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Celebrating Nutrtion Week with Ryan International School

Celebrating Nutrtion Week with Ryan International School

Being a foodartist, i got a lovely opportunity to associate with one of the premium schools in the city of Mumbai named Ryan International School for the nutrition week organised by them.  The idea of this initiative was to offer parents with tips, tricks and […]

Monsoon food ideas for kids with rainbow colours

Monsoon food ideas for kids with rainbow colours

Finally the monsoon season has started with a bang, and Mumbai is already drenched in its heavy rain. However rains cannot be enjoyed if you do not offer a complementing meal to it. Well in this post I and Foram Modi from The Slim Possible […]

Self Improvement Learnings I got watching my kid play in rains

Self Improvement Learnings I got watching my kid play in rains

Rains are our lifeline, we can’t imagine what would happen where there is no rain..still we don’t seem to enjoy and soak in the beauty of it. Barring the first rains, most of the time we tend to crib about the stickiness, wetness, dirt, filth etc which monsoon brings along.  But do we Live in the Moment ?

With this thought, i am making my first attempt to talk on self improvement. The reason I choose to speak on self improvement is i found many of the moms who felt overwhelmed after being a parent and specially those who turned SAHM (Stay at home moms) like me. And i kind of struggled my way only to identify that SELF is an important word that can make or break things. 

Hence, today i’ll be sharing some self improvement learnings I got watching my kid play in rain. A simple act of playing in the rain, made a radical shift in my mind. But before I tell you what i learnt, let me tell you how did i reach to the conclusion.

What do Kids love the most ? They love to PLAY. So when it rains outside, Kid’s don’t want to stay inside. 

Self Improvement Learnings I got watching my kid play in rains

They like to put their raincoats and boots and purposely go out in the rain to play. They love to stop in those muddy puddles, which we call it yuck. They find little streams and splash water on each other or run behind it. They may even make a paper boat and see it sail in the puddles till its all soggy n gone. They turn their umbrellas upside down, to check how much water have they collected and come home drenched without being much bothered.

Now, for a moment think about how we as adults react in a situation like this …

Self Improvement Learnings I got watching my kid play in rains

Imagine you have to cross 200 meters from your car to your building gate and you have no umbrella in hand. What do you do ? Grab your jacket and belongings and squeeze it as hard as possible to yourself making it act as a shield, if you have a book or a purse you try to cover your head with it. Some also check the wind direction and angle of the raindrops falling on them ( i am trying to be funny..hope you laughed). Basically,we try to run as fast  as possible trying to dodge the rains !!!

In the end the result is the same – You are  WET .  But the difference between you and the kid is PERSPECTIVE / OUTLOOK towards the situation.

When you are out in the rain trying to dodge every raindrop, your body is tense, your heart rate is up, and the stress-inducing part of your nervous system is turned on.

But if you stand there and simply recognize the fact that you are going to be wet. You feel the tension release in a matter of seconds. It may not even take 1 min to release the stress levels and its just washed away.

With a tiny shift in the perspective of way you look at things in your day to day life can have major impacts to your mind, body and soul.

This simple rain episode taught me how to change perspective and live in the moment and hence here I am sharing my self improvement learnings.

FOCUS ON THE NOW

Kids live in the moment. They are not distracted by the fact that two mins ago they were crying for their favorite toy. Similarly as a parent, if you spending time with your child don’t think about errands or how you are not taking up a job etc etc . Let thoughts not over power your current scenario

PAY ATTENTION TO SMALL THINGS

Blow bubbles with your child, Listen to music, Break some rules with your child – like eating ice cream on a rainy day. The idea is to identify what gives you happiness. Like for me,my foodart gave me happiness when i began and that made me forget my concerns for few mins.

SMILE

If we are happy, we smile. If we smile, it makes us feel happy. Our face communicates our state of mind to others and to ourselves. So smile — it will make you happier and help you appreciate yourself.

