A Short Baby Bible – Every Parent Must Remember

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Having a new baby is probably the most wonderful experience of anyone’s life, especially if you just start a new family and have always wanted to become a parent. A baby could be the source of happiness in any home, but if the inexperienced parents really don’t have a clue of what to do with the baby, then the little one could instead become the source of frustration.

Trying to know what the baby wants could be the most frustrating moments for new parents, especially when the baby just won’t stop crying. There are just so many possible scenarios with the baby that can make new parents feel overwhelmed. The first few weeks or even the first few months could be really intense, and for new parents, these are the crucial moments where they could really use some valuable knowledge about how to handle a baby.

Actually, there are so many great sources of information around you, if you just look at the people who really close to you, like your mother, grandmother, or your sister and friends who already have children, they can actually provide you with valuable information based on their own experience. Even better if they live close to you, they probably can come by and show you exactly what to do.

The experts at the hospital also can give you some great information. At the hospital after the labor, you can use the time to learn from your doctor and nurses about how to care for your baby the right way. From the nurses you can learn a lot, like how to hold, bathe, and burp the baby. Usually in the hospital there are also lactation consultants and feeding specialists that can give you specific information about bottlefeeding and nursing your baby.

To get you started, here is an infographic that can show you some of the most important things you should know when you have a new baby.

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Working Moms, Here Is How You Balance Family & Work.

Blog - 29th Jan

  1. Stop Feeling Guilty: There are times when you are at home you worry about work and when you are at work you are guilty of leaving your children at home. You are not selfish, think of your work as the means for better educational opportunities for your child,  better childcare & healthcare for your child & family. Such notions will comfort you.
  2. Get Quality Childcare: Do your research on nannies or preschools before you settle on one. Speak to other parents, check records & their experience before you hand over your precious little one. Someone you can blindly trust with your child; someone who will take care of your child as they would their own.
  3. Leave notes or a calendar with instructions: Make sure your presence is not missed even when you are physically not around. Leave notes or reminders on the calendar with regard to bills or groceries. This also makes your family a little more responsible and gives you scope to delegate duties.
  4. Have clarity in communication with your employer & colleagues: Much of the research on your part needs to be done during the early months of pregnancy. Ask your colleagues about what benefits they had when they were pregnant, speak to your employers about the flexibility in leaves, maternity benefits and also use to your advantage the information you have gathered from your colleagues.
  5. Don’t even try to multitask: When you are at work, stay focused, don’t waste time with office banter or online browsing. When you are at work, work, and when you are home don’t worry about work. Give time to your partner in the evenings and reserve important office calls or emails for when your child goes to sleep. Multitasking never leaves you fulfilled.
  6. Take time out for yourself: Don’t forget to find time for yourself. Focus on your health and nurturing your hobbies, be it outdoor sports, gardening or reading. This time you spend with yourself will rejuvenate your tired mind & body and get you energised for the busy week ahead. You also develop a fresh perspective to work, children & your daily life and will be in a relaxed & calm mood to face any obstacles or challenges whatsoever.

It is easier said than done, but working moms do have a lot of juggling to do. A little balancing, though, will make life more enjoyable and less burdening.

Electronic Devices-The New Babysitters?

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With both parents working for demanding jobs under stressful timelines, tablets & phones have become the new babysitters. They help in feeding, putting them to sleep and keeping them occupied anytime, anywhere. Preschoolers use touchpads like feeding bottles and while tying a shoelace is tough, finding the power button on a device is not!

Are we making our kids lose themselves in a virtual bubble even before they have seen the real world?

Let’s look at the effects of excess screen time on children:

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Foods That Will Keep Your Body Warm

Blog _ 11th Dec

Misty mornings 7 early sunsets might be the treat that winter offers you, but winter also comes with flu, cold & other cold-related illnesses. So we give you a list of foods that will keep your body warm this winter:

A Bowl Of Heath!: Start with a healthy breakfast. A bowl of cereal with warm milk and dry fruits like figs, almonds, raisins & apricot. Give a twist to your cereal with porridge or oats and don’t forget the dry fruits!

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Raising Good Citizens

Blog - 28th Nov

Aristotle’s statement ‘Man is a political animal’ stands true because of man’s power of speech & reasoning which animals lack. And this power of speech helps us not only to distinguish good from evil but also practice it. And this distinction is the root or genesis of politics. So, when you are teaching your child the difference between good and bad deeds, you are welcoming them into the political world.

Civic responsibility is taught in school in the form of the civics subject or in case of higher studies, political science. Understanding terminologies like democracy, socialism, and other politically related ‘isms’ is one part of the story and actually practicing them is another. Home can be a starting point for raising awareness about society, responsibilities as a citizen of India and the importance of governance. But this awareness should extend beyond the homes. Cleaning one’s room should extend to not littering outside one’s home; sharing or helping siblings or elders at home should extend to helping people on the road or innocent strangers new to town; and caring for human beings should also extend to caring for animals, plants and other living creatures.

Such acts of caring and sharing may seem very redundant but these are hugely political acts. Each decision we make from buying a product to supporting a cause is politically motivated. Our economic backgrounds and social status influence many such decisions and make us who we are. And parents need to realize the role personal politics plays in the larger political context.

