Being a new parent is definitely a challenge, and the advice of our family and friends is intended to help us deal with this challenge. I agree that sometimes, this is how parents stumble upon the best parenting hacks ever. But I also think that there are no guarantees! Presenting in no particular order three pieces of 'well-intended' baby care advice that I regret having listened to. They only resulted in discomfort for my baby and me. Read the rest of this article that is g
One of the many 'blessings' of becoming a mother is that pretty much everyone thinks that they are entitled to an opinion on your life. The world in general, has an opinion on everything – the way you give birth, the way you choose to nourish your child and the way you choose to raise your kid, amongst others. Sarcasm aside, there have been some valuable nuggets of information along the way, but it is hard to deny the very many stupid remarks that I have been subject to as th
Modern motherhood has become nothing less than an art form. A mother, ‘the perfect mother’ rather, is supposed to be a nutritionist, a chauffer, an artist, an organizer, a craftsperson and a chef, in addition to making sure that she sources everything organically, keeps her kids screen-free, is hands-on and has a personality of her own, as well. Quite a mouthful, don’t you think? Yet there seems to be intense pressure on us moms to be all of the above. We are constantly bomba
I had a very good corporate life.
A good reputation, work, frequent promotions, and hikes. A hard core professional who had always justified her work and home until the first pregnancy came into the picture. I thought maybe it won't be so difficult and challenging to handle all- work, home and children. But pregnancy is also not an easy go. Different mood swings, urge to sleep more, feel to do nothing might take you on a ride for that period. You really need to take a tough
I was walking down the street with my four and half year old daughter skipping along beside me. We were walking home from school. This time is just for us — mother and daughter sans her dad or her brother. We talk about what happened in school, what I did when she was at school and about pretty much anything she wants to talk about. As we walked on, I decided to tell her about the advanced swimming lessons I had just started with. Though I had been swimming for years, I had n
One of the saddest memories of my childhood was seeing a cousin of mine being beaten with a belt in front of his peers. There were five of us between the ages of nine to twelve and we were at a wedding. The bride and groom had stepped out of the Mandap to eat and the guests had dwindled. Seizing the opportunity, we pounced on the flowers decorating the stage, gaily pulling it off the strings they were tied to and scattering petals everywhere. We were caught up in the innocent
When Somu was born he was not latching and I was badly lacerated and exhausted.
It was very challenging. My mother and husband were the only people there to help me.
The nurses were very supportive and helpful too.
My son, Somu had elevated bilirubin levels, and we were trying to feed him, but he wouldn't take my breast and I was uncomfortable because of the fullness.
Finally I pumped and tried feeding him with the bottle, but my son was a very stubborn child and contin
Breastfeeding was a challenge for me and my babe, right from the start it did not feel like it was meant to be. It started soon after Advika was born on a cold blurry winter morning in February of 2014. I had a quick an easy labour, and she popped out beautifully, curiously looking around with her bright sparkly eyes. I had read all about breastfeeding and spoken to other moms and I knew I wanted to experience it and pass on the antibodies that were much needed to build her i
One of the few things I had decided when I was pregnant was that I would exclusively breastfeed till my baby turns one.But is it possible in an ultra conservative place like Saudi Arabia where people stare at you even if your headscarf is not proper or if you have tinted nails? The idea of exclusive breastfeeding was terrifying me! But I was determined and tried out different methods to carry out my nursing process like minimising most of my outdoor activities till my baby wa
Nursing your 2-year old?
There are high chances that you would have heard eloquent (but ill-informed) lectures on why you should immediately wean your child.
"He will never leave your breast", said one.
"He is so thin because he feeds too much and does not eat" said another.
I am sure those who nurse their toddlers would have heard this and so much more.
Also, suddenly you have those days and nights when the 2 year old feeds almost like a new born and you begin to doubt