Angry Parents

Like most mothers, I like to think that I am a loving mom who dotes on her child. I see to his well being and safety at all times. I ensure that he is well fed, well clothed, well educated, well this and well that.

Am I doing enough ? Am I doing it right?

Often, we as mothers, believe that being a ‘mom’, pretty much puts us in the ‘We are really doing our best here and if anything needs to change around here, it’s something else’ (most cases the father!) category. We look after our children, keep house and many times also do a ‘paid’ job. I think most moms would go “You really think that we can do more!”.

Well, yes. Continue reading Angry Parents

Chronicles of a mom whose child is learning to swim

Summer of three.nine
When Tej was over three years last summer, I decided it was a good time for him to start learning to swim. I would have liked to have him start earlier, but I didn’t know of any facility in our neighbourhood where such small kids can learn. So anyway, I and Harshad took him to the coach at a nearby swimming pool. He was the one who had taught both me and Harshad and we knew him well.

On the first day, I took Tej down to the kids pool, which is about 4 ft in depth, and introduced the coach to him. Tej was not interested in the coach but in watching the scenes all around. Children shivering at the edge, some sobbing. I knew this wasn’t the ideal setting in which to start. But what followed was a disaster. Tej just refused to get into his trunks at all. I stood with him by the side of the pool and thus passed the first day watching by the side. As did the whole of the month. Continue reading Chronicles of a mom whose child is learning to swim

Unschoolers

I read an article in the Indian Express about a small band of courageous parents who not just not send their kids to school, they don’t school them at all! I read it with great interest. I knew of course about home schooling, where children are tutored at home. But not schooling at all was a new thought for me.

Like many parents, I have little respect for ‘rote learning’, the ‘no freedom to express yourself in your own creative way’, ‘no scope to learn at one’s pace’ and other annoying features of a regular school. Continue reading Unschoolers

Can kids enjoy healthy foods? | Children & Nutrition

My 4 year old son, Tej’s food has been something I have put a lot of thought into over the years. Considering getting kids to eat healthy food is something that’s top priority for any mom,  thought of noting down my observations and experiments with trying to get Tej to enjoy healthy food.

Continue reading Can kids enjoy healthy foods? | Children & Nutrition

Barfi Review

I’m actually writing a review for a movie that has released very recently.  Wonders will never cease!

Right, so Barfi is a sweet tale of people with disabilities finding friendship and comfort. It’s not sickly sweet. It’s nice. The narrative is peppered with humourous scenes. Actors are competent – have done their job well.

The problem is it rings false.  Continue reading Barfi Review

Fashion Disaster – Film Review

It’s quite late in the day to talk about “Fashion” (Hmm… I seem to be saying that about all the movies I watch!.. Well.. with a toddler in tow, it’s good that I get to watch anything at all!).. but I watched it last night and felt so disappointed that I thought I should write about it to get it out of my system.

It starts well enough with the character of Priyanka Chopra called Meghna Mathur in the film. Meghna Mathur hails from a middle class family in Chandigarh and she lands in the.. well.. Land of Dreams, which is unsurprisingly Mumbai. Then the film takes us through her initial struggle and her big breaks… all ok enough… She also gets together with another struggling model .. Don’t know the actor’s name but he is cute and has done a good job. Continue reading Fashion Disaster – Film Review