Sunday, December 12, 2021

What you should know about the ideal growth of children


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As mothers, we worry about our children’s height, weight, and growth. Did you know that 1 out of 3 kids in India has stunted growth and 1 out of 5 kids face nutrient deficit?

For healthy growth, the child needs to have:

  •     Healthy weight
  •     Proper brain function
  •     Fewer illnesses
  •     Physical activity

We want them to get proper nourishment which helps them in their growth. I am worried about my son’s growth as well. He is five years old now and a fussy eater. So when I was invited to attend the virtual launch of the brand new PediaSure, I was super excited. In the launch, I got to know in more detail about the aspects that contribute to the overall growth of children and some answers to my worries!

The three most important factors influencing growth in children are:

Genetic Factors:

Genes play a very important role in children’s growth.If the parent’s genes are healthy then definitely the child will also have healthy genes. Genes determine the physical traits and the likelihood of getting certain diseases and conditions from a parent.

Environmental Factors:

The environment is the surroundings where one lives. If one’s surroundings are not clean, then definitely the child will not grow properly. An unclean environment can lead to many diseases which will hamper the growth of children.


Last but not least, the right nutrition is very important for proper growth in children. A child should have adequate nutrients which are also called:

  •  Macronutrients or energy-yielding nutrients – carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.
  •    Micronutrients or non-energy yielding nutrients – vitamins, minerals, and water.

An interesting point to note is that children’s heightdoubles from the time they are born till they are 4 years old.From 4-6 years the height is 2.5 times. 60% of adult height is achieved by the time the child is 6 years old. Hence it becomes even more vital that they receive proper nutrition during this period.

During the launch, I learnt that the new PediaSure has Arginine and Vitamin K2 in addition to other vital nutrients.

What are Arginine and Vitamin K2?

Arginine is an amino acid that is a well-known growth hormonestimulator. And Vitamin K2 supports bone health and bone growth. These added nutrients will enable my son to grow healthy and so I am looking forward to giving him the new PediaSure for maximized growth.

 The new PediaSure offers a complete balanced nutrition with 37 nutrients.

But like I said - my son is a fussy eater. After attending the launch of the new PediaSure, I realized that I was forcing my son to eat all the time. This is why he dislikes food. So I am going to follow a few tips I got from the experts at the PediaSure launch to make his journey and mine more fun:

  • Involve children in the kitchen :

While preparing food, involve children in the process of cooking. Give them small jobs of peeling boiled potatoes, shelling boiled eggs, and peas. This will make them interested in the ingredients and will encourage them to eat.

  • Important growth hacks:

Chop vegetables very finely and hide them in different curries, pasta sauce, pulao. Make vegetable purees and mix in the dough of rotis.

 I’m constantly looking for ways to make my son eat healthy because the right nutrition at this age is crucial to help him reach all growth parameters. Being a part of the launch helped me address many of my concerns about his growth. Tell me, did this resonate with you and what steps do you follow so your children meet the ideal growth parameters?





Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Book Review - Desire: A slow burn, interracial romance (Train to Temptation Series 1)

 Book Review

Title -   Desire: A slow burn, interracial romance (Train to Temptation Series 1)

Author - Anna C

Format - Kindle

No. of pages - 221

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Blurb :

Orphaned heiress Chandni Upadhyay is running from the mother of all cliches - an evil stepmother and a forced marriage with her villainous nephew. Her cobbled together escape plan is limping along until she ends up in the wrong seat on the train.
American photographer Steve Paxton has many secret demons to fight but all he really wants, in that moment, is his window seat. One that is occupied by a very beautiful and very annoying young woman.
From unwilling travel partners to unexpected friends and finally, explosive lovers, Steve and Chandni are on the ride of a lifetime.
Steamy daydreams, weird co-passengers and shady hotels are just par for the course. Until the day Chandni's past catches up with her and drags her back, kicking and screaming.
Will their temporary relationship stand up to scheming family, past grief and their own insecurities? Or will they finally accept that there was nothing 'temporary' about them at all?

