Tag: Parenting

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 […]

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 […]

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 do.

Well, this makes us to get creative and I often land up painting with my little one or doing some DIY activity. But one of the mid summer weekends my husband surprised us by organizing a travel trip to the Indian farms with a toddler.

We set off to a very off beat destination in Maharashtra – Deolali which is quite near to Nasik. Thankfully, we had our friends second home and were not worried about our stay. But the question was why Deolali in particular?

A road trip to the Indian farms with my toddler
Indian Farm

I got to know some interesting facts about this beautiful place

  • It was a no-industrial zone thereby ensuring agriculture was one of the primary source of income
  • It falls under the army cantonment zone which makes the town to follow army policies which we all know is pretty stringent and good in a way
  • Third – the place is surrounded with greenery with beautiful old banyan trees and amazing farmland even in these hot months, which is a rare sight in India.

But facts are facts unless you live by it. And the fun started when we began a road trip to visit the indian farms.

Initially, Kiaan was super excited to see cows and play with calf’s over there. He  generally refrains from touching animals but here he did not want to leave the cute baby calf.  He fed them hay and jaggery ladoo, saw the process of how we milk the cows and got some fresh milk for himself to drink at our home.

A road trip to the Indian farms with a toddler
Kiaan playing with the calf

He loved exploring the farms and would walk in right away. He played with mud and got all messy and even tried to identified vegetables and tell me to eat it all. The farmers there were so loving that they offered us fresh produce of cabbage, cauliflower, ladyfinger on daily basis with practically no money. I remember buying one cauliflower during our return trip to Mumbai for just Rs 5/-.

We even got him to explore a nursery farm – a place where the owner grows the sapling of a particular vegetable and farmers buy the sapling and graft them in their fields making the growth process faster. Kiaan was given a chilli plant which we have planted in our small pot and waiting it to bloom.

A road trip to the indian farm with a toddler
Kiaan holding a chilly plant sapling

But what excited him the most was the little water tank in the farms where he could splash the water and get wet and enjoy the moment.

Although the trip was a short one, I realized the potential benefits and learning’s my son received

  • Sensory Opportunities – like the textures of the animal fur, the dryness of the hay, the wet grass and the smooth vegetables and the unusual smell of mud, hay, flowers etc
  • Appreciation of Nature – One of the most basic knowledge on where food comes from and how it grows etc., is well understood and the recall factor is very high
  • Best source of live academic information
  • A great inspiration towards leading a healthy life as we can craft stories and share information to the kids in the best possible manner

A road trip to the Indian farms with a toddler
Farm Nursery

Personally for me, thIs rodt trip to the Indian farms proved to be the best development opportunity in these vacations, and I would suggest all parents whenever you are off to countryside plz go to such farms and let your kids explore the non urban lifestyle in the best form.

I hope you enjoyed my first musing on travel, I also write about food, parenting in general and family. You can check my work in the musings section of the magic platter.

At the same time let me tell you, i am inspired by my blogger friend Neha from growingwithnemit to share my opinion on travel. Do check out her blog as she has recently also written a book on travel with toddlers.

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 Fun Foodarts for your Kids

Learn to make Fun Foodarts for your Kids

Whenever I make Foodarts, the first thing i am judged and questioned about is – Are you a working mom or a homemaker ? And when I say I am a full time blogger…there is a smirk which means No Wonder I have time for […]

7 great habits to make your children smart and healthy

7 great habits to make your children smart and healthy

I always keep talking about how important it is to feed healthy home cooked meals to our children. In the era of Internet, TV, Social media it is easier to google out various kinds of healthy recipes, the right diet for your children, types of activities etc we can do for their development. As parents we all wish our kids stay away from any kind of lifestyle disease which is so common in this fast pace world. And we can achieve it, if we adopt some of the beautiful practices we followed during our childhood and prepare the next generation. This is one of the way we give our children to live and lead a healthy lifestyle. So without wasting much of time, here i am sharing 7 great habits to make your children smart and healthy .

7 great habits to make your children smart and healthy

1. Following an Exercise Routine

We should encourage our kids to exercise and make it a part of their daily routine. And when i mean exercise it can be anything from dancing to aerobics to zumba or even activities like cleaning cupboards at home to playing high energy games or following a sports of your choice. And this can be achieved if we too follow an exercise routine. At the end kids are inspired from us aren’t they ? A simple exercise routine make the bones and muscle stronger and helps to avoid various lifestyle disease.

2.  Outdoor Play

These days children are hooked to mobile screen, TV, laptops etc. Hence as a parent you need to make it a compulsion to have a define outdoor play time inspite of the burden and stress of homeworks, studies etc. Outdoor play helps kids to improve their health, learning capabilities, stress buster for them too, improves social skills, generates curiosity to explore around etc.

3. Eating breakfast

Breakfast is fuel to convert food into energy. And when metabolism gets moving, body starts burning calories and you can maintain a healthy weight. Moreover breakfast also acts as a brain booster to help kids improve their attention span and concentration. I have shared a complete different article on why breakfast important for kids, you can check the same here

4.  Teach kids to CHEW

Do you remember we were told to chew food 32 times ? Do we follow it ? Most of us not. But before you teach the kids I would tell you start doing yourself and you will yourself realize the difference. When you chew food well, the gut health is automatically taken care of. The food does not feel heavy to the stomach and one will rarely face issues like bloating, acidity etc just by learning the art of chewing food well.

5. Say No to Cold Water 

Teach kids about the importance of drinking warm water from time to time in a defined manner. Warm Water breaks down the accumulated fats deposits and ensures better stomach health. Kids should be taught to take a break from the activity they are doing, sit down, drink water and resume the activity thereafter.

