Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Story Behind a Happy Kid

When I was pregnant, I read an article where they said there is nothing called a happy baby, a content baby who gets their needs attended to turns out to be a happy baby. This somehow gave me a clue as to why we always associate a mom to the word exhausted. To be honest being a first time mom, I was an overly obsessed mama whose world suddenly shrank to her baby whom I felt was helpless and needed my protection all the while. I know it sounds insane but at that phase of life there was this tiny human with me who was clueless about the world around him, who had no means to communicate and I felt solely responsible for him. I used to read hundreds of articles, blogs, installed apps so that I never missed out on any cue from his end. As days passed by things started getting better, I was able to read his mind. Day and night my favorite or rather only pass time was to wait for his cues and get things done for him. This made me realise how much of an effort goes behind carrying around a happy kid and world (including me before having a kid) easily labels them happy kids with lucky parents. So here are a few things that I felt is worth the sleep deprivation and dark circles :)

Knowing their Cycle: Sleep and Hunger
We have always tried to plan our outings outside his sleep timings as a sleep deprived kid is almost equal to a hungry monster, they have no clue what all tantrums they end up in.
Always carry one of their favorite snack or fruit with you when you are heading out of the house, never ever leave without their sipper with water. When you are out of food or water, thats when they need it the most and act like they are going to die of thirst :)

Plan things ahead:
If we have to attend a function at 4 pm which is midway his sleep time, try to change the whole cycle for the day by waking him early in the morning, early lunch and put him to sleep quickly so that we won't have to wake up a sleepy kid, dress him up and end up at the venue with a fussy face.

Your hand bag= baby bag!
Wet wipes, extra diapers, extra pair of clothes, his favorite toy, extra covers, cookie box, sippy cup. This is what my handbag looks like since the past 2 years. Always stock up on things so that we won't have to panic when there is a necessity.

Help them burn their energy:
Toddlers are superhumans and they just have so much energy they hardly get exhausted. So play with them, take them to the park, choose a workout that they will enjoy too (my toddler loves dance with Bipasha and because of him I end up working out 5 days a week now).

Try to read their mind:
Trust me it is not easy but then this is the best way to deal with them and who else can do it better than their moms and dads!
For example if there are guests in the house and your sleeping toddler wakes up crying, take him to a room, be with him singing his favorite rhymes and bring him out only after you feel he is ready. Who would like to see a bunch of new faces when they are out of sleep? So just give them some time and make the whole situation easier for them than forcing them to be nice to strangers :)

So here I am, admiring all those moms out there trying hard to cover up their dark circles and hunger pangs so that they end up raising a not-so-fussy kid, now I know how much of an effort goes behind it!!

Attaching a few 'behind the scenes' photos for proof 😁

Friday, 23 September 2016

Toddler's favorite Butter Garlic Potatoes

To start with, this is one of the easiest snacks you can think of with just 3 major ingredients. You can dice the potatoes in whichever shape you like, wedges or finger chips shape. So here's the recipe:

Potato: 2 medium sized
Butter: 1 tbsp
Oil: 1 tbsp
Garlic: 3 cloves crushed
Salt: a pinch

How to make:
  • In a heated pan add butter and oil (Butter gets burnt fast, hence adding oil to balance it out).
  • Sprinkle salt and add crushed garlic.
  • Arrange the potatoes cut side facing the pan, cover and cook on lowest flame for 15 minutes.
  • Open the lid, rearrange the potatoes with the uncooked sides facing the pan. Cover and cook for another 10 minutes. 
  • Repeat this until all sides get cooked.
  • I really like the potatoes brown so I increase the flame and toss all sides for about a minute each.
  • Tadaa..yummy potatoes ready and the perk, no deep frying required!
Do try this and let me know if your toddler liked it :)

Thursday, 1 September 2016

The Concept of God!

Being brought up in a not-so-religious atmosphere at home, our son some how learned the word "Krishna" as he was used to seeing krishna deity in our native home. Later on we realised that he started associating every form of God as Krishna which really amazed us.

When he saw the statue of Jesus Christ at my sister's college, while driving past a Ganesha temple, a glimpse of Hanuman Chalisa on TV, there he was shouting out "Krishna" in spite of the physical forms of God that we humans believe in.

Though at that time we were only amused about how he was able to connect that they are all forms of GOD, later it made us think how much of a less chaos the world would have had to witness if we all believed the way a toddler did. There might be some supreme power that has control over the whole universe but sadly we tend to forget the fact that the physical forms of them and religions made out of them are mere man made fancies.