Indian Women in 2017 : What Makes Me Thrive As A Woman In the Contemporary Age

It brings me immense pleasure to share that I, along with 24 other bloggers are celebrating #9daysofwomanhood throughout Navratri. I thank Veena Regit from The Reading Momster for introducing me. The prompt for today is ‘Being A Woman In India, 2017′. Hop on to her blog to read her take on the contemporary Indian women.

Let me also take the opportunity to introduce you to Preetjyot Kaur from My Little Muffin. I love how she writes about breaking the stereotypes and raising independent girls. Do check her blog post on the prompt for today.


Talk about famous Indian women and there are so many names that come across my mind. From PV Sidhu to Barkha Dutt to Priyanka Chopra, women have been excelling in all the fields. There is nothing stopping Indian women of 21st Century.

I was having a light-hearted discussion with my mom about the general state of affairs in the country, when she mentioned how lucky I am to be born in this century. Her statement intrigued me and made me realise that life for women have never been so easy, given to the gender inequalities that exist in our country. But something has changed that has made Indian women of 2017 far more independent and self sufficient. So much so that they can now explore multiple opportunities to showcase their talent and reach their full potential.

Today, when I sit down to write on this prompt, I wonder what makes me thrive as a woman in 2017. My education and knowledge has made me capable of many things. But more than that I have learnt a few things from my own experience and that of my mom, which have helped me to emerge strong and confident. Here is what helps me to thrive successfully in this contemporary age-

1. Asserting my choice– I have the wisdom and power to choose for myself. I have learnt to speak my mind, do what I want and choose to live my life my way. Gone are the days when Indian women were dictated how to lead their lives.

2. Saying No– Reminded of the movie ‘Pink’? ‘No’ is the new ‘Yes’! Saying No is one of the most difficult things in the world, especially when women are conditioned to always agree with what they have been told. But this is equally essential. I have learnt to say No to things I don’t like to do or say, and it has only helped me to be strong and affirmative in my choices.

Indian Women
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3. Learning to express– Silence is good but not at the cost of being taken for granted. I have learnt to express myself in as clear words as possible. I believe that gives me me confidence in setting the right expectations and even living up to them.

4. Being Self Motivated– Encouragement from others works wonders but nothing works better than self motivation when it comes fullfilling one’s dream. Why to seek motivation from anyone else, when we can find that boost from within?

5. Standing by my beliefs This is the age of beliefs and counter-beliefs and so it’s all the more relevant for women to stand by their own beliefs, values and thoughts. And not to seek validation for the same from others. I think that’s one thing that helps me to be what I am and achieve my goals.

I find all these learning as the most essential ones, for women to succeed in this age. These add to my strength and equip me to face the challenges of the world in a way that I can conquer them.

Being a woman may not be easy in this era, but it’s truly beautiful. And I can’t help but feel privileged and blessed for the same.

What makes you thrive as a woman in 2017? What is your learning from this age? Share your views in the comment below.

 

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


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Organic Cotton Ethnic Wear by KeeBee: My Choice For This Festive Season

The season of festivities has begun and it’s the time of the year when we all like to dress in our traditional attires. Don’t we ?

I usually dress up Aarav and Aarohi in ethnic attires during festivals. That’s one of the ways we try to connect with our tradition and cultural roots. However, my choice of clothing is not too fancy. I prefer something that suits the comfort of my kids.

This time around Dusshera I was looking for some simple traditional outfits that are trendy, yet comfortable. I was quite impressed when I checked the ethnic collection of Keebee Organics. Apart from their unique designs, what appealed to me the most is the fact that their entire range of clothes is made of 100% organic fabric. With so much talks about conventional cotton being ridden with pesticides and harmful chemicals, choosing organic alternative seems to be a sane option.

What is Organic Cotton

Various studies say that conventional cotton involves the use of high amount of pesticides and chemicals. These chemicals have tremendous impact on the earth’s air, soil, water, and even the health of people in cotton-growing areas. They are among the most toxic chemicals as classified by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Organic Cotton is a safe alternative to the conventional cotton as it is grown without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides, synthetic fertilizers and genetically engineered seeds. It is grown using methods and materials that are completely environment-friendly. Most organic cotton textiles have to meet the standard of GOTS (The Global Organic Textile Standard). Fabrics which pass the GOTS standards, ensure that every facility is inspected, and each step is certified.

