CAR SEAT FOR HAPPY AND SAFE TRAVELS

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We love long drives and can go on long drives anytime but after N we were really worried about his safety on the road and also about his comfort.

It was when we decided to buy a car seat for for his safety and comfort.While doing the research for the perfect car seat I came across these very important safety features to be kept in mind while selecting a car seat for your baby.I am going to share the points here.

Weight and age 

while Buying the Car seat the first thing to keep in mind is the weight and age of baby.Upto 2 years of age a baby should sit in rear facing car seat.Or else if the baby exceeds the weight as recommended by car seat seller then front facing car seat can be used.

Five Point harness

Another important feature as the safety of car seat depends on this.The car seat should have five harness points, that ensures that the bay is harnessed properly and safely.

Buy First Hand

I am a big supporter of pre loved stuff when it comes to baby items but for car seat its a big no no,Never go for a second hand car seat.Thats the biggest compromise on safety.

After Buying The Car Seat

So once you have decided on the car seat and made a purchase.Always read the instruction manual carefully before installing.

And install as per the manual.

Keeping the baby busy on car seat

After selecting the car seat another major issue was keeping the baby busy, N is super active and sit still only to do activities.So long drives for him is about doing activities, playing with his busy bags etc.

Here is a post you can go through to keep the baby busy

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Just like other things making him sit on the car seat was a tough journey too … We had our ups and downs Cranky fits and what not . . but now since that phase is over and we enjoy our trips let me share few tips on how to make your baby enjoy the trip in car seat 1.take short trips first 2. Tie few toys which the baby can enjoy pulling 3.take a small basket of toys along 4.take books if your baby enjoys them 5.Do lots of talking and singing make them feel home 6.stop if they cry and refuse to be in seated ..Take a break let them have some fresh air before you start again 7.never take a crying baby out of the car seat as they will get to know that crying is the escape route . 8. Screen time in a night journey has helped us a lot. 9.keep rotating the toys you take along 10.if your baby is 14 months and above then showing the vehicles around keeps the any busy for long And lastly keep calm this is for baby's safety and needs patience What are the tricks you play with the baby to make them stick to the car seat happily ??? #carseat #busybaby #happyincarseat #tipstokeepbabybusy #instagram #toddlersofinstagram #instapic #instapost #momlife #mommylife #momblogger #blogger #rattlebabblebattle

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Wish you happy and safe drives always .

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Guide To Start  Knife with Toddlers ft Little Fingers at Work’s Toddler Knife


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When lil N was almost 18 months old we wanted to introduce him to knife and hone his knife skills.But unfortunately my search for toddler Knife fetched no results online.I tried few stores here is oman but never got what I was looking for.So I started with the plastic knife which comes with every cooker in our Indian household.

In case you are wondering what was the hurry and why on this earth do I want my toddler to learn knife skills at such a young age.Give this whole article a sound read, many will not agree many would be convinced but the idea of writing this particular article is to educate my reader on early life skills.

Why Knife at Such a young age ?

Knife skills is one of the practical life skills of montessori approach and is recommended after 18 months only when babies develop a better fine motor skills and a better control over the movement of their body parts.

A toddler is inquisitive and developing many life skills at this stage.Observe a toddler in a pretend play and you will get to know how their observation skill works.You will be surprised to see how they copy you and observe your movement and activities.

Preparing your own food is a basic life skill and to raise an Independent individual which is the primary aim of montessori, introducing a toddler to knife early helps rather than making them realise that they are incapable of doing it.

Just like introducing the glassware to toddlers makes them aware of the fact that it needs to be handled gently and with care  similarly introducing knife makes them aware of the fact that it needs caution.

How to start with Knife 

12-18 months– A butter knife or a plastic cake knife (which I was using and still use).

It will give them a better control and coordination to cut things.You can start with pretend play sets like the pic below as well.

If you choose a butter /plastic knife start with soft fruits like banana, ripe papaya, watermelon ensure that you peel and give it to them for cutting.

