Hugsntugs: Special Customised Outfits For Every Occasion

Hugsntugs: Adding Colours To Your Child’s Wardrobe

Today’s modern age has made our life simple, thanks to the digital world that facilitates online shopping. From buying grocery to electronics, from ordering food to booking vacation- everything can be done with a few clicks. Buying apparels for the kids is no different.

For me visiting stores and shopping the traditional way is nothing less than a daunting challenge especially with two young kids always clinging around my arms. Hence resorting to the online world seems like an easy choice.

I usually find plethora of varieties and brands for kids clothing while shopping online. However, when it comes to getting customised outfits for special occasions, I don’t see many reliable options available. This time, during Rakshabandhan I was looking for a suitable online store which could specially customise apparels for my kids as per my need. Luckily, I chanced upon HugsnTugs online store that not just fulfilled all my requirements but also left me as a happy customer.

About HugsnTugs

HugsnTugs is an online shopping store that provides a wide range of clothing and accessories for kids upto 8 years of age. Muckta and Nimisha, two mothers tried to combine their dream for fashion and their love for kids into one and so co-founded a trendy online store for kids wear. Each garment that they design, is made with utmost passion and care keeping the need and comfort of their special users in mind. You can check out their vast collection and some amazing discounts that they keep offering on their site here.

They also offer personalized products suiting your requirement. Be it apparels, towels, bags or cushions- they customise all. You just need to give them a call and explain the specifications and they provide exactly what you ask for. Isn’t that wonderful?

My Experience with HugsnTugs

I always like to dress my twins in coordinated outfits. And more so on specials occasions and festivals. HugsnTugs kept this in consideration and came up with something based upon my requirement. I, thus, received specially designed outfits for my twins, which were coordinated in design and pattern.

For my girl, there came a blue-coloured, soft cotton frock with polka dots. And for my boy, I received a white onesie shirt, with similar blue-coloured polka dots design on collar and sleeves.

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Both Aarav and Aarohi looked like a team when made to wear the outfits together.

Here is what we liked the most about these clothes-

1.Fabric– The fabric of both the garments is soft and light. The material used is cotton which is comfortable and suitable for the child’s skin.

2.Design–  The design is trendy, elegant and fashionable. The clothes do not include lot of frills and flares which makes them easy and comfortable to wear.

3. Utility– The look and appeal of both the outfits is unique. Given to its comfort, my kids can wear this on regular basis too. Hence their utility is not just limited to special occasions.

4. Packaging– The clothes come in well-packed, brand-labelled plastic cover with a personal message. The pieces are individually packed in separate covers that can be opened easily.

5. Service– Their service is quick and immediate. I received the product within three days of my discussion with the team. The Hugsntugs staff is super cordial and friendly and attend to all the queries posted to them individually.

6. Cost– I personally find some of the products available on their site as a bit expensive. But since their range is wide, I could easily look for options that fit in my budget.

Both Aarav and Aarohi looked adorable in their matching outfits. This was their second Rakshabandhan and it was made all the more special by the beautiful apparels sent by HugsnTugs.

If you are looking for personalized apparels for your kids, search no more! Check out HugsnTugs and get specially customised outfit suitable for every occasion.

They also have a great range of traditional wear. My friend Rakhi tried their ethnic collection for her daughter and had a wonderful experience. Read what she has to share here.

 

Also read my review of the Globetrotters Country Box For Kids. 

 


Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I was sent these clothes by HugsnTugs to try on my kids and share my review. The review holds my honest opinion and personal experience of using the same. 

 

Featured : A Punjabi-Kannadiga Love Story

Yayy!! We got featured!

I am super excited to share that we got featured at The Times of Amma, as a part of their Unity in Diversity celebrations.

India is a land of different cultures, traditions and customs. As we celebrate, seventy years of Independence, we should acknowledge that we are all united despite the cultural and religious diversities.

I am a Punjabi married to a Kannadiga. Ours is a multicultural family and our kids get to enjoy the best of both the worlds. We follow the customs and beliefs of both the sides, relish their traditional cuisines and celebrate all the festivals of North and South with equal enthusiasm.

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Our marriage is not free of various cultural differences. We do face our set of challenges especially when it comes to understanding the language of the other side. Yet we stand united and strong; learning to accept each others’ beliefs and respecting them wholeheartedly. That’s all successful inter-caste marriages require, of course along with love and compatibility.

