My Parenting Style …

I don’t know if I am doing things correctly, and if what will be the impact of these in her life. Most of my fellow-moms don’t do the way I take care of Pari and I don’t do the way they ake care of the kids. I am not sure what will be the effect. But this is just a record for you Pari, This is how we both are raising you.

1. When we first came to USA in 2013, the only princess we knew was Cinderella and Snow-white. Once, we went to a nearby dollar store, and got some coloring pages of princesses. There were, I believe 7 of them, And Pari was asking which color to choose for which princess, what’s their name? I really had no clue what to answer her. Then started the process of exploring with the help of story books and movies. And within 2 months, we both got very familiar with all the Disney Princesses Cinderella, Snow white, Belle, Aurora-Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, Jasmine, Merida, Tiana. But my fellow moms of girls, they did not know much about the princesses, but the kids knew a lot. I was like, why don’t I say this: Oh, I don’t know all these princesses. Only my kiddo knows about these Disney princesses. I thought, maybe the kids are smart enough to know about these princesses all by themselves.

2. I let her watch toys review on YouTube. She knows ahead of time what are the latest toy craze in town- be it shopkins, my little pony, ever after high or monster high. She has an amazing knowledge.

3. Since she was small like 2-3 years of age, I used to take her to all the shops even for grocery shopping or clothing shopping. I used to make her touch and feel different varieties of fabrics. She knew what to do if she didn’t see us. And then at 5 years of age, she became my perfect partner for shopping. After asking Husband’s review, I only buy those clothes that have been given a green signal by Pari.

4. I had a dream of seeing Pari dancing on stage. And that dream fulfilled on 2014. I loved watching her dance. But somehow, she didn’t continue her dance. I was a bit sad about it, but now seeing her, I feel happy that she loves to dance on “Ladki beautiful kar di chull”, “Tamma Tamma again”. And the way she was so interested in the International Night Dance Practice. Somewhere, a seed was sown.

5. Since her toddler years, I introduced her to the world of art & craft. I used to do a lot of crafts at home with my Pari. And she loved to color with crayons. Around5-6 years of age, she made lots of canvas paintings with her Dad And now at 8 years of age, she still loves to paint.

6. Since Pari was born, I wanted her to be in creative field. I never taught her english not even Maths. And now at 7-8 years of age, she wants to be : An Artist, Singer and Fashion Designer.

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Pari & Myra

Pari’s wish came true. She really wanted a baby sister. And I must say, she welcomed her with a big heart. The day when she came to the hospital to meet her and when she held her baby sister Myra, I can’t tell you the excitement and happiness she had twinkling in her eyes. And she was a proud big sister. Sissy, as she loves to call her has always loved Pari. She loves when she sees Big Sis around.

Myra smiles when Pari talks.

Myra laughs when Pari makes faces and sing songs.

Myra enjoys when Pari plays with her.

Myra loves when Pari reads books to her.

Pari loves to call her by different names: Motichur laddoo, sissy-wissy, Myrie etc. And Myra loves when her big sis plays with her.

Love to see the sisters bonding 🙂

 

 

 

As you turn 8 !!!

Dear Pari,

As you turn 8, here is your most favorite Annual Questionnaire, we did today. Well, let’s begin:

1. Favorite TV Show – My Little Pony

2. Favorite Color – Green & Black

3. What do you want to be when you grow up? – Fashion Designer, Artist, Singer, Games & Robot Engineer (same as last year)

4. Favorite Song – I’m on the Wildside, Ever After High- Shining Bright, Party in the USA.

5. Favorite Movie– Ever After High- Epic Winter, Dishoom

6. Favorite Fruit – Apple & Banana

7. Favorite Food – Pasta

8. Favorite Drink– Cranberry  Juice

9.  Favorite Dessert– cookies & cream ice  cream

11. Favorite Lunch– Puri aloo

12. Favorite Animal– Peacock, Raccoon, and Flamingo.

13. Favorite Season– Winter

14. Favorite Flower– Lily

15. Favorite Book– Ever After High- The Unfairest of them all, Diary of a wimpy kid- old school

17. Favorite Teacher– Miss Patel

18. Favorite Word– Sissy (my sister’s nickname)

19. Favorite Dress– My birthday dress I am going to wear.

20. Favorite Game– Dragon City (in iPad)

21. Anything at home you like most- my sister

22. Favorite Snack @ school– Graham crackers

23. Favorite Shop– Toys r Us, Dunkin Donuts

24. Best Friend– Samriddhi, Nidhi, Ritika, Harsha, Olivia and Jessica

25. Best Vacation ever– Florida

26. Always Carry– Gel pens

27. Favorite Language– English

28. Favorite Craft– All the Canvas paintings

29. Mommy or Papa – most Favorite? – Mommy

30. Mommy@office or Mommy@ home ? – Mommy @ home.

31. Favorite Toy – Lego

32. What do you love to draw?  – Snowman

33. Favorite US President – Barack Obama

34. Favorite Board Game – Chess

35. Favorite song in piano – Old McDonald had a farm

36. Goals– Be better at Math and Reading.

37. Favorite painting I made – The Tree of Life

38. Favorite Subject in School – Writing and Math

DIY Easy Dollhouse with Foam board

This was on my draft from so long. So, posting it now..

