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It was a lazy Sunday afternoon.
My daughter was reading a book, I was folding laundry and there was music playing in the background.
I was humming to myself along with the song that was playing, when she looked up from her book and smiled at me. I smiled back and playfully replaced the words in the song I was humming with the words “I love you. You’re the best thing that ever happened to me.”
It was one of those silly, goofy, whim-of-the-moment things. But she beamed. Her smile could have lit up a city block. For a long while after she returned to her book, she still had the smile plastered on her face.
And I couldn’t help but think — we have literally hundreds of simple ways to show our kids that we love them! During simple watercolor moments like these. And during the not-so-simple, definitely-not-watercolor moments as well.
So, I decided to make a list of all the different ways we can show our kids our unconditional love for them… during the times everything is nice and beautiful. And during those other times when things aren’t going quite as well.
Check it out –
For about a year now, I’ve worked with many of you to put together a beautiful, custom-designed, parent-child journal. It is time now for the big unveiling…
Connected Hearts Journal on Kickstarter
The “Executive Summary” Version
And all this while requiring just a few minutes of your time, and done at whatever pace that works for your family’s schedule.
Got elementary school-aged kids? Then you don’t want to miss this!
What Makes the Connected Hearts Journal So Special?
You can walk into any bookstore and pick up a journal. So what makes this journal special? (And why should you absolutely get one for your kids? 🙂 )
The devil is in the details. And we have spared no effort. [Read more…]
Do you believe in the power of stories?
And today, on the almost-3rd anniversary of this blog (it’s on Oct 7th, woot!), I want to share with you a story that has driven some of the biggest decisions of my life in the recent years and helped me turn my life around.
This is a story from my college days.
As many of you know, I was born and raised in India. The culture and lifestyle there, particularly 20+ years back was very different than it is here now.
Back in India, parents fund children’s college years. There are no jobs for students to do to earn an income. You learn to make do with whatever allowance your parents give you.
I am a middle child from a middle class family. My years in college overlapped those of my sisters… first my older sister and then my younger sister. Consequently, the allowances we received were pretty meager.
I didn’t think too much about it at the time though. It was the norm. Most students fell into one of two distinct classes — the “rich” or the “others”.
I firmly belonged among the “others” and for the most part, I was perfectly fine with it.
During the first years of my college I received an allowance of Rs. 800 (USD 12) per month, and a little more in the later years. Out of this Rs. 600 – Rs. 650 would go towards my board (a small room shared with two others), food and electric bills. That left me with roughly Rs. 150 – Rs. 200 (about USD 2.25 – USD 3) to for all other expenses — from books to tampons.
The cost of living in India 20 years back was quite low. But still, Rs. 200 didn’t go very far. Ever the resourceful, we — the “others” — made up with creativity what we lacked in the financial department. [Read more…]
Do your kids sometimes exhibit completely unexpected and irrational behavior?
Heck, do you sometimes do the same?
Psychologists have been studying human behavior and our minds for eons and some of the things they’ve discovered are fascinating.
I love reading about these studies that explain some of our crazy, cooky behavior! And while not all of the studies that I’ve come across are related to parenting, I find that their insights can nevertheless be applied to our day-to-day parenting choices to make us much better parents!
So today, I decided to consolidates some of these studies in one place. I hope you find them as fascinating as I do.
[Note: Want to see more articles based on psychology / neuroscience research? Please leave a comment below to let me know and we will start featuring them more often!]
Alright here we go –