Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Parenting Lessons of 2013

It is December 2013! Another year gone by! Most people tend to be pensive and reflective about the year that zoomed by! See, here’s the thing | Once you become a “parent”, life is just not the same ever again. WHY? Because you start to “major” in this subject called parenting – There are multiple assessments, projects, tests, reviews, exams, … et al – All with the aim to get you to learn, internalize and possibly become  a better parent with the lessons amassed along the way!

So here I am looking back at the year and asking myself “What parenting lessons did I really learn in 2013?”

But before I start, I can’t help but wonder when does the journey of a “parent” really start? Is it when you are a child, and you see your parent / other parents behave in specific ways – And start making mental notes that “This is something you will definitely DO / NOT DO with your own kids” OR “Does it start when you discover that you’ll be parents” OR “Does it start when your baby is actually born?”.. I don’t have the right answer – But I think all the three stated above definitely play a role in your own parenting journey..

So without any further ado, let me list down my Parenting Lessons of 2013..

  1. Every child is “UNIQUE”, “SPECIAL” and “GIFTED” in his / her own way. Acknowledge it, Accept it and Believe in it. Your parenting journey will transform the moment you do this. And trust me, easier said than done!
  1. Parenting is a lifelong journey. And you learn with every single experience, and every single day. You learn and understand things about yourself, your parents, your spouse (the other parent), family, friends, education, teachers, children, emotions, relationships, experiences, creativity, communication, the world and about life.Sometime you have to un-learn, and sometimes you have to re-learn. Sometimes you have to hold-on and sometimes you have to let-go.Sometimes you have to speak up, sometimes you have to shut up and sometimes you have to observe in silence. It’s all part of the journey. And most importantly, there is               no right / wrong way in parenting. It’s just what works for you and your child in any given situation.
  1. As a parent – you will make mistakes, you will falter, you may have set-backs. But you’ve got to get-up, take the lessons and move on! And of course, try not to repeat the mistakes!
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Monday, December 30, 2013

What 2013 taught me?

* Everything happens in life for a reason; You can only connect the dots looking backwards .. Never really forward

* That change is inevitable, and with age our openness to accept and deal with change reduces significantly. One has to try harder to accept and deal with change as the years pass. I guess part of the reason is that one becomes somewhat set in her / his ways

* Nothing equates to learning from life experiences.. And I mean NOTHING

* That the only person you can really control and try to change is YOURSELF

* Life is really a collection of HABITS - Daily Habits, Weekly Habits, Monthly Habits, Yearly Habits. And the good news is that you can build new habits anytime in life

* Money is important.. really really important.. in life and in the larger scheme of things

* Its a selfish world! And may be the easiest way to survive is to be selfish yourself. But is it the right way?

* In the long run, one sided relationships are not worth your time and effort

* Relationships are never usually balanced... There will always be an imbalance on one or many dimensions

* Letting-go is the hardest; But most liberating thing in life

* You eventually become what you think and feel ... most often

* If you really want to do something, DO IT NOW! Don't wait for tomorrow.. It may never come

* If you really want to say something, SAY IT NOW! Don't wait for tomorrow.. It may never come

* If you want something, ASK FOR IT!

* Time is your most precious asset! Treasure it!

* What goes around comes around!

* There is immense power in GRATITUDE. Be grateful for all that you have!

* Good Sleep, Healthy Food, Exercise, A few Laughs, Happy People around and Doing something you love regularly make all the DIFFERENCE on a DAILY BASIS!

Those are my lessons of 2013.. What are yours?

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Sunday, December 29, 2013

D for D-E-A....

It was a 4 AM call. I usually get flustered when the phone rings at that odd hour. From my life experience, I know that these calls are a signal of someone in real crisis or the news of demise. This time the call brought news of an uncle’s demise.

Someone who was dear to me and my family, and had stood by us through the highs and lows of life, especially at times when it made all the difference!

The next few hours were a flurry of activities – tears, shock, grief, sadness, questions, answers – on the How? Why? When?.. , informing others in the family about the news, and of course, getting ready to visit my uncle’s residence.