In my interview with The Times Of Amma, I was asked to share our story of love and marriage and how it all started. I was also asked to state the greatest joys of raising a multicultural family and the challenges that we face on everyday basis.

Read my detailed interview here

Unity in Diversity Special: A Punjabi-Kannadiga Love Story

 

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Coffee Date: Recreating Memories Of Our First Meeting 

 

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Coffee Date: Recreating Memories Of Our First Meeting

If we were having coffee, we would have recreated old memories of our first meeting at the famous Barista venue.

Today’s prompt for The Write Tribe Festival of Words #6 took me down the memory lane. Ten years back, me and my husband met for the first time over a cup of coffee at Barista. We were virtual friends since long. But one day we randomly decided to meet. Our colleges just happened to be next to each other and so we planned to meet at a café most nearest to our college.

Coffee
June’ 2007

We both thought coffee is the best way to start a conversation that can probably mark a new chapter in our life. With high hopes, we met at the venue. Sitting comfortably at the most peaceful corner, we discussed about our subjects and college; and also how we both bunked our lecture for that special coffee date.

We started sharing stories about ourselves and our families. To know each other better we even shared our likings and interests. From favourite novels to authors, favourite singers to actors, favourite colour to cuisine, we happened to discuss everything. At the end of it all, we realised that we were totally opposite to each other. Our liking and interests were different. It was difficult for us to find a common ground.

Having realised that there came a moment of silence. For a few minutes we had no topic to talk about. Has it ever happened to you that while during a virtual communication with a friend you have loads to share, but when you meet in person you go out of ideas and topics to discuss ? Something similar happened with us that day. We reached a moment of awkward silence.

To break the ice, he then offered me the menu. ‘Coffee?’, he asked. ‘Which one would you like to have?’ Feeling awkward again, I told him ‘Thank You! But I don’t drink coffee.’ To which he was surprised. Putting the menu back, he asked ‘Really?’. I replied, ‘ Yes, I am sorry I should have mentioned this when we decided on the venue’. He relaxed back on his chair, smirked a little and then said, ‘Don’t be! Even I don’t like coffee, or tea for that matter. Never had one in my life!’ Smiling on this similarity, we then settled for a chocolate pastry which happened to be our favourite.

We finally could find our common ground. With that one similarity, things simply clicked and we became fond of each other, so much so that we married few years later.

If today we were having coffee, we would have recalled the cherished moments of our first meeting and would have smiled thinking how coffee started a new beginning, even when none of us really liked having one.

 I am taking part in The Write Tribe Festival of Words #6 . This post is based on Day 7’s prompt- ‘If we were having coffee’. You can also read my post on Day 6’s prompt- Featuring Sulbha Bathwal: A Mother Who Believes In Raising Her Twins The Montessori Way

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Featuring Sulbha Bathwal: A Mother Who Believes In Raising Her Twins The Montessori Way

Montessori is a method of education which allows learning through self-directed activity and collaborative play. It is based on the notion that a child is naturally eager for knowledge and capable of learning through supportive and organized learning environment.

I came across a mother who believes in the tenets of Montessori education and incorporates them in her everyday life. She believes in raising her kids the Montessori way and so does a lot of activities that promote self-learning. Meet Sulbha Bathwal, a mother of twin boys and a homemaker. She resides in Pune with her husband and kids. She believes that parenting is an art based on 3C’s- Clarity, Connection and Consistency that if mastered can lead to a happy family.

I got a chance to interview Sulbha and know in detail about her style of parenting and how she uses the Montessori approach in the most effective way. Here is what she says-

How do you think Montessori activities can help the parents of twins?

By committing to certain Montessori methods, parents of twins and multiples can avoid doubling (or tripling) their work. I believe raising multiple children the Montessori way not only helps children to get engaged in activities but also make parents’ lives easier in the process. For example: if we change the traditional way of putting babies to bed to the Montessori perspective, we can give babies large safe places to sleep and play. That way they occupy themselves rather than crying out for attention. In the process, we also gain some freedom and independence.

How do you think we can set up a Montessori environment at home? What are the basic rules to follow?

When it comes to setting any furniture in kid’s room, one basic rule should be followed which is that it should be similar to the child’s height. At my place, I prefer having everything in the kid’s room as per their height and so you will find low lying cupboards, shelves and floor setting.

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I believe the following could be helpful while setting up a Montessori environment in the house:

1) Kid area – which should include change pad, small chair for dressing, shelf with diapers, comb, brush and laundry bag.

