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I am a mom and a human being too! So #MujheSabNahiPata

Someone wise once rightly said, “It’s not easy being a mother if it were easy, fathers would do it.” Giving birth is a wonderful and exquisite experience in every woman ’s life. It is a great feeling which can’t be expressed in mere words. But with great things come great responsibilities. As a mother, we are always expected to be prepared and be responsible for everything. To be honest, being a mom is so much more than I ever envisioned and comes with a sharp learning curve, that changes with every phase of the child’s life. All out event

Recently, I was invited for an event organized by All Out, for a fantastic discussion around the societal conditioning of mothers being omniscient and how there is a need for them to say #MujheSabNahiPata. I was lucky enough to share a bloggers panel with successful Bollywood actor and mother Sonali Bendre, Child Psychologist, Dr. Rupa Patel, Pediatrician Dr. Samir Dalwai, and Ruchita Dhar Shah, founder of the First Moms Club (FMC), a Facebook community for mothers.

The aim was to discuss the constant pressure on the mothers to know everything about their child’s well-being and how it has discouraged them from asking for help, for fear of judgment. The discussion commenced with Sonali and Ruchita, addressing the hardships of nurturing a baby and the eternal struggle as well as the pressure to be a know- it -all mommy.

All through the event and the conversations, I felt at ease that I am not alone in this ordeal. Listening to strong, empowering and beautiful moms in the audience speak on this topic was therapeutic. Every mother, irrespective of their career, face the challenge of being “invariably excellent” and fear of making mistakes. I am a mother and not a pantomath. I make blunders and I learn from them. But our society never gives us a chance to make mistakes and shames us if we do. While the burden of bearing the responsibilities of motherhood are manageable as we love our children, it is the burden of knowing it all that becomes unendurable.

I am a lecturer, blogger, and a full – time mommy to a 6-year-old girl named Angel. I still reminisce about the time when I held her in my arms for the first time after she was born – a magnificent moment of my life. I didn’t know then, that a tiny creature would add such dynamism to my life and take me on this thrilling ride of motherhood.

Thanks to the doctors and the internet, for guiding me through a lot of things, involving the nutrition and mental development of the child. But no one never told me how to be an ideal mommy. I was constantly transitioning between my job and the struggles of being a new mother, with the addition of sleepless nights and a hell lot of stress. I had to stay awake for the whole night to take care of my baby, which meant a loss of prior freedoms and a lot of adjustments. I am not grumbling because I know that’s a part and parcel of being a mom.

Speaking of my own #MujheSabNahiPata story, I remember when my little munchkin was just a year old and had started walking barefoot. One day, she fell off and suffered bruises on her knees and elbows. My husband and I immediately picked her up and gave her the required medication. But my husband was panicking more than me. He was really stressed and anxious about the incident and went ballistic and called me ignorant for not taking enough care of her.

I acquiesced that it was all my fault and I should be held accountable for the incident. But later on, after gaining composure, my husband supported me and apologized for his behavior. He asked me to stop feeling guilty and reasoned that it is not possible to control every situation in life. Some things just happen, and the mothers need to let go of their guilt At the event as well, all the mothers broke free of the societal shackles and tied a knot in their attires, as a reminder to share their #MujheSabNahiPata experiences. All out event#Mujhesabnahipata

Similarly, in a world of constantly emerging threats, it is impractical to guard your child against every situation, though as mothers, we always strive to do our best for the child. But while we are focusing on the million things for their well-being, small factors like a mosquito bite can result in dengue and get overlooked.

I am thankful to All out for addressing this issue by capturing one such #MujheSabNahiPata story in a moving video. I encourage all you moms out there to leave the fear behind and tie a knot in your attires, to remember to share your stories in the comments section, as well. It’s time to move above social norms and unite to help each other become more vigilant about the well-being of our children.

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The power of nurturing creativity in kids

Every child is born with an imagination power. It is the part of adults and parents to nurture their child’s imagination which in-turn will help kids to create new thoughts and things. Firstly imagining about something and then creating the new thing is how a kid learns. Creativity is the key to new inventions.

Creativity in kidsNowadays in almost all pre-schools and schools you will find kids given time for art and craft work. But what if parents at home don’t put efforts to expand the creativity power of the kids, they won’t be that active in school then. Creativity gives great opportunities for learning and also helps in overall development of your kid. Making your kid indulge in creativity you will find a higher level of smartness, activeness and intelligence in your kid. When children participate in creative play with vehicles, toys, blocks, waste boxes or cardboards, etc. they gain self-confidence and a feeling of accomplishment that they did a great job of creating and inventing new things on their own.