18 months plus – A toddler knife like the one shown in the pic below

As I have already mentioned I was searching for a knife but couldn’t find anything fortunately I came across a reviewer requirement by Little Fingers At Work while I was in India,wherein they wanted  moms to review their toddler knife and  send across honest feedback to them.

Its been almost a month we have been using this knife almost every other day to make fruit salad.N shows a lot of interest in kitchen and he eats his fruit salad with more delight and satisfaction.

How to use it 

Start with keeping the cutting board at one side to make them learn that chopping needs only one hand till the time they get a control over the knife.

Give soft fruits like banana, pears; food like paneer,eggs which they can comfortably chop with one hand.

The knife is blunt enough not to hurt those little fingers but you know toddlers they go a little bit extra with chopping and you would want them to hit the knife on the other hand hence a conscious effort of using one hand only.

Once they are used to the fact of chopping with one hand give them the chopping board while they are with you in the kitchen in front like you do cutting or on the high chair.

Once they are old enough to understand how to cut and not chop give them fruits like  banana to teach them how to hold and cut.Like give them a banana hold it at one end and start cutting from the other end.(we have not reached this stage and hence will be updating more once we start doing it )

Progression

The next progression could be a nylon knife or a wavy chopper with handle like the real knife we use.These knifes are little sharper and can cut harder fruits and vegetables also.And should be introduced once the toddler has learnt to hold and cut cautiously.(We are yet to reach this stage and hence more updates or a detailed blog post will be posted once we hone these skills and progress.)

About Little Fingers at work Toddler Knife

Pros

A blunt steel sheet with a wooden grip handle.

Blunt enough for young toddlers

wooden grip handle gives a better grip and control.

Good for chopping soft food items.

An excellent knife to start with knife skills.

Cons 

The edges are pointed, which may require extra caution if the toddler doesn’t have a good control.This is the only drawback with this knife.And as the knife was sent across for feedback for improvement I conveyed the same to the team and it has been noted by them.

Cooking or helping in the kitchen not only helps the toddler to become independent but also gives them a feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment which they strive for.And introducing knife skills makes them more confident and cautious.

Some points to keep in mind while introducing knife to toddlers

Adult supervision is a must

Keep the knife out of reach of toddler

Test yourself first by cutting the fruit you offer child to cut.This will give  you an idea if child can cut it comfortably.

MOTHERHOOD: A love Story 

Once upon a time there lived a girl who never dreamt of becoming a mother , her dreams were more of achieving her career goals.she was extremely judgemental of the women who sacrificed their careers for becoming mother.


She lived in a world filled with dreams of travelling with love of her life and making a beautiful place called home with him.


They often discussed how their life would be in few years and discussion was always more on which position they both will be holding as they both worked in the same industry and organisation.The life was too busy they had no time simply no time either their jobs kept them posted away or when they were together the work kept them busy.The idea of a third person in their life was something which never striked or came across their minds.

The life was going on smooth with both of them being at the peak of their careers.It was almost three years they were married and they were soon going to be in their 30’s in couple of years.It was her birthday and she knew what she wanted to be the coming year “A Mother ”

“What ???Are you out of your mind or this biological clock ticking is playing the game for you stop watching those stupid series you watch ” the husband said 

” No I am serious nothing has inspired me it is something I wish to be ” the girl said 

It was her birthday and he knew she was serious and determined it was not the vodka which made her say all that.( on a lighter note that was the last vodka she had )

She was pregnant the very next month of her birthday and while she was taking the home test for pregnancy that morning she only wished to see those two purple lines a single would have broken her that day.And voila!! Faintest of two purple lines appeared and anyone who has taken.a Pregnancy test would say it was negative but she knew she knew it was positive and that “it ” was coming. A visit to the doctor and the most uncomfortable ultra sound possible confirmed that she was right.

The first trimester made her regret her decision every day , every single day she would regret and tell her husband she was mad when she said that and at least he should have given a piece of mind instead of just being a partner in crime.

