All moms want their children to be healthy, no matter if they are newborns or adults. And teaching children healthy habits early on is one thing moms can do to ensure that they stay always healthy. One thing I would like to point out is, when we think of the word “health”, taking care of the body is what comes to our mind.  But as we are now starting to become aware (thanks to the internet and social media), mental health is equally important. In fact, symptoms of mental diseases can also manifest in our body as tiredness, mood swings, dizziness, nausea, etc.  The mind and body have strong interconnection. Therefore, let’s try to place importance on the mental health of children as well. Because both, body and mind, should work hand in hand to make sure that we lead a healthy life.  So, let’s dive in and see some…

You know the cycle. You tell the kids for the third time that it’s bedtime.  But for them, it seems like you are speaking from inside the invisibility cloak of Harry Potter.  They don’t hear you or bother to show any signs of listening as well. You raise your voice and suddenly they hear you.  The next time comes and the only difference is you have to yell harder.  You get caught up in the yelling cycle and kids also get used to your yelling that they get trained to act only when you are shouting like a mad person.  How tiring it is! WHY DO PARENTS YELL AT KIDS? Parents yell when we become overwhelmed by the emotions that arise as a result of kids repeating the same pattern of misbehaviors.  We also yell because that helps us to get their attention which otherwise seems hard to get. Or sometimes…

“You never buy me anything, you’re always like this”, my daughter told me. It was hard to hear, even harder to fight the overwhelming feeling of guilt. “Am I not doing enough for her?” “Am I limiting her desires too much?” These thoughts always race in my mind. Then I look at if her basic needs are met. I can see that they are. Don’t we do enough for her leisure? Yes, we do. I try to accept the fact that being a mean mom is better than being an extravagant one because that helps my kids to be happy about what they have. But her words make me realize that I need to put in more effort to teach my daughters about gratitude. Kids should be taught to feel gratitude and appreciate the hard work we put in to raise them and provide for their needs. BENEFITS OF TEACHING GRATITUDE…

It can seem like your kids are the best friends in the world one minute and the next minute they’re fighting like cats and dogs.  They hate each other so much that you wonder if you hate your life too.  Getting siblings to be best friends would be a bonus we would love, but most parents hope that they can at least live with each other peacefully. SO, IS SIBLING RIVALRY NORMAL? Absolutely. Sibling rivalry is a normal part of family life. If you have siblings, you can think back and remember how the squabbles were a part of your daily life.  In fact, conflicts will be a part of human life as long as you live with other human beings under a roof. It need not be a sibling, but can be any other person – spouse, parents, friends or anyone else.  When we have to share our belongings…

Do you drool over the pictures of those clutter-free white marble homes in the home decor magazine? Do you think it’s not possible for you to keep your home tidy like that because of the stuff you have? Don’t be discouraged thinking only those big homes can look organized and clutter-free. No matter if you have a big home or a small one, you can keep it clutter-free if you make the following decluttering habits a part of your life (yes, even if you have kids). WHY SHOULD YOU FORM DAILY DECLUTTERING HABITS? You want to make it a habit because decluttering only once in a while will not keep your home tidy. Decluttering should be an ongoing daily process. Making it a daily habit works, because we want our homes to always look tidy, not once in a month when you do the purging. You might think it…

I am a mom of two girls. I remember like it was yesterday when I brought my firstborn to home seven years ago, not having much clue about the journey ahead. Nothing I read or learned from people could prepare me for the real experience. To experience motherhood in its glory, you have to live it. It is an adventure that stretches you beyond your comprehension. When I see moms of boys and their challenges, I can’t help but wonder if raising one gender is easier or tougher than the other. I consulted moms who have kids of both genders, and what I could conclude was there are equal challenges when it comes to raising both girls and boys and it changes according to different parenting seasons, ages and their personalities. (If you have a different opinion, do share in the comments below. I am curious!) Boys are usually more…

A mom’s life can be a constant wish to see her children all grown up, and at the same time cry over how they grew up so fast. We want them to do things on their own, but at the same time miss it when they longer need us.  We all want to raise independent children, there’s no doubt about it. But I have noticed that sometimes I tend to do certain tasks for them long after they are grown enough to do it on their own.  Teaching independence and letting them take control over their activities doesn’t mean you are neglecting them. In fact, teaching independence and important life skills is one of the best gifts we can give our children.  WHY IS IT IMPORTANT FOR A CHILD TO BE INDEPENDENT? Teaching a child to be independent is important because it teaches them to think for themselves, be self-reliant and…

If you are into green cleaning, knowing how to clean with vinegar is a must.  By the way, what is green cleaning? According to Wikipedia,  “Green cleaning refers to using cleaning methods and products with environmentally friendly ingredients and procedures which are designed to preserve human health and environmental quality. Green cleaning techniques and products avoid the use of products which contain toxic chemicals, some of which emit volatile organic compounds causing respiratory, dermatological and other conditions.” Learning green cleaning hacks will help us use products that are safe for our environment, our household and our family.  Using the common items you have in your pantry like white vinegar, baking soda, lemon, and soap, you can get rid of stubborn stains from your clothes, deodorize bad-smelling bathrooms, cut through tough grease, and make your house sparkling clean. Sometimes, these products alone can do the job, and sometimes you have to…

So often we underestimate what kids can do. If we can withstand some messiness and slow work kids can be amazing helpers in our home.  Not only being helpful, research by Marty Rossmann, emeritus associate professor of family education at the University of Minnesota, shows that involving children in household chores from a young age can have a positive impact later in life.  Her study also shows that the age at which a child starts participating in household tasks has an impact on their success later in life.  The earlier they start, the better.  WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF KIDS DOING CHORES? They learn to be independent Parents are not going to be around for lifelong. So they need to know how to take care of themselves without the constant help from a parent. They learn to be responsible By involving kids in household chores, they learn that it is…

We want to raise kids who are equipped to face the harsh realities of the world. We may not be able to control every aspect of our children’s lives and solve every problem for them. And even if we can, it is not recommended. Instead, we are capable of giving them life skills to cope with the problems that come their way. We can give them the tools, let them do the work. WHY SHOULD WE TEACH LIFE SKILLS TO CHILDREN? Many parents, especially helicopter parents, have the tendency to control all the situations and outcomes in their children’s lives. Such children grow up to be less confident about facing the challenges in life.  What we need is to raise independent, confident and self-sufficient kids who have the ability to think for themselves and solve the problems they have to face in life.  And how can you, as a mother,…