Many organizations have started giving their employees 6 months of #paternityleave
This is wonderful and has the potential to change the world by changing the brains of children.
The brain grows rapidly in the first year of life and spending quality time with the parents in the first six months of life can really accelarate the development of the brain.
What is quality time for a child?
It is the time you spend connecting with your child through play.
But do parents play with their babies in the first year?
From my experience as parenting consultant - I would say that several times - the answer is NO.
There are two reasons for this.
Reason 1 - they are so worried about the height and weight of their babies that they do not have the time to focus on the brain.
Reason 2 - they don't know how to play with a child who cannot talk and move.
This results in -
1. The brain not growing to its potential
2. Late detection of developmental delays
3. Emotional disconnect between parent and child
4. Tantrums and other conflict.
So why not grab the opportunity presented by 6 months of paternity leave and play with your baby?
In this 6 video series that I have created for Morisons Baby Dreams(@morisonsbabydreams) - I explain in detail how you can play with your baby in the first year.
Watch it - play and make good use of your paternity leave.
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I don't remember the year... But this was an Ovenderful Mom Bakers Community Sunday afternoon meet up at a cafe.
The love and laughter is right there for you to see in the picture
OMBC meet ups are all like that.
Sadly the pandemic has kept us from meeting like this for more than a year now.
But Simran Oberoi Multani is creating opportunities for us to recreate this online.
And that is so exciting.
Tomorrow I will be chatting with her on the OMBC community at 3 PM.
I am really looking forward to it.
Do join in if you are a healthy Baker.
We will be reliving a lot of memories of the past OMBCDiscover conferences and other fun memories.
This year the conference is on the 4th and 5 th of December.
I am conducting a preconference workshop in November.
If you register by the 31st of October you can join my workshop.
Hope to see you there.
I love festivals.
They schedule moments of happiness into my life.
Durga pujo is made up of 5 otherwise ordinary days of the year.
But I am bubbling over with happiness because it is PUJO.
Pause - look around - notice - connect - rejoice.
I love how festivals schedule that into my life.
Happy Dashami from all of us to all of you.
Healthy baking is the easiest way to get picky eaters to eat healthy.
Looking forward to seeing you at my workshop
The last date for registration is 31st October 2021
Register on the link below.
See you there
The naval Hospital of the armed forces at Mumbai
Inaugurated their Early intervention center last month.
And it was my privilege to be able to contribute to their endeavor by compiling this booklet for them.
I loved working on this because it allowed me to merge my passion for "play" with my husband's expertise in ENT and create a valuable resource for parents.
Playing with your baby is the best way to build the brain while detecting developmental delays.
And this booklet shows parents how they can play with their babies as they grow - to connect with them - engage with them - build their brains and observe and detect developmental delays in hearing and speech.
A delay in detection of communication skills can impact children mentally, emotionally and socially. Can lead to learning problems and behavioral issues.
And it is only through educating parents about detection and available intervention that we can prevent these issues.
These booklets are available to parents at the INHS Asvini.
Very grateful for this opportunity to make the world a better place for children.
I usually write about my experiences consulting with or addressing parents.
But today I am writing about my experience as a parent.
I was bursting with pride and happiness yesterday.
We were invited to the Raj Bhavan (the Governor's House) to watch our daughter play at the Gandhi Jayanti celebrations.
She played the Euphonium in an 18 member brass band (of the Frank Anthony Public School) to acccompany a 15 member choir (also from FAPS) conducted by the esteemed Mr Narayanaswamy.
So so so proud of her - her passion - her dedication - her resilience and her hardwork.
Close to 10 hours of practice per week for many many years - goes into mastering a wind instrument
And in her case it involved overcoming a lot of pain every time - because she plays with braces.
And yet there has never been a time when she has said "no" to practice.
I have watched in amazement as she has enthusiastically braved hours of pain with a geniunely happy smile - as she put in the hard work.
Of course none of this would have happened without the passion and love of Mr Narayanaswamy. Her determination and her passion is in large part thanks to the amazing teacher that he is and the love and respect for music that he has instilled in her.
Thank you God. We are so so so grateful for these blessings.
Today I feel like I have achieved a milestone in my parenting journey.
A chat about "nagging" - with the effervescent Su Iyer 🤗
When children don't do what they need to do - it is almost involuntary to nag them.
But does nagging work?
If it doesn't - why?
And what can be done instead that is really effective?
If you are struggling with nagging - do share your experience - maybe together we can find a solution 🙂
Video Link: https://instagram.com/p/CUhcQ5zAIsM/
"Doctor - I understand that I must eat for my baby while I am pregnant - but is there a way to do that without excess weight gain?"
I am asked this question at almost all my #prenatalclasses
Yes there is!!
And I share how to do that in this article for Morisons Baby Dreams (@morisonsbabydreams)
Follow the hyperlinks in the article to get a comprehensive picture of what you should eat during pregnancy and how.
What you eat during pregnancy has long term implications for both you and your baby.
Make sure you have all the facts in place before you fill your plate
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Throwback to the year 2009
I am hosting a Carol singing practice at home with at least 20 people in the house.
My daughter and her friend - both then 3 years old - manage to find an almost empty tube of super glue and get their fingers stuck together.
Without telling me about it - my husband quietly and efficiently manages the crisis and gets the fingers unstuck.
I discover this only after the last guest has left.
Back to 2021
A wooden curio that we bought on a trip to Udaipur gets chipped.
I buy a tube of super glue to put it back together.
Opening the tube is a bit of a struggle.
I apply a little more pressure than required.
And the super glue is all over my hands.
Everything is getting glued together... I start screaming.... My daughter looks up....
Snatches the tube out of my hands with some paper... Has warm water and soap ready in a flash .... And washes off the super glue as much as possible.
There is still a good bit left on my hands after that
But she confidently says "Don't worry - I will remove it - I learnt it from Papa."
So the sticky fingers 11 years ago worked 🙂
They built empathy compassion and problem solving skills.
Would I have lost my temper during that incident 11 years ago?
Would that have taught these "life skills"?
No of course not!
My daughter was shown empathy compassion and problem solving in action.
She was not scolded for her mistake.
And that is how she learnt from it.
It is always a struggle to stay calm with little children - but it is always worth it.
Going LIVE today at 5 PM on Super Mums of India FB group (@supermumsofindia)
Join in with any questions you have about your child's nutrition or eating habits.
I will be talking about my book "What to do if your child is a picky eater"
And I look forward to answering your questions and making life easier and healthier for you and your family.