6. Avoid Overeating 

Choose quality over quantity. Don’t push your child to complete the meal on the plate. Let him/her decide the quantity he/she needs to fulfill is hunger. By pushing food you are teaching him what is overeating and the kid may develop the habit of over eating in the long run. You can also check a special post i have written on 10 mistakes parents make while feeding their kids here

7. Gadget free Eating 

Do I need to talk about this ? Most of the parents complain about their kids viewing TV’s/ Mobile and then only wanting to eat food. Well, aren’t we responsible for it. Make meal time a fun bonding sessions with your kids, sit together, talk about the day, laugh, infact discuss your problems with them and tell them to give solutions too. Make it a family bonding time and I bet they will never want gadgets while eating

These are some 7 great habits to make your children smart and healthy which we must implement for our kids and their better lifestyle. Kids are like clay, they way you mould them,they take the shape. So try to inculcate these habit to make them healthy and smart children of India

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The important benefits of healthy breakfast for children

The important benefits of healthy breakfast for children

We all know, how important it is to consume breakfast in the morning  be it elders or kids. But with the early morning school schedules our kids find it hard to take out time to eat their breakfast properly, simply because everyone in the house […]

Learn to make fun food mask for kids

Learn to make fun food mask for kids

Do your kids enjoy wearing animal masks and enacting like them.  Well who doesn’t,  this is one form of role play for them which is fun, entertaining and thrilling experience for a child. But have you thought, If we could create food animal mask on […]

5 tips to raise happy and healthy kids

5 tips to raise happy and healthy kids

Which parent does not want their kids to lead a happy and a healthy life. We all do, isn’t it? and yet we fall to the trap of media who are bombarding us to use X products by brands and pharmaceutical companies, upgrade to fortified nutrition in terms of going vegan etc or even offering OTC medicines for overall health. With so much of information around us, it gets confusing on what to listen and what to discard. So to keep it simple, I have done some research on this subject and would be happy to share 5 tips to raise happy and healthy kids.

But before I do, Let me share the basis of my research. I am an ardent admirer and follower of celebrity fitness  expert – Rujuta Diwekar. Her thoughts on to adapt the native simplicity and grandma’s kitchen hacks is what I can connect my roots with. And considering how fit and healthy our elders have been, I guess it’s time we adopt to it rather then following our western counterparts.

Without much adieu here I am sharing 5 tips to raise happy and healthy kids

1. Going Desi

India is the best country that has variety of food. The idea is we must take pride of our food and culture, eat desi so even our kids love to embrace local food. Like Ghee has been a part of dietary intake since years, we should consume it. Ghee is an essential fatty acid that helps to reduce or mobilize stubborn fat and yet we are against of it when it comes to giving it to our kids.

Image result for pickles

How many of you still eat pickles ? I bet we are a few, because we feel its too oily and fattening isn’t it ? I am not surprised kids even don’t know what pickle is, or how you make it and what fun is it when the entire family makes it together. But pickles provides your body with the right conditions to make your own B12 and also assimilate all of the vitamins from the food. It helps you nurture the diversity of good bacteria in your stomach. It is pro-biotic. And so i would say Eat pickle with pride and become desi !! Adopt to desi eating habits which our ancestors did.

2. Use Indian Sugar Substitutes and not Western

Stevia is the new Fancy Fad of sugar substitute which most of us are adopting to. But why choose those when we have so many Indian substitutes which is easily available, cheaper and most importantly tried & tested by our grandparents. We can make use of jaggery, sugarcane, honey etc which is easily available and are Natural.

Image result for jaggery sugarcane

Infact, I will share a surprising fact with you. The sugar that we traditionally consume in India, which comes from sugarcane is very beneficial. The problem is processed and packaged food that is high on sugar, particularly since this form of sugar is mostly derived from high fructose corn syrup, which is linked to obesity.

The World Health Organisation says we can have 8 – 12 teaspoons of sugar a day. If you eat like your grandparents, you will end up having 4-5 teaspoons a day only. Nowadays, the situation is such that we don’t take any sugar in our tea, but have two biscuits (packaged food) in our hand.

3. Motherland offers Variety food

If you need variety in your meals, it’s best to use ingredients which grow on our soil and gives a different texture to our taste buds. Say for example you eat Roti for lunch everyday, but it gets boring. You can make roti made from different ingredients each day (as shown in the image). This is the best way we can get kids use to different flavours of food and at the same time do not worry about  their health

5 tips to raise happy and healthy kids

Eat Seasonal fruits, vegetables and grains. The reason they are seasonal is because they help the body to stay healthy during season transition and also increase our immunity.

4. Go Green

Do not use Plastic for your kids or even yourself. In this era of microwaves and ovens our usage of plastic has increased. So its best to make use of steel and glass materials in our day to day life. If you want to pack your kids lunch box than make use of steel snack box. Serve the kid meal in a steel plate.

5. Follow the 80:20 rule

Since we are so use to following and adapting to the western culture than its best to follow the 80:20 rule in your daily life. It’s simple – 80% times adopt to the indian way of living when it comes to food, using steel etc. 20% do what you are craving for. So if you want to eat burgers than make one and eat it, but ensure you eat indian desi meal the rest of your day. This way you will be able to balance your body and heart and it will be a win win for all.

Adopting to your roots is not a difficult task, since you have lived it in your childhood. But make sure you give the same environment to your child and make him respect your food and culture and I assure you that your kids will be happy and healthy.

I hope you liked these 5 tips to raise happy and healthy kids and I promise you will keep sharing my knowledge. If you liked this post you can check out

 

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