About KeeBee

Founded by a mom herself, Keebee provides a range of ethnic wear that is made with 100% organic material which is GOTS certified. Their entire production chain follows strict organic processes to provide a product that’s free of hazardous elements like nickel, lead, amines, pesticides, heavy metals, etc. With No stone wash, ezyme wash, acid or chemical wash, their final product is completely organic and environment friendly.

Their clothing line is designed keeping the requirements of kids in mind and includes soft fabric, stylish designs and colourful prints. KeeBee outfits are fashionable and intended for newborns to 2 year old boys and girls.

My Experience
One of the charms of having twins is that we get to dress them alike and that simply adds to their cuteness.

Usually for special occasions, I prefer coordinated outfits for my kids. This time, I chose a white Kurta set with Denim Vest for Aarav and a similar Denim Patiyala Suit Set with polka dots for Aarohi. Both the denim tops have an animal print which is cute and unique.

Organic cotton

Here are few things I liked about KeebBee Organic Cotton Clothes:

Fabric: The fabric is soft, light and breathable. It is natural indigo dyed 100% organic denim and so the fabric is skin-friendly and comfortable for the child.

Design– The design is a blend of traditional and contemporary fashion. It doesn’t include lots of frills or other accessories and hence is easy for the child to carry. They have limited designs but each of them is unique and impressive.

Utility– The look of the clothes is trendy and fashionable. They are simple, elegant and can be worn on regular basis too. Their utility is not just restricted to special occasions.

Packaging – The clothes came in well-packed, brand-labelled cloth bags. Both the piece were separately packed and so were easy to open. The use of cloth bags over plastic ones only reiterates the brands mission of being environment-friendly. There also came a leaflet which explains about organic clothing and its benefits.

Service– Their service is quick, prompt and timely. The clothes reached to me with a week’s span that too in proper packaging. The owner of this brand, Vandana Kalagara attends all the queries of the customers individually and is easily approachable.

Cost– Their starting range is around Rs 1700 for a complete set. It may seem to be a little expensive, but given the fact that it’s made of 100% organic cotton and is GOTS certified, it is worth it.

Organic Cotton

I am super excited to begin the festivities with these special outfits designed by KeeBee. They are surely going to make our festival all the more special and memorable.

Now that I have given you all the reasons to choose organic clothing for your child, you must explore the wonderful collection by this upcoming brand. Click to check the entire range by KeeBee here.

In case you happen to be in Delhi this weekend, you can also attend the KeeBee Baby Clothes exhibition at Nehru Stadium between 22nd to 24th September. Don’t give it a miss.!


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


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Phobia: A Reflection Of My Mind

Certain realities strike us hard. And it becomes difficult to cope with them.

A few years back a terrorist attack in school in Peshawar took away many innocent lives. The incident was enough to shake many hearts and create a sense of fear. I wasn’t a mother then, still could feel the pain of the parents who lost their kids. I was filled with ‘Phobia’ on seeing such heartlessness and brutality.

This Phobia has taken a permanent place in my heart. We, as parents, want to provide the best of facilities to our kids, but the current state of society shows the number of pitfalls we would face to achieve those dreams. The recent Gorakhpur incident and the one that happened in a reputed school where a 7 year old was killed within the school premises, shook me again. The mere thoughts of the mother who lost her son left me with goosebumps and teary eyes. My heart goes out to her and also to all other mothers who would now feel afraid to send their children to school. I am one amongst them.

This dark poetic piece is a depiction of a heart that is filled with Phobia. It is an emotional outburst by a mind full of pain, loss and fear.

Phobia

 

My fear, my phobia 

Yes, I am afraid! 

Did you hear me? 

I will speak aloud

I will shout

Just to let you know 

I am afraid! 

 

You want to make fun of me? 

Go ahead!

My Phobia has no death

It is there since long 

It seems to have no end. 

 

I am tired to hiding

I am tired of escape

Such harsh reality

Do I really have to face? 

 

Please understand me

Do not force me down

My mind cannot take another trauma

My face is tired of this frown. 

 

I feel as if I am shackled. 

This phobia has trapped me in its arms. 

I feel I am fighting an internal battle

That has caused enough harm. 

 

This world is full of terror

There are no happy tales to regale

My heart has turned into a stone

After experiencing perpetual pain. 

 

I need to calm down a bit

I need to enjoy all days

Without thinking about all this

I need to fly with a free mind-

Nothing to bind me. 

Nothing to knock me down. 

 

Oh! I am toiling in thoughts 

I don’t know what more to say. 

Am confused myself:

Wading in emotions, 

Puzzled and frailed. 