Then came the happy phase The second trimester where she loved each and everything about being pregnant and she completely forgot about her figure while she hogged, it was impossible for people around to believe she is the same girl who never accepted that she fits into size s but would insist that she is xs which she was.she would happily shop for clothes which where XL and XXL.

After the happy phase was over there came the third trimester where everything was simply impossible taking a shower being one and again she started regretting her decision.But more than anything now she wanted to get over this and wanted the “it ” thing to pop out.

It popped out one day much after it’s due date on the day they decided to force it out it popped out on his own.And it was the most beautiful baby she had ever seen in her entire life. He was the one who made her pain disappear and the only thing she could feel was happiness. She wanted to hug him while he was taken away to be cleaned and examined.

When she held him for the first time she didn’t  cry for she was going to be the strongest lady this little man would see and admire, for she was going to be his pillar ,how can she cry but she smiled and counted his fingers and toes and looked at the miracle she has just created. She watched in awe and when he fed for the first time it felt like she was born to be just his mom. Everything every relationship was in existence just so that they could have met and this love story could have begun.


That’s my story which you just read  motherhood has changed me into a completely different person from one tight slap masi/ bua to gentle parenting mom, from bottle to breast is best and from what’s early learning to Montessori mom.

I am a mom on sabbatical and I know when I join my work back I am not going to be the same person. I am not going to stay back because my work needs me but I might just stay back home because my baby needs me. 

If I have to explain how motherhood has changed me in one line then it would be 

Of all the promotions and designations I have held being promoted and designated as Nirvaan’s mom has been the best.


This blog is part of the blog train by a lovely blogger Pooja Kawatra of Mums and Babies who has brought together 40 moms from all around the world.

I would like to thank the most amazing mom I have come across who is a combination beauty brains and braveness and blogs at A week in life about her single parenting for introducing me. And also

 Don’t forget to read our next blogger Rashmi who blogs at Ajisthsmomstyle. Rashmi is a wife of Airman ( Corporal ) and a Mom of 1.6 year old baby boy Ajisth. She completed Masters with Mathematics and by profession she is a Maths teacher. She also values her Passion with profession. She loves to share her daily life experiences and Parenting style by writing . Along with this she knows various form of dance and a good dancer too . Her blog is about lifestyle , Parenting style and Product review. 

EDUCATIONAL APP: KIDLOLAND REVIEW 

With the change in time and technology the way we bring up our kids have also changed. So while at our times excess of TV  was a matter of concern now excess of gadgets like mobile , tablets is a concern. While in our times our parents exercised control over television time and counselled us to watch Discovery, History and Natgeo, now we have many options for our kids to make their screen time more effective and learning and change the lost game into a win by educational apps and excercising moderation.

One of the applications that I am going to review today is Kidloland. 


My son is 2 yrs old and has been exposed to screen time since he was 20 months. He has a fixed timmimg for screen either mobile or television.We don’t watch television so most of the time it’s something that he watches on net but on TV.Only during traveling I allow him a little more liberty and little more of screen time apart from keeping him busy with his activities. This time while I was travelling alone with him I wanted an app which would be more of his activity then just plain viewing and that is when I tried Kidloland.

This app has endless options to keep the little ones busy without compromising on the learning aspect .What I liked most about this app is the age appropriate content.The settings has the option and you can choose the age you want your kid to view the content for. 


The puzzles and the chomping monsters are baby N’s favourite he would simply browse and open the puzzle to feed the hungry chomping monsters. He would make donuts , hamburger by solving the puzzle and simply say eat donuts hungry monster. This has been one of the best development in the last month where he has learnt to frame sentences on his own and this app has helped in improving his vocabulary .


Other than puzzles the app has some very interesting early learning games, flash cards ,songs to make them learn numbers, vegetables etc.Again one of the things that baby N loves is the Collection of universe songs which has 


The sun song which teaches about sun, the moon song about moon similarly a star song about stars. 

The planet songs teaches about the planets and their unique features, the continent song about the different continents and the ocean songs about oceans. 


