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Simple Wall Decor

Here is a simple way to freshen up any baby/children room. And the best part is that you don’t have to be a craft diva to do this. Dust off those tracing and cutting skills you learned in¬†gradeschool because thats all you need for this project.

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March 1, 2013 - 2:02 am

Gretchen@BoxyColonial - Very cute! I love the patterns on the paper and the way they’re off center in the frame ūüôā

March 2, 2013 - 1:04 pm

Gajay - Thank you.

To Enroll or Not to Enroll

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March 10, 2013 - 11:20 pm

Priya - I feel the same way about overdoing with kids activities. My oldest is into skating and has been showing very keen interest in hockey – we decided that we’ll get him into a league later this fall. We try to keep to 1 activity during the school year and swimming/soccer in the summer.

March 13, 2013 - 5:02 pm

Anushiya - Yeah…it’s sometimes tough to find a balance. I guess that’s why the experts insist we should get the kids’ feedback and watch for those signs to make sure we’re not overdoing it for them. Freeplay is so important…

Daycare decisions

Making the decision to become parents seems like the easiest decision my husband and I made.¬† All the decisions that came after¬†our daughter¬†was born have been more difficult ‚Äď how to feed her, how to put her to sleep, what kind of car seat to buy, should we do this or that, buy this or that, yadayadayada.¬† It was such an overwhelming year.¬† Just when we thought we were over that phase, it was time to return to work.¬† There I was again, slouched over my laptop, armed with tea in one hand, phone on the other, researching daycares, the pros and cons of Montessori vs. regular daycare vs. home daycare, choosing a location near work vs. near home, reading reviews etc.

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February 22, 2013 - 9:10 pm

Sagi - I had to let out a big sigh after reading this post. I’m now going “back to work” for the third time.

March 5, 2013 - 2:01 pm

Saumea - Sagi, must be very hard to juggle work and 3 kids. Kudos to you!

Yum Yum Zucchini

I know how hard it is to feed kids. On top of it, getting them to eat vegetables is impossible. Here is a simple sauteed zucchini recipe that works wonders with my daughter. I am hoping the same for you all. Happy Cooking!

(This recipe works well for toddlers, and also as a finger food for¬†younger babies accustomed to eating solid food.¬† As always, if this is a new food you’re introducing to your child, use the 3 day rule to identify food allergies)

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Book Review: “Honey, I wrecked the kids”

Happy Family Day!  To signify the importance of this holiday, I decided to reflect on Honey, I wrecked the kids by Alyson Schafer: a popular parenting book, which can help us bring our family together in a positive, cooperative manner.

After, why even during, reading this book, I felt like I gained some growth as a parent armed with many techniques in facing meltdowns, defiance and downright hair-pulling behaviours from my children.¬† Schafer expresses her views in a very clear and precise way with many relatable examples. She offers the reader a ‘toolbox’ of parenting and explains the need for each tool she lists. Her views are easy to adopt and implement in any home where the parents want cooperation instead of intimidation; appreciation instead of resentment and finally, children exercising responsibility over getting micro-managed.

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February 18, 2013 - 5:35 pm

Nanthiny Ganeshalingam - Impressive Article! Great job! I am definitely going to buy three copies of the book and I think you did a thorough job of presenting an important aspect of parenting – teaching kids to be autonomous individual, teaching them about responsiblities and consequences. Amazing summary and amazing wording! Kuddos.

February 18, 2013 - 6:41 pm

Manjula Selvarajah - Advice on handling “defiance” and “meltdowns” is certainly something I could use help on – thanks for the review, adding the book to my reading list!

February 26, 2013 - 4:49 pm

Anushiya - I’m so glad to hear you found my review helpful. Thank you both for your support as we’re embarking on this new adventure.

March 26, 2013 - 11:47 pm

Anujaah - I’m not such a book person, but after reading this review I feel like I should definitely pick this up. As a new parent, I feel that this would be a beneficial read that could help me down the road in a couple of months!

April 24, 2013 - 12:30 pm

Anushiya - Yeah, it’d be a great read for those with any aged children…from toddlers to teenagers. Happy reading! :0)