Why I read the book:

I am big fan of thriller books but lately I've starting liking romance novels. I had heard a lot about Anna C's books. When I saw this book, I really wanted to read it. Also the blurb intrigued me. 

My review :

This book is very similar to a bollywood movie with romance, action and drama but is still unique. I loved the fact that the author has portrayed Chandni took a strong decision to run away from the evil step mother. She didn't portray her as a weak woman. Also Anna C has clearly brought out how women are treated still in India where they are forced into marriage and are still not treated well in small towns. Chandni took a risk of her life but she wanted to run away from the evil step mother and start a life of her own. She had the courage to do so. There are still so many girls whose dreams are crushed by their families and are forced into marriage to men who are double their age or beat their wives. Although a romance novel, this book has a strong message for women to be independent and listen to their heart, dare to dream and strive to achieve them. They should have the guts to break away from the stereotype shackles of the society. Also, they should be able to report abuse. 

The plot is interesting. An American photographer and an Indian meet for the first time the circumstances lead them to like each other. I loved the romantic chemistry between the two.  All in all a light and an easy read. 

What I didn't like:

Certain parts seemed a little dragged and predictable. 

Anna C is a new romance writer on the block, promising to bring you a sizzling romance novel every month to your kindle!

Rating : 4/5

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Sunday, September 26, 2021

Mental health during pregnancy

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Pregnancy is a blessing and a beautiful phase on a woman's life but for some women pregnancy can be very stressful. A woman goes through lots of emotional, physical and hormonal changes.  
She needs love, care and support.  Some women do not get the required support and as a result they suffer from depression. 

Pregnant women should also keep a look out for the signs which can lead to depression.
A pregnant woman should seek professional help.

  • Negative thoughts which effect you day to day functions and mobility.
  • Don't feel like getting out of the bed for days.
  • Get cold sweats, panic attacks and anxiety.
  • You either eat too  much or don't eat at all.
  • You have mood swings and you snap at people.
Tips for managing mental well being :

Seek help:
One should realize that it's not wrong to ask for help. If you feel any one of the above symptoms, reach out to your family and friends for help. Talk to them, and if need get medical help. 

Prioritize yourself:
Most of the times, women multitask and do not think about themselves. It is very important to take care of oneself especially during pregnancy. It is important for a pregnant woman to get adequate rest and nutrition.

Pamper yourself:
Pregnancy is the time to indulge and do things which you otherwise wouldn't have done. Get massages, spas m pedicure and manicure done. This will make you feel good and will also rejuvenate you.

Take out time for a hobby:
Take out at least 30 minutes a day for a hobby. It could be as simple as reading books or listening to music.

Don't compare yourself to other pregnant women:
Each pregnancy is different and each body is different. Do not compare yourself to other pregnant women. Concentrate on yourself and listen to your doctor's advise.

Try to attend antenatal classes:
Take out some time and attend antenatal classes . You will learn different breathing exercises and also they have Councillors who will help you clear all pregnancy related queries.

This article is a part of Blogchatter's cause a chatter 

Thursday, September 23, 2021

How should caregivers take care of their mental health ?

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A person who has a mental illness needs constant support from his family and friends. In extreme cases, there is a caregiver for a person who is suffering from a mental illness. In extreme cases the caregiver is with the patient all day long. Although they are doing one of the noblest deeds but sometimes it can be very stressful. A caregiver has to take care of their own health first. Taking care of a person with an mental illness can physically and mentally drain a person. 

The mental and physical stress can take an extreme toll on a person's health if not monitored at the right time.

Signs of a caregiver stress are as follows:

  • Getting frustrated easily:

A person doesn't realize but getting irritated or frustrated for every small thing is a sign of stress. If it is not treated at the right time, it can take lead to severe mental illnesses.

  • Feeling tired all the time:

A caregiver's job is not easy but if a caregiver doesn't take care of their own health first then they can harm their own health too. 

