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Parenting – Done right!

Have I introduced you to my kid? No, I don’t think so. So, Meet Mammoo. A terrific 4+ years old, can’t sit still even for a minute. He loves to be surrounded with people and teacher’s pet. Always!

Ever since Mammoo came into our lives, I started equipping myself on parenting. I soaked up whatever information I could lay my hands on. A lot of books, real life advice from people, of course parenting sites, blogs, etc. But, Parenting cannot be learnt from the books. It is an art where you practice and perfect ( err… I don’t even believe in something called as perfect parenting.)

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There are few instances where I learn from this boy on parenting.

One day, Mammoo & I were sitting at a dentist’s office reception and it is a long wait. Next to us, is  a family with two adorable little girls. Suddenly Mammoo asked me this.

“Mommy, why is this child wearing nothing over her innerwear?” I was shocked. I did not even know that he has started noticing how others dress. Luckily I managed this.

“Mammoo, we don’t comment on how others dress.”  This boy was not satisfied.

“No, mommy. We should wear a dress over , right?”.

Again, I told him. “No baby. Everyone can dress how they like. We should not comment on it.”

I am not sure, whether he got it or just bored of it. Reluctantly he said, ” Ok mommy.”

I also apologized to the parents.  This incident actually makes me realize the importance of raising boys right. This society is a big influence on them.

We will have to let these little children, especially boys know that societal norms are not always right. I can see an increasing number of parents who encourage girl children to pursue whatever they wish. It is a great change. But personally I feel that there should be an equal or more number of parents who teach boys that the world is a common place for all genders. We should take the responsibility of raising a  generation of men, who take part in baby care, household chores without feeling that they are a rarity in mankind. We should make them understand that there is nothing in the world called as girls job!

As parents to young boys, we have a tougher challenge in the name of society in front of us.  The society will try to pull us down. The friends circle may always make our jobs tougher. The well-meaning relatives may always make a comment when a boy is willing help mom in kitchen. Parenting, when done right, is the only solution to these societal issues. It might take generations to solve these gender stereotypes. But definitely, it starts from home.

Here is to the parents, whose boys will grow up to become men who respect women!

**This is my second post on Blogathon- 2017. You can read my other posts here.

Day 1**

** I am also linking this blog to #MommyTalks by Nabanita Dhar**

 

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The WoW series

With the International Women’s day, just getting past by us, I am all inspired by the strong women around me in the world! My social media timelines were all filled with women and as much as I tried to glue all those inspiring stories in my mind, I was pretty sure that this is going to slip into the creaks of my memory cells and get lost as Alice got lost inside a rabbit hole!

So, I said to my inner self, “No way, I am letting this happen.” Women do all the inspiring work all the year around and they deserve to be celebrated all year around. I immediately decided to take to blogosphere, where I can share, record, discuss and celebrate the wonderful women of the world!
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And Tadaaaa! “The WoW Series” is born! I call it Women of the World, (WoW) series, which is going to be a weekly feature, here in my own blog. I will try to feature wonderful women  I meet, hear about and the stuff they do on a daily basis.

I surely want this series to stand out. So, I am going to mainly feature the humble ladies of the everyday world and the famous female figures are going to take a back seat. I may still feature the famous figures, if I am inspired, out of the way, but this is not a place only about already famous women. I admire them, look up to them , get inspired and all, but this feature is about ordinary women and the extra ordinary stuff they do in their daily lives. You get the drift, right?

I invite all the readers, who may stumble upon this post to act as Accountability partners! This is going to be a weekly series, and keeping in line with ‘W’ in the title, Wednesday is going to be the day. So, Every Wednesday, there will be a post about the inspiring women. If you don’t find one published, please feel free to nudge, poke or give me a gentle whack , to get this done.

Please go ahead and click that ‘Follow’ button, to keep a track of ‘WoW’ series, and my blog in general! 😉 I also invite everyone who read this, to feature the inspiring women in the world, in their blogs. If you happen to do so, please let me know. I will be more than happy to give you a shout out.

Come on,let us inspire the world! After all, earth is round. What goes around, comes around! So, What do you think about this series? Share your thoughts in the comments section. I will come back very soon, with the first post in ‘WoW’ series!