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Unwinding with Kids

Being a mom, have you ever came across a  situation where you just want to run away from home or scratch your hair out. Well, I go beyond my saturation level when demanding guest comes to stay at home without prior notice. If you live in the joint family, this pain of tolerating things makes you stronger.But a day comes, where you decide to take your kid and along with your husband to a place, where you don’t have anyone to interfere. This is an absolute best way to get relax.

Unwinding the calm in the chaos. People today are living a very busy and stressful life which is full of tensions and worries and it is putting an adverse effect on your kids too. So it is very essential to find a way which is free from stress and in such a case the most productive thing you can do is Relax, the only thing is you have to find the ways for it.

The key to unwinding is to find a small chunk of time where you can enjoy some kind of pampering. For many kids, a long hard day at school can also be stressful and tiring. The things which hardly matters to us in many cases does affect our kids a lot, in such conditions, it is necessary to provide them with some activities which can unwind them from their daily routine and provide some change.

There are several small ways which you can use for unwinding with kids

1. Meditation – There are several great books, apps and Cd’s available in the market that focuses on meditations for children. The goal is to inbuild the meditative scenes in the minds of kids when they are alone or are under stress.

meditation2. Storytelling about their day– Ask your child about their entire day and how it was? Don’t spend time in lecturing and debating with them, give them space and allow them to share the stress and worries they have.

3. Calming sensory tools– Depending on the choice of your child find them with some common sensory tools to calm them senses whenever they are under stress, etc.

toolsYour calm mind is the ultimate weapon against your challenges is a famous saying by Bryant Mcgill. When you are stress-free and happy, definitely the atmosphere and the people surrounding you will also be happy. There are several places where you with your family especially with kids can enjoy and relax like the most common and the best place to have a vacation at any resort.

Resorts are the best place you can visit for relaxation that too with your family and with kids. Resorts across the country are the hot spots for people to cool off and beat the heat in the summer. Many resorts and hotels provide a special welcome for babies and toddlers. Resorts are the most convenient and cost-effective vacation for the kids. It is the place which makes the stay more comfortable and makes them feel as safe at home.

With kid-friendly amenities and several activities for kids, resorts are the perfect accommodation choice for a family getaway. While kids can enjoy at swimming pools and other outdoor activities, parents can unwind on a pampering spa day. Resorts are fun-filled with beautiful amenities for adults and childrens both. With all the water attractions, cooling sprays, waves and wild rides, the most important thing is to stay safe and keep your kids safe.

So, while you are on vacation with kids that too at the resort you should take some precautions like

1. You should keep eye on where your kids are playing in the resort.

2. Comfortable clothes should be wore and should ake swimming dresses for your kids and yourself.

3. Should carry sunscreen.

4. Should always be hydrated and make sure your kids are also drinking proper water.

5. You should take care of your so that they don’t get misplace around the resort, etc.

Sometimes you cannot control everything, you just need to relax and have faith that things will work out accordingly.

PS: I am participating in the #blogchatterA2Z challenge and today’s letter Is U, so our article is related to trekking with kids.

 

Trekking with Kids

Our busy life, tight schedules often leave us with little or no time for our family and kids. I think every person should find ways to spend quality time with your family and the best way to contribute happiness and bring a smile to our loved ones is to take them on trips. One of the best way to help your family understand their environment, tradition, culture, the meaning of adventure and thrill is by taking them on trekking holidays and I think there is no other better place than India.

trekking with kidsIndia indeed has great family trekking places that teach us the importance of nature’s conservation, about different landscape etc. Doing a trek in India also helps us to realize the happiness lies in small gestures and basic things to experience rather than in materialistic things.

Trekking is another word for walking, undertaken with the specific purpose of exploring the scenic beauty. Trekking involves walking through the hills and camping and carrying all basic requirements like food, clothes and shelter with you. Kids and even the youngsters love to go for the trek. You should plan a complete family trip to a place which involves trekking because the experience you will get will be breathtaking. You will love and enjoy to the fullest.

Is it possible to enjoy trekking with kids? Before having kids, trekking was one of my favorite activities whenever I used to travel. I still cherish the memories of climbing mountains and hiking through forests with friends, it was bliss. Despite the physical challenges, it is always one of the best ways of relaxing and experiencing new things. I believe every child should trek.

Travel agents nowadays also provide a complete service for the kids while treking. They keep useful stops with some inevitable snacks for them. Also, few games on the way of treking so that kids can enjoy and their trekking journey becomes more interesting. They provide necessary things for kids and also provides first aid facility whenever essential.