2) Montessori floor bed and change area on floor for an infant

3) Accessible diapering area where cupboard has doors that close.

All these should be easily accessible by the child to explore and learn.

 

What kind of tasks or activities do you plan for your twins?

I try to involve my kids in everyday activities and usually give them a task based on their interest.

While giving them a task I ensure I do not help them until something is outside their level of capability. For example: sometimes, I give them a task to carry something from one room to another. At times, the thing is too heavy for them to lift and carry and they get stuck in the middle of the task, I do not immediately go and help them. Rather I wait and observe. Before helping, I make sure they if really need help, because I believe children can surprise us. My aim is to help them just enough, never more.

I firmly believe that kids have immense ability and if given the right environment they are sure to experience success. As parents, we must ensure that we create such an environment where they learn by doing things themselves.

As a mother of twins, I find it difficult to give individual attention to each child. How does Montessori method help parents in doing that?

Parents of multiples often feel concerned that they aren’t giving their children enough individual attention. The demands of modern life barely leave enough time for family activities. But exclusive attention is vital to multiples as they develop their individual identities. Often when twins are out in public together, they attract a lot of public attention. Going out on their own gives them a chance to practice their public manners and conversation skills without the shadow of their status as a multiple. In my family, this strategy works wonders on days when our twin boys are at each other’s throats and arguing over everything.

We all want our kids to feel valued and appreciated. But when we have more than one child, it’s natural to devote more time to the one with learning and attention issues. We may assume that our other child knows how much we love him/her. Not getting regular attention from us can affect his self- esteem and personal development.

Children have their own interests and needs. Montessori activities help you to spend time with your children. You become aware of your child’s passions and talents. Your child, in turn, feels understood. When you know your child’s interests and potential strengths, you can plan more activities that support them.

What are your biggest challenges as a mother of twins?

Parenting twins is physically exhausting but as phase passes, it is possible to mitigate some of the early difficulties. For me, the emotional aspect of parenting twins is much more challenging. My husband and I have tried our best to treat our twins equally, and when that was impossible or inappropriate, to at least treat them fairly. However, this is not how the society, people, world looks at things. The world likes to rank and compare things, which can be hurtful and demoralizing for two people who are, in many respects, quite similar.

In many situations where twins play games, and one of the boys win while other loses, it is very difficult to congratulate one and console other at the same time. Despite our best intention as parents, someone is going to get short-changed. Overcoming this has been my biggest challenge as mother of twins.

How do you define your parenting? What is your mantra of parenting twins?

Today there is a glut of information available about parenting. It can be hard to know which way to turn. As a mother, I always think of parenting as an art and not as a challenge because I believe if we consider something as an art we enjoy doing it and take due interest as well but the moment it becomes a challenge we rush in to just finish it in order to get a tick mark.

For me, effective parenting comes down to these three steps.

1. Clarity – While going on a trip we always try to get some knowledge about the location we are heading to, similarly with parenting it is even more important to have a plan–a clear vision, of who you want your child to be and what is essential to you. Keeping your long-term goal in mind, and prioritizing your values, allows you to be clear about your day-to- day decisions.

2. Connection – Once you are clear on your priorities and values, it is time to form a close, warm connection with your child. You need to build connection by listening to your child with interest and empathy and by engaging him in problem solving.

3. Consistency – Even as adults, we like to know what is going on and what is expected of us. It’s quite similar for the child as well. When a child is certain about what will make you happy and what will upset you, she comes to trust your reaction. So being consistent with children in terms of her actions and behaviour is important.

 

Sulbha’s views, approach and style of parenting using the Montessori methods is very inspiring. She keeps doing a lot of exciting DIY activities to keep her twins engaged. If you want to gain some ideas and learn more about her experience of parenting twins, you can refer to her Facebook page or Instagram.

 

 I am taking part in The Write Tribe Festival of Words #6. Todays post is based on Day 6’s prompt- ‘Feature a guest – a guest post / an interview’. You can also read my post on Day 5’s prompt-  A Letter to God: Thank You For Everything You Have Given Me In Life

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A Letter to God: Thank You For Everything You Have Given Me In Life

Dear God

I know you would be surprised seeing me address you through this letter. Usually you find me in a different set-up where I have a bell and joss sticks in my hand and you sit decorated in the beautiful temple of my house. That set-up is more formal and elaborate. This one is more real and gives me a chance to write my heart out.

