Author: Shivangi

Bed time stories have their own allure. Mommies and daddies over the word relate stories; we relate sagas. Stories in our house are based on a three tier system. Level I: Hum book ke pictures dekhenge! (We’ll see the pictures!) Level II: mummy padhao! (Ma, you read!) Level III: Ab mummy papa -story sunao! (Ma,…

I woke up in a stranger’s room. As I scrambled to explore the uniqueness of my situation, an aunty came rushing to give me a hug. If I close my eyes, I can recall the exact pattern of the bedsheet and the sunlight filtering inside the room. I was hungry, confused and I wanted my…

Last Wednesday, I took my children to an Art and Craft class.I really wanted to nurture my daughter’s artistic abilities as mine are well outstanding! (Oh- I admit I may have taken pictures of my children’s art work and posted on Pinterest as my own). The truth of the matter is that I really wanted…

3 year old Arvind comes back from school, throws his bag and shoes on the floor and flops on the sofa to watch his favorite show. He is fed and changed while he is busy watching his favourite Chota Bheem series. After close of three hours, he falls asleep in front of the television. After…

In class V, I realised that I had all the makings of a successful brain surgeon. I was smart, quick and deft. A sharp memory and deep focus made me an excellent student. I could always see myself in one of those Ivy League Universities.  And then cable TV happenedJ I still miss those pre-cable days…

To bring about transformation (a change that is purposeful and survives the test of time), we parents need to: ·        Step back and assess the situation o   A close friend‘s daughter (Let’s call her S) used to hate going for a bath. What generally is a happy time for most children would…

Mom:  My dear son, how many times do I tell you? Don’t watch TV all day- your eyes will get damaged, baba! Son: Thank you, ma! I am so grateful… you literally opened my eyes! From now on, I will watch TV everyday for only  half an hour everyday and weekends will be for family…

Who could turn down an invitation to Jim Corbett? My hubby agreed for the educational experience and me for the food!  We had everything-2 couples and 4 children with the nashta, of course travelling in a single vehicle. Children take care of children, right? They play and talk and have fun amongst themselves and generally leave…

A child’s play is in reality,No Child’s Play! A running race (affectionately called so) is a race for power, prestige and recognition and my daughters aged 5 and 2 have made them a part of their everyday play. Since I have this incurable habit of observing them as and when I can, I couldn’t help…