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MoherhoodParentingWoman Empowerment

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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ParentingWork and Life

Sky’s The Limit ! But…

posted by Mommy Tincture April 16, 2017 2 Comments

Recently, over a coffee with my friend a discussion brewed up on how our lives have turned out differently from what we had planned for ourselves. In a moment of frustration, my friend pointed out that it was all her parents’ fault. I gave her a sinister smile saying, “Yeah! I know PARENTS. Our universal punching bags”.

“No! Really! I mean who were the people who convinced you in the first place that you were capable of anything. That you could be whatever you wanted to be”, she didn’t sound frustrated now, she was talking in a very as-a-matter-of-fact demeanor. “Throughout my adolescence my parents kept resurrecting my confidence by saying that I was special. I was a bright student, always among the top merit holders. I graduated with a scholarship throughout the four years of engineering. I got recruited on Day 0 with a real handsome package. Though I am doing good for myself with a six digit monthly salary, I don’t feel I am doing anything great.” I could see her eyes turning dark as she spoke the story of her life. Continue Reading

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Kid IssuesParenting

Teaching Your Kid – Good Touch Bad Touch

posted by Mommy Tincture April 15, 2017 1 Comment

Given the known history of child abuse I realized that when it comes to abuse, you have to be vigilant enough to not eliminate anyone as a prospect abuser. In today’s times kids come across so many people during their daily routine that you can never be sure about your kids safety. Though it is not advisable to turn into a maniac worrying about or suspecting every other person as a possible abuser, yet an effective way of dealing with this situation is to Continue Reading

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Hacks for a Mother’s Peace of Mind

posted by Mommy Tincture April 12, 2017 2 Comments

I am a kind of person with a very short fuse. I like things to be really simple and straight. I guess this attitude came from being a working mother who had to multi task round the clock and achieve goals. Well I am a SAHM now but not much has changed. Guess what? I AM STILL MULTI TASKING!

Months after the birth of my younger one, I was at home 24×7. And I was running out of patience because my toddler was turning out to be really moody and choosy. I figured that if I wanted to have a sane life I had to set somethings straight. I couldn’t be running around two kids without a pattern to follow anymore. Continue Reading

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Parenting

Encouraging Creativity for My Son

posted by Mommy Tincture April 10, 2017 3 Comments

Simulation of creativity among my kids for me would mean giving them an environment where they can let their imagination run free and think without barriers. My elder son Nik is soon going to be 4 years and there are a gamut of activities that I have done with him and still continue to do to help him fly high with his imagination. Continue Reading

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Kid IssuesParentingWork and Life

Parenting Is Not A Corporate Job

posted by Mommy Tincture April 7, 2017 0 comments

As a corporate professional, one’s mind is attuned to think in terms of expectations, KRAs, deadlines, quality etc. as means to attaining success. This is likely to have a spillover in your personal life because every challenge becomes a matter of your honor and an opportunity to prove your capability. Because you are used to accepting professional challenges you take your parenting tasks equally seriously and embark upon completing them with similar vigor as you would do your professional tasks. Gradually, you realize you are exhausted and frustrated at the same time. You set certain expectations of yourself and your kid. When they are not met with, a sense of failure sets in. You feel that your efforts have not been acknowledged by your kid. You become even more desperate to get your kids to fall in line with your demands. Continue Reading

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Kid IssuesParenting

Autism Makes A Child Different Not Disabled

posted by Mommy Tincture March 15, 2017 0 comments

Until recently, my exposure to autism was limited to Aamir Khan’s representation of the disorder in his movie “Taare Zameen Par”. A couple of weeks back when I was at my son’s activity class, I observed a fellow mother who had come to drop her son; along with her was a slightly elder boy whom she was constantly instructing and monitoring. One day I summoned courage to exchange greetings with her and inquired if her son was suffering from some special attention scenario. “He is Autistic” were her plain and simple words. I could see nothing in her words or her tone or expressions that invited any sympathy, Continue Reading

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A Search Expedition – #ColgateMagicalStories

posted by Mommy Tincture 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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The ‘No Queue’ Solution to School Admissions

posted by Mommy Tincture February 4, 2017 0 comments

Often my parents reminisce about the days when they had to stand in long queues to buy application forms to get both their daughters admitted to the school of their preference. It was an extremely painful task, because my dad usually had to take atleast a half if not full day’s off. Thankfully my mother used to ride a two wheeler and was confident enough to be able to go to a school alone and get the school admission form, which saved my dad a couple of his paid leaves. That was when I had to be admitted to school.

30 years hence, when I started searching for schools for my son for admission at the pre-primary level, I was at a little ease because most of the schools today have their own websites and have their admission process iterated there. While a lot of these schools have their preliminary screening process automated online, Continue Reading

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Day Care Centers – Why Are They Unsafe And What Can We Do About It

posted by Mommy Tincture November 30, 2016 3 Comments

When I first saw the news about the assault on a 10 month old baby at a daycare in Navi Mumbai, my first reaction was that probably I was right in deciding to give-up my job to take care of my kids. Because the best place where our kids will be safe is ‘home’. But that was a choice that I made; I am one individual, my priorities and prerogatives in life could be / are different from other individuals. There are several mothers who for reasons best understood by them and their partners continue working. Sending their child to a Day Care facility is not an easy decision in the first place. Continue Reading