In school children are taught, the meaning of government, fundamental rights & duties, constitution, the functions of parliament and its members; all these are facts and serve as nothing more than just information. This information develops into a political attitude when we start to look at them outside the textbooks. Developing a political attitude is very important to make your child understand citizenship. Being apolitical is not wrong, it just doesn’t help much in today’s world that is governed by greedy political decisions and the hunger for power; so much that human beings forget what it is to be civil or rather just human.

Good citizenship today is being coloured as a patriotism which has no place for personal freedom or diverse opinions. Right from clothes people wear, the food they eat to the films they make or watch-everything is judged with an unreasonable bias many times leading to violence. Civic responsibility must exude love & respect for people and the society and not breed a mythical idea of violent patriotism. Raising your children to be good humans, is not separate from raising good citizens.

Fighting Your Child’s Flu

Blog- 7th Nov

Winter brings with it serene misty mornings & energetic chilly evenings, but also brings with it 200 viruses ready to infect your kids with nasal congestion, cold & flu. Here are some home remedies to enjoy this festive winter with some home remedies:

Ensure Your Kids are Hydrated: Make sure your kids drink a lot of fluids-it will reduce the symptoms of cold & flu. It also prevents fever which is triggered due to dehydration. Apart from water, milkshakes or juices are tasty alternatives. Broth, ginger ale & herbal tea, though are options for adults, are good to treat cold or nasal congestion.Haldi doodh or turmeric milk is a classic treatment for the cold & sore throat.

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Decorate Your House This Diwali With Your Kids!

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One of India’s favourite festivals is around the corner. Diwali, the festival of lights, is here and while you are busy shopping for new clothes and sweets to distribute to friends & family, here are some ideas for decorating your house along with your little ones

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Navratri: One Festival, Many Traditions

Blog Navratri - 18th Sept

Navratri is a 9-day Hindu festival celebrated across the length and breadth of India in the months of September & October. This year, the festival falls between 21st September and 29 September. Navratri is the celebration of good over evil and is celebrated differently in different parts of the country.

Eastern & Northeastern India: Here, Navratri is celebrated in the form of Durga Puja. Goddess Durga who fights the buffalo demon, Mahishasura, and restores Dharma or right way of living or simply, the good in the universe, is venerated and prayed to for 10 days. Predominantly celebrated in West Bengal, Durga Puja includes putting up stage decorations/pandals which house beautiful clay idols of Goddess Durga. People gather at these pandals and worship the goddess, perform rites and recite chants & sing bhajans. One of the eye-catching traditions is what they call Dhunaachi Naach. Aarti or puja is performed using an incense burner called dhoop and sometimes men and women hold one or more than one dhoop and dance with them to the beats of a dhak (a kind of drum played in these parts of the country)

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Choose Smart Parenting over Smart Phones

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Technology is necessary and inevitable in this world of growing distances and diminishing time, but once it starts dominating our spaces, relationships, and lifestyles, it becomes a dangerous addiction.Speaking of dominating relationships, gadgets have increasingly started replacing parenting. Demanding jobs are making it difficult for parents to spend time with children, thus making phones the go-to device for keeping children entertained and occupied. Tabs and phones are infested with games, which children get hooked on to, giving them no opportunity to explore the outside world, learn something new or just have a simple conversation with someone.

Following are some of the ways in which parents can give more time to their young ones:

Whenever you can, make sure you pick and drop your children to school or any other activity class they go to. This commute gives you more time with them. Gadgets are going to be there everywhere, but be stern about not using them while having a conversation. That also means as parents you too should refrain from doing so!

When you pick them up from school, instead of coaxing your child to talk, why don’t you begin sharing your day’s experience with them? Tell them something interesting about your work, something funny that happened in office that day, or something new you ate or did. The child will automatically want to share his/her day in school.

Make sure they eat at the table without any gadget near them. It is important for the family to sit together at least for one meal a day. Again, a good place to strike up a conversation, the dining table often leads to great sharing.

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Go Green and Back to your Roots this Ganapathi!

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While world leaders meet every year to discuss climate change and about how they can run their countries by causing least harm to the environment, why not we do our bit? Let’s start with one of the most awaited festivals of the year, Ganesh Chaturthi! The festival is just round the corner and while you, your friends and family prepare to welcome him to your homes, here are some tips for an eco-friendly Ganesh Chaturthi!

Begin with Ganesha himself: At the end of the festival, many rivers, lakes and even seas get clogged with plaster of paris (pop) Ganeshas. This chemical is toxic for fish and other living organisms under water. Whereas, Ganeshas made of clay or mud dissolve easily in the water and don’t leave behind any chemical waste. If you want to give him some colour, use water based paints or water colours. When you immerse your eco-friendly Ganesha, you will do so knowing that you are keeping alive creatures under water!

Ladoos and Modaks: It is that time of the year, when you can give a break to chocolates and sweets from shops and try some home-made ladoos and Ganesha’s favourite Modak. Besan and Rava ladoos are sweets which no chocolate can match ! Just like your momos, Modaks are steamed dumplings but instead of vegetables, they will be stuffed with jaggery and grated coconut-It is Ganesha’s favourite for a reason! [Read more…]