On Friday, 26th April 2019, my husband, sons and I headed to the Museum of Illusions with varied expectations. I had seen so much of it on Instagram that I knew I wanted to walk out with some cool pictures of all of us. My husband just wanted to explore a new place with us, thankfully a place that did not involve any shopping, eating or running up and down play areas. The kids – well, they just wanted to have loads of fun!
May is Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month and reading stories of so many fellow mom bloggers on Instagram, took me back to my initial days of motherhood and how I hated everything about being a mother, except my darling baby of course!
It all started with my birth story –
The news of a pregnancy brings along so many emotions for the parents and families, mainly happiness and anxiety. If you have an older child who is yet too young to understand the situation, parents worry about how the situation will affect the child. As a mother, I understand this as my elder son, A was just 22 months old when we realised we were pregnant with his brother.
Initially, we received a lot of mixed emotions from our families – happiness and excitement for the arrival of another bundle of joy, and apprehension on how A was too young for his world to be shaken up like this. Bearing in mind that I am a stay-at-home mother, my son spent every waking (and sleeping) moment with me, and this fact started to cause me a lot of stress too!
It’s amazing how children learn so much by watching and observing their parents,but what’s even more special is how parents can learn to see everything in a new light when they are with their children.
Every new experience for the child, becomes a new experience for the parents too, as they get to learn a different way of exploring and dealing with things.
It’s no secret for anyone who reads my blogs or follows me on Instagram, that my elder son loves Rainbows. He loves doing activities that involve rainbow colors. Recently, while looking for some fun activities for him, we came across the Walking Rainbow experiment and decided to give it a try.
This experiment uses basic ingredients available in your kitchen and is very easy to set-up. It’s great to teach them about color mixing, and primary and secondary colors. It take 3-4 days for the complete effect to take place, and will require some patience on the kids’ part.
I love Diwali – the biggest Hindu festival of the year – the festival of lights!
Last year, I wrote about how I spend My kind of Diwali in Dubai. This year, I wanted to document my Diwali in pictures – the Rangolis the kids’ and I made, the diyas we lit, the clothes we wore, the prayer rituals – everything!
Diwali typically is a 5 day Hindu festival starting from Dhanteras and ending on Bhai Dooj.
I am a mom of two boys, ages 5 and 2.5. I am surrounded by cars, especially fire engines and police cars, fire stations, car tracks, tow trucks, etc. Recently, we got them their Build-a-Bear teddies and even those had to be dressed as a Firefighter and a Pilot. Next, daddy bought them Firefighter and Police helmets. It was a matter of time before my elder son asked me for a Walkie-Talkie set to complete their “Emergency Emergency” pretend play game.
I told him that I had an idea to make these walkie-talkie sets ourselves, and their cousins (ages 10) decided to join us for an afternoon of crafting fun. Ideally, a juice carton box can be used to make these, but since I did not have any of those, we searched the pantry for similarly sized boxes, like ones from tea bags, Kinder Egg chocolates, etc.
Being a stay-at-home-mum, I have come to rely on a lot of common spices and condiments found in my pantry to cure my children of common ailments. Most recipes are age-old that have been passed on for generations – just proving how natural herbs were used to treat diseases before chemically produced medicines came in. Other recipes, I have found through the Internet, over time, to solve a particular problem.
Please note that the suggestions and remedies mentioned below, work for me, or I have found them while conducting my research. Please consult a medical practitioner before following any of the below.
As a mom of two sons, ages 5 and 2, September sends me in panic mode. September brings the start of a new school term after a long summer break and the start of Flu Season.
During the summer break, most kids live a relaxed and less stressful life, and are well rested which keeps them healthy too. Once school and the extra activities start, most kids suffer from over exertion and less rest, as a result of which their immunity is lower in those initial weeks too.
Today, on your 5th birthday, I’m not going to tell you how much I love you…you already know that. I’m not going to tell you about the man I wish for you to become, there is time for that.
I once read somewhere:
“Do not forget to wish your mom on your birthday, its one of the most special days of her life”
I’m a full-time, stay-at-home mom who manages a business, a home and a blog on a part-time basis. Come school vacations, and the pressure increases as the kids wake up with me in the morning and sleep late at night with me too. This means that there are days when I am with the kids 24×7.
Over the last 5 years of mommyhood, I’ve seen various friends go on holidays without their kids – some on a girls’ trip and others on a mini-moon with their husbands. My husband and I always thought that we would not enjoy a holiday without the kids and we would not want to deprive them of the pleasure and learning that comes with travelling and being in a new place.