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Decoding Child Behavior – Getting My Kids To Listen To Me

posted by Anupriya February 13, 2019 3 Comments

“Why do you have to do this?”

“What kind of a behavior is that?”

“You will create all this mess, and I will clean it up? Am I your mother or a maid?”

“Why do you keep fighting with your cousin?”

“Please have another bite, please! Ok I will switch the television on… please now have a bite..”

“God! Why wouldn’t you listen? I have been after you for the entire day. Have not been able to get one pence of work done today.

This was me until a few months ago.  I was always tired and fatigued. And then, I was constantly surrounded by women, old (whose kids are now grown up) and young (who have no kids yet) who didn’t stop singing eulogies about how blessed I was to have such cute little kids. Little yes, but cute? They seem more devilish to me. I wished to retort, but I knew something was amiss within me only. Because all those moms on the social media have such a pally equation with their kid(s). They keep blowing the trumpet of gentle parenting, when I am constantly struggling to not raise my voice at my kids. Despite reading up so much on parenting techniques, and writing too much myself about parenting experiences, there definitely had to be something I was not doing right. But what? Everytime I raised my voice, I wondered what is it about child behavior that I am not able to put my finger on. Continue Reading

Movie Haami
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Bengali Movie Haami – A Curious Case Of Paranoid Parenting

posted by Anupriya February 8, 2019 20 Comments

I have some fond childhood memories of watching some coveted movies in regional language every Sunday on Doordarshan TV. Ever since, I have been quite open to watching movies in vernacular languages given they have acquired the acclaimed and appreciated status. One such movie I recently came across was the Bengali movie Haami. This movie was highly recommended by my Bengali friends in Kolkata and the title song ‘Bhuttu Bhaijaan’ also caught my kids’ fancy. Only that it took me some while to arrange for the movie to be viewed on television.

Why I call the movie Haami as a curious case of paranoid parenting is, because from the word go, the movie is a reflection of how indulged a generation of parents we are.  Here’s a peep into how this movie is a study in itself of parenting behavior and how it impacts our kids. Continue Reading

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20 Tiny Stories That Surmise The Joys and Challenges Of Parenting

posted by Anupriya January 28, 2019 2 Comments

I read somewhere that parenting is like making a fresher the Head of Department without any experience, training or briefing. Who ever said this could not be more correct. This is the magic of Parenting. It is both exhilarating and overwhelming at the same time. And you just can’t give up. Here in this post I bring to you 20 terribly tiny stories that present in few words some magical and heart-wrenching moments in a parents life.

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Nutrition For My Picky Eater
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Nutrition For My Picky Eater – The Minimalist Way

posted by Anupriya October 10, 2018 18 Comments

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My elder son is a picky eater. “I don’t blame him – he got it from you!” Not my words!  Whenever I call up my mother and rant about how Nik gives me a tough time having his meals, she says the same words with an air of finality. So the next logical step for me was to figure from her only, how to ensure that he is getting is full nutrition. In this write-up here, I am going to share her tips and tricks of how to pack nutrition into a picky eaters tummy (read – how she did it with me)

Here are a couple of tips and tricks she share with me on how to ensure nutrition for my picky eater. She asked me to imbibe these in my conscience so that I do not loose my temper, everytime my boy refuses to eat – Continue Reading

Equal Parenting
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Equal Parenting ? Not My Thing !

posted by Anupriya August 20, 2018 20 Comments

I know. I know! I can already feel your piercing gaze with your raised eye brows questioning my sanity. After all what kind of a woman I am who does not want her husband to be an equal participant in our kids’ upbringing.  Uhhh! Let me make a confession. I’d love for my husband to be an equal parenting partner. The kind who can make adjustments to his work schedule and spend as much time with the kids as I do. Or the kind that would allow me to be able to commit to a job or atleast spend some me time. But I never see it panning out that way! But I am not complaining. Why? Continue Reading

