The Teeth Bugs And The Bunny is a fun book to have your little ones brush their teeth.
Stories and books have always helped me in several ways.
Little more than 2 years ago, I weaved a simple story for him to have him brush his teeth. That story is now a book that many kids adore.
It was such a joyful moment to see my son flipping through the pages of the book in awe, the story he had only been listening to was now in front of his eyes. Continue Reading
Three Moms who are Making a Difference
Motherhood changes our outlook on life, here are three moms who changed the course of their life not only for their own children but for all the ones to come in future.
Mansi Modi, Kindermum Cloth diapers
Mansi is a mother of 3 years old Pratham and the founder of Kindermum.⠀ Continue Reading
For the longest I had wanted to talk about body shaming not by men but by our very own girlfriends, female acquaintances. I have been a subject to it and I’m sure you have too! From 48 kgs to 72 kgs (pregnancy) to suddenly shedding weight few months after delivery, I have seen it all in just 5 yrs!
Here is an attempt to talk about what a new mom doesn’t want to hear from her friends who seldom show up and from acquaintances who have perhaps never met in person. We are blessed with beautiful voices and languages, let’s put our words to uplift others❣️❣️❣️
आई जीवन में एक नन्ही सी जान
सोचा एक नया अस्तित्व मिला
मिला मां बनने का सम्मान,
पर अस्तित्व मिला नहीं धुंदली हो गई उसकी अपनी पहचान
एक औरत ही औरत की पीढ़ा समझती है
क्या सच मे समझती है
और समझ के भी उसके ज़ख्मों को कुरेदती है?
अरे ये तो कुछ नहीं आगे देखो क्या होता है कमाल
हमने कैसे तीन बच्चे पाले, तुम तो हो एक ही में बेहाल।
कितनी अच्छी दिखती थी, मोटापे से हो गई हो बेडौल
बच्चा देखो कितना दुबला है, तुम खुद ही हुए जा रही हो ढोल।
रोती चीखें और किलकारियां
नया बच्चा अपने साथ लाता है नई जिम्मेदारियां
जानते हैं सब, मानते भी है सब
फिर भी होते है हैरान सब,
क्योकि बदन दर्द, थकान, अवसाद नहीं हैं कोई बीमारियां।
अवसाद से परेशान नई मां को भी पता नहीं
कि है वो किस की शिकार,
उसकी ही सहेलियां, पड़ोसी आंटीया प्यार से कहती हैं
कि वो हो रही है बेकार।
झाइयां, झुर्रियां, मोटापा कमजोरी
दुबली है, तो कुछ खाती क्यों नहीं?
मोटी है तो कुछ करती क्यों नहीं?
थिन है तो थिन शेमइंग
फैट है तो फैट शेमइंग।
औरत ही औरत को हीन भाव दिलाती है,
सहयोगी हो कर भी हीनता के घूंट पिलाती है।
अगर खुदके लिए सजे तो स्वार्थी हो जाती है,
तभी शायद दोस्तों को जलाने के लिए तैयार होती है।
Repurposing and Upcycling can save you money and we all know the joy it brings.
I have loved creating stuff out of waste from early on in life. I used to think of ways to put old, abandoned stuff to use.
When we reuse things, we help a wee bit by not having the stuff dumped into the landfill.
This Native American Proverb “We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children,” sums our environment threatening lifestyle and how we must not take our planet for granted.
Using old clothes: Old clothes can be reused/repurposed or upcycled in multiple ways. I often keep old bed sheets, curtains, etc. to be turned into cloth bags. For past 3 years, on my son’s birthday I get these cloth bags made locally and give return gifts in them.
There is no greener packaging than no packagingNo waste is less (even if its green/ biodegradable) than no wasteNo trip is greener than the one we didn’t make.No product is greener than the one we didn’t buy.
With babies comes whole lot of new stuff at home. As parents we want the best for our children, most of the things that we buy aren’t really needed but in pursuit of giving the best we amass the “unnecessary” at home.