If you like to go on the trek but have to take kids with you, it becomes difficult to handle if kids are of small age. Here are some tips you can follow to solve this problem.

  1. Choose your trek destination wisely.
  2. Allow your kids to stretch themselves and be comfortable.
  3. Pack plenty of food and water.
  4. Start your trek early in the morning with all the protection you required.
  5. Take the camera with you, because the snaps you click will help to motivate your kid in future.
  6. Pack a basic first aid kit.
  7. Take plenty of rest when you going on a trek with the kid.
  8. Have a good company and enjoy your trek experience.

Yes, its true your journey might not be that simple when you go for the trek with kids because there are a lot of potential problems involved in it like will they walk? Will they allow a porter car to carry them? And what if they get sick? And many like this but if you take proper care and plan your trip wisely you will surely have a memorable trip.

blogchatterPS: I am participating in the #blogchatterA2Z challenge and today’s letter Is T, so our article is related to trekking with kids.

Sight Seeing with Kids

Everything has beauty in its own but you can feel and know it only when you see it, is what I believe. Be a traveler, not a tourist, try to gain knowledge from it, try new things, meet new people these are some of the keys to understanding this amazing world. This is what you should teach your kids too.

Selfie with FamilySightseeing means the act of visiting and seeing places and objects by people, especially during holidays. Depending on your interest and the distance you can go for sightseeing using any means of transport. Going for sightseeing during weekends and during holidays is followed by a majority of people nowadays.

There are many beautiful sightseeing places in India and each one is just beautiful in its own way. India has most of the ancient and exotic cultures which makes it exciting for sightseeing.  Mumbai city is well-known for beautiful places to visit. I myself a resident of Mumbai enjoy staying here and hardly miss any weekend going for sightseeing with my family especially with my kid.

SelfieBeing a born and brought-up  Mumbaikar, chances are that your school or parents paid homage to every typical sight seeing with kids spot in Mumbai city, but today when asked to our kids they turn up their noses for those places which we loved exploring with our family. Many just throw up with words and say there’s nothing exciting for kids in Mumbai but since I am a Mumbaikar and have visited a majority of places here so know it that Mumbai city is rich in its heritage and uniqueness.

Points to be considered when you are going for Sight Seeing with kids

  1. Choose the best time to go, which is convenient for you and your kids too.
  2. Choose the best place, the place in which your kid is interested.
  3. Be prepared to be flexible, to face new things happen during the journey.
  4. Take necessary stuff of your kids with you for the journey.

When you go for sightseeing on weekends especially with your kids, it means planning much in advance and pacing yourselves differently, no doubt they will have a lot of fun and will even get a chance to gain new experiences. You should take a very comfortable means of transport for traveling. To avoid them becoming a bookworm and to give them live knowledge about different places, you should send your kids to different educational trips.

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family at tajmahal

 There are several benefits of going for sight seeing with kids:

  1. They get a chance to visit new places and gain more knowledge.
  2. When you take them to museums for a visit, they become more familiar with Indian cultures and traditions.
  3. Visiting historical places with your child helps them to expand their knowledge of what they are learning in school.
  4. If your child is very much interested in any of the particular place you visit, ask him/her to carry a notebook to note down the information which he/she learned from that place.

The benefits you and your kids can reap by visiting different places especially nature, historical places and the museums are immeasurable.

PS: I am participating in the #blogchatterA2Z challenge and today’s letter Is S, so our article is related to sight-seeing with kids.

Rides with Kids

Jobs fill your pocket, adventures fill your soul, is a famous saying. It is true for those who love to live life with some adventures and amusement. You should make sure your kids have interest in outdoor play too. Rides with kids make a kid feel relax and refreshed.

Jet SkiesBeing a mother of a six-year daughter I know how crazy kids are today to visit amusement parks and enjoy new and different rides there. From my busy schedule, I have to manage time to take my daughter to the park so that she can enjoy playing rides available there. Yes, it is true it is not possible for everyone to have amusements parks near your residential area because the establishments of amusement parks with new and exciting rides require a lot of areas and also money.

Since I am staying in Mumbai, I find myself pretty lucky in this case because we Mumbaikars are blessed with famous Essel world and Imagica to enjoy several rides for the people of all age groups. Yes, it is not always possible to visit those places frequently but yes we can plan and visit those places with entire family especially with kids. By planning a one day picnic to amusement parks you will get a chance to try and enjoy several rides. I myself feel like going and enjoying the rides which make me live my childhood days again.

