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Parenting through a pandemic

Parenting through a pandemic.

A string of words we never thought we would use together.

A string of words we never imagined would become a way of life.

Ever since the authorities announced the coronavirus lockdown in March this year, life as we knew came to a sudden stop. Anxiety, uncertainty, fear and exhaustion loomed large. And to top it all, the relentless demands of parenthood.

Raise your hand if keeping a sense of calm has been your biggest parenting challenge the past few months. We hear you!

Three whole months of isolation and now we are finally seeing some ray of light as the rules get relaxed in a phased manner. However the need of the hour is to stay cautious and observe guidelines as we navigate through this new reality.

This enforced slowdown has made us realize that resilience begins with letting go of the “perfection” in parenting. Here is looking at some of the most important parenting lessons that we take with us for the future.

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Eight tips to be a better work from home mom

When I tell people that I am a work from home mom there are typically two kinds of responses.

“Wow, that is amazing. You get to choose when you want to work, such flexibility is really awesome!”

or

“WHAAATT??! How do you manage? Isn’t it stressful to work with a toddler in the same house and no nanny!?”

My response to both is only one and the same. *Nod head and smile broadly* simply because both are right. I used to be a freelance writer even before my son came into the picture. Purely because I enjoyed writing, it was only a side hustle along with my actual full-time corporate job. I really didn’t have to do much of planning and prioritizing back then because there would also be weekends or pockets of leisure time where I could just grab a coffee and sit down to write. It was purely on my terms and deadlines didn’t seem so intimidating.

The arrival of the offspring completely changed the rules of the game. The son was 9 months old when I decided to be a work from home mom. Things were exciting in the beginning and I was enjoying doing something unrelated to diapers and milk bottles, I kept at it. I silently applauded myself for being able to juggle all the balls that I wanted to.

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Green living begins at home

With the initiative #saynotoplastics gathering momentum, it is indeed heartening to see your neighbourhood restaurant using recycled newspaper bags and supermarket stocking eco friendly goods. Even the local tea vendor has replaced his plastic cups with steel ones. This naturally poses a relevant question – What about YOU?

Children learn by imitation and their little minds fast absorb what they see around them. As parents the onus is on us to introduce them to an eco friendly lifestyle as early as possible. 

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Kerala Thorthu: One creative idea helps revive a dying trade

Visit an average Malayalee household and you will be amazed at the conspicuous presence of the thorthu (used to imply ‘towel’ in Malayalam) in day-to-day life. Right from using it as a bath towel, kitchen towel, doubling up as a turban or even a travel accessory, the thorthu lends itself in more ways than one. The fabric is light, durable and easy to maintain, not to mention effortless packaging and transporting.

Lately this thorthu from God’s own country, Kerala, has found its patrons across the globe as well. A recent feature in leading American celebrity magazine, People, featured the thorthu as a travel accessory. The journey of this humble fabric from the vast lands of Kerala to the wardrobes of the rich and famous can be attributed to the hardwork and dedication of the women at Kara Weaves. A creative venture with a social cause, Kara Weaves works with co-operatives to create fair trade hand woven textiles in south-west India. They partner with local weavers and each product is made from very ancient local fabrics that are hand-made at traditional wooden looms. The word Kara denotes border in Malayalam and the name was used with reference to the colourful borders of the thorthu fabric. Started in January 2007, Kara Weaves stands for the love for handmade products and the people who make them.

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