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Palmer’s Bottom Butter Diaper Rash Cream : Review

Diaper rash is one of the most common dermatological problems among kids. As much careful we tend to be, our children still get affected by this discomforting rash at some point.

The first time my girl suffered from a diaper rash, I did not know what to do. As uneasy it was for her, it was equally difficult for me to see her delicate bottom fully covered in red. Her constant wailing and distress was something that made me nervous. That’s when I realized the importance of maintaining a proper diaper hygiene and using a good diaper cream.

Following a good diaper-changing routine is always wise. Here are some steps I usually follow every time I change my kids’ diaper:

1. Washing hands before changing the diaper.

2. Changing the diaper as soon as it becomes heavy or soiled.

3. Cleaning the baby’s bottom and ensuring it’s dry before putting on the fresh diaper.

4. Sometimes I also apply some coconut oil or a mild bottom cream that could prevent rashes.

Recently I have started using Palmer’s Bottom Butter Diaper Rash Cream. This cream can be used for both the purposes-  treating the severe rashes and also preventing it. Regular use of this cream can prevent the recurrence of rashes and also has a nourishing effect on the child’s skin.

Key Features

Diaper rash

 

 

 

 

1.This cream is hypoallergenic, paraben-free and  phthalate-free.

2. It is dermatologist tested.

3. It contains Zinc Oxide as the active ingredient which is the number one pediatrician-recommended ingredient for treatment of diaper rash.

4. It also contains pure Cocoa Butter, Vitamins A, D and pro Vitamin B5.

Price and Availabilty

The cream is priced at Rs. 415 for 125g and is easily available on online at sites like Amazon, First Cry, Nykaa.

Our Experience

Diaper rash

I found Palmer’s Bottom Butter Diaper Rash Cream to be very effective in treating the problem of rashes. It’s result was visible after using it twice. The cream seemed to have an immediate soothing effect on my girl. Her itching and scratching clearly reduced.

Hits

1. This cream is non-sticky, easy to apply and gets absorbed on the skin quickly.

2. Since the cream is hypoallergenic, it is unlikely to cause any allergic reaction. It is approved by dermatologists and hence, is safe to use.

3. The fact that it can be used to both prevent rashes and treat them is impressive.

4. The cream suited my child’s sensitive skin and it’s application did not cause any irritation or burning sensation.

5. The packaging of this product is good and provides all the relevant information about the constituents. It also mentions the directions on how to use it.

6. The tube has a safety seal and a strong lid that prevents the chances of leakage.

7. The cream also has a fragrance of cocoa butter which leaves a pleasant effect.

8. It is appropriately priced and much economical than various other brands available in the market.

Lows

1. Although it’s a non-sticky cream, it does not spread across the skin smoothly and requires rubbing once or twice. However once applied it does get absorbed easily on the skin.

2. I would personally prefer a smaller pack of this cream which would be ideal for travelling purpose. May be a pack of 50g or 75g would fit easily in my travelling kit.

Conclusion

Whether we use cloth diapers or disposables, diaper rash and the irritation that is caused due to wet skin, still finds it way among kids. Palmer’s Bottom Butter Diaper Rash Cream, is a wonderful solution to treat the problem of rashes and also to prevent such flare-ups in the first place.


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Fade Away Sleep Sounds : Putting Baby to Sleep Is No More A Struggle

Perhaps, one of the hardest things for parents of new born kids is to put their baby to sleep. What if I tell you there is something that can make your life easy and help you in this regard? Read on….

As a new parent, our natural instinct is to follow all the traditional, tried and tested methods of parenting. We usually think twice before trying something new. Sometimes a relatively new approach can really make a lot of difference.

When my twins- Aarav and Aarohi were born, amongst the many challenges that I faced, the biggest one was putting them to sleep. Like all other babies, they would feel insecure and want to be in my arms all the time. They would get disturbed with the slightest of noise like a knock on the door or ringing of the bell. And sometimes if one of them would wake up crying, the other one too would have his eyes wide open. In those days, I was always shunting between the two babies, patting one to sleep, putting him down, taking the other, rocking and singing for her only to find the first one awake. And the cycle would go on all night.

I followed all the traditional techniques to put my babies to sleep like patting, rocking, swaddling, singing, etc and never really thought of something new. If only I knew then that there is one more method which is easier and equally successful- using the white noise sounds.