For the small children who are not ready for big rides for them, Kiddie rides are available which are especially for small kids. Some of the famous Kiddy attractions nowadays are the Heliport, a unique helicopter tower ride, the Go Gator a friendly kid-sized roller coaster and also a speedway racing car. There are also coin-operated amusements rides which are available at different amusement parks, malls etc where you can take your kids to have a new experience.

Taking your kids for rides involves a lot of risks if not taken proper care of them. The most common way children got hurt is by falling off or against a ride and in that case, they can even hurt their necks, head or can damage their face. Rides at restaurants and malls can be more dangerous for young children because they have a hard surface and lack child restraints.

Jet Skies Not all the kids love rides because many are scared and many don’t have the confidence or some may also have health issues like giddiness and vomiting. So, here at this point, I would like to give few suggestions: Depending on the age of your kid, they are allowed to go on a particular ride so right from the beginning you should make your kid enjoy small rides so that he/she can gain confidence and enjoy rides at every particular age. As a mom, I keep proper note of the strengths and weakness of my kid and then allow her to go on rides accordingly. One should not force your kid if he/she is not interested in rides, as I mentioned before not everyone likes to go on rides.

PS: I am participating in the #blogchatterA2Z challenge and today’s letter Is R, so our article is related to Rides with kid.

Questions asked by kids during Trip

For us, there are Seven Wonders in the World but for the kids, every place is a wonder in their own World. The moment they will see any new thing, they will start questioning you about it till the moment they are not satisfied with your answer. Why? How? What? Where? When? Etc as your child grows, he/she becomes more curious to know about the world. A topic is covered on questions asked by kids during trip.

Sometimes the questions asked by kids during trips have no meaning or have no prescribed answer or are sometimes very funny but still, we have to answer them. At some moment their question might irritate you but you have no other option rather than to answer them.

Not many ask the questions during Trip, their main motto is just to enjoy the trip. As we all know, nowadays the majority of people travel by booking their tickets through the travel agent and loves to travel on a tour. While traveling with the tour with other groups of people and with all arrangements including sightseeing, pick and drop facility, stay and food all included, it becomes much simpler and convenient to enjoy entire tour without any tension.

In such situations when you get all the services without even asking for them, to ask questions during trip minimizes, but in case when you are very much interested to know about the place you are travelling and also related questions, you can definitely ask, not only because you are interested but it is also your right to ask any question you feel to ask during the trip. There are no such limitations or rules for asking questions during Trip, the only thing is your questions must be genuine and should be related to the trip you traveling.

When you are traveling with kids, you will surely be bombarded with lots of questions from them. Today’s generation kids are very smart and are always keen to know about new things and to gain knowledge about it. So, when you are traveling with them you should either keep complete knowledge about the place you are visiting or should take help of someone else’s or of Google to answer their questions. I myself have experienced this, once you finish up giving the answer of one question your child will be ready for the new one.

 

Frequently asked questions by the kids during the trip

Which place is this..?
Why it is so different than ours?
Why people here are dressing like this?
Why the moon is traveling with us?
Why is water of blue color here?
Why the taste of Seawater salty?
Why don’t we dress like them?
Why do we live in big towers, not in small houses? Etc
Why there are so many stars in the sky?
Can we count the stars in the sky..?
Questions asked by Kids during Trip
Likewise, a lot of questions can be asked or even new one which you can’t even imagine. Some of them can be answered fairly or easily, some will make you laugh, some will make you shudder or even some might leave you completely perplexed but one good thing is you will never get bored.

So, before traveling, you should know all the basic information about the place and should also mentally prepare your kid for the trip.  Ps: This article is written as part of the blogchatter challenge on the theme of #travelwithkids and today’s letter is Q and hence my topic for today blog is questions asked by kids during trips.

Peregrination

A Peregrination means a long journey or pilgrimage, especially which is made on foot. This term is mainly used for a journey which is for an extended period of time or is of great distance. A Pilgrim is a wanderer with a purpose. Pilgrim can be to a place but it can also be for a thing. Some also go on a pilgrimage for peace.

People of almost all religion and caste go for Pilgrimage to their own God. People go on Pilgrimage in search of moral or spiritual significance. Indian Pilgrimage is as old as Indian Civilization. There is the number of Pilgrimage places in India. Hindus call the sacred places as tirthas and the action of going on a Pilgrimage to Tirth-yatra.