Presently living in the world of technology and advanced games, it is becoming difficult to divert your kids from the devil electronic gadgets. They hardly go out to play or use their powerful brain for imagination and creativity. I still cherish the memories of my childhood days where I used to spend my spare time in solving puzzles, making utensils from mud, using empty matchboxes to make new showpieces or making crafty things according to the instructions given, etc. But, looking at the kids of today’s generation I feel like they are far from all this. So, thinking about the future of our kids, it’s essential to put efforts in moving our kids towards the right direction.

So, keeping in mind about the benefits of creativity and the fun and joy involved in it for kids, PediaSure has come up with an amazing idea by designing a fun-filled activity inside their boxes.

PediaSure is a nutritional supplement which provides complete and balanced nutrition to a growing kid. It is packed with 37 nutrients that help support a child’s growing height, weight, immunity and brain development and also all essential energy requirements. But what is even more amazing is the packing that PediaSure is offering now. With its Fun and Learn DIY activity box, it is a great way of building that creativity spark in your child.

Since we know if the root of the tree is strong, the tree will definitely grow strong and healthy. Likewise, if the seed of creativity is sown in your child right from childhood they will be great innovators in the future.

 

 

Lipa Land App –  An app for learning while gamingLipa land App

The moment my kid started communicating, I was always thinking about how should I keep her away from these omnipresent gadgets and help her survive with the social economic changes taking place. Television, cell phones, I-pads, video games and so on have made our kids very lazy. They have a list of excuses to avoid going outdoor. These habits of my kid made me worry about her future and I decided to work towards making her future bright. Recently, my friend suggested me an easy and fun loving educational app- Lipa Land app. I assure you that like mine, your kid is going to love this app too.

What is Lipa Land app…?

 

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Over the last few decades our education industry has undergone a huge transformation.  Education in form of different applications helps our kids to learn new things in a fun manner. It is one of the best ways to improve our kids’ talent and skills without worrying about the place and time. There are so many educational applications available on the market for kids which have several games with crazy characters and enchanting stories which keep our kids occupied. One such educational app is Lipa Land. This app encourages kids to ‘use the device to get out of the device’. It offers fun, innovative and valuable content for both parents and kids. In addition, it has many real-life based activities too. It is a learning program that has been designed to make every kid fall in love with learning. It aims to enrich kids’ development worldwide. This educational app does not only bridge the communication gap between teachers and kids but also between parents and kids. This app is designed for kids between 3-6 years.

 

Lipa Land App is mainly divided into 2 sections:

  1.     Children’s section-

In this section kids can enjoy playing games and use other features of the apps securely without any parental guidance. There are different themes called ‘Worlds’ which teaches kids more about that topic. Currently, there are 4 Worlds in the app, and new Worlds will be released regularly. Lipa land app in itself is as self learning app, which makes sure that your kids learn every level before going top level.  Until your kids become master in one world ,they are not allowed to play next world games. This does not mean that your kids will sit whole day to complete level, you can set time limit too.

  1.     Parent’s section-

In this section, parents can read articles on child’s development and education. They can also keep track about what their kids are learning from this app. There are also many real-world activities in this section which both parents and kids can play together which is beneficial as they spend more quality time together and understand each other better.  These outdoor activities are so fun and so easy to make that you and your kids ending up spending quality time together.

The learning content of this app helps kids to gain knowledge in 3 different forms i.e. Body, Mind and World. In the Body category, kids can gain knowledge about physical wellness, hygiene measures and precautions required and about how to live a healthy lifestyle. In the Mind category, kids learn about the social-emotional balance, academic competence i.e. about mathematics, science, literature and art which are well explained in the app. And, in the category of World, kids learn about ecological awareness, history and culture.

What sets Lipa Land different from other apps that are available in the market?

 

  1. This app can be installed on any android and iOS; tablet and phone. It can be used at home and in classrooms too.
  2. This app is internationally recognized and has reached global heights.
  3. It is one of the most trusted applications as it is developed by education specialists and is KIDSAFE certified.

 

At the end I will conclude by saying that my kid addresses this app as a “Jinnie” – an app which has all answers to all questions which she is looking for. I am relieved to see my kid so bright and eager to learn at such small age. Having access and using such educational apps makes learning smarter and easier for our kids.