Although N is too young to understand these but the songs are catchy enough for him to catch the tune and sing a whole line. That is when I decided to let him listen to these songs and make him learn about the universe early.

The collection of nursery rhymes is unending and are original without any addition of lyrics unlike most of the rhyme apps these days. All the rhymes ate interactive and child can click on the objects shown in the screen and they will move. This is a nice way to make them learn the meaning of the rhyme and helps them learn the ryhme in a better way.

The app has lullabies in melodious voice which can play at the background while making your child sleep.The stories in the app are interesting and can be read by the older kids on their own and read for me option for the young ones.the story collection is good for early readers.the collection of some old forgotten fables will take you back to your childhood . The stories we grew up listening can now be read to our children too.The app has some very nice stories on good manners which can be read as a part of bedtime stories to the young ones.

The flash cards are good for early learning and make kids learn about shapes, vehicles,food etc. Improves the vocabulary and recognition skills.


The Kidloland is full of options and covers almost all the learning skills required. This has been so far the best travelling companion for us. Along with keeping baby N busy and retaining my sanity this has been a great help on the learning part as well. 

Few tips to make screen time more effective 

1. Set a time for viewing for us it is max half and hour a day.

2. Allow only educational content.

3.Screen time should be only during day time as night time screen viewing is not good for kids.

4. Be around your baby and make the screen time more interactive rather than just viewing.

5. Ask what they have learnt from the app once their screen time is over.

6. Try to cut down your eon screen exposure so that you can actually preach what you practice about screen time.

Some of the cons of the Kidloland app 

1. Takes a lot of space in the phone (not actually a con but the options are so tempting that I actually downloaded all)

2. No timer option hence a meltdown or emotional blackmail for more viewing is possible.

Rating by baby N and Mama 

Educational -5/5 

Overall -4/5 ( one less for timer option it would have been 5/5 by baby N though)


You can visit their website    www.kidloland.com     To know more 

You can simply download the App  by clicking the link below for  ios

Kidloland iOS app

For android 

Google kidloland app
From Amazon App Store 

Amazon Kidloland app

Raising A Reader-My Story

Honestly I never planned or thought of raising a reader, but the first board book I bought filled me with so much of happiness that all I wanted was to hoard books for my little one.Those cute little books with such bright colour and texture where a delight to flip.And hence started our journey towards the world of books.

While growing up I saw my elder sister glued to books.She would even read while having dinner at times and when asked would say she is about to reach the climax and can leave the food but not the book.Her love for books was never ending and so was her collection starting from famous fives to mills and boons to classics.I never bought a single book honestly it was all her collection.

I remember my father reading stories every night before we use to sleep from the famous Chandamama or Panchatantra.It was those bedtime stories which compelled me to read and love reading initially.When my father would not read to us, me and my brother would take turns to read stories and we always asked for more when my father read those to us.And would doze off to sleep even before the story finished.

I grew up in the era when subscriptions meant magazine for mothers and comics for us.I grew up reading Cha Cha Chaudhary ,Pinky,Archies,Tin Tin before I graduated to Nancy Drew and famous five.Mills and Boons came much later for me.

It was during my holidays after my Xth board when I read a book by an Indian author and fell in love with the style of writing and realised how much I feel connected.Reading became my hobby and my imagination took me to places I have never been.Throughout my college and MBA I used my library card for course books right before examination rest part of the year it was all about exploring different genre.

As I mentioned earlier I never planned to raise a reader I just bought books at different stages and eventually fell for raising a reader.As a parent all I want is the best for my baby and the habit of reading is the best I can do for him.I want him to see the world in a wider sense, when we read it opens so many perspective and widens our thinking process more than intelligent reading makes us smart.

I am waiting for my son to grow up so that we both can go to the oxford book store at Barakhambha road, New Delhi where I have so many fond memories of reading dates with my besties, we loved smelling those books and loved flipping thorough sipping the coffee we could afford occasionally from our pocket money and paying in turns for each other on every visit.We sat there and made our bucket list of books and saved money to buy those.

