Author: Vinitha @ Poohsden

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Creativity today is no longer a word associated with artists. Everyone needs a dose of creativity to function better and reach their goals faster. Out-of-the-box thinking and creative problem solving skills are much appreciated and required skills in our evolving world. In many school rooms across the world, creativity is limited to the arts and craft…

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Parenting is a draining journey. A strong parent needs to be mentally strong and yet sensitive. It is a fine balance mothers and fathers need to figure out while trying to bring up responsible and empathetic kids. A part of raising empathetic kids is developing yourself into an mentally strong parent. Understanding what it means…

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2018 is here and like every year I try to follow a few resolutions. Mostly, something to tell friends and colleagues. Something that makes me sound like a normal and sane human instead of a harried and lost mom. Resolutions and Mothers As mothers and caregivers, we need to be able to prioritize ourselves and make…

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It is the time everyone is goal setting and planning for the year ahead. History traces the habit of new year resolutions to the ancient Babylonians. We mothers also need to resolve to schedule time for self-care regularly. Self-Care for Moms Moms always seem to be putting themselves on the back burner. After kids, family,…

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Late October heralds in the holidays in the US. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year all roll into one massive celebration filled with parties and gifts. The Holiday Season I love this time of the year. It is pumpkin spice everything season. The season of cinnamon-scented air. It is the season of going overboard…

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As a child, I always hated the festive season. The constant parade of friends and relatives and the need to make small talk scared me. All I wanted to do was hide under the bed and wait for the season to be done. I didn’t want to meet yet another aunty or make a new friend.…

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A new school year kicks off pretty soon (post-Harvey) and it means new classrooms, new backpack, new teachers new friends and their parents. As a rather anti-social parent, I dread this time of the year. I hate socializing and making small talk with other parents. Parent relationships are laced with undercurrents and are no fun.…

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It has been nearly a week of Harvey craziness in my life and I find it emotionally hard to relate with everything the city has seen and is still seeing. I don’t have the luxury of looking back and sorting my emotions and trauma because of my almost 8-year old. As you are probably aware, disasters and…

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I live in Houston, TX. Yes, that portion of the world that is currently getting flooded. I am sure everyone reading this post has heard about the disaster Harvey brought along. Here is Part-1 of my Harvey story. To get everything straight, I am one of those lucky ones. My home did not flood. There…

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Motherhood doesn’t come with a manual. But there are helping guides. Keep Calm and Mommy On by Tanu Shree Singh published by Duckbill Books is the perfect guide for moms (and dads) to help them with parenting challenges. About Keep Calm and Mommy On Keep Calm and Mommy On deals on topics all parents worry about.…

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A couple of months back, I started working full-time at an office. After 5 years of remote working, freelancing and being a stay-at-home mom, this is a big transition – for me, my 7-year old daughter and my husband. We are still figuring out how to balance routines and schedules and still remain sane. Transitioning To be honest,…

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New school year is here. It is time for new school bags, notebooks and pencil cases. The excitement of the beginning of a new school year has not changed over the years. Friends to meet, secrets to share, games to play and fights to fight. New school year is a great time for parents to…

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Summer reading for Tweens – Sixth graders and super sleuths, Rachita and Aarti, are on a mission. Are the economist aliens in town? Will wearing Vipul’s anti-alien aluminium foil hats help? Will the Superlative Supersleuths be able to solve the mystery?. The Case of the Careless Aliens is definitely a hilarious read for kids aged 11+.

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From Audio Books to Reading Buddies – Vinitha covers it all. She says – I have been asked by many how I manage to read so many books and make time for reading. I don’t have a formula for it but here are 5 ways to read more and reach those reading goals.  Ways to…

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About Peanut Has a Plan Peanut has a plan is a Duckbill Hole Book written by Yashodhara Lal. The book is 65 pages long and is illustrated by Shreya Sen. It is ideal for young readers aged 5-8. The Plot Siblings, Peanut, Papad and Pickle, are on summer break. Peanut starts getting bored at home…