Does it happen that your otherwise crying baby suddenly gets calm listening to a particular sound like that of a washing machine or a hair dryer? Does it happen that your baby sleeps instantly in a noisy environment that’s full of hustle and bustle? Ever wonder why? That’s because they are naturally used to such a noisy environment.

The Logic Behind White Noise

White noise refers to the specific sounds that replicates the sounds of nature. These are the sounds from our everyday environment that help babies fall asleep.

Don’t we usually make a loud ‘shushing’ sound to calm a crying baby? That shushing sound is nothing else but a kind of a white noise that we make our self.

I know putting a baby to sleep with a loud noise may sound counter-intuitive,. But there is science behind this.  It is believed that the womb is a deafeningly loud space. When in womb, babies get accustomed to the loud noise and form an emotional connection with the same. A completely quiet environment outside the womb  can have an opposite effect on them especially when it comes to sleep. That’s when sounds of white noise, may help babies to feel calm and comforted.

The white noise sounds help reducing stress in the babies enabling them to fall asleep easily. The world outside the womb is quite stimulating for them which they are not usually able to handle. White noise, in a way, creates a safe space for babies by blocking out that stimulation.

Fade Away Sleep Sounds

Fade Away Sleep Sounds are white noise sounds that uses high quality recordings produced by nature along with ones generated from common household appliances. These sleep sounds include Baby Sleep Sounds meant for putting young babies to sleep, and Non-Baby Sleep Sounds which are meant for relaxation purposes for both kids and adults.

Fade Away Sleep Sounds include:

Fade Away Sleep Sounds

 

Baby Sleep Sounds – Sounds like that of a ‘bath tub’ or ‘car ride’

Nature Sleep Sounds – Sounds of a ‘rushing river’ or ‘ ocean roar’

Life Sounds – Sounds of an ‘electric fan’ or a ‘train on track’

Musical Sounds – Sounds like ‘seaside serenity’ or ‘rainy day relaxation’

These sounds can be purchased individually as well as in a package. Check the various packages and offers that are available on their site here.

 

Key Features:

Fade Away Sleep Sounds has some interesting features that make them unique from other white noise sounds.

1, All Fade Away Sleep Sounds are about 60 minutes long with the final 10 minutes being a slow, gradual fade to silence.

2. .They include a range of sounds- from that of a vacuum cleaner to the ocean roar to sweet rain drops. So parents can actually choose from a variety of tracks and see what works for their baby.

3. Since the length of the track is fairly long, it doesn’t require one track to run on loop.

4. As a parent, while I would want to resort to these sounds that would help to put my baby to sleep, I would also worry about my baby getting dependent upon it. Fade Away Sleep Sounds addresses this concern of parents. All the tracks are designed in such a way that they not just help the babies to sleep easily but also wean them off it at the same time. The subtle fade away to silence at the end of the tracks helps in that regard.

5. The Non-Baby Sounds are as much soothing for adults as they are for kids.

6. Some of the musical tracks are not just meant for the purpose of sleep, but are also ideal for meditation, yoga, massage and relaxation for adults.

Factors to Keep In Mind While Using Fade Away Sleep Sounds

  1. White noise sounds should be loud enough to mask the unwanted sound. However the maximum recommended volume is 50 db and it shouldn’t be louder than that.
  2. The device in use should be kept at a distance from the baby (at least 6 inches)
  3. Don’t use white noise all day long. Use it only when your are putting your baby to bed.

I listened to a few Fade Away Sleep Sound tracks recently and found some of them as very soothing and calming. Well, what’s better than such sound tracks that not just calm a baby but also help an over-stressed parent?

I would recommend trying out Fade Away Sleep Sounds to all new parents. Play a few tracks and see which one works for your baby. I am sure this will put a rest to your struggle.

Want to know more about Fade Away Sleep Sounds ? Check this video.

 

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The Wonders Of Learning Toys: Choosing The Right Toy For Your Child

Did you know the toys, which are a child’s best-friend, are not mere playthings? They are the major tools that can help your child acquire new skills.

Early years are the building years of the child’s life. They are marked by a stage of exploration that involves learning by doing. Whether it is playing with basic objects lying at home or with specific learning toys available in the store, play features very highly in every child’s vocabulary. Hence it’s relevant to involve kids in activities that not just entertain them but also help in their overall development.

As a new parent, one of the biggest struggles I faced in those early days was to devise different ways through which I could keep my children engaged. And I think most new moms would resonate with this struggle. Kids have a short concentration span and so it requires a lot of creative thinking on part of the parents to involve them in such activities that grab their attention for long and also help in their development process.