DON’T WORRY

Worrying today, does not change anything. So forget about whether you were working or not, or whether you will ever take up a job or not. Worrying takes you out of this moment and transports you into the realm of future possibilities, it’s impossible to live in the moment and worry at the same time.

LEARN FROM YOUR KIDS

 A child is never sad for a long time – Little things don’t affect them, they give more than 100 % to do things, they say what they feel – similarly you can listen to your emotions and say it out. They are always looking out ways to learn and so can you. So be a child again and live life moments to the fullest.

This blog is part of #birthdayblogtrain hosted by Gunjan & Neha. I would like to thank Shipra  to introduce me to the blog train and would love to introduce Sinduja to share her take on the monsoon prompts

7 Food Art Ideas that Kids will love

7 Food Art Ideas that Kids will love

In todays era, where pizza, pasta, burger are easily available..kids do not want to indulge or rather dont like eating our desi food. Forget them, we too sulk in the pool of desserts and have those cheat days. But we wan’t our kids to adopt […]

Learn to Fight Diarrhoea with  Probiotic Enterogermina

Learn to Fight Diarrhoea with Probiotic Enterogermina

Diarrhoea, one of the most common ailments occurring to children specially below 5 years of age, is a common problem that may last a few days or may disappear on its own. I have a 2year old and I understand how frequent this can occur […]

Ragi Halwa Recipe for babies and kids

Ragi Halwa Recipe for babies and kids

I have always been a mom who has shown keen interest in serving tradtional foods to babies and leaving the western culture for the weekends. Having said that , one of key ingredients i had introduced to my kid since he was 7 months old was Ragi/ Nachni.

Initially it started as a porridge and now I make Ragi Dosa, Ragi idli and one of our favourite sweet dish Ragi Halwa. So here i am today sharing Ragi Halwa Recipe for babies and kids. Its nutritious, healthy, yummy and perfect for the little monsters tastebuds.

Ragi Halwa Recipe for babies and kids

Ingredients

  1. Ragi Flour 1/2 cup
  2. Ghee 3 to 4 tbsp
  3. Hot Milk 1 cup
  4. Sugar/ Jaggery  1/4 cup
  5. Cardamom Powder 1/4 tsp

Garnish

  1. Almonds 6 to 7 pieces chopped
  2.  Pistachio 6 to 7 pieces chopped

Method

  • Heat ghee in a Pan 
  • Add the ragi flour and stir it continuously for 3-4 mins on a low 
  • As the mixture bubbles, add sugar or jaggery in the above mixture
  • Stir the mixture till the sugar completely dissolves
  • Heat the milk separately and pour it in the above mixture slowly 
  • Continue to stir, till the mixture starts thickening
  • When the mixture starts leaving the pan, add 1/4 cardamom powder 
  • Switch off the flame and transfer the halwa in a bowl
  • Garnish it with almonds and pistachio and serve hot 
Ragi Halwa Recipe for baby and kids

As we all know ragi is a rich source of calcium, protein, iron and various minerals, this ragi halwa recipe can be given  to them in any time of the day.  I prefer giving this sugar rush at the start of the day, however it also serves as a mid snack in the evening.

If you liked this recipe, you can check more baby food in the kids recipe section of this website. Hope you enjoyed this recipe and do share your feedback in the comments below.

PS Note

Ragi Flour used – Organic from Fructus Terra

A road trip to the indian farms with a toddler

A road trip to the indian farms with a toddler

As parents, entertaining a toddler in summer season or rather vacations is always a task. No matter how much we indulge them in summer workshops, get them to play outdoors or in a play area, channelizing their energy is one of the toughest things to […]

Review of Early Foods Jaggery Cookies for toddlers and kids

Review of Early Foods Jaggery Cookies for toddlers and kids

Do you know any kid who is not in love with cookies and biscuits. ? Well i know my little fellow could be a brand ambassador of cookie culture. He loves, savors and relishes cookies and it is one of his regular evening snacks. But […]

Mini Pea Pancakes Recipe for Kids

Mini Pea Pancakes Recipe for Kids

I needed a recipe on colourful panckaes for an initiative that I started on my instagram called #tasty4munchkins and at the same time to offer some variety to my little one. So I was on a hunt for some quick and easy meals for a toddler until i stumbled upon green pancakes by My kids lick the bowl

The recipe is inspired by this lovely account  and is made of oats, packed with protein sources like cottage cheese and peas and a perfect colourful technically green treat to the eyes. Also this recipe is a saviour for moms who just dont want to feed sweet pancakes because this one is just savory and a good all day breakfast type of an option.