You must be wondering why I am writing a letter to you. As if my daily prayers and wishes weren’t enough that I have another wish ready for you. In my daily prayers, I chant, sing for you and express my hopes which I know only you can fulfil. But today I am writing this letter to express my gratitude. Apart from my existence, there are several things in my life that I am grateful for. I have never been that expressive when it came to saying thank you, so today I am taking this opportunity to do the same.

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Let me begin my list of thank you from the very start-

1. You have always been very kind. I am born in the most beautiful family. My mom is my source of inspiration; dad my pillar of strength and sister my advisor. They all love me and help me understand my life, which is given by you. Thank you for making me a part of a such a special family.

2. You always helped me overcome my inner fears. As a young girl, I was an anxious student always worrying about each and everything in life. Before every exam I would cry thinking I would fail. But you always helped me give my best. Thank you for letting me reach my full potential and emerge as a confident student.

3. You have always heard my dreams and fulfilled them. Getting into a college of my choice that too for my favourite course, was nothing less than a dream. But it came true! And I got to live my dream in the best possible way. Thank you for letting it happen without many obstacles.

4. You have always made things easy for me. I never thought I would ever fall in love. But I did, that too with the right person. I believed with all the cultural differences we would face a lot of hindrance getting married, but we didn’t. Thank you for keeping things in our stride and making it such a smooth ride.

5. You have always been very generous when it came to fulfil my wishes. So, when I prayed for one little bundle of joy, you blessed me with two. Never in my life I imagined that I would have twins. Thank you for gifting me the two most precious souls in life.

6. You have always shown me the right path. Now when my kids are growing, I find it difficult to maintain my sanity with their growing needs and demands. But even in the most stressful moments, a mere thought of you keeps me sane. Thank you for instilling some sense in me and help me cope with such situations in the best possible way.

7. You have always kept me safe. There have been times when I have been off guard, unprepared for the dreadful situations in life. But I could always feel the invisible shelter that you created to keep me protected. Thank you for keeping me safe and secure.

8. You have always provided me peace. When everything around me turn negative, I gain strength thinking about you. Even a two minute of meditation helps me to come out of all the negative emotions and retain my calm. Thank you for keeping me positive and hopeful even in the toughest of  situations.

9. You have always been my silent listener. I never had to shout or cry aloud. You have heard things that I sometimes just whispered in my mind. Thank you for hearing even the most silent prayers of my heart.

10. You have always been there when I needed you. I may not speak to you everyday. I am quite irregular with my prayers. But everytime I look for you, you ensure to make your presence felt. Thank you for not giving up on me. 

You must be wondering that my thank you list is not as long, as usually my wish list is. This letter may be short but is straight from my heart. Every time I count my blessings, I find myself fortunate and lucky. Thank you for blessing me always. My faith in you will always remain intact and unshakeable. 

Your sincere and firm believer

Charu

 

 I am taking part in The Write Tribe Festival of Words #6  . This is my Day 5’s post based on the prompt- ‘write a letter’.

Also read my post on Day 4’s prompt- Birthday of 2015: The Most Memorable Day of My Life

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 Birthday of 2015 : The Most Memorable Day Of My Life

1/12/2015- The most dramatic yet memorable day of my life.

1st December happens to be my birthday. It is usually a day when I am made to feel special. However, in 2015 I had another reason to feel special. I had delivered my babies just three days before and it was my first birthday post motherhood.

My twins were born on 27th November 2015. As soon as they were born they were taken to NICU for observation. Since they were slightly below the average weight, doctors told us that their NICU stay will be extended, almost to 24 hours. We believed that it was for their good and hence complied. After a day, we got to know that my son has caught some infection and so his stay would continue till he is on the antibiotic course. Suspecting the same for my daughter, doctors advised her to be under observation too. We were finally told that both the kids will be out of NICU on 1st December.

For a mother, having given birth and yet not having the new-born kids by her side is something very difficult to imagine. For me, those three days were the longest days of my life. All through my pregnancy I waited for the day to arrive when I would see my kids. And when the time came where I could see them in front of my eyes, I couldn’t really cuddle or hold them in my arms.  I was advised rest and could meet my kids only twice or thrice a day for a maximum of half an hour. That phase of separation was tough and difficult to cope.  So, when I was told that my kids will finally be with me, I was elated beyond words. And more so because the date given was of my birthday. I thought that is the perfect gift I could get.

Birthday

Finally, the happy day arrived and I was excited. However, as the day unfolded a series of dramatic events took place.