 

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Choosing the best for my child : New Launch Mother Sparsh Unscented Baby Wipes  #SensitiveBabyWipes #SuperThickFabric

As a mother, I choose the best for my child. I am personally very careful about everything when it comes to my daughter. Mother Sparsh has come up with 99% water wipes which are safer to use! Mother Sparsh’s new launched sensitive baby wipes and it has it all: It is unscented, has Super Thick Medical Grade Fabric, it is Perfect for Hand & Mouth Cleaning. I started trusting Mother Sparsh after my doctor recommended me the chemical-free brand. Now when I actually am into their 99% water based wipes, I was amazed by the results of  Mother Sparsh 99% pure water wipes They are so gentle and nature on my child’s skin.

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These 99% water based wipes are most awaited launch for Unscented Wipes variant of Mother Sparsh  99%  Pure Water Wipes. For all you new mothers, I will try and break down how it is beneficial for our children.

These are Sensitive baby wipes with No Perfume: Premium Baby Wipes Launched By Mother Sparsh! In my opinion for Mother Sparsh brand’s new launch of #SensitiveBabyWipes are the best available ones in the market.

These wipes are extra gentle and perfect for neonate sensitive skin! The skin of a newborn child is extremely sensitive. It is out in the environment newly after staying safely in the mother’s womb. First time experience of being a mom is unforgettable. Now, all the things and products you use must be safe and chemical free. Hence, these wipes specially formulated for extra sensitive skin of newborns. These baby wipes are made with the finest natural plant fabric and 99% pure water that are free from parabens, alcohol, sulfates, fragrances and any other chemicals which make them safest option to clean delicate skin of Neonate. The quality of the fabric is three times thicker than any other ordinary wipes which make them good enough to clean the baby’s delicate skin.

Neonates/Infants get the best Gift : #NewLaunch #MotherSparsh #UnscentedWipes!

The next best part is they are unscented! Mother Sparsh 99%  pure water wipes are fragrance-free, parabens-free and alcohol-free baby wipes which are gentle enough to use on baby’s delicate skin every day. These do not contain any harsh fragrances which make them perfect option for neonates. These are Sensitive baby wipes with No Perfume: Premium Baby Wipes Launched By Mother Sparsh.

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These wipes come with a Plastic Lid for Perfect Moisture Lock. So you can carry these wipes easily and use them even during traveling. They come with an enclosed resealable sticker and a protective plastic lid that helps to lock the freshness and moisture of wipes for longer and also prevents the entry of germ or dirt.

Now that I have explained that these gentle wipes are chemical free, you might be wondering about its ingredients. The Mother Sparsh wipes are 99% water based and the fabric is made from Medical Grade Cloth i.e. Plant-derived Fabric. It has perfect thickness and softness which makes it non-reactive, non allergic to your baby’s skin. mother sparsh wipes 99/%

The wipes are supremely gentle and hence are suitable for your baby’s Face, Hands & the Body. Mother Sparsh 99% water wipes are hypoallergenic, dermatologically tested and contains the goodness of pure water that makes them perfect for cleaning baby’s face, hand and body. These wipes provide all-around protection to your child. mother sparsh wipes 99%

Biodegradable Wipes: Yes, these wipes does your bit for the environment – A natural and 100% Biodegradable Wipes. It means the wipes are not just safe for your child but also for your baby. Isn’t this awesome?

Three Times Thicker Than Ordinary Fabric wipes: Mother Sparsh 99% water wipes are thicker and hence a lot more convenient to use. They are made from plant-derived fabric which is medically certified!

After trying a lot of products for my daughter, I found these wipes the best amongst the rest. They are soft and their thickness is truly perfect. And like you all know, I am a working mother with a lot of travel opportunities, these wipes have always been handy on all my trips. Their water-based natural fabric helps in keeping allergies and rashes at bay! It is safe and hence the best option presently available. I am very happy with how it aptly suits my child’s skin. As it has been recommended to me by many of my friends and also the doctor, it is safe to say that Mother Sparsh 99% water wipes are a trustworthy option for mothers who are looking out for all natural wipes for their children. Let’s Accept It: Best Baby Wipes for sensitive skin #NewLaunch #UnscentedWipes #MedicalGradeCloth.

 

 

The moment a child is born, a mother is also born. My First time mom experience. 

Mother sparsh Becoming a mother is the most rewarding blessing in the world and it becomes more exciting and beautiful when it is for the first time. As people say ‘only a sufferer  knows the feeling’ similarly, only a mother will know the depth of love, care, pain, fear, headache and joy of being a mother. From the time you get those dark pink lines on the pregnancy test you start imagining your life with the tiny blessing in your tummy. Talking to your unborn baby in the alone time, getting the first ultrasound, feeling that first kick in the tummy and all other to be mother things are so much exciting.

