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.

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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.

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.

Montessori for the homeschooling beginner

For all the parents who have asked me a quick sum up of the montessori principles, especially, principles you can follow at home, with examples, this one is for you. Im a newbie myself, but these are some principles that have helped us and now we realize, we follow them unconsciously. They have become a way of life at home. Read on for simple ABC principles you can easily incorporate at home.

Sleep routine for the win!

"Sleep while the baby sleeps", they said. "Sleep all you can before she pops out", they said. And once she was here, every conversation with the sleep deprived mom (me) involved the question "Is she sleeping through the night yet?" (As if her not sleeping through was another evidence of the failure of a mom I was gonna be). Read on to know how a sleep routine helped us and how you can get a bedtime box.

9 not-so-princessy children’s books

If you,like me are a parent and grew up on princess stories, where the protagonist is a damsel in distress, waiting around for her knight in shining armor to rescue her while she preens and adjusts her hair, this is for you. Dont get me wrong, I dont mean to scoff at classics, well maybe I do. Raising my daughter is something I take very seriously, and exposing her to strong women role models is top on my agenda.  So for every Sleeping beauty and Cinderella we receive, I go ahead and order 2 books of my choice for baby V, mostly from the list below. If you are hunting for the perfect not-so- princess stories for your child, read on.