A Healthy Child makes a Happy Home
Having brought up daughters to be
healthy teenagers today, I and my wife have had always adopted the habit of
instilling healthy habits in our children. We were very particular that from
eating healthy food, keeping them active, making them learn to sleep well and
potty training them from a very early age, would help them imbibe these crucial
life skills which will help them to improve their quality of life in future.
As a responsible parent, I can
state with conviction that childhood is a great time to start eating healthily.
Believe me; it is as simple as it sounds. We just need to provide good
nutrition and reasonable amount of physical activity to them every day and just
by following this basic principle, we can protect our kids from being obese and
being a host of chronic diseases later in their life.
Let me warn you that it is
certainly a bit tougher in these days as compared to what it was when I and my
wife brought up our daughters. Today, we need to compete against the temptation
of a variety of unhealthy and junk food so easily available in the market.  However, it is we as parents, who need to
inculcate the value of eating healthy food in our children without succumbing
to their pressure of the unhealthy temptations.
I would suggest that the
environment at home plays a very important role in it. We should try to be role
models for our children in our eating habits. As a parent, it would be our
prime responsibility to ensure that when we try to inculcate good eating habits
in our kids, we should always try to make it a family affair and stay involved
in the process. We cannot expect our kids to start liking to drink milk twice a
day if we as parents don’t do it. We cannot expect our kids to eat nutritious
food while we ourselves gorge on the culinary temptations. I would like to
remind each parent that we play a key role in our children’s choices and
behavior.
The first and foremost thing that
I and my wife did while my kids were growing up was to ensure that fast food is
not a staple in our home. We used to take pains to ensure that we buy only food
that and healthy and nutritious. We knew that as working parents, with kids
required to rush to school early mornings, it may not be possible for us to
stuff their tiffin boxes with freshly prepared nutrition every single day. We
used to take care of this aspect by trying to prepare such healthy food on
weekends that we can freeze and eat it later. Of course, we certainly used to
buy frozen food too, but we ensured that they were always up to the highest
nutritious value.
Living in nuclear families in
cities, it is a far cry from being possible, but I have even suggested to my
friends who live in small towns and villages that we can also try to plant a
garden and eat what we ourselves harvest. Even getting the kids involved in
this process would make them much more happier to eat it since they are more
likely to eat something that they themselves have helped to prepare and in the
process also learn as to where the food comes from.
As parents, we have also tried
innovative ways to make the food interesting for our kids. We used to cut the
fruits in interesting shapes, we have even tried to make the food colourful
using natural colours and have even tried creating fairy tale stories of our
meals to make it sound and taste more interesting to the kids.
Of course, we have had to make
sacrifices in our eating habits too. We made several replacements in the oil
and cereals, like switching over to olive oil, replacing white rice with brown
rice and same with bread, totally cutting out the aerated drinks from our
refrigerator and replacing it with fruit juices. Of course, along with the
kids, it made our health better too.
We even took pains to educate our
kids on the harms of unhealthy food but never totally cut it off from their
menu. We never made them swear off cookies, cakes, ice-creams, pizzas, pastas
and burgers forever, but we made it pretty clear that it would not find part of
their daily staple either.

And apart from all these eating
habits, we ensured that we give our kids the required dosage of Chyawanprash
every single day. In fact, their intake of Chyawanprash continues to this day,
even after they have grown up to be healthy teenagers. We always had understood
that when we need to have our children fight against germs like bacteria and
viruses, which are almost everywhere, we need to keep their immunity system
strengthened and what better choice for it than Chyawanprash, which is a time
tested age-old formulation containing Amla, considered as one of the best
antioxidants, apart from various other herbs.
When I talk about Chyawanprash,
the one and only brand which comes to my mind is Dabur, the leaders in this. I
am an absolute fan of this product having personally seen my children have this
every day and grow up to be healthy kids. I am of the belief that Dabur
Chyawanprash contains the anti-oxidant properties which help to strengthen our
body’s internal defence mechanism, i.e. the immune system, thereby protecting
us from day to day infections and help us lead and healthy life.
 I fully agree with the Company’s claim that
the Dabur Chyawanprash’s magnificient brew of Ayurvedic herbs strengthens the
body’s natural defence mechanism by stimulating our natural killer cells which
in turn assists in fighting with virus and bacteria in our body, thus giving us
increased immunity from various infections.
Let me conclude my saying that
when we try to inculcate good and healthy eating habits in our children, we
need to start at a very early age. I would also say that it may be possible
that sometimes our children may not react positively at first and we just need
to take it as their behavior matters and sooner than later the kids will follow
their parents’ lead.
And once you are involved in it, you would realise how a healthy child makes a happy family.

