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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

Parenting

How I Learned Value of Money

posted by Anupriya 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

Parenting

Hacks for a Mother’s Peace of Mind

posted by Anupriya 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

Kids Learning

Encouraging Creativity for My Son

posted by Anupriya April 10, 2017 5 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

Parenting

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

posted by Anupriya 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

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Of Siblings and Brotherhood – #MondayMommyMoments

posted by Anupriya November 17, 2016 2 Comments

I know it’s a little late to write for this link party which went up on Monday (its #MondayMommyMoments after all !) But isn’t it what motherhood is all about? You plan something for how your day would go, but you end up with an all together different kind of a day. The same has happened with me. For the last 3 days I would wake up with this write-up as a priority task, but my little ones would end up being my only priority. Yes they seek undivided attention, lest you end up in a havoc like situation, with a constantly crying baby and a hyper-active toddler trying to do everything on his own.

One thing about being a Mommy is that there are no precedents because your child/children are growing everyday and you too are evolving as a mother with them. As a mother you could be in for a pleasant or unpleasant surprise anytime, anywhere. If I sit down and retrospect, like every mother I have a series of Happy Mommy Moments; but to recount all of them is a tedious task. So I am going to iterate my latest Happy Mommy Moment here. Here goes the story-

Lately I have started following one practice very stringently. This I have done because I figured that if I don’t, I will end up with bigger dark circles around my eyes and will become a perpetual zombie. So, these days, whenever my younger one goes to sleep, I take the liberty of leaving my elder one (he will hence forth be address as Nick) in my Mother-in-laws vigilance and take a quick nap.

The other day, after I finished the humongous task of getting Nick to have his lunch and putting Lucky (the younger one now on will be called so) to sleep, I lied down for my siesta. Around just five minutes later, Nick came up from behind and hugged me extremely affectionately. What he said next touched the core of my heart.

He said, “Mamma! I have come to take you and ‘Chota Baby’ back home from the hospital. Once you are home, I will take care of both of you.” and with this he planted a peck on my cheek.  Somehow the impression of me lying on the hospital bed had surfaced from his memory.

As I heard his words, my heart skipped a beat because it reminded me of that one week in my life when my soul was torn apart into two halves

I was delighted because of the arrival of my little one, but was equally worried for Nick because this was the first time since his birth that I was going to be away from him for almost a week. On one hand I was reveling in the pleasure of having Lucky in my hands and on the other hand my heart yearned for Nick who was allowed to see me for only 10-15 minutes a day for the duration I was in the hospital.

In the hospital and during the last 5 months, it has worried me a lot that Nick may feel neglected and become insecure after the arrival of his younger sibling. But his words cleared my mind of any doubts or anxieties with regards to any such adverse affects on him.

I know that as both my sons will grow up they are liable to have differences in behavior, opinions and expectations from life. But for now it is only Love and Affection in the air…

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