On Diwali, Pari’s Dad always make Diwali Gharonda for Pari. And we have been doing this every year. Last year 2015, too, he made very easy Diwali Gharonda or Dollhouse by using foam board or thermocol sheet can also be used. It was done in 2-3 hours. We used 2 sheets of Foam Board from Walmart, Hot Glue Gun (Pari’s Dad loved the glue gun).

  • First cut the foam board in the desired size for the floor.
  • Then cut the two parts for the side wall cum window. Create the window structure as shown in the below pic.
  • And attach them to the floor as shown in the pic (Hope you understand)1-DIY Dollhouse - 1
  • Then measure and cut the foam board sheet and stick to the existing structure as shown in the pic.

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  • As it was very much blank, Pari decided on some drama on 2 walls. We had this floral Contact Paper, and doesn’t it look so pretty.
  • Next, we will make the roof. Cut another foam board of the same size as the floor, and place it on top.

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  • .Like this, and also added a pillar in the down for extra support.

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  • And this is how it looked, after we created curtains for windows using streamers and a liitle bathtub and small paper lanterns decorating the terrace.

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And  Pari  loves to play with her dollhouse.

Refresh 2016

Now it’s time again to look back 2016, and refresh the memories of joy, and appreciate the accomplishments.

Family : The biggest achievement is the addition of new member… Myra .. our little bundle of joy. She is 2 months now. And now our family is complete.

Home : Does not look okay. This year was really difficult, with my difficult pregnancy and delivery. I have not been able to take care of our beautiful home. Only bought lots of stuff because of the baby and our home feels over-crowded already.

Travel : Ahh… no travel. Went to a local water park and a beach. That’s it.. Lots and lots of doctor visits.

Finances : Did loads of shopping online during Thanksgiving. And now I am an online shopping pro.

Eating out– Yepp.. this year we ate a lot outside. Went to iHop, Panera Bread, and couple of new Indian Restaurants for indo-chinese, biryani, samosa, vada pav etc..

Hobbies : I watched lots of YouTube videos of Kapil Sharma, Sandeep Maheshwari, Robin Sharma, Amit Tandon, Kumar Srivastava, Anamika Amber.

  • Home Decor – nope
  •  Photography – Bought my first prime lens f1.8. But didn’t do any manual photography.
  •  More Blogging.- Got so busy in my pregnancy.. Didn’t blog much.
  •  Pooja Thali-  Did not finish yet😦

Health : Well.. nothing to talk about except pregnancy and my upper back pain and wrist pain.

Books : I am reading these books:

  • Secrets of Baby Whisperer
  • Brain rules for baby

Pari : She has been  really really happy with the baby sister. Has been doing good at school. Currently at reading level ‘L’. How the kids grow so fast .. I still remember when she was reading the books on level ‘B’, ‘C’. And then started reading “Elephant & Piggie” , the most interesting books ever. I just wish that her love for books keep growing this year. Went for piano class during summer. We got piano for her and hoping she plays a nice song soon.

Mood : Well, lots of ups and downs especially during the pregnancy.

Diet and Fitness: Loved to follow the diet plan for gestational Diabetes. That helped me not to gain weight during pregnancy. I gained a total of 10 pounds. After delivery, my weight was 5 pounds less than my pre-pregnancy weight (140 lbs). And tummy was in. But now during bfing I gained 20 pounds already in 3 months.

Pari and Bollywood !!!

Even after 3 years in US, my love for Bollywood hasn’t faded a bit. Every Friday, I make them watch trailers of all the upcoming Bollywood movies. And any newly released song, if dad & Pari like it, we play it all the time.

It all happened, when she heard the song from the movie ‘Roy’. A 6 year old little girl loved the song “Sooraj Dooba hai”. And really loved it and made me play in the car all the time.

This Summer Vacation, we saw the old classic movies “Hum hain rahi pyaar ke”, “Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander”, “Dulhe Raja” and today we watched “Kal Ho Na Ho”. And she cried at the end. And her Dad scolded me, why did you make her watch this movie. I was like …. 🙂 . My love for Shahrukh :).