The details of the benefits of Dabur
Chyawanprash, courtesy  https://www.liveveda.com/daburchyawanprash/ and https://www.liveveda.com/dabur-chyawanprash/3x-immunity.aspx

This post is written for the The healthy Child makes a Happy Home activity for IndiBlogger at https://www.indiblogger.in/happyhours/dabur-healthy-child-happy-home

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Is Laundry only a woman’s job?
It has been since time immemorial
that it has been assumed that doing the household chores is a woman’s job.
Situations were different in the gone years when we had joint families and the
menfolk used to leave homes in search of livelihood, working in the fields, or
doing manual jobs, the hard ones and the women at home were supposed to take
care of the children and cook for the children, the men at home and for
themselves, and do all the household chores.

Things have drastically changed
since then with people migrating to cities and towns and manual labour having
been taken over more by mental work. With this migration, the outside work has
no longer remained the exclusive domain of men and women started equally
contributing to it. Nuclear families have also contributed to this change in status
since dual income became necessary to take care of the expenses of the
household.

However, unfortunately, one thing
which refused to change with these changing times is the concept of women
having to do the household chores. Our minds have unfortunately developed
enough to accept the fact that when women equally share in earning the
livelihood for the family, taking care of the household is also not a woman’s
domain alone anymore.

Call it refusal to accept the
change or the clinging on to the male chauvinistic attitude, majority still
expect the women to come home from work and still do all the household chores
and doing the laundry being an integral part of it.
Why should doing the laundry be a
woman’s job? Do we men not equally responsible for wearing the dresses that are
put up for washing? Do we men are not the equal parents of our children whose
clothes are to be washed? If our women can wash our laundry, can we men not do
it for our women?

I feel that it is absolutely
ridiculous to assume that doing the laundry is the exclusive domain of the
women. When the women have come forward to help men in each aspects of life, be
it earning the livelihood for the home or helping the men to contribute in
their work pressure, we men should be equally responsible and be proactive
enough to help the women in the household chores, be it cooking, taking care of
the kids or more importantly doing the laundry.
My personal feeling as a man is
that I am equally responsible with my wife and my daughters at my home to help
in the household chores and I would be more than willing to be an equal partner
to do these works.

If a man refuses to do this, it
is absolutely chauvinistic on his part to do so.
As a man, if I can shamelessly
dirty the linen, sometimes so casually even in public, I should be responsible
to clean it too. I should be doing the laundry at home.

My post is against the statistics mentioned, “76% of Indian men feel, laundry is a woman’s job”

I am writing for #IsLaundryOnlyAWomansJob activity at BlogAdda.com in association with Ariel.

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Things that define my daughter
Things that
define my daughter

The second of my three daughters,
is an absolutely passionate little thing. She is a crazy passion driven living
thing and is an absolute art freak.
My daughter just freaks out when
it comes to any art form, may it be dance, drama or any other form of
performing arts, may it be fine arts in the form of painting and drawing or may
it be the absolutely brilliant filed of art and design.
As a parent, I wanted her to
pursue her higher education in the science stream and had accordingly put her
in for the coaching to pursue engineering as a career. However, quite late into
her foray into this field, she was quite bold in coming and telling me one day
that she would like to shun the regular norms of education and would like to
pursue designing as her career. And I am proud of myself who along with my
wife, decided that we should let her follow her passion.
When I talk about her, she is a
bundle of talent. She is a brilliant dancer, be it in any form. She is good at
western numbers and equally amazing when she pursued her skills in the
traditional Indian dance forms too. She is an absolute gem of a singer and has
the ability to adapt to any pitch of voices put across to her. And her skill in
picking up the art of playing musical instruments without even any formal
training is something which is unbelievable.
Her skill in fine art forms is
something which we noticed at her young age and we allowed her to hone her
skills in it. Her drawings and paintings just come to life and feel as if they
are talking to us.
Her aptitude and skill in designing
is something which was till now hidden and suddenly come to fore. It was not a
surprise to me when she chose product and industrial designing as a course for
her career.
My daughter is absolutely
passionate about her work, and it’s not just one thing that makes her, but it
is a multitude of talent filled in her. My daughter is somebody, who can’t be
limited by one label.
This post is a part of #UseYourAnd activity at BlogAdda in association with Gillette Venus

This is my multi-talented daughter…
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