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After living in the US for 8 years, I moved back to Mumbai with my family in June’18. As a mother of two young children who almost always want to go out and play, Mumbai’s air is a big concern for me. It’s funny how the outdoors was seen as a great place for inhaling fresh air. But now, we can’t let our children out for too long without masks. It is sad and unfortunate that things are getting further complicated than this. In the recent two months, I have had to rush to the pharmacy more than ever before because of their abnormal sneezing and frequent complaining about a burning sensation in their eyes and throat. It was heart wrenching to see my otherwise healthy 8-year-old on inhalers and nebulisers. Initially, I suspected it to be an effect of the changing seasons but after multiple visits to the doctor, I know better. The presence of extremely harmful pollutants in the air is the main reason behind the allergy-like symptoms amongst children. This is when I started researching air pollution. I realized that our children are the most affected by air pollution because, for their body size, they breathe more air and also spend more time playing outside. But that was....
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If you’re used to just being a parent and seeing your kids off to school every morning, the current lockdown situation that’s affecting everyone around the world might have come as a shock. You love the idea of being able to send your kids off to school so that you can focus on the role of being a parent.
Now, though, you’ve been thrust into a new role of having to help them learn from home – and it’s not easy. You’re still adjusting to it, and so are they. However, it can get easier as time goes on....
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If you are a mother and working, you would be struggling day in and day out to find that elusive work-life balance. With too little time on your hands to too much to be done, it can sometimes be a nerve wrecking experience. Whether you work out of choice or out of necessity, there will be some days when you will begin to question your choices. For women juggling with these double roles, there can never be enough hours in a day to finish chores in hand. In this write up, we have tried to put together some lifesaving hacks in one place, hoping that some of them will work for you and save you from going insane.
Cooking Hacks For The Working Mom
Plan the menu in advance Good things tend to come to those who are organised, and that is a fair truth. Chalk out what you are going to cook when well in advance for a week, involve your kids and spouse, go shopping the same day and take a breather. Now you do not have to brainstorm every evening finding something to cook for dinner, and then rush to the supermarket because you forgot that key ingredient on today’s menu is already out
A stay-at-home-mom, or SAHM, is actually into a full time profession, taking care of a home, a baby, a husband and even in-laws. It demands the best of abilities, juggling through various responsibilities, with no week offs or paid leaves. You cannot postpone things to tomorrow, and everything is done with love – no nose screwing or swearing. It is a 24/7 job, and sometimes, even considered thankless. Many women make a conscious decision to let go of their career goals, simply because they want to provide the best environment at home to the kids, and not missing anything in the growing up years. A home is where a child gets his first education, his first lessons and the very first experiences. Being a SAHM comes with sweet rewards and tough challenges, and, yes, it is just not easy to be a multitasking Guru all the time.
Some tips to enjoy these years –
A Must Have Routine – Make sure you have a routine. Breakfast, lunch , snack and TV time and some activities will make you feel that you have....
A new baby takes most of your time leaving you exhausted and tired. Making time for love and romance could seem to be a distant dream for most new parents, but if you look at it, these are the very things that will relax and calm you as well. Though sex is the last thing on a new parent’s mind, once you are ready and up for it, we’d say you should venture out. That is because sex relaxes and rejuvenates your body like nothing else, plus it strengthens the bond between the two of you.
When Is It Safe To Have Sex After A Baby?
The general recommended waiting time is about 4 weeks if you have had a delivery without any bruises or injuries. In the latter case, it is advised to wait till 6 weeks or until your doctor gives a thumbs up. Though you can still cuddle, hug, kiss and feel close to each other, it is strictly advised not to indulge in penetration till the time you are bleeding. This is because while you are dealing with Lochia, you also run high for a risk of hemorrhage or uterine infection. It is also common to....
A first time father! It is daunting to even think about becoming a new father. This experience is almost as terrifying for men as it is for women. It can be argued that women are the ones who actually go through the pain and effort of carrying and delivering the baby, not men. But it is a life changing experience for men too. Nothing is ever going to be the same once they are on their way to becoming a father It is good for expectant fathers to talk to someone, a close friend or family member. They can clear their doubts and understand exactly what they need to do to make the journey memorable for both partners. Taking tips from someone who has gone through it recently is a good way to gear up! Contrary to belief, men also go through emotional ups and downs when the wife is pregnant. They are equally scared and nervous about pregnancy and childbirth. It is stressful for them as well. But if they keep in mind a few simple tips,, it will be a comfortable experience. Here are a few of them:
Mental readiness: It is very important to be mentally ready to the fact that you are going to become a new father. Men should take time out and gear up for the....