9 am:  We were waiting for the doctor. The nurse told us that the doctor would come for the regular morning rounds and would approve their discharge. Only after his approval, they would be able to bring the kids out of NICU.
11 am: The nurse informed us that the doctor is late by an hour and would take another one hour or so. Trying to maintain our calm, we waited.
12 am: The doctor arrived. After examining the kids for another half an hour, he gave the green signal and asked the staff to get the discharge papers ready.
1 pm: Sister brought the discharge papers. She waited for the doctor to sign them since he had left for lunch. Meanwhile she told us to get our kids’ clothes ready. They were so far wearing the clothes provided by NICU.
2 pm: Doctor arrived. He signed on the papers but told the nurse to discharge the kids only after giving them their next feed.
2.30 pm: My kids were given their feed. While drinking my daughter vomited and sister started to panic. In a hurry, she called the doctor again.
3 pm: Since the senior doctor wasn’t available immediately, the junior doctor arrived. She examined my kids again. While she approved for my son’s discharge, she refused it for my daughter and told the nurse to put the case on hold till the senior doctor comes.
4 pm: By this time, I was not just disappointed but almost in tears. The excitement of having my kids by my side after the three long days, soon turned into uncertainty. I wanted both my kids to be with me. I couldn’t take another day of separation. My husband came to me and tried to convince, but I was crying inconsolably. He told me to cheer up since it was my birthday. I told him to get me my birthday gift- i.e. both my kids.
4.30 pm: The nurse got my son in the room. He was covered in an orange coloured wrapping sheet. He was awake and trying to understand the new environment around him. I kept admiring him for sometime.
5 pm: I told my husband to ask the doctor about our daughter. I kept praying to lord that there is no major reason behind her vomiting and that she is allowed for the discharge too.
5:30 pm: The doctor arrived and examined my daughter again. After examining her, he kept discussing something with his team for the next half an hour.
6 pm: My husband couldn’t take the suspense anymore. He barged into their conversation and asked the doctor what’s the status. Finally, the doctor replied that all is well with her and that she can be taken to my room too.
6:15pm: My husband decided to surprise me. He came in the room and told that the doctors are uncertain and want to observe her for another day. Saying this, he left for some work.
6:30 pm: I had lost all hopes. Hugging my son, I kept crying thinking about my daughter whom I desperately wanted to be with.
7 pm: Someone knocked the door of my room. I saw the sister bringing my daughter. Wrapped in a pink sheet, she was sleeping yet smiling. I was surprised and teary eyed again.
7:30 pm: I saw my husband entering the room with a cake and candles. We finally celebrated my birthday with both my kids in our arms.

I did get the best gift of my life on that specific birthday. Even though I delivered on 27th November, I technically got to enjoy motherhood from 1st December onwards.

Every time I would see my kids, I would shed a few tears while showering a thousand kisses on them. Now after a year and half when I reminisce that day, I realise how much I cried. My kids would have been with me anyway sooner or later but at that time, I was beyond consolable and not in the capacity to think this way.

The birthday brought two important realizations of my life as a new mother. One; I got to know about my capacity to cry and that I can express almost all my emotions through tears. Two; I got to know about my capacity to love and that I could actually hold pieces of my heart in my hand and love them beyond measure.

 

 I am taking part in The Write Tribe Festival of Words #6. This is my post for Day 4 based on the prompt- ‘day in your life or someone else’s life’. Also read my post on Day 3’s prompt- Bhopal: A City Mapped In My Heart

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Bhopal: A City Mapped In My Heart

Bhopal: The City Of Lakes

Bhopal is a beautiful city in the heart of India. This capital city of Madhya Pradesh is rich in history and heritage. It is an amalgam of tradition and modernity with Old Bhopal showcasing the Mughal infrastructure, mosques and monuments and New Bhopal highlighting the planned modern city life. Likewise, it is also a mix of Hindu and Muslim population, which coexists peacefully with all its religious and cultural differences.

I had spent the most beautiful two years of my life in Bhopal. When my husband first broke the news that his next assignment is based in Bhopal, I was very disappointed. For someone who has been born and brought up in a metro, the idea of living in a tier-2 city isn’t very exciting. But my two years long stay in the city totally changed my view. So much so that I can now spend my entire life there.

