With changing times and increasing demands, parenting has become more of an everyday struggle especially for mothers. With moms often being judged and compared, on the child’s weight, height, it has left little scope for mothers to relax and enjoy motherhood. Not just that, children are expected to perform from a very early age and are compared to their peers in every possible way. This eventually reflects on the child’s behaviour putting them under pressure. Parenting is unquestionably one of the hardest jobs on the planet. However, staying positive and adapting a holistic approach can do wonders in bringing up a child and their overall development.

Understanding Holistic growth

Child growth has never been just about their physical growth. It’s beyond these measures of height, weight and physical appearance that can be scaled or weighed. A right approach towards child development is about ensuring their physical, emotional and psychological well-being. Holistic growth of a child caters to their needs of mind, body and soul. As parents we must create an environment that fosters all round development of the child. A right balance ensures that the child’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs are met. I attended an interactive session with well-known doctors, nutritionist and actress Lara Dutta, a celebrity mom, who had a lot to share through her own experiences of motherhood.

Insights from the Abbott – #GrowRight tips launch event

The facts and findings that were discussed by the expert panelists at the event were quite an eye opener for millennial parents. Findings from the recent survey that 9 out of 10 moms are stressed out raised questions about today’s parenting skills. Looking at the alarming figures, Abbott India came up with a valuable resource for parents that combines science and experience to help mothers adopt a holistic and constructive approach while parenting kids. #GrowRight, an initiative @abbottglobal was unveiled by the panel of doctors and vivacious Lara dutta who is also a mother to a 7 yr old. The Grow Right guidelines will help parents adapt a practical approach that is free from stress, social pressures and child friendly.

Highlights of #GrowRight tips

1. Right Nutrition – There is a preconceived notion that relates eating to child’s growth. With the increasing trend of eating outside, child’s health has taken a toll on nutrients. Kids often choose to eat similar food each time; parents usually focus on being full, and ultimately miss out on the nutritional value that is desired from the right food.
A lot can be achieved by cutting down on outside food, focusing on the ingredients then the quantity of food, following structured mealtime, portion control, displaying healthy eating habits and getting them involved in the cooking process, from buying veggies and fruits, to chopping and cooking meals. If practiced regularly, the child’s need of micro and macro nutrients can be met, making them healthy and grow right.

2. Right Play – As per the experts, Growth happens outdoors. With changing trends and lack of spaces, kids are found glued to their screens from a very early age. Children’s playtime has been replaced by structured classes and their play is no more a fun but performance based. These expectations create a huge pressure on a child who is constantly being monitored even while at play.
Studies suggest that a child should get at least a playtime of 3 hours every day, of which one hour should include high intensity physical activity. Free play is crucial in early years of childhood, it is important for healthy brain development. Free play or unstructured play allows children to use their imagination, creativity, to improve upon their dexterity, cognitive and physical ability. Parents are advised to find ways to limit screen time and let them learn to unplug.

3. Right Nurture – All human beings including children need to be nurtured for their good health and well-being. Scheduling child’s routine, playtime, study, meal time, bed time increases productivity and lowers the chances of unexpected demands. Parent’s involvement in child’s day motivates them to do better in life. Parents practicing healthy eating habits have more chances of their children adapting to the same. Acknowledge and praise their good behaviour, at the same time let them learn the meaning of a firm ‘No’. Do not give in to toddler tantrums; however understand the need for them to express how they feel. Regular warm hugs and gentle touches develop a healthy sense of self and contribute to positive brain development.

4. Right impact – Mothers are often made to feel guilty if the new born doesn’t measure as expected on the weighing scale. As per the experts, toddlers aren’t a scorecard for parenting skills. Do not get bogged down or go gaga over child’s physical statistics. Every child grows at a different pace and we need to respect that. As long as the child is growing at a required pace or the standards set by Pediatricians, one need not bother or compare with other children.