I am not a zero waster yet, in fact I am very far from it, but I try to reduce my carbon footprints in every way I can.
Sharing a few things that you can follow to leave this earth a little better for your children; we have borrowed it from them, haven’t we?
- Accepting hand me downs- When a child is born we buy clothes that our child outgrows sooner than we can think of, sometimes without even having worn once. The best thing to do for kids would be accepting clothes from friends and relatives.
- Not buying things till the baby comes- wait for the baby to arrive and shop as you require. This can save you a lot of money. Most things which others consider essential may not be required for your baby. Each parent and child is different, so are their needs; for example we neither bought nor used – milk bottles, stroller, cots/ cribs, talcum powder, baby oils, special feeding accessories, does it make us bad parents? Well, we never felt any need of those.
- Switching to Cloth Diapers- I have been talking a lot about cloth diapers because I have extensively used those for my baby and I believe that they are the best alternative to disposable diapers. They can be used over and over and even passed on to other babies.
- Buying pre-loved – Do not hesitate to buy pre-loved clothes, toys & books. People sell stuff for many reasons. Buying expensive gears (if needed) like rockers, pram. Car seat, crib/ cradle, bottle warmer, cycles and more from pre-loved sites/groups. I bought a pre-loved high chair for my son and then further passed it on to a friend. This chair now has fed more than 4 kids of different families. Buying used stuff does not mean that you are buying substandard quality.
Self-imposed shopping bans- Target no-shopping (except essentials) months and live up to it. Remember that meme about Great Indian sale – “If you shop you may save 50% but if delete the shopping apps you save 100%”
- Limit the toys or subscribe to toy Libraries- It is a good idea to get toys and books on rent or exchanging toys and books among friends. As parents we must also choose engaging open-ended toys over battery operated ones for our children.
- Eco-friendly celebrations- Birthday parties create a lot of mess, big gatherings of any sort for that matter lead to a lot of waste, you can help by either avoiding parties altogether else try to celebrate the eco-friendly way. Avoid gift wrap and unnecessary plastic covers, plastic and disposable stuff in birthday parties, give eco-friendly return gifts (if at all you have to give) using newspaper wrapping or cloth bags. Avoid cheap plastic toys because your aim is not to litter the other person’s house and environment, right? If you have to gift choose meaningful and useful toys/articles.
My previous article talks about simple eco-friendly daily switches one can adopt to make a difference.
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7 Eco-friendly switches one can make in their daily life.
Firstly let’s understand what eco-friendly is, Eco-friendly means something that is friendly to our mother earth, something that doesn’t harm the environment.
I won’t talk about being plastic free- that is too much to ask for!
Sadly we have come too far to go back. We all know single use plastic is not good for the environment and we all know that it is difficult to do without it.
Let’s not talk about what we can’t do, let’s take a look at what we can do.
Listing 7 easy eco-friendly things you can do to make a difference-
- Using bucket to take bath instead of shower –
When we use a low flow shower we end up using 3-5 liters of water a minute. Now, if someone takes a bath for at least 10 minutes they end up using 30-50 ltrs of water, could you believe that? While a bucket just uses 20 -25 liters of water and cleanses well as the water comes with greater force. Now when you take a bath, wash your face or brush your teeth just think about what you are doing to conserve water.
- Carrying your own cloth bags- This is a very simple and easy thing to do. Having a checklist while stepping out and including a large cloth bag in it can save you from bringing back home a plastic bag.
- Cut down Impulsive shopping (online and Retail) – Knowing your needs and wants and buying only what you need is the key. With buying things just at a click, rampant online discounts leading to impulsive buying and a surge to the sales of things that otherwise wouldn’t happen. Be mindful of what you are buying and not only will you save money, you will contribute in saving the environment too.
I am a mother whose blog says notjustmommying, well that’s because I think we do or mean to do a lot more than raising our kids. Whether we succeed or fail in that endeavor, is another story. Know more