Confessions of a second-time mom

Regular column by Reshmi Chakraborty.

Aug 22 2013
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A mother can't wait to steal some time for herself, away from her children, while they are growing up. Once they grow up and fly away in search of their destiny, will her mindset remain the same? Reshmi Chakraborty tries exploring the subject.
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Aug 01 2013
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No other weapon like silence, to quieten your children who bombard you with hundreds of questions and demands.
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Jul 19 2013
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At what point do you tell your children about the importance of money? How do you stop them from making unreasonable demands?
Jul 02 2013
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All parents should have basic knowledge of first aid, which includes what to do in case of choking, burns, cuts and wounds and the basics of CPR.
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Jun 14 2013
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What category do the freelancers and the women who work part time fall into? Is there really a need to classify stay-at-home and working mothers? What does it achieve finally? Isn’t the work at home the ‘real’ work?
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May 23 2013
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Being a full-time mom teaches you all skills in life and makes you a better manager. Here’s why essential, everyday mommy skills would be an asset in any job.
Apr 30 2013
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Some parents hope the schools do not see the enforcement of school bus safety rules as an opportunity to raise the fee.
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Apr 05 2013
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Has your kid tried the S-word or F-word on you yet? How do you handle it?
Mar 11 2013
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The practice of enrolling children in after-school classes is gaining strong ground, but every parent has to take a call on where to draw the line.
Jan 23 2013
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For a generation of kids adroitly handling mummy's smartphone, gadgets could well help with life skills training, but are there enough takers? Reshmi Chakraborty shares her findings.
Jan 04 2013
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How does he grow up into someone who respects women. Someone who doesn’t think it’s his right to force his unwanted attention on a woman simply because he happens to be male.
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Dec 18 2012
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How do we view children in this country? Is physical punishment okay because it is our “culture”?
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Nov 09 2012
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What is all the fuss about? For most moms it seems to be a ‘if-my-kid-is-happy-I’ll-go-along’ kind of thing. Then of course there are some fence sitters like me.
Sep 03 2012
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We are mostly a generation of overprotecting parents. When would I finally have the courage to let him be on his own, without parental supervision in every step of the way?
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Aug 29 2012
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Parenting can turn you like that, making you tick mark stuff off your list as you get on through the day. In the process, we forget to have fun.
Aug 06 2012
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What do you do when all the media that confronts your child, the TV, newspapers and magazine, not to mention the internet, has nothing but bad news. Do you tell her as it is or do you gloss over facts and pretend you haven’t heard what she asked?
Jul 16 2012
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You do have a thought there but hold on for a second, especially if children aren't part of the picture in your life at this moment. Once they are around, you may often have to eat words spoken in the pre-child era.
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Jun 21 2012
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Attachment parenting is what comes to us naturally, we just didn’t know the name for it until now. No wonder our Hindi movies are full of references to Maa ka anchal/maa ka pallu and so on.
Jun 06 2012
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What was it that the mothers did, staying in this mysterious place called home where there really wasn’t much to do except manage a kid or two, keep them clean and well fed and keep the house looking like it wasn’t rummaged by a tornado.
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May 10 2012
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Welcome to the Mummy Pick Up & Drop Off service. Applicants also need to be good multitaskers and skilled in one-handed operations.
Mar 26 2012
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Summer camps are to the holidays what gold is to an Indian wedding. The bride may never wear the jhumkas and gold chains that everyone's gifted her but it's the done thing anyway.
Mar 12 2012
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You see, competition is like that ad for Rin soap. You may not be a participant but you can't help but wonder- Bhala uski kameez meri kameez se zyada safed kaise?
Mar 03 2012
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We often remark 'how could she do that!' on the other mothers' parenting methods. But perhaps there is a very good reason behind that.
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Feb 15 2012
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Well cooked carrots or a store bought biscuit isn't a question the second time around. I have become the queen of shortcuts.
Feb 14 2012
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I have friends who neatly wash, iron and line up the kid's clothes in labeled hangers saying Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.