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7 Tried and Tested Ways to Potty Train your Child

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Potty Training!! If you cringed at these terrifying words, then you are in the same boat as me. Potty training is probably the most feared and difficult phase of the parenting life. Even though it is a skill that toddlers will learn eventually, to parents it's a phase that needs so much work and dedication. Just when you thought, that the diaper changing days are over; the accident cleaning and sanitizing days knock you on the head.
That's what we always think right? When they grow older it will all be better. Unfortunately, as they grow older they demand more attention, time, commitment and love.
Often in the phase of potty training, we forget that the child is much more petrified than us because this is a very new experience for them. It is important that they accept this change while taking away happy memories from it. This learning is something they will sustain for life because they will use the potty for as long as they live. It's not like math! If they don't get …

Top 5 Reasons Why Handwritten Letters are Important

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This recently happened to me:
“I returned in the evening, somewhat tired and somewhat in a hurry to end the day and get some peace from the daily chaos (read toddler issues), I checked my mail before I went upstairs, and I found something so beautiful waiting  in my mailbox, along with the usual junk mails that my daughter uses as canvas for her art! I saw a handwritten envelope with my name and address, with the most beautiful stamp I have ever seen; at that moment, I jumped, (literally), and my chaotic day was overcome with the feeling of glee and gratitude. I went home, carefully tore the envelope and saw a letter from someone special, who had taken the time to make my day special as well. It's been a few days since I received this mail, but I have it up on my refrigerator and I read it every day and I feel ecstatic.”
What's so amazing about this really small letter? There is nothing that I have not read before or nothing that this person couldn't have said over the phone…

Top 5 Reasons you Must Choose your Friends Wisely

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Friendship is the most beautiful thing in the ocean of relationships. It is a feeling, an expression and sometimes a mentor. Since, friends have the capability of being your guiding light, it becomes your duty to turn on your flash light and look for your friends with scrutiny and acceptance alike; much like mining diamonds from rocks.
So often, we can’t tell the difference between an acquaintance and a friend. To many people, it is a ‘To-may-to: To-mah-to’ difference, but really, it is a tomato- potato  difference! I use this metaphor to make a point though, ‘Friends, if chosen wisely can make all the difference in the world’. With the right company, you will find yourself at peace, rather than just being present in pretension at a social gathering.  
The “not friend- just an acquaintance” issue will be faced by many introverts like myself. This approach may seem weird or even anti-social to my socialite buddies! 
Yet! Here I am trying to prove that choosing friends is better than havi…

Sassy Comebacks for Body Shaming

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Body shaming, body shaming everywhere. How much are you going to bare?
Therefore, I bring to you sassy comebacks for all those nasty comments that the society has been throwing at you. This is the last and final part of my Body Shaming series, part 4; you can read part 1, 2 and 3, here.
You don't always have to reply to the shamers, ignoring is the best policy; however, sometimes it gets too much to take and some verbal fight back is required. This is for yourself, to save your dignity and to shut down those who shame, thus discouraging them to be mean to someone else. The thing is, maybe they don't even realize that there is damage happening by their comment, thus sometimes, expressing that you're offended brings it to their notice. Once this is brought to their attention, 90% of these people will think before passing a comment next time, because most people want to be nice to others and are good at heart (at least I believe this!).
So if you ever happen to find yourself …

Part 3- Body Shaming: The Bully and the Victim

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It's all over the media, if you simply Google body shaming you get soooooooo many case studies. People are testifying against body shaming, and that is a big step towards a respectful world. All being said and done, the number of people feeling shamed is alarming. Knowing or unknowingly you have body shamed someone at some point in your life. Even I am guilty of this crime, of course, only until I became aware and enlightened that this is actually a social problem, and it is much greater than just simply passing a comment. 
you are currently reading Part 3 of my Body Shaming series. To read part 1 and part 2, simply click the hyperlinks.
While researching all the people who are shamed, I came across some cases that just left me speechless, and also I felt sorry for all the people who get into the act of shaming in the first place. Let me explain this with more description.
Who is shamed? The answer is EVERYONE!
Actors, sports people, celebrities, children, teenagers, working class, mi…

Part 2: What does Body Shaming Involve?

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“Whether you're tall or shorter, or a little bigger, more curves, skinny you just have to be proud of what you have, and everyone is beautiful.”-Caroline Wozniacki (Danish professional tennis player)
This statement explains in a nutshell, everything I am fighting for! It's simple, whoever you are and however you look, be proud of it. That is the attitude that will bring you health, happiness and satisfaction for your body.
To all of those who are following my Body Shaming series, this is part 2. In the first part, ‘What is Body Shaming?’ we understood all about the concept (or trend) of body shaming, and some facts related to it. To all the new readers, you can read part 1 by clicking on the hyperlinks provided.
In this part, let's understand the types of body shaming. Yes, there are types! It is really upsetting, but it is true…without any buffer, let’s get straight to it!
1. Fat Shaming  Simply put, using the ‘F’ word- ‘F-A-T’, to communicate with someone or about someone.…

Part 1: What is Body Shaming?

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Body shaming has become a new trend! Wherever you go, whoever you meet, you will find someone, somewhere complaining about the way their body looks. Chances are, you might find yourself doing the same thing, criticizing your body in front of others. Ever wondered why you feel the need to do that? Have you tried to stop and think where these thoughts come from? Mostly not!
Body shaming has ingrained in our society so deep that it is almost impossible to even pinpoint the roots, leave alone uprooting them. Each and every one of us is guilty of judging others (or ourselves) based on the way they look. It has become natural instinct because that is what we have heard and that is what we have learnt while we grew up in our society. I'm not saying we are bad people, I'm saying it's high time we say no to body shaming.
This subject has been on my mind for some time, and the more I read about it, more I feel the need to address this raging issue. Thus, I have decided to write it a…

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