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You feel a mixed spectrum of emotions. You are excited, happy, scared, crying all at the same time. You first care for the baby and then for yourself. Quitting your favorite sport or activity if it’s not safe for the child is just one of the sacrifices. In fact every part of your day is according to your new one. Remember the time when you started reading books about parenting or watching your tummy grow in the mirror almost everyday.

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And finally when the child is born, you stand at the top of the world making resolutions to protect your child from every evil. Watching the cute little steps, listening to lots of baby gibberish, that adorable pout and gorgeous little smile fills your heart with joy. And the fun part about being a mother is that it turns you into a superwoman.

AngelFor the First time mom Parenting is a tiring, demanding and a challenging job. Sleepless nights and tiring days are also a part of motherhood. But they’re worth it.

My #FirstTimeMom experience

Today, I will share my own experience of being a mother for the first time. The day my daughter was born was the new beginning of my life. A new life was born out of me, the baby which was a part of my body for 9 months, was now a new human. When I held her for the first time, I felt a whole marathon of tingling vibes all over my body. The things I felt at that time cannot be explained in words. Tears rolled down my eyes looking at the tiny pink, round chubby cheeked, gurgling wonder. She was so calm, her skin so soft, smooth and as beautiful as an angel. I noticed every single movement she made from blinking eyes to throwing hands and legs as if she wanted to tell me how happy she was with me. I named her Angel as she was the one for me.

Motherhood gave me so many life lessons. Everyday I learnt so many new things about her. Every single chore was a memory in itself. Singing to her while changing diapers, telling her stories while giving a bath or making my own lullaby. All of them are precious memories. As I was a working mother it was a little bit difficult and tiring to cope up with the work and the responsibilities of the baby at the same time. I used to wake up a number of times at night to check on her if she’s sleeping soundly. And not to forget the 3AM automatic alarm, when she would wake up and start crying. Despite all the difficulties, being a mother is a blessing. The relief and happiness you receive while watching them play, laugh, fall and stand is worth everything in the world. But being First time mom is neither easy as you have been loaded with myths and advices and how mother differentiate between right and wrong for her kids.

How I analyse that the  baby products should be natural :

On 7 th day after my daughter was born, we had naming ceremony at home. As usual I knew it that many people will come and touch the baby, so I was ready with hand sanitizer and wipes. Every time some one would come and touch he pinky cheeks, I wiped using wipes. After that some one came and gave her silver anklet and in minutes she developed rashes on her body. I thought this might be reason of infection. Since I was told to use wipes only, I never realized that it had alcohol. This touch of alcohol gave her burning sensation on rashes and she cried badly. Not only my daughter but I too cried badly with such mistakes I did. I immediately went to doctor and she explained me about how water based wipes are better than alcohol based. How child skin is so sensitive, she said you cant just use because it suited to other kids. My  #firstwaterwipes experience was so good that I am still with same wipes.

Mother sparshMany times, doubts crossed my mind if I’m doing the right thing, the right way for my child. Choosing the best baby products is again a tough task. The most important of them were wipes that are used for almost every activity. My doctor suggested me to use mother sparsh. Mother sparsh wet wipes helped me a lot in cherishing my daughter’s delicate skin. I couldn’t blindly believe on every baby product so I did a lot of research. I read reviews online and asked some friends about it. I also tried some other reputed water wipes but they proved useless as they were very soapy and over perfumed. But mother sparsh water wipes was a great choice for my daughter.

How Mother sparsh is best for child’s skin.

Mother sparsh wipesMother sparsh water wipes are perfect for every kind of infant skin- newborn, baby, toddler or a child as they are super comfy and are made up of 98% water. They are specially made for the sensitive and super soft skin of babies. These wipes are hypoallergic and doesn’t irritate the baby’s sensitive skin. They are designed to wipe away germs and dirt and moisturizes the skin without causing any infection, allergy or uneasiness. Unlike many other wipes mother sparsh contains ayurvedic segments and herbal active ingredients. They are clinically proven to be free of any kind of chemicals. Most of the wipes are made of polyster which irritates the skin but the fabric used in mother sparsh water wipes is purely plant based and gives a velvety touch and makes it biodegradable which is safe for the mother earth also.

They are enriched with water, aloe vera and Vitamin E. Most importantly they are free of parabens, alcohol and pH balanced. Also, the size of the fabric is comparatively bigger than other brands and the pack is resealable. I recommend every mother to use these wipes as these wipes are ultra soft on baby’s ultra sensitive skin. These wipes are super handy and can be used anywhere anytime to fresh and clean the child. Also, if you’re feeling a little lazy to remove your makeup or to wash your face. These wipes will come to your rescue.

