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The journey from being 'me' to becoming a 'mom' might look scary but it is one of the most enthralling experience that one can go through.
The journey from being ‘me’ to becoming a ‘mom’ might look scary but it is one of the most enthralling experience that one can go through.
There is a time in life when most of us have jumped 10 feet high, at the sight of a creepy-crawly, most likely a lizard! And then, there is a time, when most of us have gotten a broom and animatedly tried to woo the reptile away, much to the amusement of the kid or kids squealing on the couch!
And, that in my opinion… is the first crossover from a ‘me’ to a ‘mom’!!
Parenting is a partnership between two people. But since we are all on a Women’s exclusive portal, I am going to dwell a tad bit deeper into the more ‘mature’ parent!
Being a Mother is perhaps one of the most challenging job situations a woman can face. Right from being a ‘hands-on’ Michelin star chef, to a Harvard level professor or from a Ms Fix it all to a Fortune 500 Company boss, I dig the fact that we are beginning to be considered as Super Mom, Super efficient, Super Smart. Super Google!
And the list goes on!!
I cannot pin the exact point from where another being starts to overtake your own, or how a mini version of your self raises the strangest of questions, that make you sit back and reflect in awe!
I cannot for a sure state the transition that happens in the eight or nine months that the child is within, but what I can say with a lot of surety is that holding a newborn baby all covered in sticky goo, is perhaps the most special bond there exists. It all starts at that moment and nothing ever remains the same.
Instinct is the only rule that pertains to Motherhood and that is something I blindly follow. They say it takes a village to raise a child and I am often left wondering as to where on earth that village is! For as far as I know, and believe me, with two teenagers, I know – it takes a Mom to raise a child!
Of course, Dad is there. We can’t negate his duties but we have to understand that he is super tired. He has had a super gruelling day at work and the traffic-snarled at a pace that has him sleepy and exhausted. I’ve run out of adjectives to use here, else I promise I could have added a few more anecdotes!
Putting aside the humour, there is no right or wrong way to parent a child. But if I could share one experience, it would be this. Seeing is believing and yes, it starts at a very young age. Seeing their Mother stand up for what she believes, seeing her hold her ground, looking at her respect her values and her integrity and most importantly, seeing their mother happy.. is what the first rule of being a good parent is.
A child needs to feel the calm and the contentment in their caretaker so while it may be important to be the good daughter, daughter in law, sister, sister in law, wife etc… it is also important to allow yourself to be you!
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First published here.
Pooja Poddar Marwah is an Indian author and blogger. (October 22,1978) Her foray into writing began in a parking lot, whilst she was waiting for her kids’ co-curriculars to get over.
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My house-help asked excitedly, “I am going for wedding. Can you let me wear your red & black saree? To be honest I was stumped for a moment; I didn’t know what to say but I still said yes.
I lent a gorgeous saree to my house-help for a wedding in her family. Soon I stated getting questions if I would wear that saree again or if I was okay to be seen wearing the same saree my house-help was wearing?
We are all so conditioned to give our used clothes to our house-helps but are we okay to wear the clothes they were wearing?
A few days ago she came excitedly to me, “I am going for a family wedding. I want to wear your red & black saree, Ill wash and give it to you after the function. Please can you let me wear it?”
Beauty is a very clever, very evil capitalist tool. It traps those who have it into hanging on to it for dear life and those who don't into mutilating, torturing themselves to achieve the unachievable.
I recently wrote a piece about MP Shashi Tharoor’s tweet in which he had shared a pic with six women parliamentarians tagging them and saying “Who says the Lok Sabha isn’t an attractive place to work?”
There was a rash of comments on the post shared on Instagram, which ranged from “chill, it’s just a compliment” and “stop overthinking compliments”, to (worried) men lamenting about “these feminazi”.
Here’s my answer to all those comments.
A big part of having your spouse as an involved parent is letting him parent in his own special 'dad style'. A special message before Father's Day.
A big part of having your spouse as an involved parent is letting him parent in his own special ‘dad style’. A special message before Father’s Day.
It’s Father’s Day around the corner and I can’t stop beaming with pride and happiness at the thought of celebrating another great year of daddy-hood with Mere Do Anmol Ratan (the two most special men in my life) – my dearest Dad and my beloved husband.
My idea of an ideal father has been deeply influenced by the way I (along with my two older siblings) have been raised by an extremely strong, super active and engaged parent. For me, till date my 80 year old Dad epitomizes this statement ‘My Daddy strongest’ to the hilt. He has been the pillar of strength, support and resilience in our family and has certainly gone that extra mile to raise all three of his kids as strong and confident children. And it sure is more than just a coincidence that International Women’s Day is celebrated world-wide on the same day as my Dad’s birthday. It simply resonates with his style of parenting and the fact that ‘strong fathers raise strong women.’
After the birth of my child till he was 4, I was a very involved mother with almost no life of my own. But, here's how things changed now.
After the birth of my child, till he was 4, I was a very involved mother with almost no life of my own. But, here’s how things changed now.
Motherhood is a journey on which I still have a long way to go. And it is a cherished, enjoyable, challenging and an intriguing journey at every step.
However, as much as being present has been deemed as the way to go for a good life, the ‘analyser’ and writer in me loves to go back into the past. I go back and forth into the past, not just to relish the ‘Oh! So good!’ times but some times just to compare notes.