This city is peaceful, with no din and shimmer of the metros. One of the biggest differences in metro and city life is that a lot of time goes waste commuting in metros. But it’s not the same in Bhopal, given to its wide roads and zero traffic. Me and my husband used to love the fact that our workplace was just fifteen minutes apart from our home and we could invest more time resting, than travelling on the roads. Bhopal gave us a chance to enjoy an easy going and slow-paced life. We used to live in New Bhopal and our house was nothing less than a mansion with a lawn and an overlooking garden. It was a house of my dreams, an ideal place to live.

 Bhopal

What’s also impressive about Bhopal is that the city offers a lot of greenery, which not just makes for a pollution-free environment but also adds to the beauty of the entire place. There are a lot of interesting places and tourist attractions too. Some of our favourite places to visit were- 

1.Upper Lake– This is the biggest lake in Bhopal and allows for some boating and water sport activities. We used to visit this place quite often, just to enjoy the chilly wind and beautiful view.

2. Rainbow Treat- We never missed visiting this lively open-air restaurant every weekend. With live music, tasty food and wonderful ambience, it used to make for a perfect family evening.

3. New Market– This market was our shopping hub. From big brands to local shops, it offered all varieties, at all prices.

4. D.B Mall– Another place where we would love spending our weekends. In fact, one can find the entire Bhopal visiting this mall over the weekend. Every time we used to visit, we used to bump into some or the other acquaintance.

5. Bhimbetka Caves– This is a World Heritage site and has some of the oldest cave paintings of the world. It is one beautiful site with a lot of greenery around.

6. Bhojpur Temple– Constructed in 11th century, it boasts of the largest Shiva-linga in India and is another heritage site to look for.

7. Manav Sangralay– This museum of man is worth visiting. It is created by the Government of Madhya Pradesh and showcases the urban tribal culture and state. Sprawled on a small hill, it is well maintained and gives a breath-taking view of the city.

Bhopal is well-connected by rail and air ways. It also has a lot of nearby tourist places to visit too. During our two years long stay in the city, we had also visited Kanha National Park, Bandhavgarh Wildlife Sanctuary, Pachmari (a beautiful hill-station), Indore and Agra. All these places are not too far from Bhopal and can easily be reached through rail or road travel.

Apart from the beautiful city life, what also makes this place special for us is its people. They are friendly, receptive and always ready to help. Simplicity reflects through their lifestyle and manners. Their language is humble and polite. Me and my husband did not have known-relatives or friends when we were staying there. But we never felt alone, thanks to the friendships we made.

I happened to pick my first job in Bhopal. I worked in an educational institution for two years. My life as a teacher in Bhopal added to the best of my memories. One thing I understood working there was the entire belief that people, especially students from small cities lack exposure or confidence is all false. I got to teach some super talented students who would be enthusiastic and confident. I also got to make some amazing life-long friends amongst my colleagues, who would now be my reason to visit the city again.

After staying in this city, I could easily come out of the false notion that life in a small city is dull and boring. In fact, I have spent the most vibrant, colourful and meaningful two years of my life there. 

 

 I am taking part in The Write Tribe Festival of Words #6. This is the third post based on the prompt- ‘Feature a map and write about a place either real or virtual’.

Also read my post on Day 2’s prompt- BabyChakra Parenting App: The Best Resource I Have Used

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BabyChakra Parenting App: The Best Resource I have Used

BabyChakra : A Resourceful Parenting App

Motherhood makes a woman joyful, content and strong. It also makes her doubtful, nervous and puzzled. Especially for a new mom, the entire experience of motherhood can be overwhelming. Hence she needs a resource which is reliable and helps to make her parenting journey easy.

As a new mom, I was struggling with my dwindling emotions. One moment I would feel like a woman with immense superpowers to have given birth to new souls. The other moment, I would feel like a failure for not being able to soothe a crying baby. In those initial days, I was filled with multiple doubts and fears. And more so, because I had twins to look after.

For every doubt I had, I used to resort to Google. However, Google is a storehouse of vast information – both good and bad. Instead of providing me with right solutions, it usually added to my queries by showing some more problems. And frankly, I never had the patience and strength to filter information. I was sincerely looking for a resource that would not just clear my doubts but also guide me in the most positive way. That’s when I came across this highly resourceful app called BabyChakra.

After using it for a few weeks, I realized that BabyChakra is one of the most trusted parenting apps that brings all the help and support a new parent would need. It connects a mother to various experts, child care services and other fellow mothers who could share their experiences.

I use this app to find answers to every single doubt I have as a mother. Some helpful moms are always there to answer my query. I remember once, when my kids were 3 months old, my daughter suddenly started howling at 3 am in the night and I did not know what to do. I had posted this on the feed section of the app and to my surprise I received immediate replies with mothers giving me all the advice, solutions and tips to calm her. This app came to my rescue even in the wee hours.