With so much information available online, books, television, friends and families, it can be overwhelming for parents to figure out the best for their child. I am sure these Growth tips created by experts will help parents focus on the necessary and bring out the best in their children ensuring overall growth.

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Grow Right with a Holistic Parenting approach

Grow Right with a Holistic Parenting approach

With changing times and increasing demands, parenting has become more of an everyday struggle especially for mothers. With moms often being judged and compared, on the child’s weight, height, it has left little scope for mothers to relax and enjoy motherhood. Not just that, children are expected to perform from a very early age and are compared to their peers in every possible way. This eventually reflects on the child’s behaviour putting them under pressure. Parenting is unquestionably one of the hardest jobs on the planet. However, staying positive and adapting a holistic approach can do wonders in bringing up a child and their overall development.  

Understanding Holistic growth

Child growth has never been just about their physical growth. It’s beyond these measures of height, weight and physical appearance that can be scaled or weighed. A right approach towards child development is about ensuring their physical, emotional and psychological well-being. Holistic growth of a child caters to their needs of mind, body and soul. As parents we must create an environment that fosters all round development of the child. A right balance ensures that the child’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs are met. I attended an interactive session with well-known doctors, nutritionist and actress Lara Dutta, a celebrity mom, who had a lot to share through her own experiences of motherhood.  

Insights from the Abbott – #GrowRight tips launch event

The facts and findings that were discussed by the expert panelists at the event were quite an eye opener for millennial parents. Findings from the recent survey that 9 out of 10 moms are stressed out raised questions about today’s parenting skills. Looking at the alarming figures, Abbott India came up with a valuable resource for parents that combines science and experience to help mothers adopt a holistic and constructive approach while parenting kids. #GrowRight, an initiative @abbottglobal was unveiled by the panel of doctors and vivacious Lara dutta who is also a mother to a 7 yr old. The Grow Right guidelines will help parents adapt a practical approach that is free from stress, social pressures and child friendly.    

Highlights of #GrowRight tips

  1. Right Nutrition – There is a preconceived notion that relates eating to child’s growth. With the increasing trend of eating outside, child’s health has taken a toll on nutrients. Kids often choose to eat similar food each time; parents usually focus on being full, and ultimately miss out on the nutritional value that is desired from the right food. A lot can be achieved by cutting down on outside food, focusing on the ingredients then the quantity of food, following structured mealtime, portion control, displaying healthy eating habits and getting them involved in the cooking process, from buying veggies and fruits, to chopping and cooking meals. If practiced regularly, the child’s need of micro and macro nutrients can be met, making them healthy and grow right.
  2. Right Play – As per the experts, Growth happens outdoors. With changing trends and lack of spaces, kids are found glued to their screens from a very early age. Children’s playtime has been replaced by structured classes and their play is no more a fun but performance based. These expectations create a huge pressure on a child who is constantly being monitored even while at play. Studies suggest that a child should get at least a playtime of 3 hours every day, of which one hour should include high intensity physical activity. Free play is crucial in early years of childhood, it is important for healthy brain development. Free play or unstructured play allows children to use their imagination, creativity, to improve upon their dexterity, cognitive and physical ability. Parents are advised to find ways to limit screen time and let them learn to unplug.
  3. Right Nurture – All human beings including children need to be nurtured for their good health and well-being. Scheduling child’s routine, playtime, study, meal time, bed time increases productivity and lowers the chances of unexpected demands. Parent’s involvement in child’s day motivates them to do better in life. Parents practicing healthy eating habits have more chances of their children adapting to the same. Acknowledge and praise their good behaviour, at the same time let them learn the meaning of a firm ‘No’. Do not give in to toddler tantrums; however understand the need for them to express how they feel. Regular warm hugs and gentle touches develop a healthy sense of self and contribute to positive brain development.
  4. Right impact – Mothers are often made to feel guilty if the new born doesn’t measure as expected on the weighing scale. As per the experts, toddlers aren’t a scorecard for parenting skills. Do not get bogged down or go gaga over child’s physical statistics. Every child grows at a different pace and we need to respect that. As long as the child is growing at a required pace or the standards set by Pediatricians, one need not bother or compare with other children. With so much information available online, books, television, friends and families, it can be overwhelming for parents to figure out the best for their child. I am sure these Growth tips created by experts will help parents focus on the necessary and bring out the best in their children ensuring overall growth.
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Help your kids #GrowRight with healthy eating habits