When we were enroute in the car, my daughter asked “Where are we going??”
So, I said “We are going to visit grandpa”
Next question (and rightly so) “Why?”
Honestly, I did not know how to answer that question.
I was silent. Still mulling out how to respond to that
“Because grandpa has become a STAR said my mother

That response was good enough to keep her quiet… at least for the moment.
When we reached my uncle’s residence, she asked “Mummy, everyone will be sad right? Should I cry?”
I was stumped. I am yet to figure why she said that.
“Yes, everyone will be sad. But you be normal and no mischief” is what I said
“Okay” was her response

When we reached my uncle’s residence, the environment and energy was low. Tears aplenty, Hushed tones, questions and answers, hugs and sympathies….She sensed it, and tried to be her somber best for a while.

After some time, she asked “How will he become a STAR?
Again, I did not know how to answer that…

Death and Sex are probably two of the most important aspects of human existence, and yet as individuals and parents many of us (especially in India) are so uncomfortable speaking about both of them, especially to children. Going down memory lane, I can’t recall ever being told about death or what it means. I have probably also never attended a funeral in my life, until there came a time when there was no option. And I was totally unprepared to handle everything that came along. Simply because I did not understand the deeper significance of loss, how to deal with it, what it means, how to react and how it can impact and affect my life. Trust me when I say this. Coming to terms with the death of someone dear to you is not easy – in any which way. And sharing the news of demise is equally hard.
So then, how do you explain the concept of “death” to a 3 – 4 year old? As adults / parents, how many of us really understand what “death” means and its significance?

As I conclude, I leave you with a few words
“For death is but a passing phase of Life;
A change of dress, a disrobing;
A birth into the unborn again;
A commencing where we ended;
A starting where we stopped to rest;
A crossroad of Eternity;
A giving up of something, to possess all things.
The end of the unreal, the beginning of the real.”
BY Edwin Leibfreed, “The Song of the Soul”

So some time, don’t shy away from explaining to your kids that D is for D-E-A-T-H… And for that, you probably need to understand it yourself. You’ve got to start somewhere, and sometime. May be, today?

Originally published here

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Life's NOT FAIR

She was all of 2 days old. New to this world. She’d just arrived, and was oblivious to everything around her and in her.

It was about 7 PM and time for her feed. Suckle… Suckle…Suckle….……. Suckle… Suckle…Suckle…….…. Suckle… Suckle…Suckle. And then she started crying. She refused to have milk. In a few seconds, we realize d that she was falling short of breath. I knew something was wrong.  I patted her and then held her on my shoulder. Still, there was no change. Slowly, she was turning blue.
In such moments, your mind steps back, and heart usually takes over. Worry, Anxiety, Helplessness, Fear… So many emotions flood through your body that you tend to freeze in the moment. By sheer presence of mind, we dashed to the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) or Nursery as they call it in many hospitals. Thankfully, she was attended to immediately. Apparently, she had suckled milk into her wind-pipe and was choking. The child-care specialist provided the required medical intervention to normalize her breathing. After about 45 minutes of examination and a round of tests, she appeared to be okay; but the doctors said that they needed to run a few more tests and monitor her for a couple of hours before they declared her perfectly fine.

It was only then that they let me into the NICU. It broke my heart to see her there. She was all wired up to monitor her heart rate and other key vital parameters. Entangled between the wires, amidst all the beeps and monitors around, she was sleeping.  She looked perfect, beautiful and angelic. I had so many mixed emotions, but mostly felt helpless. “What had I done wrong to put her here?” – Mostly guilt, fear, helplessness and most importantly, how small we really are in the ways of the universe. “Life’s NOT FAIR” I thought to myself. What has she done to deserve a place in the NICU? All the wise people I know always say that everything happens in your life is due to your karma. “What karma had she possibly done in 2 days that brought her to the NICU!” I wondered.

The next few hours were probably and possibly the most difficult moments of my life – Just hoping, praying and wishing that she is fine. Thankfully, she was medically certified as “perfectly fine” by about 3 AM. I was ecstatic to see her and hold her in my arms. One of those moments which I can probably never really describe, but if you’re a parent – I guess you can relate. It’s one of those moments in which you feel immense gratitude and unconditional love for the moment.

Yes! That’s my story as mother and the baby was my little daughter! The episode was a nightmare.

