Friday, March 18, 2016

The Parent I am

I've often wondered what kind of a parent I am.

Am I the compassionate, doting mom who never raises a finger against her child? 

Am I the kind of mom who feels like yelling at a kid who defies all boundaries of authority, no matter how mild the transgression?

Am I the 'super mom' (a term I personally detest) who flies about making sure that everything is perfectly in place right from the child's school supplies to her emotional needs?

Perhaps I am the mom who lets go, allows the child to make mistakes and watches as she ends up learning from them and growing up.

Or hey, maybe I'm that mom you see walking in the park, headphones plugged in, music blasting away as the kid plays on the swings and the monkey bars.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Is Your Child Ready for Adventure Camps?

Amma, I need a backpack, a tent, hiking shoes and oh, a torch! I am so thrilled about the camp!”
It was 4 years ago when Gy took her first steps into an overnight adventure camp organized by her school and I remember how her cheeks flushed with excitement as we went about picking out all the accessories for the trip. As a parent, I believe it is important that we allow children to experience everything from Nature to hands-on outdoors fun and one ideal way to do that is with adventure camps.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Do you play with your kids?

Yes, yes, I know. It's hard to play with them! 

I'm not just talking about the act of sitting in one place while they make up these impossible rules and expect you to toe the line. It's bad enough that you have to be ordered around by them when they never want to listen to anything you say in the first place. Hmph! Can I hear an 'Amen'?

No, I am referring to conscious play time when you can just unwind, let go and be a kid again and participate in the joy of being immersed in play for the sheer joy of it and nothing else. I watch my husband with Gy and it's incredible how he can instantly transform from this 'dad' figure who tells her that she should behave, and become a kid teasing Gy relentlessly, playing with her until she dissolves in tears or giggles. Oh yes, there's plenty of both.

Do you play with your child? Shailaja V, Doting Mom

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Bridging past and present

There are days when I have so much to say and the words just don't come forth the way I want. So I do the next best thing. I go back and read things I have already written, hoping they will trigger something that needs to be said.

Usually I read my older blog posts and occasionally I glance at those Facebook memories and smile (sometimes cringe) at the snippets from the past that I have shared with my world.

But today, I found a trigger in the most unexpected of places: My e-mail inbox. 

Monday, February 22, 2016

Safety first for kids

Do you remember the first time your child got on a school bus, wailed, clung to you not wanting to let you go? How about the time she cheerily got on that same bus, waving goodbye? I remember both with superb clarity. I also recall the apprehension with which I put her on a large, yellow bus for the very first time. 

She was just shy of turning six and a bit of trepidation overcame me as I watched her climb valiantly onto the shiny giant, backpack in place, lunch bag swinging in one hand in rhythmic motion. With one leg on the footstep, she turned a tear-streaked face my way, pleading to be allowed to stay behind. Gently, I cajoled her saying that she would have lovely seats, friends to sit by, a teacher to call out to and even an attender who would be there to help her out.

Not entirely convinced, she did get on the bus and found her way towards the middle of the bus, waving goodbye as the bus pulled away. One of the first things I did that afternoon when the bus returned was to note down the driver's number as well as the number of the teacher on board. The school had already sent us a detailed note explaining whom we could contact in case of an emergency on each bus route. It was heartening to note that she did have a smile on her face as she got off the bus.
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