You can now save your time from washroom visits every time your child does his or deed by using these wipes and spend a little for your rest or to play with the child. Also, if you want to share your own experience, do let us know in the comments section below.

And I am sure you all had that #FirstTimeMom moment in your life which is so special. 

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Kids in the Kitchen – Cooking Together and Bonding Together

Children are looking up to their parents since they represent great role models for them. Therefore it’s extremely important to let your child get to know you better and learn from you. After all, a childhood filled with parental love and support is a prerequisite for future healthy relationships and a successful life in general. However, a working parent can’t spend the whole day playing with their children and they must find alternative solutions. Luckily, we have a great suggestion – cooking together.  Kids in the kitchen is a unique concept that increases family bonding. Let the fun bonding time begin!

Benefits of family cooking

Cooking with your children is an amazing way to spend some quality time with them. On top of that, it has been shown to have a lot of benefits for their emotional and cognitive development as well. For instance, you can teach them new vocabulary and show them many exotic ingredients and different kitchenware that they have never heard of before. Furthermore, the kitchen is the perfect place to foster teamwork and show your child how every member of your team is equally valuable and that they need to do their part of the job in order for the meal to be a real success. We guarantee you that your children will feel super proud of themselves because they are trusted with an important task such as selecting groceries, measuring ingredients, peeling the veggies or setting the table. Finally, cooking together with your children will give you an opportunity to teach them about cleanliness. They will become aware of how important it is to keep the kitchen clean and the groceries well-organized in order to prevent potential food spoilage or poisoning. So, exercise the concept of kids in the kitchen more often at your homes.

Set some ground rules – safety comes first

Cooking in the kitchen with your children can be extremely fun and educational, but there are some safety guidelines they must follow in order not to harm themselves. For instance, set the ground rules that they can’t play with electrical appliances like beaters, dicers, hot pans and stovetops. Additionally, keep reminding them that washing their hands is paramount before entering the cooking area in order not to get sick afterward. On the other hand, you can allow them to mix and whisk the ingredients in a bowl or use plastic cookie cutters so that they can shape the dough in any way they want to. Lastly, make sure to invest in high-quality cookware like that made by the amazing Anolon which your children will absolutely love to practice cooking with.

Cooking – fun and educational

Who said that you can’t dress up as pirates with your children and prepare a delicious Caribbean-inspired dish? Sounds fun, doesn’t it? If you truly want to turn your kitchen into a kid’s fun room, you can organize themed cooking evenings for your children’s birthdays or an entertaining night at home. For example, you can even create an international cuisine calendar where a certain week or day of the month will be dedicated to various cultures and their food, so your children can learn about them and have a delicious meal as well. Lastly, the more variety you introduce into the kitchen with different spices, recipes and preparation ideas, the more you’ll promote their creativity and development. So, the concept of kids in the kitchen will bring about overall development.

Invite their friends

Once your children are familiar with the kitchen and all the appliances, accessories and utensils, you can let them invite their friends over for a cooking night. By doing so, your children will create fond memories and develop their social skills. However, don’t expect them to start preparing soufflés and crème brûlées just yet. Instead, stick to something simpler like their favorite cookie, pancake or other easy sweets recipes, but let them decorate and even add their own unique ingredients to the mixture. Keep in mind that kids love to show off in front of their friends so it’s important to supervise them during their little cooking project so they can have fun and be creative. This way, you’ll have a chance to get to know their friends better which will help you create a deeper bond with your children as well.

As you can see, it doesn’t take much effort to turn cooking into a wonderful bonding experience between you and your children. All it takes is ensuring that they are using the items in the kitchen safely and that they have enough different cooking activities that will help them be creative. Bon Appétit.

6 best music instruments for kids that they would love to learn!

Music is the food for the soul. It is not just a skill that one learns as an alternative, but it is one of the most precious things that can soothe and calm the minds of the listeners. Learning musical instruments helps the early development of a child. It helps them to learn a language more easily and have fluency in speech. Learning and listening to music stimulates the right brain and children are more confident, efficient and focused. There are tremendous positive points about introducing your kids to music at an early age. So, if you are wondering about the best music instruments for kids, here I have jotted down a comprehensive list to choose from!

