How to read to your infant

So you already know why it is important to read to your baby. But the quintessential question arrives- how do you go about it? Fortunately for you, I made a list. Ask yourself the question- what is the ultimate aim- that your child learn something? start reading independently? have fun? learn to love reading? all of the above? If you answered yes to any of the above, read on. 🙂

Toilet learning- the Montessori way

Toileting is more than just a milestone. It is an everyday skill that is about independence and self esteem. Toilet learning, is more child-led, more about a child learning to use the toilet and less about an adult telling the child "you've gotta pee now, the way i want, when i say so."

Motherhood and the Jekyll-Hyde paradigm

There is this saying in Tamil, that a delivery is equivalent to rebirth for a woman. Someone told me it is because, a woman goes through excruciating circumstances and puts her life at risk during birthing. I now realize, that it is because, motherhood changes you into a different person.  When Pooja told me that she was attempting the herculean task of bringing together 41 moms from around the world to share how motherhood had changed them, of course I jumped at the opportunity, because I can write about this with my eyes closed, right? How wrong I was. This post is a result of many nights of soul searching and digging deep. So apart from the very obvious ways in which motherhood has changed me - jeans size, changed priorities, lack of time, exhaustion and the works, I've realized that I have become a bundle of paradoxes. Read on.

LEARN THROUGH PLAY

When children set out to learn a certain “something”, the journey to learn that is critical. Read on to know how you can set your child on a learning journey through play.

Das Din – A baby book with a difference

As conscious parents who want to introduce quality regional language books to our littles, we are always on the lookout for good baby literature.  Ditto me! I was hunting for good Tamil and Hindi books to introduce to baby V. There are quite a few publishers who do this ( we will be covering all in a series) but most of them were for slightly older toddlers. 

Thats not my Amma.

So I sat and thought (and thought and thought) about what my first post should be about. I wanted it to be an introductory post for those who do nor know me. About what kind of Amma I am, and why amma in the first place. But I am horrible at introductions.

And finally, as always, inspiration struck while reading to Baby V (2 of my favourite creative outlets. And inlets)

Here is Baby V introducing me in Usborne books style. This is also a list of the most surprising and unexpected ways in which motherhood changed me.

5 must-have books for toddlers

A child who reads will be an adult who thinks. There is absolutely no substitute for books in a child's life and toddler-hood is an exciting time for readers. If you, my friend, are looking for book recommendations for your toddler, read on ahead.

Mess Free Painting for babies

Painting is an amazing activity for babies! It is a great way for them to explore Color, shapes, texture, patterns; Sensorial play; Hand-eye coordination; Motor skills; Spatial skills; Creativity; Focus and Fun.   Obviously I couldn't wait for baby V to show some readiness towards enjoying painting activities.  At about 7-8 months, she finally showed interest in the same and we jumped into mess free painting.  Read on for some cool mess-free painting tips for infants.

SKOLA TOYS- An honest review

Let us take language. So in the first stage, the baby is only hearing and assimilating, and can respond with basic sounds - grunts, cries and coos. Slowly, the baby can differentiate sounds. That is when we introduce the phonetic alphabet.   Then the baby learns to join these sounds to create complex sounds and associate it to a meaning(words).  Then, the child learns to string words together to form meaningful sentences.  And finally, the child learns to also put the language learnt in written form. When I received the package from Skola I was beyond excited because I wanted to see first hand what the hoopla was all about.