The next morning, I went over to the NICU to thank the doctors and the nurse-on-duty. It was only then that I saw the complete view. Last night, my eyes were on my baby ONLY!  There were 7 other babies in the NICU. It broke my heart to see them. There were twins whose birth weights were 1.4 kgs and 1.6 kgs. They were so fragile and delicate. It broke my heart to see them amidst all the wires. There was a new born baby who had heart complications. The doctors were not sure if she’d make it! She looked beautiful and was sleeping blissfully. I prayed that she’d make it. There were 2 babies who had jaundice. They’d be fine in 24 hours is what I learned. There was another baby who had fever, and was refusing milk. He was wailing and howling, and all the medical staff was attending to him. The doctor recommended a blood test. I stood numb as the nurse went about her job with the needle. A quick prick. A loud wail and the blood oozed out. It was such a vulnerable moment for me and the baby – It again broke my heart to see the baby crying. But the tests had to be done to figure the next course of medical treatment. I can’t describe the thoughts and emotions that such moments take you to! And the very last baby had a kidney problem that was undergoing dialysis. I wondered how she was bearing it, and what her family was going through.

Suffice to say, that those 10 minutes in the NICU taught me more lessons of life than any text book or classroom. And one of the most important lessons is to think before I utter the words “Life’s NOT Fair

Yes, sometimes life’s NOT fair. BUT maybe there’s a reason. Maybe that’s your karma. Maybe there is something FAIRER. Maybe it could be worse. Maybe ……..

And over the last few days, I’ve been stumped when healthy, well-educated individuals from good well-to-do families and leading reasonably decent lives have said again and again and again “Life’s NOT Fair” – when faced with the first challenge, an unexpected hurdle, unanticipated circumstance, unplanned event or minor ailment..

Honestly, I have nothing to say to them.. Just this.. Think about those babies in the NICU and their parents and ask yourself “IS LIFE REALLY NOT FAIR?”. You many just get a different answer, view and perspective!

Waiting to hear, leave a comment to let me know.

Originally published here

To The Women Who Made My World Go Round In 2013

It is December 2013. The end of another year. This month is usually the time for me to get pensive, reflective and introspective about the year gone by. And as I pondered about 2013, I could not help but acknowledge, appreciate and express gratitude to all the women who made my world go round in 2013!
Now, I was looking for an apt quote to go along with this post. What stood out were these: (Sigh!) “Behind every successful man, there is a woman”, “Behind every successful man there is a woman and behind her is his wife“…I didn’t find one which was apt for this post, So I made my own quote: “Behind every working mother, there may be a man.. But there sure are very many WOMEN.

This post is a tribute to the women who made my world go round in 2013.

MY Mother : She is the reason my world exists, and I exist in this world. The thing about mothers is that they can work their magic on you – irrespective of your age and ailment (Be it of the body, mind, heart or soul)!Words can in way describe the emotions and gratitude one feels for their mother. More so, if you are a mother. Suffice to say, a BIG THANK YOU to my MOM, and all the MOTHERS out there. You are the reason the world exists, and you are the reason that the world goes round!

My mother-in-law: She is the reason I married (directly), I became a mother (indirectly) and I can continue to work! A lot of mothers-in-law are the rock solid pillar and foundation in the life of many a working mother. They do everything in their capacity to make it easy for the family. Constantly pushing themselves (the bar and the envelope), today’s mother-in-law is setting and raising the benchmark every single day. THANK YOU to all those wonderfully supportive mothers-in-law who make it possible for your daughter-in-law to pursue a career, live her life and fulfill her dreams.

My sister: The bonds of sisterhood are precious. Be it your own sister, cousin sister, an acquired sister or soul sister – there is something about these bonds which make them truly unique and special. To all those sisters out there, who always lend a ear, shoulder, home, tear, hug, advice, light, hope, dream, wish, time and share – THANK YOU for always being there, even when no one else was!

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Thank you to all the wonderful and awesome women out there, YOU ROCK THE WORLD!

Friday, December 27, 2013

The Art and Craft of Story-Telling



If there’s one skill that every parent should build / enhance / develop if you have a little child [less than 5 years] at home, it is one of “S T O R Y – T E L L I N G”. Personally, I also think it helps to have strong story-telling skills even as your children grow up. Simply because it can be a powerful personal / parenting asset and skill. Looking at my own life, I know of several people much older than me (read as my parents / grandparents generation) who can still find their voice and way (amidst children / adults / power and influence) in any kind of situation through story-telling! 

