Sleep routine for the win!

Sleep while the baby sleeps“, they said.
Sleep all you can before she pops out“, they said.
And once she was here, every conversation with the sleep deprived mom (me) involved the question “Is she sleeping through the night yet?” (As if her not sleeping through was another evidence of the failure of a mom I was gonna be).
Anyhow by the time she was 6 weeks old, I made peace with the fact that she isn’t going to sleep through the night until a very very very long time. And as long as she understood that nights are for sleeping, Id be grateful.
I am a gentle parenting amma and against any sleep training methods like crying it out, controlled comforting, etc. (Click here to know why)
But what I did, was help baby V settle into a decent sleep for the night as opposed to the night napping she was doing.… Click to read the rest “Sleep routine for the win!”

LEARN THROUGH PLAY

 

“Not I, nor anyone else can travel that road for you.
You must travel it by yourself.
It is not far. It is within reach.
Perhaps you have been on it since you were born, and did not know. 
Perhaps it is everywhere – on water and land.” – Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

 

Indeed, the doing matters more than the outcome! How often, have you wanted that promotion so bad, and worked hard towards it, to realize that the toil you put in and experience you gained helped you bag that promotion? How often have we visualized the perfect marriage; but aren’t the everyday moments we choose to compromise, forgive and understand what lead us to that 50th anniversary celebration?

Similarly, when children set out to learn a certain “something”, the journey to learn that is critical.

How my child goes about learning to add 2 numbers, for instance.… Click to read the rest “LEARN THROUGH PLAY”

9 not-so-princessy children’s books

“They won’t tell you about how Red Riding was the wolf and Snow White went back to kill the queen.

Or that Cinderella’s step family mysteriously disappeared after she became queen.

They are afraid to let you know that Aurora woke up screaming because a strange man was kissing her without her consent.

Or how Ariel had no problem killing the two timing prince and restoring herself to the sea.

The fairy tales we should tell our daughters should be about strong women with real flaws and incredible qualities. Lets raise girls who don’t just wait to be rescued, but take destiny in their own hands and charge to battle dragons and their enemies.”

– Nikita Gill

If you,like me are a parent and grew up on princess stories, where the protagonist is a damsel in distress, waiting around for her knight in shining armor to rescue her while she preens and adjusts her hair, this is for you.… Click to read the rest “9 not-so-princessy children’s books”