The app connects moms to various health-care services and experts, that too all free of cost. I have sought opinions of gynaecologists, paediatricians and nutritionists through this app and found some reliable and practical solutions to my queries. There is a special review section on the app that enables mothers to share their experiences on any baby or mom related service. Every time me and my husband plan to visit a new restaurant I check its review on the app to know how child-friendly it is. For every new product that I plan to buy for my baby, I judge its worth by reading the reviews on the app. This certainly helps me to make an informed choice.

BabyChakra

There is a huge collection of some useful and informative articles on BabyChakra. Be it breastfeeding or nutrition or DIY ideas – you name it and it has it all. I always resort to these articles when I need some information on any topic related to mom health and baby. Especially on the days when I suffer from the typical ‘parenting blues’, I look up to its collection of some funny and light memes that simply uplifts my mood.

BabyChakra also curates some great products for moms and kids that can be purchased on their site as well as app. I wasn’t aware of some of the organic product brands but recently I happened to buy some wooden toys and healthy cookies from their site and realized how awesome they are. My kids loved them.

The community experience that BabyChakra provides is wonderful. Since all its members belong to the same tribe, they can find a connect with each other. It has a special Momstar programme through which we get to know like-minded moms. The best part is I can easily discuss my parenting mistakes with this community without having any fear of being judged. In fact, I am always assured with most positive suggestions and feedback. Through this platform, I have made some wonderful friends  who are always there to help.

This is my second post for the 6th The Write Tribe Festival Of Words. Today’s prompt required me to write on one of the best resources I have ever used and I could not think of anything else but BabyChakra. It has not just been my constant companion in my parenting journey but also proved to be a one-stop solution to all my parenting needs. 

Apart from this app, there is another helpful resource that I have used which is the book, Everything You Need To Know To Have Healthy Twin Pregnancy by Gila Leiter. This book helped me to cope with my complicated pregnancy. Read my detailed review of the book here.

 

 

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Treasure Of My Life – My Library Shelf That Transports Me To An Alternate Reality

I have always been very fond of reading. I love the look and feel of books. Their smell attracts me, so much so that I can devour an entire book in an evening. The biggest treasure of my life is my library shelf that contains all the novels and books that I have read and that have added to my knowledge.

I developed this love for reading when I was in class 8.  Before that reading just meant like any another casual activity. However in class 8, my English teacher gifted me a book. She rewarded the five highest scorers of the section and gave them all a story book as a token of appreciation. That was the first prize/ reward I had ever received and so it held a special value for me. Reading that book transported me to another world. I found myself enjoying in an imaginary land of words and illustrations. Through that book my interest in reading developed.

Now when the time came to think of a course for Graduation, I could not think of anything else but English Literature. Studying that course broadened my horizon of knowledge as I got a chance to read books of different genres, themes, styles etc.

During my college days, my parents always loved to boast about my reading skills. However as much as they appreciated, my mother would also get fed up seeing my room cluttered with books. So one day she decided to create a mini-library of sorts and dedicate a special corner of my room only to books. In her attempt to maintain cleanliness in my room, she gifted me my biggest treasure of life.

Treasure
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My library is personally curated by me. Each book on the shelf is either my favourite read or by my favourite author. I have classified them on the basis of genres and tried to maintain an alphabetic sequence.

Books from all genres find place in my library. From sci-fi to romantic fiction, from classics to popular reads, from European to Indian literature, from prose to poetry, from Plato to Chetan Bhagat- my mini-library includes my favourites amongst the all.

I find my small library shelf as a big window from where I look out to a new universe. Whenever I want to get away from the complexities of the real world, I pick up a book from this shelf and sit in a silent corner to read it. Each book that I read transports me to an alternate reality. Each read gives me a unique perspective to comprehend things. Each book sparks my imagination and enables me to think differently. And hence I consider my library as a treasure-house that broadens my horizon and opens a different world for me.

I am now married and in a different city. My library is back at my maternal home. Every time I visit my place, I like to spend a few hours of the day standing in front of that library and reminiscing the story behind each and every book that is a part of my collection.

Apart from all the books in my library shelf, I also have a journal which is another most treasured possession of mine. Read all about my favourite Matrika’s Journal here.

I am participating in the 6th Write Tribe Festival of Words

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What is your biggest treasure of life? Do share with us in the comments below.