The Wikipedia definition reads as “Storytelling is the conveying of events in words, and images, often by improvisation or embellishment

If you reflect at your own life, you will be quick to recognize that from time immemorial the Indian context and environment has always had stories in abundance. Not one / two, but a zillion wonderful stories which are short, sweet and ALWAYS ALWAYS have a powerful message and take-away! Examples include stories from the Ramayana, stories from the Mahabharatha, to the Akbar Birbal tales to the Amar Chithra Kathas to the Tinkles to more recently, to the Karadi Tales and all the newer stories you see around you!
Stories are indeed a wonderful communication medium to get your children to listen, to learn, to think, to dream, to share, to bond, to visualize, to express and to communicate. And that’s why probably story-telling has always been so popular and continues to be popular even today.

Here’s the thing | If you ever leave your child in the company of any old uncle / aunty / grandparents, then will most likely come back with at least one interesting story under their sleeve! The older generation grew up with these stories, and they remember them even today! And it’s a pleasure to share them with the little children of today!

Here’s the other thing | Many of the new age parents don’t remember the details of these old stories. So they need to find ingeniously creative ways to come up with new stories to engage with the children of today.
Now, what I’ve observed in new age parents and their story-telling skills are this:
·         * Stories are made on the fly and in-line with the realities of today. So the characters in your stories are no longer names like Ram / Sita / Krishna / Ganesha , but probably iPAD / iPhone / Farmville, etc.
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      * There is no pre-defined script for the story. It is impromptu and improvised at run-time. So no one can really say that they know how the story will end!
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      * The way the story starts and ends depend completely on your mood as a parent. For e.g.: If you’re happy, then so is your story. If you’re pensive, then your story ends with a question
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      * Stories are closely linked to your individual preferences. So for e.g.: If you like food, you’re story will revolve around food and how 2 monkeys / dogs /  robots were thinking / fighting about food J [ I’ve seen this live in my family, and can vouch for this! Sometimes it even affects the names of the characters in the story. For e.g.: The hero is called “Golu  Aloo”, the heroine is called “Namkeen” and villain is called “Lal Mirchi”.. No prizes for guessing how the story went or ended J]
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      * The hue of your stories change based on the time of the day. So in the morning, your stories are about the sun and evening stories about the moon and stars!
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     * Your own knowledge base of old stories and the stories you were told as a child
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          * Last but not least, your own imagination

Now looking back at my own life, I’ve not been much of a story-teller. But once I became a parent, story-telling has become a need and a necessity. And I’m learning with each passing day…
So how can anyone build story-telling skills? Sharing below what’s worked for me:
(1)    Reading – Yes! If you read books  / blogs or even tweets on a daily basis, you get some fuel and fodder to tell a story

(2)    Watching videos on specific subjects / topics on which my story is based (movies, documentaries, short films, songs, etc.)– Again! Once you watch something, it’s easy to spin a yarn to a child

(3)    Speaking to friends / family – Every family has those “special” story-tellers who are gifted with not just a ware-house of stories, but great real-time story telling skills full of special effects (like music, actions, dance, moves, props, etc etc.). Just observe them and copy (Yes! Copying is fully allowed in the subject called “parenting”.. Even my parents said so J)

(4)    Observing the world around you – Just keeping your eyes, ears and mind open can give you many tales to tell your kids

(5)    Sharing notes / stories with other parents – Many stories I tell at home are from the tales of other parents which we’ve shared with each other during random everyday conversations

(6)    My daughter – She’s a born story-teller and can spin a yarn that makes my head spin many times. And so the catalysis from many of my stories to her actually comes off her own stories.

And as I conclude, I’d have to say that Story-Telling is both an art and craft. And as with any art and craft, it needs constant practice to get better with time!

What about you? Do you think story-telling skills are important? How can any parent learn this fine art and craft? Leave a comment to let me know


Originally published here


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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Dear Mama / Papa – Please give me a GOOD NAME.. Love Baby

If there’s one thing which will stay with you till you take your last breath, it is your NAME. Yes! That very name which your family (typically parents) endows on you and in which you really have no say (Unless you officially decide to go for a name change – which again comes with its own share of hassle and paper-work). Your name which will stay with you– in life and beyond! (In some cases, even long after those who endowed you the name with are long gone)

You name is indeed a key part of your identity. It defines you in some way. It usually determines where you sit / stand in school. It can influence (to some extent) and determine who your friends / foes are. It can influence how many extra minutes you get to submit your answer sheet in an exam. It can change who your partners in crime are. It can influence your own love for yourself. It can also impact your own self-confidence. It can determine your identification number – at school, at work, anywhere else. It can even influence your lover / partner (Yes! I know of many boys / girls who found a name so appealing that it actually triggered a more intimate relationship). It can influence your luck too (I’m told). Your name can also influence what you eventually make of yourself; and your success in life. Your name can also determine your happiness quotient in life.