Keyboard or Piano

best music instruments for kidsChildren can start learning a Piano at a very young age. A small Keyboard can be easily brought home for your kids to practice every day and master the art. Along with playing melodious tunes, your child will develop hand-eye coordination. Playing the piano with both the hands and using their brain to focus helps them increase concentration too! Children suffering from dyslexia benefit largely from playing Piano. It is a best musical instrument to learn as a child.

Ukulele

best music instruments for kidsThis is another attractive musical instrument that your child may love to learn. It is tiny, easy to carry and the most fun string instruments. If you want your kids to learn guitar, you can start with giving them Ukulele lessons first. It is actually the best musical instrument for beginners of any age let alone children. Your child can play all sorts of songs from folk to contemporary with the strings of a Ukulele. This is why it is regarded as one of the best music instruments for kids.

Flute

best music instruments for kidsThe flute is one of the ancient most musical instruments in India. It produces beautiful and soothing vibrations and sounds that purify the surroundings. It is super light-weight and easy to carry. Hence, it can be a great choice for your child to start with! An ideal age for kids to start leaning flute would be 7 years. It is the best musical instrument for anyone to learn and listen to!

Harmonium

best music instruments for kidsThis again is one of the oldest musical instruments in India. It requires a lot of concentration to play the harmonium as it consists of multi-tasking with playing the keyboard and also pressing the bellows to pump the air out. It may look similar to the keyboard or the piano, but these are very different instruments. If you want to train your children in Hindustani Classical music, a harmonium can be an apt choice.

Tabla

best music instruments for kidsThe ideal age to start learning Table is 3 to 5 years. This is when children grasp the skill immediately and respond to it naturally. Tabla is one of the most loved Indian instruments. There is a misconception that it can be played only by boys, girls are equally capable of playing the Tabla with the same passion and intensity. It is a beautiful musical instrument for kids and adults alike.

Drums and Percussion instruments

best music instruments for kidsIf your child is a little older say around 9-10 years, he or she can start learning drums among other percussion instruments. Playing drums also need a lot of focus and concentration. There are multiple things to handle at the same time, hence, the child tends to develop focus and the skill of multi-tasking. It makes them more confident and versatile in nature.

So, if you want to make your child a music ninja, you have all the information here! All the very best and enjoy this new musical journey with your children!

 

How to Turn Your Home into a Healthy Environment for Your Kids

We like to think about our homes as safe havens. Alas, more often than not, there is a multitude of threats preying on our good health and well-being. Moreover, young children spend a lion’s share of their time indoors and every year, millions of them get exposed to toxins. The tricky thing is that many of these risks are of elusive nature and quite hard to detect. So, it all starts with proper awareness and commitment to taking preventive steps to reduce the exposure to dangerous elements. It is high time to put together a healthier home environment for you and your family. So do you all dream of Healthy Environment for Your Kids at home.

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Exposing toxic presence

The first thing to do is to inspect your home for toxins. Everything from water and air to textiles and surfaces might hide toxic hazards. Where to start then? Well, furniture, paint, and flooring are a good place because they can contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs), formaldehyde and other perilous toxins. They can remain hidden for a long time, until you upset them during the renovation. Therefore, take necessary precautions before starting any improvement projects.

 

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Furthermore, if your home was built prior to 1978, it is very likely you have another problem— lead sitting under the top coat of paint on walls and windows or in floor varnish. When released into the air, toxic lead particles potentially cause developmental and learning problems. Unfortunately, home tests are not always accurate. Thus, your best bet is to hire a local contractor and safely remove this plight from your home. Healthy Environment for Your Kids is most important thing when you have active kids at home.

 

While at it, test the environment for naturally-occurring, radioactive gas radon. This menace is a leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers, yet it is odorless, invisible to the naked eye, and tasteless. The good news, though, is that there are many inexpensive test kits available at home improvement stores. They are also easy to use. Should you find this gas in dangerous quantities (4 picocuries per liter of air or higher), you have to contact a certified radon-mitigation contractor.

Cleansing the air

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According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air pollution is two to five times worse than the one outdoors and World Health Organization agrees that this is one of the greatest health risks of today.  To make it worse, children breathe more air than adults, pound for pound. So, you need to do everything within your power to clear the air. Reduce humidity levels by using exhaust fans in moisture-riddled areas and spurring natural ventilation.

Note that you need to avoid air ionizers and fresheners that contain phthalates— they do more harm than good. Instead, opt for houseplants. Spider plants and peace lilies are just some of many natural air filters that are effective in combating toxins and pollutants. Feel free to shop around for quality industrial products in the league of HEPA air purifier.  Such a certified product is proven to improve the long-term respiratory health of your children.