Schools of Tomorrow- My Vision of A Perfect School for My Kids

The Future Of Education: Schools of Tomorrow

Think about schools and there are two images that appear in my mind.

One is of the traditional school of ancient times, where kids were taught in open spaces with all the naturally available resources. The focus of the school was knowledge of Vedas, philosophy and morality. The teacher was supremely respected and had one-on-one connection with the students.

The other image that appears in my mind is that of the modern-day school with all the state-of-the-art facilities that aims at advancing knowledge through means of technology. Digitalization forms the major aspect of the school and focus is on subjects like literature, art, science, etc.

Both the images are quite different from each other and are based on different precepts of education. Now when I envisage an image of the perfect school of tomorrow for my kids- I imagine a school that imbibes the best of both the worlds- ancient and modern.

Schools of tomorrow

The idea of schools has changed drastically over a period. From chalkboards to smart boards, from slates to notepads, from open air classrooms to the curtained air-conditioned ones- there has been a huge evolution in the concept of schools. Along with the infrastructural changes, the concept of teacher-child relationship, the medium to pass knowledge, the use of language, etc all have changed.

Being a mother and a teacher, my vision of the school of tomorrow involves a system that is healthy, less complicated and fully focussed in providing the best to the kids. Here are my few hopes that I have placed on the education system for the future generation-

Infrastructure and Environment

I hope for a school that is fully equipped to promote all-round development in children- be it physical, social, intellectual, emotional, etc. Along with digital classrooms and updated technology, the schools should have open play ground, safe and independent learning spaces for the students.

The school atmosphere should be healthy, friendly and encouraging. Students should emerge as confident thinkers who are able to express themselves freely.

The policies of the school should be based on the precept of equality and be flexible enough to adjust as per the needs of students.

Admission and Fee

The admission process of the school should be fair and equal. The admission criteria should be same for all the students. Seeing the current scenario, it is highly needed that the school focusses to be the centre of knowledge and learning, and not a commercial organization.

Curriculum

I would like to send my children to a school that prepares them for life, and not just for getting a high-salaried job.

Curriculum of the school plays at important role. A school which focuses on all the subjects and provides multiple choices to the kids to choose as per interest would be the best.

For any school, it’s curriculum has to be relevant to the lives of the students and should involve practical learning lessons. Along with intellectual development it should help in the growth of individual attitude, skills and habits.

Spiritual and Value education is the need of the hour. Given to the state of public life in today’s time with corruption, violence, etc at its peak, all schools should focus majorly on character-building and moral development among kids.

Teachers and Teaching Methodologies

The role of a teacher is indispensable in a school. I want to see a school which keeps pace with technology but not at the cost of a teacher. Teacher still remains the most important and respected being like the ancient education system. She plays the role of a guide for students and not an influencer. Her major goal be to promote independent and creative thinking amongst the students.

My idea of a better school involves a setup where teachers and parents work as a team for the best interest of the child.

Teachers are not just knowledgeable but also updated and open to the idea of learning with the changing times. They practice what they preach and ensure setting a good example for the kids.

Teachers are innovative, creative and as good a listener as a speaker. They promote experiential learning as opposed to the rote one and use new tools of teaching methodology to suit the needs of all students.

Assessment and Evaluation

Individual abilities and the interest of the child should be kept in mind while designing basic home works, weekly tests, final examinations, etc.

The perfect school should be able to recognize that the success of the students cannot be measured by simple tools. The evaluation system has to be far more comprehensive, transparent and fair.

 

Education has become much more complex in today’s time. I don’t aim for an ideal place of learning for my children but I do hope that it is based on a basic premise that- each child is unique and hence needs to be shaped as per his individual capabilities and interests.

The future institutions be the one that  do not measure the success of the students by the weight of their school bag, nor by their ability to use the latest notepad. It rather helps children to reach their full potential and be able to give their best in the society.

I want a my kids to be happy and enthusiastic at the idea of going to school every morning. If that happens it would make for a perfect school of tomorrow.

 

What kind of school do you imagine for your children? Share your idea for the schools of tomorrow with us.

Also read the hopes and wishes of my friends Mahek and Prisha for the future of  education.

I am proud to be participating in The Festival Of Education Rajasthan and writing this post on the topic: ‘Schools of Tomorrow- What Could They Be’. You can read about the festival here



 

 

Also read : Being A Teacher: My Learnings And Hopes From This Profession