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Halloween’s Healthy Options for Kids

Halloween is one of the best time for kids when they wear character based costumes and look funny plus cute. Some of older kids do trick-and-treat and visit neighborhood asking for candies. Personally, I like this day but I hate the fact that kids have to devour excess of sugary candies. I just wish if other people give healthy candy/snack to kids.

This Halloween, I will personally replace candies with following options –

Little Oliver Healthy Snack Olives – This particular snack olives is one of the best candy replacement for this Halloween. It comes in a big box with multiple small packets which is perfect for eating, sharing and giving.

You can make simple snacks for little kids to eat at your place or give them directly the packet. They both are good to go.

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Baby Gourmet Squoosh – Ideal fruit/vegetable supplement for picky eaters. I am sure all kids would love this as much as my kids love. They are healthy and made of real fruits with no additives. Available in various flavours and perfect on-the-go option for young to big kids. You won’t believe how quickly it gets finished 🙂

I had to really restrict my kids from finishing the whole batch in a single day. When something is labeled ‘For all ages’ that means you can trust them for a long journey of parenting. I am sure my kids and their friends will be thrilled to receive this as a Halloween treat.

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Get ready for ‘Trick or Treat’ with these tasty and super healthy options. Happy Halloween !

 

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Mission Family Photography

Just like most of the moms, I too made a silent promise to myself that I will try my best to capture every little or big moments of my kid’s life. I will give the best gift of life which is ‘Memories’. But then things don’t go as you plan and something like that happened to me when I was pregnant and when my kids were infant. Since I had a not-so easy pregnancy  so my ‘Maternity Photo Shoot’ got totally dumped. I have few pictures but they are not the one which I like scrolling through. Then when my twins were born, my hands were literally full. There were days when combing my hair was a luxury forget about putting makeup or going for a professional shoot. I use to view other single baby moms sharing quite creative and aww-strucking professional pictures of their new-born and I was putting the ones clicked by either me or my husband ( although I think that my husband clicks good pictures but still…)

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So I was pretty sure that whatever be the case I will make sure that my kids have at least few good pictures to cherish later in life when they open their childhood album. Album which has papa, mummy and them, their little family.

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Luckily, I hit on Jessica Nip Photography and was impressed by her creations and then I asked her to do our family Photographs. She was great during the whole session. Very co-operative and great with my kids. Dia has a lot of stranger anxiety but Jessica and she clicked quite soon. Diyaan was most of the time lost in his own world so getting his attention was the biggest challenge but some how she overcame it.

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These pictures melts my heart totally, I loved each of them after seeing it though, I purchased only 5 out of 100+ shots she did. I wish I had the money to buy all but yes these 5 are my favourites.

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Mission picture at 2+ year accomplished 🙂

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Easy Cures For Motion Sickness In Your Child

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Motion sickness is a kind of nausea which happens while travelling in a vehicle or a plane. It is very common to be seen in your kids. It is very to similar to the feeling you experience in a roller coaster and in other similar amusement park rides. It arises when the brain receives visual messages that don’t match with the ones picked up by the body’s motion and balance sensors. Motion sickness progresses from a feeling of uneasiness to sweating and/or dizziness. This is usually quickly followed by nausea and/or vomiting.

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While Raising A Child Having Fear Of Strangers Or Crowd

Who doesn’t want a happy and cheerful child playing around and giving you break of the lifetime? Well that is the dream hope of every parent but not everyone is bestowed with it all the time. Kids are moody little creatures, full of tantrums, cries, sudden shot of happiness but extreme joyful. But do you think you can easily make it happen by reading books or choosing the right way of raising them? Then you are highly mistaken as every one is born with a unique personality which can be altered but couldn’t be totally replaced. That being said, I will give you instances from my own real  life and how people around me responded to when my little girl freaked out in front of strange faces or in crowd.

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My girl is sensitive and cries a lot when introduced to new environment or people. She is fine playing at park with other people around but on a visit to friend’s place she freaks out. She won’t go to anyone except me or my husband. All she will do is to cry till she get exhausted. Thanks to couple of my friends who actually understood our situation and let her be like that or eased her. But then world is not full of good people. Sharing my thoughts on the same.

First of all, if you happen to be a parent of such a child read below pointers immediately.

  • IGNORE – Ignore the gaze of people in malls or public places as they mean nothing to you and either they might be correlating with you or judging you which is in no way beneficial to you in your situation.
  • CALMNESS – Don’t even think that your crying child can put herself all together when you yourself is losing calmness. They need you to look confident whether it helps in their situation or not.
  • DIVERSION – Try to carry things like iPad or her/his favourite book/ toy which can help you divert her/ his attention for a while.
  • CHOCOLATE – Giving chocolate is a crime in a dictionary of perfect mom’s world but sadly, I haven’t seen such a mom till date. So carry few and bribe them to make them temporary happy.
  • HUG – Hug them tight and make them feel right. They might not stop crying but deep down they feel secured.
  • JUDGING – By this time, you must have totally stop judging other moms and their efforts in raising kids. Let them be.
  • LESS CROWDED – Introduce your kid to the personal family meet ups where you don’t get lots of people to disturb her peace. This is tried and tested by me. They react better with fewer people. And they learn to socialize too. But if they handle fewer people well that doesn’t mean that they are prepared to handle the large crowd.
  • PRO ACTIVENESS – Be proactive and tell new faces to not say ‘hi or hello’ to them at all. Ignore them completely. Believe me they are more happy that way.

Life is already difficult for parents with such kids and then there are friends who either make you feel better or worse. Here are the few reactions which I got when my girl freaked out for her consistent fear of strangers and crowd.

  • Reaction I respect : “That’s absolutely fine Shilpi, it happens with little kids. Don’t worry just take care of her.”
  • Reaction made me feel low : “Shilpi, your girl cries too much. Doesn’t she get tired of crying?”
  • Reaction made me feel happy : ‘Don’t worry Shilpi, she will be fine after she will grow up and start talking. It’s momentary.”
  • Reaction made me realize ‘how stupid people can be’ : ” My friend’s kids are so social as their parents take them out more often and they never cry.” (I mean seriously, are you talking about different kids or computerized created prototypes. Sorry that is my reaction to them.)
  • Reactions made me lose your respect : “You guys have made her like that by laad-pyaar (extreme love care).” ( Pause ! I am raising twins in the same manner and environment then how can one is destroyed with it and other is quick absorber. This is sh*t !)

And the list can go on like this with no real benefit to anyone. All I request to everyone, is to be little sensitive to new parents and support them rather than making them feel low of their parenting skills. They are going through a tough period which will get better for them soon enough than you realize.

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Family Trip To Legoland Discovery Centre Toronto

Few weeks back I was invited to take a visit to a newly opened Legoland Discovery Centre in Vaughan Mills in Toronto. I was ecstatic but was skeptical whether it will be good place for us to go with toddlers, since by this age they hardly figure out what exactly Lego fun is all about. But to my surprise, my kids (2-year-old twins) totally enjoyed it and it was worth the visit. Read ahead to know things I noticed and worth the point to know before you visit.

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