Tag: toddler

When your preschooler teaches you about compassion!

Manasi and Aadya might want anything and everything under the sun .. otherwise.. but when they are sleepy, they just want the warmth of Amma touching them .. just my hand would do!

It is such moments when they put their hands around my neck .. that I call … 😍 Complete Bliss! ❀️❀️❀️

So I have a rowdy of a younger daughter Manasi πŸ˜…

She decided she wanted to read a book ..

She was calling okay yelling Aaddhaaa aaddhaaa addhaaa .. who by the way was sitting right next to her ..

Aadya was seeking my attention..

I smile 😊 and tell A .. see Manasi is calling out to you .. just like you are calling me ..

She smiled .. and turned towards Miss Manasi.

So Manasi apparently also decided for her Akka that Akka MUST read THE book she pre-decided.

She shoved the book to Aadya and told her to read..

I smiled at my elder daughter’s inconvenience because just the scene where miss A puts me in .. like every hour 😝

Now Aadya let herself an uncomfortable smile and sat down to read ..

I didn’t know how to react to this now .. for a moment ..

Aadya wanted to do something with me .. but sat down with her sister to satisfy her ..

I really felt guilty that she stopped doing something what she wanted maybe because I prodded her to listen to what her sister wants to say to her ..

So I told her ..

it’s okay if you don’t want to read .. you can tell Siva that you wouldn’t be able to read along with her ..

Now my elder daughter surprised me .. overwhelmed me ..

Amma it’s okay .. Siva will feel bad right .. So I will sit down and read πŸ€—


Wow! Aadya always has lessons for me on compassion, empathy and love! She just always does!

I always feel blessed to have such a love-filled soul enter my life! ❀️

P.S. My little stubborn toddler younger daughter refused to allow A to pick any other book! And poor thing just stuck to it for good 15 minutes .. because apparently

It’s okay Amma! Siva will feel bad!

Now after all this .. I just have to share .. Manasi adores Aadya like nobody!

Right from the womb where she used to always respond to Aadya by kicking .. to start looking up to the little big sister, following her 😎 to forgetting her own woes if Aadya is crying and pacifying her😍😘!

I so so love their bond – the sibling bond! πŸ’•

This is that book that Miss Siva Manasi picked up for Miss Sree Aadya 😁

Also we are finally setting up Montessori space at my moms place 😎


An ex-skater’s take on skating for children today

I was asked to post about skating for kids on one of my favorite parenting groups and I did an elaborate post on it. So decided to share the same here and would be editing more in a while πŸ™‚
I have been a national skater .. Roller hockey player(more precisely)
I was introduced to skating when I was 4/5, was given a break and reintroduced at 10 years .. Again πŸ™‚
So I know a lot of my friends were into skating since they were 3 ..

My dad was keen about sports .. So we were always playing/exploring/learning some sport or the other ..
We took skating as a sport – it was an integral part of our life ..
Activity is different from a sport ..

We were trained properly for skating .. If we had to do 1hr of skating .. It was always 1 hr or even more preparing for it, warm up, exercises, flexibility, crunches and so on ..

Sometimes skating was just skipped πŸ™‚
What I wanted to emphasise is .. Our bodies were prepared for skating .. (Since i have been hearing in the groups that legs being not strong enough and all — i really can’t comment on this because we had dedicated coaches and they took care that we were strong and developed us )
Also there are techniques as to how we should be skating ..

1. Β you would need jonex skates with the brake removed .. to start with and would move on to quads, inline ..

You get the jonex skates in any sports shops .. Plastic skates are a dud and a big NO-NO πŸ™‚

Attaching the pic of jonex .. These are size-adjustable as well

2. You would need bend your knees and skate ..

3. You need to learn to fall first i.e fall on your bums πŸ˜†

4. You would need to learn balancing on 1 leg at time first and then both the legs ..

5. You would need to learn to brake πŸ™‚

6. You are ready to go πŸ™‚

Skating is/was always fun .. We used to cover places on skates .. Hockey is any day fun to watch or play πŸ™‚

Thank you Amruta Ramsubramaniam for asking me to post πŸ™‚ nostalgic .. πŸ™‚ Much love ❀️


Matching colors – a rainbow wheel

Well,Β  well after this colourful popsicle sticks, lil A definitely took to learning colours and now she can name almost 10 colours πŸ™‚ I really did not have time for more activities, but that did not deter her enthusiasm πŸ™‚