Help your kids #GrowRight with healthy eating habits

“There is no way to be a perfect mother but a million ways to be a good one.” #GrowRight

Out of all that we do as parents, ensuring good health and education are two of the most important things we can provide our children.

When we talk of good health, it doesn’t come easy. Keeping the child in good health and shape, ensuring they grow right can be quite a taxing experience for parents. As much as it sounds important to feed a balanced diet during the early years of childhood, it is quite a challenging task. I introduced PediaSure right at the age of 2 yrs. to my son as I could not have taken chances with his health. The first 5 years are the most crucial for children and a diet supplemented with PediaSure can help increase height and weight that’s essential for overall growth and development of the body.

A diet lacking essential nutrients can lead to frequent illnesses, hamper growth and development of a child, which leads to a weak immune system, further resulting in major diseases in life.

Here’s what you can do as a parent to ensure healthy eating- 

◾️ Start early for them to learn to eat healthy foods. Though, it can be one of the challenging and frustrating aspects of motherhood but, if we manage to inculcate these habits early in them, it would be a boon.

◾️ Limit the use of refined sugar or foods that have added sugar. Replace them with jaggery, dates or other natural sources of sugar instead.

◾️ Avoid food that contains trans or saturated fat. Using oils like olive, canola, and soybean are good for cooking. Include healthy fat like peanut butter, flax seeds, etc. that is a great source of omega 3 and omega 6

◾️ Include fruits (at least 3 a day) and veggies during meal time and snacking. The whole fruit is always a better choice over a fruit juice.

◾️ Lastly, don’t forget to hydrate them all day long with water, which makes up 90% of our body.

◾️ For picky eaters, it’s vital that you include a health supplements like PediaSure in the child’s diet that can be consumed in addition to the home cooked meals.

PediaSure, a scientifically proven health supplement has great benefits when it comes to children age 2 years and above. Formulated with 37 vital nutrients, PediaSure provides complete, balanced nutrition for toddlers who show visible growth in 90 days. It supports proper physical and mental development and works as a supplement to your child’s fussy eating.

If you are dealing with a fussy eater at home and looking at different ways of including PediaSure in the child’s everyday diet, try adding it to their smoothies, shakes, juices and other recipes too.

PediaSure has worked like magic for us. In spite of always being a picky eater, my child was never underweight or had any issues with height. I am sure introducing PediaSure at the right age was the best choice I made as a mother in keeping him healthy.

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Eat Right Grow Right

Eat Right Grow Right

It’s not easy being a mother especially when you have a fussy eater. The initial few years were a complete struggle with my toddler who would just refuse to eat almost everything. Force-feeding never worked for us as he would vomit it all out just after a few bites. This would lead to even more stress as whatever little he would eat, was out of his system in no time. All the suggestion from fellow mums, parents, books, would go in vain as he would just get distressed at the sight of food.

The Three Things I Swear By As a Mother:

A few recommendations from my pediatrician really helped me stay sane with all the toddler-tantrums around my house. Her words that an active child is a healthy child kind of helped me stay calm in spite of his fussy eating.

One thing that I swear by as a mother is ‘PediaSure’. Today I realise why it’s the No. 1 Toddler Health Drink in India. PediaSure is a nutritional supplement that provides vital nutrients for your child’s right growth. This specialized formula is designed to supply complete, balanced nutrition to your child’s body to Grow Right. With 37 nutrients that helps support height & weight gain, bone growth, immunity and brain development, it’s the No. 1 choice of mothers with toddlers from 2 years and above.

