Tuesday 19 October 2010

Give it to 'em babe!

I can distinctly remember the number of times people (relatives, acquaintances) have asked me: "So what do you do all day? You don't have time to study? C' have the WHOLE day!!!"
I only wish I could have given a snappy answer like this.
Quoting: When you have young kids, your typical day is: constant attention, from getting them out of bed, fed, clean, dressed; to keeping them out of harm's way; to answering their coos, cries, questions; to having two arms and carrying one kid, one set of car keys, and supplies for even the quickest trips, including the latest-to-be-declared-essential piece of molded plastic gear; to keeping them from unshelving books at the library; to enforcing rest times; to staying one step ahead of them lest they get too hungry, tired or bored, any one of which produces the kind of checkout-line screaming that gets the checkout line shaking its head.
It's needing 45 minutes to do what takes others 15.
It's constant vigilance, constant touch, constant use of your voice, constant relegation of your needs to the second tier.
It's constant scrutiny and second-guessing from family and friends, well-meaning and otherwise. It's resisting constant temptation to seek short-term relief at everyone's long-term expense.
It's doing all this while concurrently teaching virtually everything -- language, manners, safety, resourcefulness, discipline, curiosity, creativity. Empathy. Everything.
It's also a choice, yes. And a joy. But if you spent all day, every day, with this brand of joy, and then, when you got your first 10 minutes to yourself, wanted to be alone with your thoughts instead of calling a good friend, a good friend wouldn't judge you, complain about you to mutual friends, or marvel how much more productively she uses her time.

Aah. Did she just read my mind?!!


  1. Have been trying to find your contact details forever now. (Phew..)

    That’s why I decided to leave a comment on your post (Sorry but I guess this might be the only way you’ll notice this)

    So, I am writing on behalf of Tommy Hilfiger India who have recently launched their Childrenswear Stores in India. And I’d like to invite you for a Bloggers Meet-Up – – Moms meet Fashionistas!

    The idea is to get together all you Mommy Bloggers and Fashion Bloggers and have a grand meet up where we can discuss anything and everything about kids and fashion! The agenda of the meet would be:

    1. Tommy Hilfiger Childrenswear Store-Tour – We’ll have a Store Tour, where you can check out the Tommy collection and explore the finer nuances of the Fall 10 Collection!

    2. Kids & Fashion – Kids nowadays are really fashion conscious. More often than not, when they see their favorite movie stars on TV, try to emulate the same. This fuels a growing trend of kids trying to dress up too ‘sexy’ for their age! Now do you think this is healthy? Is it just a passing phase or should parents really take note of the situation?

    3. Dressing Up Kids – Importance of dressing well!

    It’ll be a great chance to meet other Mommies and interact with Fashion Bloggers. Really looking forward to see you there.. :)

    Date: 30th October 2010

    Time: 11:00 am

    Venue: Tommy Hilfiger Childrenswear Store
    South Ex Pt-l Market
    New Delhi



  2. Hmmm, did you go? Were the moms fashionistas or did they even have matching chappals?! :-D

    Know what you mean - just got to the stage this year when both brats go to school at the same time, for a long time. And actually miss them. Before they were around so much that I never GOT a chance to miss them! :-D

    Life gets better in some ways, just you wait, Henry Higgins, just you wait! :-D


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