• Parenting,  Popcorn Zone

    Recreating Blyton’s Picnics

    Like most children of the eighties, I was fascinated by Enid Blyton books- specifically the Famous Five series.  Looking back, her descriptions of picnics that comprised of food such as ginger buns, jam bread, baked potatoes, cakes, biscuits and tarts of various sorts, which were washed down with a glass of lemonade, just seemed to excite me. Therefore, it is…

  • Parenting,  Popcorn Zone

    Lessons from a Tenth Birthday

    My first born turned ten over the weekend, which means it’s a decade since I’ve become a parent. Ten years ago I breathed through all my contractions and saw that tiny bundle of flesh in my hands for the first time. And as cliché as it may sound, at that moment, I remember making that promise like all parents that…

  • Parenting,  Popcorn Zone

    Deep Rooted in Oil

    I poured the warm oil in a cup, placed two wooden planks on the floor, and seated myself on another. The children knew what I was up to, hence it was time for them to play the hide and seek. Cornering them, and pinning them down between my legs, the glorious procedure of the oil bath began. The oil splattered on…

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    There is a Sick Mom in the Home!

    After a week long bout of viral infection, I have come to the conclusion that feeling ill as a parent is one of the toughest situations. Weak and exhausted, as I lay on my bed moaning with body pain, the only thought that kept cropping up is why, oh why, did I have to fall ill? With two little kids,…

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    May Memories & Mayhem- Summer lessons

    I am not the summer kind of person. Wait! Before you get me all wrong, let me just make it clearer. I am not the summer heat person. Having spent my growing up years in Bangalore, I am used to summer temperatures not more than 35 degrees centigrade. Before one could even rant about the rising heat, the first showers of…

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    The Best Thing I Can Give My Child is My Time

    Summer vacations are in full swing. It is that time of the year, when kids can be just kids, doing crazy things, running on the streets, and spending hours on a favorite hobby. But, well, I may be wrong here. Gone are the days, when time is spent playing with neighbors and friends at the local park or kicking ball…

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    Birthday and Sibling Jealousy!

    It was the big sisters 9th birthday!! As the stream of friends arrived for the party, the gifts piled up one on top of the other, on the table. Sulking by its side was the preschooler sibling. I hadn’t noticed the little one’s presence there, until the air resonated with her squeals all of a sudden. I slowly began calming…

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    Are We Pushing Our Children Hard to Learn too Soon?

    Almost all parents love to compare the intellectual prowess of their child to other kids of the same age. I must admit, I have done this too, albeit mentally. Mornings at the bus stop waiting for the school bus, the discussion between moms, almost always drift towards the little achievements, skills and talents of their children.  As a silent spectator,…