Summer Camps – Respite for Mothers, Fun for Kids!!!

Hey Mommies,

Did you ll notice those ads in the newspapers or near your child’s playschools about summer camps??? Come summer and the newspaper is flooded by these ads and my son’s playschool teacher also mentions about what all activities they have in store for the kids for their super cool summer camp.

I don’t know but somehow summer camps never interested me. I never went to a summer camp, in fact summer vacations were all about going to grandparents house, fun with cousins etc… And the first time I ever heard about a summer camp was in the movie ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’.. 🙂 Huge grounds, colorful tents, kids staying on their own in a beautiful hill station,etc…. A summer camp was a mixture of all that for me… (Now I know I am being too naive)

But whenever any of these playschools advertise about their summer camps, the first question I always ask them is ‘Where is the summer camp held?‘ And the answer so far has always been in the same classrooms of the same playschool with the same staff…. How boring!! Imagine a child of 3 -5 years who spends his whole year with them again would have to go to that same place during summer vacations!! He wouldn’t even know the difference. So I decided not to send my little one to a summer camp. Instead he would be home with me for the whole day and also visit his grandparents house for a few weeks and have fun with them for a change. This was what I felt. But there were a lot of other parents who were very keen to join their kiddos in a summer camp of the same playschool or in some other playschool in the same locality.  I asked some of them why do they want their kids to be sent to a school even during vacations – their answer (almost 90% of them) told me coz their kids get bored sitting at home all day long. So the best option was to send them to a summer camp where they have some friends, familiar staff (so that they don’t take time to adjust) and have fun….

All said and done, I still feel it is better for kids to stay away from their regular routine during vacations , engage themselves in any form of play, eat and sleep as per their convenience so that they start their routine for a new academic year with renewed energy levels…

Have fun filled vacations mommies!!!




Due date approaching…..

Hey Mommies (rather soon to be mommies),

Butterflies in your tummies…. as due date approaches..

Oh, i remember my days of pregnancy when I longed to see my baby… I was curious to know what my baby looked like – is it a boy or a girl?, how would my life change post delivery, would it be normal delivery or c-section….. questions and questions churning in my head and for all the answers I had to just WAIT!! Waiting was the most difficult task…

My due date was 12th May… And approximately a month before my due date I was asked to just rest at home as I can have a baby anytime.. So i was waiting for my baby  from12th apr and my li’l devil entered my life on 23rd may… So, that was a whole 1 month and 10 days of wait in which I was doing nothing but just wait, wait and wait.. I was no longer going out for a walk, no domestic chores (I was at my mom’s place), fed up of TV… My only source of entertainment (read survival) was browsing through scores of internet sites reading peoples birth stories, looking for interesting and unique names of boys and gals…

And during this period of never ending waiting, I found that I could do a far more important task… It was to pack a bag for the hospital… U never really know when u go into labor or break your waters.. So having a completely ready bag handy was a great idea!!!

Things that I found useful which could be carried for the hospital during delivery are:

1. A nice soft cotton saree (old one preferably) to lay it inside yr baby’s crib

2. Some big square cut cotton cloth pieces as cloth nappies (Diapers are no good for new borns). Also new cotton nappies would not be as useful as the excreta of a new born is all black and sticky and impossible to wash.. Its always better to use such cloth pieces and throw it off.

3. A soft blanket

4. A scarf for the mother

5. A belt or a cotton towel to be tied around the mother’s waist post delivery

6. Sanitary pads

7. A disinfectant to wash yr hands regularly before holding the baby and also give it to the visitors

8. Regular toiletries like soaps, tooth brush, toothpaste, hair brush etc..

9. A soft cotton towel for the baby

10. A small scarf for the baby or a cap

In the above mentioned list whenever I mentioned old, soft cotton clothes  I had washed them beforehand, soaked them in dettol, dried them and packed it.. Hygiene is the priority. Also new jhablas and new nappies are too harsh on the new born’s skin… It is better to use old sarees, bedsheets etc…

So, there you go mommies… Pack your bags and get ready on this exciting journey of motherhood….