The number of places for Pilgrimage in India is:

Ajmer Sharif
Chardham (Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri)
Haridwar
Jain Pilgrimage
Nashik
Mathura
Puri
Rameshwaram
Ujjain
Varanasi and many more

In India, there are a lot of people who still peregrinate from one place to another, some because of compulsion and some because of old faith and beliefs. It is believed in ancient time, people used to peregrinate for several days to reach their destination, since there were no vehicles or any way of messaging to your relatives. But, today the scenario is completely different you will hardly find anyone going walking for long distances.

Yes, it is true even today the practice of Peregination is followed by people but in situations like in riots, in any kind of hartal or for fulfilling wishes. Even today where science has developed so many many people still go walking to many religious places.

Schools, colleges and even Parents should motivate youngsters to have a habit of walking. They should be taught to prefer walking instead of the vehicle for a short distance. Seminars and get together should be kept to explain them about the importance of walking in life and its benefit. When asked to go on Pilgrimage to the youngsters living few majorities will say no because they have no idea of what Pilgrimage is and for what reason people go for Pilgrimage?. So, it is the responsibility of we as a Parents to make our kids know about Pilgrimage.

Children’s today if are asked to travel by foot even to the shortest distance, will not be ready to go. Today in such a busy life people are just not interested in wasting time to walk and reach their destination, they prefer to reach with the easiest and the quickest route. With the inventions of modern amenities and fastest route of transport, people have left the choice of peregrinated ignoring all its benefits.

BlogchatterPS: I am participating in the #blogchatterA2Z challenge and today’s letter Is P, so our article is related to Peregrination.

Overnight Travel

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”  by anonymous.

People love to travel at their own comfort. Many people love to travel at night and many don’t like. Different people have a different perspective on this. Presently, with a complete busy life, people nowadays prefer to travel during the night to save their daytime and to utilize their night time. Doesn’t traveling at night always affect your health…? I think it does because night time is the time made for rest, it is the time when the majority of people take rest after a long tiring day so that they can have a fresh and healthy morning a very next day. Overnight travel has both pros and cons.

But there are also some people especially the youngsters they love to travel overnight just for the sake of enjoyment. But isn’t it risky to leave your children to travel overnight..? almost daily we hear the news of drink and drive and rash driving by the youngsters especially during nights. Also, most of the accidents happen during night travel. Yes, it is true you should nurture your child in such a manner that he/she can be independent but care should be taken that they should not cross their limits.

If considering it in a positive manner, Overnight travel turns to be fruitful in many cases. Like, by early arriving in the morning, you have the full day for sight-seeing and on the other hand if you reach in the afternoon or later, your almost half the day is wasted and the remaining day you prefer to stay in the hotel room and take rest. Also in the case of day to day traveling it is better to travel overnight and reach your destination early morning so that you get the entire day to finish up with your work.

What if you have to travel overnight with kids? The situation will be completely different, you will have to think from the point of view of your kids. If kids night sleep is disturbed, your very next day will be completely ruined and so will your trip. So, when you are planning an overnight travel with kids you should take care of few things.

  1. You should make sure your kid is not tired and completes his/her sleep before the day on which you are about to travel.
  2. You should make sure to take kids favorite music albums or lullaby so that they get sound sleep.
  3. Your kids should be completed well before going on a trip.They should be ready to face the situation.
  4. The destination and the mode of transport you choose for overnight travel should be of your kids choice if possible.(they should be comfortable with it.)
  5. If you  have new born or a toddler always make sure you carry essential things .

As with every new day the night comes, with many advantages, the disadvantages cannot be neglected. If not emergency you should avoid night travel especially when you are with kids.

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PS: I am participating in the #blogchatterA2Z challenge and today’s letter Is O, so our article is related to Overnight Traveling.

Navigation

Navigation is the term of art used by navigators to perform navigation tasks. In a broader sense, it means any skill or study that involves the determination of position and direction. There are several navigation techniques which help to locate the navigator’s position. Being a traveler mom ,my most of traveling goes in understanding and navigation. This helps to plan the drive so as to get safe and smoith journey .

