As parents, we can be aware of our own implicit biases and try to ensure our children grow up with a more open approach to the things around them. For that to happen though, we have to truly let go of our biases. Telling my daughter she can't have things which are pink or girly is as counterproductive as ONLY giving her those things in the first place. I believe as a parent, it's my job to expose G to everything possible - the girlish, the boyish, the neutral - and let her pick whatever she wants. Only then can she truly make an unbiased choice. Anyway, these labels 'boyish', 'for girls,' and so on, are human constructs. Toys, clothes, and colours are not designed gendered. It's our biases that make them so. All things are, in theory, for everyone.
Parents & teachers from G's school meet monthly to discuss sections of Dr. Maria Montessori's writing. We started with chapters 2, 3, 8 & 9 of 'The Child in the Family.' It's a (relatively) easy introduction to Montessori concepts at home. A couldn't make it to the meet so I created this cheat sheet for… Continue reading Montessori Says: My Key Takeaways from ‘The Child In the Family’
As the Chief Food Organizer for our family, I'm constantly making mental notes. What groceries are left in the pantry? Which vegetables are in the fridge? Which need to be used up immediately? What should I make for lunch? Dinner? Breakfast? Snacks? When do I shop next? What goes on the shopping list? Sometimes it… Continue reading The Why’s and How’s of Meal Planning (Plus a Free Printable)
I joined Instagram in April 2017 because I needed reminders to take more pictures of Gulabo. Over the months, it's become my virtual mom space. I'm grateful for the mothers who make me realize I'm not in this alone. And I'm most grateful to We Are Real Moms, a 15-day prompts-based photo-challenge, for introducing me… Continue reading Meet A Real Mom | Sharvi of TheStartMomsGirl
This is my first full week of school snackboxes. By midweek, I'm ready for Friday. Maybe I should stop letting my toddler decide the menu each day? She has exotic tastes. Here's what Gulabo took to school in week two. Monday: Potato Wedges + Zucchini Noodles Tuesday: Broccoli/Babycorn + Makhana Wednesday: Carrot/Cucumber Sticks + Hummus… Continue reading Gulabo’s Snackbox: Week 2