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Gopi Krishna in the pool

Water and Ameya (my little one) are made for each other. Every time he enters the water in his bath-tub or the complex swimming pool, I have a hard time getting him out! And then, didn’t I just write what all moms face with their kids in this scenario? 🙂

So today I will tell you about this incident in the swimming pool last week. We (Ameya, my hubby and I) had a family time in the adults pool area. After an hour or so we took him to the kiddie pool. At first he was not happy to be there but started enjoying in a bit. This was because all the little girls (all elder to him) in the pool came to play with him in the kiddie pool!!


It was a delight to see him play with them. They took care of him and ensured that he didn’t slip or fall. It was like there were small Gopis with a little Krishna in the pool (from Indian mythology)!


Seeing them together, I couldn’t resist and took some pictures and thought of sharing them with you all.

Needless to say, when I tried to get him out of the kiddie pool at the end of another hour he was very unhappy and didn’t want to leave, protesting in his way saying he wanted to stay back in the water! 🙂

This time in the pool surely tired him out so much that after a wash and a snack, Ameya fell asleep for a good 2 hours.

And he was still talking about his time in the pool and the girls while I put him to bed that night! A boy after all I smiled. 😉


Parallel Play

All children love to play. They also tend to outgrow their toys very easily and quickly. So when my son goes to his friends’ houses (or vice versa), he enjoys the new (meaning different from his) toys that he gets to play with. And then at this young age of 2 & 3 years, kids aren’t great social beings. In the attempt to teach our kids sharing, we (my friends and I) try to get our kids to play together as much as possible. And it mostly works much to us moms’ relief! 🙂 Occassionally, there’s some screaming and snatching too – am sure all moms agree. 😉

This time my friend and I decided to leave our sons in the play room, on their own. We just carried on with our chit-chat and waited for that inevitable scream. But guess what? About half an hour passed and we had heard no such noise from the room and went to check on them. And what did we see? Our sons were playing quietly by themselves without bothering the other. Na na, not playing with each other. They were playing alone but knew what the other was doing.

Every couple of minutes, one would turn around and see if the other was in the room and then continue with his own game. If one of them left the room, the other would follow a minute later check out what’s happening and then come back to his toy in the room.

It was so nice to see them this way. Parallel play at its best and we mothers felt so good to see them like this. 🙂 Now we’ve decided, we shall get our kids together in a room full of toys and just let them be – they’ll figure out a way to make their time better and maybe, eventually, they’ll start playing with each other. A parent can only hope! 🙂

Togetherness matters!

Don’t we all think of our childhood vacations,  rather fondly? Probably because those were the times we spent together, as a family.
No matter where we go, the mere fact that we are together, matters  to our children. It is something we owe  them – togetherness. And little outings always reinforces our love for our little ‘unes.
When I was young, my family had means only to fund one annual holiday in summer to our native place. But we always looked forward to it and made the most of it. Even if it meant taking a train in the hot summer months, in second-class sleeper coaches. Those days were cherished the most, simply because I got to see both my parents together for those days, all day long!
We lead accelerated lives, with little and sometimes no time to spare for our tots. That’s why it is even more imperative to manage little getaways to make up for the lost time with them. It doesn’t matter where you go. What matters is that you do it, and do it together. It could even be a little drive away from the city for a day, or maybe even a day-trip,  a picnic, or a dip in the pool.
Who doesn’t like a holiday? But with the mere mention of the word, we start thinking about affordability, leave, nannies, bosses, unfinished pitches, important conference calls and a zillion other things. We think of everything but the holiday itself.  The much discussed ‘holiday’ simply ends  in an arm-chair travel adventure, with you thinking about it wistfully.
Look at it this way- if you can squeeze in that important meeting with your client on a saturday, you can also squeeze in a little holiday with your mini dino-loving kid over the weekend. If you can afford to buy that purple top and red bag  in a spur-of-the-moment, you certainly can  afford to take an unscripted holiday!  Besides, all holidays don’t have to be a visit to the Queen in London, you know. Sometimes,  just a drive down to a destination in the outskirts of your city, can turn out to be an ideal break and ‘ just what all of you needed’.
Mark those long-weekends on your calendar, plan or do an impromptu trip, and  spend some priceless time with your baby perched on your shoulder and your partner, by your side!
Remember, the family that holidays together, stays together!
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