Home Chores Kids Can Help With
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5 Chores Any Toddler Can Do

posted by Anupriya June 22, 2018 1 Comment


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Doing household chores can often make you feel bored, tired or even frustrated, especially when you have one, two or more toddlers at home. But cleaning and other chores at home could be a  lot of fun if you are patient and try helping your little child learn some basic things in the household maintenance. However, your two or three-year old child can not perform ‘tasks’ alone. Therefore,you have to understand that they are only helping you little bit in the everyday household wok. You have to be there at all times, help them do things, encourage and reward them, if they succeed. Continue Reading

Fathers Day
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5 Movies To Watch This Father’s Day – Redefining Father’s Love

posted by Anupriya June 15, 2018 2 Comments


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Since childhood I have been a sucker for Bollywood movies. My exposure to Hollywood movies was very limited so to say. Why?  (Me whispers, “We were not allowed!”) But then somehow I never pined for them either. Yet when I came of age and was independent enough to take calls on what I could watch and what not, I chose to catch up on the good movies that must be watched. And along the journey, I came across some beautiful movies that have stuck with me and revisit them time and again just to feel the emotions all over again. (Well that’s the case with Bollywood movies too! Would you despise me if I told you that I have watched Anil Kapoor starrer “SAHEB’ atleast 20 times?) Now when I thought about writing a Father’s Day post, I squandered hours trying to decide what I can I right that will measure the true depths of a father’s love for his child/children. Continue Reading

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A Zen Life – #AtoZChallenge 2018

posted by Anupriya April 30, 2018 0 comments

Mr. Gunjal was busy getting the house in place. He also made his wife chalk out the food menu for whole of next week, and stocked up the kitchen with every single item that would make his grandchildren happy. Candies, lollipops, all kinds of berries available in the local market and kids favorite fruits – he had it all sorted. Mrs. Gunjal though, was more excited to have her girls to herself for an entire week. Their husbands were to join only a week later for the celebrations. Continue Reading

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Trying to be a Yes Mom – #AtoZChallenge

posted by Anupriya April 28, 2018 0 comments

Amrita woke up with a resolute gleam in her eyes. Raghav immediately sensed that his wife was upto something and asked as he picked up Nik in his arms to wake him up.

“What’s up wifey? You look like you are prepping yourself up for something today.” Amrita grinned and nodded with appreciation at her superbly observant husband. Yes I am on a very important mission today, she thought.

“I’m going to be a YES MOM today.”, announced  Amrita inviting a confused frown from Raghav, who was still struggling with a sleepy Nik. “I’ve been reading a lot about negative impacts of saying no to kids. They are all talking a lot about being a YES MOM and how it can be a booster for your kids’ growth and development. So I decided that I too must give this YES MOM thing a shot.”  Amrita further explained.

Raghav smirked and whispered something into his son’s ears. Nik immediately jumped up and gave out a loud shout of joy. Continue Reading

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Has the Real Village Burnt ? #AtoZ Challenge

posted by Anupriya April 25, 2018 0 comments

Amrita was exhausted. She couldn’t manage the pick-up and drops for Nik’s activity classes all alone anymore.  With a little baby to nurse to, Nik’s hectic routine was taking a toll on her. At moments, she wondered if she should discontinue with some of his classes. This she contemplated would give some breathing space to him and to her. But then I would have two kids in the house all the time to take care of, she argued mentally. That would be even more hectic, she reasoned shuddering at the thought of near future when the little Lucky would no more be constricted to the cot. As she envisioned herself running after her two kids all over the home, she had creeps about how she would manage life with two boys in the house.

Amrita really wished she had some neighbor who would have kids her boy’s age and would be willing to pool and take the kids to the activity class. Things would be so much more manageable then. The thought made her brood at the fact that they were living in an independent house and not in a residential complex where most of the activity classes happened within the premises and the kids could be left on their own within the safe confines of the complex.  While her husband had grown up in the same house, where they currently resided and boasted of having a fun time growing up while playing with friends on the streets, she hardly ever saw any kids playing the roads these days. Continue Reading