MINI PEA PANCAKES RECIPES FOR KIDS

Mini Pea Pancakes Recipe for Kids

Ingredients

  • Oats 1 cup
  • Peas 1 cup
  • Cottage Cheese 1/2 cup
  • Cheese 2 tbsp
  • Salt as per taste
  • Milk 1/2 cup

Method

  • Mix all the above ingredients in a blender and blend till you get a thick consistency batter
  • Remove the batter in a bowl.Just ensure the mixture is not too watery, incase it is add little oats
  • Heat the nonstick and add a little butter or olive oil
  • Take a small ladle and pour the mixture and let it cook
  • Once done turn it upside down and cook the others side
  • Serve it hot

This lovely mini pea pancake recipe for kids is ready to be eaten and tastes good. I would like to have your feedback and suggestions as well.

7 ways to energise yourself so that parenting does not feel exhausting

7 ways to energise yourself so that parenting does not feel exhausting

A couple of weeks back i had been on crazy wedding spree with my toddler that i had drained out all my energy taking care of him, managing the back-end supplies needed in the wedding, comforting the guest and playing a full time role as […]

8 easy and healthy oats recipe for toddlers and kids

8 easy and healthy oats recipe for toddlers and kids

I have started an initiative on my instagram account with 3 mom bloggers to share some healthy recipes for kids under the #tasty4munchkins. The idea is we want moms to give an easy platform to access recipes and solve their meal planning problems with the […]

Learn to make an interactive tiffin box with these mommy notes

Learn to make an interactive tiffin box with these mommy notes

A lot of you have been asking me since a while to make some foodart for the kids that go to school so that they finish their tiffin box. Honestly, I understand how difficult it is for you to see the tiffin box returning back with some food or most of the food. At the same time we never know how rough or good his/her day has been passed. So this is my  attempt to get these little munchkins get excited about their tiffin box and give it a little more of a personal touch with some Fun and Interactive notes.

You might have seen such ideas earlier but this is a little way above and all you have to do is, Learn to make an interactive tiffin box with these mommy notes. So the idea is simple, instead of the normal notes like ” Have a great day “, the kids have to answer a fun question each day that will give you some insight on what is happening in school along with solving tiffin box issues.

The questions force them to interact with you and leave an answer in the tiffin box for you to discover and also it can serve as a great ice-breaker for finding out more about their day specially if the kid is shy or not too vocal about his thoughts.

So Learn to make an interactive tiffin box with these mommy notes and be surprised with the results !!

How to make the Interactive Tiffin Box Notes ?

Learn to make an interactive tiffin box with these mommy notes

SOLUTION 1

You can take an A4 size paper make columns and rows as shown in the image above and write down the questions.  You can take out a print copy and cut the notes and keep the interactive notes ready for the week. I would request use a colour sheet or add some design to make it look attractive for the kids.

SOLUTION 2 

You can make use of colourful post-ids or colour craft papers too and make handwritten interactive notes.

The good part of these notes is it’s going to be a talk of the canteen/cafeteria where all friend would be watching anxiously to read the note out. Also kids can learn to share the food and appreciate all sorts of taste. At the same time don’t be surprised if you have specific demands pouring in and I bet you will want to fulfill them all.

With these interactive notes your kids will look forward to filling them out, and you’ll look forward to receiving back their responses. We call that a win‐win. And because lunch talk can easily morph into talking about the rest of their day, we’d say that’s actually a win‐win‐win.

Also you can check my foodart here

Blog Inspiration : Picklebums