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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My first ever Mom n Me Camp to Kamshet with Kshitij

My first ever Mom n Me Camp to Kamshet with Kshitij

Grab your backpack and get going! Well, that’s how summers should be- camping, adventure, games, unfettered time, music and of course lots of fun. And, my last summer was exactly this when I went for lakeside mom and me camp adventure to Kamshet with Kshitij.

Mom n Me camp - Treasure hunt

Some experiences change your perspective on life and leave you wanting for more. This was definitely one of those trips for me with my little bundle of joy who had the time of his life at this well-thought out and planned trip.

Kamshet campsite

To begin with, it was my first time, and I had my own apprehensions going for a 3-day trip to an unknown place with equally unknown people. But, the whole idea of staying in tents and exploring a new place with my child was too exciting to let it go.

Almost 100km away from Mumbai, it was a few hours of drive before we reached our destination. Surrounded by lush green lawns, landscapes and riverside, it was our peaceful, mesmerising campsite away from the hustle-bustle of the city.

Kamshet Adventure

While I was captivated by the beautiful scenery, my kid was getting restless about the different kinds of games, adventurous activities that I had described to him in the countdown to the camp. Thanks to the facilitators and the other team members, all the kids soon started interacting with others and were on their own in no time. Watching my kid mingle with everyone within no time was indeed very heartening.

Mom n Me camp - kamshet

The tents at the campsite were top-notch and honestly much better than I expected. Tent allotment was followed by an orientation session- very much needed for first-timers like me. Though the session was about dos and don’ts, honestly it never sounded restrictive.

Mom n Me camp - kshijitworld

And finally, the activities began. From rock Climbing to zip line to tyre walking, my little one tried his hands at everything. While he was scared to try zip-line earlier on, a few words of encouragement from the facilitator did the trick.

Valley crossing - Mom n Me camp

Interestingly, in my case those words of encouragement came from my son- ‘C’mon mumma, you can do it…. Just go for it..’ and to say the least, it was heart-warming.


Mom n Me camp - Kamshet

After a light, and thoughtfully prepared breakfast, we embarked on our first trekking experience together. The way team kshitij helped us with map reading and designing was amazing.

Trekking - Mom n Me camp

My geographical sensibilities have never been great but now I know I can take a map and embark on unknown territories. Just like the first day, we had a bonfire at night with tons of fun, dance and music.

Obstacle - Mom n Me camp

The best and the most exciting day for me personally. Water sports and activities are always fun. While I had done kayaking before, I was little sceptical about my son trying it. However, seeing Kshitij’s safety equipment, staff, and other measures, I knew it couldn’t get easier and safer than this.

Kayaking - kshitijworld - Mom n Me camp

What touched me the most in these three days was the fact that I wasn’t comparing my child to any one else because there was no outside pressure of competition.

Mom n Me Camp - kshitijworld

While kids were encouraged and motivated to try everything, they were free to make choices which were also respected. No one was judging or assessing them and they were allowed to be themselves.

Mom n Me camp - kshitijworld

With summer holidays just around the corner, my son wants to go solo this time. And honestly, I have no fears or apprehensions. Team Kshitij is not just professional but also very caring. With so many exciting camp options, he is really finding it hard to decide on one. Maybe he can go on two camps (I am not telling him this now).

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Meet IRA – for all your HIV/AIDS related queries

Meet IRA – for all your HIV/AIDS related queries

Ask IRA your questions about HIV/AIDS at https://yes4me.net/IRA now.

Did you know there are 2.01 million people still in India who live with HIV, or that there are about 80,000 people who get infected every year? Not to mention the overall stigma & prejudice associated with the condition which marginalizes the infected and the lack of information that perpetuates all of these.  Bad news, indeed.

Good news, however, is that HIV is preventable, manageable and a lot of it is just to do with providing people the right information with sensitivity and tact at the right time!
Introducing IRA.
IRA is a conversational platform where people can seek answers to their pressing HIV/AIDS queries. She was created to help people gain information about HIV and motivate people to manage HIV responsibly. She is friendly and chatty and wants the world to be free of HIV.

IRA will be available on the yes4me website. Anyone with an internet connection can access IRA which makes her a powerful ally in the fight against HIV. Because of the stigma surrounding HIV, people can visit IRA from the security of their own home and seek answers to urgent questions without facing any of the discrimination that they would face anywhere else.
With IRA by their side, millions of Indians will be able to find the right information at the right time and thus solve the root cause that perpetuates HIV.

Let’s join hands to make India HIV/AIDS free. You can reach IRA for all your questions from the link below.


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