Big Changes, Home, Random, Special Interest

Move

So, we moved. Again. This is my 13th move in 17 years in the US and frankly, as I tell anybody who listens and even those who only pretend to, I just want to gather some moss already! I am tired and exhausted from being a rolling stone.

Indian Rituals, Traditions, Years are short

Loss

It was two weeks ago yesterday that along with my sisters, I cremated my mother. As feminists who were born to two people who were way ahead of their times in how they chose to raise us, three daughters, conducting all the rituals associated with death including lighting of the funeral pyre was just part… Read More Loss

Contests & Giveaways

Giveaway: ‘Becoming Brilliant’…, a NY Times Bestselling Book now in Audiobook Format

I am excited to announce my very first giveaway – An audiobook based on the New York Times Bestselling Book, “Becoming Brilliant: What Science tells us about raising successful children”.  Enter now for your chance to win a free copy of the audiobook. You may listen to an excerpt from the audiobook here. Time’s running… Read More Giveaway: ‘Becoming Brilliant’…, a NY Times Bestselling Book now in Audiobook Format

Arts & Crafts, Things to do with kids

Homemade, Non-Toxic, Edible Paints for Toddlers with just Three Ingredients

Here’s a recipe for a simple homemade and edible paints (although, why would you want to eat it when you can paint it!?) for little ones when you are stuck at home on a snowy, rainy, or stormy day or are super exhausted, or pregnant with having to find things to do for older toddlers around or just… Read More Homemade, Non-Toxic, Edible Paints for Toddlers with just Three Ingredients

Visits

Ojai, CA: A Wedding, A New Place, A Coughing Family, One Sick Kid, and Old Friends

That pretty much sums up our recent visit to Ojai, CA. The Wedding We were visiting Ojai, some 5-6 hours drive from San Jose, to attend a friend’s wedding. This was only the third wedding I ever attended since moving to the US nearly 17 years ago and I was excited. I love weddings and I… Read More Ojai, CA: A Wedding, A New Place, A Coughing Family, One Sick Kid, and Old Friends

Feelings and Emotions, Motherhood, Second Child

Why I Am Sometimes Envious of Parents with One Kid

I know. I am committing parenting harakiri by speaking the unspoken, writing the unwritten, and by even thinking the unthinkable. Honestly, though, there are times when I have been envious of those with only 1 kid and particularly of those where that one kid is a reasonably older, say 7-8-years old kid. Allow me to explain… Read More Why I Am Sometimes Envious of Parents with One Kid

Education, Indian Parents, Parenting Stereotypes, Reviews

Book Review – Beyond the Tiger Mom: East-West Parenting for the Global Age

In Beyond the Tiger Mom: East-West Parenting for the Global Age, author Maya Thiagarajan examines not only the whys but also the hows that lead to the creation of academically-intense cultures. She provides a unique first person account of living and experiencing education in three cultures. As someone born and raised in India, educated in India… Read More Book Review – Beyond the Tiger Mom: East-West Parenting for the Global Age