She doesn’t share, but she really does care!

Something that we have been observing abut Rumi in the past few months is that she does not like to share her toys. She enjoys having her friends over and even waits eagerly for them, but once they are here, she grabs every single thing they touch and loads her arms with her balls and…

Raising a “creative” child

For 25 out of the (almost) 30 years of my life I held some very fixed notions about creativity. To me, creative people looked a certain way: crinkly cotton skirts, scarves or stoles, lots of silver jewellery, kajal and a jhola bag. The older ‘Creatives’ wore beautiful saris and blouses and sometimes, these big, pretty…

An Ode to Aunts

Last week, I had my Phuppi (my dad’s sister) staying with us for a few days. Phuppi completely matches the description of the stereotypical Aunts I read about growing up, like Aunt Alexandra in To Kill a Mocking Bird or Aunt Izzie in What Katy Did: she is formidable, sharp-tongued and very spick and span…

So proud to raise a little bookworm!

Abhi and I both love books dearly and this love has reached an all-time high with the birth of Rumi and the entry of picture books in our lives. We gleefully hunt online and get super excited when we see all the beautiful artwork and illustrations in some books and argue over “must-haves”. We’ve caused…

Coping with the Terrible Twos Part 2: On the toddler side

In the previous post I wrote about things that are helping me maintain a semblance of sanity. Here, I’m noting down some tips and ideas that are of help while dealing with Rumi. Temper Tantrums Temper tantrums are a result of and also result in great frustration. Rumi gets frustrated because she wants to do…