Something that saved my sanity and helped me majorly in this regard are the learning toys. Learning toys are a great source of fun and education. They are also a convenient option that is readily available. Investing in learning toys doesn’t go waste as they mostly have positive outcomes.

Benefits Of Learning Toys

The benefits children derive from learning toys are innumerable. Apart from grasping their attention for long they help in-

  • Cultivating their cognitive and physical skills.
  • Improving memory retention, hand-eye coordination and motor skills
  • Developing their social skills. Concept of sharing, taking turns, leadership, etc can be instilled through toys.
  • Strengthening the emotional self of the child by instilling in him confidence and curiosity.
  • Improving family bonding time.

Learning Toys

Choosing The Right Learning Toy

Since toys hold a great value in the formative years of a child’s life, choosing the ‘right toy’ is all the more relevant. And believe me, this is nothing less than a struggle again. Market today offers a plethora of options for toys. Initially when I used to go to a toy store, I would get overwhelmed seeing the variety that’s available at each counter. As much I would get tempted to buy everything, I would also get confused thinking which is the right choice for my kids. Zeroing down on one particular product would always involve a great amount of research.

Gradually I could understand a few factors that I can consider while shopping for good learning toys. Here are some of them-

1. Age of children–  Choosing the age appropriate toys is the most important step. Most good toy manufacturing companies always mention the recommended age on the box. This helps in selection process because it takes into account the utility, value, and skill level attained at that particular age.

2. Their interest and likings– Each child has individual interests and preferences. Toys that are in line with childrens’ liking and abilities hold their attention for long and also lead to more positive outcomes.

3. Educational Value– Each age marks a different set of milestone and skill development for the child. Engaging in toys that’s specific to a particular skill, only facilitates in attaining of those skills. I always try to choose a toy that could help my children take the next step in their development.

4. Safety and Durability – Everytime I pick up a toy, I carefully examine it. The ones that have sharp edges, extra accessories like buttons, beads, etc that can be easily swallowed are usually out of my list. I mostly prefer wooden toys that don’t involve non-toxic plastic material. The ones I feel would not last long or do not serve an extended use are again out of my consideration.

5. Level of complexity– A toy that is too complex for the child’s developmental level would not serve its purpose. The child would end up getting frustrated and stop engaging. The playability of the toy determines its appropriateness. My kids love those toys which they can easily master as it boosts their self esteem.

Selecting the right toy becomes easy when the above mentioned basis are kept in mind. Companies like Skola and a few more do consider these factors while designing toys for young kids. Making the task of the parents easy, they offer a range of toys that are developmentally appropriate and serve great educational value.

My twins are currently twenty months old and at a stage when they are acquiring different cognitive and fine motor skills. I offer them toys that make them learn new concepts like shape fitters, animal puzzles, alphabet sorters. They also enjoy playing with bat-ball, building blocks, wooden board games, nesting cups, etc that help develop their hand-eye coordination. With the help of these toys, I see them learning something new each day.

Toys play a vital role in the overall development of the child. Apart from being a source of fun and entertainment, they are tools that can enhance their learning and shape their growing up process. Hope this article helps you in choosing the right learning toy for your child.

 

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KidloLand Interactive Educational App for Toddlers and Preschoolers: Review and Giveaway

Not All Screen Time is Bad- KidloLand Proves That

Technology has seeped into all parts of human life. Living in 21st century, its tough to avoid the use of technological gadgets in our everyday life. I used to be very apprehensive about giving some ‘screen time’ to my kids. But over a period of time I realized it’s impossible to keep kids away from the same.

Healthy screen time can be a great way of fun and learning for kids. As parents it depends upon us how we use technology to our advantage and choose the right content for our kids. While allowing some screen time to my twins there are two things that I always keep in mind-

1.Fixing the time limit – I believe in practicing moderation. So, my children are allowed only half an hour of screen time everyday which they happen to enjoy a lot.

2. Avoid Passive Learning–  I ensure to involve them in interactive games that requires active engagement on their part. This helps making screen time a session full of fun and learning.

I always prefer downloading some fun, interactive and educational apps that let my kids learn and enjoy at the same time. So when I was offered a six months subscription pack to try an educational app named KidloLand, I jumped upon the opportunity.

KidloLand

I have been exploring this app with my kids since over a month now and can easily vouch for it to be an ideal Nursery Rhyme and Games App for toddlers and preschoolers.

Read on the detailed review of the app. Scroll down to see the Giveaway surprise at the end. 

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