  • Feeling sad:

feeling sad without any reason is also a sign of  stress. A caregiver should be aware of their own mood swings too and take help at the right time. 

  • Gaining or losing weight:

To take care of a person with a mental illness demands to take care of the patient all day. Sometimes it can be overwhelming. The caregiver doesn't realize that it effects their mental health too. When a person is emotionally stresses, they either eat a lot or in some cases don't eat at all. Gaining and losing weight are also a sign of caregiver stress. Eating too much can lead to obesity which is a major cause of many serious health problems like heart diseases and diabetes.

  • Not being able to get enough sleep:

The caregiver needs to be properly rested in order to take care of a person with a mental illness. If the caregiver doesn't get enough sleep at night for days together is also a sign of caregiver stress.

Steps to deal with caregiver stress:

  • Ask for help:

Although a caregiver takes a responsibility of taking care of a person with mental illness but they should be open to accept help wherever needed. For example, a caregiver can ask a friend to get groceries, or run an errand. This gives the caregiver some time off and they can concentrate on other things.

  • Take care of their own health:

They should make a conscious effort to take care of their own diet, sleep , overall health and fitness.They should have a healthy diet and drink plenty of water.

  • Take time for themselves:

Caregivers should take out at least one hour in a day for themselves. During this time, they should only concentrate on the things that they like to do. For example, read a book,listen to music, watch a show or talk ti a friend. Sometimes just sitting without doing anything can also relax a person.

  • Make to do lists:

Being organized always helps. Making to do lists helps you complete tasks faster and one doesn't get overwhelmed with work.

  • Get regular health check ups:

A caregiver should also get their regular health check ups done and should inform the doctor if there are any symptoms of depression or anxiety.

Remember, if you don't take care of yourself, you will not be able to take care of anyone else!

This article is a part of Blogchatter's cause a chatter 

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Tips not to over eat when you are depressed




            Think of a time when you felt extremely tensed or anxious about something? That is definitely not a good feeling. Also, have you noticed that you tend to eat more without realizing when you are emotionally drained

Let us discuss  a few reasons why people tend to over eat when they are depressed:

Food can be comforting:

When someone is going through a rough patch emotionally, whether related to relationships - personal or professional, career or financial problems, eating could be calming. Eating food high in sodium or sugar can comfort you. Although they are very high in calories but can be soothing to someone who is felling emotionally very low.

Binge eating:

Anxiety or emotional stress causes a person to binge eat which means that a person tends to eat food even though he doesn't require the calories.

Food can act as a distraction:

When a person doesn't want to think about the situation that is causing him anxiety, he tends to eat more and the food becomes his distraction. Thinking about food or eating food tends to distract him from the present situation.

It becomes a habit :

What started as a small phase of overeating tends to become  a habit if the person doesn't stop at the right time.

These were a few reasons why people tend to overeat if they are feeling low. Let us see  a few ways of how to reduce these triggers:

Seek Help:

If you are feeling low and depressed reach out to your family , friends or seek profession help. It is very important to create awareness that talking about mental health is absolutely normal.

Think before you eat:

It is very easy to overeat. But one should think before they eat. In the beginning one tends to over eat or eat at odd times to calm himself but eventually it becomes a habit and overeating is not good for health.

Try out a new hobby:

It is always good to have a hobby which will rejuvenate you when you are feeling low instead of overeating. It could be reading, singing, gardening, painting, cooking , anything that makes you feel better.

Do not bring food that tempts you in the house:

Even if you are feeling depressed do not bring food to the house that will eventually lead you to gain weight.

This article is a part of Blogchatter's cause a chatter 

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Friday, July 2, 2021

Montessori and Play Based Learning

Montessori and Play Based Learning

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" Play is the work of a child." - Maria Montessori

Play in a layman's term means : " An activity engaged in for enjoyment and recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose". Play for parents means letting their children go out in the open and play a sport or a game. Indoor play could be playing board games or playing with toys. It means enjoying in the fields and outdoor, hanging from trees and playing in mud. 