Bottom-line, your name stays with you F-O-R-E-V-E-R and does impact your life in more than one way!
So would it not be nice to have a GOOD NAME?
Absolutely YES!

As parents, one of the BEST things you can do for your children is to give them a good name. Now I know there is no universal definition of a good name – It is personal / subjective. And yet! I come across names every day when I can’t help but wonder how their parents could bestow such names on their children. Sigh!

In this blog, sharing some observations / pointers which may help parents when naming their children (NOTE: This is not an exhaustive list. This is just my point of view and we’ve followed it in the family)
1)     Let the name be short (6 – 8 alphabets is ideal). Too short and sometimes you can miss it or wonder if it’s even a name (For e.g.: Ra, Da, Re, Pi, etc.). Too long and you get unnecessary attention or become the trigger for many a joke (For e.g.: Subbalakshmiramani , Venkatarama Narayana Subramanyam, etc.)

2)     Let the name have some meaning in some language (Hindi, Sanskrit, French, Italian, Urdu, Spanish, etc.). I mean who wants a “name without any meaning”? How would it be when someone asks you “What does your name mean?” and you say “Hmm.. Well Nothing!”  - Some may argue, what’s wrong with a name without a meaning. Well! Your choice, really! 

3)     Let the name have some relevance / significance to your own life as parents or your baby’s life. For e.g.: If your baby has a dimple, then you can name him / her with something related to a dimple. Or if your baby brought luck / wealth / prosperity / success in your life, then a name which reflects the impact in your life as parents? I mean, who does not like to be the cause and reason for someone’s name?

4)     Let the name be unique (if possible) – I mean who does not like to have a unique name. And would you like your child to be one among the so very many Raju’s, Kiran’s, etc. of the world?

5)     If there is a specific recommendation (religious / otherwise) that your baby’s name starts with a specific alphabet and you believe in this recommendation, and then choose a name accordingly. You can still follow the points listed above

6)     Be clear on what is the First name, Middle Name and Last Name of your child, and let your child know this well. The First Name and Last Name are easy in majority of the cases. The Middle Name is tricky. For e.g.: I know of people who use the family deity as the middle name, a grandparents name as the middle name, and the latest trend that I’m seeing is that the mother’s name is the middle name (Personally, I think that’s awesome. After all the mother does for her child, it is wonderful that her name is associated with her child, and I have deep respect for the fathers who encourage this practice!).
Whatever name you decide, ensure it is consistent in all your child’s documentation – School records, Birth Certificate, Passport, etc. – I know of too many parents who had to deal with way too many documentation overheads because of the inconsistency in the “Middle Name”

7)     Keep just one name and not two / three names (For e.g: One birth name and one name which is publicly used and one secret name due to religious significance / otherwise) as is the common practice in many homes. Unless there is a compelling reason for more than one name, it’s advisable to stick with one good name. It becomes just too confusing for everyone

8)     Some DONT’s
 a.      Please Please DON’T ever name your child after a food item – either in English or in your vernacular language. For e.g.: I know of someone whose name in Oothappa and someone whose name is Anda (Means egg in Hindi)! I really don’t know what their parents were thinking (May be they really loved these dishes!), but these people are so embarrassed with their name that they usually dread introductions!

b.     Don’t name your child after a place (At least not the first name). I know of people with names like Bangalore, Udupi, Mysore.. Huh! Just Why? There’s already a place in the map, and most people know it.

c.     Don’t name your child after a body part (In English or a vernacular language). Again, it can be so very embarrassing for the child, and many times the trigger for many a joke.

d.     Don’t name your child after an animal. For e.g.: I know of someone whose name is Kitten. It’s cute – some say! But please, Kitten?

e.      Don’t name your child after a “curse-word” / “bad-word” – either in English or in a vernacular language.

9)     Let the name reflect your child’s gender (boy / girl) – at least as per popular trends / common knowledge. Trust me, being called Mr when you’re a girl / woman, and being called Ms. / Mrs when you’re a boy / man is no fun!

