2010

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Saving a year, are we?

This dilemma is often faced by parents of kids whose birthday falls past the school cut-off date. The dilemma is whether to follow the mandate and stay put or jump through hoops to ‘save a year’ by pushing the child... (Continue reading)

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My Dadu’s 100th Birthday

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Today is my dadu (mom’s dad’s) 100th birthday. When he was born, of course, there was no ipad and photography was an occasion in itself….so infact much as I would like, I cannot flip back and see him go through the... (Continue reading)

The bug that goes around

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Back when I did not have kids, I would look disdainfully at coworkers who claimed that their kids made them sick. Really? I would think. Kids get so sick? Somehow in India I dont remember general awareness or recognition of... (Continue reading)

Working Mom Ideas – Tips for organizing mornings

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Last week was a tough one for me. My husband was out of town and I had the kids and the house and my job all to myself. To complicate matters both the school and my office is far from... (Continue reading)

Old Year Resolutions

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Last year I started making ‘old year resolutions’ in December. With a month to go, and many a resolution and good intention gone awry, I saw this as my way to claim victory over proscrastination and that sinking feeling that I... (Continue reading)

The Santa Question

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I sometimes wonder how do other moms and dads deal with the age old and inevitable kids’ question “Is Santa real?”…..the one that falls in the same category as “Where do babies come from?” and “Why don’t girls have pee... (Continue reading)

Hair Conditioning Tip

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Learnt this at my hairdresser. If you put oil in your hair, just massage in after your workout (or maybe before), wrap a towel around it and sit in the sauna for 10 minutes. The steam helps the hair absorb... (Continue reading)

Colorful Chide for Kids lunch or snack – a Bengali recipe

Continuing the articles on ‘multicultural kids lunch or snacks’, I wanted to add a quick vegetarian bengali snack that can be prepared with flattened puffed rice, which we call ‘Chidua’ or ‘Chide’. Its a great way to get veggies in. Here... (Continue reading)

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Educational Websites for Kids

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I have compiled a list of educational websites that I have found very useful for enrichment of my now 8 and 5 year old boys. It has taken me some time to research and gather these from friends and people... (Continue reading)

Controlling your anger

I have discovered a wonderful way to maintain good thoughts to my children while they act like hooligans and therefore control my wrath: photography. ... (Continue reading)

Preschool and School Diwali Celebrations

Preschool and school diwali celebrations are easy, colorful and a lot of fun. Diwali, with all its splendor, lights, crackers, sweets, sharing and memories provide ample inspiration for craft idea. The date for Diwali 2010 is November 5. For your... (Continue reading)

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Multicultural baby rituals

Hellow everyone. Cathy Garrard, who writes for American Baby, is interested in learning more about multicultural baby rituals that we celebrate right here in the US – I think its a cool article idea. She would especially like to know about... (Continue reading)

Shubho Bijoya

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Shubho Bijoya! When I was small, Bijoya felt sad. The last day of the long awaited and always fun Durga Puja, the nearing of the end of the Puja vacations. The need to go back to a routine and the ‘Bhaashans’... (Continue reading)

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Easy to Clean Measuring Cups

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To make measuring cups easier to clean, add hot water, keep for a few minutes, rinse and throw out. Then add the sticky stuff. It will be much easier to clean out. Any other quick clean ideas? Let me know!... (Continue reading)

When it begins

When it begins, most people feel the first symptoms of gout in the foot; the large joint of the big toe to be specific. Gout, a form of arthritis caused by an accumulation of uric acid crystals in the joint... (Continue reading)

Halloween Activities for Kids – Must Dos

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Halloween activities for kids hold several must dos. If you are from the US, this is a refresher, and if you are new to the US, this is a checklist of things to do to explore this fun festival. Visit... (Continue reading)

Top 10 Halloween Activities for Kids

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Halloween activities for kids are both fun and challenging (for adults to dream up). Below are a list of activities for kids you can do at home or in the classroom with kids that looks beyond the pumpkin. If you... (Continue reading)

Multicultural Halloween Costumes

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Multicultural Halloween Costumes are a good geography and cultural lesson for kids and adults alike, but they are also great ways to act out and identify with traditions and cultures that are part of you. Sometimes they are also surprisingly... (Continue reading)

Indian Halloween Costume Ideas for Kids

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Indian Halloween costume ideas for kids? You have come to the right place. In some ways, Halloween is a way to act out your own inner identities, fears and aspirations. So dressing up in a costume that mimics a place... (Continue reading)

Indian Halloween Costumes for Boys

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Indian Halloween costumes for boys? Have been invited to a fancy dress party and need an Indian idea? Though many Indian girls dress up as Indian princesses on Halloween, boys dressing in Indian Halloween costumes are few and far betweeen.... (Continue reading)

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