Well, feeding toddlers can be tricky, there are children who will just survive on a few bites for the entire day, then there are some who will just stick to the same kind of food every day and refuse to try anything new. With such toddler-tantrums, it’s always good to have a dietary supplement that can boost their immunity and help them grow right.

The second thing that works for my child is ensuring they get their daily requirement of vitamins and minerals. I try to use different voices and improvise storytelling to teach him about the importance of these nutrients in his daily diet. He definitely enjoys the voices and I am happy to do them if it helps him to eat better.

I also believe in improvising natural ways to keep them healthy and fit. Homemade Desi Ghee is the third such thing that I swear by and recommend for all kids above six months.

It has great benefits for your growing child. With omega 3 and omega 9 essential fatty acids, it is also a rich source of vitamins and is easily digestible. Antioxidants present in organic desi ghee helps build immunity in younger kids if you give it in moderation.

Well, there are many factors that decide the well-being of the child besides eating healthy. Breastfeeding, sound sleep for adequate no. of hours and physical activity are equally important for your growing children to be able to stay healthy and infection free.

Over the years I have learned the tips and tricks that have helped me grow as a mother. Today when I look at my healthy child, I feel so proud of the choices I have made over the years and I continue to do so.

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Is your Kitchen feeling dated? #KitchenStudioz is all you need !

Is your Kitchen feeling dated? #KitchenStudioz is all you need !

Kitchen has always been an indispensable part of our homes. With the changing lifestyle, kitchens have also been modernised and styled accordingly to our instant needs.

With the fast paced life, time is the biggest constraint. spending hours in the kitchen cooking with old traditional styled appliances is highly time consuming and tiring. Women today look forward to quick, easy and healthy ways of cooking.

Modern kitchen appliances

Modern kitchens not only save time but they are more productive and long lasting. With user friendly features, anyone in the house can make themselves a hot cup of coffee or toast a sandwich. This comes as a big help to the woman of the house who is constantly on her feet fulfilling everyone’s demands.

If you are still stuck with the traditional styled kitchen, it’s time for you to move on and give your old fashioned kitchen a makeover with the high end appliances with modern technology that will help you speed up your cooking, cleaning and other stuff that takes away all your time.

Hafele Appliances

With hectic lifestyles and the concept of open kitchens, the demand for modular kitchen is on the rise. Moreover, modern kitchen appliances are not a luxury anymore but a necessity. These elegant looking appliances not only uplift how your kitchen looks but make life more comfortable and enjoyable where you can treat yourself and loved ones with your favourite food and snacks at a touch of a button.

So if you have been thinking of having your dream kitchen all this while but didn’t know where to begin, Let me introduce you to #KitchenStudioz , A beautifully designed studio on the 3rd floor of Vijay Sales store at Prabhadevi offers a complete range of innovative products with aesthetic designs for all your ultra modern kitchen needs.

At the launch of #KitchenStudioz

Starting from your everyday needs like a coffee maker, blender, juicer to the high end products like kitchen chimneys, elegantly designed Gas hobs, wardrobe tall refrigerators, dishwashers to multi- purpose microwaves, Ovens with multi cooking functionalities, They have it all.

The innovative and easy to use features will amaze you with the built in technology and sensors.

Kishwar Merchant at #KitchenStudioz

To greet us at the studio was Krishan Merchant along with head chef from Hafele  Flavours who took us through the studio demonstrating the details and highlights of the new technology kitchen appliances.

Smart kitchen gadgets with brilliant technology will not only change the way we cook and eat but will also spruce up our entire lifestyle with their luxurious designs that accentuates our cooking style.

Modern Kitchen appliances

#KitchenStudioz at Vijay Sales

So go check out the kitchen studio that offers its customers a plethora of choices that will spoil you for good.

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