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.

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.

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.

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.

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.