Thursday, February 4, 2016

How it all began 15 years ago

I've always been partial to stories with happy endings although you wouldn't think that if you read most of my fictional work.

Today's story is not fictional though and it began 15 years ago, on this date, to be exact. Every year, on the 4th of February, the man I married greets me with 'Happy Anniversary'. It's uncanny how he never forgets this day considering every other date in the calendar, including his own birthday, is something he never remembers. The best part is that it isn't the day we got married. 

It's the day we met for the very first time.

How it all began, love story, Diary_of_A_Doting_Mom

Thursday, January 28, 2016

#DoYourHomework: Parents, are you ready?

#DoYourHomework, Diary of a Doting Mom, Shailaja V

The word homework has never had a very positive connotation for as long as I can remember. The phrase, ‘Do your Homework’ has caused more tears to erupt than any tantrum in the history of childhood and parenting; probably because it’s got the word ‘work’ in it.

So you cannot blame kids when they choose to dawdle over it, put it off and maybe completely turn away from doing it too. Homework sessions at home for the last few years have been challenging, to put it mildly and every strategy I’ve tried has come up short until recently, although I have done a lot of reading on the subject.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Social media, cyber bullying and our kids: Are you aware enough?

I took a long time to write this post. 

Every single time my fingers hovered over the keys, my mind would draw them back and I would think once again of the fate of Breck Bednar. The night that I read the article, I couldn't sleep. My heart would twist and my stomach would churn when I pictured the victim and the helplessness of the mother who saw what was happening, did everything in her power to stop it and still couldn't save her child from an online predator.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Helping the forgetful child: Lessons for the parent

'You forgot your homework? Again?'
'I asked you to write it down in the diary. Why didn't you?'
'What?! A test tomorrow? And you haven't brought the books?'

Picture every one of those questions, repeated every alternate day, over a period of 8 months. It's a helpless feeling, the despair that comes from parenting a forgetful child. It's even more frustrating to be in the shoes of that child. 

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

An Open and Honest Dialogue

The key to effective communication is transparency of intent and clarity of thought. Add a dose of candour and you get an open and honest dialogue. 

Open and honest Dialogue, Diary of a Doting Mom, Parenting, Blogging, Shailaja V

Sample this one that I had just this morning. It was one that I had been putting off for  a while but I finally bit the bullet and decided that procrastination wasn't really helping my cause. Summoning up my reserves of patience and kindness, tempered with compassion, I knocked on the door. When there was no response, I pushed the door open a crack to see her curled up on the bed, her back to me. The outline of her shoulders suggested that she was angry and rightly so. Taking a deep breath, I stepped into the room.

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