So as I take you forward with our journey of #raisingareader I wanted to share the story behind my love for books.Watch this space for more on Raising a reader.

Posting a video of my tiny reader in action…

 

Holi Inspired Activites- For Toddlers

So finally its time to say good bye to winters and welcome the spring with this beautiful festival of colours HOLI.Well honestly if you ask me I am not a very big fan of this festival when it comes to celebrating it in full spirit but I like the essence of the festival.And the very basic element of the festival ‘colours’.Holi is celebrated in India in the early spring and it marks the harvest of wheat.I remember as a child I used to be so excited about it and I used to be always dissatisfied with the amount of colours my mother would buy thinking it would not last till the time my friends would arrive.And every year the colours would last till Diwali Rangoli as we ended up playing with plain water more than colours.Another fond memory I have about holi is the gujia my mother  used to make and the dahi vada aunties would send home.

Somewhere between loving this festival to locking myself to avoid getting dirty by spoiling my skin and hair with the artificial colours I grew up.And now when it is my son’s childhood I want him to enjoy this festival to the fullest.So to make this festival fun for him I will be doing few activities with him which will make him love the festival in years to come.Lets get started with the activities which will be fun at the same time all natural yet messy to keep the spirit of holi intact.

1.Edible colours 

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My LO is just 16 months and still young to play with the dry colours so I thought of making the  colours which we usually make for his sensorial activities as apart of our holi celebration .

Corn Starch Colour

Take a muffin tray or egg tray

Add two table spoon of corn starch

Add some water and food colour.

this is will be a slimy colour for the messy holi fun

Flour Colour

Simply add all purpose flour to a tray and add water and food colour.

Tumeric colour

If you wish to play a dry holi with your little one try adding some besan to the turmeric and use it as a dry colour.

2.Balloons

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My memory with holi is so much of getting hit by water balloons launched straight from somebody’s terrace to my back.Pacchak. And you look at up but those narrow lanes with so many terrace one after another it was next to impossible to guess whose door I should knock to complain.

Anyways we are not going to throw water balloons but sure we are going to play with balloons filling them with water and our favourite animals.

One of the activities that can be done with kids is hitting the balloons filled with plain water to the wall just like a game of basket ball.And when the balloon burst the surprise is out.

3.Water Gun 

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So when we are just honing the skills of our practical life pouring activity what better than a water gun pouring activity.Bring that pichkari and let your little one drench you.

4.Nature walk

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A walk to the park to collect twigs and leaves to make our own mini version of holika dahan a day before holi.In Hindu tradition a bon fire is lit the night before holi to mark the victory of good over evil.

5.Swings

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While you take a walk in the nature to collect the twigs and dry leaves don’t forget to enjoy the swings.What better way to welcome spring then a swing.tell your little ones the story of naughty Krishna playing Holi in Vrindavan and enjoying the swings.

6.Blessings from Elders

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The importance of raising your child in a environment where they respect their elders is very important.In today’s time making your child realise the importance of every family members in your life is difficult as we stay apart in different geographical location and meeting in every festival or regularly becomes so difficult.But thanks to the advanced mode of communication we can still stay connected.Don’t forget to call or even better give a video call to all the dear ones and let your child have a holi filled with blessings and love.

Wish you a very happy Holi In advance.May this festival of colour add colours to your life and may the rainbow always shine on you.

 

How to Montessori on a Budget-5 toys for 12-18 Months

As a parent of a young toddler the urge to splurge on toys is at the peak currently for me and my husband .Going out and coming back without buying anything for the little one seems like adultery to both of us.I know this happens with all of us specially when its your first but somewhere I realised that he will never realise the importance of things been bought for him out of love.And we will end up nurturing a brat eventually, with his unending demands .

So I decided to change my style a little and introduce budget and things that can be recycled for his daily montessori activities.This way I can answer my urge to buy stuff for him by buying knick knacks which can be converted to montessori daily activities.And he will not get into a habit of getting a toys every time we go out .