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Keep an eye on carbon monoxide, which is a highly common hazard that originates from the incomplete process of fuel burning in household appliances like stoves and furnaces. It can lead to symptoms similar to flu. And when its level increases, carbon monoxide can even be fatal for kids. To steer clear of such scenario, install alarms and detectors in your home. Put them outside bedrooms and other sleeping areas. In addition, inspect and maintain your appliances and heating systems on a regular basis.

Always in the clear

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Be a conscious consumer and extra careful what you bring into your home. For instance, you have to know which products harbor dangerous chemicals and poisonous substances. Also, make sure to keep potentially harmful items locked and out of children’s reach. Cleaning products, pain relievers, cosmetics and personal care products are leading culprits behind poisoning in children. Seek natural alternatives to chemical cleaners, such as baking soda and vinegar.

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Finally, bear in mind that a clean home is a healthy home. You must never forgo regular chores. Dusting regularly is the key to preventing kids from breathing in contaminated dust. Namely, flame retardants and PBDEs from electronics can easily get airborne and cause a variety of health issues. It is a good idea to use a damp cloth for most dusting tasks and follow it up with the good old vacuuming. Just do not use older vacuum cleaners that tend to disperse the dust around.

On the safe side

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More and more parents are concerned about the negative impact of the home environment on the health of their children. And they have every reason to be. Every now and then, new scientific evidence and horror stories surface. The main problem is that the majority of hazards are not obvious, so it is best to assume the worst. You do not have to go out of your way: there are many simple and low-cost tactics to follow. Thus, get educated, test your home for toxins and tool up to bust them. Keep your little ones out of the harm’s way and empower their growth and development.  I hope all these tips makes you keep Healthy Environment for Your Kids at home.  

This article is a Guest post by  Stella van Lane is a mom and a passionate writer in love with coffee, chocolate, music, books and good vibes. Her top interests are health, yoga, meditation and interior design. 

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Eco Parenting | Building a Greener World with Eco – Friendly Child

Technological advancements, high graded gadgets, luxuries have all taken up the market space and are now not just the league of the adults, rather there is technology and use of efficient resources of the world in each and everything we are using as of the present frame.
However, wait! On what stake are we planning to do all this? Is global warming, continuous alarms belled by the natural resources, the UV rays inclining more and more not shaking us from within? If it is then why not inculcate a few habits in our infant and tiny – tot so that he makes the future world a better place to live in, Eco parenting is the definition of the same.

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Eco Parenting simply means to teach and inherit basic habits in your child from the very beginning so that later it is no more a task or responsibility rather a habit and way of living. Because even one can make a change, we always do not need an army to fight any kinds of combat for us. There are lots of health and environment safety apps to help us.
It cannot be said that we start keeping our kid away from all the materialistic pleasures however, the demarcation should be drawn and it should not be crossed by purpose and not just the forceful attitude of a parent. That complies the truest meaning of Eco Parenting, teaching and inculcating environmental friendly activities for that would make all the difference in the society in the coming future.
While talking about the same let us know about some of the things here and there that can be of utmost help to the parents while they are getting up to task and shape their kids to become more dependant and responsible citizen of the globe and its natural identities.

  • Every child loves getting dirty and play with the sand why not use this as a perquisite, and generate in him the habit of Gardening. He might turn out to be taking care of the greens which is the most important phenomenon to make a good change in the environ of the planet earth for the present times.
  • Encourage the little one to reuse as well as recycle each and every thing that they can. Do not inculcate in them the pride of selfishness, and tell them that a small thing has some value and that to use it is hooks and crooks is what life is all about. This will sure excite them and make them a better person when they grow up altogether.
  • Boast and shout in home” do not waste ”. Neither you should do this practice, nor it should be reaped in the kid. Food, drinkables, stationary products, papers and anything for that matter should not be wasted and shall be used until the time it works. The food in the plate should be finished and the left – over food should be used the next day or given to domestic help, pets but not wasted. They are the important assets of the globe and wasting them could lead our future in some serious issues.
  • You surely have many friends and cousins, if yes! Increase the practice of swooping a lot more from now on. Toys,  clothes, notebooks, novels, old cycles or anything for that matter should be shared and swopped as and when needed, so the valuable assets of the world not get flushed out early and we have ample of them to pass on to coming generations. Next time they ask for something new they can be treated by the products of their cousins or friends as well.
  • Electricity was, is and will be the need of the society if we have to be technically sufficient for the rest of the ages. Saving electricity from a very tender age should be taught to the kid. Turning off the lights and fans, plugging off the items they are using and a parent should keep telling that it is a bad habit to leave the lights and fan on all the time. This will make them a better youngster and will pass on to his next generation as well. The natural resources should be used optimistically and he or she should know this from the time they have got the brains to understand.
  • You must encourage the new found alternative of saving fuel and that is – car – pooling. Yes, car – pooling or sharing the same vehicle if you are going to a particular place is a habit that should definitely be encouraged. If friends and same age group children live nearby in the vicinity then they must use same vehicles to go for coaching, hobby classes, schools and more.
  • Say no to plastic bag. Do not just say it this time, do it. When your child looks up to you carrying your own bag while shopping and other stuff then it is he or she who will also learn from you and would never take up the opportunity to get the products in a polythene given by the shopkeepers. Teach them it is harmful for the place where we live – earth. Ex