Dr. Maria Montessori observed that the children learnt better through play. Children have a very short attention span and if they are given something which interests them , then they focus on it and learn independently. She believed that the traditional method of learning from text books is not beneficial for their overall growth. She was a strong believer of children learning from self discovery and without a direction of teacher. A teacher should act a guide and guide children when needed.

Montessori toys are designed in such a way that a children learns something from each toy. There are rods, beads , puzzles, blocks and lots of other open ended toys specifically designed for their holistic development. 

Through Montessori method of education, Dr. Maria emphasized :

The traditional method of education can be monotonous and boring. Play is fun, engaging and children can use their own innovation to create a lot of things.

 Play brings in a lot of freedom for the child to create on his own. It involves a lot of thinking and patience whereas in traditional teaching, the child doesn't have to think at all. The teacher provides the notes and the child has to follow the teacher's instructions.

Learning through play motivates children to create something on their own. They learn to create their own processes of what they are doing along the way. This helps to improve their cognitive skills and patience. In traditional learning, the children learn whatever the teacher tells them to learn. They do not use their own innovation to create something new.

The children are given the freedom to move around freely and choose their work stations. The different activities are set up by the teachers, for eg. sensory bins, kitchen set, wooden toys, puzzles, blocks. The child has the freedom to choose what he wants to work with everyday. The Montessori method also gives the freedom to the child either to work individually or in groups.

Learning through play helps them in developing their social skills too. The child is allowed to interact with his peers and can also get motivated to work better by seeing his peers.

Montessori method of education allows children develop their problem solving skills too. If a child makes an error, he tries to rectify himself rather than wait for the teacher to do it for him.

Learning through play opens a lot of horizons for children. It teaches them to become independent and confident individuals which helps them in the future too.

 ‘This post is a part of Blogchatter Half Marathon.’

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Montessori and Mixed Age Classrooms

Montessori and Mixed Age Classrooms 

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A Montessori Classroom is very different from a regular classroom . A mixed age classroom is one of the most important principles of Montessori method of education. Dr. Maria Montessori believed children learn better from their peers rather than a teacher. Mixed age classrooms usually cater to students from the age of 3-6 years , 6-9 years and so on. 

Dr. Maria Montessori observed that a young children definitely looks up to older children and try to do what the older children are doing. Even if they are not able exactly do what the older child has done, still they put in a lot of effort to do it.

Importance of Mixed Age classrooms :

Helps in developing Leadership qualities in older children :

In today's day and it is very important to work together in teams or groups. In teams, everyone has to listen to the team leader and report to him. Montessori method of Education, instills the leadership qualities in a child from a very young age. The older children feel responsible and confident. It also makes them disciplined as it teaches them to complete their task or activity on time. In case the younger children face any difficulty, the older children help them.

Working together in a group :

Montessori Method of education teaches children to work together in groups for certain activities and help each other. Working in groups teaches them that the whole group is responsible for anything so they need to work hand in hand . Children tend to make group rules sometimes and each group member has to follow the rules. 

Eliminates Competition :

As all children are mostly working independently on different activities, there is no competition among children and they complete their activity or task without any stress or pressure.

Makes the children sensitive and considerate :

It makes the children considerate and compassionate towards the needs of their peers.They learn to help their peers and not make fun of them if they have done something wrong.

Children learn to strive for better :

In a mixed age classroom, children get an opportunity to see and observe what the other children are doing. This helps them to think and do better.

Teachers have fun too :

In a mixed age classroom, not only the students but the teacher also gets to interact with students of different age groups. They enjoy the different kinds of interaction from varied aged students.

 ‘This post is a part of Blogchatter Half Marathon.’ and

 is a part of the blog challenge ‘Blogaberry Dazzle’ hosted by Cindy D’Silva and Noor Anand Chawla.

What you should know about the ideal growth of children

  Image source –   As mothers, we worry about our children’s height, weight, and growth. Did you know that 1 out of 3 kid...