So lets get started on

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STACKING AND NESTING

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This is one of the favourite activities of toddlers and is excellent for hand and eye coordination.Although stacking cubes comes really cheap in the market too but change is always good.so instead of going for different stacking cubes from market, I have reused the ice cream cups for stacking.

COIN SLOT BOX

If you wish to see how to do it click hereMontessori Toy Series-Coin Slot Box

I have simply used the caps of the bottles we throw away as coin and a plastic pop corn container as the slot box.

MUFFIN TRAY AND BALLS

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Putting the balls in the muffin tray is another fun activity for toddlers.Here I have substituted the balls with potatoes, onion, lemon and whatever is available in the fridge.This way I keep my baby busy while cooking and make him learn vegetables.You can use a egg crate if you don’t have a muffin tray.

PAPER TOWEL ROLL TRACK

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Talking through the paper towel roll is one of my sons favourite activities.He doesn’t talk but babbles through it.

Stick the rolls to the wall in a way that the things fall into the tray kept below it.I have used cars, small blocks. It doesn’t stay for long on the way usually it is pulled by my son in no time.You can use ping pong balls or pom pom for this drop activity.

BALL SLOT BOX

Just like coin slot box I have DIYed this one using a cardboard box.Its really easy and keeps the baby busy for a while.Busy time is propotional to number of balls.

Choose a box of medium size and make holes for the balls to pass throw.Make holes on at least three sides.So that the baby can put balls from different sides.I have covered it with a wrapping paper to make it more attractive.

I have realised that doing montessori on a budget is far more interesting as you can be more creative and offer different stuff to your child for learning without a pinch to your pocket.

Stay tuned for more on budget Montessori.

 

Treasure hunt for kids Under 5

So the christmas is over and we are gearing up for the New years party.Party’s are fun but if you are the host and you have at least 5 kids below 5 to be entertained, the fun factor becomes more of fear factor.Our concept of party is that all the guest should be entertained even if they are kids.So this year for our new years party we are planning a treasure hunt for the kids.Here are few ideas and tips for organising it

  • Define the area choose the area which is mostly free of breakable things like we choose the kids room for the treasure hunt or the guest room.Living area and kitchen are a big no for us because of accidents and off course I love my nick knacks on display and cutlery.

Once you have decided on the area plant the clues, make the clue fun by making a simple riddle or a rhyme like

I thought you were far: But you were coming in a car : things are bought from bazaar:guess whats hiding in the star::

Among the gifts I lie:you look away as you are shy:Pick the one which is different:let me see if you are intelligent::

Try to make it interesting but choosing rhyming words.Select the place you wish to hide your treasure clue and then search for rhyming words and let your imagination go on a ride to your own childhood.

  • Make the treasure box with things the kids would love to get like chocolate, colours,clips and hairbands, small cars,biblets etc.

Decorate the treasure box and cover it with layers of wrapping.It will be fun for the kids to unwrap at the end.Keep a note on sharing in the treasure box to make them learn the importance of sharing as the real treasure of life is sharing the happiness which we take ages to figure out with the clue god gives us.Let them learn the secret of happiness at young age.

Picky Eaters and PediaSure​

An additional burden for the parents is inculcating the habit of healthy eating in their children. It didn’t take me long to realise that my son is going to be a picky eater and hence, half of my time goes into wondering what to feed him.

For the times that I am at home and he’s with me, which is almost all the time, we can still work out/negotiate and try to eat healthy. However, I worry about the time when he starts pre-school and I go back to work. That’s the time when keeping a tab on his eating schedule will become difficult for me. I am not very keen on introducing cow’s milk into his diet as that will not be enough to meet all of his nutritional requirements. However, I do want to introduce something that he can drink in the mornings. Another concern that I have is immunity; being a picky eater, immunity will be a major issue once he starts going to school.

One of the health drinks I came across while looking for a viable solution was PediaSure. While .reading about it, it didn’t take me long to realise that PediaSure is one of the most renowned and trusted brands on the market. But, I still wanted to do my own research into the benefits of the product.