10)Let the name match the child’s appearance and personality – at least at birth. I mean once you see your baby and say the name loud, it should sound right. In our case, we had short-listed many names, but only one name sounded right after we saw our baby – and hence we settled for that name. (I can’t explain this in words, but you’ll know when you become a parent)

11)And if you can avoid it, don’t keep a name which is controversial – in your community, in your state, in your country or in the world! It does more harm than good! – In the long run

12)And last but not least, give your child a name which you really like and hopefully, your child will also like and be proud of! After all, if there’s one word that you’ll use abundantly in your journey as a parent, it is your child’s name [Apart from NO! – which gives tough competition to the name in many homes J] – So might as well choose a name which you like right?

These are my thoughts.. What were your considerations when you decided on your baby’s name?
Leave a comment to let me know
Originally published on Parentous ; Edited and re-published here

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

What’s in the Kiddie Lunch-Box?


One of my oldest and dearest childhood friends is a primary school teacher. During a recent conversation, she jokingly said that one of the perks of being a teacher is that she has access to the lunch-boxes of all the kids in her class… EVERY SINGLE DAY!

Why is it a perk?” I quizzed

She replied ”It gives me ideas on what to cook at home J, and sometimes I  even get to taste the food –many different flavors, different cuisines and different levels of culinary expertise. 

What about the poor hungry children?” I asked. “Does that mean they stay hungry, and you gobble up their food?“ I asked, making her feel guilty and look like a monster! ;) [On a separate note, I also recalled recently, my own daughter came home from school, and told me the teacher ate all her “Baby Idlis” and that she was hungry right through – My first reaction was “How could her teacher do it, and starve my little baby? Sigh! – What all mothers have to deal with? First you cook and pack the lunch-box every single day, and then the teachers gobble it up! Huh? – The many challenges of modern day parenting I tell you! ]

No, I just taste it when the students offer; or if they say they can’t eat it because its spicy, or something” she said in defense.. (Though I think that’s a lame excuse!)

And as we continued speaking, she mentioned that there are some students who bring the exact same food, every single day of the year. And much to her surprise, they ate it too. What choice does anyone really have, especially if you are hungry? At first, she was shocked at how can any parent have the heart to send the same food EVERY SINGLE DAY! Some change, Some variety – At least on some days? I mean don’t you even get bored cooking the same thing EVERY SINGLE DAY?

During a Parent Teacher Interaction, she asked parents to make modifications to their children’s lunch-boxes, and was surprised / shocked at what some of them had to say. Some flatly refused, and some said they’ll try… But the parents did what they felt was right; which in most cases was “status-quo”.

What’s in your Kiddies Lunch-Box?” actually does say a lot! So what all goes into that lunch-box, apart from the food of-course?

Anyways, all this discussion got me thinking about children and lunch-boxes. And What’s in your Kiddies Lunch-Box?” actually does say a lot! So what all goes into that lunch-box, apart from the food of-course?


1)      Parent’s priorities, specifically where in the priority list it is to get your children to eat right. This is an investment the parents make in the child’s health today for a better tomorrow
2)      The time parents are willing to invest in their child’s health and food [NOTE: Time and priorities are two different things. It may be high on your priority list, but if you have limited time – the outcome will be different, both in the lunch-box and in life]
3)      The spending propensity, and how much are parents willing to spend – in terms of the quality of food, whether they send packaged / off-the-shelf food or invest in making home-cooked meals (either themselves or with the help of a hired staff)
4)      The parents lifestyle [for e.g.: Nuclear families / Joint families; Working Mothers / Stay-At-Home Mothers, etc.] which influences again what goes into that lunch-box
5)      The parents’ knowledge and awareness on food types / groups; and nutritional requirements of kids of a specific age
6)      The parents own food habits. Chances are you’ll cook and feed your children what you eat, right?
What more can I say? One small lunch-box, and so much of thinking and writing. It’s all making me hungry. And while I help myself with something to eat, you leave a comment. I’ll be sure to respond :)

  And if you’re one of those parents (who like me) runs out of ideas on what to pack in your Kiddie Lunch-Box, sharing below some links which I have found helpful
Hope you find these links useful too..If you’ve found any links which can help parents / mummies in packing their kiddie lunch-box, do share them below in the comments


Originally published here

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