Nowadays, she is a biggest fan of Varun Dhawan. Will not miss any moment to watch Varun Dhawan’s appearance on TV. Watched the movie “Dilwale” only because of Varun Dhawan. And also a big fan of Jacqueline Fernandez and Kriti Sanon. She watched the movie “Dishoom” on the first day of its release. And was telling her Dad “You’re so lucky you have your birthday on the day of ‘Dishoom’ release.

Yesterday I was telling her how to behave with elders, and you did something wrong. I told her around 3-4 times and finally she was fed up of listening. And this is what Pari said.

Pari: “Mere andar ka Salman Khan cheekh cheekh ke chilla ke kah raha hai – Bade bade shahron mein chhoti-chhoti baatein hoti rahti hai”

Me: Hello, madam, ye Shahrukh Khan ne kaha  hai. and ye kaisa dialog hai.

Pari: Ye Dishoom mein bola tha Varun Dhawan ne.

Me: Badtameez ho tum.

Pari: Badtameez dil badtameez dil janoo na .

Me: 😦 🙂 Can’t do anything with this girl.

 

My Little Pony Birthday Party !!!

For her 7th Birthday, Pari wanted to have ‘My Little Pony’ Birthday party. This was her plan from last year. She also wanted to have a Pinata and Bean Bag Toss Game. The party was there in the afternoon at 12:30 PM on Feb 7th. Invitation card was sent 3 weeks prior by email.

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All the kids with their Moms arrived by 1 PM. Pari’s friends’ age group varied. Guest Lists

Age group 6-7 :  8 girls and 5 boys

Age group 1-3 years: 2 girls and 1 boy

Age Group 11-14 years: 2 Girls

It was fun arranging for the party. When the friends came, Pari gave stickers to everybody. And when everybody got settled, after usual hullabulloo, they started the game: DIY ‘Bean Bag Toss Game’ Very nicely, all the kids queued up, and waited for their turn.

Bean Bag Toss Game

Meanwhile, Pari started to put Tattoo on everybody ( as soon as friends were done playing Bean Bag Toss Game, they lined up for tattoo).

MLPTattoo

And when the kids were done with tattoo, they moved over to write messages for Shubhangi in the DIY Message Board.

DIY Message Board (2)

Then the Kids and Mom moved over to the Food Station for some snacks.

On the Menu: French Fries, Mickey Mouse Chicken Nuggets, Spinach Pakoda, Lays Potato Chips, MLP Cupcakes, Rainbow Fruit Platter (Strawberry, Clementines, Honeydew, Blueberry), Veggies – Broccoli, carrot, celery with Sabra Hamas.

Drinks: Pink Lemonade and 100% Apple Juice.

Food-snack

Party Fruits Veggies

After this, the kids had free play time, and the girls hopped on to Rarity’s Fashion Boutique for their crowns and nail paints.

Rarity Fashion Boutique

Girls were really excited with their crowns.

Girls Nail Paints

Now, it was a cake time and all the girls had crowns and all the boys had birthday party hats. My Little Pony Cake was from BJ’s. And it got smudged a little while Pari’s Dad was getting it. I thought Pari will get sad, but she wasn’t. She said “that’s fine.. not a problem” :).

MLP Cake

After the cake cutting, kids started on the game: Musical Chair. Pari wanted to play this game, and in the end, she won. Kids were asked to pick up a gift from My Little Pony Gift Box as soon as they were out from the game. It was real fun for the kids and everybody enjoyed so much. Have no pics for it.

As soon as they were done, pizza arrived and kids couldn’t wait to have it. After the pizza, there was a long session of photo sessions using DIY Photo frame. Kids and Moms took lots and lots of photos.

DIY Photo Frame

It was 3 PM now. Time for lunch and Pinata.

Lunch Menu: Chicken curry, Shahi Paneer, Navratan Korma, Achari Aloo, Costco Naan, Dahi-vada, Saffron Rice.

Lunch Menu

After the lunch, it was Pinata Time. Pari was so excited. We had made a My Little Pony pull-string pinata. One string was made Master String, but didn’t worked :). I had to push the cardboard and let the candies and other party favors fall. It was fun. Pari was so happy and she checked with everybody to ensure everybody got something :).

Pari said goodbye to all her friends with return Gifts. It was indeed a memorable Birthday. She was really tired by the end of the day. And she said “It was my Best Birthday party ever”. She was really happy. But i felt bad, because I forgot to serve Ice-cream :(.

Well, for the decor, here are few of the pics.

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How I planned the perfect Birthday Party and DIYs coming soon….