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.

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5 must-have books for 0-1 years

Children are made readers on the laps of their parents. You have an interested baby and parent. But what do you read? Read on for tips on how to choose books for your infant and the only 5 books you really need in your library for the first year.

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."

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.

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.

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.