These were the few things that could be taught to the child from a very small age so that he does not have to look up to anyone in the future when he grows up, rather he should turn out as an inspiration for the others who are not willing to save the environment.
Let us pledge together to be eco – friendly and make our offspring’s the same so that the earth is a better place to live in for you, me and all of the living flora and fauna residing as an earthling on the planet.

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It should be propagated more and more with the help of mouth reference, so that this simple process can head to most house spaces and make the ultimate house earth a place of purity and betterment all over again.

If you agree with these points and have more points to add to this, feel free to comment below.

 

Are you summer ready !!!

Mumbai and summer seem to be synonyms to me now. Every Mumbaikar would relate with me when I say summers are like bread toasts on pan. It’s mid-May and we are struggling to beat the heat. Being a microbiologist, I know that summers are best temperature for microorganisms to grow fast and hence we tend to fall sick more. I am going through the same phase right now, because eating outside made me sick but as an adult, we can handle the situation. But what about our kids? Are they ready for summer? Have you made plans on how to make summer friendly for children? Are you making  amazing summer drink for kids.
I am sure you must have made all possible arrangements to make this summer cooler but with so many activities to distract them, food is never their priority. And since they aren’t receiving enough nutrition, they become more prone to diseases.

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Make your kids summer ready with Pediasure cookies and cream flavor- An amazing summer drink for kids

Recently I came across Pediasure which has launched a new cookies and cream flavored powder for kids. My daughter doesn’t like drinking plain milk and hence I always make sure that I add something which is healthy and tasty to drink. Pediasure comes as a saviour to me as it contains 37 nutrients which help support height & gain weight, and boosts immunity & brain development. The newly launched flavor is the best since kids love cream cookies so much!

The event was an eye-opener as the esteemed panel comprising doctors, nutritionist and celebrity couple Lara and Mahesh Bhupathi, discussed how summer growth if one of the most important time in a kids life. It is their #TimeToGrow.

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Us mommies also got to taste the new flavor made by chef kichaa aka Nihal, and it was such a treat for us adults I cannot wait to see how my kid will react to it! As a mother, I am super happy as I have now made my kid summer ready. Now I can send my angel for all summer camps with a bottle of Pediasure. I suggested to my friends to make kids summer ready by boosting their immunity, growth and development with such health drinks. Pediasure is a complete nutrition cup for your kid. Pediasure Cookies and Cream is truly an amazing summer drink for kids.Being a mother I know kids get bored of same flavor too so make sure you give Pediasure cookies and cream in different ways. Take it as a parenting hack from me and I know you and they will love it. For instance, you can make banana smoothie with Pediasure Cookies and Cream which is an amazing summer drink for kids one day.

Ingredients  for Banana and Pediasure shake

Banana mashed 1 piece🍌

Condensed milk 2 tbps

1tbsp PediaSure cookies and cream flavor powder.

1 glass milk

Honey 🍯

Ice

Method

Take a jar, put all ingredients and churn it to give a nice smoothie texture and serve to your kids.

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2)You can also try making a moose with whipped cream using PediaSure cookies and cream to make another amazing summer drink for kids.

Ingredients for pediasure moose

Whipped cream

Powdered sugar

2 tbsp of Pediasure’s Cookies and Cream flavor

One cup of plain vanilla icecream

Method :

Take double ice bowl 🍚 and stir all the ingredients to give a fluffy mixture and serve it small shot glasses and serve with lot of fruits.

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Or You may also like to make a spread and give it to your kids with oats bread, or make healthy ice candy of same banana shake.

If your kid is a fussy eater, these hacks can ensure your kid is getting proper nourishment.
I hope my tips and tricks will help to keep your kid summer ready and you can make many recipes using  Pediasure Cookies and Cream to make  amazing summer drink for kids.

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