She loved mom colouring and she took to learning the names (of the colours) of those colour pencils.
And then she simply got bored with all her toys since a week .. Every single toy I bring out, She tells me “Amma idhi vaddhu amma, inkoti kaaavaali ammmmaa” (not this, another one please) and these days she is diligently packing up and giving away to me as well. So much for trying to set up discipline and responsibility. (She is doing this only when she is not happy with the toys u see πŸ˜› not everytime πŸ˜‰ )

All the toys i stocked here at Vizag are exhausted and she wanted new ones. So I decided to do a couple of DIY activities for her today…

She went out to beach with my promise that a new game would await her by the time she returns ..
I loved the look on her face with my mention of new game .. Absolute ecstasy.. but what amused me was the look on the father, my hubster .. he seemed utterly delighted as well πŸ˜€

Coming to activity #1, I had some coloured wooden pegs lying around and the amazon hauls have left me with lot of cardboard πŸ˜‰

So I decided a simple rainbow wheel with crayons and those wooden pegs for her to match ..

I still have to see how good she can handle those pegs, but definitely a good one to start.

rainbow wheel 1

And then here you go the final finished piece of rainbow wheel.

And then this is not the end of the story. Do you want a dash of expectation vs reality mishap? Here you go πŸ˜‰ what Aadya decided to do with the rainbow wheel?
Oh spin it like a wheel anf that too .. like a boss!!!! πŸ˜ŽπŸ˜…







2 piece puzzles

I wanted puzzles for little A since long but as soon as she turned 2 I just had to get them ..

See the haul for both of us πŸ˜‰

But A was clearly irritated seeing she couldn’t solve them ..

Then I realized she needed something simple to start with to get her interested in puzzles .. I browsed over toddler puzzles and saw that clearly I was over enthusiastic about the whole thing. She definitely had more time for these 3,4,5 piece puzzles!!

Then i came up with these simple DIY puzzles.
All i needed was a black sketch, crayons, cardboard(online shopping comes handy here) and a white paper πŸ™‚ and then of course a toddler who dint mind clumsy work!! I really love her for that !!

And viola to start with 3 basic drawings and my 2 piece puzzles for A are ready !😎

That look of absolute delight from A is priceless.. Any day!! πŸ™‚






Fishing experience from scraps

This has been on my mind forever!!
But somehow was putting it off .. Forever πŸ™‚

Today I felt like treating lil’ A and there you go .. It just took me 15 min
I used left over foam sheets, eyelets, Popsicle stick and A’s thread that has been lying forever, of course a magnet as well .. And to punch the eyelets home … the ginger smasher πŸ™‚
Wasn’t it easy breathy πŸ™‚ and needless to say Aadya LOVED it!!
Attaching the pic of a small box i made from scraps to hold my toddler crayons which doubled up to make a fish tank!!

Thoroughly this has been made from scraps πŸ˜€







ο»ΏColours, popsicle sticks and a toddler

My little daughter refuses to acknowledge colours πŸ™‚
Of course its a toddler we are talking about ..

How to familiarize when pointing to the routine objects dint help and I couldn’t do those so very interesting but painstaking crafts for her ?!
I got hold of crayons and found some popsicle sticks lying around.

I thought why not a simple matching activity for her? It wouldn’t be too overwhelming and its very easy peasy for me as well πŸ˜€
So I just had fun colouring them when she went for a stroll and when she was back she was excited πŸ™‚
And I could finally make her interested in colours ..

So I think keep it simple mommy ! does the trick πŸ™‚
There you go my little craft .. And I always feel if I could do something, ANYBODY can do it πŸ™‚

I feel water colors would do more justice for even colouring but I did utilise what was available πŸ˜› and definitely little A did not notice πŸ˜€

I have some more activities in mind with these popsicle sticks .. Will post them when I get to do them..in action πŸ™‚






Everyday aadya has been biting me .. And i writhe in pain ..
Today she was extra cautious .. Looking into my face if I was in pain .. And trying to feed
TRYING to be gentle ..

Must be tough .. For moms milk was the most tastiest for her and resisting that for mommas pain .. Takes a lot .. Of compassion and love for Amma <3
Oh so much to learn from my darling