Today, because of the presence of satellite navigation and Global Positioning Systems (GPS), to travel by roads have become much simpler. Remember the days when we used to ask directions from roadside tea-stalls or any passing people to reach our destination, but this is not the case today because the electronic gadgets with navigators provide you the views of the even the smallest lanes of the remote locations. Benefits of using navigation:

  1. It gives a real-time location and also enables users to chart routes on your immediate position.
  2. Just you need to type your destination and the device selects the shortest route to reach there.
  3. Traveling to new places becomes easy.
  4. While traveling if you are in need of something or if you are in an emergency, it is easy to find the nearest chemist, ATM’s, restaurants or hospitals or any other service.
  5. Navigation applications have proved to be a handy tool for traveling and searching.
  6. Another great benefit of these applications is connectivity.
  7. The other thing is it saves a lot of your time and gives you a lot of comfort regarding everything.
  8. To help with navigation, there are several applications which are easily available in the market and that too free.

Navigation applications and other uses of smartphones are also used by the kids and youngsters too at a very extreme level. Care should be taken of your kids so that they don’t misuse the service provided by the navigation applications. As we all know every coin has two sides if any modern inventions not used properly and for genuine and known reasons can also prove a curse to you.

PS: I am participating in blogchatter A2Z challenge and today’s letter Is N ,so our articles is related to Navigation  application.

Migration

Migration means moving from one place to another. Like humans, migration is done by birds and even animals, the reason might differ. We human beings migrate with the intention of settling permanently or temporarily in a new location. We migrate often over long distances and from one city, state or country depending on our wish. People may migrate as individuals, in family units or in groups.

It is in human species, even if they have everything, we always desire to have more and to fulfill them people migrate.  Does migration can always prove beneficial….? No, not in all the cases, it affects you and all our relatives in an intense manner.  Yes, it can be beneficial as in if you are very much interested to see and settle down at a new place or have to earn more money but when it comes to staying at your own place with all your relatives, it fully becomes impossible.

Doesn’t migration involves a lot of risk factor..?  Yes, it does because when you are deciding to migrate to some other country, you have to make sure you complete all legal allegations of staying there.  The list of things you have to face when you decide to migrate:

  1. You should be mentally and physically ready to experience and face new challenges in life and should be confident in your decision to migrate.
  2. You should be strong enough to settle down at a new place with new people and new surrounding, etc.

If you have kids, migration from one place to another affects the kids a lot. Once you decide to migrate along with you even the kids have to start their life in a completely new way, with a new place, new school and with new people. They have to leave everything behind just to be with you. So, you should always think about all the circumstances before migrating.

BlogchatterPs: I am participating in the #BlogchatterA2Z challenge and hence today ’s letter is L and my today’s topic is migration with kids.

 

Lakeside night camping with kids

The Scorching Summer heat is on the boom, everyone wishes to have changed and finds the way to beat the heat. I call out everyone who is looking for a unique way rather than visiting the same places everytime, here is an amazing way out for all the travelers looking for something special and for the new experience. It is a night camping at lakeside under the calm and serene sky. In the last month, I with my daughter went to the most famous and untouched location of #NIRVANA. We had a mesmerizing experience with tent stay, Bonfires and Star Gazing.

It was a place away from busy city life, it was a place free from pollution, a place with mindblowing ambiance, a place where you can relax and discover nature at its best,  a place beneath the sky, a place where you can dance to the dhinchak beats with a campfire and acoustic music.

For my daughter Angel, it was her first experience, which turned out to be a memorable one because after returning back from that place almost every weekend she is asking me when we will go back to #NIRVANA place. We enjoyed the scenic beauty of the forest around a campsite. She got a chance to know about flora and fauna present around. The lake water of #NIRVANA was clear and view of several small lakes was very enchanting.

We started our day with the beautiful sunrise, where the sunrays were directly coming on Angel’s face which made her feel refreshed and had a very beautiful morning. After having breakfast we tried the water sports available there, among which kayaking was the best. Some of the local people were busy doing fishing, Angel got a chance to see how people do fishing, which was a new thing for her.

After that, we participated in the number of adventure and other trekking activities. In the evening we saw a beautiful sunset with different colors, with every passing minute Angel’s desire to see and know about new things was increasing. After having dinner the musical night with beautiful songs started under a campfire. After a tiring day when we went to sleep, she was amazed to see a sky full of stars since it was her first experience to see million of stars together.

It is not necessary to visit the same place there are several other options like Bhandarada lake, Pawna lake, Bhivpuri lake etc where you can visit. There are many options to do at Lakeside like you can enjoy doing photography, you can also teach your kids how to make tent house, etc. Camping in the outdoors especially at Lakeside with kids observing the divine beauty of nature can be a relaxing and insightful experience.

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