Nutrition

PediaSure contains 37 nutrients which provide balanced nutrition. It is formulated with important vitamins, iron, iodine, choline, and taurine. It contains a combination of prebiotics and probiotics that helps support a healthy immune system.

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PediaSure can be introduced as a morning drink during breakfast or as a healthy snack. One glass of PediaSure provides a good amount of energy, proteins and micronutrients. This isn’t complicated; there are no specific PediaSure recipes to choose from, although you’re free to experiment based on your kid’s preferences. PediaSure is available in 3 flavours- Vanilla Delight, Premium chocolate and Kesar Badam – which seem quite interesting.

As a generic rule for parents, we need to try and cut down on our children’s sugar intake– chocolates, sweets, sweetened drinks etc. It’s difficult to keep your kid away from things like that and especially junk food, but the onus of healthy eating habits lies with us. This is also where PediaSure comes in; it contains the required fats and sugar necessary for a child’s growth and while it may not be a replacement for sweets and chocolates, it can help by providing a healthy alternative.

Although PediaSure approached me to review their product as part of their #90DaysWithPediaSure campaign, all views and opinions expressed in my writing are my own. So follow me on #MyPediaSureJourney as I show you just how the supplement has worked out for my child over the next few weeks.

PediaSure is making our job easier, but our job as a parent doesn’t just end with that. In fact it starts with a glass of PediaSure in the morning to healthy meals till night time.

PediaSure is available in most stores and chemists in all neighbourhoods, You may buy the product from your local store or you can order PediaSure from http://pediasure.in/

HELICOPTER PARENTING-Is your child a victim of this?

Once you become a parent there is always a battle within; the battle of wrong and right.You always want the right thing for your kid and make constant efforts for it, that is a responsible parenting but have you ever wondered that in your effort of putting across everything right to your kid are you somewhere curbing his right to know the world on his own, is our responsible parenting turning into a helicopter parenting.

I remember the days when my mother would leave me with other kids to play with strict instructions not to go far away and on the other hand some of my friends were only allowed to play in their porch although we lived in a campus but still they were not allowed to go out of their own porch.I was 8-9 year old then and I use to wonder why is aunty not leaving them to play away from home.Those aunties would take all the details in case their kids were left at my place to play; like what all you played, what did you eat? My mother never asked such things in detail she was ok with the fact that I ate, she would never go into details and would never even stop me if I wish to tell her the details.I never shared the policy of don’t tell my mom we did this with my friends but was always the one who was told not to share the details with their parents.

While we grew up although I was not a very good student but still my mother never pestered the teachers with questions of my grades or never sat with me to make me study.It is not that I never had my share of pestering parents I had, they would bother me when I would be watching TV or playing for hours together but my parents will never sit by my side and make me study once I was old enough to study on my own.And honestly I am doing way better than my counter parts not bragging but just quoting a fact.

When we had our boards my parents would wish me all the luck and would ask me to attempt the paper slowly and calmly.There use to be a very low attendance in the bus but the moment I would reach the venue the huge rush of parents with their kids would give the feel of examination back into my mind.Many of my friends in their late teens were accompanied by their parents.I use to find it amusing to see some parents holding the books for their kids while others would make them eat.The only feeling I had at that point was how will these people cope when they will leave their home for higher studies and are they seriously going to turn into adults in a year or two and would even vote yes I thought about voting because dating was evidently out of question for them.

While I was planning to take  a sabbatical many people asked me not to take such a long break  as in teens kids need more parental guidance read control than now.Many of the female colleagues would take leave when their kids have boards or some final exam.I am no where making a point or tagging them but you can never force a kid to study by constantly being around, they will just simply shut their minds.I can bet on it that a kid who has not been pestered to study will get better grades than a kid who is constantly reminded to study.

The point I am trying to make here is that there is a very thin line between a concerned parents and helicopter parents and by giving an over dependent upbringing we will only spoil our kids either they would start lieing to us or they would become over dependent with no decision-making ability of their own.

As a parent we are supposed to raise our kids not raise sheep who has been asked to graze the field and they do because they have their master hovering around.