to lack of experience.
For me, the birth of my first child was a milestone I managed to meet before I turned 30. Actually, I was not quite ready for a child, yet we as a couple decided to have one because I also firmly believed that if I grew any older, it would be impossible for me to have the patience to raise any kids.

A lot went haywire and in retrospect, I feel that my little Nik and dear husband were at the receiving end most of the times. I was like, if I am going to have a kid, I rather raise him to be that perfect kid who every mother would envy. (I am laughing at my naivety of having such a goal.) Continue Reading

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Being Fair to Working Women for Becoming Mothers

posted by Mommy Tincture June 29, 2017 6 Comments

Sree had been working as an insurance underwriter with a reputed bank for last 4 years. In these four years, she had never availed leaves for more than a week or 10 days at a stretch. Even for her wedding, she had taken only 10 days off – 3 days before the wedding and a 5-day honeymoon. It was a decision that Sree and her husband had agreed upon so that both their jobs did not suffer. Sree had been 31 when she got married and the couple knew that the biological clock was ticking. When she conceived within 6 months of the wedding, the couple had been on the top of the world.
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How I Learned Value of Money

posted by Mommy Tincture June 1, 2017 6 Comments

A couple of months back, I read in an interview by actor Akshay Kumar that he did not want his kids to inherit his wealth. HE WANTED THEM TO EARN IT.

“Whatever they get, they have to earn it. I want them to be responsible human beingd who are also full of gratitude for what they have. If they want luxuries in life they have to work hard for them” said Akshay Kumar.

This makes me ponder further as to how in our normal lives we can induce sensitivity towards money in our kids. Going down the memory lane, I remember various instances where my parents refused to give in to our (my sister and me) whims and fancies and often put their foot down on our demands. The result, they have two daughters who are financially independent with decent savings to fend for themselves even if they do not work for next couple of years. Here are snippets from my childhood to give you a peep into how my parents instilled value of money in our young minds- Continue Reading

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The Minimalist Make-up Mom

posted by Mommy Tincture May 14, 2017 0 comments

For a major part of my life I have been ignorant towards the value of looking good. My focus was primarily on developing my skills and gain recognition for my capability. My perspective simply said that – Be known for what you do, not for how you look. I have always been a follower of the minimalist policy where personal grooming was important but that was the bare minimum necessary. Continue Reading

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Himalaya Gentle Baby Bath – Product Review

posted by Mommy Tincture May 10, 2017 0 comments

Some kids love to play with water and enjoy their bath time no matter what. Using a no-tears baby bath or shampoo is the most important aspect of encouraging your baby to keep this good practice. Lest the burning sensation caused due to an inappropriate soap or bathing wash will make the baby reluctant towards a relaxing bath.

As far as I am concerned, I had been using the Himalaya Nourishing Soap for a long time for my little one. But when I planned to travel to my mom’s place I wanted something that was easy to carry without any hassle Continue Reading

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Minimal List – Baby Essentials Till She Turns 3 Months

posted by Mommy Tincture May 2, 2017 0 comments

If you are approaching your delivery and preparing to welcome your bundle of joy into your world, you are definitely hassled with listing the important things that you will require to make the baby comfortable into this new world. The retail bazaar out there is stuffed items that are very attractive and entice you to fill up your home with few things that will be useful and many things that will only add to the clutter in your house.

Coming of a baby earmarks provision of more space for the baby and the essential baby items that will come accrued. It is also a lot of cost. It is of prime importance that you very judiciously budget your expenses and not blindly give in to the urge of buying fancy stuff Continue Reading

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Postpartum Depression – Not a Taboo

posted by Mommy Tincture April 22, 2017 0 comments

Have you ever heard a new mother whine about how she has been reduced to the status of a milk vending machine? Or that she feels she is incapable of taking good care of her child? Heard an endless rant of, “I can’t do it?”, “What will I do if I am left alone”?

Such symptoms should raise suspicion and possibility of Post Natal Depression. Statistics from a research in 2009 by University of IOWA states that average rate of non-psychotic postpartum depression as per a large number of studies is 13%. Continue Reading

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Baby Swaddling – Everything you need to know

posted by Mommy Tincture April 18, 2017 0 comments

Swaddling may be defined as wrapping the baby with a blanket or similar piece of cloth to make the baby feel warm. Swaddling is important for your baby –

  • Research says that new born babies take upto 3-4 months to get accustomed to the world outside their mother’s womb. They are used to a warm environment within the womb. Swaddling makes babies feel the similar snug and thus feel comfortable.
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